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Comment: Scouts? (Score 1) 289

by phoenix_orb (#44952029) Attached to: Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission

I was a cub scout, and a boy scout.

I was also a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. MOS is 19D.

"Scouts" as a term predates Baden-Powell (the founder of the scouting movement). He took the term from the definition of reconnoitering - "scouting".

I don't know about the legal ramifications, but I know that they aren't the only organization to use the term "Scouts"

Comment: Re:First purchase (Score 1) 770

by phoenix_orb (#42976353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

I want to apologize beforehand; You sir, are an idiot. If I had the inclination, I would explain the difference between buckshot, deerslugs, and how the tumbling of a ar-15 round can cause major injuries. However, I almost feel as if your response is simply a troll. Your comment about sound in a enclosed space with a firearm shows that you really do not have that much knowledge about SPL level either.

+ - Subject to a "stop and frisk"? There's an app for that.->

Submitted by lightbox32
lightbox32 (1903946) writes "The New York Civil Liberties Union released a free smartphone application on Wednesday that allows people to record videos of and report police “stop and frisk” activity, a practice widely denounced by civil rights groups as mostly targeting minorities and almost never resulting in arrests.
The app was thoroughly criticized by the New York Police Department, which said that the tool might prove useful for criminals."

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+ - Why Young Males Are No Longer the Most Important Tech Demographic->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Atlantic has an article discussing how 18- to 35-year-old males are losing their place as the most important demographic for tech adoption. 'Let me break out the categories where women are leading tech adoption: internet usage, mobile phone voice usage, mobile phone location-based services, text messaging, Skype, every social networking site aside from LinkedIn, all Internet-enabled devices, e-readers, health-care devices, and GPS. Also, because women still are the primary caretakers of children in many places, guess who controls which gadgets the young male and female members of the family get to purchase or even use?' The article points out that most of the tech industry hasn't figured this out yet — perhaps in part to a dearth of women running these companies."
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Space

+ - 'Stacked' Space Station Photos Highlight Star Trails

Submitted by oxide7
oxide7 (1013325) writes "A scientist aboard the International Space Station took extraordinary photos of the start scape from aboard the vessel, using a special technique that highlights their movement.

"Modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image," Pettit explained.

"To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”"
Blackberry

+ - Which carcass is worth more for Microsoft's vultures, RIM or Nokia?->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Nokia and RIM, the two former leaders in the early smartphone market, are now basically at the end stage of their downward spirals. This is an opportunity for Microsoft, which wants to make some inroads in the smartphone market, assuming Microsoft it can play its cards right.

The question is which firm is worth more. Both have their values, especially in the patent areas. In terms of just smartphones, Microsoft would probably gain more from RIM, because it could integrate BlackBerry Enterprise Server into its own server products. Nokia, though, is a much older player and probably has a lot more of a patent portfolio.

The question then becomes which is an easier purchase. Nokia is a 150-year-old storied company. The Finns may not be too keen to let it go to an American firm.

There is the distinct possibility Microsoft acquires both firms and keeps the best of both worlds for hardware. But where does that leave OEM partners like LG, HTC and ZTE?"

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Comment: Re:Why is everyone so arrogant about linux? (Score 1) 627

by phoenix_orb (#40123397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?

Please don't consider me out of touch with current technology. I will be the first one to admit that I am not an expert in everything, but please don't make generalization accusing me that I don't know specific software. Yes, I know exactly what Cobbler and Puppet are. They still don't do _everything_ that AD does. It's like saying Calc is just as good as excel because it has 95% of the features. If you are a heavy user of one of those 5%... well, then it isn't good enough.

I could say you don't know how to program in prolog or ada, and therefore you can't possibly understand some of the programming issues that I have had to resolve in production systems.

Your response is a perfect characterization of the arrogance of linux. There just isn't a simple solution. Linux does work great on the backend, but please give me a solution for Visio, for Project, for Sharepoint, for Photoshop, for Dynamics, for CATIA or Creo Elements? And no, WINE doesn't work in these scenarios. Too slow, and if it crashes, now you have engineers who make as much as high end programmer who are sitting there twittling their thumbs while I spend hours or weeks trying to figure it out. Give me a (good) FEA software that doesn't run on Windows. Now give me software that won't take weeks or months of downtime for training.

I am also not referring to a large organization, which have their own intrinsic issues in migrating legacy application so that they may utilize Linux. I am personally much more knowledgeable about small and mid size businesses. (under 2000 employees) Are you recommending that each and every company have on staff programmers to customize beta software that used to be solved by purchasing commercial off the shelf solutions? Now how about telling those same organizations that due to the GPL, that those customizations have to be given back to the community and can then be utilized directly by their competitors. Trust me, it ain't an easy sell.

I am also not talking about back end system but rather the interface for them.

I don't simply work in the IT department as a lackey. (although that was me 15 years ago) I have to interface with many people in the company, and out side the company in my consulting practice. The fact is, Microsoft has set up a wonderful (kidding) system of certifications. We all remember the "book" certified MSCE2k who couldn't admin their way out of a paper bag in the boom. They could easily be let go. However, you can hire another one for 40k a year, and if he doesn't work out, replace him, rather than finding a RHEL certified person at 85k to 95k a year who may not work out (Did he set up everything correctly? As he was pressed for time, did he actually document everything, as you know there are 1000 ways to do the same thing. If you let him go, it will take the new guy 6 months to figure out how and why things are set up.. Have you actually used Red Hat support? At three in the morning on a Sunday?

I know CPA's who _only_ know quickbooks, and make over 250k a year working _only_ in quickbooks. I have seen companies with 100M/year in sales still using Great Plains in DOS. Don't underestimate the power of _not_ changing.

Hey, I didn't make the rules... I just know enough of them 'em to be moderately successful. I have many linux and FreeBSD servers running at many companies. Although well documented, I doubt many C level employees (other than the CIO) even realize it, because I didn't take away their precious outlook or excel. People abhor major change. Finance and accounting people even more so than normal people. Just look at the pushback with the ribbon interface in office.

If I were to start a new brick and mortar business, I would run Linux on the desktop (actually, I would run dumb terminals like a HP t410 AiO linking back to a main server, going full circle back to the 1970's.)

When I was referring to "a lot of people" I was not referring to people in the IT department, but rather other departments, or the "man on the street".

Comment: Why is everyone so arrogant about linux? (Score 3, Insightful) 627

by phoenix_orb (#40117205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?

I can give you four good reasons.

1) Excel. Sorry Libreoffice can't compare to someone who has 15 years of experience ( and a masters in finance/ econ/ 10 years of experience at company) making pivot tables and doesn't wish to learn another way of doing things. It's nice when you have a 10 year old formula in excel and can boot up office 2k and it works. Keep in mind a fair share of companies are still on office 2k, for better or worse. You can sit there in your chair and say "well, upgrade", but for a 40 seat license, it can cost 3500 usd, and many companies refuse to pay for it, especially when Office 2k is "good enough".

2) Active directory. Yes, you can control file access via samba. Yes, you can have user control via (one of many) means, but active directory is not (too) difficult, and any 1st year admin should be able to set up simple file access.

3) Standard installs. If I go to CompUSA, Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Target, I can buy a computer or laptop with Windows. Windows is the de facto standard because (for better or worse) that is what is able to be bought at the retail level. I would wager 95% of all computer available through retail channels has windows preinstalled.

4) Support. Microsoft is a Global 100 company. As they used to say 20 years ago... Nobody gets fired for buying IBM. If everyone else is purchasing office, and by default windows, then any issues that you encounter are the same issues that your competitors have. That (in it's own way) levels the playing field. We can all sit here and talk about how great Ernie Ball is for standardizing on Linux, but that is less than 1% of the marketplace. If I have an issue, I have a number to call, and the support I get is from a company that I can pay to get support from that everyone has heard of. Everyone hasn't heard of canonical. Hell, a lot of people have never heard of SAP or Oracle.

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