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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

robstout Split the costs? (171 comments)

See if your employeer is willing to pay for the conference, while you pay travel expenses (or vice-versa). That may make things more platable.

yesterday
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

robstout Nice idea (326 comments)

I like this idea, but I'm going to assume that all that will happen is ISPs charging more for 10 Mbps service. I should think I'm lucky, with 3 choices for ISPs in my area (Charter, AT&T and TDS). I refuse to deal with Charter, and AT&T isn't much better. The problem is that TDS is running over AT&T's infrastructure, and are limited to 3 Mbps DSL.

5 days ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

robstout Science is always better... (147 comments)

With Cannons. At least the nature documentaries will be more interesting. Maybe combine it with pumpkin chunking...

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

robstout The important thing (167 comments)

Isolate out the caffiene genes, and start adding it to other plants. There are times I'm eating breakfast, and I'm thinking "Why am I only getting caffiene from the coffee? Buzz up them hashbrowns! Perk up that toast! If we can introduce it into animals, think about caffinated eggs, or butter, or cheese. We can finally jitter up the world.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

robstout Re:I honestly don't get it... (311 comments)

I think the issue is that security isn't pretty, and Apple wants pretty. Look at the two-factor authentication. Having to wait until a PIN is sent to you before you can access whatever? That isn't elegant at all (from Apple's POV. It removes the one click convenience.). Personally, I'd rather have the security, but I'm a geek, like most people on Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

robstout Interesting (170 comments)

Of course this is going to piss off the old school players, but then again they ar eproblably still playing the original versions off of their own servers. Then again, how many new players are going to be interested in playing quake? It's been years since it was relevant.

about three weeks ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

robstout Can't wait to hear what happened (133 comments)

If it was just DNS, I'll be a bit dissapointed. With stuff like "Internet Backbone" I'm hoping for some major BGP messup.

about a month ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

robstout Favorite response (251 comments)

The best revenge I heard was someone spinning up a VM of Windows 7, and having 2 folders on it: Personal, and Finances. The Finance folder was full of infected files, while Personal had some very nasty porn. Then he let the scammers get access to the VM, and watched them donwload the files.

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Re:Seperate Phones (161 comments)

In that case, you should have the phone forward calls to the personal phone. If a company is paying for you to have a phone, you should have it, except at times where it makes sense you wouldn't (like on vacation).

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Seperate Phones (161 comments)

I carry two phones, my personal phone, and one supplied by my company. Yes, it can be a pain, but I prefer having my personal contacts/info seperate from my work device. Also, I can shut down my work phone when I'm on vacation, and still have my personal calls for my own email/calls/etc. It helps me maintain a work life balance.

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Re:Working from home (161 comments)

My previous job did, but I was doing a lot of late-night support/on-call work. Seemed fair to me.

about a month ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

robstout Nice Summary (133 comments)

Too bad it's so inaccurate. My wife works for John Deere. Their combines now have GPS in them, and will do crop analysis while harvesting. I tihnk the only thing keeping them from being fully automated is the farmers themselves.

about a month ago
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

robstout Souinds like the data center of the future, circa (62 comments)

Sounds like the data center of the future, circa 1975. I wouldn't mind working in it though, but I wonder how they control humidity. Lack of cooling may work well in their area, but I see problems in hotter/ more humid places.

about a month ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

robstout Better than Nothing (97 comments)

Better than not seieng a Doctor at all, but I doubt I would go for this situation. For one thing, there are the security issues. Is the conference encrypted? Is it being stored? How doe sthis mesh with HIPPA? I'll keep going to the office.

about a month and a half ago
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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

robstout How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

If WIFI is free, everyone will use it, clogging up the pipes. If there's a charge, less people will be on, making more BW available for those who shell out the cash. I also hope that the hotels that charge use the money to miantain the infrastructure, but that's wishful thinking on my part.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

robstout Depends on your Job Duties (131 comments)

I'm a network (Cisco) guy, so Cisco Live! is my go-to conference. YMMV. DEFCON sounds like the most fun to attend, as long as you keep your gear powered off.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

robstout Why the 6-month limit (71 comments)

If the parents can't afford the service now, why do you tihnk they can in 6 months? Seems petty and short-sighted to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

robstout I like this idea (if done securley) (120 comments)

Anything that makes check-in faster. If I made a reservation for the room, the hotel already has my info in the system. Being able to finalize my checkin with a few swipes of my phone instead of waiting for a person to become available sounds good to me. My biggest concern is the hotel having a secure enough app (and infrastructure) to make it hard for people to crack the system and/or spoof my room key.

about 2 months ago
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

robstout Re: Nothing went "wrong" (50 comments)

TIVO needs to do more partnerships. I love their DVR for DirectTV (DirectTIVO). Now if they did this with other vendors, they would be sitting pretty.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

robstout Not Your Circus, not your Monkeys (348 comments)

Yes, there should be firewalls (Not sure if client side is needed, depends on the AV used on the devices. There is AV, right?). However, with you being a contractor who is not responsible for this aspect of the design, and you notfied your client of the issue, and they told you to back off, its no longer your problem. Depending on how involved you are with the project, you may want a written document specifying that you mentioned your concerns about this, and they decided to not follow your suggestions, simply as a CYA manuver.

about 2 months ago

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