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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

silentbozo Re:Engineers have no future. (148 comments)

Agreed. A manager who says that turnover is not a problem is a manager that has no inkling of what engineers do, what exactly their company produces, or how badly they are in trouble when knowledge and experience walk out the door. Either that, or they're lying to your face.

There's that tipping point when the work gets harder, the code is even more rotted, the "process" is even more constricting, because they know something is wrong but they need to "measure" everything to figure out why. That's when people are running, not walking out the door.

about 3 months ago

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

silentbozo Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

My observation has been that resort hotels (the ones with restaurants in them) charge an arm and a leg because they are targeting two type of customers:

1. Tourists/Vacationers
2. Convention/Conference goers

In the case of #1, you're probably not a repeat customer (or at least, repeat often enough for them to care). They want to wring every last dollar out of you while they can.

In the case of #2, you're a captive customer (the con is nearby or in this hotel, unless you have a car you're not going to wander far), and you might possibly be able to expense things.

If you were a high-roller that stayed regularly, I'll bet you they wouldn't nickle and dime you, not unless they were morons and wanted to drive you into the hands of the competition. The rest of us are just sheep to be fleeced.

For the lower cost hotels (like the Holiday Inn Expresses), where there is no built in restaurant, and they offer amenities like free wifi and free continental breakfast, they're targeting repeat business and price sensitive travelers. They often don't have the best location compared to the resort hotels (you *will* need a car), but as a consequence their expenses are probably lower. The more extreme version of this are the Extended Stay type hotels, which have kitchens and refrigerators.

The really dumpy hotels have no choice. Their plant is run down, and they may be a no-name. Unless they offer free amenities, nobody in their right mind is going to stay at their place (assuming similar nightly rents) unless there's no choice.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

silentbozo Missed Opportunity? (81 comments)

So... Getty Images, instead of using the power of image-matching algorithms to get more customers for its library by setting up a checkout point at the end of the auto-slideshow and/or tack on advertising (ala YouTube) just torpedoed the whole thing instead.

You figure they had the tech to identify the infringing images to begin with. Why not just say to Microsoft "hey, we have this set of algorithms that you're welcome to use to improve your widget. Let's talk about blanket licensing for Bing in exchange for downstream revenue."

about 5 months ago

SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

silentbozo Re:Translation (140 comments)

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian. Of course he wants international cooperation, otherwise, how is any non-US or non-Russian governmental astronaut/cosmonaut supposed to hitch a ride up and get a berth in orbit?

about 8 months ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

silentbozo Re:Perjury? (306 comments)

So... why not small claims? If every person who was in the right on YouTube filed a small claims case against a media entity, they could be bled to death through a thousand cuts, and it would either put a stop to the practice, or make judges aware that the big media companies are abusing their power, which could be very helpful once someone wants to do a class action to stop what is essentially private taxation (running ads on independently produced content) for the benefit of corporations. I mean, seriously - we've seen this before. Independent artist releases album. Independent artist's track gets licensed and used for some big movie studio trailer. Big movie studio trailer gets uploaded to YouTube by big movie studio. Next thing you know, independent artist's promo videos get banned or adjacked because some idiot matching algorithm looks at big movie studio trailer, automatically assumes big movie studio owns the independent artist's works, and now independent artist is screwed and has to do double the work to reclaim the rights to their own work.

about 10 months ago

SoylentNews is People!

silentbozo Oh, and BTW (2 comments)

Go to hell Beta! or you broke slashdot on my mobile device and never fixed it, so now what are you doing?

about a year ago

No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

silentbozo Stalin-type Purges (238 comments)

How long before the next incoming majority party decides to use the NSA data to clean house? Just to make sure that their government is free of ties to terrorism, foreign governments, and corruption, of course... and to ensure that everyone is loyal and pure of ideology.

about a year ago

The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

silentbozo Re:Fight it if you want to. (555 comments)

Just tell them that your machine got virused and you had to use the restore disk... Seriously though, if it gets that bad, they'll detain you for not having a cellphone for them to suck all your contacts out of. At that point, better not to even travel.

about a year ago

New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

silentbozo Re:Or the reverse (899 comments)

"There's a reason we create police forces and military forces. They represent an elite group of people with the proper training and psychological stability to use firearms for the public good."

And who trains these people?

Someone who is a good shot (as opposed to someone who carries a sidearm simply because it is a condition of their job) must train and practice on a regular basis. Exceptional shooters can be drawn from all walks of life, but like athletes, the younger you start, the sharper your skills can be.

I don't see military or police budgets being used to train the next generation of shooters in this art. I do see private organizations dedicated to fostering competition and martial skill providing the coaching, training, and support of youth sport shooting. Do not forget that the USA fields competitors and teams for firearms competitions in the Olympics. Where do you think the raw talent comes from?

Civilian shooters provide an important pool of talent, not only in times of emergency, but as a community dedicated to maintaining and advancing the shooting arts.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Comparing the Value of Skilled Admins vs. Contributing Supervisors

silentbozo Re:Get some offers (171 comments)

Crap, to clarify, once you get a better *offer*, which values you at market, leave.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Comparing the Value of Skilled Admins vs. Contributing Supervisors

silentbozo Re:Get some offers (171 comments)

Uh... no. What you do is take the position so you have the title. Then you take your resume, beef it up and THEN look for solid offers for positions elsewhere. Once you get the position... leave. Don't bother to educate your organization. Let the market do that. You need to look after yourself and your career. I spent a long time fighting the fight you're proposing to do, in the end, it wasn't worth it. Too much bureaucratic crap that basically condemns you to pay increases that are pegged to your base salary, and not to any real world metric of what you're worth.

more than 2 years ago

YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

silentbozo Small Claims DDOS (730 comments)

1. Go to the woods, record birdsong.
2. Make a bunch of videos and post to YouTube
3. Wait for takedown
4. Sue Rumblefish in small claims court for the ad revenue they got from Google.
5. Profit!!!!

more than 2 years ago

First Ever HIPAA Fine Is $4.3M

silentbozo Re:Just 4.3? (197 comments)

The breakdown of the fine is quite interesting: $1.4M was for not handing over the patient records in a timely manner when requested by the patient. $3M was for not cooperating with the investigation. This was $1.5M a year for two years. It would have been tens of millions more, but the maximum per year was capped at $1.5M. The only reason the fine was even levied was because the company in question didn't even bother to offer an explanation of why their process was fubar.

more than 3 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

silentbozo Play by the new rules... (785 comments)

Clearly, the lesson all developers should be taking from this project manager's example is that:

1. Your work for the current company isn't as valued as the new whiz-bang initiative that the VP is funding.

2. You should allocate your time accordingly. Instead of spending all of your time becoming proficient in the business requirements, and spending your extra hours trying to keep on top of your workload (which only results in their attaching that new kid with the whiz-bang resume like a limpet for you to mentor and transfer your business requirements knowledge), you should instead be spending your time learning new whiz-bang technologies and preparing your resume for jumping ship, since that is what the market is valuing.

3. Thus, by the time they try to screw you over, not only will you have a job at a competitor making a new whiz-bang salary, you'll be helping the rest of us by driving up the average market salary for experienced programmers!

about 4 years ago

BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

silentbozo Re:How much did they save? (383 comments)

There's a reason you don't want salespeople running a company.

Sales Exec (upon being told that the company is losing a dollar for every unit they sell at current pricing): "That's ok, we'll just make it up in volume!"

The (un)funny thing is that to salespeople, THIS MAKES SENSE - their bonuses are typically based on the amount of sales, not whether the sale actually made money...

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

silentbozo What are your goals? (441 comments)

Do you want to just write code? Do you want experience? Do you have minimum pay requirements (due to living expenses, loans, etc.)?

You may be better off finding an internship somewhere if you haven't already secured one. Barring that, I'd suggest developing your own software, or doing some contracting work.

Depending on your skill set and your career goals, you may not want an entry-level job.

On the other hand, working a shit job may very well get you the contacts you need to get a non-shit job.

more than 4 years ago

Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

silentbozo Re:Summit Racing/SEMA take on this... (740 comments)

Not to mention, if you want to do an electric vehicle conversion (where the old gas engine is removed and replaced with an electric drivetrain), scrapping old cars effectively destroys your source of donor vehicles!

about 6 years ago

Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

silentbozo Save America! Buy More! (740 comments)

"Should the bill pass, the "Cash for Clunkers" program would reimburse drivers with a credit of $2,500 to $4,500 for drivers who turn in fuel-inefficient vehicles to be scrapped and purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle."

Sounds like an automotive version of gun buybacks, and equally as silly.

If the goal is to save the environment, tying the credit to the purchase of a new vehicle just takes a perfectly good car whose environmental costs have already been incurred out of circulation.

