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Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

matthew_t_west I'm not a good source. (659 comments)

I'm probably not a good source, as I feel our Armed Forces should be out of most others' business anyway. Especially now that it's been, what, 75 years since WWII.

1 year,10 days

Fixing Fukushima's Water Problem

matthew_t_west Fuckushima (111 comments)

I thought I read, "Fucking Fukushima's Water Problem." Angsty submissions today!

1 year,10 days

Google Glass Integration For Cars Is Coming: Neat Idea Or Crazy Town?

matthew_t_west HUD First Please (102 comments)

I think a true heads-up display on a windshield would be much more useful than Glass. Plus it could be ensured on a true HUD, you are only seeing what you want to see (i.e. - car stats, speed, highlighted roadway/signs, etc.). I've been thinking of making one myself since there doesn't seem to be a good DIY version out on the webs. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

about a year ago

Debian Turns 20

matthew_t_west The real party is next year. (121 comments)

Everyone knows the 21st birthday is real year to party!

  "Shlappy Burfday Debbie Anne!"

about a year ago

Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding

matthew_t_west Spectacular! (34 comments)

Wow. That's amazing. Not only was Michael's photography well done, but to capture a meteor exploding, that's like a holy grail of meteor photography!

about a year ago

Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

matthew_t_west Re:Just The Tip (473 comments)

I completely agree. It's easier to aggregate who a person is through a centralized hub of activity in their life. In this example, it's Facebook. Don't think that a credit card company or bank won't give up that information. We are being profiled constantly. Right now it's just to scrape money, but who knows? The data is there, why not use it? "C'mon, it's there. We don't want terrorism do we? It's so easy to find terrorists now with all this data. So let's use it!"

Quite on topic, I deleted my Facebook account two days ago due issues like this. When I tell people, they ask, "Oh, you just deactivated it right? You'll be back." When I tell them, I went out and "deleted" my account, they sorta freak out. I remind them we have things like phones and e-mail. They can contact me directly.

I've also gone more to spending cash than using a debit card these days. Sure, I'll use it at a grocery store or an ATM, but no longer will I be announcing to my bank that I go out drinking on certain nights or that I purchase items from Gary's Discount Firearms or whatever.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions

matthew_t_west Dunthorpe? (460 comments)

Hi Linus,

Thank you for all the work you have done on the Linux kernel. As a CS major, I loved working with Linux and owe a lot of my learning experience to getting Slackware to work well on my first machine.

I have a question that's not specifically about Linux, more about life. So, one of my coworkers is Finnish (which is apparently a close-knit community in Portland) and she mentioned that you have a place in Dunthorpe.

Why did you choose to live in an exclusive community of estates rather than near Intel or in downtown? Do you feel that it segregates you from the Portland community at large? Do you care? How are your neighbors?




about 2 years ago

Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

matthew_t_west Going out on a limb... (612 comments)


How did you become such a tech pimp? I know it's not just the smarts, looks, and money.



about 2 years ago

UK's 'Unallocated' IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

matthew_t_west Re:USternet (203 comments)

I manage a college's network and we have a class B. Right now, we probably only use 30%, but with the growth of mobile devices, we are using more and more addresses. Each building has at least a class C for wired and a class C for wireless. It used to be, two buildings could share a class B. There's about 40 buildings, with 80 switches, 3 routers, 300+ access points, 100s of printers... Yeah, addresses get eaten up pretty quick.


about 2 years ago

German Court Grants Motorola Xbox and Windows 7 Sales Ban

matthew_t_west Obligatory (163 comments)

"NO MICROSOFT FOR YOU!" -- The Software Nazi


PS - I tried all caps, but I got a filter error telling me, "Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING" What if that's what I want to do? Apparently adding this post script took care of my yelling issue.

more than 2 years ago

Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast

matthew_t_west Brewing Implications (61 comments)

Wow. This has some implications for the craft/homebrew yeast companies. Control over reproduction rate and when it occurs at a more granular level... Although this can be controlled by providing food and adequate temperature, this may be something they could use. I'm thinking of these types of businesses:

Oh, and Left Coast Represent!

more than 2 years ago

Cisco Emerges From Restructuring 13,000 Employees Lighter

matthew_t_west Re:The laid off weren't just in non-core businesse (138 comments)

