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The 2014 Hugo Awards

metoc Old news (180 comments)

I was there. Didn't bother to attend the Hugos.

BTW. They were two ceremonies. Check out http://loncon3.org

about 4 months ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

metoc April Fools? (224 comments)

I guess April Fools came early with the new calendar. Or is the timing of the announcement off?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

metoc Sell more, ship less (249 comments)

The risks you will face:
1) The obvious, it may be lost or stolen. Can you afford to lose family photos and you personal info?
2) Vibration. It addition to having your boxes roughly handled, ships will expose your gear to low frequency vibration for weeks on end.
3) Temperature. Most shipping isn't climate controlled, so you may get condensation.
4) Incompatibility. Chances are where you are going will have difference power, communications, space and environmental

Recommendation. Sell everything you can't replace and buy new at the destination. Almost for sure where you are going will have difference standards which apply to electronics, furniture, appliances and clothes. Backup everything twice. Leave a copy in the cloud, and one with friends/family.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

metoc DJ license already covers this (349 comments)

Most of these events have DJs and commercial DJs are licensed, so unless SOCAN is double dipping his is a waste of a news article.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

metoc Heavily threaded things like databases (464 comments)

Most database servers are already doing the same things that virtualization accomplishes. SQL Server 2012 as an example can support multiple database instances, each with multiple databases and will use every last resource available, and be more efficient than hosting multiple copies of in their own OS instance in VMWare.

more than 2 years ago

New York City Pushes Plan To Prevent Cyberattacks On Elevators, Boilers

metoc Boilers and elevators have mechanical safeties (171 comments)

Most boiler and elevator design predates electronic/computerized controls so they have mechanical safeties.

Thumbs up to everyone who said networking them to the Internet is a DUMB idea.

more than 2 years ago

Disney Research Can Turn Nearly Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

metoc IBM Touchscreen used this (96 comments)

IBM used to had a touchscreen monitor that used pressure sensors in the base to determine where the screen was being pressed.

more than 2 years ago

Favorite Sony Gaffe?

metoc Sony would be perfect if it had better customers (329 comments)

Sony actually believes that they have the best (engineered) products in the world. They simply cannot accept that their products can fail.
Therefore it is always the customer's fault. The only reasons they have warranties is because marketing makes them.

If you want to see how snobby they are go play with their BetaCams.

more than 3 years ago

Towards a Permission-Based Web

metoc Apple decides who accesses their customers (230 comments)

Apple goal of late (at least since Steve Jobs return) is to return to the glory days of IBM and DEC. During the 60 & 70's IBM, DEC and almost all computer makers owned and controlled everything about their product lines. They build and serviced all the hardware and wrote almost all of the software. If you were a ISV or 3rd party you need to go through them/work by their rules to get access to their customers.

Apple is doing the same thing. They want complete control over their customer base. Want to sell an Apple customer software or accessories? You need to sell it through the App Store or include an Apple provided chip in your accessory, and they decide who sells through the App Store and who can make accessories. My only surprise is why they haven't started to lock down their computers and Mac OS.

So to be clear. If you own an Apple product you are an Apple customer first and foremost. And Apple decides who can sell software and hardware to you.

As always their are exceptions, but they are just that, exceptions.

more than 5 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

metoc Mommy speaks more than one language (958 comments)

It would appear that the option: "One to three: and they all speak the same language as my mom" is some slight against people would visit countries that speak there language and invade those that don't. As if there is anything wrong with that.

more than 5 years ago

Stargate Universe

metoc Typical intro to a spinoff (829 comments)

It was typical for a spin off series. Lay down the ground work for the viewers new to the series, throw in some background on the individuals, add cameos for the stars from the previous series and hint at whats to come. Most importantly don't mess with the formula.

As for the episode. It still amazes me how the writers handle "The Ancients". Come on. Someone sends out a robot spaceship for a indefinitely long journey and it doesn't have a way to repair itself? "The Ancients" are so omnipotent that they don't need spacesuits, supplies or tools to make repairs, but they do need spaceships? Either "The Ancients" are so overrated or the writers need to think before they write. Oops. I forgot we were talking about Hollywood.

more than 5 years ago

E-book readers ...

metoc Nothing is ever obsolete (503 comments)

My cell phone did not replace my landline. True I don't need both but they have there place.

My laptop did not replace my desktop. Some apps and tasks just need the screen size and power.

I am planning on getting a ebook reader to be able to access my docs and reference material without having to whip out a laptop (try doing that in a business meeting or on a bus, plus it can be concealed in a folio). It will not replace my ever growing library of paper books, at least not until they become bendable and not paper flimsy, larger (only paperbacks and hardcover novels are small) and have colour (especially for graphic and photos).

more than 5 years ago

I would install the following technology in my current/future children:

metoc Laser Defense + Internal Fusion = Home Schooling (549 comments)

Image your internal fusion powered laser defense equipped child bumping into another equivalently equiped child in day care. The ensuing carnage would result in you child having to be home schooled.

more than 5 years ago

Satellite Internet Providers

metoc What are your requirements? (336 comments)

Before you can expect any serious answers you need to answer some questions:

How many sites?
What are your data requirements? Are you web surfing, doing email or using SCADA?
What are your voice requirements? How many minutes a month per site? To where?
What is your latitude?
Do you have to be portable?

As for soultions, have you considered Inmarsat's BGAN service, MSAT, VSAT and Iridium?

more than 6 years ago


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