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Comment: Sounds legit (Score 4, Insightful) 108

by Charliemopps (#48213787) Attached to: Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

I'm a huge privacy advocate... but how far are we going to go with this?
You're in a public place.
You're connecting to their network at various points.
They're using that info to figure out how long it takes for you to get through the line.

How is this any different than them using your check ins with your boarding pass?

"I just dumped the entire contents of my luggage in the middle of food court. I appreciate the offer to help me pick it up bu how dare you invade my privacy!"

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 250

by Charliemopps (#48213625) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Really? Neon signs aren't above you? The car should stop for all red lights above 6ft tall?
What about that radio tower 2 miles away whose 50million candle power light has about the same luminosity at your location as a stoplight?

A better solution would be for google to start making the stoplight bulbs themselves, and have then pulse and a predetermined and invisible rate. It would be a cheap and easy solution.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 367

by Charliemopps (#48212155) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

I'd say, get over yourselves. I just don't understand when the government decided it was part of its job to protect people from the real world. It's not like you're forced to join any particular online community. If I were harassed on slashdot to the point that I didn't like it, I could leave. If enough people left, the mods would have to police the site differently if they didn't want to lose all their users. It's up to each site to police itself. Some communities have basically no moderation. And that's fine, you need a thick skin to join them. Others are heavily moderated. My kid hangs out a lot on cartoon networks site. To chat in that system you can't actually type! You have to select words from drop down lists to for your phrase. It's impossible to bother someone with that system.

The problem is, people head over to reddit or something, and expect everyone there to act like they're in a public restaurant. The rude person in that situation is not the troll. Yes, I'm blaming the victim.

Oh... and if the "troll" is hacking their way around the sites content controls... sure... nail them for the hacking bit. But if you're within the sites guidelines? No way.

Comment: um.... (Score 0) 250

by Charliemopps (#48209435) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?


First PDA:

Are we going to, yet again, perpetuate the myth that Apple has ever invented anything on their own?

First Personal computer:
First MP3 Player:
First SmartPhone:

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 2) 250

by Charliemopps (#48209395) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Describe for me, programmatically, the difference between a stoplight and a taillight.
and a police light
and a neon sign
and every other red light on earth...

and also, please include all the many shapes and sizes of the various stoplights all over the country.

Stop signs have a very specific shape, and text printed on them. They do not very from place to place. They're piratically a damned bar code as far software is concerned. It's almost like they were designed for the task.

Comment: Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (Score 1) 78

by Charliemopps (#48206887) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Are we going to keep saying this forever? When are these things going to fall to the floor and become wrenches? (A wrench is a universally used device with no encumbrances, a true tool.)

  We want tools of computing to be as useful and flexible and free (in design) as cement, steel girders, wrenches and sockets, pencils and paper.

I have about $10k worth of patented tools out in my garage. Your continuous wrench examples are hilariously ironic considering Cement, Steel girders, wenches and sock, pencils and paper all have patents

You seem to think that the collective idea of a "Wrench" is the same as going to home depot to buy "Crescent Wrench" And I'll admit, those of us that use real tools tend to refer to them by their brand name. I call all my adjustable wrenches "Crescent Wrenches" because they made the first one I ever owned.

But the fact of the matter is, Crescent is a brand:

They have all of their wrenches patented. And if you Gave the device we're talking about here the same patent treatment you did a Crescent wrench and tried to copy it like you want to, you'd get sued even more hardcore you dolt.

You are free to design your own Wrench, or development computer. You are not free to copy Crescent or Raspberries designs without their permission. I find it idiotic that I'm defending patents, as I don't like them much... but you're so far off the mark you're making the rest of us that support FSSOS look like idiots.

Comment: You know (Score 5, Funny) 89

by Charliemopps (#48206767) Attached to: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

You know... I was downtown, selling some fine imported watches to passers by, and a police officer did not find my excuse of "Puffery" nearly as understandable as this judge seems to. Apparently Puffery isn't not allowed at $100, but is at $100million. Interesting indeed. I need to raise my price point!

Comment: Re:Management only (Score 1) 47

by Charliemopps (#48206651) Attached to: Microsoft,, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

The memo only talks about executives and product managers. Engineers (at ANY level) are explicitly excluded from the agreement (that is, they can be recruited at will), as well as any product "contributors".

So you think the existence of this agreement makes the existence of other, similar agreements, less likely? If you caught a burglar and he confessed to steeling your TV, would you assume he left the rest of your stuff alone?

But lets assume it does... you think that a no-poach agreement on executives and product managers would have no affect on the salary of Engineers? You don't think a lower salary for executives doesn't have an effect on the rest of the organization as a whole?

Comment: Re:it's an electric universe baby (Score 0) 67

by Charliemopps (#48206401) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

This is one of the areas I think the electric universe guys are correct about.

No they're not. Stop going to those websites. Everything on there is nonsense. Pulsars are a fairly well understood fenomena. Astronomers have found 1 observation out of billions of stars that contradicts their math, and they already have a plausible explanation for it.

Comment: Re:New Object (Score 1) 67

by Charliemopps (#48206295) Attached to: Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

My hypothesis is how black holes often work like a gravitational lens for light, they could be located in the right spot that in essence focuses the xray energy right onto our location.

Actually, something like that is in the story if you read it. It's a pulsar and the magnetic fields of which can lens the light just as you describe. No blackhole required.

Comment: Re:CDC does disease control, NIH does research (Score 1) 378

all three are relevant research studies. gay marriage is legal in most of America, obesity is a known problem (it's Health), primates are our nearest analogs, and the latter choice might not be your cup of tea, but you'd be surprised what people do.

More relevant than ebola?

face it, you just love Russia and want America weak.

This is why we can't have nice things. The NIH is like a student that blows their student loans on spring break in Cancun, and then complains that they don't have enough money to pay tuition.

"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberrys!" -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail