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Comment: I'm calling bull$&1t.... (Score 1) 168

by bradgoodman (#49754357) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
This mentality MIGHT have been true many years ago where computers were exotic enough that you needed some level of expertise to even operate the computers enough to the point where you could RUN the games - but preparing us to code? No. Are we to conclude that playing Candy Crush Saga 8 hours a day is actually beneficial because this is preparing us for a career as a developer?

Comment: Re:Emperor's New Clothes?? (Score 1) 514

by bradgoodman (#49594165) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
Yes, but remember that refrigerators "cycle" on and off via their thermostat. So though it may draw 2200 Watts, but only run 10% of the time. So (by my example numbers) on one hand it's easier on your total kWh because it's only using "220 Watts on average", but when it actually does kick-on, it's drawing a full 2200 Watts - which is near (over over) the capacity of the Tesla system we're talking about.

Comment: Emperor's New Clothes?? (Score 1) 514

by bradgoodman (#49593453) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
Are we all somehow swoon to think this is a practical solution to some problem? I live in New Hampshire and we get our share of power outages during the winter. EVERYONE has generators. A typical "LOW-END" household generator would start around 5k-6500 watts. Remember, a refrigerator alone is about 2200 watts running. Add in a blower motor for your household furnace - it adds up quickly.When we loose power, it can be for hours or days at a time. I haven't even started to talk about summer conditions when electricity is in demand and people run their AC units.

What would I do with a device that output 2kWs and lasted 2 or 3 hours???

Comment: ALL circuits are - and Raspberry PI FM Transmitter (Score 1) 88

Absolutely no idea why this is something "new". Any oscillating (digital) circuit is an RF transmitter - though this is almost always an unwanted side effect.

There have been a lot of people (too many references to site) who do things like make FM transmitters out of a Raspberry PI.

I used to play with making my Apple ][+ do wonky things to transmit weird noise to my FM radio back in the day...

Comment: Danger of SSDs (Score 2, Interesting) 105

by bradgoodman (#49083561) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
for a ton of technical reasons I won't get into right now (remapping/wear leveling) SSDs aren't usually able to handle power faults like regular HDs. Too often, taking an unexpected power hit can easily result of massive amounts of lost data, or even loss of the device itself. I've seen this happen at least 20 times. Thete are allegedly some "enterprise grade SSDs" which may or may not mitigate this issue. I'm tired of seeing articles citing all kinds of performance tests that go into absolutely no detail on if you are going to lose all your data the next time you lose power, or have to force-off your laptop because it locked-up on you.

Comment: Re: Understand your rights!! (Score 1) 291

by bradgoodman (#48842187) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
Again - people need to understand it in more depth - it's more than that. Thinks like: never consent to a search, always insist that you want to leave, how to ask if you are being detained. Also understanding the reasoning behind these things - and what their positive and negative consequences are are importiant - and not always intuitive.

Comment: Understand your rights!! (Score 2) 291

by bradgoodman (#48841911) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
I'm not an extreme (left/right) crackpot - but I've read a bunch of their rethoric with respect to "knowing your rights" when it comes to dealing with police - and there is a LOT of merit to it!

This article speaks to the core of it.

These types of "false confessions" always follow the same pattern. Police with little or no circumstantial evidence pulling innocent people into long interrogations. They are happy to talk - because they are innocent, and letting all the facts come out can only help, right?

People need Serious education on how to handle situations like this. What to do and - NOT to do. What their rights are, and what will work best in their interests. Most of the time, the are involved in conversations that they have no obligation to have - and can leave at any time.

Comment: Linux Desktop, Really? (Score 0) 264

by bradgoodman (#48805391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?
IMHO - a Linux "desktop" user GUI app? Really? I'd second-guess the approach, and before you discount me - hear me out...

Linux is all the bomb for the back-end, but not the front-end.

If you want to do that way - go for it. But in the world of Windows desktop (which you've already done), there are a lot of other avenues that seem more important. In several places that I've worked - and a lot of scientific and technical places that are big on Linux - MacOS is surprisingly where the desktop is, and the trend seem to be growing. Furthermore, iOS and Android are important "front-end platforms". too.

If you really wanted the Linux support - I would be (and have been) included to go the HTML-5 route. You get Linux, and many other front-ends for free.

In short - unless there is a pretty specific reason to believe you're going to have Linux users on the front-end, I'd stay away.

P.S. This is not going to be "The Year of the Linux Desktop".

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.