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Comment Search and Rescue (Score 1) 192

There are some unexpected impacts of this law (I haven't read the full law).

A non-commercial area of drone use that is currently not possible, and will not be possible under this law (assuming there are no exemptions) is around search and rescue. Drones fitted with cameras help with visual scanning, with heat sensing equipment they can be sued for far more effective search and rescue.

Comment Re:Keeping up (Score 0) 242

This made me chuckle. I recently crossed the "this new college grad could be my first child threshold" and the "damn, I can't focus close enough on this ultra-tiny low contrast font on this power supply, I need someone with young eyes to read it". I'm still continually asking the young peers "has anyone seen this technology before", "or does anyone know of any alternative approach". Most of the time, it's cricket sounds in response.

I don't think age is an issue at all, you can have 30 year olds that are stagnant and rely on depth and stability. At any age, breadth, engagement and awareness really helps.

One challenge at any stage is really around outside distractions (married since young, 3 kids) really puts a dent in the volume or breadth or absolute depth that can be acquired, but it's not that hard to get on the right side of the bell curve.

Comment WiFi has the Fi in Project Fi (Score 1) 278

Google has a strong interest in having a large number of Google derived WiFi out in the market.

Project Fi handsoff between different carriers and WiFi. With WiFi they don't have carrier charges.

I wouldn't be too surprised if Google somehow ties Project Fi into the "OnHub" effort. I'd also expect google making lots of loss-leader agreements with companies to offer lots of Google managed WiFi that will make the backhaul for Project Fi free.

Comment 10W is hellish hot (Score 3, Insightful) 57

10W is incredibly hot for any sort of passively cooled, enclosed device.

The machine would be quite warm (almost hot) to the touch unless they use some inventive cooling. The current Gen Apple TV is about 6W, and your typical smartphone is around 2-3 W.

There is a reason that NV has only really been able to get a foothold in tablets, android TV, cars and their own shield product. Quite simply put, they have historically been fast and hot. Great as a SOC within certain markets.

Comment Re:So using a 20 year old subset of the instructio (Score 1) 57

This is exactly why the benchmarks include

    1) a way to repeat the benchmarks as described in the article see page 4 - 'phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1507285-BE-POWERLOW159'.
    2) The compiler options are included

Armed with those two pieces of information, you can go and "prove" that the benchmark is, as you called it - bullshit. Although rarely, if ever that I am aware of, does anyone respond to an article with those two pieces of information and say - "here, if you run it in this mode, you will see a marked difference in performance".

As Bert64 says in the response to the grandparent, 99% of end users will be running the software - either pre-compiled by their distribution vendor in this way, or compiled by the benchmark author's defaults. If you really want to prove that the benchmark is crap, then by all means make meaningful suggestions to _any_ of the existing machine benchmarks.

Michael (Phoronix) and I had some interesting discussions with Sun (pre Oracle) about 64 vs 32. They argued that the benchmarks were misleading because they did not use the Sun Studio (IIRC) compiler for 64 bit. In the discussions, it became clear to even the Sun people that it was quite difficult for even the Sun people to configure and use the platform in the way they wanted Phoronix to. Out of the box, gcc compiling for 32 bit - was how they configured the systems. And guess what, the './configure;make;make install' triplet would compile the same way we did.

Full disclosure, I have a long history with Phoronix, and have been involved in work that they have done in the past.

Comment Re:Linux should borrow an idea from the AS400 (Score 2) 23

That is how Android is dealing with ART.

JAVA (Dalvik) the ideal ISA, dex2oat converts the java bytecode to native ISA (intel or ARM).

Similar to pNaCL in Chrome, where at least historically the LLVM IR (effectively the ISA) would be pushed to the chrome devices which would then complete the conversion to native code.

Comment Re:Fracking to relieve tectonic pressure (Score 1) 265

IANASS (I am not a seismic scientist)

The general belief (unfortunately google doesn't provide many non-tin foil links) is that it isn't the fracturing process itself that is inducing siesmicity it is the presurrized injection of the waste slurry that is loosening the stresses and creating the swarm earthquakes.

The risk in your suggestion is that you will reduce risk and stresses in some areas which may increase acute stress in other areas. One unexpected area that becomes the hinge point for a large stress could trigger a larger issues in an unexpected.

Comment Re:It's not about passively watching (Score 2) 135

I agree fully. Having tried to get my mind around d3.js, there are *a lot* of leaps of understanding in coming to up to speed. Watching someone who provides a narrative how they get from a to d by verbalizing b and c will help immensely. The docs really go just from a to g.

Comment It's not about passively watching (Score 3, Interesting) 135

As a viewer, it's about learning technique and thought processes. Identifying issues, attempting a particular thought process, only those that provide a strong narrative to the work they are doing will be likely "stars". Watching how good programmers (assumption) deal with their environment and the typical problems they face. Seeing how people top down or bottom up write code is very interesting (within limits).

As a broadcasting coder, it takes a fair amount of personal confidence to do it, particular in this field. Having to verbalize what you are thinking and how you are considering the problems in front of you is actually quite challenging. Those that do well in the broadcasting scene will most likely be strong professionally as well.

That said, I personally don't understand the fandom about broadcast games to the level that it has taken. I get the benefits, but I don't get the market.

Comment It's all about the Fi (Score 1) 68

Tin foil hat on. It came to me last week.

Google has recently released Project Fi. A project/product (is project a codeword for beta now?) that will allow seamless transition between 2G/3G/LTE and *WiFi* for increased coverage and strength.

Project Fi is bandwidth charged, independent of data link being used - so while the underlying carriers (T-Mobile & Sprint) may charge wholesale for data, google will effectively get the bandwidth at "Google WiFi" for free - meaning that the data charges are a lot more profitable when going past a Starbucks, in NYC, etc. Although unproven, google might actually have meaningful alternate revenue sources from this model.

This is not fundamentally different than Xfinity's wifi sharing - except google is going for the Free WiFi in the Starbucks, NYC, etc. B2B is a lot more pragmatic, and a lot easier to enable.

Now if only Project Fi worked in a phone that was in the $2-300 range, I'd probably give it a go. But the Nexus 6 is too big and too expensive. Hopefully the invite won't expire.

Comment Re:Little Tiny Keyboards (Score 1) 67

The fact that they have a design patent aside, Blackberry has been iterating on the fret + rounded keys design since the blackberry bold. It's what makes a "modern" blackberry recognizable.

They look quite similar.

Comment Re:Little Tiny Keyboards (Score 1) 67

From TFA, it is a design patent - aka Trade Dress.

From , the actual complain seems with merit. The frets (metal lines), key shape (rounded corners) and space bar seem to be pulled entirely from the Blackberry Q10. It's as blatant as the typical Chinese typo-based (Sony vs Somy) ripoffs.

If you saw a phone with a the Typo keyboard, it would be reasonable to assume that its an extra tall Q10. That's what Blackberry has sued about.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."