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Hackers Break Into

skaag Let me guess: Windows (150 comments)

No doubt it was a Windows machine, and the poor bastard who hooked it up to the internet probably used Internet Exploder 7.

about two weeks ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

skaag Re:No deadman switch? (406 comments)

That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw this. They should count 10 seconds from the moment the person leaves the seat, and slowly break until the car stops safely. But is that the right thing to do? I'm not 100% sure.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

skaag Battery Life + Health Tracking (427 comments)

The only way I would ever consider wearing something on my wrist:

1. Long battery life (Charging it once a month would be a reasonable compromise, but ideally once every 6 months or 12 months).
2. It tracked my health in a meaningful way, and produced helpful insights that actually help me keep healthy.
3. NO PHONE FEATURES and NO GPS! I prefer to leave that for my phone.

Things I want me watch to tell me:

- You are lacking fluids, drink water
- You are too stressed, relax
- You are hunched, stand straight
- You have been sitting for too long, get up and walk for 5 minutes
- Blood Oxygen levels too low, do some exercise
- You are not sleeping well, consider changing your sleeping environment (or a number of recommendations about sleep)

Those are just a few, I'm sure I can think of a few more if I really put my mind to it.

about 3 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

skaag Waste of time (455 comments)

I think the NADA is wasting their time, if they are indeed "scared" of Tesla, or even really actively fighting Tesla. The number of people currently buying a Tesla is so insignificant compared to regular car sales, that the NADA has nothing to worry about for at least another 5 years (which is when all-electric vehicles hopefully become cheap enough to actually compete, price wise, with gas fueled vehicles).

about 3 months ago

The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

skaag There goes the death star (129 comments)

Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, a death star was just blown up to smithereens by the rebel forces :-)

about 4 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

skaag Dead wrong (321 comments)

While your suggestions speak to my inner geek, I think if Amazon does add those features they will kill the kindle.

That product sold 40 million because it does NOT have those features. It is already far more convenient than using a paperback, looks bright enough to read even in low light conditions, and can hold tons of books. For those 40 million people who bought a Kindle, that's more than enough. Add more features and you'll make the product cumbersome, suddenly it needs more processing power, suddenly battery life sucks...

No, I say the Kindle should remain as it is, and this simplicity is its strength.

about 4 months ago

UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

skaag Finally, a loophole! (363 comments)

I believe we may have found a loophole where muslims are left behind on earth, and sane people can safely travel to another planet without fearing being followed by retarded religious zealots!

about 7 months ago

Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

skaag I'm surprised they haven't used tiny drones (323 comments)

They would be very hard to spot, and only need to travel one way, recharge, then travel the other way again but this time with cash.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

skaag blech (112 comments)

Isn't sharepoint a microsoft product? why touch that crap? he would have to install a *gulp* windows "server" for it.

about 9 months ago

Journalists Banned From Using Smartphones At 2014 Sochi Olympics?

skaag Olympics Committee a tragically sad joke (114 comments)

I have not watched the games since I was ~15. That's 25 years of no-olympics for me. To me this means one thing: They are totally failing.

At this point I am so detached from the whole thing that I no longer care about it.

about 10 months ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

skaag Re:I love your homepage (328 comments)

Actually this was purchased years ago and is the initials of 3 partners. The resemblance to the US NSA was purely coincidental.
The names are Nadav, Shlomi and Aric. NSA.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

skaag Re:Good life (328 comments)

You have clearly not been to Moscow...
I live in New York. The clubs in Moscow put the New York clubbing scene to shame.
And the Armitage museum in St. Petersburg rivals the Louvre in France.
And the ratio of beautiful/ugly women in Moscow is incomparable to ANY other country.

You need to actually be there to witness it, or you will never believe it.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

skaag Good life (328 comments)

After having lived in Russia for some 6 month cumulatively, I have this to say: Edward Snowden is going to love it.

A few reasons:

- Incredibly beautiful women
- Incredibly cool clubs and bars
- Awesome Moscow Ballet / Classical Music / Cultural Events / Arts / Museums
- McDonalds has a whole wheat bun, need I say more?

about a year ago

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

skaag Re:Because Corps are Distusting! (289 comments)

While that may be true, small companies and startups spend zero on security. How many startups have a CSO?

about a year ago

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

skaag Because Corps are Distusting! (289 comments)

Only large corps really spend money on security... But let's face it, why would a young and promising guy with a bright future ahead of him, work for a disgusting corporation that's full of bureaucracy, politics, and incompetent managers? What's in it for him other than the money which he can probably get elsewhere?

Small companies are not just more fun; your opinions are heard, things move much faster, there's less bureaucracy, and there's usually minimal to no politics. I would gladly shave a chunk of my salary, and work for this type of company, than waste my life in a cubicle in some corporation where I am a very small and insignificant peon.

about a year ago

Nobel Winners Illustrate Israel's "Brain Drain"

skaag Not just a pay thing (214 comments)

It's not just a matter of salaries. Israel is a difficult place. It's essentially a banana republic, with archaic government bodies that still behave as if the country is soviet russia. Natural resources are distributed to "oligarch" style tycoons who basically take the money and spend it abroad on real estate, yachts, and pay little to no taxes in Israel. There's a large number of people who are poor, all the while, the middle class is being milked dry by corporations who jack up prices. Food is cheaper in Manhattan than in Tel-Aviv, as ridiculous as it sounds. And it does not help that the country is surrounded by hostile countries seeking the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews, despite what they had to endure in the holocaust. So yah, there is that. An Israeli leaving to the US suddenly realizes how relatively relaxed life is. For a typical Israeli, life in the US is like a constant holiday.

about a year ago

German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

skaag It's a simple mistake in their findWords() functio (352 comments)

# Make sure no trojan horses access our borders
if ($session->individual('81938523')->findWords('trojan')) {
        $session->borderControl()->denyEntry('individual', '81938523');

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

skaag Re:X2Engine or OpenObjects (163 comments)

I am always confused about the OpenERP vs. OpenObjects naming. I once went to their channel on Freenode and was told from now on it's called OpenObjects. So I don't know what to make of it.

Too bad about the desktop client going away. It felt much more responsive to users, and they absolutely loved that last time I tried the app a few years ago. But a very well written web based system can feel very fast too.

My only concern with it is as someone in this thread noted, that once you go into the guts of it to make customizations, that it's a nightmare.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

skaag X2Engine or OpenObjects (163 comments)

SugarCRM is very mature, and has a built-in "Developer Studio" where you can create new modules, add new fields, and so on. The only downside is when you need to do complicated stuff, then you need to hire a PHP developer to write custom actions for you. Another missing feature in the Community Edition is a proper Workflow Engine.

X2Engine comes with a workflow engine which is an awesome feature when you need status that function based on a certain logical business process.

And of course for me the ultimate system is OpenObjects (formerly known as OpenERP), it's a fantastic and quite complete system, but requires Python knowledge. But it has fantastic client software (desktop) for most popular operating systems, which makes some users feel more comfortable with it (it does also have a web interface, which is also very, very good, and all clients implement the same user experience pretty much so you feel at home with all of them).

about a year ago


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Difficult times...

skaag skaag writes  |  more than 10 years ago

These are difficult times for me. I manage to keep a smile, because I must, because this is how i'm built. Must keep smiling.

I just hope to pass this journey in relative safety, and maybe even succeed with my plans to change the world a little bit.

Oh yeah, If you have some money and want to invest in an idea that's going to make the world a slightly better place, and bring people closer, then the first thing you should probably know is that I plan to invest this money back in projects that improve life for many other human beings, and not just spend that money on expensive cars, models & stupid narcotics.


First post

skaag skaag writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There, I get to have a first post SOMEWHERE! So this is my first post in my own journal! Tada!

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