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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

sporkbender Re:That anyone can knit at home? (75 comments)

Kitting is too hard for what it's worth. They could have also used better colors, that's just ugly.

about two weeks ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

sporkbender lack of women in workforce (548 comments)

Is there any data on the lack of women in...let's say...welding? I've known of 1 woman welder in my lifetime. Where's the hype for women in welding?! This story is getting old fast. /. has a story on it every other month. Please find something new.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial TSA Nudie X-Ray Machines Sent To Prisons

sporkbender Re:When you go to prison (108 comments)

... But after having actually experienced it, and having things they didn't even think about happening (like loosing family members while in, or having their kids grow up without them etc) they don't want to go through it again.....

But that's not the case with sociopaths or people w/o friends and family. If a criminal on their own in the world gets out of the slammer, what's keeping them from going back in?

about 3 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

sporkbender Re:3rd world (190 comments)

Why not Murfeesboro, TN? Let's pick something outside of the ungodly expensive California. Then again, I'm sure a sleepy town turned tech hub would start raising its prices anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

sporkbender Re:PostgreSQL (281 comments)

Well said. Wish I had mod points. And with that being said, if OP wants to find a solution where they could just leave and never hear from the Nonprofit again, maybe consider finding/training someone in their area that could help them out on occasion. At least suggest they find a consulting company, co-worker or good friend that is technically inclined that could answer questions.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

sporkbender Re:Get a donation (281 comments)

Yes it is techsoup.org. AC, it may be inferior, but it is what the whole office is using already...that's the point of bringing it up anyway. Work with a bunch of technophobes and you'll find that you don't often want to rock the boat.

about 3 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

sporkbender Re:Methodology for choosing languages? (189 comments)

I thought that PHP was born around the same time as Java (and definately way before .NET). So how is PHP a legacy language and Java isn't? Or, is the writer just throwing in words to mess with my programming language history?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

sporkbender Re:Power management on Ubuntu (452 comments)

I have the same problem with my KUbuntu going to sleep in 10 or so minutes even though I have the power management settings set to hours. There was a flash update that failed the other night (and I haven't had the time to see why or fix it.) Try to first check for updates, make sure they don't fail. If that doesn't work, I'm probably going to give up and just try a different distribution.

OP - if your users are anything like my users, nothing will ever be good enough and they abhor any changes whatsoever. Try to pick the path of least resistance (for you), which may very well be new hardware with winders. Also know that no matter what, you'll have a month of hell (your hell - also depending on number of users) for most of the users and a small subset of users will always be unhappy with it, think it is the computer's problem, think the computer "hates them" and not be able to do their job no matter what. That is when you have to be an ass and put your foot down and tell your boss to tell their boss to tell them shape up or ship out. Don't tell them yourself, then they get all pissy that you are pissy and that never turns out well.

about 4 months ago
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FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

sporkbender Re: Testing Inaccurate? (160 comments)

I haven't tried glitter myself, but I've tried a glow-in the dark liquid makeup substance. The point isn't to teach how well soap breaks down whatever the Nurse is putting on your hands, it is to teach how long the healthcare worker needs to scrub to take it off their hands. And because the makeup stuff would stick to the crevasses of fingernails and such, it took a lot of washing. After washing, the nurse turned out the lights and showed how some people would still have glowy stuff all over their hands, especially around the fingernails.

about 8 months ago
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The Pentagon May Retire "Yoda," Its 92-Year-Old Futurist

sporkbender Workaholics Anonymous (254 comments)

Everyone has lost the fact that dude is 92 years old.... Time to retire, it is! Workaholics...sheesh. Go take a break already!

about 10 months ago
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Sleep Found To Replenish a Type of Brain Cell

sporkbender Re:I know that I need mine (136 comments)

I found that I am the same way, I need 8 hours, but only get 4-6 because I cannot fall asleep (I take a sleep aid and melatonin has never helped). Go to the doctor, I finally did and found it is more than stress....I have a hyperactive thyroid.

about a year ago
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Nintendo Announces 2DS Handheld — Plays 3DS Games In 2-D

sporkbender Re:Oh the form factor!!!!! (156 comments)

the one day I don't have points and I actually want to mod something up. *sigh*

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

sporkbender Re:Or Maybe... (175 comments)

And there is good news. The company I work for is now letting me replace the intranet and internet (it's so early 2000's it kills me every day to look at it). So, I guess I'm back. And it's a simple little site, but I'll take it. I suppose I could just delete the old post (aka rant?), but maybe some shy female will read my plight and know there is hope at the end of the road (music trails off)

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

sporkbender Or Maybe... (175 comments)

programming jobs have gone overseas, leaving fewer to programmer jobs to go to after college. AND if your college didn't teach you exactly the right languages, or enough of them, no one will hire you because they don't have the brains to do it even if you can. I'm not a bitter little cheerleader geek groupie. Not At All. --wasn't there already a story about females in tech? talking about it to death, doesn't mean girls are going to flock to the keyboard...

about a year ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

sporkbender Re:Zzzz... (662 comments)

That will be interesting if they'll publish an API to work with.

about a year ago
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US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

sporkbender Re:Incinerators (427 comments)

...

And finally, saying that solar is cheaper may be true in the summer, but how will you heat houses in the winter with solar? Only run the plant during nights and winter or whatever are the peak hours. Obviously this will probably make the individual kwh:s even more expensive, but peak hour power is much more valuable when other sources are not enough.

Store the electricity in a car battery. Have a closet full of car batteries and walla, electricity during the night. You probably wouldn't even need a whole closet. Use wind during the winter until the freezing rain grinds it to a halt then burn wood in your fireplace and pray to god that you don't freeze yourself. Winters have been so mild anyway, except for a week or two blizzard. Stock up on food and wait it out.

about a year ago

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