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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

jerquiaga Missing the Obvious... (193 comments)

Clearly, this was a phone that was developed and ready before the merger, probably already in production. Microsoft is deciding that rather than dump whatever inventory was produced, they'll sell it. Smart move. It would be more telling if they released another Android phone in six to nine months.

about a month ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

jerquiaga Re:Shoot The Moon! (630 comments)

Not quite. Mach 7 is 2.38 km/s, and escape velocity is about 11 km/s.

about 3 months ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

jerquiaga Re:Currency vs. bank (357 comments)

This argument is completely flawed. Using a currency like dollars is inherently safer because it is backed by the government of the United States. Consumer protections exist (in the form of the FDIC) that ensure that if you choose an institution that fails, your deposits are insured and will be returned to you. There is no such protection for Bitcoin, or any other crypto currency that lacks any form of backing. The reason that banks don't deal with crypto currency is that it's too risky. An asset that can gain/lose 30% of it's value in a given day isn't very worthwhile to a bank.

about 4 months ago
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Google Patents "Scroogling"

jerquiaga Re:The pages referenced in the summary (135 comments)

Those show nothing of the sort. Wish someone would actually read the materials before writing the summary.

about a year ago
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Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

jerquiaga Re:Hyper-V or vSphere. (191 comments)

As such, Hyper-V and SystemCenter would provide you with a fairly good experience that is easy to manage and automatically deploy based off of Active Directory. It is a solution that will likely meet all of your stated requirements and your other likely needs and wants in a package that is "good enough".

As long as your definition of "good enough" includes endless problems with Linux guests.

A couple of years ago, you would have been right. Anything with a 3.0 or above kernel has all of the Hyper-V modules in the kernel. For CentOS or RHEL, you can use the integration tools. I run about a dozen Linux machines on our Hyper-V cluster without any issues.

about a year ago
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A 50 Gbps Connection With Multipath TCP

jerquiaga Re: Uh, I get this with lacp (150 comments)

No need for expensive Cisco equipment. I have cheap Net gear switches that are completely LACP capable, and some cheap Realtor adapters support teaming now. It's more a driver issue than anything. If cell manufacturers designed their equipment and built the right drivers, you could easily dynamically team a cell and wifi connection.

about a year ago
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Researcher Warns That Military Must Prepare For "Mutant" Future

jerquiaga Re:nuff said (179 comments)

Not sure I understand. Isn't this what philosophers are supposed to do?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

jerquiaga Re:Building is easy, launching is hard (117 comments)

Apparently that isn't the hard part, as the poster already identified a company that will do it.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

jerquiaga Re:Not possible any more (368 comments)

First off, I'd like you to show me any single course that requires 8+ hours of study per day. If there is one (or you think there is) you're probably doing it wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

jerquiaga Re:Not possible any more (368 comments)

Sorry, I meant to say I have a three year old who was one when I started my Master's.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

jerquiaga Re:Not possible any more (368 comments)

Alright. I took between two and three classes a quarter, worked full time as the Information Systems Director for a non-profit, and have a one year old (he was one when I started). I was able to do it, with the required study time, papers, projects, etc. I also volunteer with a non-profit that takes me out of the country for a couple weeks at a time every six months or so.

Was I tired most of the time? Yep. Was it hard to balance everything sometimes? Yep. Was I able to do it? Yep. Maybe I'm getting old, but I'm tired of all the kids out there that whine about having to work hard. Nobody owes you anything. Get out there and work hard for the things you want in life.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

jerquiaga Re:Great, but... (368 comments)

Except that he didn't get a BA, it was an Associates degree, which he could have earned for roughly the same price at the local community college.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

jerquiaga Re:Not possible any more (368 comments)

I just finished my Master's (graduated last Saturday), and I don't have any debt. It's entirely possible to do, you just have to be willing to work and go to school at the same time (most kids aren't, or can't get a job because they don't have any experience because they weren't willing to work during their undergrad).

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Licenses 64-bit Processor Design From ARM

jerquiaga Fingers Crossed! (213 comments)

I'm hoping AMD does something to stay relevant. If they were to leave the market (or effectively leave the market by selling super low volume), then there's nothing to keep Intel honest.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

jerquiaga Re:Why? (441 comments)

If you have an internal WSUS server running on a gigabit LAN, it shouldn't take you more than a couple hours for the updates. And if you didn't manage your customers expectations in the first place regarding their delivery time, then that's your fault, isn't it?

