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Comment: Re:Why 80% (Score 1) 278

... some President or intelligence chief ...

I doubt that "some President" would be wielding this power. It is much more likely that he would be the subject of the power. First off, the agency would be loathe to be controlled by an external political agent. Secondly, it seems like it would be more useful to have a disposable puppet in charge rather than put one of their own in such a highly visible and yet temporary position. After all, their normal MO is to work in the shadows.

Comment: Re:Instead of buying a phone every three years... (Score 1) 129

by Walter White (#47405973) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

There are three broad categories of watch people these days: ...

Consider a fourth category, though likely not as broad as what you have already listed. That would be athletes and fitness buffs who obsess over the statistics of our training activities. We regularly wear huge GPS enabled watches that track our activities and statistics. The more popular brands include Garmin devices and if you have ever had the "pleasure" of using anything designed by Garmin's UI team you can imagine how excited some of us are to have an alternative. A cell phone with a watch peripheral would be a great combo. In my particular case, I perspire heavily when I run so I have to carry my cell phone in a zip lock bag, making it awkward to get to. Having a display on my wrist would be a significant usability factor. At ~$200US the watches are priced competitively with the stand alone units.

The only reason I have not ordered one is that I'm waiting to see how the Moto 360 stacks up against these two.

Comment: Re:Dear federal government: GTFO (Score 2) 216

by Walter White (#47248935) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Your point would be better taken if you (and I mean the generic you, not you specifically) did not risk others lives by the actions that you take. I'd be perfectly happy to let you do whatever you wish in your vehicle but when a mistake on your part can kill me, then I'm happy to have the government interfere with your ability to do so.

Comment: Re:Law of Leaky Abstractions (Score 1) 352

by Walter White (#47007685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Someone pointed that one out to me when I started working on a framework to manage timers, digital I/O and so on on the Arduino platform. Apparently Joel feels that abstractions are not useful because they cannot be perfect. He points out that stream sockets hide the errors in network transport by 'guaranteeing' packet delivery order and retransmiting dropped packets but cannot mask the problem when the cable is pulled. So what? If someone needs to read this to understand that the network is not going to work when the cable is disconnected, they're probably in the wrong business.

Comment: Re:Just one more reason (Score 2) 258

by Walter White (#46795109) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Come on, I refuse to believe that these entities are actively working to put more people in prison for no good reason. ...
I think it's more likely that private prisons advocate for more prison time, etc. That would be the American thing to do :)

Are you suggesting that money is not a good reason?

  Prison operation is now private and they want to grow the business.

Comment: Re:Anyone know if there are regression tests? (Score 1) 304

by Walter White (#46758247) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

... Does anyone know how good their test coverage is?

Not obvious to me if by "their" you mean OpenSSL or OpenBSD (*) but it seems to me the answer is "not sufficient." I'm sure it will be enhanced to cover Heartbleed.

(*) OpenSSL, OpenBSD ... phrased that way it sounds like a match made in heaven! ;)

Comment: Re:Trollolololol! (Score 1) 146

by Walter White (#46754325) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

What annoys me is that this is happening on a weeknight. Seriously??? Can't anyone think this sort of thing through??? ...

Very poor planning IMO. Whereas we had temps in the 80s a couple days ago it is presently 27F when the eclipse seems to be at totality. Oh well, at least I got to see it and capture some crude images before the clouds moved back in.

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