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Comment: Learning curve (Score 1) 448

by dacarr (#46718823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Any OS change is going to have a learning curve. Hell, I had to adjust to using Linux in '01 after having used OS/2 for about four years. Ask yourself this: are you willing to put up with every single user asking you every minute of every day how to do X on the new system? If the answer is not 110% "yes", then you had best hit the EJECT button right now.

Comment: Something of note... (Score 1) 829

by dacarr (#45765501) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

I work in technical support for an ISP. One of the things I must know, natch, is what OS they're using. In cases where it's XP, I will inform (or, as the case is sometimes, remind) them that Microsoft will be ending all support for their OS of choice, and that now is the time to upgrade. My one regret is that these users have waited so long, resulting in that they must now upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Well, OK, they can probably get a copy of Win 7 from Newegg or somesuch.

The Almighty Buck

Money Python: Florida Contest Offers Rewards In 2013 Everglades Python Hunt 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the badger-badger-badger-badger-mushroom dept.
Press2ToContinue writes "Dubbed the Python Challenge, the month-long contest will award $1,000 for the longest python and $1,500 for the most pythons caught between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10 in any of four hunting areas north of Everglades National Park and at the Big Cypress National Preserve. Pythons have been spreading through the Everglades for years, posing a threat to the sensitive ecosystem by preying on native species. Some estimates put their number in the tens of thousands. Last year, 272 pythons were removed from the wild, state figures show."

Comment: ...what's the point? (Score 0) 156

I'll be frank, I've never fully understood the basic concept of a flu vaccine.

Sure, flu season comes around, and a lot of people come down with the $animal plague. A few die from complications, but by and large, we get over it.

Enter into it, here, the current vaccine. It protects against a prior strain, but that leaves any new strain open to attack without reprisal. People get the flu, accordingly.

It's not to say it isn't completely without benefit, as I do know a few people who take it to keep from getting ill, and it's mostly because they have respiratory issues. But really, aren't we just protecting ourselves from something that really is more of a bogeyman that makes us miserable for a few weeks out of the year?

Comment: Ha! You can't see me! (Score 1) 56

by dacarr (#42071805) Attached to: Cloaking Technology Could Protect Offshore Rigs From Destructive Waves
I suppose this would assume that waves have some intelligence, and are attacking these ships. I'm of the opinion that these waves are more like the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, where you would be better off covering your eyes with a towel to fool them into thinking the ship - or at least, the crew - are invisible.

Well, it would probably just do as much good.

Comment: I'm in an apartment complex, you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 253

by dacarr (#41829687) Attached to: EFF And Others Push For Open Wifi APs Everywhere
I live in apartments in the Seattle area - in fact, I'm a few miles out from the Microsoft campus. We get people who don't use the ILEC or incumbent cable co, the latter whose name sounds like "bombast" - because they're cheapskates ,so they filch off of others' open wifi.

This includes the front office. Which they used for sharing, and that includes file sharing - which poses a risk, in this day and age, for cancelling all internet service for the front office, something they rely on.

Personally, I need to have a notice eating at my mail like I need a hole in my head. It might push security by the openness, but I don't need to be spending too long setting this stuff up - I have homework.

Comment: PEX and Ethernet (Score 1) 372

by dacarr (#41799795) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?
Gonna reinforce here.

PEX tubing for your plumbing is pretty damn cool, and pretty cheap. No worries at all about pipe corrosion if you have funky water, and they tend not to burst. Moreover, the right kind of box can set your valves for all fixtures in one central location. The bad news, however, is that you can't just cut the valve if you're on the commode and the commode suddenly springs a leak on the intake.

As for hardline networking, just do it. Have a wifi spot for guests and laptops, but for desktop boxes, well, wifi never really made sense to me - and besides, it's hard to beat the reliability of a copper CAT6E line, or fiber, or....

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum