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Comment: Re:Many solutions (Score 3, Interesting) 168

by Compunexus (#46197985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
Well that works if each house has a Geek. I have reduced the number of "please help" calls I get since I started getting them to use Bittorrent Sync. It works on almost any platform, does multi-way sync, and is as private as you want it. The caveat I found is that if one person deletes something it gets deleted on all. However, there is a settings file for each sync share that can alter that in a variety of ways. The only limit is the amount of storage that is dedicated to the share. Since everyone has a local copy of the files, even connection speed is not a factor.

Comment: Re:Non-transferable (Score 1) 121

by Compunexus (#36642758) Attached to: Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others

My thoughts EXACTLY! But I would also include that it has to something you ARE producing not just an idea of something you might produce. You also have to send the working item to the patent office to prove it works. That way if you can't make a go of making it and your company fails. The next guy can figure out how to do it better and win. Just because you can dream up a widget but cant keep a budget, that is not a winning business. That my friends, is what doing business is all about. Getting all aspects of business right.

Google

+ - Tech Expertise Not Important in Google Managers 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "For much of its 13-year history, Google has taken a pretty simple approach to management: Leave people alone but if employees become stuck, they should ask their bosses, whose deep technical expertise propelled them into management in the first place. Now the NY Times reports that statisticians at Google looking for characteristics that define good managers have gathered more than 10,000 observations about managers — across more than 100 variables, from various performance reviews, feedback surveys and other reports and found that technical expertise ranks dead last among Google’s eight most important characteristics of good managers (reg. may be required). What Google employees value most are even-keeled bosses who made time for one-on-one meetings, who helped people puzzle through problems by asking questions, not dictating answers, and who took an interest in employees’ lives and careers. “In the Google context, we’d always believed that to be a manager, particularly on the engineering side, you need to be as deep or deeper a technical expert than the people who work for you,” says Laszlo Bock, Google’s vice president for “people operations,” which is Googlespeak for human resources. “It turns out that that’s absolutely the least important thing. It’s important, but pales in comparison. Much more important is just making that connection and being accessible.”"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony’s War on Makers, Hackers, and Innovator-> 1

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ptorrone
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine takes a look at Sony's history of suing makers, hackers and innovators. Over the last decade Sony has been targeting legitimate innovation, hobbyists, and competition. From picking on people who want to program their robot dogs to dance to suing people who want to run their own software on something they bought. Sony has made so many mistakes with technology choices (Memory Stick, Magic Gate, UMD!), perhaps they’ll end themselves soon enough, but until then MAKE is keeping score on Sony's all our war on tinkerers."
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+ - The World’s First Flexible Organic Microproc->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "European researchers at Imec recently announced the development of the world’s first flexible organic microprocessor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco CA. The novel technology harnesses organic semiconductors and has applications ranging from cheaper flexible displays and sensors to high-tech fashion and advanced e-readers."
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Comment: Re:I know businesses that ended because of the ADA (Score 1) 296

by Compunexus (#33061528) Attached to: Dept. of Justice Considers Web For ADA
Frankly you don't have a clue how much is costs to run a business or to buy and ADA compliant lift or build a ramp. So let take one of your premises, using employees to lift the wheel chair gut up the steps. He weighs 300 pounds. One or both of my employees are taken off the job to come outside to lift him and gets hurt. Now I have a workman's comp claim and 1 to 2 employees off work. They dropped the guy and now I have his medical claims to pay and he is filing suit. Next I need to build a Ramp. My store front does not have any space between it and the sidewalk that I can encroach on. So I modify my building at a cost of $50K to meet the "needs" of maybe 4 customers, who won't ever buy that much merchandise from me in their lifetime. So I chop off the end of my steps to put a 4 x 4 foot square lift with the required safety rails and signs. Train my employees how to run it. Have it maintained the required 4 times a year for a first year cost of $48k. BTW a quick survey showed a RESIDENTIAL grade lift is $19k to $25k. That is assuming I can get a good deal on the installation. And again I have to take employees off the job to operate the lift. I now have insurance liability for having and operating the lift. So the handicapped should go where the businesses will spend the money to accommodate them and leave the small business owner alone. If wheelchair guy lives in a small town with no ADA businesses, then either use the small town friendships he has and get help from his friends or move to the big city where there are ADA ready stores.

Comment: If you are healthy consider an HSA. (Score 1) 1197

by Compunexus (#31231236) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
If you are healthy you should consider an HSA, Health Savings Account. The basic idea is an umbrella heath insurance plan for the very big stuff, so that it is cheap. Then tie it to a lifetime medical flex-spending account to pay for the small stuff. What you don't spend each year rolls over into the next year. Over time the account grows large enough to cover you when you are older and possibly having more problems. The trick is to start young and avoid unhealthy lifestyles.

+ - Working Totally In The Cloud As a Web Developer

Submitted by tedcarew
tedcarew (1691364) writes "Lately, with or without realizing, everything is moving to the cloud so fast. I no longer use MS office software or have a 2nd harddrive to backup my data. They are all in the cloud.

After reading an inspiring article: "100% Web-Based Working For Web Designers", realized that it is already so possible to work in the cloud without the need of any software but only an internet connection.

There is an alternative for every desktop application in the web: file management, image editing, storage, etc. Working in the cloud does not only mean portability but also a huge decrease in the licensing costs of softwares used, no need to purchasing stronger computers every year and so. What do you think, is it worth and possible?"
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment: Re:Think second laptop (Score 1) 236

by Compunexus (#27641413) Attached to: Rugged Linux Server For Rural, Tropical Environment?
Forgot to mention that there are quadcore laptops on the market.
A CNET NEWS article: "Xtreme Notebooks has released the first quad-core laptop in the U.S. With no mobile quad-core parts in existence, the Xtreme 917V Accelerator turns to desktop CPUs, giving you a choice between the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and the Q6700. Pricing starts at $3,359."

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Comment: Think second laptop (Score 1) 236

by Compunexus (#27641239) Attached to: Rugged Linux Server For Rural, Tropical Environment?
Running a server in a VM is handy and cheap. But like you said it isn't fast and storage becomes constrained. Sounds like your solution is a second laptop. Make it a moderately beefy laptop and you solve your speed and main storage problem. It is its own UPS. Make it a ruggedized laptop and cost go up a bit, but you solve your climate problems. If more hard drive storage or a backup is needed, plug in a USB drive.

So, there you go. Portable, self contained UPS, weather proof, low power, expandable via USB.

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It is by the juice of Arabica that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion..

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