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Comment Moving Target (Score 3, Insightful) 246

Linux is already much of a moving target when it comes to application development and getting some kind of a consistent environment, now it will be increasing harder (at least on Ubuntu). I can envision vendors spending more time updating their build environments than actually implementing their products.


Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award 286

ISoldat53 writes "The Consumerist has awarded Comcast the Golden Poo award for the worst company in America. From the article: 'After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010.'"

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters 250

debrain writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that Google and a newspaper called The Coast must disclose all information they have about the identity of individuals who posted anonymous comments online about top firefighters in Halifax. The story in question is titled 'Black firefighters file human rights complaint,' and there are some heated opinions in the comments."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Redhat now part of S&P 500 (internetnews.com)

phantomfive writes: Redhat has made it onto the S&P 500, an important measure of the stock market. It is replacing CIT, which is expected to go bankrupt after the government refused to bail them out. Redhat is the first Linux company to make it on to the S&P500. While this means little directly for the company, it is an indication of the importance Linux is taking on in the world.
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Red Hat To Replace CIT Group On S&P 500 Index

gillkm writes: "Showing the rise of businesses based on Open Source Software into the mainstream, Red Hat is being added to the S&P 500 index, replacing CIT Group. In after-hours trading at the time of this submission, Red Hat shares were up over 8% to $22.32.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat will be added to the benchmark as of the close of trading on July 24 and will rank last on the index."

Comment GPS Cell Phone & Google Maps (Score 1) 1092

A while back when I had a blackberry I wrote a simple background app that went and updated the GPS every few minutes and made a HTTP request to my webserver with the coordinates. On the server, I made another page that simply overlaid the points on Google Maps. At the time I used it primarily to track where I was walking my dog (mainly to satisfy curiosity when I want to know where or how far we went). My wife actually pulled it up once while I was out on a walk when she wanted to come get us for something so she didn't have to go driving around searching for us (or so she says :) ).

It was a really simple set up (I think i had it working in an hour or so), and i'm sure you could put something together for a smaller phone if you don't want to get a berry for your daughter. I don't have the code anymore, otherwise I'd post a link... I'll look around for it, probably on a thumbdrive somewhere)

Comment Re:get rid of shitty teachers (Score 1) 373

Can't figure out if you're describing me or yourself! I was diagnosed post-high school with ADHD, mostly for the same reasons you mention. I can keep large, complex software algorithms in my active memory, but still consistently forget what my wife asked me to do 30 seconds ago (probably because I'm still thinking of the algorithms).

I got through high school, and even a tour with the Marines before being diagnosed. Hit the real-world and college and it can really show up when the tasks start getting truly complex.

Comment Heavy Metal.... Loudly (Score 1) 508

After I get going in the morning, I just fire up Songbird and blast the heaviest metal I have. Metallica, Six Feet Under, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, whatever. For some reason, and it probably has to do with the ADHD, it just puts me in that perfect groove for slamming out my best code. That stuff for a time and then it's on to some John Coltrane or Johnny Winter for a while. Back and forth once or twice a day.

I don't know, but heavy, fast paced thrash metal just puts me in that perfect mindset... Just had to make sure I got good earphones so I didn't annoy the hell out the people in the adjacent cubicles!

Comment Technology appropriate to the crime (Score 1) 372

Federal Bureau of Investigation actually conducts investigation using technology appropriate to the crime. News at 11!
Seriously, is anyone actually surprised that the FBI would actually adapt to the 21st century and develop new means of gathering evidence? A circa 1960's bug under the desk isn't going to be very useful when all you hear is typing. Provided the bureau used this lawfully (with a warrant, etc), this is not really news...

Comment Re:I wrote code in the Army (Score 1) 1127

I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to call BS on your calling BS... Was a corporal with the Marines a while back, and when our commanding officer asked for something, it got done... When the civilian programmer contractors were either not around, or unable to provide a solution quick enough, the coding (not just config changes) fell on me. Wrote quite a bit of code while in the field to get some kind of functionality out of what technology we had.


Submission + - Paris Hilton - justice served? (cnn.com)

dfdashh writes: Today the news tells me that Paris Hilton was let out of jail and into her home to serve the rest of her sentence in house arrest, supposedly due to an "unspecified medical condition." This got me thinking about how often someone can wiggle out of a ruling — was it just her public clout/fame, or does this happen to John Q. Public everywhere? What other stunning examples of "justice" have you encountered?

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