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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

shuz 2N2222 (314 comments)

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So I found myself needing a 2N2222 the other day. I wanted it NOW I couldn't be bothered to wait 3 days for mouser.com to mail one two me. So I remembered that my friendly neighborhood radioshack carries all the components I need! I head down there and much to my chagrin all they sold anymore were extremely common A/V connectors, cables, and mobile phones by low paid high school kids. Where were to remote controlled airplanes/cars/boats, the CB's, misc electronic parts, knowledgeable sales staff with white scraggly neck beards? I didn't go there expecting to save a buck. No, I expected to pay 3+ times the price of getting it online somewhere. But I could have it NOW! Then I remembered I hadn't been into a radioshack in 10 years. *sigh* I'll miss you electronics parts store.

about two weeks ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

shuz Friggen lasers (162 comments)

Projectors with friggen lasers attached to their heads. LED based laser projectors are long overdue. Though a few exist none are worth the price. Scanning laser projectors should be one of the new up and coming display markets. The best part about this technology is that there are no lamps to replace, the imaging is theory should be better than all others, DLP chips will make a come back. The negative is that LCD manufactures will lose a lot of market share, lamp manufactures will lose a lot of market share, 4k DLP chips aren't quite there to make 4k laser displays work(but there isn't any 4k content yet anyways).

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

shuz Download from the source (324 comments)

Need SCP? Download it from winscp.net. Need VLC? Download it form videolan.org. Teach your non-geek how to think outside the box (just a little and be gentle). Teach them about digital trust. To locate website of the vendor that makes the software that they want. If that vendor redirects them to cnet, then that is where they should download the software from.

For all driver needs tell them to download only from the original equipment manufactures website. If the driver doesn't exist anymore there is a reasonable chance the driver found on some third party website won't work anyways.

about two weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

shuz Get married! (214 comments)

Hey statistically it is likely to happen to a few /.'s every year. It just so happens this one is mine.

3.1415

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

shuz Cheap 2-4 year plus English (280 comments)

My suggestion is that you combine your interests and your knowledge. Technical people tend to lack one important concept and that is being non-technical and approaching problems from outside their focus. I would suggest getting a technical degree 2-4 years in the field of your choice from either a technical college or a state 4 year school. Choose the degree with the idea of how you might apply your arts based experience and education as well as interests to that degree. For instance Mechanical Engineering might lead to writing or designing instructional materials. A hard science based degree may lend itself to being a grant writer. A Computer Science degree might lend itself to a technical writer (The person who explains to the masses how to use software). Careers can end up being how you sell yourself as well. You might not need another degree at all as long as you have technical hobbies and general knowledge as well as high interest in a subject.

When you interview for jobs do not be meek. If you feel like the job is above your abilities or if you feel intimidated by a few aspects of the position know that you will have an opportunity to learn. You will make mistakes and your employer expect a certain level of learning from any College grad. Promote yourself with the abilities that you do have. Soft skills like attention to detail, the ability to work as a team, being friendly and social, being a self started, being able to self teach/grow. You also likely have hard skill such as an impressive vocabulary, understanding various cultures, critical thinking, computer skills.

The number one frustration I have with college grads is that all to often they think and say "I can't". Usually the case is you CAN, you just haven't learned and applied yourself yet.

Good luck!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

shuz Volkswagen-Audi group (195 comments)

VW/Audi group cars can all be easily hacked via a Vag-com http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-c... device which is a relatively cheap hardware/software alternative to the programmer used at the factor or at a dealership. There are great community sites. for instance: http://www.audizine.com/forum/...

One simple hack I performed for instance was to enable bluetooth hud. Default from the factory the contact list from my phone would not be displayed one the radio or on the instrument heads up display. One simple code change displays my contact list, last calls received, and last calls made. The only negatives to the vag-com are that engine performance and emissions are locked out. Which means you can't disable the ~130MPH governor for instance.

about 2 months ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

shuz All jokes aside (77 comments)

What did the clown say to the mycologist?

