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Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 168

by lsatenstein (#47721821) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

It's extortion plain and simple. It's never been about actual capacity. Big Data is trying to squeeze as much revenue out of us as the can.

Yes, you are right.

This reminds me of Obamacare, which was implemented in the rest of the world in 1966. That said, When can you expect to have HS internet at $10/mo for 500megabits/sec as it is in other countries?

The Netflix guy is absolutely right. But the USA is owned by corporations, not by it's majority of taxpayers.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 263

Your sarcasm aside, turn the idea around and convince me there is any situation short of an emergency where the big evil government would use this power even if they had it? Bricking phones would Streisand effect whatever situation they were trying to clamp down on. And, it doesn't necessarily prevent data from being exported off the flash drives. I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way. Sure you could probably imagine one scenario where they use something like this to stop a story getting out -- but it wouldn't always work, and they would never get to use it again.... This isn't an illegal search of someone's phone, there is no point in abusing the power to brick someone's phone.

Conversely there is very real and tangible benefit to crime reduction.

So, yes, why such paranoia?

Someone leaks sensitive information to the media. Government tracks phone. Government dispatches goon. Government bricks phone to prevent victim from alerting the medial, recording the incident, calling for help, etc. Victim is disappeared.

My view is that a hacker will find out the software switch to transmit, and then visit your cellphone provider and do his disgusting brick of all cellphones belonging to your ISP. Your wonderful cellphone will be bricked and your provider will wash his hands of responsibility, as he tries to avoid bankruptcy.

Comment: Re:Database? (Score 1) 371

by lsatenstein (#47700717) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Of course they do. Real Engineers design up front, before implementing. We understand the implications of our decisions. We optimize. We know that there are many orthogonal factors to consider in doing this. Shoud we optimize with an emphasis size or speed? If we optimize for size, how will that decision effect scalability and the ability to add functionality we may not have originally considered, or that the original design specification didn't call for?

Anybody who thinks that Engineers don't have a major impact on the entire business model have never worked in the real world, or have no idea the impact we have. "Why do we do thing X even though it no longer makes sense? ... because they system won't work if we don't, and it would cost too much and be too risky too change it!.

IS IT THE "Who you know" VERSUS "What you know" syndrome that these identify "Companies who do not understand Engineers?"
For example, companies getting contracts awarded because of friendships, election contributions, and stuff?

Comment: Re:First World Problems (Score 1) 153

by lsatenstein (#47685087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

To "First World Problems" ... for enough people for it to matter, this isn't a first world problem any more than coding is a first world job (and these days it isn't). As someone with hereditary back issues since my teens that, after 25 years of pain and bad surgeries with severe complications, I am now on disability. I wouldn't have made it 25 years without an extreme ergonomic solution that I paid for out-of-pocket because until recently employers didn't recognize that even "ergo chairs" aren't enough.

For the original question ... you're probably not as bad off as I was. But if you're getting close you have a few solutions depending on how much you can spend (or get expensed). If you're not looking for this level of solution, hopefully the article attracted someone who did.

* Not a recliner, but for helping your back similar to how an exercise ball does but with more support for long coding, I have used a "SwingSeat" at my desk for a decade or more ( This was good enough to get me by until the last round of surgery (which was actually a success) made it too hard to sit upright all day.

* A "Zero G" chair, like the ones by Human Touch (I use a Human Touch Perfect Chair), a bit pricey but not awful. Combined with a laptop table that can raise and angle the laptop you can actually do the vast majority of your work from a completely reclined position.

* For a desk, rather than reclining all the time, I assembled a custom desk from Anthro using their Console line that has a tray that can raise and pivot from sitting to reclining (which actually needs to be raised higher than sitting) to standing (great for those of you who don't have partial leg paralysis, good for me on rare occasions). The desk is HUGE but dang, it does everything. It is the Console with full pole extensions bringing it to almost 6' with monitors on a shelf 8" higher than the shelf that hosts the keyboard tray. Which means the monitors can raise up to standing position as well. I can, if I use a trackpad to avoid mouse problems, use this in combination with the Perfect Chair as a rigged solution similar to the next one.

* I couldn't afford this, or at least I could have before I needed it, but can't now. But if you can, the desks from ErgoQuest are perfect. And some of them are inexpensive enough to be not tooooo awful on the budget (if I had the money I spent on the SwingSeat, Anthro Console and Perfect Chair I could afford an ErgoQuest). You can -sometimes- find these on Ebay but not usually from someone willing to ship and often not for significantly less than having the right one built to your specs.

I sympathize with you. But different folks need differing solutions. I used the Staples recliners, and tilted them to different degrees, adjusted arm heights, changed heights, and even tried ergonomic chairs as prescribed by Chiropractors. I bought what was defined as a programmer's chair.

Still, I had cramps in the legs, burning sensations on my hips, and general back fatigue.

In the end, the $7.00 flat resin chair from the hardware store was the best solution. I bought a cushion for it, and it was the best investment I made. There are no wheels, and there is no height adjustment, just a cushion. I have no more backpain, no carpal tunnel pain for my arms and I am without the back issues.

My three other fancy chairs are now collecting dust.

Comment: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX? (Score 1) 198

by lsatenstein (#47678851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

For the Support Person

My experience and my position about documentation management is to put the documentation into the source code. In this regard, I use doxygen and use it to scan source code documentation headers. Not all functions need documentation, but the critical ones do. Don't want doxygen, use whatever you like, as long as documentation is within the same source file that it is describing. Nothing is worse than completing some source code, and then having to start over again to document with a word processor, when both development and documentation can be done concurrently.

Where the documentation has to be the user interface, I would still use doxygen for each window. And if the Window or function changed, the documentation header would be revised.

Finally, I would also create a very few narrative documents to cover more of what the end-user expects from the application.

Comment: Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (Score 1) 165

by lsatenstein (#47672481) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

Whereas Amazon has ample table space, quiet study areas, and you can browse through every part of every book in stock.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.
I was told that Quebec public libraries do not support the Kindle. They do support other readers, as long as the software is open source and can read the e-books, held by the library system. Kindle is proprietary end hence is a no-no.

Comment: Re:Betteridge (Score 1) 247

by lsatenstein (#47672293) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

You're right. It was time 10 years ago. Now it's way PAST time.

Ah don't worry, Comcast, AOL, Verizon, TimeWarner and NSA will come to the rescue. They will block EurAsia from the USA Shores and then there will be enough addresses available. There will be a new definition of Global Access.

If you want Europe, The defunct Net Neutrality rule will allow you to purchase "World" global access.

Comment: Re: What for? (Score 1) 191

by lsatenstein (#47665097) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

It likely won't, and its failure will be expensive on the device.

As a non-apple-fanboy, I do have to say that the lightning connector used on iPhones is a smarter connector. If it's going to break due to external force, it'll break the tongue off the plug, rather than damaging the socket, subsequently a lot cheaper and easier to fix. Replacing broken microUSB ( and soon Type-C ) sockets on phones, tablets and similar devices is rarely cheap and frequently has additional complications ( such as lifting tracks, broken PCBs or just nearly impossible to find a suitable replacement connector ).

It's a lot simpler extracting a broken off tongue from a lightning socket and getting a new cable.

Just because you have common sense, does not mean that others have it too. Have you thought that they want to start a new cottage industry, whose aim is to repair broken plugs? Why allow you to buy a $3.00 cable when you can pay $50.00 to replace the plug jack.

Comment: Re:It's a still a nice PC. (Score 1) 337

by lsatenstein (#47656125) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

For years I hated MS. But of late they are doing really nice work and getting mocked despite doing real innovation. It feels weird to like MS as an underdog, but that's what it's come to. And I will be be getting a Surface 3 - it's the one that finally kills it in terms of compact size and decent computing power. I just gotta save up cuz it's not a cheap machine.

My son-in-law has one (golf club prize), and likes it very very much. Likes it better than the Google or Apple tablet (of which he passed one to my daugher, and one to my granddaughter).

Now, we need the "price is right" to go for it.

Comment: Re: There we go again (Score 1) 383

by lsatenstein (#47656077) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Off topic slightly How about swapping the position of two fields

One of my pet peeves is that the masked password field does not precede the logon field for the name. A good way is prevent the accidental revealing of a password to enter the password field, skip to the logon field (no message), enter the logon name and then discover that the pwd or logon name was wrong.

