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Comment Will wget get them paid? (Score 1) 1051

Ok, my personal positions is that Ars has a point. I love some of their writers and visit them pretty much daily. I want to support them, but I do not have the cash to buy a subscription which would be the proper thing to do. I also really hate ads around my articles. Which leads me to the question: will a simple wget cronjob (i.e. wget -r -l 2 -o /dev/null -O /dev/null -U 'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; de; rv: Gecko/20100214 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.8' result in them getting paid for a few page views? Input on how to make this work would be most welcome.

Submission + - Opensource Software for Linear Algebra

justinchudgar writes: "The last time I studied mathematics or science was in the '89-93 timeframe and I was quite happy with my Mac SE30 with 1MB/20MB. Now I am going back to school and taking Linear Algebra as a refresher. Anyone have any input on whether it is possible to take notes on math classes on a laptop? Do math homework easily on a PC? I have used LaTeX and like it for papers, but it is far from easy to just jot down equations with LaTeX.
Note that I am not looking for solvers or number chrunching capabilities. I just want to know if there is something competetive with pen and paper for in-class notes and similar quick work. Oh, and I am using Kubuntu and I strongly prefer open-source alternatives. Thanks."

Submission + - 2009 Darwin Award Winners announced (

Greg Lindahl writes: From the woman who jumped in a swollen creek to rescue her drowning ... moped, to the man who hopped over the divider at the edge of the highway to take a leak, and plunged 65 feet to his death, 2009 was a year both exceptional and unexceptional for Darwin Award-worthy behavior!

Submission + - SPAM: The Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009

destinyland writes: An A.I. researcher lists the Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009 — along with the corresponding reality. There's exploding iPods, the uproar over "bombing" the moon, and even a flesh-eating robot. But in each case, he supplies some much-needed perspective. "These incidents are incredibly rare... the rocket stage weighs around two tons, while the Moon weighs in at a 73,477,000,000,000,000,000 tons... and desecration of the dead is against the laws of war — and plant matter is a much better fuel source anyway."
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Submission + - Neuroscience - How to Train the Aging Brain (

Tx-0 writes: Sometimes it seems that adults find it harder to learn something new: that seems true, as long as we try to teach them the same way we teach to children.
From the article: Jack Mezirow, a professor emeritus at Columbia Teachers College, has proposed that adults learn best if presented with what he calls a “disorienting dilemma,” or something that “helps you critically reflect on the assumptions you’ve acquired.”

Submission + - The Year 2016 No One Suspected ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Seems like some systems are suffering from Y2K16 bug. When 2009 ticked over to 2010, some Australian EFTPOS machines skipped to the year 2016. Coincidentally, some Windows Mobile users are also having similar issue with their new year SMSes coming from 2016. What function could cause this kind of error?

Submission + - Fox bust Fox over Wolverine leak. ( 1

justinchudgar writes: "

Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by "zero tolerance" when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Mr. Friedman's latest column. The subject was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week.

Mr. Friedman posted a minireview, adding, "It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer."

The film studio, which enlisted the F.B.I. last week to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Mr. Friedman's column "reprehensible," among other things. Then the News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. (It did.)

Maybe Fox can get NewsCorp to get the FBI to raid Fox's datacenter? If they would kindly leave the Simpsons, please."


Submission + - P2P App Breaches Marine One Security (

justinchudgar writes: "A Pennsylvania company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Obama's helicopter, Marine One, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported. Sensitive information about Marine One was reportedly found by Tiversa employees at an IP address in Tehran. Tiversa CEO Bob Boback said a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., had a file sharing program on one of their systems that contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One and financial information about the cost of the helicopter."

How Do You Justify the Existence of IT? 411

bakamaki writes "I work for a small manufacturing company as a SysAdmin. My boss is a DBA. We are the only IT employees. He recently decided to record hours spent on his projects and then evaluate how much time the databases he writes save the employees. Then he translates that into a $ figure. He's asking me to do something similar but I'm kinda at a loss. It seems most of the stuff I do is preventative, IE care and feeding of servers and network infrastructure in addition to all the break fix stuff I do for the user base with their desktops. When in this position what do you folks usually do?"

Comment Re:the goose cocks proved unsatisfying (Score 2, Funny) 380

I see what you did there. Very clever. How is that working out for you? ...Dr. Phil?! Is that you?

OK, Smartguy. Please explain the difference in logical content between these three conversations:

"Nobody voted for Nader." "I did."

Translation: Nader received a negligible quantity of votes. Your vote was one of the negligible few.

"There was no demand for this product." "I bought one."

Translation: There was so little demand for this product that it was not viable. There were so few of you who purchased this product that it was not profitable.

"P is an empty set." "I am a member of P."

Translation: P is an empty set. You are an element of P. You are NULL.


Effect of Virtual Avatars On Real-Life Behavior 189

Betsy Carroll writes "The Stanford research group on virtual teams discusses how the appearance of one's avatar in virtual worlds has an effect on real life behavior in an NPR interview. The researcher they speak with focuses on the concept of vicarious reinforcement for changing behavior. They also talk a bit about identity issues surrounding the avatar and the 'real' physical self."
The Internet

Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2003 241

Andy King writes "Within the last five years, the size of the average web page has more than tripled, and the number of external objects has nearly doubled. While broadband users have experienced somewhat faster response times, narrowband users have been left behind." The article breaks down a number of changes besides just page size, including image types and video duration.

Submission + - SPAM: Much more to sustainability in IT than being green

WirePosted writes: "The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is leading the charge to make 2008 'the year of the sustainable workplace' but says the concept of a sustainability in IT must be much wider than environment or 'green' issues and must address the threat posed to the industry's long term viability by a diminishing pool of human resources and increased competition for those resources."
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Linux Business

Submission + - Needed: Simple Business Management Software

justinchudgar writes: "I'm starting to work as an independent IT consultant; and, I have pretty much switched to Linux on my systems. Overall, I am very happy with the transition away from proprietary software; but, I need a software package to manage the dirty details of my business. For me, that is basically tracking my time and creating invoices/statements for clients and then receiving payments against them. I do not resell hardware as a line of business; and, I do not (yet) have employees which makes it easier for now. What I want is:
  • integration with standard calendaring packages so that billable time can be entered via a browser anywhere and be accessible to the AR package
  • handle different bill rates for different service classes
  • generate invoices and statements without much manual labor
  • track account balances and service charges
  • have the capability to integrate credit card payment processing
  • not require endless hours of HOWTO or manpage slogging to get up and running

While I can muddle through with documents and spreadsheets + evolution calendar; this is not very efficient or clean. I have searched around the web, read innumerable articles, blogs and tried a bunch of stuff. Yet, I have yet to find a nice simple and user friendly package for my needs.

Compiere/Adempiere are overkill for what I need, and the personal finance apps that I managed to find are not good at doing things like handling multiple bill-rates and tracking receivables. I know that it is possible to get SlowBooks running with CrossOver or Wine, but, I have had so much misery with Intuit products in my clients offices that I will not allow them in mine.

I would really appreciate learning what open-source or commercial Linux apps you have seen working well for professional services firms that you run or serve. Thanks!"

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