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Comment: Run away! (Score 4, Insightful) 294

by arcade (#46777467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Given your description, you're the sole sysadmin. This means you're the person who should take these decision - nobody else. If the company disagrees with this, then either you've done a poor job previously, or they don't trust you to do your job for some strange reason.

Now, if it's you that have fscked up on previous occasions, then it's understandable that they want the red tape.

If you haven't, then it's time to put down the foot and say "Nope, that's my job". If they disagree with that - linkedin should be a relatively short distance away, and after you find yourself a new job - simply hand in your resignation pointing out that you have no interest in having babysitters.

Comment: Re:turnover? (Score 1) 142

by arcade (#46642225) Attached to: How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

What repopulates the area? Easy.

Taxes & import duty are very tiny. You've got some of the most beautiful nature you can imagine. There's lots of researchers connected with universities etc. - making for lots of interesting people to talk with.

A lot of the turnover is actually students wrapping up their studies.

Comment: That leaves an interesting idea. (Score 3, Interesting) 137

by arcade (#46452771) Attached to: Drones Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

This is quite an interesting idea. DYI drones are getting more and more common - and there are plenty of people with electronics background who can make the control interface.

Make the commands sent to the drone be sent encrypted/signed - allowing automatic handoffs between controlling terminals.

It would be pretty easy to make drones do the 'chore' of crossing international borders for you. Just put out a couple of 'base stations' that are quiet unless the drone is coming by .. and which directs the drone when it is close.

I'm wondering how well prepared border control / custom agents are for taking down fast moving drones that sweep in pretty low.

Comment: "The Justin Bieber of chess" ?! (Score 4, Interesting) 449

by arcade (#46071743) Attached to: 23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

I'm sorry, but first off - Magnus Carlsen has been an extremely well known chess player since 2004. Justin Bieber was discovered when? 2008?

Secondly, while Bieber is famous for being famous.. Carlsen is famous for using his brain and becoming the world champion of chess. He built his career around his brain. Yes, some fashion agency also discovered his good looks and started sponsoring him and using him as a model - but that's not his main work. It's a hobby thing on the side. Good for him.

For those slightly interested in chess, but not interested enough to normally follow ratings and such - take a look at: for the up to date live ratings.

Aronian is doing a massive jump these days due to Tata Steel. I'm guessing the next WCC match will be between Carlsen and Aronian. They're typically rather evenly matched.

Comment: Re:Too easy to fake + China = FAKE (Score 1) 173

by arcade (#45638567) Attached to: How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner

Uhm. Easy to fake? So, how will they fake out the huge amount of telescopes that will be pointed at the moon when they approach? How do they fake the large amount of listening posts that will listen for the chinese signals from the moon?

Not to mention, flybys by other nations, later, will look for the equipment. It would be kind of embarrassing when nobody can find it. ;)

Comment: Re:How does he do against computers? (Score 5, Informative) 131

by arcade (#45493049) Attached to: 22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion

The computer would not need a history of games of the opponents.

Computer chess has moved so far ahead of human players that Carlsen would have been utterly destroyed. These days, spectators watch the game with chess computers on the side, since the chess computers can tell properly which player is ahead, while spectators wouldn't be able to tell properly.

Chess engines such as Houdini, Stockfish and a variety of others have ratings well above 3100. Carlsen has a rating of 2872. He would be crushed.

Comment: Re:Too used to GNU/Linux to switch (Score 1) 1215

by arcade (#43951067) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

I hear people claiming that about the command line, but this has never rang true to me. We probably use computers in very different ways.

I have two 'defaults'. Either I'm using various terminal based programs, or I use a webbrowser.

email? Check. Using mutt.
IRC? Check. Using irssi.
Web? Chrome.

I need to edit something / write something down? I've never come across anything better than vim (emacs would've been just as useful if it was my editor of choice). I'll write my stuff there, and store it in text files. Calculations? bc is usually all I need. What if I need to manipulate some data files of some random human readable format? I usually just grab for perl.

Almost everything I do, is done either done in the shell, or is done in the webbrowser. Now, my use case is obviously different than yours.

Comment: What keeps me off? Cost, bother, non-familiarity. (Score 1) 1215

by arcade (#43951039) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

I've been using computers since '86. Was a huge fan of DOS back in the day. Didn't like Windows 95 much, but eventually installed it in '98. That didn't last too long - around April or March '09 I figured I should try out Linux. First I went with slack, which didn't work out for me. I seem to remember that I first went for Debian, and then later on for SuSE for some years. Then it was a series of SuSE->Mandrake->SuSE->Ubuntu.

I had to fiddle a bit with Win2000 as a window desktop, and then later fiddle a bit with I think it was Win2000 or was it 2003(?) on a few servers. The main bulk of the servers were Linux and Solaris.

I very seldomly had to help out some XP users. I've barely touched Vista, and I don't think I've seen more than one computer w/Win7 ever. Anything newer than that and I haven't seen it at all.

Now; why won't I touch Windows? Quite simple - I have no clue how to do stuff with them. Family has been converted to Linux (and some Mac) years ago. I wouldn't know a thing about how to get stuff done. I've heard rumors that powershell is kind of cool - but I'm familiar with bash that I guess my only option for windows would've been cygwin - but that feels kind of bastardized instead of just having a desktop I immediately feel familiar with.

I'm pretty sure windows is quite cool for those who knows how to use it, but it ain't me.


Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the now-and-forever dept.
sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.
The Media

What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper? 166

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the one-trillion-dollars dept.
ananyo writes "Nature has published an investigation into the real costs of publishing research after delving into the secretive, murky world of science publishing. Few publishers (open access or otherwise-including Nature Publishing Group) would reveal their profit margins, but they've pieced together a picture of how much it really costs to publish a paper by talking to analysts and insiders. Quoting from the piece: '"The costs of research publishing can be much lower than people think," agrees Peter Binfield, co-founder of one of the newest open-access journals, PeerJ, and formerly a publisher at PLoS. But publishers of subscription journals insist that such views are misguided — born of a failure to appreciate the value they add to the papers they publish, and to the research community as a whole. They say that their commercial operations are in fact quite efficient, so that if a switch to open-access publishing led scientists to drive down fees by choosing cheaper journals, it would undermine important values such as editorial quality.' There's also a comment piece by three open access advocates setting out what they think needs to happen next to push forward the movement as well as a piece arguing that 'Objections to the Creative Commons attribution license are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible.'"
Open Source

The FreeBSD Foundation Is Soliciting Project Proposals 58

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bsd-confirms-netcraft-is-dead dept.
Professor_Quail writes "Following a successful 2012 fundraising campaign, the FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of project proposals for funded development grants. Proposals may be related to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system, and will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness. The proposal process is open to all developers (including non-FreeBSD committers), and the deadline for submitting a proposal is April 26th, 2013." The foundation is currently funding a few other projects, including UEFI booting support.

Comment: Re:de Icaza (Score 1) 815

by arcade (#43089841) Attached to: Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

I remember starting disliking de Icaza back in my university days. Hm, that's a long time ago. Back when de Icaza was starting the Mono think. Ye gods.

However, let me react to one thing you're saying:

I understand that Android does not ship with much GNU or GNOME software, but GNU and GNOME are what built Linux. Without either, the foundations upon which Android runs would never have accreted enough functionality to even think about running a smartphone.

I'm sorry, but this is very wrong. Gnome is the fragmentation. Instead of joining forces with KDE, even after QT was free, they continued down the fragmented road.

de Icaza has done more damage to free software than good. Let me be the first to say 'good riddance'.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse