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Comment Re:My experience shows a short path (Score 1) 727

Wow, you experience mirrors my own to large degree. Right down to the slackware on floppy. I remember the 24 hour kernel compiles, that would take 36 for me because my GF at the time would trip a breaker with her hair drier, with frightening consitency.

These days I work in IT and have a few servers at home running Debian, but never really seriously thought about running Linux on my desktop. I ran Windows 2000 until there were no more patches, then grudgingly switched to XP.

Christmas 2008 found me back in Canada visiting my family. A very strong Yen combined with a few Walmart Specials meant that I could grab a laptop, for what felt to me like 300 Bucks. It
even came with Vista Home version at that price. It was an AMD64 machine with 3GB of Ram and an ATI GPU. I had bought my wife a Magazine for the flight (she's a computer geek too) that had an Ubuntu install disk with it and figured let's go full 64bit and see how Ubuntu shapes up.

I was incredibly impressed with the install and have been using the computer as my primary workstation ever since. It is meeting my needs 100%. Sure there have been issues, but there are always issues even with Windows.

Anyhow, you may have no incentive to switch now, but at some point you will have to switch to something. As another old fart in here I'd recommend giving Linux a try. Especially if it's free as in beer.

Comment Missing Data... (Score 1) 296

Name 1 virus that can hack a Windows PC, from there hack a Citrix console, from there Hack a Redhat web server, from there hack an AIX application server, and from there hack a DB2 or Oracle database on a mainframe...

Sorry, but, err, can you include version numbers please...For my ...research project.

Thanks ;)

Comment Re:High density = no digging (Score 1) 257

Living In Japan and having 100MB Fiber for over 7 years, I can say a couple things about this matter.

1) I am pretty sure fiber is more popular than cable. It definitely had a first mover advantage over cable. ADSL was held back because getting phone lines here used to be so damn expensive (you had to basically buy the line from the phone company and it was around $800). Plus the fact that the majority of the lines here used to be ISDN. ADSL got around this by allowing a rental line that was used specifically for ADSL, but it couldn't compete in terms of fiber for speed.

2)Trenching cable? TRENCHING in Tokyo? LOL Tokyo is pole city. Overheard cables everywhere! Perhaps this is why the cost is $20/house. Japan, home of the modern and backwards living in perfect harmonious discord. But at least its fast!

Comment Check to see if it is already Patented (Score 2, Insightful) 233

This is the first step, as it could have already been done.

If it hasn't already been patented and you are confident of the acceptance of the invention in the the targeted area then by god man find an investor to fund the patent for a percentage of the potential licensing fees.

Patents were originally created specifically for people like you, to encourage and reward people who provide useful inventions by allowing them a limited monopoly on the sales of the invention in return for making the knowledge public.

Heck, if you are that sure, and you can sell me on the idea, I will fund your patent.

Comment Re:If you are asking this question (Score 1) 372

An MBA managing tech is a waste of time. You already know how to manage tech. Even if you aren't a manager, you know what it takes to manage tech.

What you need to do is manage the business stakeholders. Get a Finance MBA, or a Marketing MBA. Then you will speak the language of the Business and the language of Tech. You will also learn that the business is not neccessarily as dumb as a lot of techies make it to be. You will also learn that is simultaneously exactly as dumb as a lot of techies make it out to be.

Anyhow I went from tech to manager and then got an MBA. I miss the tech, but love the money.

I can do tech on my own time!

Comment Re:And Futurama (Score 1) 753

EXECUTIVE: Hmm.... So let me get this straight... we have a 95% percent chance that the answer is somewhere between 45.1 and 52.8, with our point estimate being 49.0.

So essentially your team has used a month of resources to assure me (quite accurately assure me) that we are 95% sure that rather than the odds being 50/50, they are 49/51.

Thanks for that! Now fuck off! :)

Comment Re:Customers force a need for these (Score 1) 210

Err the customer is not taking advantage of you...

