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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

weiserfireman Re:Other fugitives (157 comments)

I am not sure I blame Bush for "starting" a Global War

Expanding a Global War beyond all reason, yes. But starting it? No, that was the terrorists who started it.


Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

weiserfireman Re:Not a jet pack (53 comments)

I am trying to figure how this could be used by the Fire Service, in a first responder role.

1. It doesn't look like it has the weight limit to do bucket drops for wildland firefighting
2. It doesn't look like it has the weight limit to haul very much equipment
3. It doesn't look like it could do any rescue
4. At best, it looks like someone could scout the perimeter of a fire. For $200k, that is an awful expensive scout

I see cops wanting this, but not the fire service

2 days ago

Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

weiserfireman Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

The early Sherlock Holmes Novels, and the Character of Sherlock Holmes entered Public Domain in the past year

It does happen, we just don't notice most of the time. I noticed this time because the Arthur Conan Doyle Family filed a big lawsuit to try to keep it under copyright and lost.

about two weeks ago

Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

weiserfireman Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (321 comments)

People want their computers to be like their cars.

They don't want to know what is happening under the hood. They just want to drive it.

I find most computer guys are like car guys, they assume that everyone should know how the engine works, or should at least care.

Nope, they want it to turn on every morning, take them where they want to go, and shut down at the end of the night with out ever knowing what makes all of it work.

about two weeks ago

Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

weiserfireman Re:Did they have a warrant? (206 comments)

They had a warrant. FTA " Furthermore and most importantly, the FBI obtained a warrant before executing these activities."

It was more spyware than malware though, but that is a distinction without a difference in the minds of most people.

about three weeks ago

We Are All Confident Idiots

weiserfireman I was just talking about this with my wife... (306 comments)

She asked me, "how do you know you are a good computer technician"

Me, "because I know how little I really know. When I was a good amateur, I thought I knew a lot, and was confident, but now, I know so much more that I know what I don't know. That makes me a good technician."

She was confused, but I now I know there there is a scientific name for what I was trying to explain.

about three weeks ago

Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

weiserfireman Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

The chart didn't say that those kinds of wages were common for programmers.

It said for people in the $100-200k salary range, programmers were common.

there is a big difference. $100k+ jobs aren't "common".

about 1 month ago

Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

weiserfireman Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

Part of what determines pay is
1. how difficult is it to find qualified people
2. does the position help you make more money, or is it an expense

Software developers help companies make more money. It is the Add in Value-Add. They are the equivalent of the machines in a machine shop. Without them, what is the point in being in business. If you are a software company you pay what you need to pay, to recruit and retain the best developers you can.

Teachers work for a government agency. It won't turn a profit. The agency collect tax dollars for existing and teachers are an expense. There really isn't any competition to recruit the best ones. People pay lip service to the idea of recruiting the best ones, but they really don't. Education wise, it compares to nurses and architects. Benefit wise, it is one of the best in the country. Some parts of the country have trouble recruiting new teachers. But others don't . A school district will never pay more than required to have a teacher in the classroom, talent be damned. In fact, I think school districts would rather hire fresh young faces out of college, and pay them starting wages than experienced master teachers who will cost them 2x-3x as much.

about 1 month ago

Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

weiserfireman Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (218 comments)

I have always felt the problem of fission waste disposal has been overblown.

If the goal is "walk away safe", then fission fuel is walk away safe in about 300 years too. The high level radiation emitted by the fission products comes from cesium and strontium and in 300 years, it will all be gone. Leaving low level radioactives, Uranium and a tiny amount of plutonium. In 300 years, the used rods will emit the same level of radiation as the unused rods. Since plutonium is an alpha emitter, the used rod will effectively not emit any radiation from plutonium. You could store one under your couch and not suffer any ill effects.

Reason why the US doesn't reprocess nuclear fuel rods anymore is that the Dept of Energy realized that as long as the fuel pellets remain intact, the uranium and plutonium is entrapped in the metallurgical structure of the fuel pellets. For the uranium and plutonium to be released back into the environment they will have to be melted down. If the pellets are unchanged, we could probably recycle them back into a new reactor in 300 years even.

about a month ago

Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

weiserfireman Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

The subsidy is the thing I hate the most about Fair Tax.

It perpetuates the myth that Money comes for free from the Government. Develops even more people that budget their expenses around their government check

about a month ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

weiserfireman Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

yes, 8, typo, 2 per engine room

Part of that was for redundancy. They didn't know how reliable they would be long term. Over engineering at it's finest

about a month ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

weiserfireman Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

The Enterprise used very small reactors, which is why they had 9 of them.

Nimitz and later classes used larger reactors, which is why they only have 2

about a month ago

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

weiserfireman Re:Ugh blowhard city (549 comments)

I agree with his contention that we need to start teaching people about password managers.

I have been using one for 2 years, my wife just found out last week. She was furious. She struggles with trying to come up with good passwords all the time. Based on past experience, she does come up with good ones. The last one I know about is 13 characters long.

Password managers make the process of having a different password for every website trivial. Some of them will generate random usernames too.

