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Comment: Yellow (TM) (Score 1) 414

by neoevans (#35957232) Attached to: Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple

I have a yellow wood axe (can't recall the brand off hand) with the following imprinted on the handle: "The color Yellow is trademarked..." to whatever company it was. It is absurdities like this that make the world a ridiculous place. But I suppose since none of this capitalist BS means anything outside of our puny little planet, I guess it doesn't have to make sense.

Comment: Capitalism: You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 148

by neoevans (#35930300) Attached to: Righthaven Defies Court In Domain Name Ruling

Forget the legal problems with a company solely dedicated to luring other companies into court, why is Righthaven even allowed to be a company? I'm all for capitalism, but if selling sex (something both natural and legal on it's own) isn't legal, how is intentionally trying to harm other companies and their ability to turn a profit? This is the corporate equivalent of parking a van outside an elementary school with the words "free candy" spray painted on the side.

Comment: FUD much? (Score 2, Interesting) 177

by neoevans (#35848488) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set?

Since when did Slashdot start posting FUD from companies looking to tarnish a competitor's product?

This is exactly the kind of planted review I expect to see in an App Store comment section. 50% from the developers, 50% from the competition.

Listen, I have 3 kids who all love to use the iPad and not one of them can't figure out how to navigate in and between apps. They are ages 10, 6 and 1.5 respectively. I'd call that intuitive.


Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System 88

Posted by kdawson
from the toil-and-trouble dept.
Theosis sends word that an astronomer at the University of Rochester and his colleagues have made the surprise discovery that Alcor, one of the brightest stars in the Big Dipper, is actually two stars; and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the four-star Mizar system, making the whole group a sextuplet. This would make the Mizar-Alcor sextuplet the second-nearest such system known. The discovery is especially surprising because Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. The Mizar-Alcor system has been involved in many "firsts" in the history of astronomy: "Benedetto Castelli, Galileo's protege and collaborator, first observed with a telescope that Mizar was not a single star in 1617, and Galileo observed it a week after hearing about this from Castelli, and noted it in his notebooks... Those two stars, called Mizar A and Mizar B, together with Alcor, in 1857 became the first binary stars ever photographed through a telescope. In 1890, Mizar A was discovered to itself be a binary, being the first binary to be discovered using spectroscopy. In 1908, spectroscopy revealed that Mizar B was also a pair of stars, making the group the first-known quintuple star system."

Comment: Re:OK how do you get jobs like this? (Score 3, Insightful) 783

by neoevans (#29893699) Attached to: Moving Away From the IT Field?
IT isn't about training, it's about being able to find answers and solve problems of a technical nature. Development requires training, although the best developers I know are almost entirely self-taught. The best in IT usually come from other backgrounds, and have an aptitude for technology. The "pure techies" don't go very far. Throw in an MBA, CGA or PMO certificate and you are moving up in IT.

Comment: Plenty of tools available. (Score 1) 528

by neoevans (#28097407) Attached to: Documenting a Network?
While you could very well go about manually documenting every piece of the network, and hope it remains relevant and up to date in the future, this could take weeks and add significant overhead to your role in keeping current. I recommend looking into the many auto-discovery tools available from vendors like HP, BMC, Computer Associates, etc... They aim to store everything in a single database (CMDB) and track any changes or additions by scheduling delta-discoveries whenever you deem fit. The initial setup can be a lot of work, but since you know most of the information required by the auto-discovery tools for accessing system information (usernames, passwords, IP subnets, common services, ports...), it should be pretty straight forward for you. In a larger organization where this information is spread around various groups, it can be a lot more challenging.

HP has a product, formerly by a company called Mercury, that I find works quite well. It would at least be a good place to start looking... Link here. Good luck!

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