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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

monk Re:Missing Option (177 comments)

You got my attention. That's a lot of semi-retired engineers in a business. I'm having trouble imagining what you would be doing. Care to provide more details?

Embedded video systems. Mostly frame syncs, recorders, and converter boxes.

about a year ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

monk Missing Option (177 comments)

With 40+ engineers, we have no turnover at all. (One guy left a couple of years ago, but he's back). But then we live in a resort area, work in a recession-proof business, and are all semi-retired, old-farts.

about a year ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

monk Google Docs is Open Source? (273 comments)

> could be cut by switching to free 'open-source' software, such as OpenOffice, or Google Docs.

Where is the source for Google Docs?

1 year,2 days

OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

monk They couldn't name it after the Sky cloud offering (197 comments)

So they named it after the Canoncial cloud offering, which is also called "One"? What's next "Dropship" maybe "MineCloud"? It's like they hired some clickbait spammer to name projects.

1 year,3 days

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

monk What I've Learned From My Own Experience (384 comments)

I suffered a brain injury at the age of five due to head trauma. I've had several issues over the years including memory and other cognitive problems.
Over the years, I've developed various coping strategies (lists, mnemonic tricks, remapping tasks to take advantage of strengths and minimize weaknesses).
The most useful thing I've learned is that most people have to make up for deficits, and you are not at all unusual.

The advice on exercise and healthy eating make sense in general, but you will also need to create some unfair advantages for yourself. Rather than depending on your own, natural memory, spend some focused time on mnemonic gimmicks. They aren't the same as learning, but they will allow you to carry lists around in your head like the world's most ingenious cheat sheet.

I've had good results with an old copy of You Can Remember By Dr. Bruno Furst. There may be better courses I don't know about, but this one gave me a bag of tricks I use every day to function almost as if I had a normal to exceptional memory.

It's just a bag of tricks though, and only a doctor specializing in cognitive issues related to sleep disorders is likely to be able to help you with the root cause.

1 year,17 days

I wish my cell phone was...

monk Re:50% more free (speech), privacy (495 comments)

I'm holding out for a US deloyment of Firefox OS

You can buy an unlocked, GSM, ZTE Open Firefox OS phone for $80. I have one. Works fine with an H2O Wireless (cheap AT&T) sim. It's fun and an impressive first release. It handles calls, email, messaging and web browsing fine, but don't expect it to be a complete replacement for an Android phone yet. Still rough around the edges.

about a year ago

Warner Bros. Admits To Issuing Bogus Takedowns

monk Re:Perjury? (199 comments)

Isn't making a false statement under the DMCA essentially like perjury? And if it is, why isn't someone being charged criminally?
And don't tell me it's a civil matter, because the *AAs have gotten enforcement of this ramped up to a federal crime.

The only crime that matters is annoying someone with power.
Who with power was annoyed by WB lying?
See? No crime.

about a year ago

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

monk Not the main Chinese exchange (346 comments)

I've never heard of GBL.

The big Chinese exchange is BTC China.

about a year ago

I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

monk Re:I'm on a boat (398 comments)

Is it a land yacht? Because tornadoes only occur on land.

They can -- and do -- cross bodies of water. They can even form there. I guess technically, if you're on a boat, you wouldn't get hit by a tornado -- because it's called a "waterspout" when it's over a lake, river, harbor, inlet, canal, bay, ocean, whatever. But it would still ruin your day.

Obligatory "Tornado Strikes Racing Yacht" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhJS49_W6b4

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

monk Re:Morning Workout to a Video and Treadmill Desk (635 comments)

> Thanks for the no-duh moment, googling 'treadmill desk' was so obvious.

I actually gave you quite a few specifics. No links, because I didn't intend to promote any particular brand. Normally, I would be happy to give you more detail about the treadmill desk I've used for several years now and how well it's worked out and the issues raised and resolved at work, that sort of thing. Over that time, walking 8 hours a day had a small positive impact on my cardio fitness and a big positive impact on skeletal/muscle resilience and comfort. But your attitude actually makes me enjoy whatever small suffering your life may bring.

