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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

spasm zotero (91 comments)

Link zotero to this and you'll have a solution academic collaborators have been looking for since the beginning of word processing.. Seriously, we need a collaborative writing platform which allows multiple authors to add citations.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

spasm Collateral damage (495 comments)

Like many slashdotters, I have an old box under my desk which grabs mail from several external accounts via pop and serves it up via imap. No smtp though. And having home DSL with no static IP, I use No-IP to provide a stable domain for that machine. So this morning I wake up and discover that the domain has disappeared and my mail client can't connect. And I'm out of town, so have no physical access to the box, which is still happily grabbing my mail from external accounts.. Fortunately the no-ip website is still displaying the dynamic ip address the domain was last pointing at, and my ISP hasn't changed it (and probably won't until I next reboot) so I've been able to log in just using the ip address, but now I need to waste a morning switching it to another domain. Seriously, wtf microsoft!

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

spasm While driving (427 comments)

A watch is easier to look at when you're driving than a smartphone. Work out something that's useful to have when you only have a split second to look at it, and you have a market. Otherwise you're just talking about a fashion accessory which happens to tell the time.

about a month ago
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I typically start my workday ...

spasm Re:Academics.. (141 comments)

Yeah. I figure I may as well enjoy it while it lasts, because I don't expect to manage to keep 100% coverage in this economic climate for all that much longer.

about a month and a half ago
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I typically start my workday ...

spasm Re:Academics.. (141 comments)

"People that get selected for studying towards higher degrees often are set in their ways, and are bewildered at any deviation"

Ahh, you've met my department I see!

about a month and a half ago
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I typically start my workday ...

spasm Academics.. (141 comments)

I'm an academic. 97% soft money research. So my average start time is 11am, but the range is 8am to 1pm. And the work week is anything from 5 to 80 hours depending on where I am in the grant writing / actually doing shit cycle.

about a month and a half ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

spasm Megans law for the unvaccinated (387 comments)

We need a Megan's law for the unvaccinated. So you can look up which of your neighbors you need to avoid and keep your kids aways from, just as you would keep them away from sex offenders. Or at the very least childcares, kindergartens, and schools should be required to publicly document how many unvaccinated kids are attending so people can make informed decisions about whether to send their own kids there.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

spasm Ads? (97 comments)

Facebook has ads? Or rather, there are people out there who still don't have adblock installed?

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

spasm Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

It would be competition if taxi drivers were allowed to ignore the regulations that govern their activities too. All regulation has compliance costs; uber is 'competetive' largely because it dodges the compliance costs borne by existing services.

Now what would be really interesting is to see what happens when some city decides 'sure, uber can operate here, but we're dropping all the regulations we've built up over the years which currently apply to cabs too'.

about a month and a half ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

spasm Re:Or maybe, you know... (138 comments)

Or living in a light-polluted environment is correlated with poverty, and poverty is a predictor of obesity due to the kids of food you access when poor.

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

spasm Megan's law vaccine registry (493 comments)

Let's just take it a step further. We need a Megan's law style 'refused to vaccinate' registry, which shows where unvaccinated children and adults go to kingergarten/school/work. Or at very least require schools and kindergartens to make public what percentage of their students have not been vaccinated, so I can make intelligent decisions about where to send or not send my kid.

about a month ago
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US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

spasm Time to move the conferences (193 comments)

When the US govt starts dictating who is allowed to come to your conferences you need to move the conference. Same as the AIDS research conferences have been held anywhere except the US since the 80s because from 1987 to 2009 the US govt banned people with AIDS from traveling to the US.

about 2 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

spasm Re:And longevity concerns? (333 comments)

"Our third gen iPad is about two years old, and already we have problems with app upgrades breaking things"

This. Same with iphones. Perfectly good hardware, continuing to do a decent job doing the stuff you bought it for, being slowly forced into obselecense by iOS and app upgrades. Which makes short term sense for a company whose core business is selling hardware - forcing people to buy a new device every couple of years regardless of whether the last device has died or not does in fact make you money. In the short term. But sooner or later your customers get tired of periodically having to replace working hardware just so they can continue to have essentially the same functionality they had with the previous device, and will switch to one of the many other manufacturers who have (by now) duplicated your functionality. The *only* reason to buy Apple hardware is when Apple does something genuinely new and their latest gadget does something genuinely useful that no-one else does yet (first gen iPhones, for example). After that it's all incremental upgrades and forced obselecense and you may as well switch to the competition until the next time Apple does something genuinely new. Assuming they continue to do so - not a guarantee for any company.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

spasm Re:Breaking News: Rand Paul Invents... (404 comments)

"Another person that doesn't understand Libertarian ideals."

