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Anxiety and IT?

lordsid Re:Chill out... (347 comments)

We play hakke sack where I work on breaks. It's a nice way to get your mind off of code. I figure it helps because you are too busy trying to maintain foot-eye coordination.

more than 3 years ago

JooJoo Tablet Dies, Fusion Garage Continues On

lordsid HA HA! (91 comments)

Serves them right.

more than 3 years ago

Ideas For a Great Control Room?

lordsid Two words... (421 comments)

ball pit.

about 4 years ago

Ushahidi Crowd-Sources Crisis Response

lordsid Re:Refreshing (71 comments)

Because when you need it, it's there.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum

lordsid In other news... (999 comments)

In other news, today, Knowledge was drug out in the street and shot in the best interest of revisionist history.

more than 4 years ago

Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?

lordsid How I would do it (235 comments)

I would build an x/y tram and mount a hd digital camera to it. Using a couple of hacks on the camera should be able to remotely trigger it from a computer program. Given stepper motors on the x/y you could control the position of the camera. This setup could be mounted over a table and the map could just lay there. Then do as others have suggested and use stitching software to put the images together.

As part of my job I work with GIS information on a daily basis. I would say the largest issue you are going to run into is getting the map to line up with reality. I know cartographers of old did not have the tools to create accurate maps like we do today. My point being scale may not be constant over the entire map compared to reality. While you may line up one or two points you might find yourself quite off on the others. You might just have to accept it as good enough for government work. I would suggest you look into technologies like geoserver or mapserver. Consequently geoserver has openmaps built into it.

more than 4 years ago

Why Paying For Code Doesn't Mean You Own It

lordsid Re:Incorrect (447 comments)

Nothing in your post contradicts what I said. I said they had no obligation to give them to you. Seeing as how you did not address any other examples it's obvious you have no argument.

more than 4 years ago

Jobs Says No Tethering iPad To iPhone

lordsid How are they going to stop it though? (423 comments)

Personally I'd like to know how he thinks he's going to stop it. Nothing like telling someone 'no' to challenge them.

more than 4 years ago

Why Paying For Code Doesn't Mean You Own It

lordsid Re:Incorrect (447 comments)

If you ask your dentist for your x-ray negatives they will not give them to you. It is because you hired them to produce the negatives. You didn't actually buy the x-ray, but the service to produce and interpret them. If you want to change dentists they are under no obligation to give you the originals and they can charge you for copies. Same thing goes with a photographer or even a professor at a university in regards to his curriculum.

Basically the reason I believe dentists do it is to give you a reason not to switch dentists, but it's your dental insurer paying for the negatives anyways. Unless of course my dentist was just being a dick.

more than 4 years ago

Why Paying For Code Doesn't Mean You Own It

lordsid Re:Incorrect (447 comments)

The only thing correct about your post is the title.

As a programmer I own all the of the code I write until I sign away that right. It is my companies fault that they did not require me to sign a contract giving up those rights. In fact I brought the issue up to them they still haven't done anything about it.

Try asking your dentist some time if you can have the x-rays they take of your teeth.

more than 4 years ago

Gates and MS Don't See Eye-To-Eye On CO2

lordsid FTFA: MS campaigning against DELAYING (288 comments)

Wow talk about anti-microsoft spin. They are campaigning against delaying the rebuilding process.

That's what you get for reading the fucking article.

more than 4 years ago

Five Years of YouTube and Forced Evolution

lordsid Re:User outrage more likely to be at Google (329 comments)

Are you trying to say Google is afraid their trademark on youtube will run out and come out with NewYouTube in response?

Because otherwise you epically fail at analogies.

more than 4 years ago

Firm To Release Database, Web Server 0-Days

lordsid Re:Responsible Disclosure (220 comments)

Basically what this is about is choice. The companies in question have been notified of the security flaws in their product. They have as of yet fixed said flaws. They have instead prioritized other projects above fixing the bugs. The choice was given to the companies in question. The choice is now being removed due to their inaction.

I will take irresponsible disclosure any day over people not fixing known bugs. This is forcing their hand and that is why they don't like it.

All in all, tough shit for the companies involved.

In an ideal world security flaws would be fixed when they are discovered. I think we can all agree this is not an ideal world.

more than 4 years ago

Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

lordsid My Experience... (709 comments)

If I'm messing around at work wasting time it means my brain isn't currently functioning. I've usually been sitting at my desk working on a problem for the last few hours and I need time to get up and let my mind unwind. The reason I consider this important because if I don't do this I will just sit at my desk staring blankly off into space. I don't know why but it helps me to break up what I'm doing. I consider these productive interruptions. My brain gets to go back to the problem and start solving it again with a relatively fresh start.

So basically what I'm saying is a certain amount of fucking around is important, as long as the work gets done. It's for the same reason that when I tell my boss I'm not really feeling it today he says "go home if you want". It beats me sticking around getting paid to do nothing but fill a desk. (large difference here is I'm hourly, worker owned cooperative)

more than 4 years ago

Google-Microsoft Crossfire Will Hit Consumers

lordsid Why Google will win the Search Engine War (336 comments)

Google will win the search engine war because you don't tell your friends to Bing! the latest flash game or Yahoo! that one sports video.

more than 4 years ago

Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"

lordsid Working in a 3 person department (736 comments)

I work in an IT department that consists of myself, a coworker and my boss/manager. We support all computers in two buildings, maintain the entire network and infrastructure, write all of the software, maintain the website, phone system, databases (5+), as well as our computer connection to a radio, and the computers in our taxis. I can be writing Java one minute and be called to replace a keyboard the next. I don't mind and honestly it breaks up the monotony of writing code. We do all of this with 3 people supporting 220+ employees. Needless to say we don't use Windows.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

lordsid Re:Then you can work, thief! (645 comments)

The parent wasn't complaining about the insurance companies being robbed. It is your co-workers who pay for your insurance when you cannot. If enough people are so "depressed" that they can't work the insurance company will adjust its rates if it continues long enough. That is exactly why your insurance goes up, because your company is costing the insurance company more to cover you.

While I agree an insurance company has no business using Facebook for determining a case they do have the right to investigate fraud. Keep in mind insurance companies have a whole slew of their own "trusted" professionals that are on their pay role and look after their best interest, not the insured's.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft, Other Rivals Slam Google Chrome OS

lordsid Penis Envy (324 comments)

Is it just me or are all these companies being a little quick to pounce on Google for this one?

'Instant-on is about being able to access your Internet applications in one second. Seven seconds is too long,' Hobbs (CEO of Phoenix Technologies) said. 'There is no such thing as "cold boot" for today's mobile PCs such as netbooks and smartbooks. You should be able to use your netbook like you use your smartphone -- a press of a button and you are "on."'

It takes my android phone a good minute to boot up and load the OS. I'm pretty sure palm and blackberry are just the same. The only reason our smartphones are "instant-on" is because they are already "on" and just standby.

more than 3 years ago


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