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Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 439

by cjonslashdot (#48654781) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
True, if you have a group of people who are filtered based on their attitudes, then socialism could work. A good example might be the Burning Man festival. In that case, I think there is an implicit filter in that those who go to the trouble to attend are like-minded ?

Comment: Re:Step on it when it doesnt' work (Score 1) 230

by cjonslashdot (#48640851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
I am the editor for and I would like to continue this dialog with you directly (if you are willing). Can you please email me? My email address is cliff AT My own personal focus has been the application of Agile in high assurance business environments - like banks - and your comments about banking software are really interesting to me. Thanks! Best regards - Cliff

Comment: Re:Step on it when it doesnt' work (Score 1) 230

by cjonslashdot (#48633749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
The issue is that we are not requiring sufficient quality in software. Imagine where we are headed - the "Internet Of Things" (IOT). Programmed devices everywhere, all requiring updates constantly, all security risks, and of the hundreds of devices that you interact with every day, some percent don't do what they are supposed to do at any given moment. It adds up to a very frustrating day. I for one am not looking forward to it. If there are hundreds of programmed devices in our vicinity, 99% reliable is not enough - we need 99.999% - otherwise life will become shit.

Comment: I agree: auctioning is the wrong approach (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by cjonslashdot (#48542083) Attached to: A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions
I agree. Auctioning creates a "pay to play" system. Spectrum is a fixed resource - it should be allocated based on social policy - not based on who can pay the most. And when someone pays for it, they have every right to feel that they "own" it - and that undermines the government's ability to manage it: to adjust rules as situations change over time. Auctioning a fixed public resource is nothing less than prostitution of our public assets.

Comment: What a horror! (Score 1) 196

I can't wait: We will all be surrounded by a sea of devices, all beta quality - as is the norm today - such that every single day will involve struggle with 5% of the devices not doing what they are supposed to do; and all will require constant software updates; and all will have security vulnerabilities. Nice. Please count me out!

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.