I don't need to understand Libertarian ideals. Everyone I've ever met or read professing 'libertarian ideals' has been a whiny self-centered asshole who appeared to want to live in a society which has been restructured around their desires and fuck everyone else. 'Libertarian ideals' don't need "understanding", they need to be mocked and ridiculed.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

spasm Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

I did it for years with a wide range of random supermarket flyers and coupon books and other mailbox-clogging guff, but like you had a more recent attempt rebuffed. But the thing is, the law (or rather, both the law and the Code of Federal Regulations enacting the law) haven't changed. 39 CFR 3008 hasn't changed. My suspicion is some lower-level apparatchik has instructed the people who actually implement it to not do so except for obvious porn, in violation of the law. The last time I tried, I didn't follow up because I found a (well hidden) 'unsubscribe' option on that coupon company's website which actually had the desired effect, so problem solved.

But now that I know other people are being bounced by the classification office, next time I move or just get a persistent junk mailer I'll try again, and this time persist and see how far I get..

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

spasm *More* to do? (245 comments)

" But there must be more to do!"

Take your meds and calm down?

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

spasm Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

"the USPS is the envy of the world"..

Australia Post made a post-tax profit of AUD$311.9 million (USD$289.6 million) in 2013 (http://auspost.com.au/annualreport2013/financial-report.html) in a country with a population of 20 million people scattered across an area close to the size of the continental US. This despite making more than 90% of income from activities where it competes on the open market (ie without government monopoly) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Post).

By contrast, USPS made a loss of USD$5 billion in 2013, in a country with 300 million people. Admittedly, the USPS has been spectacularly hamstrung by congress, which has actively prevented it from acting like a business (in contrast to Australia Post, which was corporatized in 1989 - it acts like an independent business entity but pays all revenue back to the state, reducing the need for taxation) - even conservative thinktanks like the Heritige Foundation think the USPS is unreasonably crippled: http://www.heritage.org/resear....

But the USPS (or the situation its been placed in by congress) is anything but "the envy of the world".

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

spasm Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

You don't have to pay for it. Per 39 CFR 3008 'Prohibition of pandering advertisements' (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/39/3008), you can tell the USPS that you find mailers from any sender to be offensive and the USPS is required to issue an order that no more mailings be sent to you by that mailer. The form you need is PS1500, available at http://about.usps.com/forms/ps...

about 3 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

spasm Re:OT rant (201 comments)

Good to know. The ultimate solution in this case was to abandon their software and switch to something web-based so we could use any device with an internet connection. So really they just lost a customer out of it.

about 3 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

spasm Re:OT rant (201 comments)

This isn't OT. It's a major problem with apple, period. The other half of the same problem is the use of the app store as the sole way to get software means you can't roll back to previous versions of things. Which is a major problem when you're working with software whose purpose is to be multi-device. eg I use a software package used for designing iphone/ipod based surveys - the design software runs on your mac and the end result gets loaded onto idevices for use, which then sync the data collected back to the mac. A recent 'upgrade' of the design software turned out to be incompatible with the client software I had installed on 30 or so idevices. No problem, just update the client software.. Except the newer version of the device software required a newer version of ios, and the devices in question were old enough that they weren't compatable with a newer version of ios, so no upgrade was possible. ok, no problem, roll the mac software back to the previous version. Except you can't do that through the app store. The software supplier seriously suggested the solution was ditching 30 or so perfectly functional idevices and replacing all of them because (they claim - I don't know if this is true) their contract with Apple to allow distribution of their software through the app store prevents them from distributing installables any other way so they couldn't provide me with an installer for the earlier version.

about 3 months ago

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US Army migrating all servers to linux

spasm spasm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spasm writes "The Register (among others) are reporting the the US Army is doing prep work to migrate to linux, with RHEL expected to be a bridge system to allow interoperability between existing Windows-based systems and planned linux systems."
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