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Comment: Me (Score 1) 178

by Beacon11 (#49004979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: With Whom Do You Entrust Your Long Term Data?
I trust myself. Get a plug computer with a few USB3 ports, set up software RAID with external hard drives, and you have a server that can run ownCloud using less power than your desktop when it's off. It's worked for me for years. My family uses ownCloud for shared calendards, uses ownCloud for our contacts, and stores all pictures/music/etc. on ownCloud. Bonus: You can host other websites on there as well (I have a few blogs), keeping even more data to yourself!

Comment: It depends on your reasons (Score 2) 700

by Beacon11 (#48976221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
Both my wife and I were homeschooled, and we both firmly believe it was one of the best things our parents did for us. You can make it work, but make sure your children continue to socialize (e.g. sports and music did it for us). Do it wrong, and you can screw your kids up. That said, public school gone wrong screws kids up, too. But do it right, and your kids can really flourish in an environment that caters completely to their learning style.

You also need to analyze your reasons. Homeschooling isn't easy-- you need to take your reasons seriously enough to be motivated and organized to make sure your kids stay on track. Reasons that don't truly motivate you as homeschooling parents will cause you to lose your drive, at which point they turn into "those homeschoolers."

+ - Interesting TSA bomb-defusing techniques-> 1

Submitted by Beacon11
Beacon11 (1499015) writes "Considering traveling with any amount of jury-rigged electronics? Your success may vary depending on whether or not the TSA personnel looking at your property watch shows like 24, and whether or not your wires are red. Based on the experience of a few engineers who traveled with a stereo vision rig exposing power and synchronization wiring harnesses, the TSA may decide to start clipping wires."
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Comment: Re:More facetime (Score 1) 1145

by Beacon11 (#43257545) Attached to: SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes
Amen. I'm a guy and I probably would have been uncomfortable with their comments as well. In fact, I'd be just as uncomfortable if a woman made similar jokes. However, I don't look upon either as being sexist, I simply look upon them as being off-color. I think of bad language in the same way.

Comment: Re:This is a loaded question (Score 1) 951

by Beacon11 (#42039903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
I'm in the same boat as fearofcarpet-- I use Linux for speed. All I use Windows for is gaming. Other than antivirus, I actually have nothing else installed-- no cygwin, no bash, no perl, etc. And I'm still not surprised that Windows is slow. Linux and Windows are on separate mechanical hard drives with the same model number-- Linux boots in seconds, Windows boots in minutes. Linux logs in in seconds, Windows logs in (and finishes... whatever it's doing) in minutes. "Running in a dream" is a perfect analogy for Windows.

Comment: OpenEmbedded (Score 1) 135

by Beacon11 (#37772850) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which OS For an Embedded Display Unit?
You can't go wrong with OpenEmbedded. BitBake recipes are ideal. It doesn't really sound like you need something as full-blown as Android, but I may be wrong. You say you need app management-- it would be nice to have some more details here, e.g. will the end-user be installing and removing apps on his or her own? I ask because it sounds like it's the only feature specific to Android you would actually use. I bet maintaining a BitBake repo would work just as well in your situation, but I'm just guessing. I would take a look at the Gumstix Overo platform.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington