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Comment Pay A Patent Fee Every Year (Score 1) 207

Maybe there should a be a fee made a that starts at $1 USD a year and doubles each year. At year 10 a patent should be $1024 at year 20, it would be $1,048,576, at year 30 it would be over a billion to keep that patent.

Change the base or the start point, but my point is the longer you own a patent, the more it should cost in a geometric way.

Comment Re:I almost forgot.... (Score 1) 579

My mom told me Maui Electric sent two different people to check on my her Solar setup, she has these credits from the power company that she can't cash out, but it was nice seeing her go from paying the electric company to being owed money. She was paying about $400 a month, she owes the solar panel installers $13k, I think it was worth it for her. Maybe I should set up some bitcoin mining there.

Also, I was there last week and power went out early in the morning, not sure why. She said it was a common occurrence and killed her LCD TV.

BTW, Hawaii also has a pretty big military installation (Pearl Harbor, Hickam , Schofield, Kaneohe), so I nice chunk of income comes from the military, not just tourism.

Comment Cellphone and Clothes (Score 1) 381

I worked for a company that did not offer cell phones, even to IT folk. They said that they will call my personal cell phone if they needed me on the weekend. Their reasoning is that a cell phone is like clothes, everyone is going to wear them.

It was weird because the company did provide a lot of other tools, personal protective gear, and even had segways on the factory floor so we did not have to walk so much.

So I gave them my land line and cancelled my cell phone. Then one weekend I was out and about, and they could not get a hold of me. Monday I was told to go buy a phone.

Yeah I have clothes (land line) but if the tool you need me to have is a mobile phone much like I need steel toed boots rather than running shoes when working in the shop.

But I don't know if I can pull that today, I am so reliant on my phone. But I did notice when I look in OWA I can remotely delete any mobile device that I have checks email on OWA. We haven't fully implemented our MDM Mobileiron solution, but Exchange already can wipe phones. So I think I would just "give" my phone to my wife or kids, if any employer pulled this on my again and the can call my google voice number.

Comment Q-See vulnerable too (Score 3, Informative) 157

I have the QC444 and you can telnet to it as root with no password.

Also when you access the camera, your creds go out via cleartext and you can easily see what your password is.

ActiveX is used to log in and manage the box remotely, also if you use a password longer than 6 characters, you cannot use the PSS software that they put otu on their web site.

There was also some weirdness with it trying to talk to IP address

Comment Fine or Fee (Score 1) 72

I recall the fire at the Fisher Plaza Colo in Seattle July 2009. They got power up using rented generators they placed on the street.

They were getting fined for have those generators there, but what you gonna do, those customers in your colo need power. But costs like the fine are rolled into the cost of doing business. More like a fee rather than a fine.

Comment Re:I'll take getting a job Alex (Score 2) 630

Totally agree, its a passion for me and I have a BSCS.

I originally went to school for a Civil Engineering degree, one of the requirements was a Fortran programming class, I really liked it and switched to a CS degree.

School forced me to get a wider view of things and where I learned to step out of my comfort zone, I have no interest in being a DBA but learned SQL in school. If it weren't for school, I think I would have not gotten into Unix/Linux at all. I regularly step out of my comfort zone and learn things on my own like Android programming and the Arduino platform.

Now I do Linux and virtualization at work, and I do it as a hobby at home too, I'm sure some here in the slashdot crowd are the same. I like to find out why things are a best practice, .

Pretty sure some out there would say I don't have a life or I am going to burn out soon; right now at over 40, I feel blessed because I like what I do, am good at what I do, and there is a demand for my skills in technology, problem solving and planning. If I wasn't happy with were I am at, I could leave, I've done it before and picked up something new quickly.


Submission + - UEFI Secure Boot, Linux, and Virtualization (dreamwidth.org)

thisNameNotTaken writes: Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in the Windows 8 OS, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface]. This will impact users who want to dual boot other distributions — Linux included. Garrett, a Red Hat employee who works on the Fedora distro, has a solution for the Fedora Linux distro. [http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12368.html].

My question is how the the UEFI issue might effect a users ability to use QEMU [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QEMU] and/or Oracle VirtualBox. Garrett says UEFI will "be moving to requiring signed kernel modules and locking down certain aspects of kernel functionality. The most obvious example is that it won't be possible to access PCI regions directly from userspace, which means all graphics cards will need kernel drivers.".

Does this "signing" mean Windws 8 will not allow any type of vitalization? Are we now heading into an era where software , again, is so limited that an abacus now looks hi-tech.

Comment Evolve or Die (Score 1) 267

I agree with the article statement saying

"The key is to evolve your skills with the demand", its been a far road from editing the config.sys file to understanding VLAN tagging.

Also, one thing I am surprised not on there is virtualization, I think you need a broad set of skills to manage a vmware environment, on the technical side you need to know different OS's, SAN, VLANs, IO etc. Also you need to be able to manage a political minefield where everyone things they should have a high priorty, and justify budgets from different groups using those resources.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.