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FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

novar21 Because they watch too much tv. (173 comments)

They don't relize that the fields are not plowed by mule or oxen anymore. They would be stunned to see the tech in the harvesters and tractors these days. GPS, radios, air conditioning. Heck, thats just the equipment for the field. Then in the homes usually are computers hooked to the internet to trade futures on what they are growing/raising. Then there are applications to measure livestock growth/health as well as soil analysis systems. The city dwellers think you just throw out some food and water and the animals take care of themselves (no vets/tests needed). Or that there aren't any regulations on them in respect to soil conservation or contamination. Not to mention air quality. Sad, but most just don't have a clue.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Managers Are Aloof Says Psychologist and Your Co-Workers

novar21 LOL... (378 comments)

Yup, I am a smoker. And yes that helps to some degree, but less as the years pass and the taxes on the cigs goes up here. over 6 bucks a pack now, so we share lot.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Managers Are Aloof Says Psychologist and Your Co-Workers

novar21 But I like the BOFH! (378 comments)

And from time to the users have earned that ALOOF or BOFH response. (not really saying that I would kill anyone or cause major injury). But what I have done is gone to management, with documented proof of violations of policy attached to the policy and asked what action they would like me to take. **I only do that for termination offences. Where I work IT can have someone fired. And I have accomplished that task on more than one occasion. Management knows I will take action "only in defensive measures". Most of the time, when I ask management (note non IT management) what action they would like me to take, the response is first silence followed by - "I will make sure this doesn't happen again". But.. then I am labled aloof or not a team player. It wears off after a while, and the older management respects me for defending IT and the policies THEY set. Do they pay me enough for that? HELL no. Am I aloof, not at all! But if it's going to be me fired for something they did... I am not going down alone.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Managers Are Aloof Says Psychologist and Your Co-Workers

novar21 Not surprised. (378 comments)

Worked in the IT field for over 30 years. Seen things and learned things about people I REALLY didn't want to know. But the not sharing of information from IT management to direct reports is very common. Even worse in government IT. But gossip does exist in IT. It is just not as useful. Most of the gossip is personal stuff and not what is going on in the organization. But then again, most organizations never share information with IT (maybe distrust?). So IT is the last to know about changes happening.

more than 2 years ago
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Senators Recommend FTC Perform Antitrust Investigation Of Google

novar21 Hmmm. OK so we give a monopoly to MS? (315 comments)

Investigate Google. Who is a major provider of internet search/advertising but has never been convicted of abusive monopoly practices of trying to diversify into other areas. Then limit them so that a convicted abusive monopoly (MS) can gain market share into search or other areas. "Look over there!!! It is more important!!!" "Don't watch what I (MS) am currently doing. It is unimportant." Simple misdirection while causing your competition great grief.

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

novar21 Re:What? When was the last time you used linux? (394 comments)

Sorry to hear you cant find a workable solution. I don't monkey with my daughters machines. She takes care of her own stuff. For your benefit and my curiosity I asked her how she did it. She sighed and said just go out to you tube dad and watch the videos. She said that there are many and its not hard. She is happy. It works for her. Maybe you should write Apple and let them know about your disappointment in them.

I also asked her if she gets her system issues taken care of via you tube, and I got another exasperated teen response and eye roll - " Ahh Dad, Google is your friend... DUH".

I laughed and went back to my daily routine. She wants to be a teacher when she gets out of school. I hope her attitude improves before then - LOL.

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

novar21 Re:Decent Computer? (394 comments)

Network scanning or just via the USB cable?

I have both USB and Network scanning (wireless) just fine. No special actions necessary. Just asked Fedora to find the unit.

What about faxxing?

yup, not a problem.

Does the automatic document feeder work? What about duplexing?

Yes, the automatic document feeder works. Yes, duplexing works.

When you say you had no trouble getting it working, is that because you like me know what your doing... or could my mom do it too with no trouble?

My wife and daughters have no problem adding software or hardware to our linux boxes. My wife is not a computer tech, nor are my daughters.

Now, I dont think anyone is in any position to state that your mom or anyone else can do something without trouble. My Father uses linux. My Mother uses linux. They are in their late 60's early 70's.

more than 2 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

novar21 What? When was the last time you used linux? (394 comments)

1) Itunes - sure there are plenty of great media players and what not for linux... but if you have an ios device whether its a new ipod, ipod touch, iphone, or ipad (and literally tens of millions of completely normal people do, they need itunes)."

Umm - my daughter uses I-Tunes on her Ubuntu machine. She's 17, and had no problem installing it and getting her ipod working.

2) TurboTax etc... yep its just one week a year. But millions of completely ordinary people do their taxes with this type of software.

LOL - been doing my Turbox Tax on the web under fedora and ubuntu for years. Cheaper than buying the CD's at the store. I have access to all of the forms and everything. Plus I dont have to waste space on my machine with software I only use once.

3) Miscellaneous Toys - from the child friendly Barbie photo manipulation software that came with the Barbie camera to setting up your new Logitech universal remote to an AppleTV to programming a Lego Mindstorms creation with LabView. This affects far more people than you might think.

Dont use any of those. Dont have any need, so I cant say if this is true or not.

4) Video games - Believe it or not, lots of perfectly normal people play everything from World of Warcraft,to Left4Dead, to the copy of Bejeweled or Riven they picked up at Walmart for $7 as an impulse buy.

I run 3d games all the time under Fedora. I used to use Ubuntu for games, but recently changed to gaming under Fedora. I run imprudence as well as others.

5) Peripherals - Printer fax scanner copier combination devices in particular still suck with linux. Getting printing going is usually relatively straightforward, but anything else is a complicated crapshoot.

I have an HP8180C. It prints, copies, scans. Never had any issue under Fedora or Ubuntu. I have a wireless Logitec mouse and keyboard connected to my Ubuntu machine. Never had any problem, Anything I connect to these machines works just fine. I also burn DVD movies under Ubuntu. Hook up my digital camcorder to my firewire port on my laptop running Ubuntu. Copy off all of my daughters high school events and burn them to cd's or DVD's for her and my wife.

I really wish people would stop with these old worn out generalizations. If you dont like Linux, fine dont use it. But please dont tell people that it wont work for anyone. It works fine for my family and many of my neighbours and friends.

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

novar21 I agree with most of what you said. (311 comments)

But I am unsure about the game of chicken. I have a strange feeling that Google is ready to take them on. I wouldn't be surprised of they got aggressive and took the battle directly to Apple, M$, and Oracle. Since they already are in a battle with oracle, we will have to wait and see what is left of oracles patents after all of the reviews. Most of Oracles patent claims have been shot down already. They are still being reviewed, and the court case is starting to drag on. Not sure Apple or M$ would really like to end up being dragged through the courts for years and years. But what I really cannot predict is who will be willing to settle early. All of these companies have A LOT of pride. So I can only imagine a LONG and protracted patent battle to the death. Or maybe its just my sick mind dreaming. - lol

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

novar21 I don't think they are surrounded (311 comments)

or desperate. I think Google decided it's time to do battle. It's easy to sue the little guys. But when your the size of Google, it becomes MUCH riskier. They can drag Apple, Oracle and M$ on for years in court. This is not what those three want. A lot of FUD is being displayed, trying to show this as desperation. But I think Google got tired of them picking on the manufacturers of the Droid phones. If Google did nothing, the three would drive away all Droid phones. That in turn would cut into Googles revenue. So they must take action. They already work with the patent office for search in patents and prior art. They have a lot of experience in that now. And they may wield some influence there and in politics. Dont underestimate their cunning. If they assemble a good legal team, it should turn out to be quite a battle. Especially if HTC and others band together with Google. Just waiting for the bell, so I can start making the pop corn.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data

novar21 NO (130 comments)

- NO. State Employees get a 401K. There is no pension or healthcare. It has been proven over and over, that contracting in this state costs more.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data

novar21 I agree... (130 comments)

If I had mod points, I would give +1 insightful. From a slightly different perspective, I work in IT for a State Government. The Feds and the States are very similar, except that they are reducing compensation at the State level. So recent graduates are not even looking for employment with the State. It is so bad now that we have permanent job postings for IT positions. But the benefits and pay are no where near private sector. They have to have contractors now that so many have retired. The contractors cost far more than State Employees. But you still read articles in the local papers about how over paid State Government workers are. Plus the same mantra over and over that government workers just sit around and do nothing all day. I guess if they keep this crud in the press, then the populace will accept it as fact. I know of many contractors who have failed in the day to day duties, yet they are still employed. Many of the government contracts are poorly written. Add to that management not holding the contractors to the signed contract and properly monitoring progress of the projects. Over all it is very sad to be in government IT unless you are a contractor. And if you are a contractor, your only benefit is in knowing that you are better compensated than the government employees around you. Either way you are still told: "Do more with less" which has never made sense to me. Following those instructions means that you have to loose quality or quantity. There really is no other choice. Throw in the furlough days, bank leave time, and all of the other compensation reducing schemes, and our compensation has been reduced by thousands of dollars per year. All of those savings are going to pay for contracts. In my state the contracts total over 15 billion. That is more than what it costs to pay for the state employees. They privatize different functions more and more. Costing the tax payers more and more. Sorry for the long rant. I will get off the soap box now and let someone else have it.

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ Limits Microsoft's Purchase of Novell Patents

novar21 ummm, no. (35 comments)

There are many more patents that are in the OIN portfolio than what M$ is getting a license to. M$ will not be able to use any OIN patents against anyone belonging to OIN, or against someone using GPLed software. Novell has been a member of OIN, so those patents that M$ is buying are already licensed to OIN. OIN has nothing to fear from these patents. The position now is that M$ also has nothing to fear about these patents. Other patents that OIN has can still be used against M$. But I am not a lawyer. And this is not legal advice.

more than 3 years ago
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Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!

novar21 May he find... (226 comments)

a nice blue lady to dance with tonight. And smile into the morning hours.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS On Header Files and Derivative Works

novar21 Computer Associates International, Inc. v. Altai, (247 comments)

Computer Associates International, Inc. v. Altai, Inc. http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=6976925648486076739&q=Computer+A ssociates+International,+Inc.+v.+Altai,+Inc.&hl=en&as_sdt=2,23&as_vi s=1 This is where the abstraction-filtration-comparison process was used in a copyright and trade secret case. The process the court must first determine the allegedly infringed program's constituent structural parts. Then, the parts are filtered to extract any non-protected elements. Non-protected elements include: elements made for efficiency (i.e. elements with a limited number of ways it can be expressed and thus incidental to the idea) elements dictated by external factors (i.e. standard techniques) design elements taken from the public domain Any of these non-protected elements are thrown out and the remaining elements are compared with the allegedly infringing program's elements to determine substantial similarity. So header files would be thrown out because of standard techniques and design elements taken from the public domain. The kernel header files mainly express the POSIX standards of communication between the system and programs. That is not to say ALL header files are not copyrightable. A header file used in an application may be copyrightable if it expresses something outside of the three excluded elements above in sufficient quantities. But in this instance the portions of the kernel header files that Google copied into a new file and distributed fall into one of the three exclusions from above. I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. Read the legal findings yourself or consult a real lawyer if you are concerned.

more than 3 years ago
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Who's Behind the Google-Linux License Ruckus?

novar21 its not hard, but (241 comments)

when Google decided to design their new phone, they had some criteria to follow to make it successful. They needed it to be: 1. small, not use tons of storage or memory (allows the phones to be inexpensive) 2. able to run on ARM (RISC) cpu's (low power draw, so bateries last more than an hour) 3. little or no cost to license (allows phone manufacturers more profit) so far linux fits the bill - but 4. have a development platform that is familiar to the maximum number of developers available and is focused on one language Javame would fit the bill, but the cost to license may not fly with the phone manufacturers. So... Google made their own JAVA like language/VM using DALVIK from Apache and the linux kernel You can compile linux apps to run natively on your ARM phone, but you will be missing many libraries. And the more libraries you add the less space you have on your phone. So Google thought the best solution was a java like system that was light weight, open source, and familiar to many developers. It seems to have been the right choice so far. And they have continued to expand Android and enhance it. Not to mention market it quite well. But this is only my opinion, I could be completely wrong. Just ask my wife, she'll tell you that I am wrong all the time :)

more than 3 years ago
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Who's Behind the Google-Linux License Ruckus?

novar21 Others pointing fingers... (241 comments)

always makes me suspicious. If you have nothing to gain (financially or otherwise) what is the purpose of making statements that someone may be doing something illegal or that ramifications could be disastrous. The only purpose would be to spread fear, uncertainty, or doubt to benefit another entity. It seems like gossip to me. It is very distasteful, and I try to avoid reading things of that nature. Although I must state that I am an android phone owner and very happy with the device. I will probably buy my wife one this June. If the Linux Kernel writers do not like what has been done, so be it. I can write software. And I am willing to release it under a GPL'ed license. This is not a big deal to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted

novar21 Re:Only a class C type flares expected. (204 comments)

Cool! I guess I looked to soon. Maybe the wife will get her wish. I have to check the weather now.

more than 3 years ago
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Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted

novar21 Only a class C type flares expected. (204 comments)

It wont even create a good aurora. We need a good M type flare for that. Bummer. The wife really wants to see a good aurora someday. We live to close to the city lights for any good viewing. We would have to drive out into the country. Well since we are approaching solar maximum, we might have to take a drive in the next year or two. Here is the link that describes the events: www.spaceweather.com "BEHEMOTH SUNSPOT 1158: Sunspot 1158 is growing rapidly (48 hour movie) and crackling with C-class solar flares. The active region is now more than 100,000 km wide with at least a dozen Earth-sized dark cores scattered beneath its unstable magnetic canopy. Earth-directed eruptions are likely in the hours ahead." Class M flares are good for viewing. Class X is where we lose electricity or radio/satellites.

more than 3 years ago

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An Idea for opensource

novar21 novar21 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

novar21 (1694492) writes "Just a marketing idea to get open source software accepted: http://fossforce.com/2010/06/gpl-the-google-public-license/
Kid of makes sense... and seems reasonable. Just looking for other opinions, to predict the future is foolish, but could google really pull this off? Not sure GNU would mind the extra advertising, even if Google would slightly mis-represent the acronym. Could this be a free marketing opportunity?"

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