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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

mark_reh Great! (64 comments)

Another reason not to get off our fat asses!

Can this robotic thing actually be less costly than simply putting a $50 laser printer at each desk?

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

mark_reh Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

I green laser pointer won't hold the binoculars steady.
It gets very tiring trying to hold a pair of binoculars to look at an object that's overhead. Kids can't do it, and most adults will tire very quickly.
At 10x you'll be lucky to get passing glimpses of objects as you try to hold the binoculars steady- try holding them steady to look at a terrestrial object during the day. It's nearly impossible.

So yeah, if you just want to catch a glimpse of something and then call it a night, binoculars are GREAT.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

mark_reh Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Also much harder to point them at any specific thing in the sky and holding them steady is a problem- especially for kids and especially big binoculars like 10x50.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

mark_reh Look for a used Meade ETX 90 (187 comments)

I found one for $80 with computer go-to controller. Optics seem very good. Check Craig's List for stuff for sale in your area.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

mark_reh yeah, right (441 comments)

"The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."

Let's see, I'll bet it went something like this:
"if it meant you could keep your job, would you want to work with the very best engineers that I'd like to hire from foreign countries?"
"Does that mean I can keep my job if you hire foreign engineers?"
"I'm looking for a yes/no answer here."
" uh...yes"

Refer to http://www.epi.org/publication... for the truth about the "best and brightest" BS.

If those foreign engineers they are going to hire are the best one would reasonably expect them to be paid as if they are the best. Does the data on salaries of current and past H1B visa workers indicate that they are being paid like they are the best?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

mark_reh Wha???? (331 comments)

"Or we should all just sit and hope for Microsoft to give us a new Windows with good integrated protection?"

What is there in MS history that would lead anyone to believe that MS could possibly make a secure Windows OS? I am flabbergasted!

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

mark_reh Forget the app store. (249 comments)

How about getting rid of iTunes? It would be really nice to just drag and drop files into my iPod as can be done with every other mp3 player/phone in the world.

about two weeks ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

mark_reh I admit ignorance about archeological stuff, (164 comments)

but how hard is it to "discover" a tomb that has a 5 yard wide road leading to its entrance? With carved sphinxes on either side? Encircled by a 500 yard long marble wall? Seems sort of obvious to me.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

mark_reh Here's the problem: (262 comments)

it isn't the douchebaggery of the people who are going to change the world. It's the douchebaggery of the other 99.9999999% who THINK that they are going to change the world.

about three weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

mark_reh Re:A real-world aimbot (219 comments)

It will no doubt benefit from the same economies of scale as they build millions and millions of them...

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

My "freedom loving" countrymen who want it that way are the guys who run the big companies. They, of course, get all the time off they want, and their jobs resemble time off anyway (golf and ski outings, dining out with others of their sort and politicians, etc.).

I used to work for HP in the early 90s. Every year the HR dept would host big meetings in which they announced the annual pay raises. They would come out and do a power point presentation describing how they had got together with the HR people from every big engineering employer in the SW US to define job title, duties, pay and benefits. Then they would announce that all the engineers were getting a 2.5% pay increase for the coming year and everyone would cheer, ignoring the fact that they were just told that HP had been colluding to limit pay and benefits with other major engineering companies.

I had been there for a number of years and had my annual vacation up to 3 weeks (not that I could ever actually take it). I interviewed for work elsewhere and found the pay offered at the new positions was exactly the same, but that my vacation time would reset to 2 weeks (not that I could ever use it). After many months of looking I finally took a job at a Japanese company that wasn't part of the network of collusion and got a hefty pay increase and even additional vacation (not that I could ever use it).

When you're an engineer and you want to take your vacation time in the US they came at you with "we're at a critical point in this project- you can't take off now", but you're ALWAYS at a critical point in some project, so you can almost never take off more than a day at a time. When you're young, dumb, and have no family you take this abuse, but as you get older and start pushing back they squeeze you out.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

The US is not a reasonable employment environment. In the US you are "given" typically 2 weeks, but in most professional occupations, you are lucky to actually get 1 week off in a year. When I was an engineer if I tried to take more than a day or two at a time I was given the hairy eyeball by management and branded "not a team player".

The hours worked per year in the US are probably the highest of any "developed" country. Do you think it's because we want it that way? I don't know anyone who doesn't want to take 6 weeks off per year. One of the main attractions to the teaching profession is the long summer break. It is so attractive that many forego the higher pay in other professions because they want to enjoy their lives a little.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

When you consider the hell their lives will become once they finish school, never getting more than a week or so off in a year, yeah, let them have a little time off ferchrissakes.

On the other hand, maybe if kids went to school year round they would be able to take off time as adults instead of working 51 weeks per year to try to keep up with smarter people in other countries (who went to school year round as kids).

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Athletes? (146 comments)

Calling golf and bowling sports is stretching the definition of sports.

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Playing real sports is a social and physical activity. Both can be beneficial.

Sitting on a couch swilling red bull, munching on funyuns, twitching your thumbs, and tea-bagging your virtual victims hardly compares.

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Yeah, and someone wins the lottery, too. That doesn't make it a good investment.

The number of people who make any money at video games vs the number who waste the biggest portion of their lives when they could be learning things is about as miniscule as your chances of winning the lottery. I stand by my assertion that it is a waste of time.

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

and completely useless in real life. Video games are a waste of time and energy like no other.

about three weeks ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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