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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

quist Re:Meanwhile... (410 comments)

Tues 17 Feb. 2015? 2026? slid on 2009.

about 7 months ago

The Math of Gamification

quist Moderation++ (36 comments)

Statistically graded meta-moderation w/ gamification for volume pumping. Cool, just cool.

about 8 months ago

Condensation On Your Beer != Good

quist Re:All this assumes super cold beer is desirable (275 comments)

the equilibrium point will be roughly at the dew_pt or wet_bulb_temp of the ambient environment. The wet_bulb_temp will approach ambient temp as the % humidity rises, hence, the quick-warming pitchers in the average crowded college watering hole.

about a year ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

quist Re:Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

we have resolved many tough issues peacefully.

heheh, I take it you weren't here for the '60s...

about a year and a half ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

quist Re:Eheh and his mother was sane? (1719 comments)

Denial is the problem... folks refuse to ascribe guilt to the fella pulling the trigger.

Aspergers does not directly lead to downright violent, evil actions.

Quite perhaps the mother was negligent, but the kid pulled the trigger--the kid did it.

For Pete's sake, what is so hard about accepting that?
"We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." --R Reagan

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

quist Re:FreeSide (141 comments)

Yeah, it was a struggle to deploy, tho' not much worse than compiling your own KDE 2.x->3.0 days. :o
Good ole Ivan. Guess he hasn't changed much ;-)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

quist FreeSide (141 comments)

Before our small ISP smalled-out, we were converting to FreeSide, a FOSSy sol'n, from WinNT-based Platypus. Had all the goods for user self-provisioning (RADIUS and such), billing, reporting; Nice perly hooks for places you needed a more custom fit.

Might be worth a look-see...

about 2 years ago

With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

quist Re:Embarassing day for whites (622 comments)

I expected all '70s stoners would know this.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best *nix Distro For a Dynamic File Server?

quist Re:Wow (234 comments)

...know which distros can be stripped down ... with a minimum of fuss.[?]

Debian (The Universal OS)
RHEL/CentOS/Scientific [...]

And don't forget to compile a bespoke, static kernel.

about 2 years ago

California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

quist more toward 5 cents per ounce (842 comments)

To "Tax like cigarettes", the tax would need to be closer to 5cents per ounce.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

quist Re:Not Advice (341 comments)

Not likely... line surge protection sprang from protecting the transmission infrastructure investments, not some bureaucrat in a cube wondering how to justify his job.

more than 2 years ago

Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

quist Re:Confiscation (595 comments)


more than 2 years ago

YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

quist Re:Random? ...or like the early spam-wars? (730 comments)

Interesting, after listening to a bit of your noise-loop, I realized automated YouTube audio tagging is like spam fighting was in its early days -- too many misses, either way.

Filter too much out (false positives), customers screamed "you're blocking my mail";
filter too loosely (false negatives) customers screamed "do something, I'm buried in spam".

Not an easy line to navigate :-/

more than 2 years ago

Inside Obama's Twitter Blitz On the Payroll Tax

quist Re:*yawn* (294 comments)

um, you are very much confused by the wealth vs income distinction, eh?

more than 2 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

quist Re:Ally Bank (667 comments)

I wonder how many folks realize that Ally is owned by the Imperial Federal Government?

more than 2 years ago

Spiderman's Politically Correct Replacement

quist Re:PC? (608 comments)

Yeah, after I paid for the rebuild, 'tranny' was worse than a slur ...damn slippin' gearbox.

more than 3 years ago

Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student

quist Isn't the reading & writing.... (456 comments)

The important lesson to be imparted is the student's increased sense of entitlement and acceptance of redistribution.

more than 3 years ago

US Open Government Sites To Close

quist Re:But it's a good idea... (385 comments)

We're now spending 3 times as much on education, adjusted, as 25 years ago, yet the results are no better. Perhaps we should put more effort into insisting on quality outputs rather than increasing inputs -- tossing more money -- into the edu operation...

more than 3 years ago

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

quist Re:You're kidding, right? (2058 comments)

Somehow I doubt there is a homeowner policy in force...

more than 3 years ago

Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

quist Re:When you have a machine from that era... (507 comments)

Transplant the drive, install image on beefier hardware--I've used variations on this technique for years. Works great.

I generally use a desktop box for the work. You need a small collection of laptop drive adapters (less than 20$ for a good selection). Then debootstrap a base image and customize from there; another route is to build your mini-image in a free partion and copy the completed custom install onto the 486's drive....

The take-home is: pull the drive and build/image from a modern machine.

more than 4 years ago



Mainstream Primer on RIAA tactics

quist quist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quist writes "To mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the RIAA assult of on filesharing, this week Marketplace on American Public Radio is running a three-part series on the battle. This is a very concise summary for friends and family who are unfamiliar with the situation. Part one — No pause in music industry's tough play — briefly summarizes Tanya Andersen's case and includes quotes from EFF's Fred Von Lohmann, Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the RIAA and, of course, Ray Beckerman. Part two — Free? Illegal? ... What's the difference? — describes the muddy water surrounding the Spiral Frog's "free" music downloads. The conclusion, which aired yesterday, will appear the Marketplace site later today."


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