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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

wezelboy Re:Not so important anymore (637 comments)

Your best bet is with the sysadmin. They'll get pissed off and write your app for you using half the memory just to spite you, and then the project manager will take all credit like they would anyway.

about two weeks ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

wezelboy The main thing for me is... (422 comments)

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to see an Excel sheet that is ACID compliant. You rely on that for your core business and you are screwed.

about 3 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

wezelboy She got her letters wrong (255 comments)

It should be more RMS, less Zuckerberg.

Fixed that for ya Chelsea.

about 3 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

wezelboy Re:Himalayan Blackberries (290 comments)

I loathe the Himalayan Blackberry. The berries, while large and numerous, are bland. They store a lot of energy in their roots quickly, so once they get a foothold, they send out shoots everywhere- especially after you cut them back.

Goats are the best remedy. I had a single goat clear an acre of 8-10' tall bramble in a span of a few months. For good. They eat new shoots as soon as they appear until the blackberry roots have expended all their stored energy.

If you don't have a goat, then you must remain vigilant. I have a zero tolerance policy towards blackberries. If I see one on my property, it dies.

about 3 months ago

Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

wezelboy Perfect (310 comments)

I want my son to be a douchebag tech startup CEO by the time he is 25. Sounds like he needs more computer time.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

wezelboy mysql workbench? (281 comments)

That's the way I like to dumb it down for myself.

about 3 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

wezelboy Public owned cooperative (338 comments)

Government owned distribution has its drawbacks, but what about a public owned cooperative? It would operate like a corporation except that the shareholders are also the customers. There are two sticking points to this approach though- initial capitalization and competition. Startup costs for this kind of enterprise are not insignificant, and even if a cooperative could be established, existing providers would slash their fees (to the point of taking a loss) to insure that a cooperative would not gain market foothold.

about 4 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

wezelboy Re:I'm assuming here... (769 comments)

You were supposed to say 'George Soros" not "Michael Bloomberg'. At least get your right wing talking points right.

about 4 months ago

HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

wezelboy Not again! (100 comments)

Their last update bricked broadcom blades of the G1 variety.

about 4 months ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

wezelboy Re:Well. (195 comments)

boochiboochiboochiboochi is acceptable as well here in the states.

about 4 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

wezelboy What pinball? (283 comments)

Depends on the pinball machine. Pinbot? Definitely.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

wezelboy Re: Roll your own... (410 comments)

That might by you some time at best. You can wipe the server drives, but then you will be charged with contempt or worse obstruction of justice. The first you may hear of it is your front door smashed in and cops with guns (and a warrant) in your house.

1 year,10 days

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

wezelboy Re:Roll your own... (410 comments)

Let's get hypothetical...

One of your nephews or cousins that uses your e-mail server decides to purchase a pressure cooker online. He also has some friends in Europe that he e-mails once in a while. What do you do when the NSA asks you for all the e-mails stored on your server?

1 year,10 days

Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

wezelboy Make the USPS a branch of Homeland Security (867 comments)

They have agents in every neighborhood in the US that are perfectly capable of spying on Americans under the pretext of "delivering mail".

You think I'm joking?

1 year,26 days

Are Amazon Vine Reviews of Technical Books a Joke?

wezelboy Guilty as charged (126 comments)

I've totally written crappy vine reviews. Quite a few in fact. I'm sorry.

The bottom line is when I get my Vine newsletter, most of the time all of the stuff that I might consider buying/reading is already gone. I don't know if Vine has 'favorites' program where certain people get access to items before others, but most of the time Vine is a bust for me. I'm left with the items/books that are leftover- which often means technical books. I'll get these things if I have an interest in the topic, but I just don't have the time to delve into the finer points of signal processing. It will sit on my shelf and gather dust until I find something I want on Vine that is actually available, then I have to write a review to be able to get that thing.

I've pretty much given up on Vine. It's a waste of time, and not worth the guilt of writing a crappy review. Even if you write a heartfelt review, people will mark it as unhelpful anyway. Call me jaded.

about a year ago

The DNA Data Deluge

wezelboy Re:Digital DNA storage anyone ? (138 comments)

When I had to get the first draft of the human genome onto CD, I used 2 bit substitution and run length encoding on repeats. gzip definitely did not cut it.

about a year ago

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

wezelboy Re:Prior art (322 comments)

BTW, I don't mean to make Davidovits (That's his name) out to be a crackpot. I don't think he is.

about a year ago

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

wezelboy Re:Prior art (322 comments)

I believe that patents in this area have been held by a French chemist for quite some time. (So long ago, they have probably expired) If you do a google search on "Geopolymer" you will find some fascinating stuff. One of his theories is that the blocks of the Great Pyramids were not quarried, but rather cast like concrete.

about a year ago


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