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Comment Gotta Redirect Your Question (Score 1) 151

You're a technical person asking a technical group a business question. Redirect your inquiry to a business person. If you were working for a commercial company, the terms of your distribution of this software would be sussed out by sales people, marketing people, business analysts, etc., but no technical people (unless you count sales engineers or the like).

Don't give anyone access to your own infrastructure. Maybe offer to do a backup / restore or otherwise make copies, but offer these options to a business person on your side, not to prospective external users.

Comment My State Is On /.! (Score 1) 1007

As an Oregonian, it's always thrilling to see my home state in the news!! Uh... any publicity is good publicity, right?

This is an entry point for solid debate. The USA values personal freedom. At the same time, you can't drive without training, you can't sell drugs, etc. There is the concept of one's rights ending where one's fist ends and the next person's nose begins. Does this extend to vaccinations? How well understood are the risks? Are they worth the opportunity to eradicate scores of hideous diseases?

Someone want to play devil's advocate and argue "for freedom"? This being Slashdot, I know where approximately 100% of opinions are. I myself don't care passionately enough to pay attention long enough to make an opinion.

Comment So the flow is... (Score 1) 90

"...has been constrained by the relatively poor lenses which are used to form the image. The new method, called electron ptychography, dispenses with the lens and instead forms the image by reconstructing the scattered electron-waves after they have passed through the sample using computers"

So while the old way had the electrons go through a "lens", they now go through a "computer."

I have this vision in my head of people looking through PC chassis and hoping to use it in place of a lens. So, what type of sensor IS being used? (No, didn't RTFA).

Comment Wow... (Score 1) 1307

Here in the IT department, we are amused every time some genius 1) Assumes IT can't provide something without bothering to ask, 2) slaps together part of a solution, 3) discovers they need IT's help in some critical way, 4) is appalled when IT thinks they have the right to do their jobs, and 5) never, under any circumstances, manages to realize what's wrong with their sloppy little 2nd grade crafts project of an IT service. You work for a hospital, you say???

Comment A Bag (Score 1) 763

I carry a sort of man-bag. It's just big enough to fit my netbook, a small notebook, a pen, tupperware lunch box and, yes, my keys. Wallet and phone, too, should I take them out of my pockets.

I've always got everything with me but since "everything" is a collection of small things, it isn't a burden.

Comment Information Technology Infrastructure Library (Score 1) 264

1) Thank you, thank you for thinking of best practices before taking serious action. 2) ITIL is your friend. When implemented deliberately and properly, ITIL makes an IT admin darn near *comfy*. Just remember that ITIL != bureaucracy, ITIL == Best Practices.

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