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Comment: Re:Entering? Cyborgs? (Score 1) 49

by MrKaos (#48935803) Attached to: Brain Implants Get Brainier

>Unfortunately there is no such thing as a brain pacemaker at this time.

You only need half a "brain pacemaker" in the USA. Half a brain is all you will find.

Search for "brain" on slashdot == "Zero results found"

Now, don't go away mad, just go the fuck away!

Why would I be mad when you have so eloquently proven my point.

Comment: Re:Windows reigns supreme (Score 3, Interesting) 374

by MrKaos (#48929347) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

It was more than just issues with .NET.

Really? Now I'm interested. What other problems did they have?

Messaging systems performance. The closed nature of the windows kernel means it cannot be tuned to the granularity required for performance objectives to be met for the messaging systems. Windows may reign supreme on the desktop, however when it comes to serious computing objectives, it's always the year of the *ix server.

As for this issue affecting any enterprise systems, many don't have a GUI on their console, so there is no opportunity to troll there either.

Incidentally, if you want to see a manifestation of this issue on a X11 desktop, pick a program with menus - lets say firefox, position the mouse on the menu so it opens, then leave the cursor on the menu until the screensaver kicks in. After the lock screen kicks in you will be able to interact with the GUI until the task loses focus, then the screen save will lock. It's been around for a while.

Yep, it's a risk for a desktop, if _insert_convoluted_scenario_here_, however it should still be fixed.

Comment: Be the problem solver (Score 1) 210

by MrKaos (#48921677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

In most places people don't like to think. Thinking is hard and people don't want to do it. Solving problems involves thinking and if you save people from doing something they don't want to do they will value you.

Even better is if you do the problem solving and leave them with the 'how-to', you will be idolized every time that solution is used and considered essential.

Agism tries to trump experience but it never works because agism is so naive, so if you can't avoid getting older then grow up slowly and enjoy IT for the fascinating career that it is. Keep the love!!!

If you are in it for the money - get out now, you have already failed.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 820

by MrKaos (#48880621) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

This "mandated" engine noise concept is so infuriating to me. We finally have the technology to remove both the air and noise pollution at the same time, but you want to add noise to an otherwise silent engine just because people aren't used to silent cars?

Absolutely! Blind people use crossing and sighted people cross the road whenever and where ever they like usually without looking or with headphones in their ears. Having quiet cars is fantastic and mandating them to be noisy just because people are to insular to take responsibility for their own lives means a lot to people people who live in cities near noisy roads.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 820

by MrKaos (#48880561) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Matter of fact quiet is a feature on luxury cars.

So is power.

The difference is that power is also a safety feature. False engine noise creates a false sense of power availability and even though it is unlikely to ever be required I recall a few times when real power availability has prevented an accident because someone else has not been paying attention to the road.

From a petrol head's perspective though, I find quiet, powerful cars very desirable. I suspect this will be the real hidden feature of electric cars.

Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 4, Funny) 263

by MrKaos (#48871221) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Wait a minute... MBAs don't do math! They just shout slogans and business speak at each other... or they hire a consultant to do it.

MBAs leverage the synergies created by the exciting opportunities created in the emerging digital economy. They take a holistic, ubiquitous view of an organizations ability to.......BINGO!!!

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 1) 148

by MrKaos (#48870415) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

So, are the regulators that monitor emissions going to fly in random drones unannounced? Presumably they would at least let the plant operators know they're coming...

No. What I mean is that they could be closing down the possibility that a civilian third party, unrelated to either the operators, the regulators or any other officially sanctioned government operator, could fly drones over a Nuclear power plant to gather data, of any kind, related to the emissions of operational French Nuclear reactors.

I don't think that is an unreasonable supposition.

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 0) 148

by MrKaos (#48864143) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Seems to me they just don't understand why people are flying drones over nuclear reactors and wanna be able to shoot down those drones, just in case it's a bunch of criminals.

They may also want to close down the possibility of people being able to monitor the radioactive emmissions by using drones to gather samples or carry detection equipment of some kind.

Drones may be annoying but they are also incredibly useful devices.

Comment: Cinelerra (Score 2) 223

by MrKaos (#48862735) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

I'd like to point out Cinelerra even though I don't use it, yet.

In a similar vein though, I am a big user of Ardour, Jack and jammin to produce music. The tools are appropriate for the task and, whilst not perfect, didn't cost me money and allows me to be able to focus on my projects. Since I don't pay for the application my only investment is the time to learn it, the same reason people stick within a certain commercial platform. The difference is the Ardour project allows any financial contribution I make to be in preference of features I'd like added, improving the efficiency of my workflow. Becoming productive in complex software is the biggest factor in using it and the only incentive to change is when one type of software can do things the others can't.

I think the emphasis of these questions does not apply appropriately. It should be 'What is the current State of the Art in Video production in linux" and the answer is it hasn't caught up to the state of the art in audio production under linux.

Now before the criticisms begin, I find Ardour architecturally superior to commercial audio tools because of the underlying jackd infrastructure, not because of its feature set. I have watched the developments in the audio production space over the last decade produce change radically as they became more stable. Nothing interesting is happening in the commercial audio production space, it's all happening in Linux. As infrastructure advancements similar to jackd becomes more common in video editing the application space their will undergo a similar change - just not yet.

Any investment in time to produce an A/V product requires yielding value on a previous time investment in a skillset. When I invest that skillset in proprietary software my knowledge investment can be rendered useless overnight quite easily however, open source tools provide me with a way to protect my knowledge investment because the software has it's own intrinsic rights.

Value on knowledge investment is the value proposition of open source. You may have to put up with some bugs however, tolerating them means not incurring static initialization costs from learning over and over and that results in a permanent knowledge base, the basis for radically inventive ideas.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen