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Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 5, Insightful) 401

by jellomizer (#49149077) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

We can't emotionally morn for people who we have no connection too. We can just not like it as an academic point.
While Actors and Actresses aren't any more deserving for life then the children of the "third world", their work as affected our lives, thus we have more of an emotional bond to them.
The character of Spock that Leonard Nimoy played affected most of us. Spock was a good role model, kept his cool, fearless, and intelligent. Also Spock was the first few Aliens portrayed on TV who were the good guys.

+ - Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies->

Submitted by jellomizer
jellomizer (103300) writes "The New York Times seems to be one of the few sites to report that. "
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.""

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Comment: Re:Cheaper in Vietnam (Score 3, Interesting) 85

by jellomizer (#49146935) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

This shows the danger of the Race To the Bottom concept.

US/European Manufacturing cannot have dirt cheap labor, but it still isn't dead. Western Manufacturing is value add manufacturing. While you may pay more per device, your device will have a lower refund rate, or more automation on the line, where product are more constantly completed.

However for the countries who are getting business from just being the cheapest, means once someone can be cheaper than you, then you are out of business, with a population of unskilled -semi-skilled workers out of work, and probably desperate (and that makes them dangerous) and a debt of an expensive infrastructure that hasn't been paid off yet.

Living in upstate NY, I have seen the effect of a manufacturing losses. Where in the 1970-1980's most jobs started to get shipped overseas, because they were cheaper, and the Pre-WWII buildings and infrastructure wasn't adequate. (We can discuss politics too... However that is still open to a lot of debate). Most towns economy was dependent on one large company once that company leaves the town dies. Because the old manufacturing was only about units out. That can be pushed anywhere. Now that US Manufacturing is slowly coming back, it is about more than cost per unit, but other factors as well... And these new manufacturing are no longer so vital to the economy, that the area can survive after it.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 2) 344

by jellomizer (#49141687) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Well a good manager, will work with the developer and give them clear deliverables, adequate milestone achievements even if these milestones may not look like much. Then we can give a good estimate.

A Bad manager will toss out a pie in the sky grand vision that does something. So the programmer will need to go back and rework idea over idea, going back and improving on the design.... So this will take a worse case scenario.

Comment: Good Points. (Score 1) 114

by jellomizer (#49139287) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

The idea of 100% security just doesn't happen... However they are things that everyone can do that will reduce their risk.
Biometrics is one method, it isn't 100% but it is better than password use on the average. We have Encryption Standards, we just need to find a way to get the Official Certificate issue, so it can be free, and really prove who you are.
There seem from some reason to not push SSH on windows platform, so we are having the many unsecure port issues still...
Sure it isn't 100% but I think we can get to a state of good enough.

Comment: Re:This type of technology makes me happy. (Score 1) 72

by jellomizer (#49131625) Attached to: Star Wars-Style "Bionic Hand' Fitted To First Patients

The point with the style is to reduce extra attention to the limb. If you try to make it look too human like, it fails, if you make it too robotic it fail... There is a middle ground, where they don't try to mimic the look of the limb, but they also don't look too much out of place to draw attention either.

Comment: Re:Don't complain about 'the Intenet' (Score 1) 188

by jellomizer (#49131447) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

That works too... However depending on the quality of their market research. They may just think that their content is driving people away. If you let them know that you like the site, except for the fact that they are too many add and you choose not to use them. Then you make sure they get the message.

There was a site, that I was visiting for a long time. Then they had an audio add. I complained to the site owner, they quickly fixed the problem.

Comment: This type of technology makes me happy. (Score 1) 72

by jellomizer (#49131317) Attached to: Star Wars-Style "Bionic Hand' Fitted To First Patients

I like seeing real progress in technology. Although, I think the idea of giving an artificial limb a skin color just adds to the uncanny valley. If I were to ever need such an implement, I would ask for a version that would look stylish, however not colored like a hand. It doesn't really fool anyone, and it actually would make someone stare more, vs. a Sliver or Black model. As their brain will not try to figure out why this dead hand is moving.

Comment: Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 289

by jellomizer (#49130013) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

For the 40 mile trip, I expect he lived in an area which was mostly flat as well. I live most of my life in more hilly areas, and normally can average a speed about 10 MPH. Going up hill, takes a lot out of you, and for safety reasons you can't go down hill too fast either, you need to break yourself to a good speed.

Comment: Re:Don't ask for advice online. (Score 2) 694

My thoughts exactly. Being geeky and techy is what you do, but not necessarily who you are. And asking slashdot where most of us has some sort of personality quirk, that in general makes us bad around people, wouldn't make the best advice.

I wouldn't bother with geeky advice (as it will get out of date quickly. "Remember when swapping drives to bend with the knees so you don't pull your back" just doesn't cut it anymore.) just general advice about life, Things like relationships, life expectations, stating things she doesn't need to feel compelled to do after you die.

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit! (Score 1) 317

by jellomizer (#49128265) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine

I expect there may be a little more to this. I think FedEx and Defense Distributed was trying to come up with some contract. And because the long term legality of such actions were questionable, FedEx probably didn't want to commit to such a contract, and probably just refused so if something did happen, they would be on record of being on the same page.
I don't see this as a political statement from FedEx, but just making sure they don't get caught in the middle of something hard to get out of.

The longer the title, the less important the job.