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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

srobert When Did Physicists Start Smoking Pot? (246 comments)

Hey didja ever think what if we were actually living in a holodeck and didn't know it?
Woww! You're totally blowin' my mind, man.

3 days ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

srobert Re:Urgh (524 comments)

Mostly the propaganda comes from the private sector rather than our government. For example, health insurance companies have Americans (or at least the stupid ones) convinced that a national health care system, or single-payer will result in substandard care and long waiting lines. My friends in Canada think we're chumps.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

srobert Re:Use FreeBSD? (430 comments)

The FreeBSD Handbook and forums are awesome. I use FreeBSD on my laptop, but also have Arch Linux running in a VM. Arch Linux is also incredibly well documented. On the Linux side of things, the fragmentation means that what you learn for one distro may not apply well to another. To the OP I'd advise, just focus on the documentation that applies to the distro that you're running. If it's not good or it's out of date, then choose a different distro.

about a month ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

srobert Baghdad Bob? (300 comments)

Baghdad Bob, is that you?

about a month and a half ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

srobert Patented in the US (468 comments)

I notice the patent application is with US authorities instead of the Europe. Perhaps EU patent authorities saw right through the argument for originality like ... well like they were looking through a transparent cockpit window.

about 2 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

srobert Xfce with Xmonad (611 comments)

My usual environment is XFCE with Xmonad in place of XFWM. For more on how to do that
I tried using other tiling WM's, Awesome, i3, but none work as well for me as Xmonad though Spectrwm was really close.

about 3 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

srobert Re:public employee unions poison (688 comments)

"The shortcomings of US public education is a joint effort of teachers, unions, government administrators, and politicians."
So what about the parents? Teachers aren't being given much to work with since people with 3 digit IQ's decided they don't want to reproduce anymore. They're getting blamed for failing to teach chimpanzees to do trigonometry.

about 3 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

srobert Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

But them's fereign skools. Here in amurika we gots BS.

about 3 months ago

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

srobert Apprenticeships (367 comments)

I learned to weld, do electrical work, air conditioning and refrigeration repair, boiler operations, etc. through an apprenticeship. It's a good deal. You get paid to learn. There's a catch though. You've got to join a union. No knowledgeable journeyman is going to train you if you're someplace where seniority doesn't count.
These days I've moved on to being a licensed professional engineer. Working my way through college on union wages, I graduated without owing any student loans.

about 4 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

srobert Imagine That You're a Biology Teacher (665 comments)

Imagine that your a high school or junior high school biology teacher. Several times a day you are in a classroom in a rural southern state with an audience of 20 to 30 students. You know that more than half of the students in your class have been told by their parents and their pastors, that when the subject of evolution comes up, they should just tune out. Many of you keep saying that there's no controversy and nothing to gain by teaching the controversy. Well, for this class room full of skeptical students there's a lot of controversy. I guarantee you won't break through to them by ignoring it.

about 7 months ago

GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

srobert The Science will Remain Opaque to Ignorant People. (618 comments)

The purpose of the bill and the reporting being done on it from GOPNews is to frame policy debate within the myth that what the EPA is doing isn't ALREADY TRANSPARENT. At least it's sufficiently transparent to those who understand the science. It will always be opaque to those who are ill-informed about science. I've been researching proposed regulations in drinking water. An enormous volume of scientific documentation regarding the studies and methods that are being used were freely available at Schedules for periods of public comment and dissenting opinion documentation are posted there also. So how much more do they have to do to be transparent in the eyes of clueless people.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

srobert "We" can Vote with our feet. (2219 comments)

The post says "we're a community", but otherwise uses the words "we", "you", and "the audience" in a way that indicates the author doesn't really believe it. When he says Classic Slashdot will be available until "we're" confident ..., I'm reasonably certain that I'm not a part of that "we". Rather I'm just a pair of eyeballs that's for sell to the advertisers. I never saw a poll where we,the community gets to vote on whether or not Classic Slashdot should go away. But "WE" are going to vote one way or another. Maybe we'll vote with our feet, the same way we'd vote a lousy restaurant out of business.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

srobert Fork Slashdot (2219 comments)

