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How Do You Organize Your Experimental Data?

patch0 Depending on the nature of your data... (235 comments)

Depending on the nature of your data, I used to use netcdf files quite a lot (https://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/). I also work on data sharing and standardisation, this is a full time job, so really you can spend as much time as you want on this and still not get it done. There are a variety of international data standards which exist to facilitate the management and sharing of data. I know you aren't necessarily talking about sharing your data, but many of the same issues apply. In short, unless you wish to spend a great deal of time on this or your employer has some data management solution for you then there are probably only a variety of unsatisfactory solutions which no doubt the slashdotters here will suggest :)

more than 4 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

patch0 Re:An ever shorter leash for the end users (702 comments)

Just bought an iPad, it goes with my iPhone 3GS and my Airport Extreme and my AppleTV. I'm fully aware of the Apple media walled garden, I don't care about that in the slightest. Why? Because their DRM is so piss-poor I know I can break it if I want to without enourmous effort. In the end I've bought these Apple products because I like the convenience of having a single media collection that coordinates simply accross all my various devices (~30GB music ~30GB photos, several hundred GB of film and TV shows).

I know I can have all those things with various FOSS solutions such as Myth TV etc, or even Windows devices. But to be honest I work in IT all day long, often doing unpaid overtime, I don't want to come home and wrestle with my computers at home too, be they Linux based or Windows based. Apple's devices are more expensive than they could be, but for me at least, they are well designed, very easy to use (for the non-technical members of my household this is very important) and very very convenient. In the end, I bought those Apple products because I'm lazy and I can afford them. I also don't understand the frankly bizarre levels of spleen directed at Apple for daring to produce products that people clearly want.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

patch0 Re:Oh yea. Teach them non mainstream stuff (663 comments)

In my A-Level in electronics we had to learn to program in machine code. Rather than teach us a real instruction set they made one up so as not to 'give unfair advantage to a student who might know an existing instruction set'... what crap. How many 17 year olds you know are gonna be overly familiar with a particular instruction set?

more than 4 years ago
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UK Election Arcana, Explained By Software

patch0 Re:Silly Brits (568 comments)

FPTP Error 404: Government Not Found. Reset your voting system to proportional representation and try again.

more than 4 years ago
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Next iPhone — Front-Facing Camera, A4 Processor

patch0 Re:Hopefully Not (327 comments)

I can view the iPlayer just fine on my iphone over wifi.

more than 4 years ago
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Later School Start For Teenagers Brings Drop In Absenteeism

patch0 They only just figured this out? (436 comments)

I rarely bothered to turn up to school before 10am anyway....

more than 4 years ago
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Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

patch0 Re:Why? (425 comments)

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the original poster's claim of 100wpm. My mother was trained at school as a touch typist, she worked as a professional secretary in the 60s and 70s and can manage (IIRC) about 100wpm on an average day, this would probably go up if she started typing regularly again.

On the other hand, I've never learned to touch type, but when I'm working at my fastest I can usually keep up with my mother (though with more typos than her).

more than 4 years ago
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Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

patch0 Re:yes (1049 comments)

Exactly the reason my CV has my personal email address of my own website domain name on it. Of course it just forwards to my gmail account and could also forward to my hotmail or aol account.....

more than 4 years ago
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Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

patch0 Re:Context? (671 comments)

While the context is obviously important and I don't think the one quote he gave is a fair representation of what he was getting at, I can't help thinking about the old argument 'if you've nothing to hide you've nothing to fear', which put another way is 'those who fear persecution should be persecuted' and it seems to me that companies like google need to be extremely delicate in handling these issues to avoid that particular slippery slope....

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

patch0 Re:Good grief! - Bend Over! (571 comments)

When the old lady in question is the US military it's reasonable (IMO) to describe their lack of self defence as a dereliction of duty. I don't beleive your argument can sensibly be applied to a nationally organised military service whose whole purpose for existing *is* self defence... well that and invading other countries who have lots of oil, depending on who you listen to.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

patch0 Re:Good grief! (571 comments)

That's just about the most retarded thing I've ever seen written anywhere. The amount the UK spends on healthcare is more than the GDP of some small countries. If we wanted to reduce healthcare costs why would we waste effort offloading healthcare costs one person at a time?

