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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 136

by jeffmeden (#48037491) Attached to: Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Why not?

See this:

It is based on tetris, but it is actually pretty good history illustration.

Holy hell...

"what's the point of it all/ when you're building a wall/ and in front of your eyes/ it disappears?"
"pointless work for pointless pay/ this is one game I won't play"

I just realized how Tetris is really just an analog for communism... Childhood Ruined.

Comment: Re:Businessese Bingo (Score 0) 40

by jeffmeden (#48030389) Attached to: Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project

I follow this area from decently close, although I'mnot a contributor. A less-buzzwordy explanation is that the project is adapting current virtualization and middleware infrastructure to let telecom workloads (network elements) run in VMs. Broadly this means developing ways to reduce packet processing overheads, more efficient virtual switching, and controlling latency much more tightly than current mainstream solutions.

Maybe you can answer this then: What is a "Telecom workload" except perhaps a domestic spying node? Isn't the point of being a Telecom to just move the fucking packets? Why are we virtualizing that when at present, big dedicated routers are needed to do it properly? Are they seriously saying they want to get an even bigger machine, put a bunch of software in the middle that might increase reliability (but most likely just create a new, unknown single point of failure), and call it "improved"? Or, are they just trying to carve out new markets for virtualization now that all the easy ones have been bled dry?

Comment: Re:Businessese Bingo (Score 1) 40

by jeffmeden (#48029911) Attached to: Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project

collaboratively developing complex open source platforms in order to accelerate deployment of new business models while enabling interoperability across a wide range of products and services


I was thinking the same thing. They basically came up with a "great" reason for a whole new standard. To hell with the old standard! Whoever invented that was obviously dumb!

Comment: Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (Score 2) 152

by jeffmeden (#48026703) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Yes, because p2p comm during extended blackouts is trivially easy to maintain in the face of depleting battery power (Also, extended blackouts are oh-so-common in modern life). File transfers? Don't we already have a tech called bluetooth for that?

Fucking luddites on a tech site.

Yes, we have wifi, and bluetooth, and whatever, but LTE could be a technology to rule them all. Imagine having one protocol that could scale from pico home sites to nationwide networks. Having your phone connected to a home LTE hotspot that sits on your free fast wired internet connection, that then seemlessly hands over when you leave the house to standard mobile comms, or does P2P when you're physically near someone and need a photo or video from their device. We could do away with a whole bunch of different technologies potentially and replace them with one overarching wireless protocol that is better than them all.

When there is a real disaster and a provider (AT&T, Verizon, etc) wants to restore service, they typically bring a tractor trailer full of hardware, a generator, plus a huge mast antenna, all just to serve as a temporary cell site. It's a bit of a stretch to think that a new trick in the LTE protocol will make all of that magically happen between handsets without being a huge drain on each handset (making them die even faster in an area where they probably cant be easily charged). This will be more of a gimmick to let the handset get data from nearby devices, like a dinner menu or a coupon for $1 off dog food (in exchange for some juicy personal data, of course).

Comment: Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 1) 241

by jeffmeden (#48020341) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

I think it would have been a great idea on the part of the supervisor to, rather than write their names on the cups, just give them each a name as they order. "Hi! Your name is Fred today, what can I get you?"

A thermal scanner to watch their face for stress would probably flush out real names pretty accurately, if the barista managed to guess right. Really the key security issue with this whole premise is the barista. Why not just do a background check on them?

Comment: Re: I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 2) 596

by jeffmeden (#48003983) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

You don't PWM an AC waveform. You PWM a DC output (as it has no waveform, it peaks and stays peaked.)

PWM is the most convenient term (the OP even stated such) and given a fixed frequency, you can think of a thyristor dimmer (the kind in question) as strictly a PWM tool (since each position of the dial corresponds to a specific on-time:off-time ratio), the only difference being that the duty cycle does not correlate 1:1 with the output power (you have to integrate since you are clipping part of a sine).

Comment: Re:Put a sticker in the window (Score 1) 269

by jeffmeden (#48003123) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Just put a sticker on the window, kind of like the "oil change reminders" that says audio and video recording is taking place in the vehicle. I haven't looked at this car specifically, but nearly every late-model car has a display in the instrument cluster or the radio/nav system. Make it turn red with the text "Valet Mode - Audio and Video Recording in Progress" and problem solved. If the valet doesn't want to be subjected to the recording, then he can get back out, tell the driver he'll/she'll have to park the car themselves.