Yeah, I've been on Slashdot for awhile too. But I won't be back anymore when the classic site becomes unavailable. Since the community is the actual product here, let's just fork it and we'll all go somewhere else. Maybe we can't call it Slashdot, but who cares? Let's just start a new site for all the old Slashdot members with the classic look.

about 7 months ago

VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

srobert Re:This is bullshit (683 comments)

Yes I think they understood what they had agreed to when they moved in. But the circumstances under which they agreed to it should never have been allowed to occur. And they should evoke empathy among those who are still capable of such. Your comment reminds me of another I heard a short time ago.
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

about 7 months ago

VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

srobert Re:This is bullshit (683 comments)

It would be great if the residents actually owned the property. They are often renters. The landlord will be glad to sell his old dilapidated property at its new value, then boot the tenants out. Sometimes they boot the tenants out in advance.The tenants often have nowhere to go and nothing to gain from the transaction. I know an elderly woman who is fighting eviction and relocation because she's simply too old, tired and too sick with cancer to move. She will probably lose and the forced relocation will be the death of her.

about 7 months ago

23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

srobert Much of his life (449 comments)

Much of his 23 year long life. Still couldn't have been very long. I've spent more time taking a crap than he's been alive.

about 7 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

srobert Re:Now is your chance to try Linux... (513 comments)

I had a similar experience with my sister (not very computer savvy). She had a laptop that she was very frustrated with. I turned it into a dual boot system with Xubuntu on the Linux side and whatever version of Windows she had on the other. I encouraged her to use the Linux side, which she has been, and since then she has much less trouble.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

srobert Mixing Content with Promotions Ticks Me Off (731 comments)

Whenever I'm reading through a story and realize that I'm being marketed to, it just makes me so angry. Whenever that happens I try to take the edge off it by relaxing with the smooth flavor of a Chesterfield cigarette. Mmm. Smooooooth.

about 7 months ago

The Far Future of Our Solar System

srobert Re:What about the future of Slashdot? (122 comments)

Indeed. CmdrTaco must be rolling in his grave. ...What? He's still alive. They tell me. Well, of course he is. How could he be rolling in his grave if he was dead? The disturbing part is that he's in a grave. Someone really should get him out of there. What? He apparently refuses to come out until Slashdot ditches the beta.

about 8 months ago

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

srobert But What Do You Mean by "Market" Share (470 comments)

The term "market" implies that the calculations pertain only to competing products for sale and counted by sales receipts. The pie graph on the article indicates over 90% for some sort of MS Windows. 7.5% Mac and 1.7% Linux. I suppose that they're counting my laptop, which came pre-installed with some version of Windows as a Windows machine. Well I did install Windows 7 in a VM, but that's seldom used. Mostly I'm just using the host OS which is FreeBSD. How do they count that since it isn't really in the "market"?

about 8 months ago



FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

srobert srobert writes  |  about 9 months ago

srobert (4099) writes "An article at ars-technica details that following stories of NSA leaks, FreeBSD developers will not rely solely on Intel's or Via's chip-based random number generators for /dev/random values. The values will first be seeded through another randomization algorithm known as "Yarrow". The changes are effective with the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (for which the first of three planned release candidates became available last week)."

FreeBSD Instructional Videos

srobert srobert writes  |  about a year ago

srobert (4099) writes "I found a large number of instructional videos covering FreeBSD installation,configuration, etc., have been recently posted on youtube by ComputerHelpDesks. I've watched several of them. They're very informative and cover a broad range of topics based on FreeBSD 8.x., but still mostly up-to-date information. Ideal for Linux or Windows users who might wish to explore FreeBSD."


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