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Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

writermike Re:Seriously... (260 comments)

If I haven't seen it, it's new to me! :D

more than 3 years ago
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Gaming Without a Safety Blanket

writermike The OregonLive image caption (79 comments)

Love the caption on the OregonLive image:
Tom Bissell manipulates the controller while playing "Flower," a mellow video game his nieces enjoy.

Ah... right, yeah, his "nieces."

more than 4 years ago
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Why Top Linux Distros Are For Different Users

writermike Re:What nonsense! (496 comments)

There's a lot of "If I don't need it, no one needs it" arrogance in the OS community. Part of it comes from "it works for me, I don't care about you" (which is just fundamental human nature); part of it is the longstanding "RTFM" tradition (i.e., the root geek community that Free Software sprung from put a high premium on self-help.

Well, there is another possibility. I am not a programmer nor pretend to be one. However, from what I know, it's not a particularly easy endeavor. If I were a programmer and I had spent my volunteered time to do something really hard at the end of which someone came to me and said, "Hey that's great, but I need it this way," I'd probably be resistant. That's not to say I shouldn't make the change, I'd just be resistant. I'd want to try to make them see why MY way is a better way. That could degrade into arrogance quite easily, but, honestly, I might just be tired and thought the project done!

Anyway, that's another possibility.

more than 4 years ago
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What Happened To the Bay Bridge?

writermike The real problem. (407 comments)

The real problem is the bay. Get rid of the bay, you have no more bridge problem.

That's the kind of mavericky thinking we need today and America.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computers Suck At Math

writermike Ridiculous. Patriots always win. (626 comments)

Look, you guys can talk trash all you want, but when you say this:

>>Patriot defense system failing to take down a Scud missile attack

You're just lying to yourself. The Patriots defense is awesome this year. I mean, was there really ANY point for the Titans offense to show up a couple of weeks back?

And the Scuds? C'mon man. They let go their best man two seasons ago. The QB can't hit the broadside of a barn and their entire wide-receiver corp has Jello hands anyway. The missile attack is a gadget play, pure and simple. Belichick sees right through that and you know it.

Haters need to stop all the hatin' and get on the Pats bus!!!!! GO PATRIOTS!

more than 4 years ago
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Postmortem for a Dead Newspaper

writermike Re:Original Blog Posting (219 comments)

I skimmed it. In other words ignore the end users of your product at your peril.

Good point. Newspapers for so long were more authoritarian and, perhaps, sometimes arrogant. We get information to which YOU don't have access. We then present that information to you in a way YOU can understand. YOU need US.

The Internet, at some point, demanded newspapers regard their readers as more than consumers. It seems some newspapers have a problem with that.

about 5 years ago
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C64 Emulator Finally Approved For iPhone

writermike Re:No way will Apple allow BASIC (214 comments)

It seems that trying to predict Apple's actions is not terribly easy. I don't really care if they get Basic enabled. I really just want to play games.

What's interesting, however, is you can break into Basic in the app right now.

Here's how you do it.

1. Launch the app.
2. Tap the power button to power on the C64.
3. Tap the Advanced button on the bottom right.
4. Turn the option "Always show full keyboard" on.
5. Tap the "My Games" button on the lower left.
6. Run any game.
7. Tap the "Extra" button under the game screen.
8. Tap the RESET button on the left.

The app launches BASIC.

I don't know if it's fully functional, but it will run the "10 PRINT "I AM SO GREAT!!!!!!" / 20 GOTO 10" program, which is about the extent of my programming skills.

Disclaimer: I did not discover the above. It was posted on Engadget.

more than 5 years ago
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Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

writermike Re:Upgrade cost (459 comments)

$46,345 -- That DAMN Apple tax. There's no way the same amount of Linux systems would cost that much.

more than 5 years ago
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Text Comments Out In YouTube "National Discussion" of Health Care

writermike It's a compromise. You honestly don't know this? (287 comments)

Color me trolled.

Look, this is plainly a compromise that tries to cull wheat from chaff. Don't believe me? Go look at any major American newspaper website. Pick any random story and dive into the comments. Now, take note of the insults, the extremely partisan rhetoric (from all sides), the bad grammar, the incredible misunderstandings of the entire point, and, yeah, even hopes that one or the other subjects go die.

It's simply much easier for anyone to click reply and type out, "HURR DURRR UR A FAGGG." Sure, you can do the same with with a web camera -- and apparently some folks are doing so -- but I bet there are going to be much less to go through than if everyone could pop a comment under the story.

more than 5 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

writermike Re:Libraries (600 comments)

no gf

enjoy your hand

more than 5 years ago
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3D Realms Sued Over Failed Duke Nukem Forever Plans

writermike Re:Hope (180 comments)

I really, really, hope that the current work of DnF is not lost. That all the data, code, levels, ..., are going to be released somewhere. Or better, finished into a playable state.

Isn't it possible to find a different developer that can take it over?

I'm wondering if there is any code. I think all we've seen up to this point is some nicely rendered scenes, but are they in-game?

Ah, cynicism.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

writermike Re:Boy oh boy! (414 comments)

Both my father and my grandfather got Ubuntu as their first operating system. I did not want to have to fix all the viruses and spyware and whatnot they'd get from porn and other stuff the internet is for.