You really need to learn how to interact with humans who haven't been paid to pretend they like you.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

monk Morning Workout to a Video and Treadmill Desk (635 comments)

I do the Power90 workout with my wife six mornings a week before going to work, then I have a treadmill desk at work where I walk all day as I code, read, surf, post on /. If we have a really early or hectic day ahead we move the workout to before dinner. If we're sick or injured in some way we modify the workout a bit. The big secret is not to push hard, just show up and keep moving. The workout is for cardio and strength, the treadmill desk wiped out any aches and pains and bad posture from hunching over and typing for 20 odd years.

Give yourself three months of drill instructor attitude to get in the habit and aim at 3 years to measure your results, just to avoid any short-term thinking. That worked great for us, and now it's just natural to get up and do it.

That's pretty much all you need.

about 2 years ago

I sit in front of a screen for ___ of my waking time.

monk Missing Option: I Stand or Walk. (196 comments)

I sat for 18 years. Now I have a treadmill desk at work. It's done wonders for my legs and posture. I'm not sore and hunched over.

about 2 years ago

Who Would Actually Build an Ubuntu Smartphone?

monk Companies that might build an Ubuntu Phone (230 comments)

But which company would actually build such a device?

Amazon is a possibility if they don't want to have all of their eggs in the Android basket. They've proven they can manage manufacturing, and no one does distribution better.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

monk I'll Shop Locally Online (430 comments)

My wife and I actually run two websites, one for local artists, artisans and crafters and another for local service businesses, so people in our county can gift shop locally online.

more than 2 years ago

Brain Scans of Rappers and Jazz Musicians Shed Light On Creativity

monk Re:Cue the hatred of hip hop artists (92 comments)

I'm sure this thread will have lots of blather about how hip hop lyrics are (not) valid artistic expressions.

To support your argument that Hip Hop follows a long tradtion:

LO, praise of the prowess of people-kings
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,
we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!
Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes,
from many a tribe, the mead-bench tore,
awing the earls. Since erst he lay
friendless, a foundling, fate repaid him:
for he waxed under welkin, in wealth he throve,
till before him the folk, both far and near,
who house by the whale-path, heard his mandate,
gave him gifts: a good king he!

Beowulf (Prologue)


Yo! I know you heard of the Scyldings already
When battle went down, the kings were deadly, swords steady
Each one did whatever he said he
Would do, and to grab onto more glory was ready.
Scyld started their line, looked mighty fine
Just a baby found a-bobbin' in a boat
Grew great so kings gave him silver and gold

The Beowulf Rap

more than 2 years ago

Jonathan Coulton Re-records 'Code Monkey' For Us

monk Awesome (62 comments)

Loved the original, and this version is fun. The lights on the monome were a show all by themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

monk Re:What if they are right? (529 comments)

No, the "Chuck" in question is Chuck Moore, and the universe is thus written in Forth (aka "Toaster code", or "back to front lisp" [stacks instead of lists] if you wish.).

I can , in fact, confirm that Chuck Moore is God.

The strange and paradoxical puzzles of physics are nothing more than the universe expressing itself in Reverse Polish Notation.

No discussion of creating simulated universes is complete without a reference to Forth. After all, what's the very first language you bootstrap on a new architecture so you can get right to work?

And ColorForth changed my thinking about code in ways I can't begin to list. Interestingly, Chuck Moore lives a few minutes from me.

more than 2 years ago

Look-Alike Web Sites Hoodwink Republican Donors

monk Re:How about? (294 comments)

Caveat Stultus.

Even better.

more than 2 years ago



Arthropod Chain Gangs

monk monk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

monk writes "Science News references a story in the October 10 Science about Cambrian invertebrates which formed weird permanent chains up to twenty individuals long. 'The discovery of 525-million-year-old fossils belonging to a new species of arthropod shows that these animals formed communal chains never before seen in fossilized invertebrates.' It should be obvious to any slashdotter of a certain age that this is the true origin of the so called 'centipede' in the eponymous game."
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