Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×

Comment: Been there done that - twice (Score 2) 535

by CHK6 (#49343751) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home
My first experience was exactly like yours. The second time before making the purchase, but had earnest money down, in a rural area I told the sellers I would be ordering high speed internet to their house 30 days prior to signing. I told them the final condition after all was said and done was I needed high speed internet. Once the tech came out, wired the house, and flipped on the router I confirmed the house did indeed have high speed internet. The sellers were relieved and I was happy I wasn't moving into an Internet brown zone. If I didn't get high speed access, I'm only out $500. Lessons learned.

Comment: They fear making the wrong choice (Score 1) 264

by CHK6 (#49334837) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple
I believe the Millennials are an all-in social group. And to point out the flaws of something they whole heartily given themselves into is taken as a personal attack on them and their decision making abilities. And the idea of you cannot tell another their opinion is incorrect is taken to the extreme of fanatical fandom. Whatever they are into is their religion and faith. They also show traits that if you point out a flaw, inconsistency, or area that needs improvement, then what you you must be willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Millennials are extremely passionate and if they are on your side all is great and if not well then you find yourself in the position of a pariah. It all boils down to they fear they are going to make the wrong choice and they do not want anyone or thing to disrupt their bubble.

Comment: International (Score 1) 108

by CHK6 (#49326377) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There
I think readers are forgetting that the I in IBM stands for International. I'm still a firm believer that by opening up China to a wider global market helps the people of China and prevents China from becoming something akin to a N. Korea with nukes. Sure there is some beef that China is actively seeking to undermine the Internet and gain access to US technology and secrets. But who isn't?

Comment: Re: Laptop? That's so 00's (Score 1) 385

by CHK6 (#49287943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
Well, I'm definitely not saying a cloud server should be used in leu of university supercomputer lab. Rather answering the question. The costs of a cloud server is better than a laptop. Laptops can be stolen, broken, and really bad at power consumption with moderate to heavy computer loads. Unless there is no connectivity, I see little reason to have a high end laptop.

Comment: Laptop? That's so 00's (Score 1) 385

by CHK6 (#49286397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
If the solution can be on Windows or Linux, then personally I would provision a sever in AWS or Azure that houses all of the heavy specs needed to do her work and research. Slap on VNC or RDP on the server and be done with it. Just make sure she turns off the server when not in use to reduce monthly costs.

All my laptops act as dumb terminals to my real work in the cloud. You can thank me later when her laptop goes belly up.

Comment: Worse than? (Score 1) 322

by CHK6 (#49282885) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
I cannot see how we treat software pirates worse than murders and rapists in the literal sense. But I will say the heavy handed justice department has been overly tenacious at punishing non-violet crimes; specifically in the technology realm. So I understand your sentiment in scale of comparison.

Comment: Stick around or stuck with? (Score 5, Insightful) 317

by CHK6 (#49277825) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand
Oh yeah it will stick around for a very long time in the enterprise market. It will become the new backwards legacy of many enterprises that implemented critical long last manufacturing systems. You can erase IE from the consumers, but that rusty hook is deeply lodged into many enterprise systems.

Comment: That's money savings (Score 1) 132

by CHK6 (#49276621) Attached to: Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times
Lets say you pay $100 per 3 yr cert. For that company with 28394 routers you are looking to spend 78K and change per month to make sure each router has a unique cert.

Factor in IT departments answer to the CFO and have to constantly shrink the cost center budgets, then there you go. Someone at a certain level thought spending $78K per month in addition to their budget wasn't worth it.

Comment: Income and Penalty (Score 1) 760

Because most local law enforcement agencies are run from the fines they collect, then it makes sense to selectively lean towards fining wealthy. While departments would tote the line that they would not turn this into a money grab, there is however a very common sang in the law enforcement realm. "5 tickets a day keeps the sergeant at bay" Once a certain quota is meet then the pressure is off the officer to continue one on one engagements for their shift. If these measures outlined in the article came to pass, then it makes sense to patrol the wealthiest locations as the payouts are larger and the odds are they will payout. Whereas the poor would payless and still have a higher percentage of not paying. Punishment by income is a flawed thinking in how protection of the whole is seen. And then the reason to patrol the poorest would come into an economic question.

But on the flip side, I've seen far to many wealthy avoid punishment because of their affluence.

Comment: Critical thinking skills (Score 1) 305

by CHK6 (#49266151) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders
I think this is interesting and I would like to see how this plays out. Computer science engages critical thinking and this is probably a skill set many inmates lack, which resulted in their crimes in the first place. Sure there are plenty of hard core criminals that frankly enjoy the lifestyle of crime and no amount of education will change that. I doubt the percentage of jail house coders will turn into longer term coding careers and displace non-criminal coders. But hopefully give the men that actually want to change their lives the knowledge that they can be more than just a criminal. We need good come back stories, when all we hear about is the cyclic nature of hardened criminals.

Comment: Swiss Smart Watch (Score 1) 389

It's not like the writing hasn't been on the wall to the Swiss manufacturers. I think it stems from the upper leadership unable to comprehend and understand the changing times. They expect the market to always be there. Just like Kodak and Blackberry executives thought.

If a watch represents wealth and status, then an iWatch will not compete against antique mechanical whirling contraption where each piece is hand made. Nothing to fear.

If a watch represents functional utility, then the Swiss manufacturers have missed the boat and will be caught swimming in the open waters to catch up. Pure panic.

So can I expect a Swiss watch company to buy out Pebble and reface the entire company and design?

Comment: When a robot takes your job (Score 0) 389

by CHK6 (#49074593) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
In my simple mind, if a robot takes your job, then a few things need to happen. 1) Ask yourself, how did you not see this coming? 2) Realize that any future in manual mechanical tasks is limited and short sighted in industrial manufacturing. 3) Get a better education where by any replacement would require higher level of AI and not a robot.

If you find yourself replaced by a non-AI software solution then a few things need to happen. 1) Realize your skillset was just marginalized to a few lines of code. 2) Get a better education whereby it's to complex to replace you with software.

If you find yourself replaced by an AI software solution then a few things need to happen. 1) Realize that life is about to get really simple for you. 2) Quickly gain outdoor survival skills. 3) Prepare for your new AI Overlords.

Comment: Ex-IBM'ers (Score 1) 331

by CHK6 (#48978547) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM
I know more ex-IBM'ers than actual IBM'ers currently employed. Same goes for HP.

You would think that laid off employees would get another job in the IT industry and thus be biased against the services of a former employer. Human psychology might suggest it's hard to pick a vendor that cut off your income supply at one point. IBM isn't so much laying off a workforce, they are seeding the landscape of future potential hostile clients.

Being technology and vendor agnostic, I am not biased one way or the other and this opinion is generic in nature. I just thought about when reading this article.

Administration: An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. -- Ambrose Bierce

Working...