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Comment: Idiots. (Score 2) 84

* Really: they had a "team happiness person"?
* Featuritis: Why not start with a single sensor (if possible itegrated in the basic product), but try to develop everything once
* Idiotic presumptions everywhere like asssuming that the non-availability of a specifi part for V1 is best cured by a completely revised V2. Or that the resolution of the display matters
* Senseless Perfectionism: Hoho, the company they hired was "not able to use github". Yes, then take the source and put it there yourself (no need to delay, and no excuse for delivering late)
* Lack of a preexisting SW concept (they really had to have a running prototype where a backer looked at the source to tell them that the MC could be put to low-power mode. (If you select a MC, the first thing you do should be to determing if the state transitions between the sleep modes support what you want to do *on the high level*)
* Complete lack of technical understanding about MCs (they complained that thet had no "arduino expert"). MCs are great tools. You dont select the MCs by the SW you have, or by how conevnient and popular they are in the "maker" circles. You select them by the IOs they have, and by the power consumption. For most things you actually dont end up with anything close to an arnduino (e.g. for low power: look at the MSP430, for raw IO features: look at the M16C series)
* A broken assumtion from the very start: That this needs to be modular. I am pretty convinced that (lets exclude the laser module) most of the sensors could have been integrated right away, for less money than the box you put them in.

That being said, this should have been a 2-4 man project for 6 months, with focus on solving the technical problems first. A more or less working prototype electronics design (2man months for the most important sensors) should have been done before promising anything on Kickstarter.

Comment: Re:Sulfur (Score 1) 116

by drolli (#49162399) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

I mean i am tempted to see all of this as a contemporary art form - sueing for things which are somehow contradictory to another position of you. The dichtomy of the modern lawer-consulted brain repeating the same patterns (sueing) without context, over and over again has something of a provocation which could have come from Beuys.....

Comment: Re:Krebs (Score 2) 226

As a user you are not supposed to make sensible input to the support hotline. Also the head of the local branch is a user.

IT departments in banks are behemoths, never changing course. They can't react quickly. A mess of different never integrated systems which were kept over decades, "tailored" solutions by consultants with too little a time budget in the projects, and department heads for whom the internet is a new technology create an impenetratable mess where even the support doen not know whom to turn to.

Comment: Re:The solution (Score 1) 309

by drolli (#49159551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

The difference is that if NSA manipulates all hardrives, that would be easier to spot. I know that some organizations actually check the firmaware of devices before they use these.

By the non-buy list of the

If they do do what they did up to now (namely patching some high-profile targets) it wil ltake years before it is discovered and analyzed.

Comment: The solution (Score 1) 309

by drolli (#49157971) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

should be that firmware is firmware. Please test rudimentary blocks of computing devices before you produce 100 of millions of a series.

I expect the manufacturer actually does something like a read/write test for typical conditions.

I may even accept or wish to get HDs which are one year behind SOTA, if they were not pushed out of the door in whatever shape the SW is due to a marketing deadline.

For such device i happily would pay more, if the "programmable" fuses are set/burnt.

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 0) 340

by drolli (#49154429) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Paint a sphere black, and it gets hotter than a white sphere. Emitting CO2 makes the Atmosphere "black" in the infrared, thus you increae the energy input to the system.

If the local effects have a little bump or not does not matter to the fundamental equation.

Nowadays we use modeling with great success. The models which were used to procude the processors you type on are complex. The planes you fly in are modelled. The controller in the stabilization system in you car was modelled.

Should you severly doubt that for something (globally long >100years, not locally) as simple and an energy conservation equation is not reliable, is suggest that you dont use a plane, dont use a car, and move into the forest.

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 340

by drolli (#49152999) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

I am not worried if humanity survives, but if you look into history, provoking wars was never a good idea.

What happens if, e.g. China falls apart in an uncontrolled fashion, or Russia, or India? Or even the US? limate change is a economic risk on a global scale.

I hope that this does not happen withing my lifetime.

Comment: Re:Sony should return to its roots (Score 1) 187

by drolli (#49101091) Attached to: Why Sony Should Ditch Everything But the PlayStation

Yes. I think they should focus at what they are really good: Design of working products (typically for me, the smaller stuff like Headphones, Bluetooth headsets, etc).

The deisgn of the subnotebook (down to the Vaio P series) was excellent (over 10 years, whenever i wanted to buy a notebook they were always in the last round of competitors due to the excellent design).

One problem of sony was that it was focused on Japan (i lived there for four years and Sony has many Products which were taergeted at the Jp market)

Comment: As a former scientist: (Score 1) 233

by drolli (#49069037) Attached to: Mars One: Final 100 Candidates Selected

Any scientific organization taking part in this effort, under the prepositions which are assumes now, is, in my opinion, unethical. The life and health of humans involved must be the first priority in any experiment; and this is what it is - its an badly planned, underfunded, and dangerous experiment.

My wife works in pharmceutical research, and if they did the same thing to mice (namely put them in a badly expected experiment without a clear purpose, but a high change of dying in an uncontrolled and unpleasant way), they would not get the approval.

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