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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

rnmartinez This happened to me (321 comments)

... and it's not my kids stealing. They were playing Penguin Wings 2 and bought about $20 of stuff for their little characters. It was my fault for wanting to distract them, and I changed my settings so that my password is needed each time now. I don't thinl it's google responsibility to protect people from themselves, and a dev who made a fun game got $20 for their work. People just need to use common sense/chillax.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:Proprietary, definitely. (316 comments)

Thanks for the feedback guys, its great to get both sides.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:20k in the left hand, 20k in the right hand? (316 comments)

To be fair, the $20K would add some features as well because of what MSSQL offers vs MYSQL. I just want to look at all options. And massive +1 for PERT :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:Give PostGIS a try (316 comments)

To be fair, they are willing to do open source as well, they just recommended something that they are familiar with and I can't blame them for that, PostgreSQL is sounding better and better though.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:charity (316 comments)

We are a non-profit, not a charity, so I know that we don't qualify for many programs. I will try MS though and see if they can help us. I know that many other vendors wouldn't give us a deal.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:A bit sad. (316 comments)

Thanks for the insight, as I am neither a dev or a GIS guy. I will certainly pass on the Haversine formula info as well as your description.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:GIS improvements already are in MariaDB (316 comments)

Great, thanks for the offer~ I do like the idea of doing something that can be contributed back to the community as a whole.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:Only one true FOSS option: PostgreSQL + PostGIS (316 comments)

Thanks for the awesome feedback, and its great to hear from someone from ESRI. I like the PostgreSQL option that is being outlined here, and if there is a strong community then that is even better.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:MySQL and Drupal are fine (316 comments)

Thanks for the +1 for mysql, it could save some headaches. My devs feel that they are up to the task of writing some functions, but they feel that MS does make it easier. In terms of the moral issues, I can't just stuff them, but I won't let them kill my budget either.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:PostgreSQL + PostGIS (316 comments)

Awesome thanks for your insight. It's great to hear from someone who has applied this in a similar situation. I think PostgreSQL is definitely worth a detailed look.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:PostGIS and OSGeo.org (316 comments)

Great, thank you. I certainly don't want to run, but I do want to balance ease and cost vs the qualitatives.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:PostGIS (316 comments)

Great thanks! I think that the happy medium for our situation would be non-MS/Oreacle but not fully custom either. I definitely have some reading to do :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

rnmartinez Re:there's a lot of FOSS options (316 comments)

Awesome thanks! These specific resources are always helpful!

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:Why not use a Mixed-Solution. (316 comments)

Haven't heard of this one (I think they push ESRI a lot in Canadian universities) but I will definitely have a look. Thanks for the great suggestions!

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:PostgreSQL with PostGIS (316 comments)

Ok, this Postgresql thing might be our winner. I'll have to get in contact with our host. Thanks!

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:Distance calculation is trivial... (316 comments)

Great, thanks for the calculation piece - I will definitely pass this on!

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:Checkout PostGIS (316 comments)

Thanks so much - I really appreciate the positive feedback here. It's good to know about these standards, PostgreSQL is looking like a winner.

more than 2 years ago
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rnmartinez Re:Checkout PostGIS (316 comments)

Ok our webhost does mysql - I'll have to see if they can offer us PostgreSQL

more than 2 years ago

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mysql vs. ms-sql dliemma

rnmartinez rnmartinez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rnmartinez writes "As the Project Manager for a non-profit looking to implement a tech project, I am running into a few dilemma's and as a casual slashdotter I could really use some help. I'll start with a brief explanation of the project.

We research issues in Canadian Immigrants, and found that there was a lack of recent, unaggregated information. As we dug further, we found that some data was available, but there was no central repository. Therefore, we are building a web based service to collect this data, with the intent of having it display in google maps and then be downloadable as a csv file that is readable in GIS software such as ESRI Arcsoft, so that data may be visualized.

To date, we have relied on a lamp box with drupal as the front end to help provide a more social experience. However, it seems that MS SQL offers more functions with regards to geometry built in then MYSQL, and my devs (good guys, but MS guys at heart) want me to switch to .net NUKE/MsSQL and ditch the open source stuff. As a believer in open source and a non-profit, I am having some moral issues with this (I try and run linux and open source on everything I reasonably can).

So here is my dilemma: do I dump $20K into moving everything to an MS solution that in the short-medium term might make the geometry functions (i.e. show me all the hospitals within a 20km radius of this cluster of immigrants) or do I get him to spend the same amount writing something similar for MYSQL? The only issue there, is that I am not too fond of Oracle having ownership of MYSQL. Should I be directing $20K into replicating these functions into something like MariaDB? Might be a longshot but again, as a non-profit I'd like to see something go back to everyone, not just my group.

Really, I am open to any flexible, creative open and reliable solutions. Sorry if my knowledge is limited or if I am grasping at straws, and if I am being terribly biased, but I trust Oracle with opensource about as much as I trust MS."

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Open Wifi Hardware Project

rnmartinez rnmartinez writes  |  about 7 years ago

rnmartinez writes "I have been a Linux "newbie" for close to 10 years now. Sounds like a long time to be a novice user, but I find that one application or piece of hardware brings me back to Microsoft applications. I am trying to finally get away from MS completely, but my current dilemma seems to be with wireless. I am trying to encourage my employer to move away from MS solutions, but several factors, like the ones I encounter personally seem to get in the way.

My most recent headache was when my wireless adapter, that worked out of box with Ubuntu 7.04 physically broke. Trying to find a replacement has not been easy, and while I have compiled drivers before, it is such a struggle and this time I was not able to get it to work.

I would like to see a permanent solution to this, so does the slashdot group think that it would be worthwhile to try and either purchase:

A) an 802.11 a/b/g/n design — have someone make one from the ground up for a group or company x, and completely open it up

or
B) purchase a small or struggling semi conductor manufacturer (as part of a group effort — it could be run as a profit or non profit)

And try and come up with an open solution? I know that manufacturers like Intel have excellent driver support, but they do not have PCMCIA, USB or PCI solutions (unless if you use some type of adapter, which I am going to do for now). Ideally I would like to see an open USB wifi dongle, that would have completely open driver support and eventually be submitted into the kernel. If this were to be successful, then of course other types of hardware, i.e. webcams, RAID, etc... could also be considered.

Is this too ambitious a project? Has it already been done? Any comments and criticisms are welcome. While my knowledge of Linux and open projects in general is a bit limited, I think that something like this makes business sense. I feel that outside of Canada and the U.S. there is an enormous market for Linux and other open source projects, and by removing the hindrance of hardware many other things could fall into place.

I only need to look at my frustration as a consumer trying to completely replace a mainstream o/s with Linux, and feel that there must be many more in the same situation. (if anyone replies to this, I'd also be glad to tell you about my RAID woes, but that might be best for another project/post).

Thank you.

P.S. I haven't invested in a domain or a site of any type for this yet, but if there is some interest, I would definitely move forward. If this makes it to Slashdot and the feedback is good, then I will come up with a url somewhere."

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