WTG outing your father and grandfather as porn addicts! ;-)

more than 5 years ago
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Tool Shows the Arguments Behind Wikipedia Entries

writermike Re:The only real solution to the wiki-wars... (115 comments)

Actually, the final straw was when I added ISBN numbers to J. Edgar Hoover's wikipedia page -- I noticed they were missing, so I looked them up and put them in. How controversial is that? It got reverted by a wikipedia admin (JayJG) with an ideological axe to grind. Twice.

On the surface, it seems like a silly revert, but what was the context here? Was it an article about the current stimulus package where Democrats accused some Republicans of Hooverism? If so, ISBN numbers may have looked like a different statement: "Hey! Read these books to find out just how much of a bonehead Hoover was!!!!!!!!"

I suppose the larger point is one can find bias in nearly everything. It's just like listening to songs in reverse. Go slowly enough and you're sure to find a naughty word.

more than 5 years ago
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CastleCops Anti-Malware Site Closes Down

writermike Re:Hostile Action from Spammers (68 comments)

Either we need a lot more volunteers, or we need to start imposing the the death sentence on convicted spammers and get the root problem solved.

Right. Kudos to Microsoft for picking up a good member of the community. I sincerely hope he'll be able to help. Whatever platform you use, spam and trojans diminish everyone's experience.

Still, even if Paul Laudanski's expertise is top-notch, he was but one piece of the larger community. This isn't quite like a government where someone leaves to work elsewhere. In those cases, a system takes over, pushes a person into the vacated position, and business continues. In this case, the community is now closed, the members scattered.

I sincerely don't want to paint all this as MS business-as-usual. Heck, Paul wasn't forced to except the position. Still, the result is awfully close to embrace, extend, extinguish. No, MS doesn't want more trojans or spam, but by Paul leaving, an entire community is gone.

Obviously, the internal cynic has prevailed here. Perhaps Paul will be instrumental is helping to create a security structure that benefits all O/S for many years to come. I sure hope so.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Finding Part Time Work In IT Unrealistic?

writermike My advice... (396 comments)

It's not completely unrealistic.

(( tl;dr - Find a one-man show who needs help with current workload and is willing to contract out. ))

Let me tell you my quick story: I've been in IT most of my professional life, having made a lateral move from printing (prepress) into working for a hard/software developer in the field. A few years later, after running my own show for about five years, I worked for a helpdesk.

I didn't like working at this helpdesk, but I kept chalking up my displeasure to personal concerns. In the end, I was trying to fit into a management role and I hated management. My anxiety and depression (as I am inclined to) kept building to a point where I literally walked out one day with a serious bent toward harming myself.

Despite my situation, I needed work. I set out to find work in which I could set my own schedule. Now, I _hoped_ for part-time work, but was willing to do full-time if that's all that was available.

The first thing I did is leverage _all_ my contacts. I interviewed with companies with which I already had worked with or employed people I knew. When they asked me about availability, I told them "I would prefer part time, but we can talk about full time."

One contact was a guy who was in the same situation I was during my business' run. I had loads of work, but didn't know how hire or manage people. I never really solved that issue, but he was committed to trying. I started working for him part-time. Today, I work 4 days a week at about 4-6 billable hours a day. The rate is generous.

Now, initially, the hours available were pretty low. (Considering my mental state, I was happy to have a lot of time out.) What's key, however, is that as I learned his customer base and their needs, the customers realized that my colleague's business was simply more available. So, the customers started making more requests and, now, the company has the ability to serve the requests. My hours increased and I can do more if I want.

So, like any other search, you have to network. You have to state what you want, but be willing to compromise. Be nice. Be humble. Be enthusiastic.

more than 5 years ago
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Should You Get Paid While Your Computer Boots?

writermike Wouldn't this cut both ways? (794 comments)

Ok, so maybe I'm not paid for the time my computer boots up. But what about the boss? Is she working non-stop from entrance to exit?

When the spouse calls to complain about the imported ottoman that's off by 17cm than what was advertised?

When she goes to the bathroom?

When the VP comes in to ask a question about yesterday's meeting then digresses onto that awesome play he saw last night on TV?

When the boss spends 15 minutes looking for a binder she knows she "put right here?"

What if she eats lunch at her desk and works the entire time? Does that mean the time can be taken later? Is she docked per chew?

This is all just a little ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago
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First Trek Film Footage Unveiled

writermike Re:Continuity problems already (320 comments)

And as others have mentioned in comments to previous stories here, Chekov wasn't on the Enterprise until later on well after Kirk took command. He really doesn't fit into this movie.

True. But, then again, why did Kahn recognize him in ST2? I recall reading somewhere the explanation that Chekov wasn't a bridge officer during Space Seed. Well, ah, whatever.

more than 5 years ago

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writermike writermike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

writermike (57327) writes "I haven't worked exclusively at a command-line since DOS-days. ('tis sad, I know) Earlier today while listening to a podcast that explained in good detail how to install Slackware Linux and how it only comes up to the command-line by default, it got me to wondering: What can't you do at the command-line today? Some things are obvious, like You Tube, but what about other things? If you were sent into an O/S with a command-line, what would you be unable to do?"
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writermike writermike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

writermike (57327) writes "Ever wonder if there's life after I.T.? What if you decided that you've had it with supporting technology. What would you do? For those who jumped ship, what did you do? How was the transition? Are you okay?"

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