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Comment: Re:my experience: (Score 1) 264

by h4ck7h3p14n37 (#49338331) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

An app developer only gets to sell if Apple says so, which makes things tricky.

Tricky? Apple is demanding that they be the sole distributor of your iOS product. They charge a recurring fee to have them as your sole distributor and then they also take a large cut of your sales. Why would you put yourself in that position?

Comment: Just deployed Insteon hub and wifi camera (Score 1) 282

I just deployed an Insteon hub along with one of their cameras yesterday. The starter kit is around $100 and includes the hub and two dimmer outlets. The camera (0.3MP) was another $50 and includes pan/tilt along with a set of IR LEDs around the housing. Setup is straightforward, but the web and smartphone interfaces are bare bones. The camera may be connected via RJ45 or a WiFi connection.

I've got it set to not allow remote connections, but you can control things remotely via port-forwarding on your home router, or at Insteon's website. I didn't spend too much time with it last night, but the system can alert based on image or noise detection.

Next steps are to install some door sensors ($35) and a couple of dimmer switches ($45).

Comment: Re:I prefer Rocksmith (Score 4, Insightful) 163

by h4ck7h3p14n37 (#49149485) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I wish I could mod this up. I've been playing Rocksmith for about four years and I think it's a fantastic way to learn guitar.

Sitting by yourself and playing scales and chords (badly) is very boring. It's easy to want to put the guitar down and do something else. Rocksmith keeps you entertained (motivated) and I find that if I sit down with the intent of playing for an hour I'll play for three.

I just wish the guitarcade section of Rocksmith 2014 were better. Games are over very quickly and it takes too long to start them up again. There really needs to be some sort of infinite life mode so you could run the drills for as long as you want.

Comment: Re:RLCs are not a big issue in this race (Score 1) 93

I'm hoping for camera tech to improve enough where stop sign and crosswalk camera systems become feasible to install and manage.

I'd love it if the stop sign on the corner in my neighborhood issued tickets to vehicles. Drivers constantly blow through the stop. I've even had to honk at cross-traffic that was not going to stop even though I was already in the intersection! I suppose I should get a few days worth of video and then take it up with my Alderman.

Comment: Re:its all about the $$$ (Score 1) 93

I don't think you were saying that rear-end collisions are the fault of the car in front, even when they brake suddenly, but I think it's important to say that any rear-end collision is the fault of the car behind.

Long ago when I was a new driver I had someone in front of me slam on their brakes for no apparent reason on a completely clear country road (they had missed their turn). I was far enough back that I didn't hit them, but I did end up on the shoulder. That incident taught me to leave enough room to be able to evade the car in front of me should they do something stupid.

That being said, there really is no excuse for things like slamming on your brakes when the left-turn arrow turns from green to yellow.

Comment: Re:Political pressure can work (Score 1) 93

This isn't the 1960s. Chicago does have legitimate elections.

I suppose it depends on what you consider legitimate. All of the mayoral candidates for Tuesday's election are Democrats. There are no candidates from any other parties on the ballot. Do you consider that legitimate?

Comment: Re:Don't be so hard on him... (Score 1) 323

The thing is, a master's degree in CS doesn't necessarily give you any real-world coding experience, and doesn't necessarily give you any real-world engineering experience. And there's a wide range of undergrad degrees backing that master's degree. Remember that a master's degree usually gives you a lot of theoretical knowledge, and a lot less practical knowledge. Most of a candidate's practical experience is likely to come from his or her undergraduate degree.

This is something I've struggled with lately. I started working with computers at a young age and went through a CS program in an engineering college, but the formal education doesn't actually give you many skills that will help in a real-world environment, especially when you need to operate at a higher level of technical expertise.

School isn't going to teach you how to effectively run a production environment, or how to perform release engineering on a large codebase, or how to manage your employer's multiple, geographically distributed data centers. Those skills can only be gained through years of experience (successes and failures) in real-world environments. If someone is aware of a place that can help one develop those types of skills, please let me know. It seems that at a certain point you're simply on your own and have to figure it all out yourself.

Comment: Hardcopy, or maybe DNA? (Score 4, Funny) 251

by h4ck7h3p14n37 (#48917941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Print all of your text documents on acid free paper in triplicate and store them in climate controlled facilities around the planet. Maybe even keep an extra copy on the Moon just in case. All of your digital files can be uuencoded before being printed out.

If you're really paranoid, you can encode everything into the DNA of some organisms and then distribute them throughout local and deep space with rocket ships and comets!

Comment: Re:What an idiot (Score 4, Insightful) 180

Full disk encryption is great, but assumes that you won't have unlocked it for the attacker.

That's why you also encrypt sensitive files separately. You only unlock the file when you're actually using it and then lock it back up when done.

Just use dd to create some space to use, create a filesystem on the file and then apply your preferred means of encryption. Encrypted USB sticks are another good solution.

Comment: Re:Limited power to change working situation... (Score 1) 348

by h4ck7h3p14n37 (#48859535) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Have you tried asking your boss for the furniture you'd like to use?

I believe employers (in the US) are required to make reasonable accommodations for employee health concerns. Perhaps you could get a note from your physician stating that he recommends you use a standing desk (for example)?

All the simple programs have been written.