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Comment: Who said it's "Art"? (Score 1) 59

by wirefarm (#48530409) Attached to: The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

To me, this looks more like a form of accounting.
Each mark represents something owed or something paid: In effect, it's a "chit".
(Was unsure of the exact meaning of chit, so I googled it:
Chit: A short official note, memorandum, or voucher, typically recording a sum owed.)

Capuchin monkeys can be taught the concept of money. They understand debt:
http://scholar.google.com/scho...

I haven't seen any studies where they spontaneously create art, though, which leads me to believe that accounting could appear earlier.
"Deliberate Markings", yes, which is significant and amazing, but undoubtedly some fool is going to claim that it is "unmistakeable proof that the ancients worshiped the ocean waves" or that it was carved by a shaman as a form of divination.

NASA

The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA 160

Posted by Soulskill
from the when-NASA-starts-looking-like-the-USPTO dept.
schwit1 writes: Rather than work in NASA, the best young engineers today are increasingly heading to get jobs at private companies like SpaceX and XCOR. This is a long article, worth reading in its entirety, but this quote sums it up well: "As a NASA engineering co-op student at Johnson Space Center, Hoffman trained in various divisions of the federal space agency to sign on eventually as a civil servant. She graduated from college this year after receiving a generous offer from NASA, doubly prestigious considering the substantial reductions in force hitting Johnson Space Center in recent months. She did have every intention of joining that force — had actually accepted the offer, in fact — when she received an invitation to visit a friend at his new job with rising commercial launch company SpaceX.

Hoffman took him up on the offer, flying out to Los Angeles in the spring for a private tour. Driving up to the SpaceX headquarters, she was struck by how unassuming it was, how small compared to NASA, how plain on the outside and rather like a warehouse. As she walked through the complex, she was also surprised to find open work areas where NASA would have had endless hallways, offices and desks. Hoffman described SpaceX as resembling a giant workshop, a hive of activity in which employees stood working on nitty-gritty mechanical and electrical engineering. Everything in the shop was bound for space or was related to space. ... Seeing SpaceX in production forced Hoffman to acknowledge NASA might not be the best fit for her. The tour reminded her of the many mentors who had gone into the commercial sector of the space industry in search of better pay and more say in the direction their employers take." At NASA, young engineers find that they spend a lot of time with bureaucracy, the pace is slow, their projects often get canceled or delayed, and the creative job satisfaction is poor. At private companies like SpaceX, things are getting built now.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 144

by wirefarm (#47670297) Attached to: Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

As to faxes, handwritten business communications are not at all unusual among older companies, due to the fact that typing kanji was not as straightforward process 20 years ago as it is today.

I've sent telegrams in Japan, but only to couples who were getting married and whose wedding I couldn't attend. I've never seen them used for other things, but a wedding is likely to have a few telegrams read at the reception.

Comment: Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194

by wirefarm (#47606311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Stop grasping at straws, you dullard.

While you're bickering over semantics, I'm demonstrating to the original poster how I have put together a working, reliable system that actually helps people deal with the tragedy that is Alzheimer's. Think about that for a minute, will you?

You're a zealot and a bore.
This is why people don't like you.

Comment: Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194

by wirefarm (#47602645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Explain to me how *any* of what you suggest would actually add any value whatsoever over the current setup.

We have a reliable, working system in place, after all. It has proven itself over and over, allowing us to communicate easily with her, with ambulance crews and with doctors. It has brought some peace of mind to both her and the family.

You offer nothing.
Your opinions are worthless.

Zealots like you give the open source movement a bad name.

Comment: Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194

by wirefarm (#47601835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Yeah. That's so much easier

I can see trying to explain to some minimum wage nursing home assistant how to open a terminal and open a new tunnel. Right now, all I have to do is ask them to restart the laptop and everything works.

You seem to want to wage a war of Open Source vs all things Microsoft, but I won't play along. I'm telling you that this is a system that has been working well for a couple of years. If it breaks, I'll probably replace it with Linux, Skype, Chrome and TeamViewer. After all, while I happen to be well-equipped to use Linux and SSH, the other people involved are not.

Now will you please give it the fuck up?

Comment: Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194

by wirefarm (#47601379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Nice troll.

That said, I am speaking from experience. Old laptop, with Windows in this case, plus Skype, plus TeamViewer, has worked for my family for several years, doing just what the OP is looking for.

But let's look at your assertion that you don't need TeamViewer in Linux. This would be possible, if I were the IT guy at the home, but as it is, I'm not. They have a wireless network for residents and visitors and the staff had to ask around just to find the PostIt note that had the WiFi password. Do you really think that I'll have much luck getting a local IP address reserved for this laptop and then getting the necessary ports opened and NAT rules put in place to be able to tunnel in?

As it is, we use TeamViewer and I can tell other family members, of varying technical skill levels, to start up a movie on Netflix for mom when they are finished Skyping

If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?

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