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Comment My Home Office (Score 1) 303

My home office is 12' by 12' where I do a mix of programming, devops, and electronics. I sometimes have co-workers come by as well to pair-program or whiteboard.

  • Wrap around low wall'ed cubicle desk with panels to hide cabling. It is big enough to hold three 27" monitors, two laptops, and three sets of keyboards / mice.
  • Rectangular desk for holding electrical equiptment and potentially a second laptop if co-worker visits.
  • Fire safe with letter sized file drawer. 2 cu feet.
  • Filing cabinet. Half-height letter sized.
  • Wall length closeted sheving. Also doubles as network cabinet. Lots of room for boxes, supplies, and odds'n'ends
  • Two whiteboards. Full sized. 6'x4'
  • Two dressers with drawers.
  • Tool chest with drawers.
  • Two good office chairs.
  • Hue lights (I change the intensity and color depending on mood or time of day).
  • Nest security cameras.
  • Bathroom with shower.
  • Small table vice.
  • Portable infrared heater or air conditioner depending on season.
  • Picture of Yoda.

I don't live in an area where security is as big of a concern, but I do keep the window shaded, files backed up in cloud, and drives encrypted. Beyond that, things like cameras, kensington locks, safes, and deadbolts can only slow thiefs down. But they are a good idea just for discouragement. I do love the new digital locks around now. Utilizing one which you can open and close quickly using biometrics or a phone will keep you honest in locking the place up.

On the home front, I do sometimes utilize the office for emergency relative storage (guest room). There is enough room for a queen size bed in the center.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 552

I think you are overblowing Slashdot's biases a bit. I just did a google search and found many articles on Slashdot referencing Gamergate, people invovled, and its issues over the past years. I ended my search after finding 12. I didn't find any editorials which I guess is what you were angling for...

Here's a couple quick ones:

As to your women in STEM complaint... that's a story which does come up often. I've read many articles posted via slashdot listing one potential cause or another. Here's a post which blames ad's in the 80's.

Comment It's all about the contracts (Score 4, Interesting) 53

Getting the cheap/free cellphone in Canada often involves signing up for long 3 year plan with huge penalties if you quit early.

I'm not sure of all the provinces, but I know that both Quebec and Manitoba have new laws in place requiring better contract disclosure and limiting those penalties.

I suspect that Rogers and Telus are afraid the other provinces will enact the same or stronger legislation.

Comment Re:On a side note... (Score 1) 164

When I went to the IIPA, Web of Trust went berserk and said the site has a poor reputation for "trustworthiness," "vendor reliability" and "privacy." It also scored a low score on "child safety."

I'm can't say I'm a fan of politics influencing security ratings like this. Not being a user of the tool, I must ask if this a common trait in Web of Trust's database?

I see that the sites for the riaa, and mpaa are also flagged and have piracy related comments on them.

Comment Prior Titles with Scroll (Score 1) 200

I did a quick Google search and found several game titles with 'Scroll'. Several pre-dating the 1994 release of the first Elder Scrolls.

I suspect Bethesda will have troubles winning this one, but courts can be funny sometimes.

Comment Study too small... (Score 5, Interesting) 185

The study had 28 participants... and they were asked to remember species of aliens...

While this may be a sign that it's worth looking into the differences a font makes in learning, I'll wait until a bigger study comes out where participants were asked to read a more likely and involved subject matter like the history of the Ottoman Empire.

I have a feeling many participants will be less likely to read past the first chapter if it was written in Comic Sans.


Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill 390

itwbennett writes "The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 19-0 in favor of a bill that would allow the Department of Justice to seek court orders to shut down websites offering materials believed to infringe copyright. 'Rogue websites are essentially digital stores selling illegal and sometimes dangerous products,' Senator Patrick Leahy, the main sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. 'If they existed in the physical world, the store would be shuttered immediately and the proprietors would be arrested. We cannot excuse the behavior because it happens online and the owners operate overseas. The Internet needs to be free — not lawless.' However, the internet will likely remain 'lawless' for a while longer, as there are only a few working days left in the congressional session and the bill is unlikely to pass through the House of Representatives in that short amount of time."

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

Comment Better than the O'Reilly book (Score 1) 117

I'm subscribed to O'Reilly Safari, where I have both Unlocking Android and O'Reilly's Android Application Development in my bookshelf. The O'Reilly book uses the "build a big application" approach to teaching. So each chapter goes into adding a different feature. There is an expectation that the reader has the examples installed, but unfortunately they don't work with Android v1.5(cupcake). I was lost since I couldn't follow. Luckily I found this book which does a much better job of explaining things. The reviewer is absolutely correct on one thing though. It isn't great at explaining the initial install, and doing a hello world example. If you want to learn Android Development I recommend the following order:
  1. 1) Follow the Eclipse install guide from the Android dev site.
  2. 2) Complete the various Hello World, Hello Views, and Notepad tutorials from the Android dev site. They are kept updated and are well written.
  3. 3) Then read through this book. It really is a good one.


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