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Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by h4ck7h3p14n37 (#49464141) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Last I checked, the regs regarding emails for the state department went in to effect in 2005 and clarified in 2009 iirc.

There's also the Federal Records Act of 1950.

Under the Act, each federal agency is required to make and preserve records that (1) document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and (2) provide the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities.[1] The Act defines a federal record without respect to format.

The Act also requires agencies to maintain a records management program. Did Hillary have one? Based on what I have heard about the process used to determine which emails were "personal" and which were business it doesn't sound like she did.

Accordingly, to ensure that they have appropriate recordkeeping systems with which to manage and preserve their records, agencies are required to develop records management programs.[2] These programs are intended, among other things, to provide for accurate and complete documentation of the policies and transactions of each federal agency, to control the quality and quantity of records they produce, and to provide for judicious preservation and disposal of federal records.

Comment: Re:my experience: (Score 1) 269

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.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy