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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

tiberus Botball (115 comments)

I'd startup a conversation with these folks My son and several of his friends have participated and it was a great experience for them. While the kits are a pricey, the setup they use for competition isn't. Once you have the kits it shouldn't take that much effort to let the vets do their own thing or even organize botball-esque events within the VA.

U.S Army
Medical Hold

about a week ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

tiberus Dumn Idea Stories (163 comments)

"This is, without a doubt, a really stupid thing to actually try. So don't."

Hmm, wow. Nope the really stupid idea is posting a story on the InterWeb about a really stupid idea and warning us that it's "a really stupid idea". Road & Track should be ashamed that many Slashdoters are now searching E-Bay, CarMax and the trades for an S-Class to try this out in or texting their friends (hopefully not while driving to see them) with S-Class' to try this out. Responsible media, right! Telling geeks about a hack, is like giving crack to a junkie. Tomorrow's lead, dozens die recreating S-Class hack.

Oh, yeah, please PM me your findings.

about a month and a half ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

tiberus Re:Vaccine is coming (409 comments)

I heard the same interview with Tom Frieden, Head of the CSC, that xylo36 did. In the interview he stated that Ebola has not really changed since it was first discovered, they have been monitoring the viruses DNA. It's just a nasty little bugger.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

tiberus Re:You don't have a problem (98 comments)

Truly spoken like a user with no concern for someone operating a lab with little to no budget.

about 2 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

tiberus Re:why? (346 comments)

Granted it all seems reasonable, the issue I see is that it's not practical. You can't un-send an e-mail, not really. I have to control my desire to chuckle, in that sad sort of way, every time we get this sort of request internally. Unless the message was just messed in some way that keeps it from being sent, it's gone pretty much as soon as you hit send. We don't have a practical way to pull it off a system that isn't running Outlook (and even then if it's been read, it's a no go) and if the recipient has a Blackberry, pretty much all bets are off. I'm left wondering what real result or final state Goldman thinks they are going to achieve, the damage is already done. P.S. Wondering why anyone at Goldman ever sends anything to a GMail address . . .

about 2 months ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

tiberus Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Open primaries go both ways, so I really don't see how you can complain. It's also rather odd to think that just two parties can represent the depth and breadth of political views in the U.S. How about we junk the primary system and simply have run off elections in the case where no candidate gets more that 50% of the vote?

about 3 months ago

Project Un1c0rn Wants To Be the Google For Lazy Security Flaws

tiberus Usefullness Factor . . . (43 comments)

Okay, so I want to visit a site. So I have to go search Un1c0rn to see if it's on the list? What about all the ad, video and other sites this sites gets content from? Seems like a plugin that uses data from the "your site is in a poor state" database would be much more practical. It could replace at risk content with a big WHOA! graphic...

about 3 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

tiberus Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

It was especially fun to go head to head against new players who failed to look up. You know kinda like Khan vs. Kirk.

about 4 months ago

The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

tiberus Re:your premise is wrong (255 comments)

The legal issue comes after the moral one. The questions posed is a classic choice of "sacrificing one to save more than one" an ethical dilemma, not a legal one. Laws may be written to codify the ethical decision that has been made but, the ethics must be resolved before laws can be created to uphold those morals.

Thanks for giving me the opening for this thought (Charliemopps)... While reading the article, I was again amazed by the lengths that some individuals will go to in order to avoid answering the moral question before them. In the case presented someone is going to die; either the driver or the two bystanders. It doesn't matter why the situation exists, it exists, we've gone past why. You must choose who will die as the dilemma dictates someone must die.

Stopping the car isn't an option that is available or putting it another way, stopping the car results in either the death of the driver or the two bystanders.

about 4 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

tiberus Re:Kind of a ??? ... (626 comments)

Driverless is not very accurate description of what is going on. Semi-autonomous seems a bit better but lacks marketing flash.

I'd suspect that no matter what the 'driver' is going to be given the ticket, maybe the 'car' gets a copy too. Some investigation will have to be done (and laws updated) to determine fault (what is you live in a no fault state). Was the car in autonomous mode? Was the firmware/software current? Did the driver ignore a warning?

The expectations of the driver will also have to be defined. Can the driver fall asleep? How much attention must the driver pay to the vehicle's operation?

Lot's of questions, not problems

about 4 months ago

As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

tiberus Re:A Contest? (250 comments)

Hmm, what part of the male anatomy does a rocket resemble? 'nuff said

about 4 months ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

tiberus Re:#7 Be Appriopriately Lazy (136 comments)

Step #7.1: Prepare excuse for mgmt [...]

#1 - It's not an excuse, it's a reason get in the proper mindset.

#2 - You already know the reason and bonus, bean counters love this. You're gonna save the company long term dollars with a short term expenditure.

about 5 months ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

tiberus #7 Be Appriopriately Lazy (136 comments)

The first time a task comes up deal with it manually, it may or may not be related to a problem.

The second time this task occurs deal with it manually.

The third time this task occurs, it's time to start scripting.

It may take you a day or more to write the script, test debug, etc. or even longer for complex tasks but, this behavior tends to be a winner. The script is already some degree of documentation, it records the steps, etc. If it's robust enough it can be used to by your support techs to resolve issues, expanding the number of people who can resolve an issue, freeing the admin for other tasks. Scripts tend not to make typos (yes, I know your command line skills are legendary) and can save a lot of time and effort in the long run.

about 5 months ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

tiberus Simple Stunned (322 comments)

Not that the LAPD is playing fast and loose with the equipment (okay that this level of poor behavior is being allowed to continue is inconceivable) but, that the equipment isn't self monitoring and reporting. I mean really, they are under the watchful (and apparently sleepy) eye of the DoJ and no one thought to add a monitoring feature? The police have some of the most wired cars around and the tech to push or pull, at least, daily status reports on the health and activity of the recording systems wasn't included?

Wow, even WOW, or OMFGWOW are not adequate to express my disdain.

"Attitude reflects leadership, captain." Julius Campbell (Wood Harris), Remember the Titans (2000)

about 5 months ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

tiberus Re:Just like where I work ... (172 comments)

and its a large corporation in the private sector. Its hard for very large organizations to be efficient.

I'd add a couple corollaries to that:

  1. when you don't trust your co-workers and/or subordinates
  2. when you don't know how to run a meeting


about 6 months ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

tiberus Been Here Too . . . (172 comments)

Add to this the lack of incentive to save money and you've got a right good mess. After spending time and effort to save funds on a program (government in this case), we ended the year with a surplus of funds (in the 10x of 1,000's range, I know it's a drop in the bucket but, we were quite proud at the time). When next year rolled around we were suddenly "poor estimators" and had "poor financial management", so our budget was cut by several times over our savings from last year.

That was many years ago but, since then I experienced a similar mentality in the private sector, especially when dealing with government contracts.

Also, our parent company recently took over management of our capital purchases. We have the money, we have the need, we have reviewed the data but, now it takes and extra 4-6 months to purchase something (e.g. a upgraded SAN). It seems that another subsidiary had some issue with their purchasing process, so rather than deal with the problem, Mother (our loving term for our parent company), created several more.

about 6 months ago



Aurora Borealis Substation Style

tiberus tiberus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tiberus (258517) writes "It's wasn't even 12/21/2012 yet:

So much for the bubble that has often protected our state capital from storms much of this year. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it did scare quite a few people the eve of the Winter Solstice in Annapolis, MD and central Anne Arundel County. A strong storm is moving through with heavy rain and high winds. This is the warmer part of the same system the brought blizzard conditions to the Mid West and even into western Maryland. Even BGE made the public aware they might expect power failures in this event."

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The Giant Bite - Discovery of Leviathan melvillei

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "Christopher Joyce writes:

Rarely do scientists get to publish a research paper that begins with the words "The Giant Bite." On Wednesday, fossil hunters from Europe did just that. They've discovered one of the biggest predators that ever lived: a whale — one that devoured other whales and probably anything else it had an appetite for.

The scientists call the creature Leviathan melvillei. "Leviathan" means sea monster, and "melvillei" refers, of course, to Herman Melville, who wrote the greatest of whale stories, Moby-Dick. Paleontologist Olivier Lambert says he's read that book — several times.

"I love the book," he says. "So, it was the reason why we selected that species name."

Lambert is with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and you might call him a modern-day Ahab, though what he's after are the whitened bones of extinct whales. Two years ago in a Peruvian desert, his team found some from a sperm whale that lived and died some 12 to 13 million years ago — when the desert was underwater."

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Long Distance Remote Access

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "How do you support remote users in truly remote locations? We are a small U.S. Company with offices on the East Coast and one in Hawaii. Now we are being asked to provide remote access to e-mail and file services to employees supporting our products in Iraq. Without blackberrys and with slow or high latency connections, how do you support these users? Personal satellite dishes?"


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