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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

indiejade Re:tagged: !change (384 comments)

To add insult to injury, I wonder if it was a no bid contract?

For anybody who thinks "18 million" is "pocket change," how about this bid: For ONE Million, I'll start working on again, hire a team of four other developers (making the team total FIVE including myself), pay each of the four $210,000 for a yearly salary, and account for the differences between their pay an mine for a whole entire year.

more than 5 years ago

Fingerprinting Slow Earthquakes

indiejade Re:Hawaii, Where All the Action Is (23 comments)

No, you are right. The reason the Pacific Ocean floor is newer is because it's still actively growing quickly as the surrounding plates move away. So while the Atlantic is newer than the Pacific, the *floor* of the Pacific is generally newer than the floor of the Atlantic. So, in a sense, the parent was correct, but only in a limited sense.

Yes, I did mean the Atlantic coast of the US is older than the west coast / Pacific Rim of Fire side.

I also think it could be reasonably hypothesized that on the Atlantic coast, the gradual slope of the continental shelf / slope / rise could be explained by a longer time period of waves lapping the sediments and such into finer and finer particles. Perhaps explaining how quickly the continents have been drifting apart.

East-coast (of the US) sand is also generally much more fine-grained than west-coast sand, at least south of the glacial areas of the Great Lakes.

more than 5 years ago

Fingerprinting Slow Earthquakes

indiejade Hawaii, Where All the Action Is (23 comments)

The Pacific Ocean is geologically much more new and deeper than the Atlantic side, which has a much more gradual slope on the continental shelf / continental slope / continental rise subduction system between continents. So we know the Atlantic is older.

Another fun (dynamic) map showing some actual geologic and volcanic activity:

more than 5 years ago

Rabbit Ears To Stage a Comeback Thanks To DTV

indiejade Better than cable (265 comments)

The Olympics last year were what motivated me to attempt to do the TV thing . . . so I found a very small set and got some rabbit ears. It was pleasantly surprising to discover the dual nature of the channel settings available . . . the old analog signal is still full of snow and noise while the digital airwaves really are better than cable. Channels are a little bit longer (e.g. KQED is 09-003, needs to be manually entered with the dash and all. Best of all, no monthly cable bill!

It's likely that the cable / satellite television industry is going to take a hard hit once people figure out that the can get clarity without paying for ridiculous "service contracts" and "package deals" and "bundles".

more than 5 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Sue?

indiejade Edit (3 comments)

Fact check (I dug up the old email; apologies to Nasa Ames Research). It was actually with Lockheed Martin.

Here is the job description:

Responsible for installing, configuring and maintaining PC, Macintosh and Linux/Unix, workstations for Lockheed Martin at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Ideal candidates will have recent experience working in a large corporate or government IT environment. Work consists of Tier 2 support providing using desk side, telephone and remote access to assist end users in resolving computer related issues. Candidate should have experience working with systems an Active Directory and familiar with various LAN configurations. Efficient troubleshooting skills and resolving problems with little or no documentation are a must. The ability to produce detailed problem descriptions and keep extensive notes must be shown on a daily basis. Position requires shift flexibility and may include night, weekend or holiday work when scheduled. Move computer related equipment up to 50lbs. Required to pass government background check.

Required Skills:

Bachelor Degree in related field or equivalent

Excellent verbal and written communication

High technical proficiency in:

MS Windows XP/2000, OS X, Linux, UNIX, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Entourage, , Active Directory, Palm Desktop, Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari and MS Remote Desktop Working knowledge of TCP/IP networking, SSH.

Desired Skills;

Technical proficiency in:

SMS, NFS, Perl, Unix shell scripting, Remedy, MS Access, Eudora, Informed Filler, Cisco VPN, Timbuktu, Tivoli, SAP, WebEx, Oracle Calendar, Thunderbird, Windows 2003 Server, Symantec Ghost

Since Microsoft is the most common OS. I would imagine the hurdle here would be to find people who know the rest of the software. I'm sure that is why they interviewed me.

Nowhere in the job description does it say anything about needing to own a car.

SO interesting about the Google doc version is that I don't recall it having so many references to MS products.

I guess since it was a government-type job, and recruiters were involved, somebody got paid for the interview. Unfortunately, that person was not me.

more than 5 years ago

Best Open Source Alternatives To Enterprise Apps

indiejade seriouslythough (348 comments)

vBulletin makes me want to put a bullet in my head.

Seriously, though, this list is bigger. And better. :P

more than 5 years ago

Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source

indiejade Re:Would love to... (249 comments)

Maybe you've not looked hard enough? It does exist, but what most OSS lacks is marketing/promo budget. That is why comprehensive lists like this (eCommerce, ERP, and Business Enterprise) are good. ;)

more than 5 years ago



Is TLD .eco logical? Al Gore thinks so.

