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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

jtollefson Falling prices (334 comments)

It's good to see and a definite short term benefit will be realized. Lord knows it cuts down on our commute cost. I think one thing that would need to be addressed is the absolute need for most families in rural areas to have more than 1 vehicle.

I live in small-town Minnesota and I don't know any family that only has 1 vehicle. I think the only way we could do this is to really push a paradigm shift to where companies push more for moving their work-force home where possible. This has been done somewhat, but, we see many companies moving their workforce back to the office too. Frankly, I feel office-work is economically a bad choice, ecologically irresponsible, & doesn't foster work-life balance.

Granted, this won't be a home-run as far as reduction... but, every bit helps!

about a month and a half ago

eBay Compromised

jtollefson Re:Personal online information (193 comments)

I did, but, I guess I didn't feel that I needed to lay everything out. :) Folks aren't allowed to sign-up unless they're 13 or over, but, all you would need to do is have a weekly, or even a daily process that would synch those online flags with the actual offline birthday.

about 7 months ago

eBay Compromised

jtollefson Personal online information (193 comments)

Just one more company giving one more reason why corporations should not be allowed to store personal information beyond what is absolutely necessary. Birthday would not necessarily need to be stored anyplace directly accessible, unless it was legally required but could instead be replaced by a flag for "above 13", "above 18", "above 21". If they absolutely needed to have the birthday for representation or audit purposes it could be stored in an offline version that could be brought online as needed.

In the end, efficiency was prioritized over the need to secure personally identifiable information (PII). eBay should not have stored so much PII in the same database, it should have been stored separately and linked on retrieval.

Sadly, security requirements being ignored or missed during design is a commonplace occurrence and they don't get fixed until something like this brings them to light.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

jtollefson Constructive Criticism (2219 comments)

The technical prowess of the crowd that contributes to this site is far above most other sites. The site looks like it was made with Wordpress, this is /. it should be better than that. Granted the old site was too, but, at least the story previews were more compact so you could more easily scan the articles. Also, it's hard to tell the subject line from the comment area, they should be more easily distinguished.

about 10 months ago

Mars Express Orbiter Buzzes Martian Moon Phobos

jtollefson A close-up look at Phobos (39 comments)

It's about time we got some reconnaisance on this place, I remember many years ago stories of people fighting the most hellish of beasts here!

about a year ago

India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

jtollefson Re:4 years too old (81 comments)

Why do I never have moderator points when I need them! Well said... and in regards to the investment reply. I understand what you're saying, but, the greatest investment a country can make is an investment that raises the standards of human life.

If they can reduce the fraud which will in turn allow them to place that money into much needed hands or re-appropriate that money into making lives better... Well, I don't think it matters how many people it actually gets off of welfare, it's stitching the gash vs. cleaning the scrape.

about a year ago

Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

jtollefson Re:still with the java? (211 comments)

Why your bank? They're using Java because it isn't going anywhere soon. It's highly integrated all over the place and is leading the way as the language of choice for everything from big-data processing a'la MapReduce frameworks in Hadoop to Mom & Pop shops just looking for a new college grad to put together something for their needs.

Dislike your bank because they're not treating you like their most important customer, not because they're using Java. =)

about a year and a half ago

COBOL Will Outlive Us All

jtollefson Re:Batch (318 comments)

I wish to the Lord
That I had mod points for you
That was flippin great!

about 2 years ago

Virginia Tech's RoMeLa Answers DARPA Robotics Challenge With THOR

jtollefson Re:Drive a car? (62 comments)

Oh! I know, the robot is going to test the TSA scanners?! Sweet, about time someone/something tested them.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

jtollefson Re:Bravo (244 comments)

No doubt, excellent answers! We should do them one in turn as well. I think it's important to note that there's a petition on Change.org to get the funding of Alcator bumped up on the US Agenda. Added my support, it's a good thing, maybe others can do the same. We all know how important this is and what it would do for the world. http://www.change.org/petitions/continue-funding-alcator-c-mod-tokamak-and-us-fusion-energy-research

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Create "Mighty Mouse" With Gene Tweak

jtollefson Re:Give to 1 area, ur taking from another (112 comments)

Living a sedentary life style leads to chair-butt, it's a fact, and proven.

Just look around the cubicle farm. =)

about 3 years ago

Recreating a Mysterious, 2,100-Year-Old Clock

jtollefson Re:vanity (209 comments)

I wish that I had a mod-point for you. That was the most insightful comment I've seen on Slashdot all day.

more than 3 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

jtollefson Games and Cygwin (1880 comments)

I'm staying on Windows because if I want to run a game I can and Cygwin handles any direly pressing thing I want to do in *nix.

Do I run a personal webserver? Yes, would I trust it to Windows? Hell no!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

jtollefson Re:parallel computing (194 comments)

Thank you for the reply, very informative. As far as price point, it would be the correct term, price point defines a point in a range of prices. There's two prices $25 & $35, both are low. :)

more than 3 years ago

Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation

jtollefson parallel computing (194 comments)

Since the price point on these are so low, what's the feasibility of doing mass grid computing on these machines?

more than 3 years ago

Girls Go Geek Again

jtollefson Re:Something here not right (378 comments)

I'm sure I'm just responding to flamebait... but I'll bite.

Every manager I've had in the past 10 years has been a woman. Matter of fact I just lost out a promotion to a woman. I'm not bitter either, she's just as good as I am and has been with the team longer.

There may be a disparity of women to men in many IT workplaces... but it isn't always the case. Take your stereotypes somewhere else because they don't always apply.

more than 3 years ago


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