No wonder all my TAC support calls are handled by Indians. Not that I've every had a problem, but I just wondered why. I thought they were routing calls overseas, not having H1-B workers in the US. Granted, this is motivated by profit, but you think an American company like Cisco would be interested in helping our own economy by hiring local... You know with this 10-15% unemployment issue could be handled better if we didn't just approve more H1-Bs to come over and take our high tech jobs. *frowns*


about 3 years ago

Fukushima Robot Operator Tells His Story

matthew_t_west Doumo (57 comments)

Doumo Arigatou Mr. Robaato Opareitoru.


about 3 years ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

matthew_t_west Re:Thanks Netflix! (488 comments)

Yeah, I just went the other way two weeks ago... Bittorrenting to Netflix streaming (with the advent of AppleTV2 streaming.) And then they drop this. Thanks Netfux.


more than 3 years ago

Wearable Computers and Portable Power

matthew_t_west Let's leave the 90s behind... (25 comments)

The only "wearable computer" I want is a HUD in my spectacles. Wearable computing is not a new idea... Shit, the Dick Tracy watch was imagined before wearable computing was even a catch phrase. Let's call it something different, though... Wearable computers makes me think of the Tron Guy. The best one I have heard so far is "Mobile Computing."

For some real next level shit, check out Ubiquitous Computing: . That's _really_ the future. ;-)


more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs: the Comic Book

matthew_t_west Wow... (119 comments)

That cover illustrates plenty how glossed over this one is gonna be... He looks so... alien.


more than 3 years ago

Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

matthew_t_west Re:Every person's right (838 comments)

I live in Oregon, and our death with dignity act is one of the reasons I want to die here. To dispel some myths that anyone can use Dr. assisted suicide:

a. You have to be able to take a regiment of dozens of pills on your own. (People here are trying to change that as some debilitating diseases affect this ability.)
b. You have to have a terminal disease and a physician has to sign off that you will die in the next six months.
c. Your doctor, you, and two witnesses need to sign (one of the witnesses cannot be related to you, be in your will, be your doctor, or be a health care professional) paperwork to verify the procedure.
d. The patient must have sound mental judgement at the time of the decision.
e. The patient may rescind at any time.

There have been no known cases of abuse of this law to date.

If you want to know more, educate yourself by starting here: .

more than 3 years ago

Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

matthew_t_west Re:...and develop iOS on their iPads? (577 comments)

Mod parent up and great grand parent up.

Apple just changed how colleges have to present their products. There's requirements like: each Apple product must have X' of dedicated floor space, store must sell $65K+ product a year, must have product displayed in high traffic area. We had a small shop that sold to incoming students and was there as more of a service.

So we dropped selling Apple products on campus just as all the students are bringing them on campus. Smart Apple. Real fucking smart.

We still bought a couple hundred Macs for our annual replacement, but we did it through standard purchasing rather than being a reseller.... We now purchase little Mac Mini servers for departmental servers instead of Xserves. We still rack 'em since Apple hasn't embraced virtualization at all... They stopped selling XRAIDs all together. They are getting out of commodity hardware and more into media delivery. The iPad is a consumption device and for most users it's probably sufficient.

They also just announced not needing to have a computer to sync and backup your iPads and iPhones and iGizmos, so yeah, they're getting away from most users using Mac OS X. I don't thing MacOS will ever go away, but it will most likely be a "development" kit or whatever.

more than 3 years ago

What Cities Want Your IT Skills?

matthew_t_west Re:Fuck yeah (123 comments)

AC's got a point, but people live in different circumstances in different parts of their lives.

When I graduated college, my Dad said, "Go to where you can get a job." Well, it was 2002 and there was another tech slump, so I was applying to jobs as a recent graduate with much more qualified applicants in the pool. So I decided to move where I wanted to live. It took me a while, but I found good work as a network admin.

Plus a job isn't a life. That's the point the AC is making. You can find work anywhere. I'm serious. You just need the skills people want. My skill set is broad and not very deep (except for in CS/IT) so I can work in a lot of sectors. Life is way more than a job. And people that focus too much on their career lose balance and miss out on living life.

As a bonus for choosing my city before my job: I started my family after having a solid job in a place I wanted to live.

more than 3 years ago



Rape Trial by Facebook

matthew_t_west matthew_t_west writes  |  more than 6 years ago

matthew_t_west writes "A vigilante group of students at Lewis & Clark College of Portland, OR decided to take a sexual assault into their own hands by creating a group on Facebook. The group, "Morgan Shaw-Fox is a Piece of !^&% Rapist," was created as a means to bring the alleged rapist to justice. Is bringing someone to justice the job of peers, the institution, the media, or the law?"
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