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OpenSUSE Forums Defaced, Email Addresses Leaked

poet Re:SUSE/openSUSE using proprietrary software (82 comments)

Mcgrew,

I would love for you to cite your comment with references to Open Source single sign-on software that is better than the closed source contenders. (I will grant you that it is ridiculous that they were using closed source bulletin board software).

about 7 months ago
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Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

poet Re:before anybody pops pills (670 comments)

This isn't exactly correct.

(2). Meat is not the problem and in fact can greatly help you lose weight especially if you are eating thin meats like poultry or rabbit. Your body burns calories like this:

* Carbs
* Fat
* Protein (and it takes more calories to burn protein than any other calorie)

If you have a high protein diet, guess what calories are going first? Carbs and then Viola... fat.

Now I am not advocating Atkins here. You have to be smart about it and carbs are not all bad. The main problem with carbs (not talking about processed carbs here) is that your body burns those calories first, so you end up hungry all the time. So high protein, high fiber, lots of veggies and have an orange now and again.

Of course let's not get started on the problem with Whisky. :P

about 8 months ago
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Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

poet Re:Good health in a pill? Sure, why not? (670 comments)

It isn't a win because a pill isn't going to stop diabetes (for example). Losing weight can be hard, especially (ahem) when you get above 40 but it isn't impossible. Pills like this should be reserved for the morbidly obese and should only be used in conjunction with mandatory and perpetual doctor care. The goal isn't weight loss. The goal is good health. You can have a BMI of 10% and be in horrible health with diabetes and any number of other ailments.

about 8 months ago
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MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

poet Re:Gotta ask ! (372 comments)

Outside of the hobby aspect of it, there could be a real future in lower end devices.

Consider the resources that Android takes up. If you have something that is this small, efficient and presumably stable and you need to build out a lot of very small factor devices (phones, ereaders, tablets, medical equipment) something like this would be a very good thing.

about 8 months ago
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Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

poet Re:Boston Dynamics is a typical example of... (257 comments)

That will come. Military technologies generally make it down to the consumer but only the military can afford to pay for the R&D into such things. Once it is produced, used and does all its killing, it will make it down to the consumer for exactly what you say.

about 10 months ago
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New Unix Implementation Turns 30

poet Re:Megalomanic (290 comments)

At this point none. Originally Emacs. Which was very important to the 1980s and early 1990s free software movement. I think he was heavily involved with the early movements for GCC like the debugger and its ability to handle multiple languages especially COBOL.

Yes he was involved in GCC and of course Emacs. I am not suggesting in anyway that his contributions weren't valuable. Just as his contributions today are valuable. What I am saying is it wasn't "he" who accomplished all of this. It was a huge army of people who prescribed to similar ideals as RMS.

My previous post got marked as Troll is actually kind of surprising since I wasn't bashing RMS in anyway. I just was trying to keep the record straight. If you look at the history of his two greatest (known) feats, Emacs and GCC I think you will see that they both truly started to progress once he wasn't involved as much and focused more on what he is really good at, which is espousing his ideas.

JD

about 10 months ago
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New Unix Implementation Turns 30

poet Re:Megalomanic (290 comments)

No. He didn't. Was he a part of it? Absolutely but GNU has never produced a usable unix or unix like operating system and it certainly wasn't RMS it was hundreds of thousands of free software and open source developers.

Ask yourself, "What software projects does RMS devote his time too?". To my knowledge, not many if any. He is a great advocate and he has done many things for our community but he did not complete what he set out to do.

about 10 months ago
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Salesforce.com To Cut 200 Jobs Despite Its Expectations To Make More Money

poet Why is this news? (156 comments)

SalesForce is a company. Their job is to make money for their share holders. If the management decides that they have overlapping roles then it makes sense to retire those roles. I am sure they have a policy to hire within first, people can always reapply if they like working for the company.

about a year ago
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The College-Loan Scandal

poet Re:That's the problem. Here's your sign.... (827 comments)

Well actually, I never bothered finishing college. I found it useless for my chosen career. That is not to say I don't understand the benefit thereof. Some of my suggestions still apply. Want to go to a good law school? Cool. Make sure your grades are good enough to get at least some scholarships or defer until you serve 4 in the military so you can get a huge chunk paid for by the GI Bill.

Or...

MAYBE, just MAYBE you don't get to be a lawyer.

about a year ago
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The College-Loan Scandal

poet Re:Students have to take some of the responsibilit (827 comments)

Your costs are including living on campus. You should not include living expenses as you would have them anyway. Again, live with family, have 6 roommate, take longer to finish school. There are plenty of options.

Heck, go to Western Governors, 100% online, accredited (truly accreddited), accelerated and you can challenge out of classes. Total cost? Oh about 7k a year and they go all the way up to Masters.

about a year ago
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The College-Loan Scandal

poet Students have to take some of the responsibility (827 comments)

I read about this all the time and wonder to myself, "Who is their right mind goes 100k in debt for school?".

Students need to take some responsibility here. You may:

* Have to go to community college for the first two years
* Have to live with mommy and daddy for a few years
* Have 6 roommates
* Have a job (yes I am aware that isn't as easy as it sounds)
* Wait a few years to attend college so you can save money
* Join the military so you can get the GI Bill
* GO TO A CHEAPER IN STATE SCHOOL!

Yes college is expensive but a lot of the time what I see is students wanting their cake and eat it too.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

poet A Smart TV (165 comments)

A smart TV is what I would get them. It is completely self contained, no extra box, no extra remote. They have Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix and even Vudu I believe.

1 year,16 days
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

poet Re:How is this legal? (1103 comments)

Easy. It isn't the employer deducting the fees it is the bank. Therefore it is not a pay cut.

1 year,29 days
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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

poet Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

Then kick them out buy buy a mailbox from the UPS store for 1 year for them. Heck, get a Net10 phone for them to. Pay for those two things for a year, (about 60.00/mo) but make them actually get their arse in gear.

about a year and a half ago
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OpenBSD 5.2 Released

poet Re:LOL (141 comments)

Outside of homeless I am pretty sure most people would consider RMS crazy, most zealots are.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

poet Re:Screen size (359 comments)

I agree completely. I have very large hands and a 4.7" is not a phone. I have a 4.3" phone and that is almost perfect but I could see where my SO would never be able to use it comfortably. All due complaints to Apple but I think honestly the 4" screen of the Iphone 5 is probably perfect for most hands. When I look at the Note 2 and the S3 and now Nexus 4 I am thinking to myself, how can I use this? I can only use it with two hands. That means it is a tablet, not a phone.

about 2 years ago
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A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

poet Re:CRT's (358 comments)

I want to change the resolution and I will tell you why. On 32" monitor, I can't read the text unless it runs in 720P of even 800x600.

about 2 years ago

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Ditto, trying to fight two patent trolls, one of them extremely large.

poet poet writes  |  about a year ago

poet (8021) writes "This company has a great technology where they take a picture of your face from a web cam and then you can try on (and buy) different kinds of prescription glasses online. The technology allows you to see what the glasses look like on your face before you purchase them. However, because of this technology the big bad are now trying to crush them."
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A new way to fund Open Source

poet poet writes  |  about 4 years ago

poet (8021) writes "My company has launched a new funk, FOSSExperts. The site is essentially a way for FOSS developers to try and get funding for their respective Open Source work. The idea is that getting one company to fund 20k is difficult, getting 20 companies to fund 1k is much easier. There are others out there such as Kickstarter but they are focussed on a different kind of creative. This site is designed specifically and only for FOSS work. It is currently in closed (or selective) Beta and we are seeking comments and feedback from the community at large. Please let us know what you think!"
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PostgreSQL 7.4, 8.0 and 8.1 EOL

poet poet writes  |  about 4 years ago

poet (8021) writes "Three major versions of PostgreSQL are end of life, this year. 7.4 and 8.0 are End of Life at this end of this month and 8.1 is EOL in November. This is not an item to take lightly. Once a version is end of life you will not be able to get support (easily), there will be no more security updates and no bug fixes even if they are data loss bugs. It is amazing how many people are still running these very old versions, in production. Now is the time to upgrade to either 8.3 or 8.4. PostgreSQL can be downloaded from PostgreSQL.org under the downloads section of the website."
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PostgreSQL Conference East

poet poet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

poet (8021) writes "The PostgreSQL Conference Series is a United States based open source conference for everyone's most advanced open source database, PostgreSQL. This year, the conference has doubled in size from previous years with 45 speakers and over 50 sessions. The conference is running from 03/25 to 03/28. Any who are interested in databases should attend. Yes, this is kind of an advertisement post. However, the PostgreSQL Conference series is a model for how Open Source conferences can be run in conjunction with the community. The FAQ explains a model that allows for donations to the United States PostgreSQL Association, the 501c3 for PostgreSQL in the United States. The conference series also generates more learning material in the form of videos and slides than any other open source conference (that I know of). If you are interested in PostgreSQL or anything around PostgreSQL, this is the conference for you!"
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Best (Linux compatible) hardware for transcoding?

poet poet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

poet writes "I organize a PostgreSQL conference. One of the things we do at this conference is record all the talks. Our first conference in October we recorded only audio. The current conference which actually starts this week, we are recording video. I have managed to get Kino to work with Gnome and it is producing reasonable results. However it is very, very slow. I know this is hardware related, however I know databases, not video. What makes Video transcoding go faster? Do I purchase lots of Video card, lots of Cores? Is it a combination? My laptop is a dual core and it transcoded a 45 minute talk from tape to SVCD in 6 hours. There has to be faster ways. So what better place to ask than Geek central?"
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PostgreSQL Conference West

poet poet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

poet writes "The second annual PostgreSQL Conference: West is being held on October 10th through October 12th 2008 in the The Native American Student & Community Center at Portland State University. The sister conference to EAST, WEST is the premiere West coast conference for PostgreSQL enthusiasts. Join us for 3 days of talks, tutorials, food and fun while PostgreSQL users from all walks of life exchange ideas. "
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PostgreSQL 8.3 Beta1 Released!

poet poet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

poet writes "The PostgreSQL Global Development Group today released the long-awaited first beta of version 8.3. Thanks to an unprecedented number of new patches, this version introduces more new and improved features than any previous release. Of course, more new features means that 8.3 needs more user testing than any previous version, so we're counting on you to download it and test it with development versions of your applications.

Among the features in the new version are, greatly improved performance consistency, through HOT, Load Distributed Checkpoint, JIT bgwriter, Asynchronous Commit, integrated TSearch2 full text search, SQL:XML syntax, logging to database-loadable CSV files, automated rebuilding of cached plans, ENUMs, UUIDs, arrays of complex types , GSSAPI and SSPI authentication support. Read more about this exciting new release from the folks over at PostgreSQL.Org."

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