This has the obvious effect of also getting the valet to behave themselves. If I owned a Corvette, I would eagerly (but casually) say to the valet "the recorder is on, be careful". Otherwise, you have an insurance claim to file anyway after he wrecks it, regardless of what gets recorded.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 596

by jeffmeden (#48002445) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

We used CFLs in the hall, where they are regularly switched on and off by a motion sensor. None of them lasted more than 3 weeks.

Most cheap electronic switches (motion sensor, time delay, dimmer, etc) will NOT work for crap with any sort of ballasted bulb like a CFL or tube. I'm surprised it turned on in the first place. It was *not* the repetitive on/off that killed your CFLs, it was the switch you used to do it. You need a ballast-rated switch (and a good one at that) to do it right.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 596

by jeffmeden (#48002005) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last as long as they are sposed to.
Of course they still save money in power costs

Let me guess you scooped them out of the dollar bin? I have a vast collection of Sylvania CFLs that I have used, packed, moved, used, and repeated for about 10 years now. Occasionally the ones I use the most (that probably do burn 5,000 hrs/year) will blow out or develop a ballast issue (buzzing) and I retire them, long past their stated 10,000 hour lifespan. But the biggest advantage to buying superior CFLs is getting better color out of them. So many people shun CFLs because all they have experienced were the invisible reds and browns of a very shitty collection of bulbs.

Comment: Re:I just want the detector ... (Score 2) 38

by jeffmeden (#47968505) Attached to: New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

A little tri-corder like device that could help me find my security badge in my house.

If they have stickers I could put on other things, too, even better.

You already have one, it's called a recent smartphone. Stick-on tags? here you go:

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 392

by jeffmeden (#47919959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Can you back that up with data?

The best post-undergrad standardized test for critical thinking skills is the LSAT. Looking at the scores broken down by major, more STEM degrees appear in the upper half, but some, like Computer Science, don't fare too well, getting beaten by many non-STEM fields.

Its worth noting that those taking the LSAT fall into the "I want to be a lawyer" category... and then please direct your attention to where "Pre law" is on the list. The scores on this list are from people self-selected for wanting to make the leap from whatever undergrad degree they had, to law school. Pre-law scores are below average because *everyone* who got a Pre Law undergrad now has to go to law school and therefore must take the LSAT. Selection bias is funny like that. Meanwhile, people with other undergrad degrees either have a deep passion/talent for law (providing the inspiration for succeeding on the LSAT) or they simply ignore law school and do whatever else it is they graduated to do.

If you picked people at random (regardless of intention of going to law school) and sat them for the LSAT, you would get useful data. Please only interpret this as tacit disagreement with the premise that your data demonstrates the value non-STEM degrees; I am not trying to comment at all on the actual value of said degrees.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 392

by jeffmeden (#47919825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Employees with STEM degrees might also believe (incorrectly) that they can do the job without learning anything new, which makes them less useful. Employees without STEM degrees may be less susceptible to this since it's clear to them that they've got a lot to learn.

Not saying this is always the case, but I think it's a factor sometimes.

You mean like the 125 comments so far in this article, from STEM grads insisting that the coursework to earn their degree has prepared them perfectly for any possible situation in the real world? Yeah... about that...

Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 1) 139

by jeffmeden (#47917429) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

And you trust the cashier making $3 an hour after taxes not to be stealing your controlled substances?

So long as the bags are sealed in the pharmacy and the contents are not noted on the outside, it should be fine.

Should be fine! Because there's no way the security of the stapled paper bag can be subverted (the method pharmacies use to "seal" hand-filled prescriptions). Not to mention the pharmacy won't let your drugs go to someone who doesn't know your DOB.

Great, so let's review: I am giving someone on Uber my DOB, home address, form of payment, telling them what drugs I am on, letting the pharmacy give them random paperwork about me (which might be an insurance form carrying my SSN) AND hoping they dont swap the drugs out for roofies and then come in and steal all my shit while i'm unconscious or simply fill the prescription and tomorrow steal my identity.

Sure, it should be fine, but I think I will trudge to the pharmacy myself, thankyouverymuch.

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