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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

swv3752 Re:Lol... (1112 comments)

I can agree with that for private individuals. You do not like someone you do not need to hire them. You lose that ability the moment you incorporate. You want protections of incorporation, then you also get regulated.

about two weeks ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

swv3752 Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

But with the source code, you could pay someone to update to support new systems, legally. Sounds like a better plan than scouring EBAY for hardware that will run your EOL OS, or modifying some proprietary dll that could run afoul of DRM schemes.

about two weeks ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

swv3752 Re:Not available (641 comments)

There are several accounting solutions out there, just a quick search found:

Her is a list of replacements for AutoCAD:

Besides GIMP there is Krita and Cinepaint, and GIMPshop provides a Photoshop like interface. GIMP does have plugins if one needs CMYK. Inkscape does Vector Graphics. Scribus is more of a replacement for Illustrator.

There were some lack of features years ago. The options have matured since then.

about two weeks ago

Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

swv3752 Re:Anonymous? (167 comments)

I wish I had mod points. The post above yours is much funnier though they say much the same thing.

about two weeks ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

swv3752 Re:FTP? (161 comments)

I think, he meant you do not need to know what the public IP is.

about two weeks ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

swv3752 Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

I have a Volt. Regenerative braking means the brake pads are not worn as much. I have a gasoline engine (more realistically a electric generator though there is one usage scenario where it provide direct power to the wheels), that requires an oil change between 1-2 years. The noise difference of not having the engine running when on battery is amazing. My batteries are warrantied for 8 years. I am not real concerned about the batteries. Finally, go out and find an unsatisfied customer of the Volt. The Volt has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings.

about three weeks ago

GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

swv3752 Re:Is it all about the license? (134 comments)

MIT allows one to take your code and do what they will, including wrapping it up in a proprietary license. GPL requires that if one takes code, makes changes and distributes, they need to make the sourceof thsoe changes available to those they distribute the compiled or source code to. An example of taking MIT licensed code is what Microsoft did with BSD networking code and kerberos. The changes Microsoft did to BSd to make it work in Windows are lost to the community, including any potential bug fixes and security improvements. MS took kerberos and made it incompatible with the Open Source offerings.

The other issue is that if you mix GPL and MIT licensed code, the whole thing becomes GPL.

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

swv3752 Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Wrong. Though you do not call it an exception, you call it a license.

about 1 month ago

Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

swv3752 Re:...and this wont change because (162 comments)

I had this with my Gas Utility company. I can only see the last couple of digits of credit card. The worst someone could is pay my bill before I am ready, or see how much gas i am using. Why do I need to use a 16 character alphanumeric case sensitive password that requires multiple special characters. I work in IT and have to maintain strong passwords, even on government HIPAA systems, and the gas company is more stringent.

I have ended up setting up an auto-pay and have not touched the account in two years.

about a month ago

Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

swv3752 Re:Oracle Services (132 comments)

But if the overwhelming consensus is negative, how do they continue to gain new clients?

Because they actually have a good database product....

Yeah, it's called MySQL.

I have professional experience dealing with Oracle, both on Solaris and Linux, including Oracle RAC and working with MySQL Clusters. Oracle works well enough, but I would rather have MySQL.

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

swv3752 Re:Has anyone ever gotten... (769 comments)

Don't know about Coffee, but it does make a nice cup of tea or Hot Chocolate. For me it is a convenience factor of not having to wait for water to boil, then watch a tea bag so it is not over/under brewed. I pop in a pod and hit a button, then let the dog out, and come back to a nicely brewed cup of tea. If my dog takes a bit long, worse case I come back to a cup of tea at the perfect drinking temperature (which means I need to drink the tea fast before it gets too cold) as opposed to over brewed tea that is too bitter. My dad has one too and drinks Coffee, but instead of a pot a day, has 1-2 cups. He still grinds his own beans, but now can limit his intake without a lot of waste.

about a month and a half ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

swv3752 Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

What about GPS? What about my phone's GPS? What is fundamentally different about reading a printed map and using Google maps? Why should one be allowed and the other prohibited?

about 2 months ago

Star Trek Economics

swv3752 Re:Wow (888 comments)

Why would there be garabage men? If there was still a need to haul trash away, the truck would be fully automated.

about 2 months ago

How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

swv3752 Re:Privacy? (124 comments)

No, it is not. Unless the restaurant is closed for a private gathering it is a public place.

about 2 months ago

Google and EU Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Case

swv3752 Less Useful (45 comments)

So while Google has to stop anti-competitive practices, they also have to make there web pages less useful. Brilliant.

about 2 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

swv3752 Re:Went over my head. (593 comments)

In "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" he put the ideas of Pope Urban into the dialogue of Simplicio and thereby insulted the Pope.

Five minutes on Wikipedia would have answered your question.

about 2 months ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

swv3752 Re: Uh? (734 comments)

You really need to check into this more. Right now it is a bit of an expensive investment, but several folks here in my Town have setup a net zero Solar system. They are still tied into the grid but the amount they sell back balances out the amount they use and they have electric cars. Some businesses are even on a net zero solar system.

I have a Chevy Volt and it costs about $0.50 cents usually, and maybe $1.44 if I completely drain the battery. I get about 32-34 miles on a complete charge in the winter. My electric bill is running about $12-$15 more a month. 16 kwh Solar power can handle that amount of electricity just fine.

I should also point out that in best case scenario, oil changes only need to be done every 2 years.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

swv3752 Re:This is Elementary School. (231 comments)

Yes! A standard library should b e just fine for an elementary school. Maybe have some computers which should run an educational linux system. http://www.linuxplanet.com/lin... has decent list. Don't bother with electronic gadgets like tablets and ebook readers, the kids will just break them.

about 3 months ago




Easy Mexican Chicken Recipe

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This is not an exact recipe. Feel free to vary as necessary.

1-2 lb Chicken breast (The amount does not really matter, but as left overs the best part, more is better)
Flour Tortillas
Cheese, Shredded (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asano, or pick your favorite(s))
1 (or more) jars of Salsa (I recomend a Santa Fe style but any work fine).

Lightly flame grill chicken. It does not need to be cooked thoroughly as we will be baking the chicken. The grilling part can be skipped but makes the next part easier. Slice the chicken into strips. You can slice the chicken after baking but it will be messy.

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a deep dish baking pan, coat bottom with salsa. Layer chicken strips over salsa. Cover chicken with salsa. Repeat until all chicken is used. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until chicken is completely cooked (about 30 mins).

Steam (or microwave for 20 secs) the tortilla shells. Spoon some chicken and salsa into shell. Sprinkle on some cheese and roll shell into a burrito.

Suggested to serve with Corn Tortilla Chips and Salsa, and Rice.

The leftovers will taste better. It also helps if you let the chicken and salsa sit for a few hours before baking.


20 random things

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

1) I am half Dutch. This should be hardly surprising to those that know my real name.
2) I am an eigth Scot.
3) I am probably a quarter Latvian Jew. My grandmother was adopted, so nothing confirmed unless I sneak a DNA test on her.
4) I love Linux.
5) I want to be a SciFi author.
6) I used to be a substitute teacher.
7) I have been to 46 continental States.
8) I am mildly allergic to milk, but still drink it.
9) I love most cooked vegetables.
10) I am a better cook than either of my parents, or my sister. (My sister managed to burn spaghetti so it is hardly surprising I am better.)
11) I am on vacation.
12) I own a Dell notebook.
13) My favorite cheese is Irish Swiss.
14) I love all forms of spicy food.
15) I could give up all forms of candy but chocalate.
16) I have yet to find a chocolate dessert that has too much chocolate flavor, but I still keep trying. :-)
17) My dog is most likely a poodle. What I mean is that while he is definately of poodle heritage, we are uncertain of whether he is a pure bred.
18) Digger is my favorite webcomic.
19) While I tend to like the regular run or Action/SciFi/Fantasy movies, one of my favorites is "Ground Hog Day".
20)I read too much slashdot.


Social path?

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

You are 85% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 57% Brutal, and 57% Arrogant.

You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, thus making it easier to kill them. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Hippie.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Spiteful Loner, the Smartass, and the Capitalist Pig.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 72% on Rationality

You scored higher than 0% on Extroversion

You scored higher than 63% on Brutality

You scored higher than 66% on Arrogance

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid



swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  about 9 years ago

I have been playing Burnout3 for the PS2 lately.

Where has this game been all my life? I mean a game were you are meant to crash your car and get points for how many flips and stuff. You have races were you try to force the other guys to crash. You are encourage to drive into oncoming traffic. This is just brilliant.


Cybershot Camera

swv3752 swv3752 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I recently bought a DSC-U40. I used to have a DSC-S50. The U40 is almost as nice. I miss having a zoom lens but greatly appreciate the smaller size. Plus, being able to buy it for $80, was great.

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