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

indiejade writes "The BBC News is reporting about the creation of an .eco domain extension for top-level domains. The measure, initiated by Dot Eco LLC, has also gained support by Al Gore, who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his efforts to battle global warming issues. "The firm said proceeds from the registration would be used to fund research on climate change and other environmental issues," the article reports. An official ICANN application is expected to happen later in 2009."
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Sue?

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

indiejade writes "True story: I had an interview with Nasa Ames Research. A recruiter had called me up and said he had some Linux-oriented position for which they were hiring last year.

So I made it out to the interview, was interviewed by a couple of people, and alas, forced to work upon a Microsoft machine during the last part of the interview. I was then ridiculed because I couldn't remember off the top of my head how to get to the default C:\\command-prompt on a Microsoft Windows machine because I have been working almost exclusively on Unix variant machines for the past 4 or 5 years. I eventually got it, but almost felt like the interviewer put me in a position where I was made to look and feel stupid, despite the fact that the recruiter had told me that I was interviewing for a Unix-type position.

I was not hired. The recruiter told me it was because I don't have a car. (This info was NOT in the job description or requirements, and I'm pretty sure it is illegal to deny somebody employment for not owning a car — should I sue?). I suspect the real reason I wasn't hired was because I am a female. I suspect if I were to attempt to "fight it," I'd also lose because I'm female (well, maybe only during the Bush Administration's reign). :)

All in all, I was out almost a full day of my time, public transportation costs, and down a whole lot of hope for females in this industry.

P.S. This is the real deal Real Deal

So . . . Should and (if so) Who should I sue? The "recruiter" company or the US Government? At this point, I'm thinking the recruiter company is more liable, but just thought I'd ask for a broad opinion."

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Linus Torvalds begins a "trial blog"

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

indiejade writes "In his newly minted blogspot blog, Torvalds' maiden post reads, "So, having avoided the whole blogging thing so far, yesterday Alan DeClerck sent a pointer to his family blog with pictures of the kids friends, and I decided that maybe it's actually worth having a place for our family too that we can do the same on." A recent post includes mention of a silly time-limiter for the kids' internet usage that he wrote "for any other Linux user with kids and git.""
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Exposing the Innards of *NIX

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

indiejade writes "Even though there are a plethora of open-source software project sites and even some directories, none of them really exposes in a comprehensive, organized, and neutral manner:

a) the innards of a *nix system,

b) what was (or can be) used to build those innards, and

c) icing on the cake: the goodies for after that *nix distribution has been built or compiled.

Until now. The zentu*nix project is a fairly new and ambitious project that aims to do all three. The site has been recently revamped, re-launched, and now contains well over 600 open-source projects and tools, organized by form and functionality. It is a one-stop resource for everything open-source; though not all sections are focused on the *nix or operating-system related software. Sections include: Building a Custom Operating System, Multimedia Players, Mixers, Rippers, and even a section dedicated to Open-Source Gaming. New projects are also being continually added."

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Early Termination Litigation Goes Fed

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 6 years ago

indiejade writes "Increasingly worried about a series of long-running, class-action lawsuits in state courts, companies in the wireless and mobile phone industry are seeking a bail-out from the Federal government. Many consumers are filing lawsuits, angry with fees related to early cancellation or termination of contracts if they decide to switch providers.

Verizon Wireless, which offered the proposal to the FCC, and many of its competitors stand to benefit from the proposal. "In exchange for the government's approval, the agreement would let cell phone companies off the hook in state courts where they are being sued for billions of dollars by angry customers. If approved by the FCC, the proposal also would take away the authority of states to regulate the charges, known as early termination fees," the article says."

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Newfound Planet "Theoretically Should Not Exis

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

indiejade writes "Various sources are reporting on the discovery of an extra-solar planet that is "20 times larger than Earth and circling a star 1,400 light-years away." It is thought to be the largest planet found so far for which we actually know the size, and one which some scientists say "theoretically should not even exist." TrES-4 is approximately "70 percent larger than Jupiter," according to Georgi Mandushev, the Lowell Observatory astronomer and lead author of the paper announcing the discovery."

indiejade indiejade writes  |  more than 7 years ago

indiejade writes "To the Big Node: little node Department Creating a unique functional mapping of the Internet, one that plots topography as well as function, was the goal of researchers at the Bar Ilan University in Israel. Their findings rank nodes according to efficiency. "The increased use of peer-to-peer communications could improve the overall capacity of the Internet and make it run much more smoothly," their study concluded.

"A dense core of 80 or so critical nodes surrounded by an outer shell of 5,000 sparsely connected, isolated nodes that are very much dependent upon this core. Separating the core from the outer shell are approximately 15,000 peer-connected and self-sufficient nodes. Take away the core, and an interesting thing happens: about 30 percent of the nodes from the outer shell become completely cut off. . . . Three distinct regions are apparent: an inner core of highly connected nodes, an outer periphery of isolated networks, and a mantle-like mass of peer-connected nodes. The bigger the node, the more connections it has."
The mapping, which was based on data from the assistance of 5,000 online volunteers, was published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine."

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