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Meet Apache Software Foundation VP Rich Bowen (Video)

oneiros27 luckily, I don't need the video ... (14 comments)

I've already met him.

He's one of the founders of the Lexington Perl Mongers group. (aka

Of course, he moved in the late 1990s or so to work for some web server group. .... and damned if I'm going to install flash for some video crap.


Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

oneiros27 How do you know they bought the CD? (288 comments)

I think the lawsuit is stupid, as they'd have to prove that the 'primary' reason for this device is to be able to rip music.

But your claim that they're the owner of the CD isn't necessarily true. You could borrow a CD from the library, or a friend. How's the device to know if you actually own it?

And what happens if you *did* own the CD, but you then sold or gave it away? Do you still have the right to have the music in your car?

What if you haven't sold the CD, but it's now scratched or melted, and therefore unplayable? Do you still have to keep the physical copy to have the continued right to listen to it from your ripped backup, or can you dispose of the physical item?

Personally, I hope this goes to trial, and that the car manufacturers refuse to settle. I'd like a judge to finally weigh in on what is or isn't legal, so that these groups can't threaten legal action just to try to get settlements.


Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

oneiros27 Phone Scoop's Phone Finder (537 comments)

Phone Scoop's Phone Finder allows you to search for cell phones by feature (eg, hours of standby, hours of talk, OS, display resolution).

Set 'U.S. Carrier Availability' to 'Available' and 'Form Factor' to 'Slide', and you get:

  • Alcatel Sparq II
  • HTC Merge
  • Kyocera Milano / Jitterbug Touch
  • Kyocera Rise
  • Kyocera Verve / Contact
  • LG Cosmos 2 / Cosmos 3
  • LG Enact
  • LG Enlighten / Optimus Slider / Optimus Zip
  • LG Extravert 2 / Freedom II
  • LG LX-290 / 290c
  • LG Mach
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Rumor Reflex S / Rumor Reflex / Freedom / Converse
  • LG Xpression / Xpression 2
  • Pantech Renue
  • Pantech Vybe
  • Samsung Array / Montage
  • Samsung SGH-T301g
  • Samsung Stratosphere / Galaxy Metrix 4G

Took me less than a minute, and I didn't even had to visit any stores. And if you turn off the 'US Carrier Availability' but require 'World Roaming', you can find other phones that you might be able to get. (as HP never released the Palm Pre3 in the US, so I had to get mine from other sources)

2 days ago

Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

oneiros27 Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (96 comments)

So I used to be a DBA + sysadmin at an Oracle shop ~10 years ago.

Someone even managed to talk Oracle into selling us a site license for *everything* for $1mil/year. (a steep education discount; this was a university).

Unfortunately, they couldn't get the various schools and departments to agree to pool their money to buy the site license, so instead we paid more for restrictive licenses and were prone to auditing. The only reason I saw for not buying into the site license was if departments were planning on jumping ship entirely. (and as we were using Oracle Financials, and the system for class registration was tightly bound to Oracle, I have no idea why it was such an issue ... unless there were people individually getting kickbacks who would now be cut off)

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

oneiros27 Re:Turn them into cash (206 comments)

There are places that will rent the rack space, but you provide the hardware to go in it. It's useful as you can more easily move the hardware to a new location, should they give you bad service. ... so just because a lease was mentioned, doesn't necesarily mean that they're leasing the servers.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

oneiros27 hiring them. (98 comments)

When I used to work for a university (mid-1990s), our department's sysdmin had gotten in trouble at the engineering school because he had written a script that would log into every machine multiple times until all ttys were exhausted ... so he could run his ray-tracing jobs undisturbed. I heard he got away with it for quite some time before one of their sysadmins came in early and realized something wasn't right.

They told him not to do it, but instead of banning him, they put him to work ... he wrote some pretty impressive software to make it easier for us to manage users, and a menu system for the non-technical users (a gopher-like interface that'd run elm / pine / news / lynx / gopher / etc.)

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

oneiros27 the pay depends ... (509 comments)

I have an ex-roommate who does refrigeration repair ... the pay's okay, but the hours can really, really suck.

He's on-call every couple of weeks, and might have to drive an hour away to fix a chiller at a grocery store; if they can't get to it and get it repaired before it warms up too much, they might have to destroy thousands of dollars worth of food. (and if you to go and get parts, you're kinda screwed) I don't think it's quite as bad as the 'always on duty' as some sysadmins get stuck with, but it can be much more stressful than you'd expect.

I also don't know if it's quite as steady work, even with the 'can't be shipped overseas' argument; my
understanding is that with the slowdown of new home construction, there's an oversupply of pipefitters, so companies aren't necessarily hiring. (this might vary by city).

about two weeks ago

Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

oneiros27 Re:Solar activity (78 comments)

The guy who runs the website works for NASA, but I'm fairly certain that it's a side project, and not a NASA-funded website. (if it was, they'd have NASA logos on it, and not ads)

Solar Monitor used to be hosted by NASA, but it's currently at Trinity College, Dublin.

NASA funded projects would include Helioviewer (also ESA funded) and ISWA

However ... there was something a couple of years back and now NASA's not allowed to provide space weather predictions to the public ... so you have to get forecast information from NOAA's SWPC

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

oneiros27 Anywhere in Antigua or Barbados (148 comments)

The WTO (World Trade Organization) gave them an exemption from complying with US copyright laws, due to a 10+ year dispute over online gambling:

At the DSB meeting on 28 January 2013, Antigua and Barbuda requested the DSB to authorize the suspension of concessions and obligations to the United States in respect of intellectual property rights. Pursuant to the request by Antigua and Barbuda under Article 22.7 of the DSU, the DSB agreed to grant authorization to suspend the application to the United States of concessions or other obligations consistent with the Decision by the Arbitrator.

about a month ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

oneiros27 Could it be because they suck? (131 comments)

The one they set up at my work had a 'what are you doing?' question, but it wasn't searchable... so if you wanted to try to find people who might be working or have expertise in a given field ... you got nothing.

It likely doesn't matter anyway -- due to how tasks are broken down, it's not like everyone wanted to advertise their skills. I've got a lot of experience that I don't list on my CV, as then I get people asking me about how to fix things all the time. As I'm a contractor, that puts me into awkward positions where if I help people from other projects, I can't charge time to their tasks ... but the company I work for requires me to track & bill every hour. The prime on our contract had suggested the it / sysadmin have a mentoring system, but to the best of my knowledge, they've never worked out how we'd change our time for it as we're divided up across 200+ tasks.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

oneiros27 whiteboard + camera + projector (143 comments)

I completely agree. The problem with a bunch of tablets is that everyone's off looking at different things. With a whiteboard, you can much more easily tell who's paying attention to the discussion vs. reading their e-mail.

You want to be able to save what was discussed? Bring a camera. The important thing is to take the picture without a flash from a stable location. You might have to experiment with where to take the picture from, so you don't get too much glare from the lighting in the room.

Sometimes you need to show something that you don't want to draw yourself -- that's where the projector comes in. Although whiteboards don't make the best projection surfaces (due to glare issues), you can then mark 'em up w/ the pens, then take a picture so you have notes for later.

If you need to *also* take a set of more permanent notes while you're working, either get a large pad of paper that you can keep to the side of the board. (I like the ones that are also giant Post-It notes) or a second projector w/ someone typing up notes as you go.

I'm not a fan of 'smart whiteboards' as I've heard nothing but bad things about them. I've probably been to more than a dozen conference rooms, and when I mention the one sitting against a wall, I'm told it's either broken, or a pain to use. (the one exception was an elementary school, which we only used it as a projector). The only advantage that I'm aware of is for when you're having a meeting that has participants in multiple places -- which I've never had to deal with.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

oneiros27 Re:Hiring (536 comments)

Government contracting -- we got a bump in our funding for the year, but due to sequestration we knew we wouldn't have it permanently ... so we were actually honest in the job advertisement, rather than sucker someone in and cut them at the end of the fiscal year.

I got some interest from people who were willing to work remotely, but the manager (contractor) that was heading up the hiring wanted it to be a W2 position and not a 1099, which I assume is why I never got any of those resumes to review.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

oneiros27 Hiring (536 comments)

Most of the people who know Perl well already have jobs, and aren't looking to change.

