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Comment: um.... (Score 0) 153

by Charliemopps (#48209435) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?


First PDA:

Are we going to, yet again, perpetuate the myth that Apple has ever invented anything on their own?

First Personal computer:
First MP3 Player:
First SmartPhone:

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 2) 153

by Charliemopps (#48209395) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Describe for me, programmatically, the difference between a stoplight and a taillight.
and a police light
and a neon sign
and every other red light on earth...

and also, please include all the many shapes and sizes of the various stoplights all over the country.

Stop signs have a very specific shape, and text printed on them. They do not very from place to place. They're piratically a damned bar code as far software is concerned. It's almost like they were designed for the task.

Comment: Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (Score 1) 75

by Charliemopps (#48206887) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Are we going to keep saying this forever? When are these things going to fall to the floor and become wrenches? (A wrench is a universally used device with no encumbrances, a true tool.)

  We want tools of computing to be as useful and flexible and free (in design) as cement, steel girders, wrenches and sockets, pencils and paper.

I have about $10k worth of patented tools out in my garage. Your continuous wrench examples are hilariously ironic considering Cement, Steel girders, wenches and sock, pencils and paper all have patents

You seem to think that the collective idea of a "Wrench" is the same as going to home depot to buy "Crescent Wrench" And I'll admit, those of us that use real tools tend to refer to them by their brand name. I call all my adjustable wrenches "Crescent Wrenches" because they made the first one I ever owned.

But the fact of the matter is, Crescent is a brand:

They have all of their wrenches patented. And if you Gave the device we're talking about here the same patent treatment you did a Crescent wrench and tried to copy it like you want to, you'd get sued even more hardcore you dolt.

You are free to design your own Wrench, or development computer. You are not free to copy Crescent or Raspberries designs without their permission. I find it idiotic that I'm defending patents, as I don't like them much... but you're so far off the mark you're making the rest of us that support FSSOS look like idiots.

Comment: You know (Score 5, Funny) 76

by Charliemopps (#48206767) Attached to: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

You know... I was downtown, selling some fine imported watches to passers by, and a police officer did not find my excuse of "Puffery" nearly as understandable as this judge seems to. Apparently Puffery isn't not allowed at $100, but is at $100million. Interesting indeed. I need to raise my price point!

Comment: Re:Management only (Score 1) 43

by Charliemopps (#48206651) Attached to: Microsoft,, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

The memo only talks about executives and product managers. Engineers (at ANY level) are explicitly excluded from the agreement (that is, they can be recruited at will), as well as any product "contributors".

So you think the existence of this agreement makes the existence of other, similar agreements, less likely? If you caught a burglar and he confessed to steeling your TV, would you assume he left the rest of your stuff alone?

But lets assume it does... you think that a no-poach agreement on executives and product managers would have no affect on the salary of Engineers? You don't think a lower salary for executives doesn't have an effect on the rest of the organization as a whole?

Comment: Re:it's an electric universe baby (Score 0) 64

by Charliemopps (#48206401) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

This is one of the areas I think the electric universe guys are correct about.

No they're not. Stop going to those websites. Everything on there is nonsense. Pulsars are a fairly well understood fenomena. Astronomers have found 1 observation out of billions of stars that contradicts their math, and they already have a plausible explanation for it.

Comment: Re:New Object (Score 1) 64

by Charliemopps (#48206295) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

My hypothesis is how black holes often work like a gravitational lens for light, they could be located in the right spot that in essence focuses the xray energy right onto our location.

Actually, something like that is in the story if you read it. It's a pulsar and the magnetic fields of which can lens the light just as you describe. No blackhole required.

Comment: Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (Score 3, Insightful) 75

by Charliemopps (#48204773) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

I'd never heard of this controversy... but after looking it up, there's no proof rPI had anything to do with that... and even if they did, they kind of had a point. rPI is Not an open hardware project and never claimed to be. All the hacking people are using it for is welcome, but wasn't what they were going after in the beginning. You can't just copy other peoples closed source hardware.

Comment: Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 109

by Charliemopps (#48204321) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

have your local police and fire phone numbers in your cell phone and posted next to your land line.

That is a great idea.
But, I used to handle 911 outages. Most 911 outages are due to cable cuts, which would often leave those facilities unreachable as well.

I'd say that if your phone works, and you can't call 911 or the local hospital, you should assume the trunk leading to those services (foolishly all usually located next to each other) is cut or damaged. So your next best bet would be to call a NON-LOCAL ER. i.e. Call the next town over. Just because downtown is broken doesn't mean the trunk leading to the next exchange is as well. We'd often route that way ourselves until it was fixed. So if you can call there, then they can radio to your local EMTs.

Also, a lot of times the local network is made up of all of these trunks, but your internet connection heads strait out of town. You might have better luck making a voip call or sending an email. A relative may be able to reach someone when you can't, etc... Text messages might be a good route as well, they are handled entirely different (though I've never dealt with that tech myself so take that with a grain of salt.)

Comment: I used to handle this... (Score 1) 109

by Charliemopps (#48204237) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

I used to work in the NOC for a large Telco and we'd handle 911 outages. Usually 911 goes down because the entire networks down. Like the switch failed, or the trunk from one area that leads to the area the 911 center is in would get cut. Most of this stuff is in a ring so there's usually an alternate route, but in some areas that's not physically possible. For example a remote mountain town with a single road in, would likely have its only trunk running along that same road and it'd get cut all the time as the road constantly needed repair. Chose where you live wisely.

