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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

pesho Do it slowly (448 comments)

Instead I want to set up one test machine for users to try it and ask THEM if they like it.

This experiment will have a predetermined outcome: the users will not going to like it (if they even bother to try it) because its is different. Don't do it unless you realy need an excuse not to transition to linux.

If I were you I would do a gradual change:

  • 1. Before you do anything else, do your homework. Make sure you can run everything you need for your business on linux. This means checking with everybody and his sister in the company and going over every single app and document that is being generated or used. Put your findings in writing. Develop plan for the transition, that includes a pilot transition of small number of desktops. Show your findings and your plan to the management and make sure you have their approval in writing.
  • 2. Start the pilot by transitioning only the PCs with the now obsolete windows XP. Do it one at a time, allowing enough time for the main user of the machine to transition, while he/she has your full attention. Use this to iron out any transition problems. Stuff like compatibility issues between file formats and software. Leave the newer windows versions that are supported as is, but start gradually adapting the users to the free software they will have to use on linux (switch MS office to Libre Office for example, but keep the windows OS). This way the shock of the transition and the backlash will not be as bad.

As far as distro's come, the obvious choice is to do it with the distro that you are most familiar with. Alternatively use a distro that will be supported for years to come, even if you are no longer with the company.

5 days ago
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Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

pesho IR contact lenses will work only on zombies (99 comments)

Last time I checked the average body of a living human was fairly worm and a pretty bright IR source. Anyone wearing IR contact lenses will be blinded by the heat of their own eyeballs. That is unless they are zombies. Are we expecting a zombie pandemic anytime soon?

about two weeks ago
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Exploding Oil Tank Cars: Why Trains Go Boom

pesho Re:why carry crude to in tanks on moving vehicles? (144 comments)

First, read the TFA. Building infrastructure (new plants and pipelines) does not make much economic sense for regions producing oil or gas from shale. The reason is that the production from shale wells tends to drop down sharply, so the infrastructure is likely to become underutilized before it has payed for itself. Second, explain how shipping through a pipeline addresses the problem with volatile gases being present at higher amounts than they should be in the crude oil? Wouldn't this make the pipeline more likely to blow too? Besides volatile gases separating from the liquid phase in a pipeline opens a whole new can of worms related to hydraulic shock.

about a month ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

pesho The recursive spies (77 comments)

From he TFA:

Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts the “designees” in a really awkward position; plus, we’re all afraid any offhand comment or anything said in confidence might be either repeated or misrepresented. Needless to say, this creates a certain amount of tension between team members who normally would get along well, and adds stress in an already stressful atmosphere. There is also an unspoken belief that he will move people to different desks to break up what he perceives as people becoming too “chummy.” (It’s been done under the guise of “creating teams.”)

We used to be able to joke around a little or talk about our favorite “Idol” contestant to break the tension, but now we’re getting more and more skittish about even the most mundane general conversations (“Did you have a good weekend?”). This was once a very open, cooperative group who worked well together. Now we’re more suspicious of each other and teamwork is becoming harder. Do you think this was the goal? Silenced in SID

Holy s**!. They have an old school spying operation within their new fangled hi-tech enterprise. This is how every single commie regime including the one in my old country used to operate. Everyone around you could be a snitch and something as innocent as an anecdote told to a friend could get you in trouble. You have to love the irony!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

pesho You asked for it (478 comments)

Implementing what you suggest will most definitely piss the hell out of the limo's customers. If you are absolutely sure that this is what you want, then here is my two cents: Smoke machine + IR camera. Dense fog will disrupt any attempt of your passengers to take pictures of themselves and flash photography will make things worse for them. Very close distance pictures may still work, but those will not be very desirable. On the other hand you will be prepared with IR camera that will be less affected by the fog. Sounds stupid? Well look at the question before complaining.

about 2 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

pesho Yea, ohter things could be good for you too (361 comments)

Things like polluted air and water, sugary drinks, strychnine, high crime rate, police state, etc. could also be good for you. Except that they are not.

about 2 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

pesho Re:California (374 comments)

The regulation is hardly aggressive. According to the regulators for now all the companies need to show is a good faith effort to come in compliance. The article headline is obviously misleading.

about 2 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

pesho Re:California (374 comments)

Mod parent up. This is exactly right. All I can say here is thank god it is California.

about 2 months ago
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How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

pesho Re:Why is he unkempt? (144 comments)

The five blade flint stone razor blade has not been invented yet.

about 3 months ago
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T-Mobile Jumping Into the Check-Cashing Industry

pesho Re:Why do these exist (211 comments)

But if you don't have a bank, how can you establish a banking record? Once you get to a certain age, it becomes a Catch-22. Can't bank because don't have credit record. Don't have credit record because can't use bank.

You show up in the bank with some money and tell them that you want to make a deposit. Couple of hundred bucks would do it. Banks love money. If on the other hand you show up with no money and ask for a credit, well than this is a different story. Did I say that banks love money?

about 3 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

pesho Euro (203 comments)

At the end all these currencies will join the Euro.

about 3 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

pesho I wouldn't say he was wrong (385 comments)

To me it seems he was too optimistic. He got the technology part pretty well. What he underestimated was the dickishness of the average human:

  • 1. Global governance: why not, we badly needed. The only problem is that people on any given spot of the world think the guys across the border are out to get them.
  • 2. Base on the moon. No problem from technical standpoint, but then again who is going to spend money on that when a war makes for a better photo-op and comes handy during elections.
  • 3. Distributing fairly the productivity gains from automation. Yeah right! You are fired, go flip burgers. Oh and by the way you have to know that flipping burgers is not a carrier, so we are going to pay you less than it would cost us to put a robot there. You see we are doing you good here by providing a stimulus for you to achieve your dreams.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

pesho Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

Like the OpenSuse laptop this and the previous posts were made? I have done my fair share of reading on the NSA and a linux machine will not help you, unless you become your own ISP and maintain your own mail server, DNS, tor node, etc. This however will cover only part of their entry points. You still have a phone and you also communicate with other people who are less skilled or just don't give that much thought about securing their communications. Even if you spend the time and effort to secure both ends of your communications, you still stand no chance if you are targeted. Read more on the technique they call 'Quantum Insert'. The most practical solution involves making sufficient number of US citizens to actually act as citizens and exert pressure on changing the current law and instituting proper supervision. Here I also have done my part by calling my senator. Hopefully US corporations loosing business opportunities will work better than the US citizens suddenly starting to make educated decisions about how their country is ran. Short of being a citizen you can make the NSA's job a little more challenging by using encryption whenever possible and generating large volumes of garbage data for them to dig trough.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

pesho Re:I never see people with Chromebooks. (321 comments)

Because most of them are in the homes of people who shop at walmart, and reading your post you rarely visit such places. Nevertheless they are a huge market.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

pesho Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

I bought a samsung chromebook for the kids and it is still with the original ChromeOS. Perfect for what they need - web browsing, simple document creation. Even I occasionally pick it up. I will likely buy one later this year for my parents to replace an old Windows XP Netbook. Again it is going to do all they need to do and at the same time require a lot less maintenance than Windows. I think google has found a nearly perfect balance here. The only drawback is the somewhat finicky printing. Let's face it the operating system has become a cheap commodity, as far as the the average consumer is concerned. For consumers the hardware and the OS are inseparable parts of the same package, and the nature of the OS is a little concern for most of them. In this mindset the price takes a lead in the purchase decision and windows hardware with its price premium for the OS is bound to loose. And before you jump up and start telling me how much more windows and MS office can do, let me make clear that we are not talking about business PCs. The chromebook primary market is the home users.

about 4 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

pesho Re:$11K? Another sites says $14K (804 comments)

I specked an "equivalent" at newegg and crucial (newegg didn't have the 16GB RAM DDR3 1866 ECC chips that apple uses). It comes between $9800 and $12000 depending on what SSD you are going to stick in. $14K is a bit excessive. Apple's price is in the ballpark, considering that they save quite a bit on whole sale prices and large scale manufacturing, but have invested considerable amount of money in a design for a niche market. What is more interesting is their effort to "encapsulate" the workstation the same way they did with the laptop and the desktop. I am really curios how the so called "professional" users will react to not being allowed to upgrade the internals. Making upgrades possible only using external attachments is pretty transparent effort to create a market for expensive accessories. I am curios how this will turn out.

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

pesho Re:So what? (944 comments)

LEDs and halogens would do the job you describe just fine

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

pesho Re:Help: using a bulb with a dimmer over a shower. (944 comments)

Go to lowes or home depot and look for dimmable LED bulbs. I have had better lick with those than with dimmable CFLs, which indeed require you to upgrade the dimmer switch. Having said this unless you insist of having dimmable light in your bath, I would suggest just to get a 70 cent light switch and replace the dimmer.

about 4 months ago

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Big Brother, Mars eddition

pesho pesho writes  |  about 2 years ago

pesho writes "A Duch company called Mars One has come with a bold new plan to establish and grow a permanent settlement on Mars. The 'new' part of the plan is that Reality TV will be used to finance and support the mission. According to BBC this

means turning the whole recruitment process into a reality TV show, following the contestants on their seven-month journey into space and finally capturing their Red Planet experiences on camera and beaming them back to audiences on Earth.

Paul Romer, one of the creators of Big Brother is also on board landing his expertise in converting the mundane into entertainment. Does this sound as credible plan for space exploration?"
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Microsoft to buy skype for $8B (rumour)

pesho pesho writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pesho (843750) writes "Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft may be close to buying Skype for $8 billion. With recent rumours of Facebook being in talks for purchasing Skype, but now formal staments confirming that, one starts to wonder if this is a real bidding war or somebody is pumping the rumour mill."
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Ubuntu prevents woman from attending college

pesho pesho writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pesho (843750) writes "This story reads like a piece from The Onion:

"Abbie Schubert paid more than $1,100 for a Dell laptop hoping to enroll in online classes at MATC. But something stopped her: Ubuntu. That's an operating system for your computer similar to Windows that runs off the Linux system."

Read on it gets better. In case you wonder MATC stands for Milwaukee Area Technical College."

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