If the goal is to reduce oil consumption, using taxpayer money to fund the purchase of new cars, instead of getting affordable, useful mass transit, seems like a horrible waste of money.

Clearly, this is designed to prop up the auto industry. By reducing the number of used cars on the market, which compete with new cars, and using taxpayer money for what normally would be the trade-in value of their car, they're artificially reducing the supply of cars in the country in order to drive sales of new cars. This has the effect of screwing over people who would never be able to buy a new car, since there will be a reduction in the supply of used cars.

But that's ok. The government wants you to get deeper into debt to buy things you can't afford. That's the ticket out of this recession!

about 6 years ago

Non-Profit Org Claims Rights In Library Catalog Data

silentbozo Re:Non-profit huh? (152 comments)

A non-profit is not the same as a not-for-profit. A non-profit can be just as greedy and evil (if not more so) than your typical company, and still retain certain tax advantages.

more than 6 years ago


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SoylentNews is People!

silentbozo silentbozo writes  |  about a year ago


(since any mention of this in any of the existing threads are being modded down, despite being marked "informative")


My experiences upgrading the hard drive in a 1ghz iBook G4

silentbozo silentbozo writes  |  more than 9 years ago To those who are thinking about upgrading their hard drives in 14" iBook G4s, here are my experiences:


Some advice:

1. Make sure the drive you want to use has been tested, formatted, and meets your needs (ie, is big enough, fast enough, runs cool enough, runs quiet enough, etc.)

2. Make sure that you partition your drive the way you want it, and use carbon copy cloner to make it bootable.

3. Make sure you have a large, clean, workspace, with plenty of room for tools, containers for innumerable tiny screws, some tape for said screws, your iBook, paper for taking notes, and for safely handling your old and new drives.

4. Protect your screen.

5. Have the right tools. You will need a set of jeweler-type slotted and Phillips-head screwdrivers, at least a couple of Torx and hex bits ( I have a full set of em, I think I used a 2.5 and a 2 mm, but don't quote me on it.) You might also want some plastic spreaders - I used some Bic pen caps, since the plastic is softer than my case. Don't even THINK about trying to disassemble your iBook without having a full set of tools available.

6. Download a full set of instructions. Print them out using a COLOR printer (I used a B&W printer, and couldn't make out the spots where the guy had highlighted screw locations using blue and red dots...) Also, note that there were DIFFERENCES between the diassembly process described by the author, and my iBook - notably, there were NO screws underneath magnets under the keyboard - I wasted 20 minutes prying both of them out with an x-acto knife before I realized that there was nothing there.

If you are at all afraid of:

* Scratching or breaking your screen
* Frying the circuitry of your iBook
* Losing critical screws, springs, or accidentally bending RF shields permanently out of shape or tearing them
* Completely frying your drive or breaking critical cables
* Totally violating your warranty
* Cracking, scratching, or otherwise disfiguring your case


Seriously folks, it took me 1 and 1/2 hours of careful disassembly before I even got to the point where I could take the old drive out. You have to:

1. Take the feet off, and remove a bunch of screws (using your hex driver, and jeweler's screwdrivers), and carefully separate the lower half of the case from the upper half of the case. The two halves are held together with very high-tolerance plastic connectors, and you DO NOT want to take the chance of cracking these. Obviously, you want to have unplugged everything, and removed the batteries before even unscrewing anything. When you remove the bottom half, you need to either remove the springs that go where the batteries go, or tape them in place to keep from losing them.

2. Remove another bunch of screws (and like Sony equipment, the damn things are everywhere, and of different lengths and types) and remove the bottom RF shield.

3. You now have access to the bottom of the logic board and the screws you will need to remove the top part of the case. This is where you start running the risk of cracking your screen. You'll need to remove a select portion of the screws (including three that intersect with the optical drive entry), flip the iBook over, open it up, lift up and REMOVE the keyboard, remove the Airport Card (if you have one), remove the cover for memory, unscrew more screws holding parts of the shield under the keyboard, and then CAREFULLY lift the upper cover off. You must also keep from accidentally tearing cables and leads that are taped in place (you have to untape some of them to remove the cover.)

4. Congratuations. You now have access to the UPPER RF shield. You now have to unscrew more screws than you can count, and keep them in the right places, since there are more screw holes than screws, and you don't want to put the screws back in the wrong places. You also have to keep from bending the RF shield, since the alloy it is made of is incredibly brittle, and will likely tear if you bend it back and forth too much. Oh, did I mention that the upper RF shield is made in one piece, and that you have to remove the WHOLE THING before you can access either the optical or hard drives?

