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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

rossz Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (359 comments)

If they actually cared about what was being put into dairy cattle, they would do something about the steroids and other fun things used to massively increase production. This case is all about expanding government power and absolutely nothing to do with consumer safety.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

rossz Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (359 comments)

They didn't have the science to know it was asbestos causing health problems 4400 years ago. We have the science now. We figured out that it was a bad thing. Using modern science, we would know if feeding beer waste to cattle is bad. Perhaps in a thousand years to they might have new science that shows eat steaks from beer waste fed cattle increases the likelihood of cancer by .00001%.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

rossz Re:So I was all "Social contract, move to Somalia" (359 comments)

And how many people will consider beer waste handling as an important enough issue to vote out someone? None. They're going to be more interested in big ticket items like gay rights or abortion. This is how the government stealthes in an array of regulations that eventually consume our every moment.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

rossz Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (733 comments)

Way back in the dark ages when I was in high school (the 70s) we had a project to select the people required to colonize another planet. I argued intensely with my group about a fundamental error they were making. They chose mostly science and engineering types. Not one farmer was included. A modern farmer doesn't just stick seeds in the ground and ride around in a tractor. He also analyzes the soil to know what should be added for a healthy crop along with a lot of other "sciency" things. On another planet, that is especially important.

When it came time to present our choices to the class, I immediately said that our group would be dead within a year due to starvation. Surprisingly, none of the other groups bothered to include a farming expert.

Also, I argued that every essential skill had to be duplicated. You didn't want to have just one medical doctor because shit happens.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

rossz Re:Let it die (509 comments)

A good friend of mine has two autistic sons. She would give anything for them to be cured. Alas, she knows that isn't going to happen.

As for the deaf, one of the activist's arguments is "we aren't broken." Uh, yes you are. It's great when you can overcome a handicap, but it is still a fucking handicap. Here's a few reasons why you don't want to be deaf:

1. Beethoven's Ode to Joy
2. Children laughing as they play
3. Birds singing
4. A smoke alarm waking you from sleep and saving your life
5. The best part of farts

about two weeks ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

rossz Re:If BITC are property.. (273 comments)

Keep in mind that all the judges in tax court got there by working for the IRS first. A blatant violation of the separation of powers.

about three weeks ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

rossz Re:Stop (349 comments)

I'm on Comcast and 8.8.8.8 works just fine for me.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

rossz Re:Why? (769 comments)

My espresso maker can make 1 oz up to 8 oz at a press of a button (Jura Capresso). I love that machine.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

rossz Re:Why? (769 comments)

I pay $35/lbs for my coffee beans. It's Jamaican Blue Mountain.

about a month and a half ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

rossz Re:Change (742 comments)

Nope. We wrote their Constitution.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

rossz Re: Change (742 comments)

Abusive spouses almost never change. Abusive corporations never change except for the worse.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

rossz Re:My WoW replacement (669 comments)

Ditto. The Panda bullshit was their last chance. They failed. I jumped back to Warhammer Online for the last couple of months of its life (which turned into a horrid cluster fuck so I bailed on the last week), then finally fired up Rift. I'm enjoying it. I played it over a month before I finally decided they deserved some money, then bought a three month patron pack.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

rossz Re:Not at all (236 comments)

How about you read the book first, then you will be allowed to comment on it. It's obvious you have not read it.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

rossz Re:Not at all (236 comments)

It's has been pointed out numerous times, military service was not the only way to earn citizenship. Perhaps you should take some time to actually read the book instead of basing your opinion on the completely tainted source of that shit turd movie.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

rossz Re:Not at all (236 comments)

How is it undemocratic and fascist (ignoring the horrid movie)? No one could be denied the right to earn their citizenship. No exceptions (well, maybe criminals were an exception). Also, military service wasn't the only way to earn citizenship. But the book's protagonist chose that route so that's where the story centered.

Also, no where in the book is it even suggested that dissent was discouraged. Now if your entire view is based on the movie, I can see where you can be completely clueless since they got just about everything wrong in that stinking turd.

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

rossz Easy to do now (341 comments)

It doesn't require a kill switch. It doesn't require a change in hardware or an upgrade in the software. All it takes is a central database of the unique codes (I forget what they are called) each cell phone has that all reported stolen phones would be placed on and the legal requirement that a cell phone can not be activated if it is on the list.

about 2 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

rossz Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Noam Chomsky is not a libertarian. He's an extreme left moron.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

rossz The Artists should be thrilled (164 comments)

If the record companies were honest, the artists would be making more money so would love streaming services. Unfortunately, the record industry is controlled by a bunch of thieving assholes who see paying artists as unnatural. So the record companies are making money hand over fist, and the the artists get screwed, as usual.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

rossz Re:Collusion, in tech? (130 comments)

I was planning on suggesting this to my boss. Since we can't fill a senior level position, let's at least get a junior or mid level tech. It will reduce the work load on me somewhat, even if he (or she) can't handle the more complicated problems. And if the person is smart enough, he could quickly become proficient in the tools we are planning on implementing over the next year.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

rossz Re:Collusion, in tech? (130 comments)

I work in a three man devops department. For months we've been short a man. Last friday the other guy quit without notice. So it's now just me running a three man department with limited hope of filling the two empty slots in the immediate future. There are lots of system admins around, but not a lot of them have advanced devops experience.

about 3 months ago

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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 9 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 9 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  |  more than 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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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