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Comment: Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (Score 1) 953

by dugjohnson (#43519685) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade
Maybe I didn't understand your comment, but do you believe that medical software doesn't need access to the internet?
Connectivity is actually mandated by some of the meaningful use requirements and there are more coming. That said, the US government has made a lot of incentive money available for people to update their software to meet those requirements, so the 10,000 cost could have been defrayed by some planning on the part of the practitioner.
And, yes, I have spent much of the last 10 years writing medical software in exactly this market.

Comment: Sandwich Man (Score 1) 119

by dugjohnson (#43338105) Attached to: Brown vs. Startup Over a Sandwich
I was a "sandwich man" when a student at a different Ivy League school. In that case I had no choice but to buy from food services. You were not allowed to sell or deliver to the dorms unless you were authorized by food services.
This is, most likely, a case of Brown having its own service and not wanting the competition.

Comment: Re:I grew up listening to music on the radio (Score 2) 749

by dugjohnson (#43248627) Attached to: Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?
I grew up with the same thing (AM radio, no less) and I've lost most of my highs in both ears and a lot of everything in my right ear at this point, so mono works fine for me...in fact, listening to some OLD recordings from the sixties and seventies when they really thought that separating the voices into different tracks was cool makes listening on headphones nearly impossible...I get left track only. Although a great take on the backup singers sometimes, depending on the mix. Frankly, if you stand behind me with a drum and a bass, I'm pretty much set for rest of my life.

+ - What's on those boxes? Preparing to move a data center.

Submitted by dugjohnson
dugjohnson (920519) writes "The data center that holds the boxes that run the various and sundry pieces of our applications is being dismantled. We are moving from individual computers to VMs and from one location to another. I am an application developer, not a hardware or network guy. My department "owns" about 50 of the boxes that are being moved and they have not been well documented over the years. The people who are really going to do all the heavy lifting want to know what is on the boxes and the dependencies, ports, connections. While it's a team effort, my team is supposed to take the first run at our boxes.
What is the process for going about this? I supposed I could just get a login for each of the 50 boxes and go poke around, but I'm willing to be that isn't "best practice". I've done some initial looking, but most of the suggestions I've found so far tell me to check the documentation and to figure out the things I want to figure out. I believe I understand "what" I'm trying to accomplish, including documenting what is there to make it easier next time, but I could use some guidance on the how."

Comment: Make the lawyers code it (Score 1) 130

by dugjohnson (#42912163) Attached to: EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents
To be able to bring a patent infringement lawsuit in these software cases, they should require the lawyers to do the coding live. It would either slow them up, or make the courtroom more interesting. You'd at least have an idea that the people involved knew what they were doing.

Comment: Re:As an art student... (Score 1) 194

by dugjohnson (#42477873) Attached to: The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles
In the US, the principle is that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Whether what they did was right or wrong according to our (yours, mine) standards is irrelevant in a court of law...what matters is if they are convicted of doing something illegal.
Another principle of US jurisprudence is that everyone deserves a fair trial including having a lawyer, even if they can't afford one. And that the lawyer is to act on their behalf...again, whether what they did was right or wrong (or even legal or illegal). It is the basis of the innocent until PROVEN guilty thing.
And if I am in court as a defendant, I certainly don't want my lawyer deciding that what I did was wrong so he isn't going to defend me properly.
Like it or not, if the lawyers of the prosecution couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did the deed, he deserves to go free...in the US. And, no, I don't consider that evil.

Comment: Re:As an art student... (Score 2) 194

by dugjohnson (#42461999) Attached to: The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

I'm kind of glad I'm not a lawyer, since I don't need to attempt to persuade a judge that up is down and black is white.

I agree. MFWAL (My father was a lawyer) and he was paid to defend people, whether what they did was right or wrong...and he was very good at his job. So if a lawyer is paid to argue that up is down and black is white, that the lawyer will do.
My father didn't always win (USUALLY, but not always) and I can remember him talking to a con in prison on the phone...very pleasant, cordial, helpful, polite. I questioned him about why he was so nice to the guy, who really was "not a nice person". His reply..."Everybody else is beating up on him in there, somebody should be good to him."
Not all lawyers are evil. That said, I don't think I could do it for a living.

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