Why??? Why would I want to do that? Well....

When you have a logon name, but forget to move the cursor to it, and you are in a hurry, you end up entering the password in the logon name field before you noticed the error.
Someone standing behind your back, (as it almost always is, because they are waiting for you to do something for them), has full view of the revealed password as it is in plain view.

Logic can be used to block the logon field until the pwd field has an entry.
Validation to take place at completion of both fields.

As it is now, the logon field is wide open, without being blocked. Even if you do not want to flip the fields, it should be mandatory for the password field to be completed and then allow the user to have the logon field accessable. Of course, it means that logons without passwords would require a dummy password. Is there harm in that?

Justification My desk used to be in a large cubicle, shared with non-system adminstrators.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by lsatenstein (#47642581) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Kids should have at least a couple of months out of the year when they can just not worry about their studies and have fun and BE KIDS.

I mean, jeez! You only get to be a kid once. Let them enjoy those summer vacations. When I think back to my childhood, my fondest memories are during those summer vacations! Why the heck should we take that away from our future generations?

Leave summer vacation in place. And stop freaking shortening it.

I agree that kids need play time. There is definitely a need to switch the brain to fun things. And yes, the same can be said for adults.
Instead of a continuous 8 weeks of time off, it could be arranged to have three periods of three weeks. (extra days would include legal holidays, Christmas, etc.).
That way, we learn, we have time to play, and we have time to travel and do what is mind broadening.

Comment: Re:Funny money (Score 1) 409

"$400,000 worth of carbon emissions", it says. What, monopoly money?

There are carbon emission markets that put a real price on CO2 emissions. These are currently priced under $10 / tonne. But this study used a value of $50 / tonne, without any justification, other than making their conclusions look more impressive.

Today the infrastrastructure is in place to do coal mining, pump petroleum out of the ground, and other techniques. Refer to
http://www.adventuresinenergy..... But these resources are not renewable, and not limitless. Sooner or later the source will run dry.
Capital investment in Solar and Wind is high in terms of startup costs. But as inflation takes place, as the cost of operation stays fixed, or falls due to improved technology, the current energy barons will attempt to purchase as much of the alternate power generation facilities as possible. There is no doubt that wind, solar, and even clean nuclear will come to fruition.
I believe that it will be possible at some point in time to have 1 acre lots with a small safe nuclear generators situated thereon, and it will produce all the electricity for a town of 10,000. A city like NY may have larger plants. And the thousand mile transmission lines will be a remnant of the past. Transmission lines are subject to lightning strikes, hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes.

Fossil fuel energy is doomed. The energy barons spend small fortunes on negative propaganda, making you feel good about their energy supply. Shame on you for believing them.

Comment: Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (Score 1) 111

by lsatenstein (#47637697) Attached to: French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

20 euros is inclusive of taxes. France taxes are not super heavy, but still on the upper side, and I'd bet US taxes are lower overall.

When I lived in France I had Free. Excellent service, very disruptive market strategy. I'm very excited with the news. I'd switch in an eyelash.

I would also switch in a flash. When I was in Riga Latvia with my son, he explained that he paid 8 euros a month for TV and internet and a little more for Cellphones, but that there were charge for roaming outside of the country.
I think $20/mo plus taxes is reasonable My VOIP is in that range and why not TV and CellPhone. My answer to my question is that the consumer must pay for the cellphone towers, and not the mobile phone companies. I bet that 80% of the Cellphone bill is for marketing, and paying to construct towers in new markets. From the 20%, its operational (salaries and technicians and hardware maintenance).

Comment: Re:No worries (Score 1) 224

by lsatenstein (#47637647) Attached to: China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

You believe that China is only in it for space? Good for you. Do not let history or current events get in the way of your fantasy.

Of course China is in it only for space. The USA is its best customer, and why kill your customers. The USA 1% wealthy have closed most manufacturing industries and have moved these off-shore. The 1% no longer need to live in the USA, but will have a luxurious live in a beautiful location, with good weather, with the best of the best.

Again, what is left in the USA? Only primary industries (coal, oil, gas and cars) and not much else

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre