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GNOME 3.12 Released

sc0ob5 After watching the video.. (134 comments)

After watching the video I find I have been pronouncing Gnome incorrectly for all these years. Ga-nome, I've been saying Nome..

about 8 months ago

Programmer Privilege

sc0ob5 Maybe I'm Selfish But.. (353 comments)

What I don't understand about articles trying to increase the CS/STEM workforce whether that be minorities or just in general is that ultimately these people that are being encouraged to join these fields will take your jobs when you are no longer the "right age" no matter how good you are at whatever you do. Not to mention the impact on salaries the extra workforce will have.

about 10 months ago

New Leaks Threaten Human Smuggling Talks and Lead To Hack Attacks On Australia

sc0ob5 Indonesia, corrupt and incapable. (304 comments)

Well it’s clear that Indonesia are incapable of actually preventing terrorist attacks in their own country against not only its own citizens but against foreign nationals. Someone needs perform surveillance.

1 year,21 days

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

sc0ob5 Re:Dear Slashdot (206 comments)

While I can understand your argument in all honesty it isn't always a case of circumventing the local taxes and tariffs. There are some items that do not get released in Australia or have a delayed release. It really does suck when you read reviews of a product you desperately want only to find it will not be released in your country and the only way to get it is through one of these package redirection services.

1 year,26 days

How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

sc0ob5 Re:Using Big Data to MAXIMIZE Healthcare Cost (507 comments)

I don't see how changing to electronic records is the problem here. It's the fact that staff at the hospitals have been coding the patients incorrectly and under paying the doctors and hospitals performing the procedures, in addition to possibly over paying for other procedures.

This is why the rest of the world uses ICD-10 coding.

1 year,28 days

Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

sc0ob5 Re:Technology at its finest (266 comments)

I hadn't seen that from Turnbull. I wonder just how many of those informal votes were on purpose. I don't believe a majority were mistakes, the House of Representatives is not exactly hard to place your vote. If a voter can't count 1 to 6 (or however many candidates) then they probably shouldn't be voting in the first place. The Senate on the other hand, I can totally understand screwing that up if you're a bit masochistic and chose to go below the line. The damn voting slip doesn't even fit in the booth!

about a year ago

North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

sc0ob5 Bonus points (212 comments)

to anonymous for the Monkey Magic reference. :)

about a year and a half ago

How Red Hat Hires

sc0ob5 Re:Recruiters spend 6 seconds on each resume... (113 comments)

I think what is more concerning is that recruiters seem to spend a lot of that 6 seconds looking at white space.

I think I might send off my next résumé as a blank sheet of paper, sure to get the job.

about 2 years ago

As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

sc0ob5 Re:GSM is a requirement for me now (67 comments)

Can't SIMs only hold 250 contacts? I know that's the limit of my SIM. When you have more contacts than that I think you have little other choice to sync your contacts with some external contact list/address book (like an email client) in case your phone dies.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

sc0ob5 Re:Whitelists? (454 comments)

Not a bad idea for elementary kids. A simple redirect using squid to a PHP form which would email someone a link to the site in question and another PHP form for approval which would then automatically append to a whitelist if approved and to a blacklist if denied so students can’t keep submitting the same site. There are a few sites around that have whitelists for education purposes opendns.com springs to mind. The problem is with so many sites being created daily it’s impossible to keep up with educational resources for middle school and high school kids and you are better off with just a blacklist which are more readily available.

When I was first starting out in IT I worked at a reasonably large high school and found the best way to filter was using squid and have a large blacklist automatically updated weekly and use a log analyser such as Sarg to generate reports on a daily basis and anything that seemed out of place or got a lot of traffic and wasn’t related to education would go on the blacklist. Of course none of this was available off the shelf back then, but it’s still probably the best way to go about it considering that it’s a non-profit school. As for facebook, it should be blocked in any school environment, there is nothing on there of any education value.

I don’t know the age range the OP is talking about, kind of seems contradictory. People not able to protect themselves but yet have shame.. doesn’t really make sense.

more than 2 years ago

Boxee 1.5 Will Be the Last Supported Desktop Version

sc0ob5 Re:Great... (113 comments)

I'm going to have to agree. I have been using XBMC for a couple of years now and it is far and away the best media centre out there at the moment.

I'm running the Lars Op Den Kamp PVR build of Eden with tvheadend for the TV tuners on Oneiric and use a logitech rumblepad 2 for the controller. Set it up with zsnes and dolphin-emu and can access these without even leaving the couch. The addons repos are great, adding quite a lot of features you could only dream of in other media centres. I rarely have issues even with the latest un-stable builds and when I do there is already a patch out for it.

As for Boxee being for dummies, XBMC isn't hard at all anymore thanks to projects like OpenELEC. I built a system for a friend using OpenELEC and it could not be easier.

more than 2 years ago

An Easy Way To Curb Smart-Phone Thieves, In Australia

sc0ob5 Re:Carriers (234 comments)

I can't back it up with figures but I would hazard a guess that most people would buy their phones/plans direct through their carrier, locked to that specific carrier. The major carriers have stores located everywhere. It is possible to buy an unlocked phone from a phone store like All Phones, Crazy John's, Telechoice, etc. and they don't seem as numerous. No one I know has bought a phone/plan from one of these places. In regards to the phones being carrier locked it's now easily possible to have your carrier unlock your phone and the carriers are required to do so. If you are on a contract you must keep paying though. Don't know if that made things clearer or more muddy.

more than 2 years ago

Nexus One a Failed Experiment In Online Sales

sc0ob5 Re:Couldn't even buy it online (366 comments)

This really annoyed me. Had the phone been released here in Australia at the same time as the States I would have bought one.

Vodaphone I believe is the only company to have it and they just released it at the start of the month.

Here is a strange idea, if you want a product to sell, allow people to buy it.

more than 4 years ago

Australia's Largest ISP Ditches Linux Mirror

sc0ob5 Re:Move to another ISP? (173 comments)

I'm also in the same situation as you are. Telstra port and Internode ADSL2+ although I get a 19mbit sync. Have to say I have been with Internode for years and haven't had a problem with them. Love all the "free" and fast content.

I think it's preaching to the choir here though. If you can get off Bigpond you should if not the rest of us will pray to the Flying Spagetti Monster for your souls.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

sc0ob5 Re:Definitely questions for... (434 comments)

You are 100% wrong. No degree is needed to be a police officer or any other form of law enforcement officer.

Obviously you have never talked to a police officer, I'd guess that only half of them could tell their left from their right.

about 5 years ago

NVIDIA Ships Decent DX10 Graphics Card For Under $100

sc0ob5 Re:Great.. (208 comments)

Well it doesn't take an extra power adapter.. I really don't mind what it is but something that actually has a bit of power would be nice. Also I run my HTPC on Linux so I'm not sure those fancy audio features are working yet on the ATI drivers, and what about hardware decoding?? I currently have a 8400GS ticking away in my system quite nicely, not really much good for anything but decoding..

about 5 years ago

NVIDIA Ships Decent DX10 Graphics Card For Under $100

sc0ob5 Great.. (208 comments)

Now can we have it in low profile please?

about 5 years ago

Wi-Fi Patent Victory Earns CSIRO $200 Million

sc0ob5 Re:Patent trolls (267 comments)

Because they have no idea perhaps?

more than 5 years ago


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