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What is your computer most often plugged into?

spaceyhackerlady Depends on what I'm plugging in (138 comments)

Basic plug strip for the cord that comes out of my computer. I don't have a cord coming out of my armpit... :-)

...laura

2 days ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

spaceyhackerlady Swedish stuff and Canadian stuff (635 comments)

I remember a few years ago seeing the 1960s Canadian TV series Wojeck, and it carried a viewer discretion warning that the standards for personal and professional relationships had changed since the program was produced. There was a certain element of "like, duh!", but somebody had thought about it, and I had no problem with it.

Fast forward to the present day. I'm watching Swedish sci-fi show Äcta Människor ("Real Humans" in English). It quietly avoids any gratuitous sex or violence, but there is lots of non-gratuitous sex and violence, as integral parts of the plot. Like all Scandinavian shows it has interesting female characters who do in fact talk to each other about something other than men. That's the sort of culture they want, it's one I admire, and I'm cool with it.

...laura

5 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

spaceyhackerlady Automate basic jobs, but... (306 comments)

Automate basic jobs, so I can talk to humans.

I view this as an extension of using cruise control in a car, or an autopilot in a plane. Let robots do what they're good at, so humans can do what they are good at.

...laura

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

spaceyhackerlady 25 years (187 comments)

My Dad was 68 when he died. My Mom was 75. I'm 53 now. If I significantly outlive either of them I will be surprised.

...laura

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

spaceyhackerlady A colossal waste of time and resources (613 comments)

I think it's completely pointless.

At the latitude where I live, the sun sets after 2100 PDT in the summer. That would still be 2000 PST, with an hour and a half of twilight after that. What more do people want?

In the winter the sun sets at 1600 PST. Even 1700 PDT wouldn't buy much, particularly since that would mean sunrise at 0900 PDT.

...laura

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

spaceyhackerlady Cut the cord a while ago (392 comments)

I looked carefully at my viewing habits, concluded I was paying a fortune for the two or three channels I actually watched, and decided there had to be a better way. The major drop in the quality of the content didn't help.

I now have over-the-air TV for local news, iTunes, Netflix and Acorn, DVDs, and stream stuff. This includes a U.K. VPN account to circumvent BBC and ITV geoblocking. It all works fine.

...laura

about three weeks ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

spaceyhackerlady Re:Retro computers as DIY kits? (81 comments)

There's probably a business in making retro computers as DIY kits. Sure, some company would have to re-manufacture the parts that couldn't be made at home and with small runs the parts wouldn't be cheap, but there is a hobbyist market out there.

Yup.

There are often limits on authenticity, either due to parts availability (e.g. TTL ICs), or for convenience (modern monitors, keyboards).

...laura

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

spaceyhackerlady Re:I'm a pilot (406 comments)

Well, then you're a pretty crappy pilot if you don't have it memorized by now.

I've made a point of not memorizing checklists. Good pilots always work from their printed checklists. It lessens the chance of missing something.

...laura

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

spaceyhackerlady I'm a pilot (406 comments)

My flying background must be showing. I always review the safety information card, confirm safety equipment in my vicinity, and, yes, I actually do pay attention to the safety briefing.

But that's just me.

...laura

about a month ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

spaceyhackerlady The deal we made (249 comments)

I've seen some really cool ads that were right on target - like the time I played a James May video on YouTube and the ad that popped up was for an electron microscope. I couldn't begin to afford the one the advertiser wanted me to buy, but I actually did poke around eBay to see if there were any old ones out there I might be able to afford. I've hit paydirt many times when Amazon and others pointed out "people who bought this also bought..."

That's the way it's supposed to work.

Then there are the way off base ads. I wonder if they are genuinely being blasted out to everybody, or if I fall off too many if-then-elses for anything more relevant to come up. These ads are invariably back-of-the-comics and/or cable tv infomercial quality, like the perennial "weird trick for belly fat" ads. I suppose I get those because Facebook et al know I'm a woman.

That's the deal we made, I suppose. A quasi-free internet supported by advertising. And, like all things, 99% of internet advertising is crap.

...laura

about a month and a half ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

spaceyhackerlady American new car companies since WW2 (267 comments)

I view Tesla as the best bet for a completely new American car company in a long time.

The U.S. Big Three have been around for eons. After World War 2 Hudson and Nash were hurting, merged to form American Motors, and went bust. Packard and Studebaker were hurting, merged, and went bust. Kaiser/Frazer tried, and went bust. De Lorean tried and got in to all sorts of trouble. Nobody seemed to be able to launch a new car company and make it work.

Tesla, on the other hand, seem to have cracked it. They're selling all the cars they can make. I see lots of them around here (Vancouver).

...laura

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

spaceyhackerlady Re:Business (275 comments)

Umm... JSON is a pretty significant force behind modern Web design. Without it, the Web would still be a pretty static place.

Judging by the number of broken web sites I've seen lately, we could use a bit more staticness and a bit less dynamicness. :-}

...laura

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

spaceyhackerlady People who can think and learn (392 comments)

I'm guided by the experience of the airlines. While you must, obviously, have the right sort of pilot's license, they also want a four year university degree. Not because it necessarily enhances your flying, but because it shows you can learn and accomplish things. If you can learn and accomplish things, and know your way around computers, I'd love to talk to you.

The big problem at most places I've worked is getting promising resumes past HR people who only count buzzwords.

