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Comment Still Miss Blackbox (Score 1) 174

I miss having to startx manually and landing on blackbox/fluxbox for the window manager to conserve memory & CPU. Yes, I'm the old codger who still thinks INIT is better than the newfangled whatchamacallit. Not trying to troll, but I get carried away and feel really old when I feel the need to post a rant like this when I see an aarticle about a GUI that's way overkill. CLI! CLI! CLI!

(Slinks back into his cave)

Comment Get a second... (Score 4, Interesting) 386

1. Get a second satellite dish.
2. Attach a bar between the two, facing each other like this: (-)
3. Turn this setup onto its side.
4. Then mount the base of one dish, horizontally, so that one is facing up to the other, which is facing down.
5. Using a roll of 1-2' sheet metal (sheet aluminum works for me).
6. Attach one end of the sheet metal to the ground with a pair of small metal tent stakes.
7. Attach the other side of this to the dish that is facing up.
8. Spray paint the dishes & landing ramp the colour of your choice, if desired.
9. Presto!

When complete, you will have yourself a nice flying saucer in the yard, to be the envy of all your neighbors and friends.

At least, that's what I did once with two of three old satellite dishes in my yard...




AmigaOS Twenty-Five Years of Check-Ins Visualized 82

the_arrow writes "As a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amiga computer, Hyperion Entertainment has made a video using the Gource CVS visualization software showing a time-compressed version of 25 years of Amiga development, from the early days of AmigaOS 1.0 to the present. Personal commentary added by one of the current core full-time AmigaOS developers, Hans-Joerg Frieden (a.k.a. 'Rogue')."

Comment I never thought it was possible... (Score 1) 564

I never thought it was possible, but for once, I agree with Al Franken. But, sadly, the Internet is consistent of many corporations, governments, etc. How are we to think that "Big Brother" hasn't been filtering our Google & Yahoo searches, emails, etc, for over a decade? That would just be naive.

It doesn't seem like a lot of people care about that part, though. It's the "speed" that we care about? Hmm... Confused priorities much?

To quote "South Park", "Rabble, rabble, rabble!"


Comment Experience-based resumes preferred... (Score 1) 453

I'd say to either hire a consultant (consulting firm) or possibly look at Brainbench.com for certification & placement examinations. (Any testing is to be done on-site, in an allotted time-frame...) There may even be a service (such as Kelly services that would administer the testing, etc, for you). I'm in agreement with jvillain about the certifications, though. Just because someone is certified doesn't mean they're any good.

Look at the guys with an experience-based resume, not a certification/education-based resume. Some certs are good, but most good techs & programmers did something other than take a lame course, etc, in Visual Basic or "Web" programming. The best coders learned it because they had to.

I'd, personally, rather hire someone with no college/technical training that's been doing the work for the past 5-10 years, because he/she did it the hard way. That person learned it better, more thoroughly, and more completely. The benefit is they are more than likely still able to learn and work harder for you and your mission statement (I've seen this in quite a few cases).

Regardless, good luck!



Doctor Invents 'Zero Gravity' Radiation Suit 83

DrFrasierCrane writes "You think you feel weighed down when your dentist lays that lead apron on you to take X-rays: how about the doctors who deal with radiation treatments and have to wear those aprons all day long? A Dallas, Texas, doctor has created a 'zero gravity' radiation suit for just that problem. From the article: 'Physicians are supposed to wear a lead apron during those procedures. It is back-breakingly heavy and doesn't cover the body completely. The zero gravity suit eliminates the weight and the exposed openings.'"

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