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Comment: Re:One of the most overpaid execs in history (Score 2) 121

by Shoten (#47941011) Attached to: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Screw the shareholders. What about the rest of Oracle's workers? You know, the people who make Larry Ellison look good by busting their asses? Why not give them a raise?

Oh don't worry about the employees, they'll be fine. With Mark Hurd at the helm, they'll be...*laughing*...*doubling over laughing*

Oh, I'm sorry...I couldn't QUITE make it through the rest of that sentence without laughing my BALLS off!

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 943

by Shoten (#47929519) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

It is a little unexpected.

Islam, but obviously not this particular splinter, has a long and glorious history of cultivating math and science. Specifically, they invented some aspects of linear algebra to solve inheritance issue – the Koran is very specific on how much the various wives and children get.

You're confusing past nations that were inhabited by Muslims with Islam itself. This is like saying that Christianity has a long and glorious history of cultivating the Internet, since most of the people at CERN who invented HTTP were Christian.

Comment: Thoreau already covered this (Score 3, Insightful) 230

by Shoten (#47926219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

From Thoreau, in Walden:

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Based on this, it seems to me that every one of us who has ever been involved in development projects for any significant amount of time has encountered fear as a major force in one or more projects. For that matter, I'd say we've all encountered it as a force in many things we've been a part of.

Comment: This answers a question... (Score 2) 210

by Shoten (#47896415) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

The new GoPro camera...which hasn't come out said to effectively capture video at double the rate that it currently does. So it can do 1080p at 120 frames/second.

But there's a problem with that...the existing GoPro, at half that speed, requires the very fastest of SD cards (UHS Speed Class 3) to be able to write the data fast enough. So I was wondering how the hell the camera would even be able to work at 120 fps 1080p resolution in the first place. This card, with its throughput, answers that, since it's triple the UHS Speed Class 3 specification.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

by Shoten (#47879487) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Baloney. As someone who deals with the military industrial complex on a daily basis, I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government" and these forms are retained by the OPM for something like 7 or 10 years, after which you are required to resubmit them. If she said "no" to the question in question, but knew that her acquaintances went to jail, something objectively doesn't add up. The best possible excuse is that she's just pathologically oblivious, not that the OPM has trumped up charges out of nowhere.

Agreed. From TFA: " Barr says she was casually acquainted with two of the convicted murderers, Judith Clark and Kuwasi Balagoon (née Donald Weems) but had no prior knowledge of their criminal activities." I think that 1, if she'd known them beforehand, it would have been obvious to her that they were a bit past the "baking cookies" level of extremism, and 2, she'd certainly have heard about it when they were arrested/tried/convicted/imprisoned for their role in the attempted hijacking/resulting murder. That is, if she didn't know about it after it happened, but before they were arrested. When an acquaintance who is part of your circle of friends gets involved in something like that, I would tend to think you'd notice.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 1) 123

by Shoten (#47874469) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

Actually, as someone who just bought an Audi, I disagree. The Volvo was by far the most sedate brand in its class. BMW/MB/Audi all had it beat. Even the Hyundai blew it into the river for fun factor. (The new Genesis by Hyundai...especially with the BIG a beast.)

Comment: Re:Perchance (Score 1) 471

by Shoten (#47873929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Is the submitter of the article a developer looking for ideas?

I hope so...if so, he's doing it in a very clever way. Provided, of course, that he can determine the difference in ideas between that which comes from a fairly normal user with a standard need/desire as opposed to a socially-incompetent neckbeard.

Comment: Decisions, Decisions... (Score 1, Interesting) 123

by Shoten (#47872711) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

As an astronaut, I wonder which would appeal to me more? The "Exciting Choice" or the "Safe Choice?" On one hand, I'll be strapped to it as it launches it (and me) into space. On the other hand...I'm an astronaut! My choice of car is probably NOT a fucking Volvo.

Comment: Re:Just the warm-up (Score 1) 48

by Shoten (#47834079) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

Some technologies just don't make sense. At least with our current battery and silicon constraints.

A nice tablet at $500 didn't make sense... until the iPad came out. (Some early speculation had it priced at @$1,000). An expensive smartphone without a keyboard didn't make sense... until the iPhone. A laptop that is .68 inches thick (and gets thinner from there) didn't make sense... until the MacBook Air.

Apple has a track record of pushing limits, and of not releasing products that aren't highly refined. If they come out with an "iWatch," I'd bet it will be something special. And the following iterations will only improve it.

Your point is merely that innovation is something people don't see coming. I don't think it applies here, however.

Everyone wants an "iWatch," so much so that you can use the term and everyone knows exactly what you mean by it. Everyone wanted an iPhone...they were freaking begging for it for years before it came into being.

In this case, though, Intel's made a massive mistake. You can't pair a highly-durable good (bracelet with semi-precious stones, precious metals and exotic materials like "water snakeskin") with something based on personal technology. Very few people will spend $1,000 for the non-functional components of something that they'll replace as often as a cell phone. And almost nobody will do it twice.

Even more notably, the pictures they sent are of bracelets that make distinct statements with regard to color, texture, etc. They won't match just any outfit...which means that either the user must not come to depend on the bracelet (or they'll be disappointed when it clashes with their outfit and so they don't wear it) or buy multiples (which only amplifies the cost/disposability conundrum).

If they had a form factor that allowed for separation of the cosmetic (semi-precious stones, snakeskin, etc.) and functional (electronics) components such that you could swap the electronics module between shells and update it without having to throw away the whole bracelet, then this could work. It would also allow for a platform, however, where you could just wear the electronics module in something like a silicon wrist strap...and thus, that negates the whole point of Intel's idea here by caching the thing as a fashion accessory. As soon as someone puts it in a $10 wristband and notices that it doesn't do all that much that they need, everyone notices the emperor is naked, and they go back to buying bracelets from Cartier or Tiffany's instead.

The key to the iPad and the iPhone was that they were, at their core, supremely functional. That they had lovely form factors was just icing on the cake, and their cache as items of status followed from that...not the other way around.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1, Interesting) 65

by Shoten (#47697085) Attached to: Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

An American would think that. Citizens from other countries may well disagree there. Especially because of that unthinking American preference for Americans in charge everywhere.

Really? Do tell us about all the governments that would rather have Iran or North Korea in charge of ICANN. Please :)

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 3, Insightful) 239

You are speculating on a system that would be able to correctly identify ALL THE OBJECTS IN THE AREA and that is never going to happen.

It doesn't have to identify all the objects in the area, it simply has to not hit them.

Actually, since the whole question of TFA is about ethical choices, it does have to identify them. It can't view a trash can as being equal to a child pedestrian, for example. It will have to see the difference between a dumpster (hit it, nobody inside dies) and another car (hit it, someone inside it may die). It may even need to weigh the potential occupancy of other vehicles...a bus is likely to hold more people than a scooter.

The question at its heart is not about object avoidance in the's about choices between objects. And that requires identification.

Comment: Re:Alternatives (Score 1) 331

by Shoten (#47691403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Your analysis seems to assume that there are apps, and that is it. But in reality there are apps that are virus hosts in themselves. VB within Excel. Javascript within browsers.

Actually, no. There are apps and there is the OS itself. But by the time you're talking about the security model, the OS already exists, and anything you add to that is, essentially, an application. Delivery operates the same way, dependencies can as well. The VB that is within Excel is no less an app than the app that requires .NET framework be installed, a javascript that executes in the browser, or a java applet that requires a JRE. The fact that it depends on something else doesn't change the model. And any app can be malicious or friendly; even a friendly app can be modified or tied with a pre-executed piece of malware.

Comment: Re:us other engineers matter, too (Score 5, Insightful) 371

by Shoten (#47688425) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

/. may be a software-centric site, but those of us in mechanical, electrical, optical, materials, and other branches of engineering are in the same basic position. But sadly, even in businesses which promote engineers into senior roles end up respecting people primarily on the basis of how many direct reports (that's the term for peons whose salaries they determine) they control. Until you're able to rate people by the quality/quantity of output regardless of altitude in the org chart, this problem will continue.

Indeed; the underlying basis of the article could really match almost any profession. Accountants, HR personnel, programmers, even admin assistants. Not understanding the role of a job invariably means not understanding its challenges or the value it brings. So what? This is not news. Hell, I've seen companies where they didn't understand the value of managers...and thus, promoted/hired people into such roles who had no skill at doing their jobs.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?