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Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 347

by mea_culpa (#48223899) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

I've done IT freelance for small businesses in my area for 15 years. I've learned over the years that I can tell which small businesses will succeed and which will fail. One thing that I find consistent about the successful companies is how they deal with careless users. If a user is consistently infecting their computer with malware they get fired. The SMB owner sees this as a personnel problem and deals with it. If this user can be so careless with a computer what's to say they won't be careless about their job? (Now, I don't know if it was the malware that got specifically got them fired, for all I know they were too careless about their work which got noticed by management) Multiple $250 repair invoices for one particular user in the span of three months gets probably gets noticed in a smaller company.

Another indicator is how much they invest in hardware and software. There is a sweet spot of sorts, investing too much is careless, investing too little is also careless. When a company won't invest in small things that pay for themselves over the long term, such as the right printer for the right job, they are in trouble. It is also a sign for me to negotiate a higher retainer amount or not add them to my clientele in the first place.

Comment: Re: New York (Score 1) 372

by mea_culpa (#48223347) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Now am I actually worried about a mass outbreak in the US? No. I find that unlikely. However, this virus has a 50-70% mortality rate and there is no vaccine.

This is not something you take lightly. You pay this sort of virus the respect it deserves and enact BASIC quarantine procedures. Rudimentary.

It is obvious that there is no leadership. It is all political posturing now. It is very disconcerting watching the head of the CDC be so careful about keeping political talking points while conveying real information about preventing the spread of this virus is secondary.

Any sane person still working for the CDC can't possibly enjoy it anymore. I'd guess the best and brightest have moved to better pastures long ago. It isn't just the CDC either. I'd bet every other 3-4 letter agency is experiencing something similar. This worries me more than the actual virus.

Comment: Re:clockspeed really? (Score 1) 338

The Pentium 4 was intel's Windows Vista moment. Corners were cut, marketing overruled engineering and performance suffered.
When it came out there were still PIII's running noticeably faster.

This combined with the RDRAM fiasco allowed AMD to have a nice run with the Athlon series and break Dell's intel exclusive offerings. It was a big deal at the time. I'm certain that intel was thoroughly embarrassed and rightly so. I doubt it is a mistake they want to repeat anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 283

by mea_culpa (#48115143) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

This is a normal trend for new technology.
The first computers, cell phones, CD players, even VHS players were priced out of reach of the average tight budgeted middle class family.
Over time these products were mass produced and made affordable.

Tesla is out to prove that EV's are a viable alternative to ICE cars. Which thus far every other auto maker has failed miserably to do.

Check back in 5 years, EV's like the Tesla will likely be much more affordable.

Comment: Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 478

by mea_culpa (#48114999) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

I'm not scared but a bit nervous when I learned about the 1.4 million predicted infections.
That tells me that it will have likely broken containment at that point and well on its way through US borders.

Once a single kid in some US school is found to be infected all hell is going to break loose. Everyone will pull their kids out of school and begin stocking up on food creating a demand surge that will overstress the supply chains of grocers further compounding panic. Price freezes, rationing, over militarized improperly trained police create a volatile mixture IMO.

Comment: Re:Seems dubious to me. (Score 1) 195

by mea_culpa (#46700455) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

I've been quite pleased with the quality of Monsanto products. I use RoundUP grass and weed killer to keep my landscaping tidy without fail.
I'm sure those in the agriculture industry also appreciate their service. I don't agree with some of their offerings but from a customer service standpoint I have no complaints.

Comment: No. We've been lied to (Score 1) 313

by mea_culpa (#46371973) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

There is zero financial reason for anyone in America to pursue STEM. They are better off getting into medical, legal, real estate or starting their own business.

All my life I wanted to be a programmer like my Dad was in the 70's. He made good money and it was a very respected career even through the 80's. I tinkered with computers, learned to program in BASIC, then C and went on to learn a lot of UNIX shell scripting.
I graduated high school in 1991 and entered college with a bit of excitement. Half way through I dropped out after learning that these jobs were mainly being sent overseas. My dream of working at someplace like Motorola or HP, etc were dashed to pieces as none of them would be hiring local talent anymore. What a joke it all was and still is today. Office Space summed it all up pretty well IMO.

Comment: Re:Vive le Galt! (Score 1) 695

by mea_culpa (#46337777) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Despite all the regulation in place dealing with USD fiat currency $60,000,000,000 has been lost to various ponzi schemes even after Bernie Madoff. Which goes to show that no amount of regulation will compensate for human greed.

Anybody that was serious about bitcoin likely educated themselves on how they work or should have. They understood that transferring them to Mt. Gox was the same as transferring them to someone else's wallet. Regulation was not necessary to know that Mt.Gox was a horrible company. They've had a track record of incompetence since the very beginning.

Comment: Re:Erm, the 3DS (Score 1) 559

by mea_culpa (#46033517) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

My problem with the Wii U is there was no where to demo it. When it launched it launched in plexiglass cases with the controller firmly bolted down. It was like playing a gameboy. There was no way to experience it in any way.
Every console I purchased starting with the SNES could play actual games at the demo kiosk in the stores.

Nintendo really cared about presentation back then, the SNES kiosks were connected to EGA monitors offering slightly better better looking graphics than a TV could and looking much better than the competition next to it at the time. When playing the demo I wanted nothing more than to take one home. Nintendo's presentation of the U only made me scratch my head. Their marketing was and is horrible no matter how good the console may actually be. I certainly wasn't going to shell out $350 when I knew for certain that my kid would be excited beyond measure getting a tablet.

Comment: Re:Tulips (Score 1) 537

by mea_culpa (#45560147) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Except that tulips could not be teleported to and from special freely made flower pots in any location on the planet. Tulips could not be stored as a number, written down on a piece of paper, placed back into a magic flower pot and teleported elsewhere. Their supply was not fixed, they could not be infinitely subdivided and still be useful.
How is bitcoin tulip again? Or are you just an uneducated jackass?

Comment: Re:End of Life for XP in General (Score 1) 257

by mea_culpa (#45272605) Attached to: Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop

Yeah, three full OS versions:

Not quite. There has been one full version and three point releases.

XP = 5.1

Vista = 6.0

Win 7 = 6.1

Win 8 = 6.2

Win 8.1 = 6.3

The n.0 versions of windows have traditionally been less than stellar compared to their .1 counterpart. This is the first time we are dealing with a .2 and .3 release and I agree that there seems to be an abundance of suck on these releases.

Comment: Re:No, bad idea (Score 2) 160

by mea_culpa (#45084257) Attached to: Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

CAN is based on Modbus, Modbus is a lot like ethernet. There is no security at the bus level, much like connecting a laptop into an office LAN.

There needs to be an intermediary device, CAN on one end, a firewall in the middle, and a very limited and hardened interface for the infotainment system.

Thus far automakers have been keen on connecting infotainment systems directly to the bus.

Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is obsolete, two parts which are unobtainable, and three parts which are still under development.