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Comment: Radio Collars (Score 4, Funny) 117

by notthepainter (#45451035) Attached to: Rigging Up Baby
My ex-brother-in-law is a wildlife biologist. He's done a lot of field work. He told a story at Christmas a few decades back. He took his 7 year old son out hiking is some deep woods. Being concerned if something went wrong he put a radio tracking collar on him, just part of the stuff in his lab. I asked him how it worked. He deadpanned, "I hated shooting him with the tranquilizer dart from the helicopter." I almost lost my egg-nog.

Comment: Re:Been doing it for 2 decades now - love it (Score 1) 114

by notthepainter (#44603841) Attached to: Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT Worker
Thank you!

I was out on the road and couldn't respond. Glad you did for me.

Yes, I did OS X before then. And before then it was MacOS 9 and then 8. And before that was System 7. And before that was System Software 6. Before that was SunOS (not Solaris, and MassComp, remember them?). Before that was VMS and before that was RXS-11M. Before that I was at MIT, best one I remembered was called Q on Perkin-Elmer hardware. You had to call out "Ok to to compile" before compiling. Of course some ITS and a smidge of Lisp machines. Then it was PDP-8 assembly language. Oh wait, one more. A Frieden Flexo-writer. Yes, that means I have cut and pasted with scissors and glue.

Now get offa my lawn.

Comment: Been doing it for 2 decades now - love it (Score 5, Interesting) 114

by notthepainter (#44600695) Attached to: Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT Worker
I'm an iOS developer (and used to do OS X) who has worked at home for over 2 decades now. I did have one year where the new boss wanted me in the office. (I upgraded bosses via the resume route eventually.) And I once was laid off because I refused to move halfway across the country (new boss wanted me sitting there.) You need discipline to not blur the line between home and work. For me that means regular hours and an office with a door that shuts. Once place I lived even had the office in a studio that was attached but I needed to go outside to get to it. I loved it. Family also knows what working means and treats it as such. I wouldn't change it for anything.

Comment: Re:Cool, but... (Score 2) 280

by notthepainter (#39728467) Attached to: Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

Not an excuse. They are a "premium luxury" brand. If they couldn't do right by the customer with the parts they had on hand then they should have given the customer a better replacement.

I'm typing this on a MacBook that Apple gave me. You see, my previous had failed and been repaired twice. On the third failure, they gave me a brand new machine. Not identical to the old one, but a brand new one. This is Apple's "three strikes" policy. If a machine needs a third repair, in warrenty or under Apple Care, just pick out a new one with the same size, hard drive, and memory as the defective one.

That's doing right.

Comment: Good but hard... (Score 1) 480

by notthepainter (#39408395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?
I've spent about 14 of the last 15 years working from home. Mostly full time but some of that was half in the office, half at home. First off, be prepared for a better life. The one thing you can't get more of in life is more time, now you have more time since you're not driving.

Office with a door - Mandatory. You'll find that you'll always be "on" and that is bad. Telecommuters either slack off (and get fired) or work too much. I love my current setup, my current office cannot be accessed from my home, it has a separate entrance. So my commute is about 10 seconds of walking.

Hours - You'll want regular hours and stick to them. Again, this is to prevent overwork. It is also good in the begining to prevent goofing off.

Water Cooler - you don't have one. You will be out of the loop on everything that goes on in the home office. Oh well. 90% of that was crap anyhow. Missing the 10% can hurt you, but don't worry. You'll get by.

Perception - All of your co-workers will think you are goofing off. So you will be held to higher standards then they are. That's ok, they get to fight traffic on I-whatever twice a day. If you work 9-5 you are home at 5:00:01.

Headset - get a nice one. And I don't mean a $100 Bluetooth one. A $10 wired one that is comfortable is far better.

Pets - get a cat or fish. I have 4 fish tanks in my office. I'd love to let the cat in but with the walk outside that's just asking for trouble with her.

Enjoy your new life, congrats!

Comment: I got a job from /. posting... (Score 4, Interesting) 554

by notthepainter (#33741030) Attached to: "Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept.

My name is shared with a very famous (dead) person so I'm hard to google. But of course he had my email address. From that he found my geocaching account, liked that I made puzzles (he was looking for a game developer) from that found my /. postings, liked what he saw.

Yeah, I got the job and it was fun, but it creeped me out. I hardly ever post anywhere anymore.

Except, of course, for this...

Comment: You clearly are willing to pay... (Score 3, Funny) 359

by notthepainter (#33705932) Attached to: US Banks That Offer Transaction History?

You are clearly willing to pay a little bit for this, since you don't mention any extra fees. So this sounds like a service opportunity to me.

For only $3.99/month I'll deliver your csv records to you. Just send me you account and password information. Might as well give me your social, mother's maiden name, and favorite color.

No problemo...

Comment: Re:CMU Sphinx (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by notthepainter (#32973490) Attached to: Open Source Transcription Software?

Both options are just back-ends, you'll have to write a front-end. However, it shouldn't be too hard to do that

Actually, it can be rather hard to do that. I was one of the founders of MacSpeech and there is a surprisingly large set of details you have to deal with, punctuation, capitalization, etc... Of course since you wouldn't be making a commercial product much of the gloss need not be coded but once you have the engine, the part that takes the audio source and converts it to text, you still have a large amount of work left over.

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