Part of the cost of doing business is preparing proposals. You will win some deals and lose others, but to try and play the game shrouded in secrecy is ridiculuos. You are competing for the customers money, you do that by investing time, and ensuring you have something to offer that differentiates you from the competition. If you have no differentiating factors, then you are with the wrong company. A small IT company needs an edge, and if it doesn't have it, it can't very well make up for that by hiding behind "You can't talk about the details of our proposal."

The big companies try to play this game to lock out vendors and so that no one really knows what their products cost.

The small crappy companies do it because they haven't figured out how to compete in a competitve market.

I would trust neither.


Why Do Games Still Have Levels? 512

a.d.venturer writes "Elite, the Metroid series, Dungeon Siege, God of War I and II, Half-Life (but not Half-Life 2), Shadow of the Colossus, the Grand Theft Auto series; some of the best games ever (and Dungeon Siege) have done away with the level mechanic and created uninterrupted game spaces devoid of loading screens and artificial breaks between periods of play. Much like cut scenes, level loads are anathema to enjoyment of game play, and a throwback to the era of the Vic-20 and Commodore 64 - when games were stored on cassette tapes, and memory was measured in kilobytes. So in this era of multi-megabyte and gigabyte memory and fast access storage devices why do we continue to have games that are dominated by the level structure, be they commercial (Portal), independent (Darwinia) and amateur (Angband)? Why do games still have levels?"

Submission + - Philips latest suspect in CRT cartel investigation (

Gustoman writes: Philips Electronics has became the latest company drawn into a global investigation into possible price-fixing in the market for cathode-ray tubes used in TVs and computer monitors. Phillips implication in the cartel comes just a day after the European Commission said it had fined Sony, Fuji and Maxell a total of US$109 million for price fixing in the professional videotape market. Apparently Sony's fine was augmented further for obstructing the investigation — one of its employees refused to answer investigators questions and another was caught shredding evidence. Earlier this month the EC raided offices of several CRT (cathode-ray tubes) makers for suspected cartel involvement, although it didn't name them. It was part of a wider clampdown on suspected collusion between CRT manufacturers. Korea's Fair Trade Commission is also examining possible cartel behavior at CRT makers affiliated with Matsushita and Samsung Electronics, according to the report. The Commission say there is no strict deadline for its inquiry, and the report indicates that authorities in the U.S. have also been involved in the worldwide investigation.

Submission + - Japan Immigration directed to forcibly take prints (

CB-in-Tokyo writes: In reaction to the protests caused by Japan's new fingerprinting system, the Ministry of Justice has issued a directive (English Translation) that all foreigners that do not agree to give their fingerprints be incarcerated and "pursuaded" to give their prints, immediately to be followed by deportation. Immigration officials state that during the period of incarceration, "We will sufficiently persuade the refuser to cooperate, and endeavor not to do this by force."

The new fingerprinting and photographing system is under a lot of fire by the foreign community in Japan as it targets not only tourists, but also permanent residents. The system is being presented outwardly as a way to counter terrorism, but is being touted internally by celebrity spokespeople as a way to cut down on foreign crime in Japan. It is illegal under Japanese law to fingerprint citizens, unless they have been accused of a crime, however foreign residents have no such protection, and now under the new directive foreigners who refuse will no longer not just be refused entry, but also coerced into providing personal biometric data.


Submission + - Programming with molecules

Roland Piquepaille writes: "It has been tried before, but researchers are now fully realizing the potential of DNA and want to create a programmable way of combining computers with chemistry. As said one the leading researchers at CalTech, 'Programming chemical systems needs to be thought about. The meeting of computer science and chemistry hasn't happened yet, but is right around the corner. There's nothing logically, chemically or physically impossible about computing with molecular systems.' Another researcher from the University of Washington added that 'if we understand the language, we could develop a biological response through reprogramming, no different than a remedy pushed out by Norton AntiVirus on a computer.' The same researcher said something that might one day become history. 'The 20th century was the age of information. The 21st century is going to be the age of life.' But read more for additional references and quotes from scientists mixing humor and science."

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