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Comment: Stupid, stupid, stupid. (Score 1) 361

by jnelson4765 (#47001777) Attached to: How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

You can either have open source or DRM - anything where the end user has control of the software can be broken, period. Trying to keep people from messing with your DRM is a losing battle, anyway - there are always more bored hackers that will break whatever scheme you come up with.

Beyond that, why would you bother with a browser-specific technology? It's yet another thing that looks shiny in the 'features' column but no one will ever use, because the market share is too low to justify it. Oh, and Microsoft and Apple will implement it differently, and Google won't bother. So, pissing off open source folks to implement a 'feature' that nobody will actually use?

Meh.

Comment: Burning Man was one of my preconditions actually (Score 1) 274

by jnelson4765 (#46917621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

I don't work in the Valley, so the assumption that the odd ones disappear for a couple weeks in late August isn't built into companies in the East Coast. It's what I lead with when recruiters call, and it's amazing how quickly I'm not a "good fit for the culture".

My current job, I made it very clear that was my one non negotiable, and they were fine with it. But I passed on a number of offers from other companies where I couldn't get that concession.

So yeah, cultural fit is a really, really important thing. I'm 37, and a place like that sounds like heaven. But I'm also a year-round volunteer for Burning Man...

Comment: Re:Hey, join the Exodus team and you get to help! (Score 1) 273

by jnelson4765 (#46664039) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

The thing about the decisions made by the various departments at Burning Man is that they are done collaboratively. People who want to be involved get together, and make those decisions, and they're made by people with years of experience.

Happens in every department. I work in DMV. BMIR is the same way. DPW probably makes decisions by knife fighting, or drinking contests, or something equally rough and tumble...

Those snark-free areas you're looking for are the mailing lists maintained by the BMORG for the various departments, and you can always contact the Volunteer Coordinators or Council for that department.

However, if they don't know you, as someone who cares enough to volunteer their time and see the problems you face out there, you will not get a very good reception. After a year or two working out there, you get understanding.

You want more hand sanitizer? Organize people to do it. Find out who sets the contract up with the port-a-john company and see how much more it'll cost to get the sanitizer increased. Then help raise the funds to make it happen. These things don't happen in a vacuum, and it's up to the participants (I. E. all of us) to either make it happen or accept that it's not perfect and stop worrying so much, and bring our own sanitizer...

Comment: Hey, join the Exodus team and you get to help! (Score 5, Informative) 273

by jnelson4765 (#46661067) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Speaking as someone who's gone for a few years, and now volunteer at the event, I can give you the perfect answer.

Join the Exodus team, help run the traffic outflow, and you'll get a better reception than some random dude on a web forum. We are a do-ocracy - do shit, and you'll eventually be in charge of it if you can handle it and not get burned out.

And also, fuck ePlaya - that place is full of trolls and assholes and burnier-than-thou cranks.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 246

I never touch anything more complicated in math than basic algebra.

So you never program in an OO or functional language or use a database?

We don't bother with functional languages, and what do OO or databases have to do with higher math? We do billing and accounting, which do not involve quadratic equations or calculus.

Boolean algebra is about the only advanced math that makes sense to study...

Comment: Yes (Score 5, Informative) 246

I work in a company writing online billing software. We use Perl and Ruby. We don't need people who know quicksort vs. bubble sort - we need people who understand browsers, and AJAX calls, and JSON, and business logic. I never touch anything more complicated in math than basic algebra.

Javascript, CSS, and something other than PHP are what you need to know, with a leavening of SQL and XML. Screw all that CompSci crap - we don't use it in 99.9% of our code.

Comment: Re:The data is masked by the hiring delays (Score 1) 305

by jnelson4765 (#44080917) Attached to: Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees

Yeah, I went through the hiring process (last year, didn't get it). The process is extremely long and drawn out - it took 5 months from the initial contact by the recruiter to the final "not at this time, we'll talk in a year" answer. I'll still entertain them if they call back like the recruiter said they would, but it takes months to go through it - and the hurry-up-and-wait can be a real bear to deal with. Plus, given the fact that I would be moving across the country, it's a stress inducer.

