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Comment: Re:have to rewrite muc federal law to not microman (Score 1) 129

by Midnight Thunder (#49499659) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

And therein lies the problem - What needs to happen is give private company the goal X with cost X, and not give a shit how it gets accomplished.

That is not always the best approach, since they may still cut corners. The real solution, IMO, is for the original customer to do acceptance testing and ensure the contract has penalties for failures to meet requirements. Acceptance testing should be done in-house or a separate sub-contractor, though where skills exist the former would be better.

Comment: Re:Give the money to Elon Musk (Score 1) 129

by Midnight Thunder (#49499643) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

I suppose too many TL;DR situations where it really counted. Though, I suspect, it would indicate that the documents were probably more to cover ass than communicate in a clear and concise fashion the requirements. Then again, some people are good at writing and poor at communicating. Case in point: I was once given a few paragraphs describing logic requirements for a new functionality in an application, though since I need to convert it into code, I first converted it into a logic flow in English and sent that back to the customer for verification. The, IMHO, more readable procedure revealed to the customer stuff they missed in the wordy original requirements.

In the current case I wonder whether the sub-contractor got a copy of the original requirements or an interpretation of the original requirements?

Comment: Re:Prediction (Score 4, Informative) 48

Regular http will be basically dead by 2020.

It will be if setting up an HTTPS and virtual-hosts using HTTPS becomes as easy as setting up a basic HTTP server.

The main issues as the moment is that getting a certificate is complicated, expensive and then dealing with setups is not always straightforward. Now, that is just for a basic Apache server. Create scenarios where you have load balancers, Apache servers serving multiple domain names and applications servers fronted by Apache and you have another set of problems.

HTTPS needs to become easy to setup for anyone, and not just necessary.

I may have missed some of the advances in simplification, so I would welcome any new information here.

Comment: What projects need funding? (Score 1) 287

by Midnight Thunder (#49248993) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

As much as we can shit on corporations for not paying the piper, I am sure many are oblivious who they need to be supporting and funding. How many of us on /. actually are aware of the time and effort spend by certain individuals to ensure backbone implementations are kept in a healthy state. I am sure many corporations on in the same spot, after all they paid RedHat or some other vendor for a solution and that's probably as far as it went. Many of us take these projects for granted.

The other issue is the people who need funding are usually unknown until they are in dire straits. I am not sure the best way to address this issue? How does funding *BSD help? Does the FSF provide any method for easily providing funding, for them to distribute to these core solutions?

Comment: Re:This one (Score 1) 150

by Midnight Thunder (#49202177) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

It may be gone, in its current form, but I am sure it will spawn new markets in new incarnations. I can see this as nice solution for surgeons, to be able to record things from their perspective either for auditing or educational purposes. Maybe even get pilots to wear them to study user interactions with the cockpit.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by Midnight Thunder (#49136749) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

We need to consider a few things:

  - What sort of drones are we talking about? For example those huge military drones that probably use as much fuel as a helicopter?
  - What is the relative cost compared to the previous method?
  - What are the cost break downs?

It is a huge amount of money and seems like they need to change there costing model.

Comment: Unit tests (Score 4, Interesting) 233

by Midnight Thunder (#48990947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?

While I dislike writing unit tests, I have to admit they are useful in protecting your butt when something breaks, since the test should catch it first. Of course you need to decide whether in a particular scenario they add value or just make you manager happy.

In a case like yours, you can make code modifications and hope nothing breaks or build unit tests and ensure that you don't break any of them when refactoring. Initially rather than just ripping out the seemingly duplicate methods, rip out/tweak their implementation and have them point to what they seems like a the right method to provide the common functionality. If your unit tests show breakage, then you know that you missed something.

If you do things wholesale, then you are likely to break something in an unmanageable way. Oh and make sure things are version controlled ;)

Comment: Re: Japan: and the $0.02 market analysis. (Score 1) 458

by Midnight Thunder (#48950153) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

There is a reason when I go Android, I go Nexus.

I got a Nexus 4, even though it was made by LG. Regret it now, since the digitizer and radio failed. Don't believe the hype. Nexus means fuck-all.

Thanks for the info. I went with the premise that they were the only Android phones guaranteed to get software updates. Now I am just confused as how to know a good Android phone that will be in the front running for getting system updates, without having to jailbreak.

Comment: Re: Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

by Midnight Thunder (#48947333) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Just don't mention the master piece of conservativeness that was Windows CE (aka Windows Mobile). Microsoft had ample opportunity to make an operating system designed for hand helds. Instead they decided that they would cram a desktop experience into a PDA and do little to improve the experience. After all businesses just want functionality? - At least that was the attitude back then, in certain ways still the case.

Another company that had ample opportunity was Palm, but also failed. Between business people and techies, then we no notion of design and making things attractive or easy.

Comment: Re: Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

by Midnight Thunder (#48947277) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

He didn't invent the smartphone and many of Apple's product aren't first of the kind. On the other hand Apple has innovated and transformed languishing ideas, only appealing to techies, into something that evetyone want and desires.

Success is based not just on a feature set, but also on making that technology feel easy, attractive and not feeling like something some that requires the mindset of some mad genius.

Read back through Slashdot and see how many times Apple was accused by the /. crowd that Apple didn't understand the market they were diving into, before being proved that us geeks don't always understand the larger market.

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