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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

rstanley Balmer leaves Mickey$oft, ... (142 comments)

And 10 office furniture stores, and office chair repair shops in Redmond are closing down! ;^)

"civic contribution"??? ROTFLMAO!!!

"teaching" He teaches??? WHAT??? ;^)

about a week ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

rstanley Not the first time! (277 comments)

I long for the good ole days when they actually send out paper invoices in envelopes! ;^)

And from the archives:

"In December 1999, Microsoft forgot to renew the domain name Passport.com,
and so rendered its Hotmail service partially crippled. A Linux
programmer, Michael Chaney, paid the $35 fee and promptly handed over
ownership to Microsoft."

It happened again in 2003:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Will they ever learn? ;^)

about a month ago
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On 4th of July:

rstanley The Linux Kernel... (340 comments)

was invented in Helsinki Finland, by an unknown Geek at the University (At that time!). Should we chastise him for moving to Portland Oregon???

Linux, all the computer languages, and tons of other software is currently being developed by individuals and organizations all over the World! Who cares where???

What happened in 1776 was an important event to all countries, especially those countries owned and controlled by the "British Empire" at that time. That one event led to a lot more revolutions, and constitutions based on what happened then.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

rstanley Emacs for ... (359 comments)

C, C++, Perl, Bash, HTML, basic text files, whatever...

NO vi!

Flame me if you wll! ;^)

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rstanley Ubuntu only AFTER Debian! (641 comments)

It was recently announced that Ubuntu would adopt systemd in future versions as well.

Yes, but only AFTER Debian, the Distro that Ubuntu, (and many other Distros) are based on, made the decision to switch to systemd. Now if Ubuntu would just go along with Wayland, ...

Linus has the final say in the Kernel, and I have to agree with his decision. He has an excellent track record! ;^)

about 5 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

rstanley Hotmail (True!) (162 comments)

When Mickey$oft first bought Hotmail in 1997, and for many years after, it was running Qmail, on FreeBSD, and Solaris computers! (See also, Qmail.org)

IMHO, it hasn't worked as well since they moved it to their own software! ;^)

The "joke" is on Mickey$oft! ;^)

about 5 months ago
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As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

rstanley News Analysts = corporate sockpuppets (80 comments)

Don't blame Tim for the ignorance of so-called, "News Analysts". Tim created a useful tool to advance the use of the Internet. It is far more useful than USENET that we were using when we first received messages to the effect of "Hey, come look at this new thing called WWW!" My first browser was Lynx when I only had a UNIX shell account while teaching at NYU.

DRM has NO PLACE in ANY standard for the Internet. I don't understand why Tim supports this. We obviously don't have all the facts. I agree with him that a Magna Carta for the Internet would be be appropriate. It would allow us to eliminate DRM.

In the words of Robert Burns, Tim is a "Man of independant mind"!

about 5 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

rstanley Dennis Ritchie instead! (184 comments)

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

Dennis's home page: http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dm...

about 6 months ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

rstanley Re:Automated referee-ing (253 comments)

Agreed! Replace all the Referees and Umpires with sensors to eliminate all the bad calls that are all too obvious to us at home in front of the tube!!! Instant replay challanges in all sports, until they do!!!

about 7 months ago
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New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

rstanley iPhone & Windoze app only! (156 comments)

This app should only be available for iPhones and (And especially) Windoze phones only! Let them drop and break all their phones, then replace them with Androids! ;^)

1 year,21 days
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

rstanley Re: Get a letter from your original client (480 comments)

Actually it applies to anyone who signs a work for hire agreement. Even an employee who does NOT sign a W.F.H. agreement owns the code they write. IANAL, so confirm this with a lawyer.

about a year ago
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Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley Wrong comparison (243 comments)

I was comparing MS Office to LibreOffice, NOT Google Docs! Read what I wrote.

about a year and a half ago
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Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley Re:LibreOffice? (243 comments)

"Because LibreOffice doesn't do everything MS Office does?"

I keep hearing this, but I never see a list of the "10%" that MS Office can do that Libreoffice cannot. Plus, how many items on this 10% list are actually used by 90% of the MS Office users, including Google employees???

Show me the list!

about a year and a half ago
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Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley LibreOffice? (243 comments)

I would have assumed that if they had to use any Office Suite, that they would have chosen LibreOffice over MS Office! My question to Google, is Why Not???

about a year and a half ago
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Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware

rstanley Le me get this straight... (245 comments)

The problem ONLY affects the VERY O/S that it needs to protect the most??? ;^) How many MILLIONS of different malware instances are out the in the wild??? I'll stick to Linux! ;^)

Measure twice, cut once!

AND

Test, Test, then TEST!!!

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

rstanley It requires a logical mind for a start. (767 comments)

Not everyone does think logically! We all can think of things we experience every day that were NOT logically designed or planned!!! ;^)

Anyone can learn a language and write some simple small programs, (many times badly, even by those WITH a CS degree!) but There is a lot more to programming than just learning the syntax. I myself am self-taught for the most part, but there is a lot missing that would make me much better had I obtained a CS degree.

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of NYC is supposedly learning to program. I would be curious to evaluate his programs, whatever language he has chosen! ;^)

about 2 years ago
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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

rstanley The bicycle I most often ride was stolen (356 comments)

My apt. got broken into and my 10 speed was stolen. I never got around to replacing it. I do miss it, but living in NYC, I have seen too many cars hitting bikes, not at the fault of the bike rider.

Delivery and messenger bike riders are another matter however. Many of them deserve to have their bikes confiscated!

more than 2 years ago
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Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

rstanley Not an inventor??? (542 comments)

Why are UNIX and the C Programming Language NOT inventions??? Why does an invention need to be a physical object???

The world is a far better place for the "Inventions" that Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, with the assistance of Brian Kernighan have given us, along with all who have added their "Inventions" to these and all that have followed.

From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Invention :

invention
  [in-ven-shuhn] noun
1. the act of inventing.
2.U.S. Patent Law . a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.
3.anything invented or devised.
4.the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
5.an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, especially in art, music, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

rstanley Original owner AND NewEgg!!! (385 comments)

I would suggest the following:

1) Contact the original owner of the drive offering to archive the data to a DVD, and send it back to the original owner of the drive/data.
2) Contact NewEgg informing them of the data breach.
3) Preserve the hard drive intact in case the original owner of the drive wishes to take legal action against NewEgg.
4) Contact your own lawyer to confirm the above BEFORE contacting ANYONE!

IANAL

more than 2 years ago

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