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Comment: Re:Dark Energy (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by friedmud (#49458315) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

*I* am only asking that you use the Shift key on your keyboard every now and again!

If you want to be taken seriously you should really start with good sentence structure, proper paragraphs and punctuation. Your double spaced scrawling looks like the work of a child and you will be treated as such. All of this undermines your already eccentric views to the point where no one can take you seriously.

Comment: Protest? (Score 1) 626

This is actually fairly upsetting news.

Instead of just whining on a forum... does anyone have any ideas on what can actually be done for this kid? Should we start a fund for his defense? Can we organize a local protest? Should we write letters to local officials?

In a democracy it's up to the citizens to stand up and say when something isn't right. And this most definitely is NOT right. This kid's life is going to be ruined because of a prank. Insane.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 94

I'll bite.

Yawn- so looking through the info, it doesn't really do much more than my Moto 360 can do, yet the Moto 360:

1) Has been available already for 7 months.

First doesn't mean best: just like with the original iPod.

2) Has inductive charging and the Apple watch doesn't.

This makes me question whether you're just a troll. In case you're being serious: The Apple Watch DOES in fact charge via inductive charging: (look down at "Charge it overnight. Wear it all day.")

3) Is far less expensive.

I don't know about "far" less. Quick glance shows it to be $100 to $150 cheaper than the entry level Apple Watch. That's a good difference... but it's not like the Moto 360 is $50 or something. For something you will probably replace every couple of years that difference isn't much amortized over the lifetime of the device.

4) Is arguably much better looking (for those who want round).

Firstly, I'm not sure why "round" is so desirable. Many high end watches are square/rectangular (for instance: ) and all computing devices and even traditional writing devices (paper!) are rectangular for a reason: it's easy to display and read data that way.

Secondly: if we're going to be subjective I'll say that I don't want an enormous watch like the Moto 360 ( ). The Apple Watch fits far better:

5) Works with many different phones, not just a few iPhone models.

I'll take perfect integration with a few phones over buggy connections with a bunch of phones...

So what is so innovative and impressive? A button on the side? The 360 has a button. It is not a scroll wheel, but despite what Apple's video claims, I have absolutely no problems using the touchscreen to pinch zoom, swipe, or scroll and it doesn't hurt my experience and is far more intuitive.

I suppose that it is easy to pinch to zoom on your enormous, tablet sized watch ;-). But for people who want a watch that doesn't look like they strapped a sundial to their arm they are going to need a smaller screen and a better mechanism for scrolling and zooming because of it.

The ONLY two things I saw of interest were variable touch sensitivity... which is certainly not a new technology, but it novel on a watch. And having a speaker, which I certainly have not missed. I mean, it looks like a great device, but I fail to understand why people think it is some brilliant new idea or super fantastic breakthrough.

Only Apple themselves think it's some "super fantastic breakthrough": but many of us see it as being a really solid offering that is going to enhance our daily activities.

If you own an iPhone then this should be pretty interesting to you. It's going to have great integration and tons of really useful features. Definitely enough features to justify its price.

Not everything has to be "revolutionary"... it can just be "really good" for the price its offered at... and people will buy it.

Comment: Re:One step closer . . . (Score 1) 187

by friedmud (#49391345) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

Or, this will give them more time to be able to actually make it to the gym.

What is up with this crazy backlash against any sort of convenience these days?

I wish Slashdot were like the good old days when we could just say: "Cool use of technology! I like how they optimized the battery efficiency to allow it to be disconnected for a long time yet still connect to wifi! I don't know if this fits my lifestyle - but I could see quite a few people using it."

For myself: I signed up to get a few. I mean, why not? Might as well check it out!

Comment: Re: Centralized on GitHub! LOL! (Score 1) 116

Well... on GitHub the wiki _is_ actually stored in a Git repo... and all of the pages are simply Markdown. They are VERY easy to move to many other systems (or even to view locally).

GitHub even publishes an open source version of its wiki renderer to make it even easier:

NOW: The bugtracker stuff is a little more difficult. You can use the GitHub API to pull out all of the info easily enough and store it locally... but you have to do some sort of transformation to get it into a new format if you're trying to move to a different service.

Personally, I've done this the other way around. We went from using Trac on our own servers to using GitHub. I wrote scripts to take all of our Tickets from Trac and upload them to GitHub as Issues using the GitHub API. It was a pain but not impossible....

Comment: Re:Github is scary for critical code (Score 2) 116

If GitHub is down just:

git remote add bitbucket
git push bitbucket

And then keep rolling.

Replace Bitbucket with any number of alternatives.

It simply doesn't matter if GitHub goes down. It has a convenient interface, for sure, but you can continue to work without it easily.

Comment: Re: Centralized on GitHub! LOL! (Score 1) 116

Same is true for subversion. In both cases you can develop and test your code and review your changes against what was last seen original copy

Subversion has gotten better recently... but in the past nearly every command required a round-trip to the central server. Like I say, that has recently changed for a few (like 'svn stat') but there are still MANY that require a live link to the central server.

Contrast this with Git where the _only_ time you need to access a server is for sharing.

When GitHub is down it only takes one command to push your whole repo to BitBucket so you can keep working with peers. Sure, you don't have access to any *data* (wiki, issues, etc) that you had on GitHub... but the most important thing (the code) is VERY mobile.

Comment: Re:Love how they avoid the things humans CAN NOT D (Score 1) 177

by friedmud (#49348345) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

I somewhat agree... but the problem is not "is a driverless car better than a human" it's: who do we sue when something goes wrong.

In the proposed hypothetical, whoever gets hit is going to be suing someone. Who do they sue? The owner of the car (even if they weren't in the car the time?) the "passenger" or the company that makes the vehicle.

I tend to think that it will be the owner - and the owner will need to have insurance to cover whatever the autonomous car could do. There is no way a company like Google is going to put out a product like this where it's liable.

As for "rare/never seen in the real world situations" you have to remember that with a high enough saturation of these on the roads... those "rare" situations will happen all day long, every day (they already do with regular cars). The statistics makes this quite tricky...

Note that I am NOT an obstructionist and I am all for autonomous vehicles... but the legal aspects of self-driving cars is something that needs to get solved soon...

Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 2, Informative) 448

by friedmud (#49105553) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

You are obviously not a scientist.

If you have "blindly done research" and you're publishing in a reputable journal... then you'll get your ass handed to you if your science isn't correct (trust me: my ass still stings from some of the scathing reviews I've received on a few of my papers).

The funding agency DOES NOT MATTER... if proper peer review is undertaken. If the science is good... then the science is good... this isn't an opinion piece in the New York Times paid for by big oil...

Comment: Re:One Button Mode (Score 1) 248

by friedmud (#49050893) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I use the Logitech Ultimate Home Control in my living room and Logitech Home Control in my bedroom for just this purpose. Integrates and works beautifully with my Hue lights.

I also use the Philips Hue Tap to have a physical "switch" on the walls that can control the lights.

Without physical hardware that she can touch none of the home automation stuff would have flown with my wife :-)

Comment: Re:pointless all round (Score 1) 248

by friedmud (#49050853) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

The only "remote control" (like away from home) thing I use with my Hue lights is using IFTTT to automatically turn them on when I come home.

That is actually pretty convenient (and works really well).

I do use the ability to turn the bedroom lights off when I'm in the living room and vice versa... but I'm not sure if you would consider that "remote control".

Now: with my Nest I _do_ use the ability to change the temperature before I come home. If it's cold outside I can set it to be nice and toasty by the time I get home... and the other way around if it's hot. That works pretty well :-)

"It's ten o'clock... Do you know where your AI programs are?" -- Peter Oakley