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Comment: Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (Score 1) 700

by sprior (#41643197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

A number of years ago I read "Vehicles, Experiments in Synthetic Psychology" (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0262521121/geekstercom-20) and found it to be a really great and thought provoking book. He calls them vehicles, but think little robots. The book starts off really simple and shows how with some very simple circuits you could produce something which a black box observer would think had emotions of one sort or another. The book then progresses and you end up with some amazing concepts. It's not a very long book (just 168 pages), but it took me a while to read because I'd read a page and then just think about it for a while. The book is considered an artificial intelligence book, but it was written by biologist Valentino Braitenberg and in the second half of the book he basically says so in case you thought I was just making all of this stuff up, here let me show you real world biology implementations of what I have shown so far. Just a great book.

Comment: Re:OrangeHRM (Score 1) 108

by sprior (#40794461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?

I've been looking at OrangeHRM for a couple of days and have it installed in a virtual machine. However a few things have made me cautious:

- The registration page on their website to download the documentation doesn't work.
- I called their "global" technical support number to report that their registration page doesn't work and got voicemail.
- They haven't called me back 2 days later.
- The wiki site for their community version has almost no content and has been polluted with spam links that haven't been cleaned up.
- Their free online demo site which I signed up for doesn't show the basic Leave module which comes included, they only show the advanced version which is only available as a paid add-on.
- I've played with their open source version on my server and it's got some serious issues - you have to change the system date in order to be able to work with years besides the current year, and the function to roll over previous years days only pops up in specific situations and it's easy to do it wrong and get stuck.
- They don't support two employees with the same name even if they have different id numbers.

All of this just gave me a bad feeling about them.

Comment: Re:Yeah seriously (Score 1) 108

by sprior (#40794313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?

There is no requirement to track employee hours for us, just days on leave. A spreadsheet on a shared drive worked for a while, but doesn't scale so we're looking for a distributed solution. We're primarily a Linux shop for servers (I'm sure we have some Windows servers as well) and will self host whatever solution is chosen.

Comment: Re:Why Open Source? (Score 1) 108

by sprior (#40793939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?

I'm surprised I have to explain this on Slashdot, but...

While open source is also a bias of mine, I've also already looked at the source of the packages I've been considering partially for documentation. I've also got a history of taking open source packages and making some tweaks to fit the requirements a bit more. An active developer community around a project is also a critical indicator of liveliness in software and whether it continues to be viable. Note that I said that non-free packages will also be considered, open source is just a preference.

Comment: Re:you need open source? (Score 1) 108

by sprior (#40793913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?

While open source is also a bias of mine, I've also already looked at the source of the packages I've been considering partially for documentation. I've also got a history of taking open source packages and making some tweaks to fit the requirements a bit more. An active developer community around a project is also a critical indicator of liveliness in software and whether it continues to be viable. Note that I said that non-free packages will also be considered, open source is just a preference.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Open source employee vacation day tracking software?

Submitted by sprior
sprior (249994) writes "I'm looking for preferably open source software that a business would use to track vacation/sick days for employees and so far have come up empty. I found WaypointHR which looks defunct and I'm looking at OrangeHRM which looks half defunct, half bait and switch, and half strange in general with a bunch of website bugs thrown in. Along the way I've seen a couple of other OS projects which look defunct as well. I realize that a solution might be more than just vacation tracking because once you configure the employee info for a company you tend to want to use that for more than one thing. Paid solutions are a possibility."

Comment: Re:NAS (Score 3, Insightful) 227

by sprior (#40730105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?

I completely agree with the idea of breaking this up into multiple machines. Keeping everything together on the same machine is often referred to as a busybox and means that any security holes in the pieces may be used together to compromise the machine and once that machine is compromised the attacker has full control over the family jewels.

I'd keep the router, VPN, DHCP, and DNS functions on its own box. I went with a barebones Supermicro box for around $300 bought from Newegg and installed the pfSense router/firewall on it. Once you get past some learning curve it is very easy to administer through the web interface and the entire config is saved to one file and easy to keep a copy of, so if things go horribly wrong you can rebuild it easily and quickly.

Comment: Re:Error in TFA (Score 1) 156

I guess we're getting into semantics, but it's not a "root cause" of the disease which is what everyone here means when you say cause. Yes the symptom of high blood glucose does in itself cause other problems and because you can't cure the disease itself you end up managing the side effect of the disease to avoid the side effect of the symptom. But saying this is a cause of the disease is like a situation where a horse drawn wagon upsets an apple cart and the apples fly off and break a window. By your terms the apple cart is a cause of the accident. While the apples did cause damage, you wouldn't have that damage in the first place if the wagon which is the real cause hadn't come by.

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