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Comment Re: never heard of it (Score 1) 264

You obviously were moving forward without thinking!

Back then, I wasn't sure I wanted to have a registered account on a website for commenting... ha!
Took me until 4 digits were around before I said, "Fine, I'll grab an account".

Get off my lawn!

Comment Re:High Throughput Computing not HPC (Score 3, Insightful) 54

The problem is that in a number of cases a researcher could easily use HTC, but they follow the fashion of HPC, using more specialized resources than necessary.
Don't get me wrong, there are a number of cases where HPC makes sense, but usually what you need is a large amount of memory, or a large amount of processors.
HPC only makes sense where you need both.

Comment Re:Will they ship without a sudo that works with l (Score 2) 226

sudo-ldap is kind of an out-lier; I've set up NSS LDAP I don't know how many times, against both OpenLDAP and Active Directory, and I've never bothered with sudo-ldap. I can see why people would but it is entirely possible (and IMHO just as easy) to not use it.

One thing that does bug me is that nslcd doesn't understand nested Groups in AD.

How do you authenticate to do sudo then?
The only think I can think is that you are authenticating locally instead of against ldap.

Comment Obviosuly the UW sports teams are a problem too! (Score 1) 259

You know, the football team at UW Madison might compete with the NFL for ratings.
Also the basketball team may compete with the NBA for ratings.
Obviously there is MUCH more to privatize.

(Or maybe there is a role for publicly owned things?)

It gets even more crazy. On the UW, Madison campus the UW hospital is a public authority (basically a separate entity from the UW) Can the university provide LAN access to that building? Not the way things are written now.


Comment Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (Score 5, Informative) 494

Actually there are generally not many low-skilled jobs out there.. they slowly dissappear.
There was a research project in the 90's called "The midwest Job Gap". It's basic conclusion was there were 2-4 low-skill workers (for various reasons, these people aren't going to learn their way up to high skill jobs) for every 1 low skill job.

Here's an old reference to it:

The premise that there is enough work to go around for low skill workers is generally false.

Submission + - Rumblings in OpenSolaris land. (fork?) (

kallisti5 writes: It looks as though an *official* fork of OpenSolaris may be under way, no details have been announced yet except for the following email...

Subject: [osol-announce] The Illumos Project
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 18:54:58 -0700
From: "Garrett D'Amore"
To: opensolaris-announce

A number of the community leaders from the OpenSolaris community have
been working quietly together on a new effort called Illumos, and we're
just about ready to fully disclose our work to, and invite the general
participation of, the general public.

We believe that everyone who is interested in OpenSolaris should be
interested in what we have to say, and so we invite the entire
OpenSolaris community to join us for a presentation on at 1PM EDT on
August 3, 2010.

You can find out the full details of how to listen in to our conference,
or attend in person (we will be announcing from New York City) by
visiting (The final details shall be
posted there not later than 1PM EDT Aug 1, 2010.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

— Garrett D'Amore & the rest of the Illumos Cast


Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

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