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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

trybywrench don't move to TX (336 comments)

please don't move here, i hear SanFran is nice.

5 days ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

trybywrench Re:Strangers With Candy (193 comments)

I loved that show. Those who can't "do" teach, and those who can't teach, teach at Flatpoint High.

about two weeks ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

trybywrench read ever word (124 comments)

I read every word, I don't think i've ever done that with a slashdot interview before. The answer/explanation to the first question is just unreal. I can't tell if he's crazy or legit, that's been Mcafee's story from day one haha. Shine on you crazy diamond.

about two weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

trybywrench good app for Google Glass (364 comments)

Seems like a Google Glass app could identify traffic lights and changes in their status way down the road while you're paying attention to the car in front of you. Then maybe project a little count down for when the app thinks the next light should turn green/red based on the one prior and the next one. Maybe you could give it feed back like "countdown off by +3 seconds" then the app could log that info along with GPS coords and heading for the next time you're encounter the light.

about three weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

trybywrench Re:Stop signs and lights everywhere. (364 comments)

Round-abouts waste a lot of space. You have that center island that can't be used for anything, while an intersection produces 4 pieces of usable real-estate on the corners with no wasted space in the middle. Also, in an intersection the roads are perpendicular to each other setting up facilitating/enforcing a grid layout for city streets/blocks. All things considered, intersections are more efficient than round-abouts IMO

about three weeks ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

trybywrench conversational format (142 comments)

Wasn't Gmail the first to introduce the conversational layout? I remember the first time I saw it I was blown away over how simple the idea was yet how much impact it made on UX. Also, IIRC Gmail was the first to get Ajax right in a mail client, I remember being impressed when they embedded a GTalk client right there in mail. Then I think Google Calendar followed then docs with App Engine in there somewhere too. No matter your feelings on Google the company the software that sprang from Gmail is amazing.

about three weeks ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

trybywrench father of 4 year old, align with interest is key (231 comments)

In my experience, with young children your best chance at teaching them these things is to relate it to their current interest. My 4 year old is really into maps right now, he draws me one every day at his preschool. I've been showing him different maps and trying to relate the concept of directions etc. With his interest in drawing hopefully I can work in the alphabet at some point too. It's a tricky task to put things in terms a 4 year old mind and attention span can digest without overwhelming them.

about a month and a half ago

Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD

trybywrench oh yeah well wait until the hear about SNMP (49 comments)

just wait until they discover ( re-discover ) SNMP and all the hooks in there. Reminds me of the time our local news discovered, with horror, IRC.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

trybywrench Re:Depends, but probably not. (421 comments)

I would add that developers who are interested in writing against Google Glass may consider the $1,500 price tag an investment in getting a lead on development.

about 2 months ago

Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

trybywrench cherry picked scenerio (149 comments)

I'm a fan of reactive programming, it's pretty neat. However, the article cherry picked the scenario that perfectly fits reactive programming. Furthermore, calculating a couple formulas is hardly complex, show me geographically distributed caches kept in sync with a few lines of code and I would be more impressed.

about 2 months ago

Strange 'S'-shaped radar phenomenon appears off Australian Coast

trybywrench probably a radar bug (1 comments)

maybe the developer should fix it on their own time.

about 2 months ago

Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

trybywrench Re:Limiting outbound access to servers is too toug (137 comments)

Unless I'm reading it wrong you're basically disabling webservices like making a SOAP call to a third party on behalf of the connecting user-agent. That's a non-starter for just about all companies that have at least one business partner.

about 3 months ago

The First Prescription-Only App

trybywrench lots of and lots of $$ for this (84 comments)

if it can be prescribed then it can be medically necessary then it can billed to insurance/medicare/medicaid. this is a goldmine.

about 4 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

trybywrench new respect for good managers (249 comments)

I made the jump from developer to team lead and now on to management. Good management is very very hard, keeping people on task, motivated, and managing burn out is really more of an art than science and I'm not even including dealing with different personality strengths/weaknesses and the various combinations thereof.

If you have a good manager or even just a not-bad manager let them know. It's a difficult position to do well and lots of folks who you respect see you as worthless.

about 4 months ago

Five Alternatives To Snapchat

trybywrench vaporize? (94 comments)

So does your phone steadily run out of RAM as the chips are incinerated? ...I didn't know the batteries were that powerful either, I'm so far behind the times.

about 4 months ago

Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

trybywrench how many more? (464 comments)

How many more companies have these contracts?

about 4 months ago

Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

trybywrench Doesn't seem that absurd (191 comments)

Seems like you can pick which vendor gives you the best value based on the use case of your application. Doesn't seem that absurd to me at all.

about 4 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

trybywrench Re:Genuinely Interested (308 comments)

yeah when i started it was "here's your certs, here's the VPN server IP.. by and don't talk to me ever". I could see it being difficult for a non-tech person to get setup.

about 4 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

trybywrench Re:Genuinely Interested (308 comments)

One other thing. I work on an Imac and use TunnelBlick to manage the VPN connections. I've had zero issues on a wired connection but sometimes have issues using wifi, the vpn connections will drop and then re-connect after a minute or two. There must be something weird in the office because when I take my mac home i have zero issues on wifi.

about 4 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

trybywrench Re:Genuinely Interested (308 comments)

I'll answer as best as I can

> Please tell us more about your setup.
We're a Java office in TX with a remote call center in OR and a handful of remote employees ( Chicago ).

> What type of work does the company and you do?
I'm the director of development, we're a j2ee web application development shop with special expertise in Oracle

> Approximately how many users work like this?
All of us ~30

> Does this company operate primarily as a standard physical office environment, or is this a distributed(work from home) startup?
A couple of my developers work from home 3 days a week and most of ops ( the network guys ) work from wherever and, apparently, whenever they want. They're pretty hot shit, published authors, speakers at LISA, etc so they're left alone most of the time.

> Where are the servers, on-site, datacenter, cloud?
We keep our staging and UAT servers on site and colo for production + another colo for failover

> Approximately how many servers?
I have no idea, I know we have some serious SAN gear for the databases. We probably have around 50 virtual servers in our testing setup and maybe 20-25 production server clusters with an average of 3 nodes each. Some physical some virtual.

> What type of applications are used, web, small applications like QB, MS Exchange or SQL systems?
Web applications, we develop/maintain some very large rewards and loyalty programs for the big banks. RDBMS is Oracle, email and IM is handled through Zimbra, project management is handled with Atlassen Jira self hosted.

> What are the negative aspects of this system?
The only problem i've ever faced is the VPN endpoints not staying connected. VPN connectivity becomes mission critical because without it no work can get done. I don't know what they're using for the VPN server, I know ops is a big fan of OpenBSD so it wouldn't surprise me if that's what they are using.

about 4 months ago



210 million Facebook friends graphed by region

trybywrench trybywrench writes  |  more than 4 years ago

trybywrench (584843) writes "From the first paragraph of the article: "As I've been digging deeper into the data I've gathered on 210 million public Facebook profiles, I've been fascinated by some of the patterns that have emerged. My latest visualization shows the information by location, with connections drawn between places that share friends. For example, a lot of people in LA have friends in San Francisco, so there's a line between them.""
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Gang Kidnaps Gamer to Get Password Using Fake Orku

trybywrench trybywrench writes  |  more than 6 years ago

trybywrench (584843) writes ""An armed gang of four kidnapped one of the world's top RPG gamers after one criminal's girlfriend lured him into a fake date using Orkut, Google's social network. After sequestering him in Sao Paulo, they held a gun against the victim's head for five hours to get his password, which they wanted to sell for $8,000. And yes, the story gets even better." story is here"


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