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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.

Comment: Your experience? (Score 1) 323

In my experience, web development is a cocktail of....

Big project with complex database bindings and backends are usually written in Java. They may not make up most of the web (if counted as pages) or accesses (since facebook etc is highly optimized), but if you need to get a real medium sized project out of hte door in a controllable fashion (and not-perfomance optimized), Java is your friend.

Forget interpreted loose-typing languages. Forget OO by instance copy shit. Take a decent EE and refactor if something is wrong. Use XML bindings where you see fit (without additional cost). And so much more. I know many programming languages, but Java is my favourite from the vievpoint of controlled delivery and SW Quality tools.

That being said yes, i believe that general engineering skills are undervalued, but i have the serious feeling that the original poter understands something different than I do, which is the mindset to dissect problems in systems, where each system prevents imperfections of other systems to pass trough.

Comment: I am a physicist (Score 1) 439

by drolli (#49060769) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

And yes, i used some measurement techniques which required a lot of computational power (fitting procedures which ran over days).

And no: if your signal is too weak, no computation in the world can bring back the lost information. If i know that you will try to detect me optically, i paint the ship using another colour.

As far as i understand submarines are anyway not meant t o go close to any coastline.

Comment: Sounds good to me (Score 1) 148

by drolli (#49055741) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6

As somebody who really likes the price/performance point of samsung *Hardware* i have to say that I appreciate if they stop to put their randomly changing (sometime functions vanish when you update) office suite and their completely weird and buggy "communications" crap on the device.

If they have a long-term thing with MS that wil mean that Office mobile will get better because there is money to make for MS, and that they replace their useless bloatware with thing which i alreaady use.

Comment: So strange! (Score 4, Insightful) 252

by drolli (#49014295) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness

I mean, this guy really seems not to get that the excercise was not meant to demonstrate how to print 123456, but that printing 123456, as opposed to e.g. 654321 is a tool to demonstrate/show the order of the execution of command in a self-recursive function.

I mean, i have seen bad coding practices in courses (nervous handling of null pointers, and strong binding OOP comes to my mind), but this question has nothing to do with coding, but is purely the shortes way to test is the student understands what happens if the print comes after the call of the self recursive function.

Comment: Re:Had to check the calendar (Score 1) 307

by drolli (#48960965) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2

Yes, me too. I mean: the headline "Microsoft releases next version of windows for hobbyist 35$ computer meant for open source"....

Whats next?

-Office for linux - oops Office runs on Andoid.
-Microsoft hosts Linux - yes, azure runs also linux machines
-Microsoft sells Linux hardware - seems to be the case - Nokia N1
-Microsoft contributes to linux kernel - but they are not top 20 any more
-Linux devices are major income source for MS (~400Million$ for nothing from exFat patents)

I mean the last thing which is missing is that they actually open source windows. But maybe they do that when they replace the kernel by a linux kernel and forget the rest.....

Comment: Dangerous overkill (Score 1) 88

Dangerous because automatic key updates should require a great deal of verification of the new keys. I could imagine some scenarios (e.g. cloned virtual machines), which lead to the authenticated key being correctly updated (e.g old instructions/documentation) by the admin, but the EC key not overwritten (since it's not in the standard procedure). If this EC key then is copied automatically to the client, any of the cloned machines would accepted as a verified server after the login.

Overkill because exposing the public keys in terms of the sftp protocol would be less invasive and give the client full control what to do whith the keys.

Comment: Well they are used to facebook. (Score 1) 307

by drolli (#48947847) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

Seems reasonable to me.

Facebook: If you click here, for playing farmville and getting up-to date advertisements around the world and hearing which of your friends prepares pizza right now, you give us all your data. We will sell it or not, as we see fit, ask you about it or not, as we see fit, change the rules at any time, as we see fit, and if you dont disagree immeduatly, we will make an effort to protect our interest by just giving you enough privacy not to run away.

NSA: To stop terrorists killing you all, we need to log all data of you which we can get.

Yes, if you give me the choice if the ratio of loss of privacy to gained comfort/security is better for Facebook or the NSA, i choose the NSA.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a multipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer, as amended by Jeff Daiell, a Libertarian

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