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Comment: Nokia still has products? (Score 0) 48

by nucrash (#47574311) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Granted, Nokia sold their phone/mobile device business to Microsoft and before that, I thought they sold their network appliance business to Checkpoint which is a BSD based kernel if I remember correctly. Old, but still fairly solid.

I honestly didn't know Nokia had anything left, so color me surprised with this.

Comment: Re: Bah (Score 2) 209

by nucrash (#47016641) Attached to: How Predictable Is Evolution?

I can see this point several times over. For instance, if complex animals developed on land before sea, perhaps we would have a eye better suited for terrestrial conditions instead of one that has to work in suspended aqueous solution. A terrestrial eye would benefit a great many species. Instead we managed to get this one trait passed on from generation to generation only modified to work in the existing environment. The downside of complex evolution is once you have committed to a certain path, getting rid of a trait can be next to impossible unless that trait no longer serves a purpose. Even then, we have moles with eyes that haven't seen light for generations.

Comment: Working 62 hours a week, still in debt (Score 2) 311

by nucrash (#46815009) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Currently I work around 62 hours a week with a 45 minute a day commute. Presently I consume more than 72 hours of my week either working, traveling to or from work.

So... when do I get the money? I suppose I could get an extra job on the weekends and see if I could get a full 80 hours a week, but for right now, from 6:30AM to 11:30PM, Monday through Thursday and 6:30AM to 4:00PM on Friday, I am pretty damned busy.

Not rich by any standard. Have a used car, 60 year old 800 sq ft home, no wife, no kids.

How others do it on less, I don't know.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 2) 673

by nucrash (#46713737) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

This is the same sex discrimination as a scholarship aimed at single mothers or getting women into STEM fields. There is a lack of women in STEM fields. Offering incentives to get people to work in areas out of their comfort zone or to get people to teach others so they can enter an area out of their comfort zone should not be discouraged.

That would be like offering free housing to police in a slum area to bring attention to problems in the inner city.

If we were offering incentives to women to become nurses, I would have a problem with this. We need women in these fields. I say we do what we can to balance the gender inequality in the IS and IT areas.

While there are some social issues that people would argue about, I would consider you to be in the same vein as the person griping about having a ladies night at the bar.

Comment: Re:The second coming of tech-crash (Score 1) 180

by nucrash (#46640093) Attached to: A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

While we have seen a lot of products that lead us astray, even the worst products had some sort of hint of what was coming.

Steve Jobs would deceive many people about a product through various ways, "People don't read anymore?"

Still, there as been enough momentum inside Apple to indicate that there is some sort of wearable technology coming from Apple. This might be a while yet because Apple will want to get the technology correct.

The original iPad wasn't that great, but the apps that followed made it great. The original iPhone wasn't that great, but the apps that followed made it great. The original iPod wasn't that great, but the music catalog with iTunes that followed made it great. They are all devices that open up a new world and revenue source to Apple.

Nobody doubts the potential of wearable technology. We have seen so much through science fiction as we used to see the PADD back in the star trek days. People have jumped into the market and flailed around. If you study every market that Apple has ever dived into, you would notice the same pattern. They aren't out to capture the market share, they are out to succeed where everyone else fails. If they wanted market share, they would have built the crappiest computer they could and raced to the bottom to get the largest market they could. Instead, they build a respectable machine that performs well. Overpriced? Perhaps, but steaming pile of crap? I don't think so.

Watching Apple in the past, they look like they are ready to pounce on the market.

Comment: Re:The second coming of tech-crash (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by nucrash (#46638531) Attached to: A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

The iWatch will be the precedent to decide if Apple is Apple without Steve Jobs. There are many factors to what Steve did which made their products something to be a part of a person's environment. Wearables have to provide a service that people really want. While the submitter and the article mentions about how 50% of the wearable market is sitting on the shelf, people should take note of every other market before Apple entered it.

Anyone remember the Tablet PC in 2003? That thing was a giant pile of steaming crap that people bought into, but barely used.

Smartphones were alright, but passable. I didn't see much of the advantage and waited until the technology matured. Microsoft nearly killed it, Blackberry saved it, and Apple allowed it to flourish.

Anyone remember the first MP3 players? I had one. They were terrible. I didn't see the point of having a 64MB device that was a nightmare to use. Apple introduced the iPod and everyone else followed suit.

People can trash wearable tech all they want, but I am not going to write it off until Apple fails at it. This will prove that the magic of Apple is truly gone, or ... there really is no point to wearable technology.

From what I see of the leaks though, Apple is doing what they do best so far. They are making the technology simple, small, unobtrusive to one's lifestyle. My iPhone to me is the same way. I don't have the device latched to me in such a way that it feels like an anchor. It's either there or not, but if it's around, I want to use it. Some of the wearable tech that I have seen so far appears to be large, clunky, has a terrible battery life and while might have a lot of functionality, requires too much effort to get anything useful out of.

Comment: Re:Niggers and Jews (Score 5, Insightful) 529

by nucrash (#46504915) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

My best student would qualify as on the street in the AC. He may very well end up that way. He is no doubt my best and brightest student that can't make it to class. When he does, he's straight A, all the way. Yet because he's working extra hours just to get by, because he doesn't have backing to focus on school without having to have two jobs to get in, he's struggling to make it to class.

While I know you are just trolling, I do want to point out that I have some of the best and brightest who just can't seem to get the assistance they need and because of that they are struggling with the basics. The bigger point is that we aren't seeking out these bright few and culturing them to become the best and then we wonder why our advanced college programs only have a select few from other countries in them.

This argument, tried and true boils down to the following:
1. We don't have the support infrastructure in place to culture the best and brightest
2. Society is too busy with bread and circuses to care about those of innovative talent. As long as we are fed and entertained, we are happy.
3. We focus on people who use the existing infrastructure to get ahead as leeches.
4. We do not respect hard work at all levels. Ditch digging is hard work, and I don't think you could get a CEO to do that for a day. (A new show idea.)

Comment: Re:Shouldn't they start out small first? (Score 1) 187

I have to admire the technology behind cloning, but to clone a dead chicken is one thing, but cloning some dead mammal would be a better example. Whether this be a rat or something of that nature, we need to consider what we are doing. How do we gestate that clone? Japan is working on technology to carry a human fetus to term, this should be adapted to larger creatures.

Yes, I know a seeded comment says that size is irrelevant, but I have to counter that point and say, "Size is very important."

If we spend millions on a clone and have no way to carry the thing to term or care for it when it's out of the womb, we just blew more money than the idiots who programmed the Mars Climate Orbiter.

Comment: Re: This should be amusing. (Score 3, Insightful) 48

by nucrash (#46472173) Attached to: Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth

Considering how many communities live in coastal areas, I could easily logically deduce that after a great ice age, communities in this area flooded which lead to them being abandoned and left under water today. Some such communities are thought to have existed and some have even been found. A great flood doesn't have to cover the entire earth, just enough of it to affect were civilization exists.

This is not that foreign of a concept to me. I am surprised that others seem to have a problem with it.

Comment: Re:Dwarfed? yeah right (Score 1) 77

by nucrash (#46457091) Attached to: Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disaster

That's be cause while 20,000 died as a direct result of the devastation, and and billions upon billions was lost and millions lives were displaced because of the matter, there is an end in sight for those people where they can rebuild. There are no concerns in the long term for their life. That doesn't make their loss any less insignificant, just their loss will not linger as long as those of the Fukushima area. Look at Chernobyl 28 years later. We still have concern for what happened there.

While I am over here in my comfy world of the US, my life was altered because someone near and dear to me was only a few miles(20) from the nuclear power plant. She continues to live there today while Japan still continues to resolve problems with the reactors. The cleanup continues. She still remembers and talks of the Earthquake she survived when she was a little kid on another part of Honshu. While we focus on Fukushima, we don't forget the Earthquake and we don't forget the tsunami. I don't forget the weeks afterward where I didn't know if I were going to talk to her again. I tried every form of communication I could. I couldn't sleep, tried to work, barely functioned. Yet what I when through paled in comparison to what she was going through. Even so, what she went through paled in comparison to people at ground zero trying to clean up the mess.

Off of my great many tangents, I will say this, we don't forget. Some might, but those who were so tied into it will not.

Comment: Re:Hard drives have no future. (Score 1) 82

by nucrash (#46449097) Attached to: Nanomaterial May Be Future of Hard Drives

You know nothing!

You especially know nothing about Crypto. You have lots of bit brains that won't abandon their beloved spinning platters because they are wanting an SSD. Crypto doesn't work the same way on said SSD. Simply spinning platters are where they exist and where they will stay. Don't expect your hard disk drives to disappear from the world entirely. Also, 4 TB SSDs are a bit hard to maintain. I have 9 at home. I don't expect to ditch them for SSDs any time soon.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.