"I'm a fungi"

about 3 months ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

shuz Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (165 comments)

They would only fail if no action is taken. There is juxtaposition in law all the time. The key is to find if action is taken to uphold a law that results in another law failing to be upheld where taking no action causes both laws to not be upheld. Upholding at least one law is ideal. I am not suggesting that if you saw a bank being robbed that you join in robbing said bank to pay your taxes however.

about 4 months ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

shuz Priority (165 comments)

An interesting experiment would be to include actions that affect other actions. Such that when one specific proxy falls into a hole, multiple others fall into a hole. Would the robot learn? Would the robot assign priority over time? For any given decision there is yes, no, and maybe with maybe requiring a priority check to figure out what the end result is. In programming we tend towards binary logic, but the world is not black and white. Likely if the robot was programmed to learn, the robot would eventually come to the conclusion of save proxy A = yes, save proxy B = yes.Followed by Save A first = maybe, save B first = maybe. Followed by likely hood of success A > B = Yes/No and B>A Yes/No. Followed by action. The next question would be what happens if A=B? What you would likely find is that the robot would either randomly choose or go with the first or last choice, but would likely not fail to take some action. I would find it interesting if the robot didn't take action and then try to explain that.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

shuz BA vs BS (392 comments)

I know of a few successful persons in IT that have a BA in computer science. There exists colleges out there that do not offer BS degrees, however they do offer a BA in Computer science. The primary difference is that the students are required to learn a second language rather than dissect a frog. As far as computer programming goes, I pose this question: Which might help a person more 1. understanding the nuances of how languages differ and learning key methods to memorize and differentiate those languages, or 2. learning where electrons might be in relation to the nucleus at given energy levels? The math requirements are equivalent for a BA and BS. The approach to problem solving might be a bit different, however any team benefits from multiple different perspectives.

Note I have a BS in CS.

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

shuz GNUstep (611 comments)

Window maker http://windowmaker.org/ is my fave. Simple, lightweight, and gets the job done.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

shuz Tools for patch management (294 comments)

MS SCCM and RH Satellite are the two OS vendor specific patch management solutions. However your licensing will end up being more expensive per server and could be cost prohibitive for a small company. You cheapest option would be to script patch groups. You could do this in Powershell and Bash. The CAB may not require you to list in great detail exactly what each patch modify's. They may only ask you to list out the patch numbers being applied. The point of a CAB is to make you slow down rapid poorly thought out changes, bring stability, and external oversight to IT changes. CAB may also have a purpose in letting your greater organization know what is going on. You will find the new requirements painful and often times annoying or illogical, however they will also make you and your organization stronger.

about 9 months ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

shuz Management to take the heat (236 comments)

Typically in a business the management structure is paid more the closer you get to the CEO of that company. They are compensated more because, as the theory goes, they are responsible for the assets below them. Being responsible means that you need to have visibility and control over what you are responsible for and take the blame and credit for what might go wrong or right. If two engineers were put on leave, than I hope that the managers over them were also educated on how the engineers made poor decisions and how they might avoid the issue in the future. If the engineers kept this a secret, I would expect the QA and change control departments would catch the mistake(of hiding a change without changing the version number). To buy a story that just two engineers could have sole blame in a faulty component affecting 2 million vehicles is ridiculous or the result of some pretty poor management. My point, if two engineers were put on leave and potentially fired, some subset of the management above them should also be fired.

about 10 months ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

shuz Re:A tragedy (162 comments)

The only change top down management at Target care about is the stock price and which levers when pulled affect that price. Target already has a very distributed development and IT model where any one person doesn't know much about anything other than the very specific system they work on. Furthermore their infrastructure is highly locked down but clearly there was a fault that was exploited. People feel emotionally violated by any ID theft, which makes sense. However the protections given by credit companies largely cover the fraud and so the average person should not experience a large net loss from the incident. In other words, life goes on.

