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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

markdavis Article has nothing to do with safety (88 comments)

Perhaps I missed something, but the linked article (and also the Fotokite product/site) has absolutely nothing to do with safety. It talks about privacy/transparency.

A tether to a person on the ground only makes the devices even more unsafe, as they now get tangled with each other and other environmental hazards. Perhaps it would limit its range (which is not mentioned in the article), but a heavy device falling is a heavy device falling.

One thing that would increase drone safety would be an automatic parachute so when they do collide or lose power or go ape crazy, it can more softly return to earth.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

markdavis Re:Job Hopping (282 comments)

This is a reply not just to you, but to several similar posts at once:

1) I don't have trouble maintaining employees, and it is precisely because I am careful to hire someone that won't quickly leave.

2) We don't have the best pay nor all that much room for positional growth, but it is a great environment and very stable. I am careful to disclose as much as possible about the goods and bads of the position so there are no unreasonable expectations.

3) I don't count contract work as job hopping. It is not the same thing, and it is usually apparent based on the resume.

4) The type of positions I am hiring for are not project oriented as many posts have assumed. It is departmental management, training, systems administration, and support.

5) I agree that people should be moving on if they are stagnating, but I can't have that be every 1 to 2 years, we simply don't have the resources to deal with that type of turnover in a small company.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

markdavis Job Hopping (282 comments)

I can tell you now than when I am hiring and looking at resumes and see 1 year, 2 years, 1.5 years, 9 months, I label it is a "job hopper" and throw it in the "least likely to consider" pile. And a CRAPLOAD of the resumes are that way, regardless of the position. Many things come to mind when I see that "hopping"- maybe they are just using each job as a stepping stone to get more money or experience, maybe there is something wrong with them and they can't keep a job, or perhaps they are too easily bored.

As an employer, hiring a new employee is a HUGE amount of time and financial drain on my department. Regardless of what somebody does know or thinks they know, I rarely get full productivity from someone until perhaps a year (sometimes less, sometimes more). If they are looking for such temporary employment, I need them to just look elsewhere.... I need some reasonable return on my investment.

I don't expect people to stay at a job for decades anymore (although there is nothing wrong with that... I have 25 years now with the same company) and I know sometimes a job is just not a good fit. But turnover in a small department can be devastating. If I were to see the same resume with 5 years, 3 years, 6 years, that looks FAR more attractive.

about three weeks ago

Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

markdavis Re:define "minority" (376 comments)

Nonsense. "White" is not a dirty word, nor is "Black", they are just terms. But if people are going to describe people's "race" based on a continent/huge region of origin, then "European American" is no different than "Asian American", "African American", "Latin American", etc.

If you are Black, I am White.
If you are Negro, I am Caucasian.
If you are African American, I am European American.

I believe strongly in *EQUALITY*.

about a month ago

Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

markdavis define "minority" (376 comments)

So, since we are into discrimination and punishing...

In my city, European Americans *are* the minority (to African Americans; there are very few of any other race). So would THEY be eligible for free preferential treatment from Google?

Or does "minority" just mean anyone who is not European American?

about a month ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

markdavis Desperate for sure (365 comments)

Microsoft must be really desperate.

No thanks.... oh, and no thanks on that Air thing either... love my Nexus 10 tablet. :)

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

markdavis Re:Dead on arrival (345 comments)

>" That's a Japanese sport touring bike with a big crotch rocket engine. It's reasonable quiet until you get onto the freeway and wind it up."

I *have* a 1.4 liter Japanese sport touring bike with huge performance. And like all other factory Japanese bikes, it is not loud at all, regardless of how much I "wind it up". Why? Because I didn't replace the stock, legal, quality, perfectly appropriate muffler with some loud, annoying aftermarket thing that serves no purpose except to scream "look at me" (or "listen to me, whether you want to or not") and pretend that it does something for performance (which they do not).

Loud is not performance. Loud is not safer. Loud is just annoying.

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

markdavis Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

But it doesn't need to be *LOUD* to accomplish that. It certainly needs to be no louder than a modern, quiet car.

I wish people with loud vehicles would be ticketed to death... and that especially holds for boom-box cars.

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

markdavis loud = fast NOT (345 comments)

>"with the electric Harley able to go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds."

Wow, so that makes it only twice as slow as my old gas Kawasaki. Extreme noise (because people think loud = performance, which it does not) and vibration (along with poor handling and old tech) are Harley trademarks... I can't imagine why they would be interested in producing such a model.

about a month ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

markdavis Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

>"The party system itself is the issue"


*NOTHING* is really going to change until the voting public actually has some real choices- and that means more candidates and more parties and with a sane voting framework. The current system will simply not allow another other party to win, because people can't vote how they REALLY want to vote....