5. With the RF shield off, you now have access to the hard drive. Unscrew 4 screws, lift up the drive, remove the runners, carefully unhook the drive from the ide cable (not easy, the ide cable looks incredibly fragile, and the ide connector is a 1/16th thickness board which I guarantee you will snap if you exert any degree of force) unscrew the runner attachment screws usng your torx driver, attach the screws to your new drive, put the runners on, put the drive in, screw the 4 screws in, and begin reassembly.

6. Put the top RF shield back, and screw many screws back in. Reverse the disassembly instructions, and put all the many tiny screws back in the right places without losing any of them.

7. Put both halves back together and finish reassembly.

8. Test drive by booting. If you have problems, DO NOT ZAP PRAM, instead, use the graphical open firmware boot command to see what drive partitions are available for boot (hold down option on boot.) I spent an hour in dispair after I assembled my iBook (I tested it throughout with no success) before realizing that the boot process was fubaring because I had a non-booting unix partition as my first partition (I had set it up that way so I could install Linux.)

This omission manifested itself as a hang at boot which messed up the screen after I zapped PRAM, which could easily be interpreted as a logic board error. Why was I so panicked? The error on boot even kept me from booting off of my recovery DVDs, so my iBook was effectively dead. Good news, it wasn't - which I realized when I booted into Open Firmware, and everything looked OK.

Just to give you a timeline of how long things took, I started working at 8pm, and didn't stop until 12 midnight. This is definitely not a project for the faint of heart.

Here's a tip. If you value your iBook, have this process done by a professional. If you're a professional with time to spare, and the right tools, more power to you. Most iBook owners will not fall into this category, and will be FAR better off having this mod done by a trusted authorized service department.

The iBook was NOT designed to be disassembled by end users. That much is clear. Even experienced hobbyists will be challenged, and will likely put some nicks into their case during the disassembly/assembly process. If you try this mod, you might just end up with a dead iBook and a blown warranty. You have been warned.


Ford Re-Th!nks Crushing $1M worth of EVs

silentbozo silentbozo writes  |  more than 10 years ago I actually sent this in as a story submission - we'll see if the Slashdot editors pick it up:

Is there really a great auto conspiracy against electric cars? Greenpeace seems to think so. Evidently, despite having spent the money to import 350 Norwegian-made electric-powered commuter cars in order to fulfill California zero-emissions mandates, Ford's Th!nk unit, which was unveiled 4 years ago as a green initiative to produce community friendly autos, has decided to follow GM's lead in hunting down and destroying all traces of their electric vehicle, the Th!nk City EV. A Norwegian, Elbil Norge, has offered $1 million dollars for the cars, in order to save them from the crusher and offer them to interested buyers. Flinching from the media exposure, Ford has stated that they will get back to the public by September 15th. Will the Th!ink EVs, which were only leased, and never sold, end up like GM's cars?


The death of Old Time Radio in Los Angeles - KNX 1070

silentbozo silentbozo writes  |  more than 11 years ago Today is a sad day. After personally listening to KNX 1070 for over 20 years, and almost 30 years after they started playing old time radio shows, the KNX Drama Hour is dead.

For those who don't live in the area, the KNX Drama Hour (AM 1070) was a nightly radio program, rebroadcasting old radio shows from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Shows like The Lone Ranger, The Jack Benny Show, Dragnet, and The Green Hornet, were all on radio long before television. They entertained, they thrilled, and sometimes (as in the case of Arch Obler's Lights Out) they scared you so badly you had a hard time going to sleep.

All this ended on October 31st, 2003. For the past week, KNX had decided to pre-empt the 9pm broadcast of the Drama Hour in favor of updates on the fire situation here in Southern California - a common practice during emergencies and heavy news times. You could still tune into the 2am rebroadcast though. However, they made it permanent on Friday, opting for a 24-hour all news program (an odd thing to do when KFWB already has claim to that title in Los Angeles.)

I'll miss these old shows, which taught me so much. A bit of Los Angeles history passed away, and although OTR programs (many of them of fairly poor quality) are still traded and sold, it's depressing to know that some kid in elementary school won't be able to discover the wonderful world of radio some dark night, scanning the airwaves for the faint phrase:

"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger Rides again!"

RIP Drama Hour. 1974-2003.

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