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

jerquiaga Re:to continue the trend? (441 comments)

Good news for you then, they've apparently already released SP1 for Windows 8. I wish I could find the article now, but apparently they found a way to get together all the fixes they would normally do for vendors that would comprise a normal SP1 and have them available through Windows Update.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

jerquiaga Social API Sounds Like a Privacy Nightmare (152 comments)

Hopefully there is something built in separating that social API sidebar from what you are actually browsing. Facebook/Google/Apple/Skeezy Advertisers wouldn't need tracking cookies to know exactly where you surfed.

about 2 years ago
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Verizon Bases $5 Fee To Not Publish Your Phone Number On 'Systems and IT' Costs

jerquiaga Re:Money for nothing ...... (331 comments)

Presumably you need to count the number of people whether or not you exclude anyone so that you can sell to advertisers, so there doesn't seem to be any additional work there. Contacting the publishers also doesn't have anything to do with whether or not individual subscribers are excluded or not. So, whether or not the OP was looking at the entire business, there doesn't seem to be any additional work to exclude someone other than setting the flag on their account. There is also no extra system or storage cost, because you have to keep records of subscribers whether or not they are publicly listed. Money grab by the telcos, that's all this is.

about 2 years ago
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Fighting the iCrime Wave

jerquiaga Re:Anti-Theft (or post-theft) software (170 comments)

Which is only good until they factory restore the OS, and then re-sell your device. If the IMEI is blocked, there is no resale market for stolen devices, therefore no point to stealing devices.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Taking Heat For Five-Figure Xbox 360 'Patch Fee'

jerquiaga Re:For real? (323 comments)

He didn't find out about it after the fact. It's standard in the XBLA contract with Microsoft. The contract that he signed.

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to Sync a Local Copy of Wikipedia/Wikibooks?

jerquiaga jerquiaga writes  |  about 2 years ago

jerquiaga (859470) writes "I'm working on a project with a rural school in Africa that has limited bandwidth through satellite. What we'd like to do is be able to setup a local copy of Wikipedia and Wikibooks on a server for them so the kids can use those resources but not cut into their bandwidth to get to it. I can find plenty of info on downloading database dumps and setting those up, but I'm wondering if any Slashdot readers have come up with a good way to sync only the changes that happen after the initial dump (again, to save bandwidth). What say you, Slashdot readers?"
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How to tie together multiple connections.

jerquiaga jerquiaga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jerquiaga writes "I work for a non-profit camp in the mountains where hardline connections are fairly expensive. I know we can get satellite connections fairly cheaply (in comparison), but the bandwidth is not that great. To make them a viable option, I'd like to tie together 3 or 4 satellite connections, and then have a lower speed landline as a backup. Does anyone in the Slashdot crowd know of a (relaively) cheap router that would allow for multiple WAN connections, and potentially load balance requests over those multiple WAN connections? Cost is definitely a factor, but ease of use/administration is also a concern."
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Open Source Job Application Platfor

jerquiaga jerquiaga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jerquiaga (859470) writes "I recently started working in the IT department of a non-profit camp which still uses paper applications. We would love to streamline our application process, make it easier for our HR people to manage those applications, and allow people to submit applications online. We would like to be able to build in our own functionality as well, and don't have a lot of money to spend on the project. Has anyone in the Slashdot community used a great open source application management program?"
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jerquiaga jerquiaga writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jerquiaga (859470) writes "My fiancee and I are trying to get things ready for our wedding, and we had what (we think) is a great idea. Since almost all of our friends have digital cameras, we want to setup a sharing site where we can collect all of their pictures from the wedding. We are looking for one site that will let a bunch of people upload to it, but will also allow us to download the originals? What does the Slashdot crew think? Where should we go?"
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jerquiaga jerquiaga writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jerquiaga (859470) writes "My little sister inadvertently signed up for a class on HTML and CSS, but she doesn't have any real HTML knowledge to speak of. To complicate matters, her teacher sent out a syllabus that told the students they need to find their own textbook. So I ask you, the Slashdot crowd, what would be a good book that addresses both HTML 4 and CSS in a way that a beginner would understand?"

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