We tried hiring someone to help me offload some of my work, and one the task I've gotten behind on is updating & maintaining some Perl code.

We had one person who I felt could've jumped in, but that management didn't like (as he had previously worked here, and left). The rest were folks who we'd have to train on OO, closures, and other higher level concepts.

If this hasn't been offered as a 12-month position, maybe we could've found someone. If we had advertised it as a general programming job, and then taught someone Perl, maybe it would've been gone better for us.

With trendy languages, you at least get people willing to apply -- even if it's the case that they don't grok the language, you at least get someone you can train up.

about a month ago

The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

oneiros27 Re:CFL in Low Temperature (196 comments)

I wish I knew -- the one I have to replace the most often is the one that I have outside my back door on a motion sensing fixture; I've been using CFLs, but they die in 1-2 years, typically over the winter. ... but the one I last replaced was an 'appliance bulb' in my dryer ... it probably cost me more in gas driving all over the place to find the right bulb. (and the bulb had broken, so I didn't know the exact shape. ... so the first bulb I bought was too big to fit)

about a month ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

oneiros27 Re:Transcript Please (148 comments)

I found instructions on how to get a transcript from the automatic closed captioning of YouTube videos. Unfortunately, the instructions are in a YouTube video:

Of course, I have no idea what they're using for the video hosting -- I just see 'Missing Plug-in'. The 'alternate link' tells me that I have to install Flash ... like hell I will.

about 1 month ago

The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden

oneiros27 Weeding robot : yes (66 comments)

Unfortunately, they're only focusing on lettuce for right now.

Personally, I just use a hydroponics system, so I don't have to worry about significant weed problems. (algae and insect problems, yes, but not weeds).

about 1 month ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

oneiros27 Re:Obama (211 comments)

I don't think you can blame him for Guantanamo -- he's been blocked by Congress on that one:

If you want to complain, you'll have to find some that you can actually blame on him ... luckily, you have lots to choose from :

(and this is why when I ran for office, I only made one promise -- that I'd give fair consideration to everything put before me ... which meant I once had to abstain from a vote when I found that some complaints had been withheld, as I couldn't research if they were legitimate complaints or not)

about 1 month ago

Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

oneiros27 Boston has solar powered trash cans, too. (119 comments)

Okay, technically, they're trash compactors, so that they don't have to go and empty them as often:

That seems to make more sense to me than a 'solar powered bench' which looks to me to be two seats as the whole middle of it's taken up by a box. (which might be the point -- it'd be less comfortable for a homeless person to sleep on it)

I've seen other solar "urban furniture" that made more sense to me -- things like bus stops w/ solar panels in the roof (to power lighting, up-to-date bus info ... and sometimes advertising).

I've seen other 'solar phone charging stations' that make more sense to me than having it take up 1/4 of a bench:

about 1 month ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

oneiros27 Redress numbers (276 comments)

Yes, they exist, but the big problem is that you don't know about it 'til the first time you try to fly ... and then you have to jump through major hoops (if you're even allowed to board).

The first clue is that the airlines won't let you check in online -- if that happens, make sure you give yourself a couple of hours at the airport, rather than thinking you'll just breeze through security.

Then you can go through explaining that no, the 3 year old you're traveling with is not whoever it is that they're watching. (oh, you laugh, but it happened to my neighbors)

about a month ago



Search for Evi Nemeth Continues

oneiros27 oneiros27 writes  |  about a year ago

oneiros27 (46144) writes "Although the initial search for Evi Nemeth (and some other people who didn't write Unix books) ended, family and friends of the missing crew are funding a private search effort for the crew. They've managed to get more images from DigitalGlobe of the drift area, but now need help looking through the pictures. If you've got some free time, you might be able to help save some lives."
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SpaceVenture : a new "Sierra" style game from the makers of Space Quest

oneiros27 oneiros27 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oneiros27 (46144) writes "As previously covered a few years ago, created a javascript interpreter for old Sierra games. Now, the original creators of Space Quest and the folks responsible for are planning a new game, and have already put out some teasers to test browsers and show off the artwork, and show they haven't lost their sense of humor."
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