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Comment: Re:Some nice looking features/updates (Score 1) 231

by B5_geek (#47205595) Attached to: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

Since I have have started seriously working on BSD systems I have enjoyed the simplicity/straight-forwardness of it's configuration setup. The only thing that keeps me from switching to OpenBSD for all my servers: apt-get dist-upgrade

I have only been bitten in the ass once by this (15'ish years ago), and it makes keeping the system updated so easy.

Comment: Some nice looking features/updates (Score 4, Funny) 231

by B5_geek (#47205269) Attached to: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

I have always admired RH for it's feature set and pursuit of enterprise-related features.
I do however have one gripe: All the config files are in the wrong place!
This isn't a real complaint, more akin to a whine. I have been using Debian for too many years on far too many servers; my muscle memory demands that the config files that I need to edit be located in the same place across distros.
Does anybody know why there is such a difference in file locations? /etc/network/interfaces
vs /etc/sysconfig/network/networking/where/are/the/damn/config/files

Comment: Almost there.... (Score 4, Interesting) 102

by B5_geek (#45860789) Attached to: Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

I don't care about games, but I would love it when they can adapt this technology to give X magic focus powers.

I already use 'Focus follows mouse' on fluxbox, but too often I am looking at a differnt terminal window when I start typing away, and I had forgotten to move the mouse.

[Paranoid Mode] imagine how much more advertising money Google could make if they tracked WHERE you were looking. [/mode]

Comment: Is demand high enough? (Score 1) 126

1st caveat: I am very cheap and never pay for anything that I don't feel like I need.

Is there enough demand for services like this? I have lived in very large urban areas (Toronto) where the public transportation (taxis included) are well used and well implemented. But I still see dozens of empty taxis (at all hours) queued up near theaters, bars, conerts and other similar venues waiting for clients. Empty/Idle taxis are losing money.

I always hear on the radio that taxi companies wanting the city to allow more licenses to be given out, so it appears that there is demand for these services. But alas, i always see a lot of them idle.

I have had to take a taxi 3 times in my life. All three times the fare was over $20. If I were to replace my bike and car for taxis and public transportation it would cost me more then $800 per month, which is almost as much as rent!

Comment: Not every round peg goes in a square hole. (Score 1) 265

by B5_geek (#43017789) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

As many others have pointed out, if there were such a high demand for skilled programmers the base salary/wage would go up. Too often I have seen crazy-stupid job requirements and they are only willing to pay $1 more per hour then MINIMUM WAGE ffs!!!

But I digress, what schools need to teach is critical thinking, and basic logic-reasoning. (aka trouble-shooting)

I don't want to program, I don't like it. I enjoy scripting repetitive tasks. The peak of my programming abilities was realized when I developed custom MIRC events/notices back in ~'96.

Comment: Time to attack! (Score 2) 271

by B5_geek (#37830684) Attached to: Nationwide Test of the Emergency Broadcast System

How kind of them to notify us of when the entire warning system will be disrupted. If I wanted to stage an attack, this would be the perfect chance. All levels of emergency services will be 'confused' and not know what is real and what is fake.

Add the frightened sheep to the mix and it is a perfect chance for an act of terror.

Comment: 3 different cheap DIY 'detectors' (Score 3, Informative) 371

by B5_geek (#37801398) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Radiation Detection For Tokyo Resident?

First and foremost, as others have posted this is too late to worry about it, AND there is nothing to really worry about.

BUT, if you want to approach this as a fun sort of science-fair project that will only tell you 'IF' and not 'HOW MUCH', read on.

You have 3 dirt-cheap and easy ways to detect radioactivity:

1) take an unexposed roll of film (B&W might make it easier to see) and place it near to suspected source. Go develop the film. If you see alot of 'static' then there might be something there. (make sure the place that develops it does the whole roll and doesn't try to malipulate/enhance the image for you) Tell them you will pay for all frames including the 'blank' ones. *For bonus points, you make a frame that you can mount strips of unexposed film to and 'aim' the film at the suspect areas. (make sure you keep the film away from the light)

2) (must be done at night) grab an old phosphor screen (like from an old television), as radiation hits it you will see small flashes of light like static

3) Use a smoke detector. as beta particles pass through the detector, the alarm will go off

Comment: As a Buddisht let me say... (Score 2) 785

by B5_geek (#34798460) Attached to: Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

Good. I honour all living creations (exception being humans), and I very happily endorse any effort that will stop the needless slaughter of non-domesticated flora/fauna.

But on the other hand, if they are so smart; why can't they overcome instinct and jump out of the tuna nets? =)

The lyrics from an Enigma song seem appropiate right now:

"Remember the Shaman, when he used to say: Man is the dream of the Dolphin." ~'Dream of the Dolphin' - Enigma - Cross of Changes - 1994

Comment: I call (Score 2, Interesting) 272

by B5_geek (#33422596) Attached to: EPA Proposes Grading System For Car Fuel Economy

'Greenhouse gas emmisions'?
Does this include the source power generation? Of course not, because some regions use wind/solar/nuclear, which have a vastly different greenhouse gas emmsiions then others.

Why not use SIMPLE standard units. It's up to the buyers to know the source of the fuel.
N/m@0-10km/h, 11-50km/h, 51-80km/h, 81-100km/h

All cars can compete on this scale. If a 3000kg SUV takes 40kN/m to go from 0-10km/h, and an all electric 1000kg Prius takes 5kN to achieve the same task, we can figure out what is better.

They should also mandate the energy density be displayed at all fuel pumps/charging stations.

diesel: 1000N/L
gasoline: 300N/L
natural gas: 200N/L
(my mind is fuzzy on how to apply this to all-electric, but plenty of the folks on here are smarter then I am), but my point still stands.

Label everything based on the one common denominator: energy.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.