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Comment: Re:You get the prize of dumbest comment on slashdo (Score 1) 175

by jpellino (#46679295) Attached to: Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

Yes, I do.

I think having the option to scan the QR code with a simple message to do so is one more way to get the info needed.
Aiming a smartphone at the screen is easier than framing a screen with your phone's camera and hoping for a solid shot without a flash before it does something even stranger.

They're used on beer ads, chain pizza ads, breakfast cereal and at Disney parks.
So yes, I think the average end user has a shot at this.

I'm thinking of Windows in particular, that usually ends up with anywhere from one to a dozen lines of codes to reference.
Linked to a database, it has all the info you need.

It's pretty reliable stuff:

Which is likely why people would rather scan QR codes than take pictures of every magazine ad they see.

Comment: Re:Isn't it a standard part? (Score 1) 357

by jpellino (#46621013) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Who was the comedian who said he drove an Escort - the problem was that when he drove down the street people would flash their porch lights cuz they thought he was the pizza guy and missed their house.

Mercifully, there are only three 1988 Escorts for sale in the US on and 357 of any vintage.

Comment: Smartwatches have *1* purpose: (Score 2) 97

by jpellino (#46620795) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

To keep you connected to that company's other things. Let's face it - a smartwatch is way too small to actually do any useful work on - heck, most smartphones are a poor excuse for a full screen experience, productive work, etc. They mostly guide you to where you do the actual work. The smartwatch will be the next link further up that chain - to point you to the phone. Companies want you to have that thing on your wrist tie you to the rest of their product line. No surprise there. The only thing that may be attractive to people is that you don't need to keep looking at your phone, you just need to keep looking at your watch - which is still just about as offensive.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 156

Not all writers are journalists.

Those we know as journalists have editors, one-time or current peers, more experienced, who can tell them when they're running afoul of what good journalism is.

Those we know as bloggers have nothing more than their own judgement to guide them, which is why journalists grew editors.

Perhaps someday the two will merge, hopefully by bloggers stepping up, and not by journalists stepping down.

Kinda like in science, where you don't get to just throw up any old idea and call it science. You need to test it against replicable observations.

The 9th circuit was mostly making sure people could get press passes and there would not be an army of bloggers filing federal lawsuits.

Case in point? A million ideas about how flight 370 went down. Two weeks of egalitarian, drive-by speculation, and in the end, only one verifiable answer.

Comment: Let Frank Gehry design the boxes... (Score 1) 87

by jpellino (#46505519) Attached to: EU Project Aims To Switch Data Centers To Second Hand Car Batteries

... and I'm all for it. Slap another Bilbao Guggenheim-ish case on a few hundred thousand batteries and you solve two problems. You house the batteries in something better looking than a warehouse, and you give even the most culture-phobic something to look at and say "Golly, that's pretty and practical!"

Comment: Problem is... (Score 1) 529

by jpellino (#46505447) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

... many of these programs are extra-school (informal ed) and are too often disconnected from the everyday classroom experience. So instead of infusing students' experience with worthwhile programs (science fair, history day, OM, FIRST, etc...) they become glorified dog bones in the case of too many teachers and administrators. Compacting, accelerating, articulating... these are relatively speaking stone-age tools in education and your average teacher has barely heard of them.

I'm tired of going through the textbook to prove what a couple of prizewinning engineering students "really did". It's getting worse in the sense of decoupling from school - just got through judging our state science fair, where a larger than ever number of kids apparently walked into a professional research center, the door closed behind them, and they did something with a handful of profs or RAs and in some cases their research paper was a published journal article. When your state science fair poster has a line that includes "Support for this project was provided by NIH grant XYZ123456789" (I spit you not - I can show you the pics) then we have to go the next level on thinking about this. I'm all for students achieving as high as they can but two things need to happen: (1) they need to put these students in a separate class of "runners" so they don't mop the floor with the student who did good science on a shoestring or within the school lab* and (2) we need to weave the classroom experience and flow of content and process in every subject area to these ISE experiences.

*: yes, I see the loophole - just start hiring research-savvy PhDs to teach at your school and stock it with NMR and PCR and LRF and then it's a race to the top of personnel and experience within the school. THAT'S GOOD - past a certain level, a real writer should be teaching our kids writing, a real musician should be teaching our kids music, a real scientist should be teaching our kids science.

Comment: Telomeres, baby. (Score 1) 130

by jpellino (#46434041) Attached to: Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

Start there. Go for it.
My training in genetics was late 70s/ early 80s.
Infinitely fascinating, and as with lotsa things in science, it turned out to be the simplified version.
And now the world has expanded once again, telomeres, epigenetics, etc.
A foot and a half away from me is a copy of "The Joy Of Finding Things Out."
Man, this is a blast.

Comment: Pour-over or french press or moka. (Score 2) 769

by jpellino (#46391065) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

I've found only one suitable pre-made Keurig pod for me, Dark Magic Decaf.
Meanwhile, I still have opposable thumbs and can operate a french press or a Chemex or a porcelain cone or a Bialetti.
Choose your level of messiness (none horrible), but get much better coffee at at least half the price.
Yes, it can take up to ten minutes to get it, but there's something to be said for not making everything in life about pushing one button.
I can do them all with any heat source, from electric main to the trusty SnowPeak.

Comment: Looking back at the rollout of the future... (Score 1) 293

James Burke's "Connections" and perhaps "The Day The Universe Changed". How small incidents can create massive changes - Napoleon's near defeat at Marengo starts the path to refrigeration, how a botched souvenir production run and an grousing cleric leads to a revolution in printing and religion. Etc. Also "The Second Self" by Sherry Turkle - to see how an emerging thread in technology can have implications elsewhere. Yes, many sc-ifi books have done this predictively, but again it's valuable to see how this plays out as it plays out with a historical record.

The "cutting edge" is getting rather dull. -- Andy Purshottam