* Posts by westlake

141 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

westlake

EVE

WALL-E without EVE?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz-7aQ_JYYg (Eve's Theme)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPW3mvAN0Rc (Define Dancing)

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

westlake

Repeat after me.

Voland's right hand:

"Just grab any Sci Fi video from last 20 years (Stargate Atlantis comes to mind) and there will be at least one guy controlling a boat (OK, granted a space one) with a tablet."

Fiction is not prior art.

I have never understand why the geek finds this simple concept so difficult to grasp.

The screenwriter only has to suggest an affordable prop or special effect which will look plausible on

screen and won't bring the action and story to a screeching halt.

He doesn't have to engineer a solution robust and sane enough to trusted when remotely piloting a 60 meter yacht.

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

westlake

Keeping it simple.

Dell isn't accepting payment in bitcoins.

It is accepting payments in dollars from a single bitcoin exchange.

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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Stop

Re: FB & Google...

<<When people in a remote village come down with something, it would help a lot if the local clinic was able to get Internet access, look up the symptoms, and come up with a possible treatment.<<

This assumes there is a clinic.

That the symptoms aren't well known.

and that the clinic has the resources to provide anything more than palliative care.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

westlake

Keep it simple, keep it clean.

If you are posting code to a public repository, it strikes me as plain common sense to present it as professionally as possible.

If someone is looking for evidence to make a case for harassment in the workplace, anything in print is far game.

Comments that read as black flags to employers or prospective employers are going to come back to haunt you.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: 30+ years later

<<And only now it gets an entry in the OED? That's timely.

Google returns 666 million hits for "e-ticket." Both as shorthand for electronic ticket and the exceptional experience in dining, entertainment, travel and so on.

The purpose of the OED is to document the history and use of the English language. Some popular but ephemeral usages will make it in too quickly, perhaps.

Other, and ultimately more significant and enduring coinages, may have to wait awhile. It's a judgment call, and there is no magic formula or crystal ball to help you make the tight choices.

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

westlake

Re: @NormDP

<<Admittedly because I was the majority shareholder and chief techy type for a company that wrote software that could run on a Windows stack I made rather a lot more money than I gave to Bill...<<

In plain English, your company saw a very good return on its investment in the Microsoft OS. Installed on the cheap commodity PCs designed for the MSDOS and Windows markets.

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westlake

Farming is a business.

Let ne introduce you to the farmer.

He buys seeds from companies Monsanto because his fields are more productive, his crops consistently sell for a very good price and his labor costs and other expenses are much lower than the alternatives ---

including harvesting his own seeds.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

westlake
Pint

Grounded for life.

Andrew Fernie:

"Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario."

The geek needs to stop drawing life-lessons from Star Trek. Real life isn't scripted to give him the win.

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

westlake
Unhappy

News for nerds.

Tabloid style headlines give me a headache.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

westlake

Re: Time marches on.

TNMOC peter:

You don't get rid of the veterans BEFORE you bring in the pantomime mob, you actively engage them to pass on their knowledge over time...

I agree that the transition needs to be planned.

But nostalgia for the days when Bletchley Park was for the geek alone and senior volunteers could carry the full weight of the educational program is misguided.

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westlake
Pint

Time marches on.

The "elderly pensioners who made Bletchley Park" aren't going to be around forever.

The electro-mechanical and vacuum tube technologies enshrined here will recede further and further into the past.

as will memories of the Second World War.

The makes the role of the actor --- the presenter or interpreter --- who doesn't know the tech or the history first-hand --- more important and more challenging.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

westlake

Occam's Razor

I can't imagine any competent pathologist missing the signs of long-term drug and alcohol abuse --- and the drug cocktail is a known killer.

"Overdose fatalities usually involve an opioid drug like heroin, Vicodin or Oxycontin that is taken for non-medical purposes in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Most overdose fatalities result from mixing drugs, and the most dangerous kind of drug to include in the mix is an opioid. Mixing "downs" or "depressant drugs"—the class that includes alcohol, opioids, and tranquilizers like Valium and Ambien—is what killed Heath Ledger, and is, according to Frank Vocci, director of the Division of Pharmacotherapy for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "unquestionably" the deadliest combination. Seventy-five percent of overdoses involve drug mixtures."

http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/bringing-back-the-overdose-dead-1?ocid=msnnws

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

westlake

Wierd News

It happened again.

For the second time in less than a week, someone has gotten stuck in a washing machine playing a game of hide-and-seek.

A 20-year-old Australian man got stuck in a top-load washing machine Saturday in the hopes of scaring his girlfriend, BBC reports.

He was also naked.

On Friday, an 11-year-old Utah girl made headlines after a similar ordeal. The girl, who did not want to be identified out of embarrassment, was playing hide-and-seek when she got stuck in the machine for 90 minutes. Firefighters were eventually able to pry her out.

"She really wanted to win," the girl's mother said.

On Friday, an 11-year-old Utah girl made headlines after a similar ordeal. The girl, who did not want to be identified out of embarrassment, was playing hide-and-seek when she got stuck in the machine for 90 minutes. Firefighters were eventually able to pry her out.

"She really wanted to win," the girl's mother said.

Despite needing help from authorities, these two pioneers of hide and seek should be admired for their commitment to hiding.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/man-stuck-in-washing-machine-australia_n_4549781.html

weird news has a video....

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Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

westlake

Panic Attack.

If you are a cop, you've have got to love this:

"Guys I was arrested yesterday and out on bond now. But something is fucked! I know I'm risking more warning you guys and my attorney doesn't even want me on the internet but you guys need to know this. When I was in the interview they showed me all sorts of shit that they should not know or have access to ... Something is definitely wrong and they have the ability to see things on here only mods or admins should like transfers and a dispute I had."

The first to spill their guts gets a deal, the rest will be hung out to dry.

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Cocky Microsoft strokes soft tool in public for 3D printing on Windows 8.1

westlake

He who laughs last...

The Makerbot Win 8.1 driver is available now through Windows Update. MakerBot 3D printer driver for Windows 8.1 goes live

The Makerbot Replicator 2 is $2,200. Expensive. But not out of line for a first generation consumer product.

HP introduced the mass-market laser printer, the LaserJet series II, in March 1987. The HP LaserJet II was designed from the ground up as a laser printer with correct order page output as opposed to being leveraged from the Canon PC-20 personal copier. The HP LaserJet II used PCL4, improved features, more memory and fonts for a market price of $2,695.

HP Laser Jet

Adjusted for inflation, $5172,

Free and easy to use entry level CAD/CAM software. OS support. Supported hardware sold off-the-shelf through major retail outlets.

Not a bad place to begin.

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

westlake
Pint

Enterprise Cap

Cisco is one of about thirty H.264 licensors.

Most of them global industrial giants like LG, Mitsubishi, Philips and Samsung.

There is an enterprise cap on H,264 royalties. Currently $6.5 million/yr. Cisco's revenues are about $49 billion/yr.

The video compression codec is about the perception of color, depth, motion and detail. In both video and sound, It is not a simple problem ----

which is why even Google can come up short.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

westlake

Re: Perhaps when

N2: "Perhaps when The users stop referring to sysads as 'geeks' Until then they can F off"

IT provides technical support.

Users are directly engaged in the business of their employer --- some of them at a very high level.

They stay. You go.

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

westlake

Back to the old drawing board.

With all due respect, it's a 3,000 km run.

The car needs to be stable. The test track can only give you a single snapshot of the conditions you might experience on the road.

I can't say I like the idea of using tilting solar panels on an ultra light vehicle that may not in its basic configuration be particularly stable or easy to control

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Roll up, roll up: Cash, Bitcoin and booze offered for iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner hack

westlake

Tech marches on.

The geek can't let go of a Mythbusters trick he saw maybe five to ten years back.

The 5s scanner uses both capacitive and RF sensors. It reads living tissue beneath the outer layers of the skin and it expects a pulse.

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/09/16/why-a-disembodied-finger-cant-be-used-to-unlock-the-touch-id-se/

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

westlake

Re: The science behind Doctor Who?

AC: "You have got to be kidding, the Tardis control panel consisting of parts of a Victorian steam engine."

The Time Lords were masters of deception and camouflage. It defined their culture and technology. The Doctor has never been able to escape this fully.

The external controls of a TARDIS are mimetic.

Their physical appearance or construction have never really mattered. What matters is the one-on-one relationship between a Time Lord and the system's core AI:

"I may not always take you where you want to go, but I will always take you to where you need to be,"

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

westlake

"The Harvard Law School professor's talk included short clips of amateur dance videos that used French band Phoenix's Lisztomania as the soundtrack. After delivering the lecture, Lessig uploaded the clips to YouTube, and the fun started."

To me this sounds like the clips were stripped from the lectures and stitched together for an independent musical performance on YouTube.

I don't know how you can frame a legally persuasive "fair use" case out of that. The take down order seems perfectly legitimate.

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

westlake

LarsG: Will now be known as 'Lucky Bojczak'.

Out of a job. $32K fine that can't be discharged in bankruptcy. Could maybe see his commercial license revoked.

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Don't trust us? Try these Office 365 stats, says Microsoft

westlake

Office 365 is a tiered subscription service.

You will most likely have the full MS Office Suite resident on your PC and automatic synchronization of locally stored files with those stored in the cloud.

Your work will not come to a screeching halt if Sky Drive is down or you can't access the Internet.

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Yes, maybe we should keep hackers in the clink for YEARS, mulls EU

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Pint

About time.

When you break into someone's home, you won't get far arguing that your motives were well-intentioned --- no matter how crack-brained --- and that any damage you caused was accidental or that the owner was at fault because he should have invested in better locks.

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

westlake
Pint

The tech is not the problem.

Google Glass has a patent on a see-through display.

Google details how Glass could look like traditional sunglasses using see-through displays

Early prototypes of Glass were, well, much more in-your-face.

Google Glass headset with bone-conduction speakers revealed in FCC filing

The defining image of Google Glass is the dork in the shower who creeps you out. This is the problem.

Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass Before It Ever Gets Off the Ground

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Charity chief: Get with it, gov - kids shouldn't have to write by hand

westlake
Pint

Re: In some regards, he has a point though

Stu J: "The people who were studying English Lit, History etc, who were used to writing for that period of time, had a huge advantage over someone who was used to scrawling equations and formulae, and very little prose."

This tells me you had almost no general education whatsoever. That you couldn't think or express yourself clearly and concisely outside of an equation.

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

westlake
Pint

Let it go.

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that every hit in a Google search for "fondleslab" links back to The Reg.

The one geek coinage that has failed to gain traction on Slashdot ---- where hitting on the "luser" has always been fair game.

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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

westlake
Pint

H.264 and WebM

H.264 royalties are straightforward.

If you are not into content production or codec distribution on a commercial scale MPEG LA has no interest in you whatsoever.

http://www.mpegla.com/main/programs/avc/Documents/AVC_TermsSummary.pdf

The problem with WebM is that it is --- for all practical purposes --- nothing more than a distribution codec for YouTube.

H.264 has a much broader reach.

Broadcast, cable and satellite distribution. Industrial and military applications. Automotive. Security. Home video and so on. Google is big but not that big.

http://www.mpegla.com/main/programs/AVC/Pages/Licensees.aspx

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OLPC shuns Indian founder after anti-tablet screed

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Pint

OLPC

You won't go far wrong in saying that the XO laptop is almost unknown outside of Spanish speaking Central and South America.

That raises huge questions about the cultural biases and assumptions that may have been woven into what was essentially a product of the MIT Media Lab.

One Laptop per Child: Deployment of XO laptops: Summary of laptop orders

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Modder hacks SimCity for unlimited offline play

westlake
Pint

Just a reminder.

Amaazon restored the Sim City download about two days back now.

Where it stands as No.2 in combined video and PC game hardware and software sales. It's not often you see a PC game top this list.

The Sim City download is No 2 in PC game sales.

The Sim City DLC European city double-pack No, 12 in PC simulation game sales.

EA has 19 games in the top 50 at the time of this posting. [9:45 PM EDT Wed 14 ]

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

westlake
Pint

Office 365 University (without Lync) is $80 US for four years, with a 2 PC + mobile devices limit. There is also three tiers of campus-wide "Office 365 for education." services.

Office 365 is multilingual and has a global reach.

I put this to Slashdot and I think it is worth repeating here. Office 365 targets the clerical worker or professional for whom the MS Office suite is one of the fundamental tools of his trade.

If other members of the family are using the software, it is because they share the same interests and ambitions and are functioning at more or less the same level.

These are not casual users --- and this is not a "Works" market,

The geek still thinks in terms of the stand-alone office suite, not integrated office systems, in which a client like Outlook is only a single component.

He undervalues sites like Office.com. Miles wide and deep in resources.

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Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

westlake
FAIL

Re: Better concept follows...

>>Side benefit is all the security camera folks being driven insane. Rentacops running through the malls, looking for someone with a flaming hat.<<

Let's ignore for the moment the possibility that the camera has an IR filter.

Search Google Images for "shopping mall interiors." Count the number of people wearing hats. It might be a little different at Bass Pro.

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

westlake
Pint

Dare To Think: "Thus, can someone please let me know MS Office' unique advantage?"

The chances are quite good that every local high school. college, public library, or community center within easy driving distance from your home is offers courses in MS Office. Recruiting experienced MS Office workers is dead easy pretty much anywhere south of the Artic Circle.

Microsoft sells Office as part of an integrated office system that scales to an enterprise of any size. The geek still tends to think in terms of the stand-alone office suite.

The office manager doesn't want themes.

He wants mature tools for deployment and administration.

He wants to be able to place his full time staff, temps and senior volunteers at any available desk and be productive.

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

westlake
Pint

Re: @westlake - A good question

>>For what it's worth, the only way I can see Ubuntu succeeding is if they can persuade OEMs to offer Dual Windows 8/Ubuntu installations<<

The fundamental problem here --- the elephant in the room that no one ever talks about --- is the lack of compelling programs which are Linux only.

Which is perfectly evident in these official screen shots of the Ubuntu Software Center:

http://shop.canonical.com/index.php?cPath=19

Maintaining two operating systems. software libraries, and skill sets has all the appeal of root canal without general anesthesia.

You have to deliver a really big pay-off in return for all that pain and suffering.

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westlake
Pint

Re: A good question

>>Canonical have made a conscious decision to break with the main community of Linux users and go for the masses who don't really care as long as they can easily 'get stuff' - because that's where the money is.

The big flaw with this approach is that the only way most 'consumers' will see Linux is if they know someone willing to set it up for them. And those helpful people will tend to be the ones that Canonical have pissed off.<<

Ubuntu is one of the few Linux distributions with strong OEM support.

Canonical is well known for making practical concessions to the reality of big box retail like the licensing of H,264.

Google Product Search returns about 1,000 hits of interest to the Ubuntu novice. Amazon.com --- perhaps not surprisingly --- about the same. in a search of books alone.

If the FSF or a LUG has a significant off-campus presence in upstate New York, I've seen no sign of it in almost fifteen years.

I doubt I could attract a Linux geek to these premises if I baited the trap with a keg of beer and a girl from one of the border town strip clubs.

The point being that, if Linux adoption is dependent on personal contacts or the "kindness of strangers," it is doomed to failure.

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

westlake

Gnu Lose

FSF's lame-ass promotional stunts are comic gold.

Remember "Windows 7 Sins?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnrFHB3YSx0

Here are some screen shots of "Ubuntu's Software Center." http://shop.canonical.com/index.php?cPath=19

Looks a lot like the Windows Store doesn't it?

Now count the number of apps on display which are available for the Windows platform. Tell me what I am missing that would make the migration to Linux worthwhile.

I did the upgrade-in-place on the desktop to Windows 8 Pro Sunday.

Total cost: $16.10.

I have since been moving freely and comfortably between Metro, Media Center, the desktop and AMD's Android AppZone player.

I can't emphasize more that learning the new system has been easy and it has been fun.

I will probably gift myself with a touch mouse. If large screen multi-touch desktop hardware was within budget I would have no hesitation in going that route.

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John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty

westlake

No safety net.

Belize has had an extradition treaty with the US for twelve years.

The Treaty provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes....transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes....

GEORGE W. BUSH.

TREATY WITH BELIZE ON MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS

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Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions

westlake
Pint

Think interests not bribery.

The Republican party is all but extinct in California. The Republican party in New York is more centrist then the party nationally but is in no great shape either.

No one is surprised when the Senator from Kansas votes wheat and corn.

The states where IP is of great economic significance --- production and distribution finance, balance of trade --- are the states where you can harvest the most popular and electoral votes.

These are also the states where the racial and cultural mix is most diverse and dynamic --- and that is by no means coincidental.

As much as copyright reform may excite the geek, it is not a big winner politically.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

westlake
Thumb Down

Figures.

>> Of course the above is simply me venting hot air, as I've yet to try Win8 at all. <<

Why does this not surprise me?

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

westlake
Pint

Rear view mirror.

The geek tends to forget that Microsoft had an early and very successful entrant in the *NIX market for the PC.

>>In the late 1980s, Xenix was, according to The Design and Implementation of the 4.3BSD UNIX Operating System, "probably the most widespread version of the UNIX operating system, according to the number of machines on which it runs<<

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix

"You Can Afford A Ford"

The MSDOS and Windows PC entered the market as an office workhorse and home appliance.

The beige box built around a decent keyboard, an 80 column display, off-the-shelf PC hardware ---- and a price tag that wouldn't send the buyer into sticker shock.

It's a winning formula that allows hardware and software to evolve together and expand into new markets as the installed base grows and economies of scale kick in.

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‘Anonymous’ takes down Texan RFID-tracking school

westlake
Pint

John Jay High

The Northside district of San Antonio has 112 schools and 100,000 students. The middle school and high school in the RFID badge pilot program 4,200 students.

https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=john+jay+high+school+(san+antonio)&fb=1&gl=us&hq=john+jay+high+school&hnear=0x865c58af04d00eaf:0x856e13b10a016bc,San+Antonio,+TX&cid=0,0,4692771767847319479&ei=RUi0ULfFEKTU0gHO2IGYDQ&ved=0CH4Q_BIwAA

The school is about three city blocks long.

It fronts on a four lane highway zoned mixed commercial and light industrial.

Five tennis courts, Two baseball fields. Two soccer fields. One football stadium.

John Jay is a STEM magnet school. Parents send their kids here expecting academic rigor, a favorable student-teacher ratio, a strict code of behavior, and a safe and secure environment. In a school this size that is quite a challenge,

In our state, even a parent doesn't have unrestricted access to a public school or freedom of movement within a public school during school hours.

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UK student in dock over Anonymous £3.5m PayPal attack

westlake
Gimp

Re: A whiff of American military

>> I really hate the current trend in Reg comments for blaming the victims of a crime for bringing it upon themselves.<<

You see this all the time on Slashdot.

The geek at the core is technocratic not libertarian. He believes that his unique skills and training put him somehow above the law, and answerable to no one.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Pint

Northside.

The numbers tell the story.

The Northside district in San Antonio has 112 schools and 100,000 students.

The middle school and high school in the RFID badge pilot program have 4,200 students.

In the adult world, where will you find a campus that size ---- whatever its purpose --- which doesn't restrict physical access and access to services through the use of keycards, badges, and so on?

John Jay is a STEM magnet school.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their kids with promises of small class sizes, a safe and secure environment, academic rigor and strong discipline.

It's been a winning formula for the Catholic School to generations.

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'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

westlake
Holmes

Re: Protecting their investment

>> Toshiba would only sell it with Windows because Microsoft had paid them and effectively stopped them from offering the machine in other formats; because they'd subsidised teh cost of the netbook.<<

Walmart spent the better part of a decade trying to explain Linux to its big box retail market.

Having no success whatever in this, the chain was reduced to running yellow-striped borders --- like a CSI crime scene tape --- around Linux info boxes warning its customers that these systems would not run software sold for the Windows OS.

Despite its enormous purchasing power, Walmart could not deliver a credible Linux PC that cost significantly less than its brand name Windows competitors.

The geek simply ignores economies of scale --- which is the real meaning of the Microsoft "Tax."

Walmart BTW sells tons of software, hardware and accessories to its Windows customers. The after-market in Windows is golden.

In 2012 Walmart.com offers over 300 flavors of the Windows laptop. While Toshiba remains in the business of delivering a product retailers are anxious to have in stock.

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westlake
FAIL

Re: Do we have any intelligent politicians?

>> Microsoft don't make any PCs so it should be illegal for their OS to be paid for in the purchase price.

Bare Bones doesn't sell worth spit.

The PC as a "name branded" plug and play home appliance or workhorse office machine has been around for about 35 years now.

That makes it easy to sell and easy to support under warranty,

Linux is hopelessly fragmented. The geek 's next demand --- quite plausibly --- would be for an generic OS system ballot. Then a Linux distro ballot.

Then a UI ballot...

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

westlake
Pint

Re: The Success of MS

"Billy-Boi's Mommy was IBM Chairman John F. Akers executive secretary."

Grow up.

In 1975 Microsoft had revenues of $22,000.

In 1980, $7.5 million,

MBASIC was the glue that held the eight-bit world together. The first million-dollar bestseller in the new microcomputer market,

Microsoft had a full suite of programming languages ready to be ported to the 16 bit micro. MBASIC. FORTRAN. COBOL. PASCAL. In XENIX it had a plausible entrant in the *NIX OS market. It had the SoftCard for the Apple II --- which would make it the biggest distributer of CP/M.

If you were a small team in 1880 designing a workhorse PC for office use and positioning it as the natural upgrade path for business from CP/M, you had two logical places to go for system software and development tools ---- Digital Research and Microsoft.

If you were smart, you were talking to them both from Day 1.

It is not smearing Kildall to say that C/PM 86 was moving forward at a pace that could best be described as glacial.

That he had no clear notion of how the IBM PC would transform the market --- and how fast the IBM PC development team was prepared to move.

Gates promised to deliver a serviceable OS in time for the scheduled launch of the IBM PC. These were the words IBM needed to hear,

That pricing CP/M 86 at $240 was disastrous mistake when PC-DOS was available for $40 ---

and Gates had negotiated a non-exclusive deal with IBM that would make the MS-DOS PC a commercially viable product before the cloning of the IBM PC BIOS.

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westlake
Pint

Re: The Success of MS

"Billy-Boi's Mommy was IBM Chairman John F. Akers executive secretary."

Who the hell cares?

Microsoft was selling microcomputer BASIC to the Fortune 500 in 1975.

MBASIC was the glue that held the all-but-hopelessly fragmented universe of the eight-bit micro together.

MBASIC was the first program for the micro to achieve a million dollars in sales.

Microsoft was selling a broad spectrum of programming languages for CP/M in 1980. The Z-80 Softcard for the Apple II was a huge success.

If you are designing a workhorse office machine in 1980 as the natural upgrade path for business from CP/M and want to launch with a full suite of development tools that will make ports to the new system dead easy where do you go?

If your answer isn't Microsoft, go to the back of the class.

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westlake
Pint

Re: Memories of the once cutting edge.

"I do know that there was a DR copyright easter egg hidden in CP/M that be reproduced on the original IBM PC."

This sounds like an echo of the story ---- I am tempted to call it a hoax --- peddled by the sci-fi writer Jerry Pournelle.

The Spectrum article makes it perfectly clear that in a 160 KB OS there is no way to conceal that Easter Egg.

"First, no one knows the secret command; Pournelle claims he wrote the command down but has never shown it to anyone. In addition, such a message would be easily seen by opening the binary files in a simple text editor unless the message was encrypted. CP/M had to fit on a floppy disk that held only 160 kilobytes; Kildall’s achievement was squeezing an entire operating system into such a small footprint. But it is difficult to imagine he could do this and also squeeze in an undetectable encryption routine."

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westlake

Re: I am thoroughly confused by it all

"Take a big thing and make it smaller? I don't see that as an innovative use of something which already exists."

Carrier was building central air conditioning systems for theaters, hospitals and factories in the 1920s. But the installations were massive.

The industrial refrigerants used lethal when mishandled.

That is why you don't see residential air conditioning in common use until the 1950s.

You can't patent an idea, period.

What you can do is patent a solution to a particular problem. The transistor that replaces electro-mechanical or vacuum tube logic circuits.

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