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U.S. Science Agencies Get Some Relief In 2014 Budget

jarich Ghost of GWB (83 comments)

Ghost of GWB?

How many years has Obama been in office? Eventually you've got to give him some credit... you know, what with the 2nd term and all....

about 3 months ago
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Missile Test Creates Huge Expanding Halo of Light Over Hawaii

jarich Yet Another Alien Visit? (93 comments)

I've seen Stargate. I know this is just another lame government cover up of an alien visitation. Better check on your cows!!

about a year ago
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Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood

jarich Survival of the Fittest (252 comments)

I'd never do it myself, but I'm looking forward to seeing which projects survive and how they change the landscape in five years. X11 was difficult to use for years... let's see what a little competition can do for innovation and usability.

1 year,20 days
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

jarich They May Not Know (247 comments)

It's possible the list was snagged by a disgruntled (or ex) employee who sold the list. The Powers That Be may not believe the list has been compromised. A few back channel comments and/or a FB isn't actionable proof.

I'd post to their support email line (I'm assuming they have one?) and provide the unique email address you used. Provide more detail than this post. Then if they still ignore, share it on publicly as a public service to their other customers.

I had a friend that was in a similar situation. A company that handled their mass emails had an employee grab a ~ton~ of addresses when he quit. It took a few reports, but once they realized what had happened, they acted.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

jarich Index into the old system (379 comments)

Can you link to docs in the old system? If so, create Google docs that are organized links into the old system. You want to see the minutes from all the meetings over the last year? Here's that page of links. Budgets? Here it is.

Over time you'll make the Google Docs the de factor standard. Once everyone is accustomed to using Google docs, you can start creating new docs in any system. Including Google docs.

This will gradually wean people off the old system without any single, massive switch. And hopefully it'll be a nice, gradual process.

btw, if the old system doesn't support links into documents, you can ask Bob to add it.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky's Top 10 Vulnerabilities List

jarich Apple Shows Up Twice? (112 comments)

Looks like MS is being dethroned. Between Apple, Oracle, and Adobe it's not looking good.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Parallel Cluster In a Box?

jarich Have you ever written CUDA code before? (205 comments)

Writing code for video cards is much more difficult than most people think. On the other hand, if it's really a light weight, low CPU task that's just insanely parallel, check out http://www.tilera.com/ They don't pack a ton or horses, but they do have a pile of cores.

more than 2 years ago
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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration

jarich Once Again... (815 comments)

... we find that a committee, presumably with a lawyer or two involved somewhere, trumps common sense... Or, more likely, a board stocked by the lobbyists from various soft drink companies. /sigh/

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Wanted an iPhone-Only Wireless Network

jarich Ha! (263 comments)

Given Apple's love of the monopoly, you can bet it wouldn't be long before you could only call other iPhones. Cuz, you know, it improves the user experience. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

jarich Post Transplant? (988 comments)

Didn't most of the nasty comments come after the transplant? Other transplant recipients I've known have to live on prednisone (or something similar). Prednisonemakes me nasty after a few days. I'm no Jobs apologist, but I wonder how much of the vitriol was due to living on something like that?

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

jarich Re:When Can They Force Decryption? (887 comments)

You're correct. These days I equate the two because there's very little difference in day to day interactions. If a TSA agent doesn't like the way you behave, they can have you strip searched. It's true they can't arrest you though.

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

jarich Re:When Can They Force Decryption? (887 comments)

Fair enough (on paper), but that's not where we're headed in practice. Good points.

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

jarich Re:When Can They Force Decryption? (887 comments)

Who said it was? I'm more concerned about precedent. Is this something that every LEO in the country would be able to cite, from the TSA to a cop in a coffee shop, to force decryption.

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

jarich When Can They Force Decryption? (887 comments)

Do they have to show cause first or is this a new tool in the arsenal of the TSA?

more than 2 years ago
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Lawyer Attempts To Trademark Bitcoin

jarich Punish Trolls (209 comments)

This beautifully illustrates why there should be some punishment for this type of behavior. He's obviously ignoring all prior art and forcing an already overloaded system to deal with this crap. Fine him.

more than 2 years ago
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US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

jarich Responsibility Where It Belongs (458 comments)

The court said that parents should filter what their children see and do. Score one against the nanny state monitoring us for our own good.

more than 2 years ago
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Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

jarich Re:I like Ruby (510 comments)

I've not used it, but here's the link: http://hackety-hack.com/ Looks like more of a general purpose intro for beginners to Ruby and/or coding.

more than 2 years ago
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Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

jarich I like Ruby (510 comments)

It's lightweight, portable, and has a ton of interesting projects for learning. Start here at http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/ Check out the "Try Ruby in Your Browser link" on the right hand side.

more than 2 years ago

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