Each individual in the world is the most significant security threat to each other person. As each individual could eventually find themselves in a position where they can negatively impact someone else. It is up security experts to come up with methods to minimize this effect. Having a net gain of no productivity and having a net loss of no productivity is the only way to be 100% secure. We must take risks as individuals and as a society if we are to have any chance at improving our situation and ultimately survival (net productivity gains). The security stories over the past year are dramatized for maximum impact. They are all useful lessons and provide information for future decisions. But neither Snowden reports nor Target originated ID theft caused net global productivity loss. If anything they created net economic gains as managers poured more money into addressing concerns and avoiding perceived future loss.

about 10 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

shuz Re:Government Regulation?? (385 comments)

Companies typically buy HP for their warrantied support. When I have an HP hardware issue I don't throw out the "commodity" hardware and buy new, I call up my vendor, order a new part and/or a tech to come out and fix the issue. If you don't have paid support for this you are just as likely to have hardware components fail as or more so than having a firmware bug bricking your server. Running expensive commercial servers without support is pretty silly and this news should not come as a big surprise.

about a year ago
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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market

shuz Fujitsu and IBM enterprise a good fit (71 comments)

Fujitsu is known for making some solid never fail tank style servers. I admin a few of these myself and didn't even realize the hardware vendor for many years until a cluster failover card failed and needed to be replaced. In this case it was a Fujitsu Sun system. I can only assume Fujitsu IBM systems would carry on the overbuilt stability minded servers you come to expect from an enterprise server like IBM.

I can't say the same for the other two contenders.

1 year,7 days
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

shuz Re:Contracted Potential (284 comments)

I know that there are Accenture IT employees that are very intelligent and capable. The Software Utility Services division of Accenture comes to mind. However, like any company there are individuals who are not as capable. Usually the trick in IT is to get the right mix of lower capacity workers with higher capacity workers. The hope being that the higher capacity workers will both set and keep the bar high for the others as well as develop others to their level. The usual driver for this idea being money. Money does not always buy or retain talent, but usually talent is not acquired or retained without it. Accenture also has a lot of other US government contracts and it is possible that many of those contracts have been successful or at least met expectations. Accenture probably isn't the cheapest option either which is why they may not have gotten this contract to begin with. Though I don't have any personal insight into any of those facts. I just hope, as a US citizen, it works out for all parties involved.

1 year,19 days
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

shuz Contracted Potential (284 comments)

In a company of 280,000+ employees, Accenture has the capacity and expertise to make the IT side of the government healthcare offerings work. My two biggest fears are both money related. One that the amount of money allocated to fix and maintain will be less than what is needed to do a sufficient job or that the money allocated will put into place less human assets of the correct expertise. Second that the correct expertise and money are both available, but that Accenture might direct more funds to profit while short changing the project with substandard expertise. If neither of these issues occur, then I expect this change could have positive impact. Throwing either new monies, or new management into the existing mix alone could have a negative impact. The right smart people, at all levels, need to be there, and care.

1 year,19 days
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

shuz Re:Complicated on purpose (191 comments)

The most expensive licensing for a product does not always get you all the functionality you want or need to use the product. Many companies offer "plugins" or add on services to make their base or even advanced product better. These products often do not have an all inclusive option. Ultimately any marketer will try to get as much out of their products as they think they can get away with. If people making decisions can not, by them selves, understand exactly what they are buying they ought to include others in the decision making process.

about a year ago

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Venus to transit the sun Tuesday

shuz shuz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shuz (706678) writes "The more than six-and-a-half-hour transit, which starts just after 22:00 GMT on Tuesday June 5th is a very rare astronomical phenomenon that will not be witnessed again until 2117. Most of the earth should be able to view at least a portion of the transit. Please do not look directly into the sun."
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Endeavour launch scrubbed for 48 hours

shuz shuz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shuz (706678) writes "At 10:15 am Eastern time the launch of Endeavour has been scrubbed for a minimum of 48 hours. The scrub is due to 2 failed Axillary Power Unit heaters."
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Atlantis blasts off on final mission

shuz shuz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shuz (706678) writes "Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off today on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station — the final flight for the venerable vehicle.

