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Comment: Rate of use (Score 0, Troll) 328

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49072921) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

IMO, there's not enough samples to produce this study. The rate of use of marijuana while driving is still statistically -- and radically -- low. As use becomes normalized (in other words, accepted), you'll see abuse while driving to increase as well.

But, let's say what this is really trying to do: push the Legalization activist agenda. Sorry, pot is as much a drug as meth. So is alcohol. It's disappointing to see my tax money going to support the use of either.

Comment: Re:meanwhile... (Score 1) 755

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49066051) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

FYI... I'm running systemd in a busybox environment currently. Have been for the last 3 years now.

Not seeing what the big fuss is. The dependency model that systemd enforces helps with speeding startup of embedded systems. I like it more than the hacked init.d scripts we had been using. We're not using near 50% what systemd can do. But, I see measurable value by going that direction.

But, then again, I happen to like gnome compared to my other options out there. So, I guess I fit in the demographic you're railing about.

As developers, we're looking for something that "just works". All of those hand-crafted scripts used by init.d doesn't address this.

Television

Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video 370

Posted by Soulskill
from the reasons-to-vote-your-TV-off-the-island dept.
mpicpp sends this news from CNET: Reports are emerging that Samsung smart TVs have begun inserting short advertisements directly into video streaming apps, with no influence from the third-party app providers. The news comes just days after Samsung made headlines for another incursion into users' lounge rooms, when it was revealed that its TV voice recognition software is capable of capturing personal information and transmitting it to third parties. ... The issue has been reported on the Plex streaming service — a brand of media player that allows users to stream their own video from a personal library or hard drive and push it to a smart TV. Samsung says this was not intentional, and that they've fixed it so the ads should no longer show up.

Comment: Re:Goodbye (Score 1) 294

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48997333) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

Yes, indeed, really.

The problem I'm having with my kids is that they have access to the Internet on pretty much anything electronic they care to have. They don't have a "want" to understand how it all works. It's a lot more complicated than the 4K RAM computer of old. Computer "guts" were accessible. One felt you could understand it all.

When I was 15, I spent the summer understanding how the Western Digital Disk controller working in the TRS-80 Model I. I was fascinated that, with the disk drive plugged in, it booted to it. Without, it booted to the old BASIC ">" prompt.

Both Zilog and Intel sent me rather large documentation on their chipsets in the TRS80; didn't even have to sign an NDA. I remember the horror of my mom watching the disassembler output spew out of that dot-matrix printer. "You'll pay for that box of paper AND that ribbon, YOU HEAR ME?".

Learned all about Master Boot Records and even managed to write my own using Disk Wizard. Great times that my kids will never experience.

Comment: Re:I think this article says it all.... (Score 1) 242

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48969129) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

Sorry. I have to disagree. Arduino and RPi have long enough legs to be supported at the retail level. They needed to reset their priorities... I had Saturday learning days for computers at my shop back in the 80's. We had both geeks and newbies in learning about them. It's all about capturing the imagination of your customers.

As far as obsolescence.. Yeah. That's normal in electronics. Hence, the markup on the product. You've got to package the experience with the product.

Comment: Re:I miss the old days! (Score 1) 242

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48969007) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

I'm like the other poster. I worked for RS in the late 70's, early 80s and saw the introduction of the TRS80 through the intro of the Tandy 2000 and 1000. I, too, became a store manager at the age of 19; at the time, their youngest at the time.

The problem with hiring is the the pay scale. It's hard to get knowledgeable workers at minimum + commission. Loved the Job. Even had John Roach on a ladder counting inventory during one his "Adopt-A-Store" initiatives.

I do think there's a market for "The Makers". I saw hope last year with the Super Bowl commercial. The Arduinos and shields are there. The only problem, there's no one there that even knows what they are. Gone are the days where you could find "Forrest Mims Jr" to ask about your project.

Maybe a "Maker's Store" is a concept to hold on to for my retirement. Don't tell my wife!

Comment: Re:Farewell, TRS-80 (Score 1) 242

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48968285) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

I do think a B&M store can survive. But, you have to provide something for the $$ you're charging. As mentioned in another comment, tinkerers are still here. It should have become a "Maker's Market" catering to MindStorms, Arduino, RPi, and applications. How about classes in programming this stuff? "use our 3D Printer!" Day Camps for it too -- adults and kids. There's a market for it. I'd be in there all the time to see what I could buy next.

I already miss you, Radio Shack. But, you left in the late 80's...

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