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I'm most interested in robots that will...

rossz Re:Drive me around = I can get drunk (307 comments)

This also makes long distance bar-hopping a possiblity. For example, get drunk on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, crawl into the car and pass out... wake up in the driveway back in Austin, or even Houston.

Sadly, you are still in Texas.

about two weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

rossz Re:Not enough (250 comments)

So they illegally stop paying their taxes when they pull their kid in a private school? I don't think so.

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

rossz Re:Huckleberry Finn (410 comments)

They tried to ban it in North western schools recently because "it's racist". Obviously the people trying to ban it were idiots.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

rossz The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (410 comments)

People were trying to get it banned from the schools because "it is racist". Which suggests they either did not read the book, or failed to understand the entire point of the story.

Spoiler alert (and you should be ashamed of yourself if you had not read the book).

The story is basically about how Huck started as one who "knew" that blacks were inferior and their proper place was in slavery, and anyone who denied this was going to hell. After going through many an adventure with the runaway slave Jim, he came to realize that Jim was one of the finest men he ever knew, and if accepting him as an equal meant he was going to hell, then "fine, I'm going to hell."

It should be required reading in our schools.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

rossz Re:anarchists cookbook? (410 comments)

A few years ago I was helping a friend do some xmas shopping. She saw a kids chemistry set that was "kid safe" and said, "oh, that's perfect!" I put a quick stop to that, "your husband has a degree in chemistry, and in the army his job was to blow shit up, and he still likes to blow shit up. How long do you think it would take for him to upgrade that chemistry set?"

She got her daughter a telescope, instead.

about 2 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

rossz Re:It's al Greek to me (261 comments)

He's the social media billionaire that went zombie and got blown away by Faith when she boarded his mega-yacht.

about 2 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

rossz Re: Mecial Cannabis companies (275 comments)

Did you fail comprehension? He clearly stated they sold the item at the advertised price. Loss leaders are perfectly legal (at least here in California), but you have to actually have to have a reasonable amount of the product on hand. So if a single person buys out all the stock, the business could get in trouble for not having the product on hand, which could be seen as bait-and-switch. When there is an extremely limited supply, it must be clearly stated in the advertisement. A loss leader is meant to attract customers in the hopes that they will buy additional items and make up for the loss and possibly gain a new regular customer. Also, it is perfectly legal to set a limit on sale items.

about 2 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

rossz Re:Some people might unfairly judge Ukraine (254 comments)

2. Hello! This is Russia - which, in case you hadn't noticed, is different from the USSR

Not really. In the eyes of most of the world, the names may have changed, but you still act the same.

about 3 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

rossz Re:Some people might unfairly judge Ukraine (254 comments)

Now I know you are a hard core Russian. You are denying your despot government never did anything in Hungary? What happened in 1956 is so well documented that only a moron who believes his own lies could possibly deny it happened.

about 3 months ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

rossz Re:*drool* (181 comments)

All too often the programmers aren't given time to optimize the code. Middle management weenies hear the "we got it working" part of the demonstration, and don't care that it's running too damn slow. They have shit to sell right now!

And yes, too many coders have no idea how to optimize.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

rossz If there were competition (338 comments)

If there were competition, the broadband companies would be going out of their way to roll out something bigger and better than the next guy. Except, all too often, a broadband company gets a monopoly in a city, raise their prices while cutting their services. They have zero incentive to roll out any improvements. They rarely even bother with doing basic maintenance. Upgrades and repairs cost money, that cuts into profits. It's not like the market has anywhere else to go.

A taxpayer funded project isn't a barrier to future infrastructure improvements. Monopolies are a barrier to future infrastructure improvements.

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

rossz Bend the rules for the rich (327 comments)

If waiving environmental laws and giving huge tax breaks for big businesses is good for the state, then doing the same for small and medium businesses is also good for the state. In fact, this kind of thing is evidence that the laws should be revisited and possibly revised. I already felt that way about the tax laws here in California (some of the highest taxes in the country). I'm not so sure about the environment laws, however.

about 3 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

rossz Combination (267 comments)

I am severely red-green color blind. I am midly blue-yellow color blind.

And the correct term is Color Deficiency Disorder, you insenstive clod.

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

rossz Who else makes this mistake? (402 comments)

I have a few text files on my Windows box with :wq scattered around in random locations.

about 4 months ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

rossz It's a Trap! (176 comments)

Given that the executive branch, that being the POTUS, has never seen a surveillance law it didn't like, I seriously doubt this law would actually impede the government's lust for any and all information on the People.

Besides, the actual implmentation of any law is always the exact opposite of the bill name. My guess, "The USA Freedom Act" means "freedom for the government to do whatever the fuck they want."

about 4 months ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

rossz Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

Here in San Francisco, beggers will complain if you give them non-vegan food. That's if they don't complain about getting food since a good number of them are looking for drug money.

about 3 months ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

rossz Re:It all means nothing (253 comments)

Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.

If every single person who said they would vote third party if it wasn't throwing away their vote actually voted third party, we'd see some serious changes. Just accept that it doesn't matter one bit whether a democrat or a republican wins the election. The results will be the same. Once you accept this simple truth, you are free. Now you can vote for a third party candidate without that fear of letting "the other guy" win. Vote third party. Always. I don't care which third party. Just don't vote for the status quo.

about 5 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

rossz Re:NO it does not. (686 comments)

Which, sadly, enforces the theory that FTL is not possible.

about 5 months ago

Submissions

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Internet Enabled Cell Phones

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rossz writes "I've been playing around with the LG Voyager (VX10000) cell phone. The hardware is awesome, packing a ton of features into a tiny package. The UI is pretty good considering the limitations of the tiny hardware. The problem, however, is the phone is only available through Verizon which uses BREW and Get It Now (GIN) for deploying applications. Only programs with the official stamp of approval are made available, so anything out of the mainstream or anything that competes with their own application product line is unavailable. Not surprising, an ssh client is not available even though this cell phone would make an excellent choice as an emergency access tool from a remote location. Very annoying, however, is the inability to run more mainstream applications such as Google's Mobile Map. You are forced to use the GPS software that is provided by Verizon, whether it's your preferred application or not.

So I'm asking other slashdotters, is there a phone similar to the LG Voyager (the nice internal keyboard is the primary attraction, not the touch screen) which isn't locked down tighter than a gnat's ass? Which cell phone provider in the U.S. (California to be specific) is the most reasonable when it comes to internet access? I've tried searching on this subject, but there is so much marketing garbage out there, it's buried the useful information.

As I stated to a Verizon rep who accused me of just wanting to run free software, "It's not about price. The GPS software from Verizon is free with my service plan. It's about me choosing to use my personal property as I see fit and in a perfectly legal manner.""

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Feel the Love

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Wow. I posted about using squid to control my teenage daughter's internet access here and you can feel the pure hatred that comes through from the huge crowd of masturbating teenage boys with no fucking clue about real life.

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Slashdot Style Sheets

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Is it just me or are slashdot's style sheets completely borked in FireFox 0.9?

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New Server

rossz rossz writes  |  about 11 years ago

I finally bought a new server to replace the old one that committed suicide. I picked up a Shuttle SK41G with xp1900+ processor, 512Meg memory, DVD/CD reader, and 80Gig harddrive (7200 rpm, 8Meg cache). Nope, no floppy. I don't use them anymore. I have my Laks USB watch if I need to transfer files without the network. And yes, I can boot from the watch if I really want to.

I put Debian on it because SuSE 7.3 can't handle drives bigger than 32Gig and SuSE 8.2 wouldn't work with the the nic even though it's a generic 8139too type. It was probably something simple like the io address, but I didn't think of it at the time.

I'm mostly using the "testing" tree of Debian because "stable" is populated with far too many really old programs. So far, I've slapped on apache 1.3, samba 3.0, Exim 4 with exiscan, qpopper, clamav, spamassassin, mysql 4, and a few other odds and ends.

What I really need is a decent content management package that is easy enough for my wife and daughter (age 13) to create web pages. Any thoughts?

The system hasn't even started to break a sweat. I swear I haven't seen its processor load exceed 1%!!! lol

I wanted to run lm-sensors, but it was returning totally insane values for the voltages and temperatures.

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More Bad Luck

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Seems bad luck runs in clusters. That makes sense, I'm living a cluster-fuck. Whoopie.

My car broke down today. It won't shift out of first. Odds are, it's not the transmission (which would cost in excess of $3000 to repair). It's probably just a sensor. I'm still trying to figure out why they want to charge $300 to $500 to replace a sensor.

I hope I have enough money left to buy my server next week.

Perhaps I should set up a PayPal "Buy Rossz a new server" donation icon. Any takers?

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Choosing a Server

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago As mentioned in my previous entry, my server committed suicide. I'm in the process of picking out a replacement system. I'm leaning towards the Shuttle as a nice, compact, and complete system. It has most everything you need for a server. Toss in a drive, cpu, and memory and it's complete. It's major downside is the 200W power supply. Because of that limitation, I won't be putting a cd burner in it (just a budget CD reader). Instead, I'm going to get an external USB 2.0 DVD burner. That way I can easily move it between systems if necessary.

I'll probably go for a low end processor of about 1.3Ghz since that is plenty for my needs. I'll stick in half to a full gig of memory and the biggest hard drive my budget allows. Comments and suggests are welcome. It's going to be a few weeks before I have the money to make the purchase so I'm spending the time looking at all options. The software I'll be running is:

  • Linux (of course) with a 2.4.2? kernel (what ever is recent and stable)
  • Apache w/PHP
  • MySQL
  • Exim 4.x
  • ClamAV
  • SpamAssassin

Plus the usual array of tools (especially perl scripts).

