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Comment Help Irving High start a STEM program (Score 2, Informative) 956

Noted on Twitter last night that many people have found inexpensive electronic clock kits, and are sending them to Irving High to help the teachers learn about what clocks are, that they're not terribly threatening, and to help their kids learn to build them.

That address is:

Irving High School
900 N O Connor Rd
Irving, TX 75061

Submission + - Texas 9th Grader Shows STEM Smarts, Gets Sent to Juvenile Detention (

jddj writes: Award-winning electronics whiz Ahmed Mohamed loved the robotics club in middle school. So when he got to high school, he decided to show the teachers what he could do: he tossed together an electronic clock in about 20 minutes, and housed it in a pencil case.

Irving, Texas school officials did what they do best when confronted with a bright, promising student: they had him arrested and taken to juvenile detention, claiming Ahmed had built a "fake bomb" (something the student never claimed).

Remember folks: Lie down. Don't think for yourself. If you've got smarts, don't show 'em.

Comment FCC's trying to break improving router firmware (Score 4, Informative) 345

The FCC is currently trying to end 3rd-party wifi router firmware (think Tomato, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc.), by requiring manufacturers to build devices that only accept firmware updates signed with the manufacturer's keys.

This means you'll only be able to install software the manufacturer has certified comes with their own bugs, embedded backdoors and security #fails, rather than be able to put something better on your hardware.

It also may mean that router manufacturers will be required to place NSA backdoors in the firmware and be unable to tell consumers about them due to National Security Letters.

The WSJ is right: We Need The Right To Repair Our Gadgets.

Comment Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142

Our club routinely gets 5,000-15,000 foot waivers for medium-to-high-power launches, and it doesn't stop nimrods from flying over the launch area in general aviation aircraft.

Low-power sport rocketry (think the little Estes hobby-shop rockets) can hit the 2,000 foot level without too much sweat.

I'm tired of seeing available airspace disappear every time I turn around. The fields in which I launched as a kid are completely off-limits - noplace in the close-in metro DC area can you launch a model rocket legally.

Comment Work in the US (Score 1) 318

I work for a leading enterprise in the US.

Among our ~50,000 US/Can employees, the leading office location is "remote". More of our employees work remote than at our largest fixed point facility.

Not making a guess at this; it's lately been my job to research it.

My wife also works at a US enterprise, from home, all day, every day. She's a project manager working with teams worldwide. She has a VERY long work day, due to time zone math, but is very productive, and has flexibility through the day to tend to what needs doing.

I work from home a couple days a week to cut down on the commuting hours. I have better equipment in my home office than the company will buy for me. It's customized to my tastes. There's no goddamn white noise streaming out of speakers in the ceiling. I'm not shivering in the summer from the lousy hvac system. And if I can get into flow, I'm very productive indeed.

If kids are on school holiday on a day where there's no kid care, hard to stay in flow. If you think you're gonna work from home and keep young kids, just don't. These intents are not compatible.

Comment Sit-Stand desk FTW!!! (Score 2) 340

I have an electric sit-stand that I cobbled together from a nice Ikea top and an old (hideous) electric sit-stand desk we found on Craigslist.

Standing gets old, sitting does too. Need to be able to move the top up and down to get the best of both worlds.

You'll really want a cable tray, and a couple long outlet bars for the back of it. You're screwed if you don't manage cables and provide power that floats up and down with you. Monitor arm helps, too - I like Ergotrons. I mount my KVM switch, my USB and Gigabit Ethernet hubs, my Thunderbolt dock sub-surface, so they're handy, but invisible, also float up and down with the desktop.

Check the min and max heights on your legs before you buy - wish my Craigslist model was just a teense taller, but it suffices.

There are nice motorized legs online for sale without desktops. My wife bought a set of these - they have memories for different height positions. She custom-stained a design into her own unfinished wood desktop before sealing it. Beautiful. She runs with a designed-for-desk treadmill she integrated into the whole affair.

Good chair for the sit times is a cherry on top. I have a used Aeron.

Comment Re:If they did that they would lose clients (Score 1) 107

Hmmm. Don't agree with this.

1. Spider Oak has built its business on zero-knowledge (Full Disc: not an employee or a fanboy, but a user. Like it, except for non-zero-knowledge on mobile/web)

2. There _is_ research going on about ways to compute on data without knowing the contents of the data. It's entirely likely that someone will solve search on zero-knowledge encrypted data, even though you and I don't yet know how it might work. (one way that comes to mind: zero-knowledge encrypt the query, then bounce the encrypted query against the encrypted ciphertext. This would probably suck 'cause it'd require ECB mode or something similar, and that's pretty weak, and such a technique would leak information like a sieve, but OTOH, not _impossible_ right out of the gate).

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".