Mine generates 10 character passwords, by default. Capitalization, Symbols, Numbers and lower case randomly throughout.

about a month ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

weiserfireman Re:Solution (410 comments)

In a National Sales Tax plan

It doesn't matter how much Wealth someone has. Who cares how much wealth someone else has? We don't tax Wealth in the US. We tax Income

Wealth doesn't matter with Sales Tax, because we would be taxing spending. That inherited wealth that moves from generation to generation? Who cares how much money someone has in the bank doing nothing. When they spend it and try to improve their quality of life, it gets taxed.

It is a shallow and covetous person who cares about how big someone else's bank account is. What we really care about is how that person spends their money to give themselves a better standard of living than their neighbors.

about 2 months ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

weiserfireman Re:Solution (410 comments)

I've always said the exceptions in a National Sales Tax would be

1. Food - All Food
2. Health Care/Medicine, including OTC
3. Clothing under $100
4. Primary Residence - have to apply for refund, demonstrating it is primary residence, this one will get complicated

Those things take care of the truly poor.

about 2 months ago

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

weiserfireman Evergreen Supertanker 747 (112 comments)

This is an amazing water bomber. It drops from so high, the water just mists down like light rain.

Because it is a pressurized system, they can control how much they dump where.

For example, maybe they do 4 drops from 1 tank load, 25% on each drop in 4 different locations

Yes, I am a wildland firefighter, I have been on fires where these planes were working
(Engineboss, Strike Team Leader in Training)

about 2 months ago

Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

weiserfireman hahaha (155 comments)

I love the courts logic.

Dealer Franchise Laws were prevented to promote the Franchise model.

If a car company sells franchises in the State, it can't then open Company Stores and undercut their Franchises.

But if the Car Company has no franchises, there is no one being hurt.

Car Dealerships can't sue because they don't like a new Car Company's Sales Model.

Reality is the Franchise owners were licking their chops thinking of all the money they would make selling Teslas in their dealerships. They got butt hurt when they found out Tesla wasn't going to sell them Franchises.

about 2 months ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

weiserfireman Re:Yeah right, "diability claims" (144 comments)

I was in a meeting with our Workman's Comp Carrier recently

A representative of the carrier said "If a person doesn't return to work in 6 months, the odds are they will never work again in their life".

Made sense, 6 months is the disability term required to get SSI

about 4 months ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

weiserfireman Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Israel's pre-1960 borders? The ones were the West Bank belonged to Jordan and Gaza belonged to Egypt?

If it brought a real chance at peace, I believe Israel would agree to that. But Jordan doesn't want the West Bank anymore. Egypt doesn't want Gaza. Israel's pre-1960 borders still would not create a country called Palestine.

Jordan and Egypt don't want to deal with the Palestinian problem anymore than Israel does.

about 4 months ago



How do I handle a Patent Troll

weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  about 2 years ago

weiserfireman writes "We received a letter today from a company claiming they are the licensing agent for some US Patents, 7986426, 7477410, 6771381, 6185590.

They are claiming the integration of scanning and document management into our workflows violates their patents and we have to license their technology as an end user.

An example of an infringing technology is the use of an HP MFP scanner to send an email or scan a document to a network folder or Microsoft Sharepoint.

I am pretty sure that these patents could be invalidated by prior art. I've worked with document management systems since 1999. But my company is so small that a patent fight as an enduser of these technologies is not financially feasible.

I have started the process of trying to get HP's Legal Team involved, does Slashdot have any other suggestions?"

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What would you include in a new building?

weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

weiserfireman (917228) writes "For the first time in our company's 60 year history, we are going to be building a new facility from scratch.

We are a CNC Machine shop with 40 employees and 20 CNC machines, crammed into a 12,000 sq foot building. We are going to build a new 30,000 sq foot building.

I am the only IT person. I support all the computer systems, as well as all the fire/security/phone systems. My Boss has asked for my input on what infrastructure to include in the new building to support current and future technology.

1st on my list is a telecommunications equipment room. Our current building doesn't have one.

I have been researching this topic on the Internet, and I have a list of a lot of different things, all of them are nice, but I know I am going to have a limited budget.

If you were in my shoes, what priorities what features would you design into the building?"

weiserfireman weiserfireman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weiserfireman writes "The US Supreme Court heard arguements today in the case of Microsoft v AT&T. The transcript is available at ent_transcripts/05-1056.pdf.

The case revolves around an AT&T patent for voice recognition software. The code was included in Microst Windows. Microsoft already agreed to damages for infringement for copies of Windows distributed in the United States. AT&T argues that Microsoft also owes them for damages from copies of Windows distributed overseas. The key in this case is that there are no foreign patents involved, only a US one. The copies of the Windows were produced overseas from "Golden Disks" provided by Microsoft from the US.

AT&T claims that because the code and the Golden Disks originated in the US, all subsequent foreign copies infringe upon their US Patent. It is a novel case with potential liabilty for more companies than just Microsoft.

There is some interesting exchanges between the judges and the lawyers. It is clear that the judges haven't thought about software very much, but are adept and building anologies. The Lawyers didn't seem to really understand the technology and their anologies were very funny.

At one point one of the justices said "We've never ruled on software patents before, don't we have to rule that software is patentable to decide this case?" The lawyers desperately tried to steer him away from that question. Both sides have too much to lose to want an answer.

Based on the questioning and the laws presented, I don't think AT&T has a chance. At best Microsoft is liable for the master copies provide to overseas manufacturers, but not any subsequent copies that are produced overseas."


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