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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

spudnic Re:Excessive Data Retention (205 comments)

I'm amazed that so many have kept the same address that relatives would be receiving the mail.

about 3 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

spudnic Nutria (290 comments)

They tried this a couple of decades ago in South Louisiana with the nutria. It turns out people weren't waiting in line to eat real life ROUSes. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)

Now the state offers a $5 bounty per nutria tail turned in.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

spudnic Re:Average (466 comments)

How many programmers need to write a compiler?

I would bet that the large majority of programmers out there are doing data manipulation and fairly simple GUIs, be they web based or some other toolkit.

about 5 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

spudnic And why should we trust you? (250 comments)

And why should we trust you, Mr. NSA Plant? ;)

about a year ago

New Unix Implementation Turns 30

spudnic Huh? (290 comments)

Never hurd of it.

1 year,4 days

What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

spudnic Seriously? (277 comments)

And in order to see the data they have about me, I have to give them my name, home address, last four digits of my SSN? Seriously? They're going to make a fortune off of this!

1 year,26 days

Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

spudnic Re:How much RAM? (197 comments)

This used to make sense but the logic doesn't hold up these days. Not only do consumer targeted routers pretty much just work these days, they use less electricity.

1 year,27 days

Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

spudnic Sang? (259 comments)

His name is ''Sang'' ? Past tense ?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

spudnic Re:[OT] A+ = F (293 comments)

Another hint... Even if you don't have a lot of experience, don't pad your resume. Don't say you are proficient in Microsoft Word unless you are applying for some kind of clerical job. And if you put something on your resume you better be able to back it up. It will be easy to tell when the interview happens. Even if you're good in all other aspects if you put down you know something and I find out your only experience is reading an article on it, you're out. I can't trust you.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

spudnic Re:None (363 comments)

Wait until something happens to the grid and tell me how much my collection of printed magazines I got off of eBay is going to be worth.

about a year and a half ago

Is Humanity Still Evolving?

spudnic Survival of the fittest (374 comments)

If evolution had its way I would have been dead a long time ago. Fortunately for me I have great corrective lenses so I can see the lions trying to kill me.

Take that, evolution! I may even procreate!

more than 2 years ago

VMware Confirms Source Code Leak

spudnic Re:Wait, Vmware code stolen from China Military (109 comments)

So sharing source code proves this how? Couldn't they just include the spying mechanism before they create the binary that actually ships?

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

spudnic Selling computers (288 comments)

This article is very true. At the time Encarta came out I was working for a company that sold PCs. We were located in an area where there were many affluent African American families. Not being raciest by any means, but typically all we had to do was bring up the article on Martin Luther King and start the "dream" speech video and they just had to have that for their kids. Encarta sold the computer.

more than 2 years ago

In Theory And Practice, Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea

spudnic Re:Privacy vs. Accountabilty (218 comments)

Privacy is a huge issue here. Now if you have to go to a voting booth to vote your overbearing SO can't coerce you to vote one way or another. You have plausible deniability. That's kind of hard to do when they're standing behind you watching you vote from the family PC.

more than 2 years ago

Ready For Your Payroll Software Update?

spudnic Re:Srsly? (105 comments)

In my example, all tax is calculated in the BSI software. It talks directly to the ERP. There are a handful of tax software companies like this. Very few HR/Payroll systems actually calculate their own taxes. Too much to keep up with, especially if you had to keep up with all of the crazy county/parish/municipality taxes for all potential places where any of your employees live.

more than 2 years ago

Ready For Your Payroll Software Update?

spudnic Re:Srsly? (105 comments)

This is exactly it. And almost every shop that processes payroll subscribes to a service that updates the tax tables for you as the laws change. is one.

I'm sure they have the tax tables written up either way the vote goes so they can get it out the door.

more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

spudnic Anti-FUD (575 comments)

So how are we to know that this isn't anti-FUD?

"Yes, Citizen, your full disk encryption is just too much for us to crack. I guess you're in the clear."

more than 2 years ago

Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

spudnic Thanks (286 comments)

Thanks, Mom and Dad.

more than 3 years ago



Students build supercomputers from bits, pieces

spudnic spudnic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spudnic writes "The LSU Center for Computation and Technology and Chief Scientist Thomas Sterling developed the free summer boot camp as a pilot program to expand statewide as early as next year. "They literally assembled these themselves and loaded the software," said Sterling, pointing to the computer monitors and the stacks of computing nodes on top each other. "They built these from bits and pieces, so it's really hands-on experience." "I can't live in an ivory tower and assume we'll be delivered a steady stream of students," said Sterling, who is best known for creating the Beowulf supercomputing cluster — a group of usually identical computers working together — while at NASA."


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