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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

porkThreeWays Re: Sounds like my kid (770 comments)

I began working in the early 2000s. I can attest that things were much easier. I got my first job programming because someone needed and entry level programmer and heard I liked programming. No one gives this generation of kids that sort of break anymore.

about a year ago
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Meet Drone Shield, an Ambitious Idea For a $70 Drone Detection System

porkThreeWays Pi fever (159 comments)

So, it's a project with a computer that happens to run on a slightly slower processor. If this ran on a mini-itx no one would even mention that part.

about a year ago
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Google Forbids Advertising On Glass

porkThreeWays Re:Contrary to widespread thought... (274 comments)

Exactly. It will be one day, just not right now. New products need curb appeal. A cool factor. It's really hard to wow a first time user with a product filled with ads. Once they get enough users things will change. The original google search engine did the exact same thing. Once it was in common usage they started inserting "sponsored links." First you develop the technology, get everyone to use it, THEN you squeeze them.

about a year ago
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Google Forbids Advertising On Glass

porkThreeWays Re:Just means they will make their money another w (274 comments)

They are going to eat some costs. This is like video game console development. You eat some costs upfront to get the entire ecosystem out there. They did the same thing with Android. Facebook did the exact same thing. If the platform is a cesspool of ads, no one will want to use it. Once it's in widespread use they can do what they want with it. I doubt they have a lot of interest in developing hardware either. They want to get the ecosystem into widespread usage any way possible, then take a step back and be the masters of that ecosystem, letting everyone else do the work for them. Then they'll begin figuring out how to integrate ads, but that is 5 years away I'm sure. Ads are like step 30 and they've just barely reached step 1.

about a year ago
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Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida

porkThreeWays Re:Seems very reasonable (53 comments)

It was reactionary to a bigger scandal that happened here. I doubt they were very careful. It passed pretty quickly.

about a year ago
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Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida

porkThreeWays Florida resident here (53 comments)

This story has a long history. Basically these places were operating with a variety of names (cafes, arcades, sweepstakes, probably others) for many years. They operated based on loopholes in Florida law and their sole purpose was for gambling. A very large one got shut down because they crossed the line from simply unethical to illegal. They were operating under the premise they were a veterans benefit organization and not actually giving veterans and significant amounts of money. The lieutenant governor was involved with the company somehow so the story exploded. Rick Scott is already wildly unpopular and the Florida Republican party is on the path to possibly losing 2014 so the hammer came down to make a point that the legislature can still get things done.

It's pretty telling that the company that was shut down was run mostly by lawyers. They operated along the cracks and loopholes of Florida laws. These places are usually in poor and retired neighborhoods so I'm not that sad to see them go away. Maybe if we can do something about the "WE BUY GOLD" and check cashing places we can start to clean up these communities.

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

porkThreeWays Re:Just set it to clock speed (400 comments)

I don't think it's such a black and white issue. There needs to be specific algorithms for determining speed limits. In America, speed limits vary WILDLY from county to county for equivalent roads. I'll give an anecdotal story...

Where I live, there was a road that had a speed limit of 35mph. All the state guidelines said the speed limit should be faster. It was 35mph because the mayor lived on that road and he blocked it every time anyone tried to raise it. When he left office, all of a sudden it was 40mph. So all the people that got tickets for going 40mph on that road were in the wrong 6 months ago, but are not wrong now? Nothing has changed except a sign. The road is no more or less safe.

In the Gainesville, FL area the surrounding towns know there are a lot of people passing through that don't know the local speed limits (that's where the University of Florida is). That area of Florida is very poor and for some small towns, speeding tickets are a significant source of revenue. They will do things like post a 35mph limit, then soon after a jump to 50mph within a few hundred feet. When people see the 50mph sign they begin to speed up even though 50mph doesn't technically begin until the point of the sign. They hide behind billboards trying to see how fast they can clock you before you've technically reached the new speed limit.

While in most places it's illegal to have an official ticket quota, I know for a fact all tactics just shy of a quota are used. I've heard of whiteboards with all officers tickets for the month on display for all to see. Enforcement programs get very aggressive during times of budget shortfall. There needs to be a disconnect between funds raised by the legal system and where they go. If the money stopped going to police departments and say directly to the federal government, the police departments would lose motivation to try and cheat people out of money.

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

porkThreeWays Whitelists and blacklists? (216 comments)

This seems like a late 90's solution to email spam. Why not a system that prescreens the call with a welcome message from you. This would trip some sort of probabilistic model that matches known waveforms of audio data that are robocallers. If after a few second delay it doesn't match anything, let the call through. Phone numbers in your contacts list are automatically let through. *123 reports a caller as a robocall at anytime during the call if one gets through. Anti-spam companies already have a good deal of the staff needed to implement this sort of thing. My guess is not enough people are affected by this to think this tech will be profitable.

about a year ago
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Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence

porkThreeWays Re:Good. (761 comments)

What he did was about as dangerous as drunk driving. So unless we're ready to start sentencing people to 30 months for first offense drunk driving, it's not an appropriate sentence.

about a year ago
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Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

porkThreeWays Re:NC has these Sweepstakes places as well (124 comments)

That's exactly how they are here in Florida. The reason for this legislation in the first place is that the lieutenant government was involved with a company that was operating one of these places under the cover that they were helping veterans. It turns out they were giving almost none of the money to any veterans associations. The really important part that very few in the media are reporting is that they were mostly run by lawyers. They knew exactly where the line for legality was and operated within inches of it for years. It wasn't until they got greedy and crossed it that they were caught.

about a year ago
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Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

porkThreeWays Re:As usual, TFA essentialy opposite of the summar (124 comments)

They had to make a lot of noise about it because the lieutenant governor and a trashy company got caught screwing veterans. This was for the "someone should do something about that" crowd.

about a year ago
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Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

porkThreeWays Florida resident here (124 comments)

These things have been around a long time. I remember when one first popped up about 8 years ago. My friends and I went to it and were amazed that they were legal. Instead of straight cash they paid out visa gift cards. Then about 4 years ago the zoning board approved one in my immediate area. Once they realized the name "arcade" was a cover for gambling, they immediately rescinded.

The reason this is news is because our lieutenant governor was involved with a company that managed to take it to a new low. They operated these things under the guise that it was some sort of organization helping veterans. I think that was the last straw. After the bust, this legislation was introduced and quickly passed. It was completely reactionary and I'm sure poorly written due to the quickness with which it passed.

As I said before, these things have been around for years. I must have at least a dozen near mean in the counties that allow it. Everyone knew they were shady, so no one can act like they are surprised by their existence.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Typing With Limited Electricity, Computers?

porkThreeWays Sparkfun (325 comments)

For about $30 dollars you could connect an AVR to a serial enabled lcd and use a PS/2 keyboard. Run it on rechargeable batteries. I did this exact thing years back when I was studying communications protocols. My guess is that even if you don't have the skills to put together such a thing, if you contacted sparkfun and told then what you're trying to do, someone experienced would donate the 4 hours it would take them to design and program this.

about 2 years ago
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New Car Anti-Theft Device Profiles Your Rear End

porkThreeWays 8 bit? (126 comments)

Ugh, you mean 0 to 255?

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

porkThreeWays Re:I got beat as a kid. (948 comments)

The line between discipline and abuse was crossed when he lost control. He was hitting her out of anger, not because he thought the resulting punishment would make her a more responsible member of society.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"

porkThreeWays Re:Stop require CS degrees for all positions... (609 comments)

My CS degree was at least 2/3 math and theory (maybe more). Calculus, Probability, Automata theory, Discrete math, Data Structures, Algorithms, Logic, Abstract Algebra. We could get some vocational type programming for electives (the building database apps with .net type) but the math prevailed. It was also disturbing that the article seemed to lump programmers and IT staff together. There are IT degrees out there now and they will prepare you pretty well, but they are basically vocational degrees that the course material will have changed every 5 years. Today's CS degree has mostly the same theory it did 20 years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

porkThreeWays Re:$1000 a PC? (606 comments)

I should clear some things up. 1000 computers is the total supported. At any given time only a few are being replaced. That $1000 includes a pretty generous warranty and monitor. The warranty is pretty much a given with Dell as they don't sell parts for their computers very long on their website. We get about 5 years out of a computer and the 18 month reference was so we minimize the number of configurations floating around. If a machine breaks, we can say it's config 2010 and pull a part from that shelf. Also, consider that we already have staff and it would be considered "soft time."

more than 3 years ago
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Copyrights and CD-Rs Endanger Audio History

porkThreeWays Current archive / backup systems are silly (202 comments)

For longevity, current backup systems are just silly. They are simply just not abstracted enough. For REAL archival what's needed is an active system like the Internet but one that guarantees n redundancy. Perhaps a p2p like system with nodes backing up files. This abstracts away whether they are going on SATA, IDE, SCSI, Tape, whatevs. The local machine handles all the hardware details. When newer, better, cheaper technology comes along, the old data is automatically able to propagate onto the new storage mechanisms. I see this all the time working in the IT industry. I have backups from 10 years ago I can not read because we no longer have a working tape drive to read it. We need to separate ourselves from the hardware.

more than 3 years ago
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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

porkThreeWays 10 years ago (870 comments)

What the hell did these students do 10 years ago? AFAIK two semesters of English and perhaps 1 semester of literature are the norm at every reputable college in the U.S. If their English is too poor for your physics exam, they probably have no hope of graduating.

more than 3 years ago
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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

porkThreeWays Re:Not enough mod points... (487 comments)

The story should have just been "do you agree/disagree with ebonics? Discuss."

more than 3 years ago

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Generic PCs for corporate use

porkThreeWays porkThreeWays writes  |  more than 3 years ago

porkThreeWays (895269) writes "I work for a government agency supporting about 1000 PCs. The economy has hit us just like everyone else and we are looking at ways to save money. We currently buy Dell computers and even with our government discounts end up spending about $1,000 for a pretty mediocre computer. I had the idea of building our own PCs for considerably less. We'd spec out a standard configuration that we'd use for 18 months. CPU speeds and RAM sizes may change during that time, but socket types, memory standards, hard drive interfaces standards, etc, etc would be required to stay the same. We have Dell warrantys right now, but I could see just keeping spare parts on the shelf and building that into the cost of the PC. We'd also be able to transfer Windows licenses because the Dell installs are non-transferable. However, I couldn't find anyone on the large scale doing this. Is anyone on Slashdot using PCs they built themselves on the large scale?"
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porkThreeWays porkThreeWays writes  |  more than 7 years ago

porkThreeWays (895269) writes "After a recent visit by our Novell reps admitting their bordermanager proxy has an uncertain future, we started looking for a solution using e-directory and squid. Looks like we weren't the only ones. This cool solutions article explains how to make it happen. Some say it doesn't have a future, some say it does. Either way, it's good to know e-directory shops will still have a forward moving proxy available with squid!"

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