...laura

about 2 months ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

spaceyhackerlady Let's be different (93 comments)

I've followed Minix development with interest. The internal architecture is different from most OSs out there. Not different for the sake of being different, but different to show different solutions to problems. The way we do things in Linux et al is powerful, but it's not the only way.

I haven't come up with a compelling reason to use it in my work (yet... :-), but I install each new release on a virtual machine and play with it.

...laura

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

spaceyhackerlady Re:Trolleybus (491 comments)

We have trolleybuses here in Vancouver, too. Vancouver isn't as hilly as San Francisco, but it's far from flat. Our electricity is relatively cheap and comes from dams. So no carbon footprint.

The new diesel buses are all hybrids.

...laura

about 2 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

spaceyhackerlady Customers going postal (819 comments)

The quality of service no longer meets customer requirements, and customers are rebelling. The airlines and airports have done their best to remove any aspect of comfort or pleasure from air travel, and customers, the people who actually pay the bills, have had enough.

Entitled attitudes don't help. I ended up with bruised knees on a British Airways flight from the person ahead of me refusing to negotiate on seat reclining, with the flight attendants refusing to mediate. On a American flight the passenger next to me went ballistic and very loudly demanded to be reseated, because I was wearing perfume.

On my last long-haul flight (Vancouver to London) I did an on-the-spot upgrade to premium economy and had a good flight. I had cashed in credit card points for the ticket, so the extra $$$ was money well-spent.

I think diverting is a lousy way to handle customer disputes, but it scares me that the airlines may start accepting this as part of the cost of doing business...

...laura

about 2 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

spaceyhackerlady Somewhere south, I think... (246 comments)

I've been to Australia and New Zealand, but want to go further south: the Falklands or Patagonia. I know the Falklands look like Newfoundland with penguins, and I know Ushuaia is horizontal rain/sleet all year, but I want to see it for myself.

...laura

about 3 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

spaceyhackerlady 100% on Ishihara (267 comments)

I do Ishihara every time I renew my aviation medical certificate.

To respect the spirit of the test I make a point of not memorizing the numbers, and always call the number at a glance.

Some years ago I had a colleague who chose such odd colour combinations for her clothes we wondered if she had issues in this area. This is indeed unusual in a woman, but it happens.

...laura

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

spaceyhackerlady Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel's policy has always been "Don't fuck with us or we will destroy you." I wonder what part of this Hamas et al don't understand.

about 4 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

spaceyhackerlady Soft-focus world (550 comments)

I'm nearsighted and have worn glasses on and off since I was about 10. I wore contacts through most of my 20s, but returned to glasses in my 30s.

Now that I'm in my 50s I'm in that stage where my near vision is starting to deteriorate and I'm slowly becoming far-sighted. The first real manifestation of this was when flying at night, when I was experiencing massive eyestrain reading charts in my lap, but could see outside the plane just fine. So I got progressives the last time I got new glasses, and I'm fine.

I don't wear glasses when I'm not driving or flying. I prefer a soft-focus world. :-)

Am I a candidate for laser eye surgery? According to the web sites, not really. I could get good distant correction, but would then need glasses for reading. Since I need glasses to drive and to fly anyway, I'm not sure this would buy me anything.

...laura

about 4 months ago

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Little boxes around the edge of the data centre?

spaceyhackerlady spaceyhackerlady writes  |  about 2 years ago

spaceyhackerlady (462530) writes "We're looking at some new development, and a big question mark is the little boxes around the edge of the data centre — the NTP servers, the monitoring boxes, the stuff that supports and interfaces with the Big Iron that does the real work.

The last time I visited a hosting farm I saw shelves of Mac Minis, but that was 5 years ago. What do people like now for their little support boxes?"
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Cool embedded computers?

spaceyhackerlady spaceyhackerlady writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spaceyhackerlady writes "I had a long talk with my boss yesterday about some possible new projects, and several involved deploying little embedded computers to do interesting things.

I've played with several tiny embedded Linux-based SBCs. My fave so far is Gumstix, but what other cool ones should I know about? The main requirements are ethernet and RS-232 serial I/O. Audio plus enough MIPS for some DSP is nice to have. Linux, naturally. This is Slashdot, after all. :-)

What tiny embedded Linux computers have you messed with lately?"
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spaceyhackerlady spaceyhackerlady writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spaceyhackerlady writes "Our Marketing manager has had the brainwave that we should be more aggressive with our competition, so he decided that we should adopt Klingon culture around the office, effective April 1. This includes porting our systems to Var'aq, the official Klingon programming language. Something to do with killing (or at least maiming) the competition, he says.

Has anybody ever done this with a mainly Java-based system? Any good migration tools out there?

Qapla'!

...laura"
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spaceyhackerlady spaceyhackerlady writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spaceyhackerlady writes "I have several spam honeypot email addresses, and one of them recently started receiving spam from a Canadian discount warehouse store, Costco.

The emails have most of the usual hallmarks of spam, right down to the note at the bottom that says they're sending it because I requested it. Yeah, right.

I've asked when and how a non-existent person could sign up for spam, and have only gotten a form letter saying they don't have that information. Again, yeah, right.

So, Slashdotters, how would you tell a legit company that they have either been had by spammers, or that they've pulled a really idiotic stunt.

...laura, in no danger of being a Costco customer"

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