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Comment: The Sydney Natural History Museum... (Score 1) 131

...has been doing this for a few years now, it's called Jurassic Lounge, and seems to attrack quite a number of people. If this helps get people more interested in science and at the same time helps raise money for the museum then why not.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 2) 561

by prowler1 (#47660981) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

I subscribe to the "Hire the best person for the position" methodology.

I manage a SysAdmin team and I will admit that 100% of my team is male but that might have something to do with the fact that 100% of the job applications I have received over the years have only been male. Other than that, 70% of my team is made up of what many of these PC groups like to call 'minorities'. My percentage comes from the simple fact that they were the best person for the job. Race, gender etc should not be part of the selection criteria and if it is, it only increases the chance it will hurt the company/organisation since you are passing by the right employee for a philosophy that dare I suggest is a form of discrimination in and of itself.

Comment: Re:UCS what? (Score 1) 68

by prowler1 (#47464191) Attached to: HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

I was about to say that this sounds very much like Cisco UCS where everything is defined in 'software'. You define the template and its components and this includes things like WWN's and MAC addresses and it allows you to migrate the 'server' to different blades since it is all in 'software'.

With that said, the UCS kit we run at work doesn't have anywhere near the density claimed by HP with their moonshot but claiming they were the first to create a software defined blade chassis and the likes is not correct.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 181

by prowler1 (#46131605) Attached to: Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

I have to admit I have been a bit of an on again, off again user in the past.

For home use, I have been using Opera as my main browser for a number of years. At work, I tend to use a mixture of FF, Chrome and Opera depending on what I need to do. Reading this article was a bit depressing. Hell, I am typing this reply via Opera on a Linux box.

When I did ISP tech support back in the late 90's, Opera was the browser I suggested to customers to use if they had an old machine. Back then it also fitted on a floppy disk and was faster and less bloated than the alternatives at the time.

Comment: Tell me a story (Score 1) 692

by prowler1 (#46010595) Attached to: Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

I had a job interview where I was asked to tell a story. I asked for confirmation on what kind of story they were after and was told to start right at the beginning of my life, so I told them in the beginning my parents had sex at which point I was conceived then born, then grew up and was now attending this job interview.

I actually got the job.

Comment: Re:IBM cut numbers savagely in Oz (Score 1) 156

by prowler1 (#45824407) Attached to: Australian Dept. Store Chain's Website Crashes and Can't Get Back Up

Just an abridged version of my experiences with IBM in Australia....

A company I worked for in the mid 2000's supplied a custom solution for one of Australia's large banks. Unfortunately, the bank also also used IBM to supply some of the infrastructure and support to get to our data centres. In the first year, we had 3-4 major outages which IBM every time blamed the company I worked for of the outage and every time we were able to show it was a problem on the IBM side. It got so bad that when ever IBM blamed the company I worked for of a problem or outage, the bank started to demand that IBM back up their claims before they would believe them.

My company ended up looking great, IBM not so good. I heard that not long after I had gone to work for anything company, the bank ended up dropping the IBM side of things and went with someone else.

Comment: Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (Score 2) 547

by prowler1 (#45724833) Attached to: Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

(also, don't make false bomb threats. They're stupid)

I work at a University. You can always tell when the exam periods have started by the fact that you are constantly seeing fire engines on campus.

Students do the most stupid things to get out of doing an exam they have not prepared for.

I have also seen fake student IDs so someone else can sit the exam and other dodgey dealings. It sucks for the staff (I have lost count of the amount of times I have had to evacuate the data centre/office due to a fire alarm) and also screws over the other students since they often need to resit the exam. It also costs the university money since they get charged for every fire department response.

Comment: Re:This is not a fair comparison (Score 5, Insightful) 310

The most common reason I usually get from non-technical people on why they want or why they purchased an iPhone (or iPad) was because they are 'cool' or 'trendy'. None of them has been able to tell me why or what features it has or does better than any of its competitors. Simply put, they didn't give a damn about how well their device functions when they use it, just the image they can reflect or inherit by owning one.

Comment: Someone needs to validate the location DB. (Score 1) 174

by prowler1 (#45020997) Attached to: Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

One of the linked articles mentioned a Chinese student placing a 120Gb at a Sydney TAFE but when you look at the location database map option, it is pinned to a location which is about 30-40km's from where it really is. It shows it as being in Western Sydney when it should be showing it as being in/near to the Sydney CBD. If you look at the photos one of them shows a sign for Harris street which is a main road the TAFE is located next to in/near the Sydney CBD. Not sure how it ended up so far away on the map.

As an aside, I wonder how many of these drives are now infected with malware etc by now.

Comment: Re:Easy! (Score 1) 481

by prowler1 (#44920631) Attached to: CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

Remember that a hacker won't know which of 5 fingers the owner uses, so that's another layer of security

Actually, many people have up to ten fingers. Personally, I use my big toe.

But this shows that Apple was less than honest in their claims about pulse detection, and sub-surface tissue detection.

I am not sure where you live that has a large number of mutants who have 'up to ten fingers'. Where I live, most people have 8 fingers and two thumbs.

Comment: Re:That's weird. (Score 1) 135

by prowler1 (#43382485) Attached to: Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

I saw this article on last night. I was interested in one when I first saw the article. The casing was OK and you could get some decent hardware configurations, on top of that the pricing listed (for the American market) made the product a reasonable option. So I decided to see what was available for the Australian market and the price was one of the two points I made on why I would pass. The other was the fact that on the Australian Dell Alien page, there was no option for Ubuntu when I looked.

Comment: Re:Goodbye USPS (Score 1) 112

by prowler1 (#43298049) Attached to: Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service

Because I live in an apartment block and have in the past had packages dumped at the communal front door of the apartment block and I work in an industrial type complex where all the delivery people seem to get lost and either don't deliver the package and I have to pick it up from their depo on the other side of the city or it gets delivered to the wrong building and I am lucky to every see it.

Something like this would be great for me since it means I know that it will be delivered safetly and and be secured until I pick it up at my time of choosing.

Comment: Lets see how this really pans out. (Score 1) 123

by prowler1 (#43192773) Attached to: UK Government Mandates 'Preference' For Open Source

I work at a place that has a similar policy. Doesn't stop us from using way to many proprietary solutions that are actually worse than the Open Source solution. A lot of that is down to OS religion and people not actually understanding what Open Source is. We have managers (and directors) that believe the software needs to be a shrink wrapped solution from a proprietary vendor like Microsoft to be a decent solution and to be able to get 'Enterprise' level support. Many don't realise that just because you can get an Open Source solution for free that; It is just as good as the non Open Source solution and if you really feel you need to pay for 'Enterprise' support and if this is something you need then for a large number of the solutions you would be realistically looking at, that is supplied as well. For the ones I have investigatedt, support has usually worked out to be cheaper than the closed source solution as well.

Just my $0.02.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354