A big concern is compatibility with a USB 2.0 DVD Burner. If anyone has experience with these under Linux, I would appreciate hearing from you. Make/Model, software used, etc. Also, I could use some suggestions for content management. I need something that makes it relatively painless for my wife and daughter to update their own web pages. The tool(s) must be able to handle virtual domains.

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More Hardware Woes

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been having a nasty streak of bad luck. Earlier this week my server's power supply committed suicide. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, except the bastard took out both hard drives with it. I guess the drive makers are too cheap to include a 50 cent part to protect the drive ciruitry from a power surge (or whatever the powersupply did to the drives).

I have a tape drive, but I could never get it to work in Linux. The maker, Seagate, advertised the Travan drive as Linux compatible (with native support), but it NEVER worked.

The result is two dead drives with tons of irreplaceable files. I called a data recovery service. The quote almost gave me a heart attack. Thousands of dollars for each drive. Ouch.

So what do I do? It's been suggested that I buy identical drives and try swapping the circuit boards. This might work, or it might double the number of broken drives. Besides, one of the drives is old enough to be a problem in finding a duplicate. The second drive is brand new and still under warranty, but I'm holding off on returning it for the moment.

Isn't there a service that can evaluate if the drive circuits can be repaired (at least well enough for me to yank off the data)? I can't believe the only option is to use those overpriced data recovery services. If that's the only choice, then I have to kiss my data goodbye.

I'm already looking into a replacement server and have mostly decided on what to get. I'm also planning on getting a USB DVD burner so I can do backups (I've given up on the tape drive). I've chosen USB because I want to be able to use it on other systems, too. Is there enough support in Linux to use a USB DVD burner for this purpose?

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Hewlett-Packard Sucks

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago

The hard drive in my wife's HP zt1130 notebook died last week. It took a few days of trying to get an answer from HP and Hitachi about a replacement. The drive is a Travelstar, originally made by IBM, but now that division is owned by Hitachi.

According to the Hitachi website, Travelstar series drives have a 3 year warranty. Except this is what Hitachi support had to say about it:

Our records indicate that your drive was not sold through authorized distribution channels and therefore does not carry a manufacturer's warranty.

HP doesn't buy authorized equipment? Very interesting.

And here's what HP had to say about it:

Since the Notebook is out of warranty, the service will be billed. Depending on the extent of damage the cost will range between $269 and $649 plus taxes.

Great. They only give a 1 year warranty on a device that should have a 3 year warranty. To make the buggering complete, they offer to repair a $100 drive for $269 or more. Here's my response back to them:

In other words, you do not honor manufacturer's warranties (which should be 3 years), plus you try to screw your customers by charging them $269 or more to replace a $100 (retail price) hard drive. How nice.
 
I have a better idea. Instead of me sending in this computer to be repaired at an excessive fee, I'll replace the drive myself, and never EVER buy another Hewlett Packard product again.
 
At one time HP was known for unsurpassed quality and service. Those days are long gone. Now you sell marginal equipement with useless warranties.
 
Say goodbye to a customer of over 20 years. I will never buy another HP product again.

Hewlett-Packard can kiss my ass. The local geek store has a 20gig Toshiba notebook drive for $109+tax. When I can afford it, I'll buy it. I know I can find it slightly cheaper online, but NCAL Computers has always given me great service and are quick to fix any problems. They have earned my business.

Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy the drive at the moment since I am still unemployed. Hell, I can't even get a shit non-computer job in retail. Since my wife and daughter are addicted to luxuries such as food and clothing, the drive will have to wait.

As a temporary measure, my wife is booting with a knoppix CD and using my LAKS watch to store her home directory. It took four years, but I finally got her to use Linux!

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Contract Work

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Contract IT works sucks. You don't have the security of a full time job (whatever the hell that's worth these days). It's even worse when the bastards decide to cut the contract short by an entire month due to "budgetary contraints". Am I an idiot to expect a company to have allocated the damn budget before hiring a contract worker?

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm looking for another job. As usual, I want a permanent position, but will probably end up settling for a contract job. Oh, and the "big bucks" you normally expect for contract work? Forget it. They know they can get away with paying half of what they should.

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They're taunting me

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago

On the receiving dock of the company I'm currently contracting with are, not one, but two IBM iSeries 825 computers still in their boxes. These bad boys go for about half a million dollars each. I so want to play with them!

Instead, I'm sitting here repackaging software for WinXP to conform with company policies. What a waste of my talents.

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Anonymous Cowards

rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I finally got tired of the high noise rate of anonymous cowards and configured my preferences to give them -1 on moderation. ACs very seldom have anything useful to say. On the rare occassion an AC posts something useful, I will rely on it being moderated up for me to notice it.

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rossz rossz writes  |  more than 11 years ago The level of ignorance on slashdot never ceases to amaze me. One of my posts was moderated down as "flamebait". The person who did so obviously doesn't understand the concept.

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