The mission involves three spacewalks over 12 days, during which the team will replace six batteries on the port truss which store energy from solar panels on that truss, bolt on a spare space-to-ground Ku-band antenna and attach a new tool platform to Canada's Dextre robotic arm."

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Journals

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Bizarre occurance

shuz shuz writes  |  more than 9 years ago I just noticed that my ID 706678 when adding the 7 + 0 + 6 + 6 = 19. I was born in 1978, how bizarre?

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shuz shuz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Learn from my mistakes. Small business can get you a foot in the door but there is no future in it.

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shuz shuz writes  |  more than 10 years ago K kids, I finally got that dream job. Linux Sys Admin at a small Web Hosting company. I hope it works out.

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Maxing out karma did not take long

shuz shuz writes  |  about 11 years ago Well its only been about 3 weeks and I have already hit excellent karma. It would seem then that the karma hasn't been that big of a deal. Though I have trolled 1 or 2 days getting a couple 5's in the forums in one day. I have reached my goal and surprisingly it took much less time then expected. Thank you /.

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Job resources

shuz shuz writes  |  about 11 years ago Job searching requires carefull planning these days. If you have all the time in the world to put effort towards finding and applying for jobs, then there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to find a bunch that fit your needs. Maybe you'll even get lucky and find a job. Well very soon I'll be in this position so I have planned ahead. * www.usajobs.com is the federal website for federal job postings. You can apply online but most jobs require you to send in paper with a gazillion forms. * State websites. For minnesota the site is www.doer.state.mn.us Dept. of Employee Relations. Now there should be 50 or so of these sites on the net and each one is puting out about 1 job per week that interests me at this point. Results may vary. * www.Monster.com This website is well known and a lot of small to medium sized businesses post jobs to this site. I also found that it is crawling with head hunters that are only looking to make a buck. They don't really seem to care about credentials but rather if you have a beating heart. Be carefull!!! There are many job search websites out there. Monster is just one of the bigger ones. I found that the job search websites are pretty annoying for the most part. Thousands of jobs are posted but many are posted hastily or generically or are really just head hunters trying to get your resume and there is really no job. My frustration with said websites have caused me to avoid more promising opportunities there of. * Top companies These guys don't post to any job search websites and they don't advertise. They don't have to. hundreds of thousands go to thier sites everyday and they have no problem pooling applicants. Though for some positions you may not think a given company can offer you a position that you seek. I have yet to fully discover all the possible companies I would be willing to work for yet but I have done some preliminary research through google and I came up with interesting results early. A search of top 10 corporations brought me to an article discussing 10 largest paper companies in the world. International paper being the first with 28.1 billion dollars in assets. Now a company this big doesn't just deal in paper anymore. They have diversified thier corp. to deal with anything and everything dealing with paper. From the land that grows the trees to recycling pickup, centers, to glue research that binds the wood fibers together as well as alternate ways of making paper. Cotton or flax for example. I am looking for a systems administrator postiion to which I am sure this company has its fair share of computers. There are hundreds of companies like international paper in each and every facet of the world. A good place to research these companies would be to go look at the different stock markets of the world. There there are some rather large private industries in the world as well. I'll write another journal entry once I have conducted more research. G'day

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Today I go from poster to moderator

shuz shuz writes  |  about 11 years ago I got my moderation points. This is a big step in my fledgling slashdot youth. I only hope that I can utilize the system fairly and find appropriate stories to mod up. Wish me luck!

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A new year

shuz shuz writes  |  about 11 years ago Ah another year. What will it bring? I certainly hope that it brings more employment opportunities for the tech sector to start with. It should be interesting and fun to any extent.

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success!

shuz shuz writes  |  about 11 years ago It would seem that my wisdom or insight as it would be in the forums has finally noticed. I wonder if this will help me find that dream job?

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My first journal entry

shuz shuz writes  |  more than 10 years ago I have struggled now, as many others most likely have, to be modded up in the discussions. I must keep going...

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