We'd handle this in different ways depending on the situation. For example, if we had 4 trunks that could handle 4X number of calls, and 3 got cut so it could only handle 1X, we could actually prioritize certain numbers so 911 and emergency services would get priority. If the trunk leading to the 911 center failed, we could do something like re-route the calls to the local police dispatcher who literally had no warning and would suddenly have their phone ringing off the hook. You may say "you should warn them!" but our policy was "Get it done" because who's dieing while you're arguing with the dispatcher about how her days going to suck?

The most important skill you can have in any NOC is your ability to triage problems. That term comes from the medical world but it's just networking equipment... until you get into the situation I was in. And you're making triage decisions that could actually result in death. These were real engineers that really cared and did what they could. But when you have an area ravaged by hurricane and you tell the tech to put gas in generator 1 instead of 2, because you've been up for 30hrs strait... and a remote goes down so they can't call 911? I just couldn't detach myself from that. I took a pay cut to leave. A lot of people floated through that job, it wasn't just me. It takes a special kind of person that can detach themselves from the consequences of their decisions.

Comment: Oh wow (Score 2) 114

by Charliemopps (#48202699) Attached to: Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Oh wow... it's like you spend your whole life understanding your childhood.

When I saw that image of the Sol-20, it immediately took me back to being 6yrs old. I'd go with my father to work in a manufacturing plant. He ran "The lab" and up until the late 70s, they'd program their machines with an infrared laser onto a chip... and it was a nightmare because it took hours and if anyone turned on a light it would ruin the etch. Then these computers started showing up with floppy drives and the first one I remember seeing looked exactly like that Sol-20. I'm assuming that's what it was. I got to type on it for fun a couple of times. Later they swapped to Commador's, apple IIs, IBM clones, etc... whatever was cheap.

This was probably the first computer I ever touched. Wow!

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 102

by Charliemopps (#48198817) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

For what is almost certainly a few cosmetic touches to an existing app (that is likely only a couple hundred lines of code to start with) that would take probably 15 minutes to do, you'd charge $150k without any warranty of working, and then basically charge enough to nearly dedicate one reasonable (entry level) full time employee to an app that probably isn't used at all about 11 months out of the year?

Yes ... and I'd like to point out a few key phrases in your statement that prove why I'd do this...

that would take probably 15 minutes to do

Booting up my computer and logging into all my various apps would take longer than that so...

charge enough to nearly dedicate one reasonable (entry level) full time employee

Entry level people can't debug code. They make bugs, they don't fix them. You want someone to create new accounts for you? That's what this person can do. Debug a production website while the president of the company is on the phone screaming in your ear that they'll eat your children for breakfast if this isn't up NOW I charge a lot for that.

without any warranty of working

It would meet their needs at the time of release. that would be in the contract. In 6 months, when they install their new single signon app that wasn't in the original design specs and it breaks... I should fix that for free? You have to keep in mind, I have to be available now to fix it. They aren't going to be ok with calling me, saying its broken in the middle of their peak signup time, and have me say "Well, I'm at my real job... you know the one that pays the bills, I'll get to this next Saturday" No, they wont. So if I'm going to drop my life to fix this, I need money to cover that.

isn't used at all about 11 months out of the year

and the amount a webpage is used is relevant how? and how do you know it's used that much? I'd be willing to charge for support per month. $10k/month. How's that?

I've seen quotes from a very good development company that has always delivered come in at about $10k for work significantly harder than this subject.

Congratulations. Just so you know how that works, that place already has the site built. They change a few things here and there... likely have widgets or whatever depending on what they use. Great. So your $10k quote was to modify an existing codebase that they already have a team of people intimately familiar with. But this clients already flat out rejected that. They want volunteers to write a webapp from the ground up that they own and maintain. That's an entirely different ballgame. That's a Major, enterprise level effort. The sort of thing companies like Google, IBM, Apple pull off over periods of months or years. A team of 4 volunteers in a basement? Good luck.

I'm sorry, but you clearly have no idea how enterprise projects work. I once saw a company pay $22,000 for a single line of code. This included 1yr of support and it was considered a steal. This was years ago, my managers and said "I cold write that in 10min!!!" My boss laughed at me and asked me the following:
1. In 6 months from now, will you still be here? You can't leave for a year... period, and have to sign a contract stating as such. Even if we fire you, you still have to fix it.
2. Are you insured? You need a minimum of a $1million liability policy in case we need to sue you.
3. Do you have a track record of completed work? We need this done, and should you fail and I have to go to shareholders to tell them we took this key project to "some guy" to save $22k, and he screwed up so we lost $100k in sales... what do you think is going to happen to me? In other words, we're not paying $20k for the code, we're paying $20k for peace of mind. We wont have to worry about this. We would have to worry about you.

Now, I know your arguments going to be "Well, it's not that big of a site" or "They wont be that harsh"
Their existing site is worthless to an incoming developer. It would take you longer to parse and understand his code than it would to start from scratch. And their expectations? Everyone's expectations change once they've written a check. It's all smiles and hugs until the sites down. You paid some random local guy $10k to throw up a Joomla site for you? That's nice... I'm happy that's worked out for you so far. But when that site goes down 2 days before Christmas, the guys on vacation in italy with your $10k and doesn't answer the phone... you lose so much business you're on the verge of bankruptcy and find out he's been working out of his moms basement, and you can't even sue him? You might start to see what I'm talking about.