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Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 353

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518769) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Sometimes it sucks when your hobby becomes your profession. But it doesn't have to stop being your hobby.

Comment: Commodore 64 (Score 1) 353

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518731) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

part of my nostalgia for coding on the C64 is how you felt you could know everything about the box. There was a book, Mapping the C64 and C64C. that told you about every single address on the computer. You felt you could get everything done with some pokes and peeks, or some machine language. (LDA anyone?).

Now, you can do more, but you don't feel you can push to the envelope of the hardware. How many classes does java add every release cycle? How often does CPAN turn over?

I think im not the only one with that nostalgia.. there's an offer on that book for >700 dollars. I lost mine over the course of several moves during College days.

Comment: Law Enforcement should cost (Score 1) 95

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47507871) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Process is now taking about four months on average, and costs
about $1,000, so LE is looking for streamlined / inexpensive
tools to collect evidence.

Part of the protection against tyranny isn't the gun, but simply that certain law enforcement has certain costs. Part of it is red tape - a warrant sticks some glue in the process, slows it down. Part of it is monetary costs. In the 1970's wire taps cost a lot.

These costs force some filtering of resources. You can't just go after everyone, you need to be somewhat efficient with resources. It doesn't eliminate bad actors, but it makes the consequences more intense.

Part of what the NSA is doing, they can do because the surveillance is so cheap. If it cost them 1000 a person, then just in America it would cost them 350 Billion a year to spy. The world would cost 7 Trillion. We can't afford that, only that surveillance is (too) cheap does mass surveillance make sense.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 171

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47502659) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Troll feeding time...

Why is it that government can never do anything right, well, unless it's the army, then it can do no wrong. Somehow if there's a bullet involved, government becomes perfect. Try to feed a kid, whoa, that can never work.

Oh, and if the government tries something and doesn't work, that's proof that government sucks. But if it does something, and can compete with private business, hey that's government being mean, and there's some law to prevent it. Government sucks by attrition - anything that works that works better than private industry is killed and all you see are the things that don't work.

Anyways, Google started using the university network, using students educated at Stanford, using an operating system partially developed at a University, using a networking protocol developed at a University from ideas originally from a government institution. The original hardware included a Sun, again developed at Stanford. They used the web, which was started as a non-business thing, a bunch of CERN guys wanted to push physics research papers around. The first web didn't have much commerce on it, it was the NCSA webserver (NCSA from the University of Illinois - a public land grant institution) and NCSA Mosaic that popularized it before any company went on.

Yet, you'd say none of that matters. It's very easy to win arguments by definition. Im sure you'd say "but none of that HELPED them" and just dismiss it.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47500417) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

What made the oil industry successful is oil. Whatever regulations or non-regulations you want to give, if there's no oil, there's no oil industry.

It can be argued that silicon valley grew because of California University school system. A good chunk of which is publicly funded. Remember Sun stood for Stanford Univeristy Network. Google started at Stanford. A good chunk of Apple Mac OSX and iOS is BSD, developed at University of California, Berkeley. The Internet as we know it started at Berkeley - one of the first TCP/IP stacks was just known as Berkeley Sockets. The Internet was at first a DARPA project (government funded) for distributed command and control. The work then went to California universities, trying to share scarce computing resources.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 508

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47460839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Whether or not you believe Kurzweil's specific predictions (and I don't) planning for a radically different job future is worth it. I didn't see the poster asking about Kurzweil's specific prediction, as much as "hmm, I kind of agree from this guy that the world will change, lets ask Slashdot for some ideas on where this is going".

Want to be a UPS driver? Or a taxi driver? Or Truck Driver? Thank Google - that's gonna go away. Want to be a waiter? We're already moving to a "tablet for orders, fewer servers for food delivery" model. "Hey, lets screw over people who don't even make minimum wage!!" Good luck being a Travel Agent now. Are you a lit geek and you have a romantic image of working in a bookstore? Nahh, Amazon. When I was in college, I was a cashier to make school money. Nahh, Self-Checkout. We can't quite predict how many jobs Watson is going to knock out. Even law is seeing a glut. A career where you need years of expensive schooling and then have a barrier of a certification is having a hard time finding jobs for all the graduates. All these are current, or in a few years. F**k the singularity, this is now.

I know I'm mangling the Eisenhower quote but: Plans are worthless. The act of planning is essential.

Comment: Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 300

If it's bought out, you'd better polish anyway. At least if either is a public company.

The CEO talked about finding synergies and cost cutting. He's now on the clock to save money, to keep the stock price up. Cutting jobs has short term costcutting gains, and the negative consequences are long term. You may be toast either way.

Comment: Re:Lies, damn lies. (Score 1) 214

Maybe I worded my response wrong, but I did get the sarcasm. In fact I agreed with your point (notice the third word of my response) - there are a bunch of companies that "hate" piracy, but really for different reasons for what they let on and losing market isn't what they're fighting.

My add-on was more about how you grouped the "piracy haters" together, when they're quite different. Microsoft 1985 (needs market share, can let some OS piracy go through to sell Office) is different than Microsoft 2002 (XP and office are dominant in market, need to maximize revenue per seat, crush piracy) is different than Microsoft 2014 (losing Office seats to Google, Open/LibreOffice, may tolerate piracy a bit more).

