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Comment: Advertising dihcotomy (Score 1) 251

by David_Hart (#49790109) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

It is interesting that Google is making 75% of mobile ad revenue on the Apple platform ($9 billion) vs Android ($3 billion).

I wonder if this is because advertisers are paying more for ads on the Apple platform or if its because people who have Android phones are not using the smart features as much as Apple users. It's likely a bit of both.

Comment: Re: *shrug* (Score 2) 386

by David_Hart (#49757145) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0


The Amiga Workbench was multitasking - the first of its kind for "microcomputers" and it was the bread and butter of airport displays, sports announcers annotating where basketball or football players were moving on the field, and real-time "video toaster" displays for TWO DECADES after.

It was only in the late 2008-9/2010+ timeframe that Windows replaced Amiga displays for those things for realtime video annotations.

So yes, the Amiga did it first better. (Grandparent was right)
The Amiga did it for longer than anyone (sorry, Parent)

So sorry the mods are like 15-20 years old and are bored by history and facts.


It was outclassed even at the time it was being used for Babalon 5 by Pentium PCs and Macs. Amigas were only used for the first season...


Comment: Re:No he doesn't... (Score 1) 494

by David_Hart (#49740997) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

I interviewed with SpaceX for a senior-level software position last year, and was offered the job but turned it down on logistical grounds.

I did indeed have to take the tests mentioned here, and did have to interview with Musk himself as the final step. However, he did not ask me this brain teaser question. In fact, he specifically said he doesn't ask brain teaser questions because they are dumb.

Nor would he likely ask such a well-known and old brain teaser anyway. This seems like one of those things erroneously attributed to "Bill Gates" over the past 20 years because he is famous and smart, and fits people's preconceptions.

This seems like a question that Musk may have asked one person one time and it became part of his story.

My Dad used to ask us kids stupid brain teasers like these. Every time we would give him the answer while rolling our eyes. Maybe he was getting us ready for a job at SpaceX. (grin)

Comment: Re:Is it on the main download page? (Score 4, Informative) 216

by David_Hart (#49727169) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

That said, I use PuTTY when I find myself stuck with a 'doze box (usually when having to show a 'doze user something on a *nix box from his machine), or when I find myself in a datacenter with only a shitty old laptop and no other useful means of getting some RS-232 love (because let's face it, HyperTerminal sucks donkey balls).

I use a free program called mRemote v1.50 as it integrates Putty, RDP, VNC, Citrix, etc. into one console. It's a good tool as you can organize your connections using folders. As a network architect, it's nice to be able to connect to network devices by site. It has a few bugs, such as screwing up the sort order, but nothing major.

There is a newer version out called mRemoteNG 1.72. The last update was from the end of 2013 and it looks like the project is on hold for whatever reason.

It does what I need it to do and that's all I ask of any tool...

Comment: Re:Since when rewarding pirates is "good"? (Score 4, Informative) 214

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. All that talk about pirates getting free Windows 10 upgrades? Not happening.

Since when it is "good" to reward pirates, and to who (other than pirates!) it sounded "good"?

The Security community, maybe... Not all Pirates are smart Pirates. Some end up getting scurvy (trojans, spyware, etc) as a result of their pirating ways.

Comment: Re:Strange quality problems (Score 2) 96

by David_Hart (#49705285) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

So, it's our fault that the Russians can't successfully launch a Russian rocket from a Russian launch site?

Interesting theory, that.

It's rocket science....

It's possible that they aren't able to get certain parts from their standard outside supplier and are forced to use local, Chinese, or black market parts due to the embargo. All you need is one part that isn't manufactured to the right quality or specification...

Comment: Typical stuff... (Score 1) 278

by David_Hart (#49701567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?

Car key/fob, house key, SecureID for VPN, Jeep logo tag, and two small grocery store membership thingies.

I guess the most interesting thing would be the SecurID fob.

Personally, though, I find the car key/fob which enables automatic unlock and push-button start on my Jeep the be the coolest thing... (grin)

I used to have all sorts of other things on my key ring, but it was just too heavy and bulky. Now I leave things like the mail box key at home.

Comment: Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids.... (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by David_Hart (#49693333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Open Document Format?

No, just no....

Store the documents in their original format.

There are many possible reasons why you shouldn't mess with the originals such as formatting, legal implications, loss of content because one format supports stuff that the other doesn't, etc.

The only way that I could see this working is if you converted everything to an open format but kept copies of the originals and linked to them. But if the plan is to dump the original documents, then it just isn't worth it....

Comment: Re:I must move in different circles. (Score 1) 361

by David_Hart (#49693031) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

Many if not all of my fellow musician friends actually stop being such fucking snobs as they mature and realize just how well conceived a lot of pop music is.

i do not think that word means what you think it means...

Most Pop music, music on the top 40, is very formulaic and overly processed. I agree that some of it is actually produced well and will a lot of talent. But those tend to be few and far between in the top 40.

Comment: Re:Not Wireless (Score 1) 75

This is not exactly wireless... It is not "hard wired' in that you don't plug in a cable. The technology uses a system of electric strips of alternating polarity and a pattern of contact pickups on the device to connect to the strips. It is cool, and should be much better than wireless in terms of efficiency.

Exactly. This is a wired technology. The device needs to make electrical contact with the charging pad strips. Just because it doesn't require a traditional cable or plug doesn't change that fact. The open dots alliance page actually refers to it as "wire-free" technology, referring to the fact that you don't need a cable. The article writers are misunderstanding the technology and substituting wireless for cable free.

It would be interesting to see just how this technology works. After all, you won't be able to just toss a device on it. It looks like you will have to place it. Also, you won't be able to place devices in different orientations unless they are connected to differing circuits as the +/- would be reversed for one of them.

Finally, since these are electrical contacts, they will likely be subject to wear, breakage, corrosion, etc.

Comment: Re:Big Data != toolset (Score 1) 100

by David_Hart (#49687413) Attached to: Is Big Data Leaving Hadoop Behind?

I agree. There is a distinct lack of discussion that outlines where Hadoop shines versus a RDBMS and these other tools. I did some reading and it seems like a database system does better with data that is organized and has a distinct relationship between data sets. Hadoop and parallel processing seems to work better for data that is highly unstructured and for which you need to delve deeply to find relationships and create adhoc reports.

Some have mentioned that one of the reasons for interest in Hadoops decline is that it is expensive. There are always newer tools being released that may cost less just to gain market share. The question is, as always, are they actually better products?

I also agree that different problems require different solutions. Unless you are taking specifics, it becomes very difficult to produce a valid debate over the technology that would produce what is required. It's like arguing the merits of MS Excel vs. MySQL without knowing what the requirements are.

Comment: Re:SlashJock? (Score 4, Interesting) 225

by David_Hart (#49640693) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report

I very rarely complain that a story doesn't belong on Slashdot, but this time I will, because this is probably the least Slashdot-worthy story I've seen yet.

This is not news for nerds. This does not matter.

This could be worth of Slashdot if were were discussing the science, the need for proper scientific method, etc. But , much like sports reporters, a lot of people are blowing by this because the bias is that sports and science do not mix.

- It's interesting that the scientific firm used to back up the findings of the report once produced reports that second hand smoke didn't cause cancer
- It's interesting that the report relies on the Refs remembering the starting PSI values. We know just how unreliable memory is
- From a scientific standpoint, it would be trivial to rip apart the findings of the report

Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 1) 227

I'd like to know which brand of microwave lasts 17 years?

I'm using a 25 year old Panasonic. Before that my parents had a 34 year old microwave. Basic microwaves are so simple it's rare that they fail. The new inverter ones breakdown easily though (parents are on their 3rd one in 10 years)

I have a 15 year old Panasonic. I even went looking for something to replace it a while back, wanting a stainless steel one instead of white but, based on the reviews, most models today seem to be built to last only 3 years.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked ... (Score 5, Interesting) 249

That is, until the video surfaces.

There have been enough high profile instances of police officers outright lying about what happened that I simply am not willing to assume they're telling the truth. Because often when a video shows up the police are proven to be lying.

If the good cops can't weed out the bad ones, then it's time to treat them all like children who can't be trusted.

In the fall of 2012, Ben Livingston (a past Stranger contributor) was the subject of a Washington State Patrol traffic stop. Livingston requested dash-cam video of the traffic stop, but the Washington State Patrol denied possessing such footage. The following year, Livingston, Rachner, Mocek, and Seattle civil rights attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer created a nonprofit called the Center for Open Policing (COP). Their first effort was to sue.

They won, and the state patrol settled to the tune of about $23,000. "I particularly enjoyed that case," said Mocek.

If you or I did that, it would be perjury and obstruction of justice.

This is a police force which was already under a federal consent decree ... which means they've been acting like this for a long time.

Boo hoo ... the poor police feel all ganged up on because they can't break the law and get away with it.

You mean like the video in the Ferguson Michael Brown shooting case: "Ferguson Police Officer Exonerated in the Shooting of Michael Brown"

I agree that there are bad cops who lie in order to cover up their incompetence, poor police work, etc. But there are also cases where video would show that the officer followed procedure. In my opinion, Police officers should be begging for tamper resistant body cams. It helps the honest cops and would help weed out the bad ones.

Comment: Re:An ever bigger torpedo (Score 1) 228

by David_Hart (#49629599) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Each one is a learn as you go, something humans excel at even if it's a 16 year old kid who just got their license. This is the Achilles heel of automated driving and we're quite a number of years away from sorting it all out.

You could reasonably address this to some degree by marking the temporary lanes with colored paints. Presumably, these problems will mostly be solved by automatic routing. Your car will just go around, whenever possible. It will know there will be a delay there. Obviously, sometimes that's not possible, which is why the human is going to have to intervene in some situations for quite a long while. Since most of those situations are going to be at quite low speeds, though, the driving controls can recede in importance. Perhaps a force-feedback joystick really will become a viable car controller, at least for vehicles which are expected to drive themselves almost all of the time.

In theory, the orange cones could have RFID or some other technology added that can be polled indicating that it's in a construction zone. Much like the invisible fence for the iRobot vacuum cleaners.

As for routing around, this works fine for passenger vehicles but no so well for trucks. There are routes that trucks are prohibited from taking due to bridge height, weight restrictions, etc.

I still think that the biggest challenge is weather. A system that works well in clear dry weather quickly falls apart in a heavy downpour, fog, and during the winter with snow and ice obscuring lines, signs, signals, etc. In fact, winter also presents the additional challenge of obscuring camera lenses and getting salty water on external sensors, etc. Obviously, Nevada was picked because it presents the fewest weather challenges.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich