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Comment: Re:Planned obsolescence (Score 1) 281

Perhaps the concept is taken too far.

But I have spoken to chemists at major firms who were able to confirm they have been requested to weaken the product. By that I'm talking specifically on that silver-grey plastic that wears through to black over time, if you know that effect?

Sometimes the cheaper products can last longer because they don't have the smarts to design in something that fails... and we're blown away when we find that cheap product that turns out to be a better than the label standard.

How many sneakers do you know that have black and not white sole trim?
I've seen wetsuits without the seams glued down. That's no mistake since it was common to every Billabong Oscillator and not just a single line. I won't buy from them again. Now we have weaker suits... but it's OK because the stretch is a feature...

In every buying decision I expect trouble. Time to get creative. Glue those seams down /before/ they fray. Expect everything to break, whether it's deliberate or not. So when I buy a new rucksack I'm prepared to melt down the nylon thread to stop it fraying further. When I buy a phone I always go for something that has solid support on Cyanogenmod. And I never buy a new phone because it is hard to tell if it's been proven with developers yet. Same for laptops and everything.
It's cynical but it works.

Regards upgrade cycles. It's a tough one because in a sense a maker is entitled to do this. That's why an open phone like the GeeksOne is worth looking into regardless of the quality of the thing itself (!). I have had tons of old hardware that could be perfectly useable today had it not been for obfrustrications on the software side. You get to a point where you just have enough of this stuff. It's not just the money, it's just that you get to like something and you want it to be reliable. It's about efficiency too. When I buy something new the first thing I'm thinking is how long is this thing going to be useful for before it's incompatible.

People just seem to have a blind spot for this. How many times do they have to get shafted before they learn? Often it;s because they just want to buy, to buy anything... just because they want the buying experience to fill some sort of deficiency in their life. I know I've done it!

Comment: Licensing does effect end users (Score 1) 77

by jago25_98 (#47473499) Attached to: FreeBSD 9.3 Released

I don't code and rarely recompile. But I do take an interest in licenses since I find it has an effect in both my user experience and also my interaction with the community. This is what users need to understand.

I buy older cars rather than BMW because I don't want to have to find an authorised garage and pay the premium to decode the onboard computer for the repairs. Likewise, a difference in license can make a difference. In linux vs BSD there are probably some difference which I tend to summerise in my head as:
- if BSD can do it, then the functionality is probably safe in the free software world; it's going to be there in the future and if it's not then a company can be paid through closed software to fix the void
- if linux can do it then the function is less likely to be something to rely on, but it's better than closed software

"Finally, the license. I'm neither a programmer nor a recompiler so my use of BSD licensed software is essentially identical to my use of GPL software ('free as in beer', with the occasional bug report). For purists and programmers, there is a difference in what is and isn't allowed under the respective licenses."

Comment: silent vibrate. phone on wrist. chakra. watersport (Score 1) 427

by jago25_98 (#47328899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I liked the idea of that kickstarter waterproof thingy. Would be nice to have a phone on my arm while surfing... Only the boss can then bug me and its not really very waterproof.

I view it as a phone that you strap to your wrist. I only wear watches for travel. A phone that you strap to your wrist is just a little bit more convenient. You have vibrate better. Its also away from centre of the body so its a little away from your chakra line if you go in for that kind of thing.

Comment: 'influential' = proxy term (Score 1) 231

A better description would be the aggregate of our group tribe. We only have space for so many people in our heads so we simplify with fame. Perhaps the average store is 120 people to match the tribe size we are evolved for?
So influential is pretty close a term in that these are the names in our mind so just because of that they are also a good bet as to influence... Just its only a bet.

Comparing cultures is interesting. Quite a gap for English and Chinese but less so for Russian. If you were a strategist you can then surprise that China/USA are more different than Russia/USA. Apply this again to different countries and we can start to map out political likely strongest and weakest links between countries. A map from this contrasted to an economic might be able to highlight any differences and the result would be areas either of future change or recent moves.

Comment: Emotional Intelligence - searchterm or buzzword? (Score 2) 255

by jago25_98 (#47150767) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Such warm and fuzzy articles aren't welcome here. We're interested in evidence.
We wonder whether it's best to cut a member loose or support. What about the top end of the bell curve? How are they treated? Are they operating at max? Perhaps that's something the idiot might be able to notice while everyone else is busy producing?

Without a decent study, who's to say?
I would like to link to an article and contribute something of substance but I'm not quite sure what to search for. I'm finding studies confirming leadership - need to search more to find anything referring to a group.
Perhaps the search term (buzzword?) for the article should be 'Emotional Intelligence'?

Going along that line the article is part of a group of ideas that people management is more important than technical skills. Both can be taught but our teaching skills are better at the technical. Maybe that's why knowledge is hoarded, damaging a company. In those smelly, fuzzy hippy companies where people, you know... have a good team feeling dare we admit the potential is better there?
- or is that just trendy to say that?

  Like I say, need more info. It is out there but engineers don't like to admit it. It's good to just say how you feel without feeling inhibited - just totally honest. You should be able to do that at the same time as being good and fair. It's not an easy skill to learn. Women and gay men do a better job? Maybe but can be pretty catty too.
It's a real joy to meet people who are both technical and socialable. Even more a joy to be at ease with those people so you can just get on well. People who listen, and where you can treat each other rudely but we all know it's OK.

I do agree with the article that the idiot treatment is a marker - they're not saying anything more than that.

My own view - treat a weak member positively, everyone has something to give. And fire them if that's the right decision.

Comment: 2 intrepretations (Score 1) 207

by jago25_98 (#47128367) Attached to: UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

The only thing in the statement of possible value is that UPS don't break security for just anyone. Well, isn't that expected... law and part of conditions of posting? If not, then there is possibility of interpreting this statement at face value.

However, if secure postage in terms of the law is guarenteed anyway then this statement says _nothing_. And if a statement says nothing then the purpose is clear - they are desperately trying to sub communicate under a gag order. Trying hard to highlight the problem to those who can read between the lines to bring attention to the economic damage gag orders are having to the economy.

I don't know if UPS ensure any security of packages so I don't know which it is - maybe you do.

Comment: Building bridges (Score 1) 348

by jago25_98 (#46971607) Attached to: China May Build an Undersea Train To America

Let me add to this with a reminder for readers.

China first started making things for other countries as a mode of defense thousands of years ago.

Instead of spending money on standing armies, resources are spent on supporting economic dependence from other countries. This is more efficient. It is also less open to abuse.

The USA points out that this defensive move can be abused. It can be - but at cost. At least it is skewed towards the defensive. I'm not saying to be complacent. China plans 100's years ahead while we only have rich families planning ahead. America is not a million miles away with the petrodollar.

Propaganda or not, the poetic image of literally building a bridge between east and west (which are currently in economic war over natural gas in Ukraine) should not be lost in this discussion.
My god, how can that be overlooked? What are we to miss that!?

Comment: Throttle a hedge fund, establish legal presedence (Score 1) 194

by jago25_98 (#46965343) Attached to: Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Great idea, but I can't see it making much impact by single websites.

Who would be an entity sympathetic to this to do this for large scale effect? ISPs? A hosting company of significant size? Actual infrastructure?

Would bringing this forward really help?
  -or just speed up the effect of net neutrality erosion?

Perhaps it's already in effect. Certainly you could become a millionaire off this by throttling a hedge funds connection. After you do that, the legal precedence response should hep fix the situation. If it doesn't, just enjoy your sangria in the sun... and send me some btc as an afterthought eh?

Comment: Re:I think it is three things (Score 1) 166

by jago25_98 (#46857039) Attached to: China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

The poke in the eye is that when you hear about the show your first thought might be that finally, here's a show on TV that's actually taking note of who you are. Finally something on TV not dumbed down? Could this be like discovering 2am Open University programmes?? Another Monty Python?!

  Then you watch it... and as the bad laugh track comes in your heart sinks as you realise it's just another bad sitcom.

  It's the most popular show at work other than Game of Thrones. Sheldon is alright, but seems like a one man show.

I guess this is the fault of TV in general; lack of specialisation. Other groups , such as old people have the same problem; nothing on TV for them to watch.

Comment: Improve the delivery/preservative method and it's (Score 1) 588

by jago25_98 (#46750811) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Can't we just agree that the preservative and delivery method needs to be improved? Vaccines are one thing but the way they are packaged is another. If the vaccine is delivered to the body without the need for heavy metals then this sorry argument could be put to bed.

  It's not about the vaccine, it's the packaging that's an issue here.

Comment: Water, warmth (Score 1) 737

by jago25_98 (#46739693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

From mobile life, major immediate problems encountered:

- staying warm and healthy
- moving around; fuel
- clean water, staying clean

These are major, major problems. If you've lived in a campervan for any amount of time, lived in a swat, a yacht or on the street you'd know it. Desalination is too inefficient. Carrying the water in a squat is the biggest chore. Bums are usually dirty.

Electric is less of a problem these days.

Other stuff beyond this is more interesting - can anyone locally remember how to be a blacksmith or carpenter? That kind of thing. But you can muddle through it because it's not an immediate problem that's killing you. The water, warmth, fuel thing is the big problem.

  Maybe it's not so far fetched either. There's a war breaking out over fuel right now on the edge of Europe.

Main things I think to learn are how to stay warm without heating and how to clean water.

Most of the professions are surely going to go out of the window-irrelevant. Would hobbiests come to the fore or is that disillusion dreaming?
Poor people are going to be best suited to this. Anyone who knows how to sew their own socks. So to that matter then the less professionally successful then could that be a good thing? It's difficult to simulate, we'd have to look to history. If someone is successful in a company environment then there's an advantage there to organise people - no change there?

Comment: Is upgrade to win7 a fix? (Score 1) 423

by jago25_98 (#46708623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Is an upgrade to Win7 in these kinds of situations really any fix? Likelihood is that we'll see the same situation come round again in a few years time.

Sometimes it's possible to skip a whole stage, for example, NT to Win7.

That's the logic anyway, for people who don't trust the upgrade cycle, usually burnt from vendor lock-in.

Comment: Similar in Spain. (Score 2) 319

by jago25_98 (#46690315) Attached to: SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

The market clearly wants to move in direction on this one. When the market is restricted in one area it flows out in another. So where will the money flow instead? AirBNB needs to assist in automatic tax collection.

We have the same problem in Spain. Millions of people bought homes here and have been subletting them to cover the cost. Then the hotel licensing law became enforced and this has helped depress the market even more.

This effects everyone including myself in a number of ways even though I don't own a home.

I am in Spain for 6 months a year, 2 months at a time. As a result of this 3 month law I have to live in hostels estranged from the local population. I want to buy a place but factoring in being unusable to use my home for what I want, such as renting out when I'm not there, I will only pay 40% less the previous prices.

This is really crashing the market even harder than it already is. People, the market are trying to come up with ways to survive and they're being crushed at every turn - just like like in Argentina.

There comes a point when people have nothing left to lose - I see a lot of homelessness and squatting now in the empty houses. People are ready to change these rules through violence.
With the financial switcheroo in the world this is only going to become more common. I suggest studying criminality so at least you are prepared when you finally can't play by the rules any more.

Overload -- core meltdown sequence initiated.