Music has a specific indentured servitude business model - well that and making money on both sides of CD pressing - not the same as Microsoft. Though piracy is not killing music, it is killing the major labels. Piracy is part of the move to digital, which is killing the model. I bet most labels do care about music, but they care about their revenue more. You can argue that it isn't killing music, and you'd be right. But that's not what the labels see. They see their way of life going away, and they are fighting to keep it.

So yeah, agreed with the joke about "yeah the markets are tumbling" but wanted to add something to the discussion.

Comment: Re:Lies, damn lies. (Score 1) 214

Though I agree with most of what you write, I disagree with the using Microsoft as an example. It isn't the same as a movie.

OSes have network affects. My life is somewhat easier if you have the same OS as me. My life is a bit easier still if you have the same apps as me. If everyone around me has Windows, maybe I buck up and pay for Windows myself. Also, Microsoft has both Apps and OS divisions. Piracy in OS may be tolerated (it was early on) if it leads to more app sales. Movies have some sense of group culture if you and your friends have seem them, but no where near the network effects as OSes.

One thing we all miss is not the Piracy fight really is a fight against technology. It's not the fight against pirates as much as the fight against digital distribution.

In the old days (pre 2000's) the business model for a record label was as a gatekeeper and a Venture Capitalist for bands. You're a band, you'd get signed, you'd get an advance, which was expected to be earned back by product. The advance would pay for your studio time, your mastering, your distribution. That, and rock stars generally are not that careful with money with what's left over, so they'd be in debt quickly. Well, now because of the advance, you're essentially in a state of indentured servitude until you pay it off. The studio owns the masters, owns the copyright, you get by on touring. The studios were vertical, they owned the CD pressers, and they'd charge you for each CD they made (even though that business ran a profit on its own).

In a digital model, the studio is cheaper (iPad + garageband? joking, but probably not too far off), pressing fees go away, and distribution fees go away. So, now the studio doesn't have financial hooks in you. You don't owe them anymore. Their business model is now gone. If they said "poor us, our business model where we get bands into debt so badly that they are stuck with us for essentially life is gone" they'd not get much sympathy. Piracy? yeah, claim that and you might get some action.

Comment: Any data from other countries? (Score 1) 579

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47370397) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Taiwan has had these for years. Not only do the pedestrian walk signals have timers, so do both the green and red lights. They'd have to adjust for density though.... if you think driving in the states is hard, try driving in Taipei where every lane has scooters on both sides of you.

Personally, I like and use the pedestrian counters as part of my driving. As part of my judgment i check those if available, whether to push through the light or not.

Get off the damn phone, both drivers and pedestrians.

Comment: Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (Score 1) 242

I agree totally with criticizing him for the alternative treatments. But you do have to remember that Pancreatic Cancer is tough, and Jobs had a particularly bad version of it. Yeah, he futzed away valuable time, once he decided on normal treatment he spent a metric-sh*t-ton of money on his treatment. I do wonder if he'd only started earlier what would have happened.

Look at Patrick Swayze for another example. Swayze was not a poor man, yet he succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer pretty quickly. Its a tough tough disease. Anything that fiercely attacks your ability to get energy and nutrients from food will get you fast.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 211

I think you forgot the NSA, how they went after Snowden, NOT going after the bankers, and drone strikes against American citizens.

I think we're all a bit disillusioned with the Obama Presidency. (Though I am VERY glad we didn't elect either McCain nor Romney, IMHO they'd be much much worse based on what they campaigned on).

I think there a few sources for this disconnect. The first, Obama campaigned a lot farther left than how he's governing. You can blame him leading false impressions, or you can blame us for inserting what we believed into Obama. What does "Yes We Can" tell you about Copyrights? We were all viewing Obama as a Rorschach. If you're liberal you'd expect him to be the Anti-Republican, but he's not. If you listen to Fox, you think he's both Socialist and Communist (though they don't mean the same thing). After years of hearing he's the Socialist un-American, both Atheist and Russian and Kenyan Muslim, you're kind of disappointed he's not as left wing as you want.

The other thing is remember Obama is engaged in some sort of daily government battle. I think if Obama tried to pass a resolution that the Sky Is Blue, he'd have a filibuster in the house for 48 hours declaring that the Democrat [sic] Party is ruining the sky for Good Ole Americans. His achievements must be balanced against a somewhat antagonistic House and less so but still against him Supreme Court.

Guantanamo Bay must be weighed against realism too.. if we did the "right" thing and freed any prisoners, and any of those guys did anything, he'd be the guy on the hook. See: Willie Horton, Michael Dukakis. Even if the guy was innocent going in, if we freed him and he got so pissed off at the USA for being locked up for no reason for years, Obama's the guy that let him go. As much as I hate the drone strikes (and I think they should stop), even I can see this is related to the Guantanamo problem. If we picked up someone today, where would we put them? US prison? Think any domestic prison wants that mess? Add someone to Guantanamo and grow the prison instead of shrink it? Try to explain that one.

Sometimes I think the best way to undermine a philosophy is to let it govern. Once you need to make real world trade-offs, you become the villain.

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics