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Comment: Re:Tell me again... (Score 1) 538

by farrellj (#46376651) Attached to: U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

It's another bubble, and we shall see who is going to suffer when the education bubble bursts. I know students who would have to work half their lifetime to pay back the "student debt", but the same universities are attending have dramatically cut the number of tenured profs, while "part time" profs and TAs have to cover more and more of delivering the course load...and are purposely kept at "part time" status to the point they school will drop courses to make sure they don't work more than the number of hours the law says you must treat them as full time staff.

Universities, like governments, should not be run like companies, since education suffers when you do so.

Comment: Re:amused that they talk about the DT environs (Score 1) 136

by farrellj (#45380053) Attached to: Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

Truth!

I do know all of those operating systems, and many more. But, I was trying to inject a bit of humour too! If you take Linux, or anything (hint *BSD/Debian users...) too seriously, you annoy people, and make them less likely to use your operating system. Slackware (come on, *think* about the name!!!) is never going to be able to take itself too seriously! And that is why I still use it, as well as Mint, Mac OS, and Windows 7 (at least on this system...). One of the few nice things you can do since Apple switched to Intel from Motorola/PPC hardware!

Comment: Re:amused that they talk about the DT environs (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by farrellj (#45364079) Attached to: Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

Actually, us Slackware Users us whatever the fsck we want, because we know how to do it all! CDE, KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment, raw X, screen, and anything else we can dig up. We not only know how to use it, we customize it so that other users on the same machine have a hard time time using it! What's more, we probably also know how to use Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, SUSE, Debian, Arch, *BSD, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac OS (7-10), and another dozen operating systems that most of you haven't heard of! We can even make Windows useful! We Kick OS BUTT!

All single OS users must cringe in the shadow of our awesomeness!

Really!

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 655

Even that's not good enough. I work in the electronics industry and the educated and schooled engineers fuck up far more than the merely "educated but unschooled" I.T. staff. And this is saying a lot, because we are a Windows shop.

Well there's your problem!

Windows aims to be a simple OS for the masses...as opposed to Unix which is aimed at computer geeks and engineers.

I would be surprised to see the same comment ending in..."AIX shop" or "Solaris shop" for example.

ttyl
          Farrell

+ - GPS Patent Troll takes it on the chin!->

Submitted by farrellj
farrellj (563) writes "Dovden Investments, labelled as a Patent Troll by many, got more than they bargained for when they went after Ottawa developer Larry Dunkelman. Mr. Dunkelman wrote BusBuddy, an app that takes GPS and scheduling data from OC Transpo, the local city bus service, and predicts when the bus you are waiting for will actually arrive. But when Dovden came along and asked for $10,000, as a "licensing" fee, Dunkelman got angry, and decided to fight. He hired an ace intellectual property and started chipping away at the company's claims...very successfully! And it went so good that Dovden has discontinued the suit, probably for fear of having a precedent established against them, and are now being chased by Dunkelman and his lawyer for legal costs. But Dovden has worse problems...the Canadian Urban Transit Association, representing transit agencies national wide, has filed suit to have Dovden's patents declared invalid!"
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Comment: Re:Movies (Score 5, Funny) 322

by farrellj (#44761319) Attached to: What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

Books can be very immersive! For example, back when I first read Larry Niven's book Ringworld, I had an interesting experience...

I was bicycling through a bunch of allotment gardens, and noticed on plot had nothing but sunflowers...and I started to panic. SUNFLOWERS!!! Then I realized that it was cloudy that day, so I was safe....then I figuratively kicked myself...I was on Earth, not Ringworld!

That's Immersive!

Comment: Re:Until /tmp fills up (Score 1) 251

by farrellj (#44620407) Attached to: Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

Unix, and by extension, Linux does exactly what you tell it to, no more, no less.

First of all, if your server is filling up so fast, why don't you have any tools that monitor it? Even simple tools like old Big Brother (Or one of it's open source clones) will notify you with an email, SMS message to your phone, or even a voice call. Also, if all your logs are not compressed except for the current ones, then you don't have logrotate.d configured properly, and if you have lots of servers, then you probably have a devoted remote logserver.

Basically, what you are complaining about is that *you* don't know how to set up logging, monitoring and management on a Linux system.

Comment: Re:Return of the acoustic modem (Score 3, Informative) 180

by farrellj (#44575537) Attached to: MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

I just found the information on the device I have...it's called the Konexx KOUPLER, and it's pretty snazzy! Their web site claims speeds up to 26.4 Kbps. But I guess that is under ideal conditions...Web site says they still sell it, and it's $150 US.

More information here: http://www.konexx.com/koupler.htm

p.s. I have no connection with these guys other than the fact I have used their product in the past, and found it to be a wonderful part of a Road Warriors's toolkit!

Comment: Re:Return of the acoustic modem (Score 1) 180

by farrellj (#44574693) Attached to: MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

Wow, I can now dust off my high-speed acoustic coupler! It would plug into the phone line out on a modem, and give you a decent percentage of the 14.4 Kbaud, say anywhere from 40-80%, depending on the phone, etc. I bought it because it meant that I could do support on Unix systems even if the only net connection I had available was a pay phone!

Comment: Re:Mutually Assured Destruction (Score 5, Interesting) 175

by farrellj (#44360601) Attached to: How Joel Spolsky Shot Down a Microsoft Patent In 15 Minutes

So let's change the rules...create a Kickstarter campaign to fund a patent-bounty system. If funded, the fund pays out $10 per-patent that is squashed. Suddenly, it becomes a game for people to compete with each other to kill off patents. Even if a person can only do one an hour, that is better pay than minimum wage in many US States, or around the world. And once a year, they can throw a conference, and give out awards to the top "sharp-shooters" who kill off the most patents!

Turn killing bad patents into a game where you can make money, and we can have the patent-trolls slain in short order!

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