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Comment: Balsa Airplanes (Score 1) 100

by aaronb1138 (#46838453) Attached to: New Shape Born From Rubber Bands
I was getting shapes like that from rubber band powered balsa wood airplanes back in the 80's during both winding and unwinding. Regarding the unwinding, I used to love testing the thrust a few times to see if there was a magical way to wind it to get more airflow and for longer. I'm sure older people have witnessed similar many years prior. Nothing new here.

Comment: Re:Classics (Score 1) 140

by aaronb1138 (#46838419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?
Add in some classical literature as well: Dumas, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Twain for good general frameworks; Nabokov, Chomsky, and Hofstadter for semantics and creative architecture. The biggest lacking I see in engineering majors (ALL of them) is understanding of other perspectives and the big picture. Good literature is a huge help here.

Comment: Re:Distributed Caching (Score 1) 116

by aaronb1138 (#46832243) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
That's a local cache at the CO or ISP distribution level. I am talking about a peer-to-peer neighborhood cache of the top few hundred GB to few dozen TB of semi-static high bandwidth content. This would be an additional level of data tiering, but reduce the bandwidth usage on the ISP's backbone, much less their peering with other providers and such.

Comment: Distributed Caching (Score 1) 116

by aaronb1138 (#46828959) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
You would think the ISPs would get smart and lay drops with lots of spare bandwidth and use gateway devices with sufficient RAM & flash to act as distributed caches for frequently distributed content. Imagine if House of Cards or similar high bandwidth floods of data could be nearline cached in the neighborhood and never even hit the fibre to the CO or distribution center, instead being handled by the local remote terminal.

Comment: Re:Farming (Score 1) 737

by aaronb1138 (#46738317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
I am also in IT, and I run into a sad and not insignificant number of people who do in fact have no other useful knowledge or skills outside of their vocation. In any sort of post-apocalyptic situation I hope most of them have the good sense to listen to the more knowledgeable and subsume new skills. Again, an unfortunate number of these narrow knowledge scope types tend to be social survivalists, the types who push the productive and inventive in front of a bus to preserve themselves.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 1) 218

by aaronb1138 (#46677427) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future
Why must it be Google and not one of the many links you clicked? Do you have any clue how easy it is to track down an email address via the work IP address, normal information a browser provides, and five minutes of effort.

Lack of big picture thinking, yep, I spotted the mechanical engineer.

Comment: Other Factors (Score 1) 187

by aaronb1138 (#46423025) Attached to: Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?
The increase in congestion due to increased economic activity and reduced unemployment isn't just a factor of more people on the road. When the economy improves, people get offered better piles of money to take jobs farther from their homes. People drive farther in a good economy. Then add in all the ancillary travel from increased economic prosperity, eating out more, buying more stuff, going more fun places.

Comment: Re:Yes they did. (Score 1) 572

All of the major vendor firewalls are explicitly designed with SSL inspection as a selling point feature. A competent admin sends the Guest Wifi traffic through a separate network so their traffic is not inspected usually.

This is standard operating procedure and required in some environments for security reasons. It's also one of the only ways to make Data Loss Prevention (DLP) work, since it is necessary to inspect egressing data against protected data stores.

Calling it a MITM attack is just being alarmist. I for one like the idea of working in a place where my work is important and valuable enough to be worth protecting. Their network, their rules. Watch YouTube and porn on your own time or at least own dime.

Comment: Good Call (Score 1) 180

by aaronb1138 (#46374309) Attached to: Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet
I for one, was quite terrified after looking over CAN-BUS and similar post ODBC-II standards that the shitheads who design car electronics would start using modified versions of USB 2/3 for automotive communication.

Seriously look over any automotive electronics spec and you can smell the steaming pile of, "I want to be guaranteed easy employment another 10 years" shit from a mile away. I wish engineering projects included more ethics audits that resulting in contractors and employees getting fired, black balled, and sued.

Comment: Common Knowledge (Score 1) 206

by aaronb1138 (#46374289) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%
I thought every reasoning person in the US (where such horseshit happens) had already figured out the whole, promotional 6,12,24-month pricing has expired, call the retention department to return to that rate for another year game that the phone, satellite, and more so cable companies were making every intelligent or thrifty person wade through.

I don't even watch cable TV for a few years and I knew this. Are there people so incredibly ignorant here?

Comment: Re:What can be done? (Score 0) 333

by aaronb1138 (#46339425) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry
I love the whole are developers horrible people or just abused minions of the system debate that comes out of such sentiments. It gets especially relevant with the conversations about needing to bring back unions and such because of the current movement of wealth in the first world, that is the supposed elimination of the middle class and other socioeconomic strife.

Then you have the emotionally damaged developers screaming about how they are creative types that nobody understands. I'll never understand those types, I've written enough code to understand it is an interesting puzzle, but ultimately always just a logical problem with multiple valid solutions.

Honestly, I can't imagine the kind of vocational sloth and social malice involved in being a developer of poor quality / spyware filled / purposeless $0.99 apps. It is the type of situation where I want to just ask them if they realize how little they have to show for their themselves and how it would be better to have spent all that time flipping burgers with a purpose in life.

The reason the middle class is evaporating is because of he societal drain and malice by these bourgeois wannabes sucking he life out of us all, no different than the movement to turning every purchase in life (software or otherwise) into a subscription. It's all vastly more connected than you might think. The bank programmer who writes the loan software that illegally counts points against minorities. The programmer who added the intentional glitch to billing software that sends out additional billing statements to random customers and tells them they are late when a correct payment is on record. We've seen this social malice and we know it's not accidental. Blame the powers that be all you want, but hopefully more people will realize we are becoming increasingly polarized between an amoralist selfish class operating anonymously behind the scenes and the ethical class outraged by the "simple soldier" argument.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun