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Comment: Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 324 324

This seems to be the biggest stumbling-block... Last standing desks I saw in a store selling office furniture were over $1000. I can't justify that at home, and I doubt that my employer would justify that at work.

I picked up this one on Woot for $300:

http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Liv...

It works reasonably well. It's got a hand crank and cranking it up and down is so tedious that I generally just leave it in the standing position, which is probably a good thing since that encourages me to stand more (though could be a bad thing if I left it in the down position). It's more stable than the $1000 electric desk I have at work, typing doesn't make the monitor move around at all like it does at work.

Comment: Re:Cdn servers are a physical nexus (Score 1) 186 186

Netflix has their cdn boxes everywhere. That's a physical presence

They transfer ownership to the ISP, so they are not owned by Netflix:

https://openconnect.netflix.co...

OCA ownership is transferred to an ISP at no charge and OCAs are fully supported by the Netflix Open Connect Engineering and Operations teams. For ISPs interested in localizing their traffic and working more closely with Netflix, we have delivery options for all sizes of ISPs, guidelines for peering and interconnection, and a collection of frequently asked questions.

Comment: Re:Industrial accidents happen (Score 1) 338 338

Specifically, who violated the lockout tagout rules. If you're going into the cage, it has to be locked out. Sucks that testing is hard without being in there, but these rules are nothing new, and have little to do with the "robot" part.

Exactly, this is just a tragic industrial accident, there are already procedures in place to prevent this type of thing that apply to industrial equipment of all types - hydraulic presses, large walk-in ovens, cutoff saws, etc. Being an industrial robot doesn't make this a special case, it's not as if the robot was stalking him throughout the facility, it had a known safety area, and almost certainly had a proper lockout procedure to keep it from being activated when anyone was within the safety cage.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 2) 483 483

Maybe it will change some more, but I just set up WiFi on a Windows 10 build today and it had an UNCHECKED check box for sharing the password. I would have had to check the box to allow it to share. How many people go around checking boxes?

Probably the same number of people that want to save on mobile data usage with Wifi Sense?

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 5, Insightful) 483 483

The Slashdot summary is pure FUD. In the article itself you can see an image of the settings, with a large checkbox to enable/disable sharing with Outlook, Skype and Facebook independently and it also has a large slider above those where you can disable it entirely.

Did you read the box?

Save on mobile data usage with Wifi Sense. Join in and get connected to WiFi. By using WiFi Sense, you agree that it can use your location.

Who doesn't want to save on mobile data usage!? How many people will opt-out? Where does it say that by opting in that they are sharing their Wifi passphrase with everyone they share to? It may be obvious to you, but not to 99% of the people that will run Windows 10.

Comment: Re:No rear camera? (Score 1) 834 834

It does have 360 degree camera coverage.
The pilot wears a VR helmet and can "see through the aircraft" by turning his head.
What this guy is saying is that the helmet is so bulky he couldn't turn his head to see behind him.

Sounds like a pretty poor UI choice -- why force the pilot to physically turn his head all the way around him to see a virtual representation of what's behind the aircraft? It may be intuitive, but pressing a button to flash the rear-view on his visor sounds much more efficient, especially if the computer has already highlighted potential threats.

Comment: No rear camera? (Score 1) 834 834

"The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft."

Maybe the military should have paid for the $750 "rear camera package" that's already in wide use in minivans. For what the aircraft cost, it should have 360 degree spherical camera coverage with automatic threat identification so even if the pilot's not looking behind him, he'll get an alert when the camera detects an aircraft approaching from an angle where he can't see it.

Comment: Re:What was the command? (Score 4, Informative) 153 153

yum update -y && reboot

You're going to type that on 3500 servers?

I think you'll want to use your configuration management platform to kick off the update. That's how we did it -- applied the update to the dev servers, did some testing, then the same to qa, then preprod, then finally to the production servers. Took us more than 2.5 hours to test and validate everywhere, but actually pushing out the patch to 1200 servers was a single line command.

Comment: Re:Licenses (Score 1) 119 119

And cue the screams of the people who think they can just buy one, strap it on, and ascend to 1km ... without a pilot's license. For yes, even more so than for drones, these will be classified as manned aircraft and there are already tons of federal regulations regarding operations of such.

Are you sure a pilots license is required? No license is required to fly an Ultralight aircraft.

Though I doubt that anyone with $150K to spend on one of these things is going to cringe at spending a few thousand more on training -- nor would they be dumb enough to try to fly one without testing and/or certification.

Comment: Re:There is a saying ... (Score 1) 89 89

Where I used to work, there were a few short terms for idiots who ignored or violated security standards: CEO, CFO, Legal, etc. They'd pass all these security measures for protecting data, and then say, "Oh, but not for me."

One of them had they RSA keyfob security code statically set at "111111" because it was just too hard to type in the digits (or they changed too quickly, I forget which.)

He got written up in the security exception reports and such, but was high enough to be able to override it.

At least it wasn't the code to the planetary air shield generator: 12345.

How did he get RSA to custom produce a keyfob with static numbers?

Comment: Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 2) 940 940

Actually, what's the harm in living in a trailer? It's possible to at least own a dwelling ...

If you mean an actual RV type trailer as opposed to a mobile home that's meant for full-time living, lack of insulation in the winter is a problem - the furnace in my parent's RV can't even keep the temperature comfortable in 35 degree (F) weather - the poorly fitting drafty single pane glass doesn't help either. I can't imagine it being usable in 10 degree winter temperatures.

Comment: Re:When? (Score 1, Informative) 297 297

Or as you are making a backup. A friend of mine thought it would be a good idea to backup their entire laptop drive, reinstall the OS, and then restore their data from the backup. They bought a new external drive to carry out the plan. They backed up the data, and re-installed the OS. The backup data was only going to be the sole copy for a short while, so one drive with the backup aught to be enough for the couple of hours it would take before restoring it, right? No, the brand-new backup drive failed mid-way through the process. It took weeks to recover maybe 3/4 of the files using testdisk.

I think most experienced users know that if a drive is going to fail it will probably do so very early after purchase or years later, but I'd never seen such a horrible demonstration of that expectation for myself. It failed mere hours after putting it to use. Needless to say, they now make sure there are always 2 backup copies during a wipe-and-restore procedure, and I follow that practice too. I would have thought it was paranoid, but it's not.

Two Is One, And One Is None

Comment: Re:IMAX did the right thing (Score 4, Informative) 190 190

IMAX published an apology and admitted they overreacted. IMHO this is exactly the right thing to have done.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...

And they really did apologize, not use the typical "We're sorry that you were offended by our perfectly reasonable actions" fake apology that are so common in these situations:

This is an IMAX-sized mea culpa to you, your team at Ars Technica, and your readers.

We are very passionate about our brand and sometimes we can be overzealous in trying to protect it. Unfortunately in this situation we acted too quickly without truly understanding the reference to our brand.

Again—we apologize for how this was handled and we will try to be better at taking compliments moving forward!

It'd be nice if Slashdot could mention their apology in the summary.

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