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Comment Lack of editing (Score 0) 195

It's clickbait headlines like this one that drive me to Reddit. Every substantive clause in the headline is contradicted by the article.

It wasn't a glitch, it was a design decision. The farm wasn't random, it was a specific one that happened to include a set of coordinates. And the farm may have been hell, but it wasn't a digital one -- it was hell because of people in meatspace misbehaving on the basis of some information that happened to have been transported in digital form.

I check back in from time to time, but things here seem to be getting worse, not better.

Comment Nope. They're hard enough to crimp while drunk. (Score 2) 566

From the question's comparison to a bunch of cables that you can't (easily) terminate yourself, I'm going to assume you buy all your ethernet cables. That's great except when you want to fish cable through walls, and use punchdown jacks in patch panels. Or make one that's a custom length. Or repair a 30m cable with a broken wire 5mm from one end.

The only thing wrong with RJ45 is the fragility of the locking tab, and plastic overshields do a pretty good job of protecting that.

Comment Re:End of life? (Score 1) 388

There are plenty of development problems remaining. The email ecosystem has evolved out from under Thunderbird.
    * No synchronization with online addressbooks without flaky, unsupported plugins.
    * Poor treatment of Gmail tags
    * It *still* can't figure out an http IMG in an html sig, link is broken after the first response.

Also, there's lots of stupid feature issues (which might be because I'm on Linux). My main annoyances are:
    * Can't drag attachments out of thunderbird
    * Can't copy text out of address book without opening contact into edit mode.
    * Address book can't default into a view which excludes auto-collected contacts
    * Can't disable sig append after first response in a thread.

Comment Re:You are asking the wrong queston... (Score 1) 343

I work in a consulting environment where multiple people MUST collaborate on the same report technical input, technical overview, analysis, technical review, business english review are all often done by separate people) often from remote locations, and often on tight timelines.

So I question your assertion that this is a process "problem". In some cases at least, it is a process, and one which is only problematic from a technical perspective.

Comment I have done this with Tortoise and SVN (Score 1) 343

I helped grow an engineering company from 3 people to 25 with a mandate to provide for satellite offices and remote non-technical workers. SVN/Tortoise was the hammer I chose, because it was the only hammer I knew at the time that was even vaguely like a Document Management System.

It solved many of the basic problems, but it has not been without pain. Try explaining to a receptionist how to mitigate a tree-conflict error that she didn't cause. Worse, explaining to the satellite offices that video files require an entirely different sharing mechanism simply because they're big. To the president that his edits don't get priority over the guy who committed first.

If I had it to do over again with a shoestring budget, I'd probably do the same thing. But I'm here in this thread because I'm hoping there are better answers for people on the Linux server - windows client model, who have grown to the size where they have an IT budget, and place a high value on uninterrupted productivity.

So seriously, are there anecdotes from mid-size companies trying to solve the document management problem?

Comment Re:Certification? (Score 1) 36

It is not difficult, but it is very expensive to get a consumer device CSA or UL approved. You must re-certify for any tiny change in design, or in some cases, for changes in manufacturing process. As I understand it, the certification applies only to the certificate holder, not to anyone else who happens to choose to manufacture from a design that someone else has successfully certified.

So my question is about how you would safely and legally use the homebuilt result of an open hardware design, where the entire point is that it's easy for John Q Public to change the design.

Comment Re:Certification? (Score 1) 36

It seems like the safety bar is much lower for low-voltage battery powered devices. So your system is probably OK using non-certified components as long as they only collect and provide information, and are never hardwired into the mains, and don't exist inside a junction box.

Would it work to have a small collection of certified relays, dimmers, motor controllers, etc, all of which can accept input from uncertified devices?

Comment Re:what's the point? (Score 4, Informative) 136

A pedal-assist system (one that only helps, but will never do all the work), can be just the boost that some people need to start exercising.

The gentleman that I bought my used electric-assist bike from was so weak that he was unable to cycle any reasonable distance without assistance. After using the assisted bike (with a custom rack for his oxygen tank!) for a year and a half, he decided to switch to a regular bicycle.

Comment I want a REAL kindle killer (Score 1) 321

I've owned several e-readers, and I love them for what they are -- a book replacement. For me it's all about having a high contrast, readable screen with excellent battery life, and e-ink instead of any kind of light-emitting display. I've used one each of a Sony, Kindle, and Kobo.

In every case, I've loved the hardware, but the software drives me insane.

Mostly I want all my reader software to talk to Calibre (or some other central database) to sync the last page read, keep notes on which books I've read and when, and to record my star ratings. But it would be nice if the reader's "library" screen made good use of the screen to allow me to navigate through my books.

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