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Comment: No, They Haven't Called Me (Score 1, Informative) 57

by Greyfox (#48641029) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
I run a call blocker on my android phone that only allows people in my contacts list through. Keeps the riffraff out -- an endless swarm of poor quality technical recruiters, phone soliciters, scammers and Comcast salespeople. Best $3 I ever spent.

Comment: She won (Score 1) 2

by gmhowell (#48635265) Attached to: Looks like we're getting closer to the truth

She won. She will now sport a lucrative career as a public... whatever. The narrative has been formed. Political Correctness has no room for objective truth. Just like the crumbling of lies surrounding the Rolling Stone/UVA 'rape', we shouldn't be looking at facts and events. Brianna's feels are more important.

Once again, the most dangerous group to women is formed of other women.

Comment: Was Going On Before (Score 1) 453

by Greyfox (#48633623) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
All that pot was crossing their borders before, they just weren't paying attention. A majority of states now allow it for medical use, so it's not like Colorado's the only source of the stuff. And it's not hard to get a medical card. Find the right doctor and tell him you have a headache, stress or PMS.

I don't think I could do better than my house in Longmont, Colorado right now. Weed's legal, we're rolling out a gigabit municipal fiber network, there's a skydiving dropzone 10 minutes from my house, a vertical wind tunnel ("indoor skydiving") an hour from my house, the food here is amazing and the gays can get married in the state now. Suck it, rest of the world!

Comment: Re:Who wants a watch that you have to recharge dai (Score 2) 219

by American AC in Paris (#48628851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

The entire point of having a battery in a watch is so that you don't have to worry about winding it every day,,, it's good for 3 years and then you replace the battery when it goes.

If I'm going to replace my watch, something that I've been using for years, and have only had to replace the battery twice since I got it, with something newer, then that newer thing should not create additional inconveniences that far outweigh anything it can do that a watch might not, particularly when there is nothing that it will do which a smart phone does not already do anyways.

There are a fair number of people out there who happily traded the 2-week battery life of their perfectly functional cell phones for dead-in-a-day smartphones. As it turns out, the inconvenience of having to constantly recharge a smartphone was worth putting up with in exchange for being able to do all the things you can do with a smartphone. Clearly, not everyone shared this sentiment, as you can still see any number of people using non-smartphones today--but significant numbers of people chose functionality over battery life.

It's hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the same thing happening with smart watches.

Comment: Eh? (Score 1) 566

by Greyfox (#48625651) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
What's this "we" stuff? Anywhoo, a portion of the "normal" population IS easily paralyzed by fear or prone to hysteria. Sometimes both. Another portion of them think they are but find they are able to act when push comes to shove. If it weren't for the big-ass herd, the first group would quickly be eaten by bears. Since they're not, we just have to deal with their hand-wringing. Sony obviously knows this, since they were very supportive and didn't just say "We think you're being a bunch of pussies, so show our damn movie already." Mr. Singer apparently doesn't, since that's pretty much what he said.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Glad I Didn't Build an Application Around That (Score 1) 75

by Greyfox (#48607073) Attached to: Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015
As it so happens, I DO have an array of t,x,y,z points. My GPS tracker records time, latitude, longitude and altitude. I wrote a bunch of code in C++ and have a data factory to get the points from the GPS tracker into an array. From there, I convert the points to ECEF so that I can do linear speed measurements on them. ECEF is an X/Y/Z coordinate system that measures its coordinates as meters from the center of the geoid. IIRC the two axes are the north pole and the intersection of the prime meridian and the equator. Could be wrong about that, I don't often have cause to check.

Canopy detection turns out to be pretty easy. I just find the first place in the jump I'm doing less than 10 meters a second. It seems to be pretty accurate. I haven't got around to aircraft exit and landing, as my GPS source up until recently has been too bad to get decent data. I'll have to do a few test jumps (In the name of science!) with a new, more accurate phone and see if it's worth the effort now.

For output, I'm rendering to KML. I can display that directly on Google earth or OpenLayers or write my own thing to do it.

Once I have a decent data set, I'll also have to add some statistic gathering. The upcoming holiday time off might be worthwhile for cleaning up some of the code I have. Hmm... :-D

Comment: Hmm (Score 1) 249

by Greyfox (#48605837) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
I didn't give a shit about Sony or its products before reading this story. Now let me see... nope! Still don't give a shit! Funnily I think this makes me their best friend, since I'm not planning to access any of their documents, pirate any of their stuff and frankly don't even care to invest the amount of energy required to actively hate them. I might never actually buy another thing that they make, but that seems like the least of their problems at the moment.

By the way, Boies is still alive? I thought he'd been killed by a pack of rabid raccoons after that whole SCO debacle. Are we sure he's not actually rabid zombie raccoon Boies?

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce