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Comment Re:That's one of the biggest problems with OSS (Score 1) 77

Everybody wants the cool job of being one of the original coders. Nobody wants the not-so-cool job of actually maintaining it over the long-term, writing documentation for it, supporting it, etc.

I don't see it that way at all. I find that the maintainers are there because the code is useful to them. It's far easier to take what's there and fix a few bugs than start a whole new version just for the sake of having written it yourself.

Sometimes starting a project is simply implementing something from one language in another. The 'starter' is only interested in getting it to the "good enough" stage that he can use it. I don't consider that cool at all. That's just work. And the starter is just a porter. I'd rather have an existing library that does what I want to do in my language.

Starting a project can happen for more reasons than, "Look at me! I'm reinventing the wheel!" Sometimes, there's one bug that simply can't be fixed in an existing implementation, because it would break literally all the code. Take the '+' operator, for instance. What's 100 + 100? -56 of course! You can't just fix overflow in C or Java or whatever. You have to start something from scratch that does things differently.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 390

It could be so much more fun than this though. Think about it. They are MAILING the letters. Anyone can stick something in the mail. So drive your car down prostitute lane until you get one on purpose. Once you get one, scan, shop, print, mail to all the people you don't like. Hell, get one just to put together a web app and charge $5 to send them. Just enter a name and address of an LA resident. Web app will handle the rest.

Comment Re:Low calorie noodles already exist (Score 1) 159

It's only expensive if you buy it there :) Go to an Asian grocery and look near the tofu in the fridge. You'll probably find the Konnyaku there. It comes as noodles or in a brick that you slice. It's a hard jelly.. a bit like agar, but more firm. It doesn't really have any taste unless you have one of those delicate Japanese palettes, unspoiled by sugary American snacks and hot sauce.

Submission + - What are you doing with LPWAN?

MacDork writes: A new category of radios is emerging; Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radios. These radios can transmit for miles like cell signals, but do so with very low power such that they are not heavily regulated like cell spectrum. And they're cheap! The only limitation seems to be very low bandwidth.

Obvious benefits are going to be Internet of things type applications like smart power meters. It seems simple messaging applications should be quite important as well.

Have you heard of them? Are you working on any projects with LPWAN?

Comment Re:Energy Drinks (Score 3, Informative) 570

Yes, this. energy drink and Starbucks. People aren't drinking fewer caffeinated beverages, they're generally drinking stronger ones. Whether it's carbonated or not doesn't really matter.

My favorite commercial of course, is 5-hour energy. "Get five hours of energy with only 4 calories!" I got a news flash for those guys... calories == energy. No calories means it's a drug, not energy. I wonder if I could sue them for blatantly false advertisements?

Comment Re:Every public venue is amateur hour ... (Score 2) 37

Every public distribution channel is amateur hour, open source or commercial.

This. If the download is compromised, it doesn't matter how secure the source is. Maybe what you thought was XCode is actually a CIA rootkit.

Why is there no gpg signature on Eclipse.org downloads? Why are the jars in the eclipse executable even signed if the signatures are not verified by default in Eclipse? Why does the Oracle Java 8 ppa:webupd8team for Ubuntu download and install from http sources just after I typed in sudo?

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