The solution is that we need to be able to use some type of instant runoff voting system that lets us rank candidates so we can vote our conscience without fear of wasting votes. Once that happens, other parties have a chance and new parties will start forming.

about a month and a half ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

markdavis Re:State (260 comments)

1) I guarantee if you say "Virginia State shooting" to any of the many millions of people around here, every single one will immediately assume you mean "a shooting at Virginia State University" and not "a shooting in the Commonwealth of Virginia" or "a shooting in the State of Virginia". And it would hold true for countless millions of people NOT around here, too.

2) I never suggested using "bare Virginia". I said to use "Virginia DMV" which is quite precise, domestic or international.

3) And "Commonwealth of Virginia" is certainly not "little known", it is on all kinds of documents and signs and materials. But I suppose everything is relative. Even so, my statements were and still are correct.

about a month and a half ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

markdavis State (260 comments)

>"Virginia State Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft"

Virginia State is a university and Virginia is a Commonwealth. Sometimes these abbreviated topic lines really are bad.

Couldn't it just say Virginia DMV? It is actually *FEWER* characters.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

markdavis Yeah, right (711 comments)

>" 'They had bought an Android phone by mistake, and then had sought a better experience and a better life.' "

No, what they PROBABLY did was buy a piece of s***, low-end, low-cost Android phone and hated the experience. And that should surprise nobody.

Had they bought a Nexus 5, a Samsung Galaxy S4/5, an HTC One, an LG G2/3, etc, those same people would likely not be dumping it for an iphone.

about 2 months ago

A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

markdavis Re:Great job David! (86 comments)

I agree totally. It might get one seen, but it is distracting to the point it probably would be very dangerous for the wearer.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

markdavis Re:So... (90 comments)

Thanks for the info

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

markdavis Re:So... (90 comments)

Not that it affects me (since I am in USA, use Linux, and would never use Bing) but I would love to know:

1) How MS knows you actually switched anything in your browser, unless they built in spyware to watch what you are doing.

2) If this applies to browsers other than IE.

3) If it applies to platforms other than MS-Windows.

4) As others said, what prevents you from immediately just switching back?

5) Are they really THAT desperate to have people use their search engine/home page?? (Although I guess it really isn't going to cost MS anything to "pay" for this promotion).

about 2 months ago

Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

markdavis Re:Google.Facebook.No highly staffed CS call cente (250 comments)

>"very few white people in a sea of African Americans"

Or "very few European Americans in a sea of black people"

If we are going to be PC, then term equality would be nice instead of having just one be "special".

about 2 months ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

markdavis Try 8 (340 comments)

>"Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17"

I must be above average then (or perhaps below average), since I get something like 300+ channels and watch maybe 8?

Ones I can get over the air (so I don't count those 6, of which I might even watch only 3)+

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

markdavis Re:Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

How the above post could possibly be modded up for any metric is beyond me.

about 3 months ago



Yahoo Changes IM Servers- Incompatible with Pidgin

markdavis markdavis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

markdavis (642305) writes "As of June 17, 2009, many Pidgin users are having trouble connecting to Yahoo! IM accounts because Yahoo! seems to be upgrading their servers to a new version of their software. The new version requires a new authentication method and the latest version of Pidgin does not support this new authentication method. The next version, 2.6.0, will, but it has not yet been released. The only current workaround is to manually select a "pager server" that hasn't been upgraded yet. Some people will not notice this problem until they disconnect. Others have noted that GAIM appears to be unaffected yet Kopete *is* affected."

markdavis markdavis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

markdavis writes "For Linux to really succeed in business, it must have support by vendors for the core financial applications (General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll/HR) first.

I am the IT Director for a long-term-care medical facility (400 employees) and found out a few weeks ago that the vendor that supplies our GL, AP, HR, and Payroll software is dropping support for our platform (Linux) in November (after using them for four years). They code in Progress and have decided to convert to a proprietary web GUI (IIS + IE6 + ActiveX) rather than use Progress + Apache + any browser. This means we either abandon Linux or we are in the market for new accounting software modules (I bet you know which is my preferred choice).

All businesses require the core accounting functions, mentioned above. Most companies also require "industry specific" software which is customized for their industry. For example, in healthcare, AR (Accounts Receivable) is VERY different from all other industries. It is 2007, so hopefully the Linux choices for at least the core, non-industry specific financial software have improved since our last search, four years ago.

I have been working on an RFI/RFP (Request for Information/Proposal) and identifying as many possible vendors as possible. I have searched through hundreds of vendors so far and identified 39 possibilities, but could always use more.

Hence the questions: Do any other slashdotters use Linux server AND client (or web browser under Linux) software for financials in a medium or smaller/medium sized organization? If so, what do you use? Do you like it? Problems? Any advice (other than "give it up")?"


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