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Ubuntu Still Aims For Wayland in Quantal Quetzal

nko321 Re:Ubuntu to developers: "pound sand" (230 comments)

You can get an X server for Windows. Last I checked (years ago), Mac OS X was distributed with an X server on the install CD. I'm guessing that providing an X server in Wayland can't be hard... though admittedly, I've read no articles.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011

nko321 Phones and Tablets (118 comments)

How much you want to bet this has to do with smart phone and tablet adoption and their 3G / 4G speeds?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?

nko321 Gotta Redirect Your Question (151 comments)

You're a technical person asking a technical group a business question. Redirect your inquiry to a business person. If you were working for a commercial company, the terms of your distribution of this software would be sussed out by sales people, marketing people, business analysts, etc., but no technical people (unless you count sales engineers or the like).

Don't give anyone access to your own infrastructure. Maybe offer to do a backup / restore or otherwise make copies, but offer these options to a business person on your side, not to prospective external users.

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

nko321 My State Is On /.! (1007 comments)

As an Oregonian, it's always thrilling to see my home state in the news!! Uh... any publicity is good publicity, right?

This is an entry point for solid debate. The USA values personal freedom. At the same time, you can't drive without training, you can't sell drugs, etc. There is the concept of one's rights ending where one's fist ends and the next person's nose begins. Does this extend to vaccinations? How well understood are the risks? Are they worth the opportunity to eradicate scores of hideous diseases?

Someone want to play devil's advocate and argue "for freedom"? This being Slashdot, I know where approximately 100% of opinions are. I myself don't care passionately enough to pay attention long enough to make an opinion.

more than 2 years ago
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Sheffield Scientists Have Revolutionized the Electron Microscope

nko321 So the flow is... (90 comments)

"...has been constrained by the relatively poor lenses which are used to form the image. The new method, called electron ptychography, dispenses with the lens and instead forms the image by reconstructing the scattered electron-waves after they have passed through the sample using computers"

So while the old way had the electrons go through a "lens", they now go through a "computer."

I have this vision in my head of people looking through PC chassis and hoping to use it in place of a lens. So, what type of sensor IS being used? (No, didn't RTFA).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

nko321 Wow... (1307 comments)

Here in the IT department, we are amused every time some genius 1) Assumes IT can't provide something without bothering to ask, 2) slaps together part of a solution, 3) discovers they need IT's help in some critical way, 4) is appalled when IT thinks they have the right to do their jobs, and 5) never, under any circumstances, manages to realize what's wrong with their sloppy little 2nd grade crafts project of an IT service. You work for a hospital, you say???

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Handle Your Keys?

nko321 A Bag (763 comments)

I carry a sort of man-bag. It's just big enough to fit my netbook, a small notebook, a pen, tupperware lunch box and, yes, my keys. Wallet and phone, too, should I take them out of my pockets.

I've always got everything with me but since "everything" is a collection of small things, it isn't a burden.

more than 4 years ago
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Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

nko321 Sure (405 comments)

Because government mandated IT policy will cause an efficient and complete solution to Aunt Janey installing Bonzai Buddy.

Please, tell me how I can waste as much money as possible on this project.

more than 5 years ago
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Cross-Distro Remote Package Administration?

nko321 Re:Remote admin of a UNIX box? (209 comments)

You might consider having a machine or VM dedicated to being an admin console. You remote into that machine to do any work.

And with key based authentication, key(board) loggers aren't a worry.

more than 5 years ago
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Quantum Mechanics Involved In Photosynthesis

nko321 Re:Quantum Mechanics (137 comments)

Oh crap. Soon enough I'll have to have "Quantum Mechanic" on my resume just to get a desktop support job.

It's in EVERYTHING!

more than 5 years ago
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IT Job Without a Degree?

nko321 Human Networking (1123 comments)

I'm a Jr. Admin and there's no sign in site that I'm going to stop climbing anytime soon. I spent a couple of go-nowhere years in higher education.

A degree is great for many obvious reasons but consider the recruiter's perspective: you have 200 applications on your desk for one position. 100 of these either don't include a resume or have a generic, irrelevant resume that tells you the applicant saw your job posting and added it to the massive list of places to which they're applying. 50 or so are overqualified. 50 or so sound about right. Which of the 50 gets the job? The one with the prettier piece of paper?

If someone already inside the potential employer knows you, likes you, and thinks you could handle the job even if you're a little underqualified (or a little overqualified), your name just went to the top of the list of 50. The only place that has hired me without knowing me first was Wendy's- and they weren't going to hire me until I came in and made a good impression!

It's all about the People style of networking. Speaking of which, if you'd like to chat about breaking into the industry or just add another IT industry contact to your list, shoot me an email!

And hey, same goes for any IT folks looking to network!

more than 5 years ago

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