Still, all things being equal, I'd love to get a gig there, even though I'm mostly working in Perl these days and they are a Python and C++ shop. Silicon Valley is a hell of a lot nicer than where I live now, and Google takes care of their employees in ways it's hard to take seriously.

Comment: Re:It'll still be a crappy CMOS sensor (Score 1) 171

by jnelson4765 (#43848633) Attached to: Canon DSLR Hack Allows It To Shoot RAW Video

Sure, if you want to lug that big thing around. a 3CCD setup in S35 format would be enormous. And cost an insane amount of money.

Even the Sony F65, RED Epic, and the Arri Alexa use single sensors. The 3CCD thing is really a prosumer thing, and a leftover from the olden days of vidicons and other vacuum tube cameras. I'd make a bet that the companies that have produced cameras that Academy award winning cinematographers used on those features know a little bit more than you do...

Comment: Re:That's nice (Score 1) 717

by blackbear (#43643963) Attached to: The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

Considering how often these gun bills have come up, and then gone flaccid, it's going to take some industrial-strength Viagra to get gun control advocates to mount a campaign to put to bed any criticism and pass the climax of votes necessary for it to become a law.

Meanwhile, all of these slick politicians are going to piss and moan about their inability to penetrate the electorate to get the support necessary to squirt this bill through congress.

Their orgasmic response to recent mass shootings has quickly turned to a nag-fest. As they rag on the electorate to just understand and validate their point of view, they insist that if we are all defenseless then we have nothing to fear, and will all be safer in the end. Of course, this is just more misguided emotional logic from the side that just wants to be cared for by government.

Comment: Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (Score 1) 298

by jnelson4765 (#43113103) Attached to: Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel
Yup. I have one at work, and have been using it for 3 years with no discernable wear. The quality of the plastic castings isn't as good as a classic Model M, but it's built like a brick shithouse, and it's got USB, unlike the original Modle Ms which can have problems from time to time with some of the crappy PS/2 port implementations out there...

Comment: We have a winner! (Score 1) 573

by jnelson4765 (#43034009) Attached to: Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

The higher tiers on Internet service have an appalling cost. You can get lots of bandwidth on FIOS or on Comcast here in Richmond, but you're looking at hundreds of dollars a month. Never mind that the FIOS infrastructure, at least, can handle hundreds of megabits per customer, they're going to continue to charge for bandwidth like it's going out of style.

Plus, even with the decent connection at work, I've run into lots of network congestion issues that keep you from using that bandwidth - literally the only times I've ever been able to saturate our downstream Internet connection is using Bittorrent to pull down Linux ISOs. Everything else is choked off, and we've only got a 20/7 connection.

Now, one of the things about the Google Fiber services is that it's all DHCP right now. There's restrictions on running servers in the service agreement, so there's perilously little you could do to saturate that link (short of Bittorrent to other people on your network), but what it does do is remove a major chokepoint for neighborhood-level networking.

However, there are good things. Offsite backups become retarded-simple, since you are now limited by the streaming capacity of your hard drives. Since you're guaranteed to have a top-notch connection to Youtube, HD videos should play much more reliably. Video conferencing. High speed VPNs to the Amazon VPC infrastructure. The list goes on.

Comment: Re:Oh give them a break (Score 0) 644

While she knows little about the science behind solar energy production, and proved it, she was there to talk about solar energy subsidies and economics; which she does know something about. Unfortunately she scuttled her very valid point about the US wasting money subsidizing solar energy production, to the detriment of natural gas, et al.

The statists, true to form, ridicule her stupid ad hoc comment, which in no way mitigates her arguments, and ignore their own vastly more stupid support for foolish and failed government policies.

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