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Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

sporkboy Cheap Smartglass Controller (210 comments)

After MS clears you out for an XB One, you can buy a cheap tablet for their Smartglass "second screen" app.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Fails Antivirus Certification Test (Again), Challenges the Results

sporkboy Re:"virii" is not a fucking word, moron. (228 comments)

What?! next you'll tell me boxen isn't the plural of box. Sad face.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

sporkboy Hope you have friends inside (341 comments)

I've been in IT at a major corp and had a supplier that I worked with personally come to me due to non-payment. I had to go pretty far up my chain of command before I found someone who would apply pressure to finance to pay up on the contract that they signed and approved. Had I not been there to facilitate it would have taken even longer, if they got paid at all. The supplier was international so they got a runaround. Wish I had a better answer, but finance depts sometimes like to collect interest on their bank accounts even at the expense of the company's reputation.

about 2 years ago
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Jeff Bezos To Retrieve Apollo 11 Rocket Engines

sporkboy Re:What's the point? (107 comments)

Tacking onto this, it's not like it's lost technology that needs to be rescued, or the only extant examples. I saw a full set of these engines on display in Houston in their Saturn V exhibit.

Which, btw, I highly recommend to any space geeks, the scale of it is pretty awesome up close.

more than 2 years ago
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Maine Senator Wants Independent Study of TSA's Body Scanners

sporkboy Re:What does her degree have to do with it? (335 comments)

I'd imagine there is a staff member who consulted scientists in determining the proposed experimental protocol. Or at least I hope there is.

Not all legislation is driven by Hollywood lobbyists, is it?

more than 2 years ago
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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

sporkboy Re:Public Transit (938 comments)

And please ban talking on cell phones on public transit as well. Nobody wants to listen to you.

more than 2 years ago
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Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials

sporkboy Just don't take my title! (145 comments)

I hope to be the first American to die in space. That would be enough to be notable for Wikipedia I think.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Bring Cable TV To 360

sporkboy Re:Killing? (133 comments)

As far as I know it's not an "instead of" type thing. The xfinitytv.com site that they have now is basically an online video on demand service for existing subscribers. Previously it was only accessible via a computer, so for those of us without their rental cable boxes (go TiVo!) this is the first chance to have easy access to their VoD solution on the TV without running HDMI to a computer.

Nothing at all about killing cable, more features for subscribers.

more than 2 years ago
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Developing a Niche Online-Content Indexing System?

sporkboy Re:Sphinx or Lucene (134 comments)

The standard /. IANAL applies here, but I'm pretty sure that if you have legal access to the copyrighted text (ie you or someone you know owns a copy of the magazine) then it is ok to create a derivative work for the purposes of searching that work. This is the loophole that Google (name your favorite search engine here) uses, and they go so far as to offer cached versions of some sites.

Lucene, or a more friendly wrapper around it like SOLR, has the option of creating a search index based on an original text from which the original content cannot be extracted (indexed=true, stored=false on a field), so that would seem to cover the case of finding an article without violating the rights of the author or the publisher.

As for not having the text online, I'd suggest either scraping the archive sites in the process of building your search index, it's pretty hard to search something that isn't digitized.

Best of luck, as this sounds like a worthwhile project. I do think that the volume of data you're discussing would fit easily in a SOLR instance that would consume very modest amounts of server resources to operate.

more than 4 years ago
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Vonage going IPO

sporkboy Re:Legit or not? (221 comments)

I recieved the same offer in paper mail as well with the matching NJ address and web site listed. I highly doubt there is anything phishy going on.

more than 8 years ago

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