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Touch, Dead On Arrival

patch0 Re:kinda like... (352 comments)

I have to agree, I can see it kinda making more sense to have a touch interface like a keyboard and a screen. Of course this would be a really odd thing to work out as it'd probably mean totally redefining how we interact with computers. Would the point and click aspect be on the screen or the touch pad? What would you display on the screen vs the touch pad etc etc....

more than 5 years ago
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Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown

patch0 Re:An Easy Apology (576 comments)

From 1801 to 1921 Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Oscar Wilde lived between the 1850s and around 1900 and was undeniably British (though not English obviously)...

more than 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

patch0 So what we really want to see... (652 comments)

...are pictures of the women they were chatting to that made their brains stop working properly.

more than 5 years ago
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TomTom Releases iPhone Navigation App

patch0 Re:What's the point? (289 comments)

I'm assuming the tom tom app downloads the maps and stores them locally on the iphone. Issues with the googlemap app that comes as standard are that it needs an internet connection to display the map so sometimes if you're in an area of patchy 3G signal you get a blank grid instead of a map. Otherwise it would be pretty pointless buying this in my opinion.

more than 5 years ago
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US Tests System To Evade Foreign Web Censorship

patch0 Re:Right... (219 comments)

That explains why I feel like some of the trolls around here would fail a Turing test....

more than 5 years ago
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UK National ID Card Cloned In 12 Minutes

patch0 So what? (454 comments)

Am I the only person here thinking that cloning a card containing biometric data means very little? I mean, unless you're gonna have plastic surgery too it makes little difference who has measurements of your cheekbones and ears. Not that I like ID cards mind you and I'm also nervous of biometric data being collected on me, but I'm not sure it's as much of a big deal as it might be.

more than 5 years ago
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Temperature Data Wants To Be Free

patch0 Re:The issue is the license: Copyright and contrac (489 comments)

I can attest to this seeing as I have (freely) had access to and worked with this data while doing my PhD at a British University. In fact I think I still have a copy of it on a DVD somewhere.....

more than 5 years ago
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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

patch0 Re:Stealing hi-res versions (345 comments)

TFA says he hacked in, try reading it.

more than 5 years ago

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'Climategate' Uni to open up data

patch0 patch0 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

patch0 (1339585) writes "The University of East Anglia has just received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee in the UK to open up it's data to the public, this project will involve linking climate data held by the CRU to publications and making the data available for re-use by others."
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Image management for pro publishers. Options?

patch0 patch0 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

patch0 (1339585) writes "I work for a small scientific charity, we publish various things, journals, identification keys etc. We've also got an image archive dating back to 1910 which we're trying to digitise. Here's the problem. We have various software solutions for making our images available online (at present we use gallery 2), these need to be watermarked and record IPR for individuals who own various images. We also want people to be able to easily add their images, so far so good. But we also have many images sitting on our servers taking up space, this is because there is a lot of duplication of images from our publishing work. Some people will take an image, mess with it for a particular publication and then we end up with multiple copies in a variety of places, we can't use our online gallery software to manage photos on our servers that are used in our publishing activities. Does anyone on slashdot know of any joined up software solution that will play nicely with Adobe InDesign and act as a web gallery (where we can sell images) and also allow people on the web to contribute photos easily?"
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When do I stop caring about how bad IE6 is?

patch0 patch0 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

patch0 (1339585) writes "As a web developer I usually have to contend with the issues related to IE6 and the development effort that has to go into fixing its eccentricities. But what I want to know is when can I stop caring about it? IE7 is two years old, IE6 is almost eight years old, and yet it still has a percentage of the market almost as big as FF according to some recent stats I found. Does anyone have any accurate info on the market share IE6 still has? If so, any opinions on the magic number where I can ignore it? 10%? 25% market share? What?"
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Open Source License wins copyright court case

patch0 patch0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

patch0 writes "The US federal appeals court overturned a lower court decision involving free software used in model trains that a hobbyist put online. Robert Jacobsen had written and then released code under an Artistic Licence. This meant anyone using that free code had to attribute the author, highlight the original source of the files and explain how the code had been modified. Commercial software developer Matthew Katzer and his company were accused of ignoring the terms of the Artistic Licence when they took his code and used it to develop commercial software products."
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