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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

jimwelch Tribes are legally allowed to be racists. (646 comments)

They determine membership in their government by race. That too should be outlawed and all treaties null and void, they are in violation of many non-discrimination laws. And yes, I am Sioux Indian!

about 3 months ago

I typically start my workday ...

jimwelch Summer Hours (141 comments)

For the Summer we work 7:30-5:30 M-T and 7:30-11:30 F

about 3 months ago

GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

jimwelch Is it all about the license? (134 comments)

The first thing I saw was MIT vs GPL. What is the difference between the two?

about 6 months ago

Botnet Uses Default Passwords To Conduct "Internet Census 2012"

jimwelch Re:correction (222 comments)

Sounds like a good way for someone to shutdown your internet. Fake a root login attempt from every IP. You will lose all incoming internet for 90 days.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Calls For $5B Investment In U.S. Education

jimwelch It Depends on where you are. (257 comments)

Here in Oklahoma, we are desperately looking for programmers, engineers, and believe it or not: welders. Three local companies have Billboards up looking for welders, who are paid more than engineers!

about 2 years ago

Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

jimwelch Re:Upgrades wipe out my login cookies! (393 comments)

Nope! I just verified it is "firefox will remember history"

about 2 years ago

Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

jimwelch Upgrades wipe out my login cookies! (393 comments)

Every time Firefox upgrades, it wipes out my login cookies. It forces me to re-login to my sites. Is there a way to turn this dictator off?

about 2 years ago

Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

jimwelch Re:Local stores (322 comments)

That's OK. We can differ on what is the definition of a local store. from the original article. "What brick-and-mortar stores make sense where you live?" That is what I meant. B&M near me "local" verses remote: long drive either for me or for my UPS driver. I am not "in love" with the buy local slogan. Those that push that, better never take money from out-of-towner's. My "local" stores are filled with out-of-state tags because we are 25 mi from the border. I live in a medium town (36,000) 1/3 of the workers drive in from 25 miles away in larger cities.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

jimwelch Local stores (322 comments)

If we loose BB, all I have left is Target, Wal-mart, Staples, Office Depot and of course the INTERNET. My last 3 laptops came from Staples. Good Prices, Good Selection and NO pushy salesman! AND no LOUD music.

more than 2 years ago

Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

jimwelch My company must be weird (738 comments)

Most of our programmers have been here more than 20 years. I have been there 36 years. We are on a hiring binge. The off-shore people are NOT working out. as our local managers told corporate.

more than 2 years ago

Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal

jimwelch History (184 comments)

Check your history. This is the way it was in Britain. Until a Judge ruled otherwise.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Organize Elsevier Boycott

jimwelch Trade associations. (206 comments)

There is another part to the open access. Trade associations that publish specs. They want anywhere from $100-$1000 for a specification that MUST be used to manufacture equipment. Those specs are written by employees of many businesses (users). These associations do not pay taxes.These specs should be published as e-books for a reasonable price. $35 for example. They are still living in the 50s.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

jimwelch The Web (343 comments)

A web site like CMS matrix (use to be) where there is a table of *ALL* issues and responses that I can compare against each other and "my views"

more than 2 years ago

Oklahoma Hit By Its Strongest-Ever Recorded Quake

jimwelch Its Not just the Magnatude, its the depth. (202 comments)

OK 3 km, Cal, 25 km Also type of ground type of fault All of these variable make magnitude vs damage unreliable.

more than 2 years ago

Thermal Imaging Lie Detector In Development

jimwelch H. Beam Piper - Little Fuzzy (183 comments)

Had a Lie Detector, that measured your brain waves. It was used routinely in court. It is no longer under copyright, so it is free (or should be) on most of the e-readers or on the web.

about 3 years ago

Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors

jimwelch Is it age or skill? (582 comments)

I've re-educated myself every few years, as needed from punched cards all the way to tablets. From Fortran all the way to C++, JS, CSS, etc. I've worked for the same company for 35 years, made it through over 20 layoffs. I think it is skill, training, work ethic, and yes, personality. I've moved to the tech ladder. I volunteer in the community and have a happy, close family life. Maybe, some of you should consider coming to the Hidden Silicon Vally, Oklahoma. Where the houses are reasonable, the taxes are lower, the recreation is abundant, the air clean. Our rush hour is from 5:00 to 5:05.

about 3 years ago



Linux Installer: BIOS settings

jimwelch jimwelch writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jimwelch writes "My laptop (Compaq) requires special BIOS commands to boot properly into LINUX. Does any distribution handle this auto-magically? Why NOT? Installers figure out other hardware issues, why not the BIOS fixes? They are know in many forums.

Does anyone know of a DISTRO that "fixes" BIOS?"

Why Linux has trouble with ACPI? Microsoft!

jimwelch jimwelch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bitbangerok writes "Microsoft Conspiracy or Bug?

Could this be another monopoly violation?

Most of the problems with installing Linux has to do with APCI in the BIOS. Windows always works, why does Linux not? Microsoft is at the heart of the problem. While I was trying to install Linux Mint on my new Compaq Presario F700, I traced some of my problems to the BIOS, nothing new here. But I finally found a concise, technical explanation of why! This web page: HOWTO Fix Common ACPI Problems says:

"The ACPI Specification defines the requirements for the DSDT (and everything else, for that matter) pretty explicitly. Intel's ASL compiler, iasl, used to compile the DSDT to AML from ASL, will throw errors and warnings if the underlying ASL is buggy. Unfortunately, Microsoft's ASL compiler allows many of these errors and warnings to sneak by. As a result, many OEMs write buggy DSDTs, and it turns out that Windows is very forgiving of bugs in the DSDT that get by Microsoft's compiler (not surprisingly).

What this means is that a DSDT that does not conform to the ACPI specification will work under Windows, even though it shouldn't. However, when you try to use it in Linux, where the ACPI developers expect that the DSDT is written to comply with the standard (and the Intel ASL compiler), the buggy sections of the DSDT are unsupported. If you have a buggy DSDT, ACPI may not be aware that certain devices exist. Or, if it is aware, it may not support all of their capabilities. If you have either of these symptoms (missing or incompletely supported functionality in /proc/acpi), then the cause may be a buggy DSDT."
  • ACPI — Advanced Configuration Power Interface
  • DSDT — Differentiated System Description Table
  • ASL — ACPI Source Language
  • AML — ACPI Machine Language
I am wondering if this is not a symptom of a common computer problem that I have seen. With only one implementation in use, two bugs can cancel each other out. OEM's need to stop using M$ complier and start using Intel's, and make M$ fix windows."



Looking for sci-fi story read LONG time ago.

jimwelch jimwelch writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Does anyone recognize this story?

Starts in space as a military (dictator) ship gets energy from a sun/nova? When they return to the moon base (a prison) years later. It is deserted. Everyone seems to have left in a planned, slow manner, as thought it just was no longer needed.

When they get to Earth, the cities are also deserted. Everyone seems to live a rural life. A prisoner had invented cheap energy from just a few coils of wire. It transformed the way of life. Son of the inventor? is given more time to adjust. His father created the library system.

It may have been a short story, from the 60's or 70's


Who said this first?

jimwelch jimwelch writes  |  more than 9 years ago

If you design a system that an idiot can use,
only an idiot would *want* to use it.

There are many variations of this.
The "famous quote" web pages don't know this one.
I did a web search and got a bunch of sigs.

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