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Comment: They take things for granted (Score 2) 378

by sdguero (#49355869) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
In my experience, millenials take a lot of things for granted in computing and are not interested in understanding the guts of the systems they are working on. IN GENERAL, they tend to avoid anything below the application layer. Memory management, databases, operating systems, hardware, etc are not well understood. And when issues pop up in those layers, they are considered as something to quickly throw money/resources at (vs understanding the problem) until things are working again (but likely still not scalable). Then the underlying issue is disregarded until it pops up again in 6 months.

That is just my experience with the majority of younger software engineers I have worked with over the last 5 years. And it's not to say they can't learn, many of them listened to us old guys over a beer (I'm 34 haha), study up and adjust their approach. It's just kinda sad that they didn't have any interest in that stuff until they were forced to learn about it on the job. To me, hardware is the most interesting part of computing.

Comment: Re:SolarCity Are a bunch of hucksters (Score 1) 184

But most electricians don't have agreements with the power company to allow them to connect their devices to feed power into the lines. Most solar companies do.

Huh? In San Diego (and I think all of CA is this way), once the hardware is installed, you call the power company to come out and do a free inspection before connecting to the grid: And thats it. I have never heard of special agreements and as far as I know companies like solar city still rely on the power company to inspect their work before they can connect it to the grid..

Now if you want total grid independence that shouldn't matter to you. So in that case what matters is that Solar City supplies long term financing that most electricians won't give you. If you don't want it, fine. Some people do.

In the end, Solar city was unwilling to give me a quote for an installation without running my credit, and the sales guy that came to our house said they don't do off grid. They also don't really finance you, they put a lein against your house for the length of the contract to buy power from them. It's more like signing up for a cell phone contract where you get locked into buying from them instead of the power company for a set period of time and the hardware is just an afterthought.

A bank can help you finance a solar installation. Just like how an electrician can wire up a solar array. I maintain that companies like SolarCity are just middlemen muddying up the waters and are not necessary.

Comment: SolarCity Are a bunch of hucksters (Score 3, Interesting) 184

I tried to get a quote on a solar system from SolarCity for our home. They were rude, pushy, and kept insisting that I "think of SolarCity as a utility company, not an installer."

I contacted them because of Musk's association with the company. I have since decided to go DIY, and now I don't really see why "solar companies" are even necessary. Any electrician worth his salt should be able to wire and setup a solar system. The panel, inverter, and battery manufacturers are what matter.

Comment: Poor QA from GoPro is par for the course (Score 4, Interesting) 35

by sdguero (#49173221) Attached to: Flaw In GoPro Update Mechanism Reveals Users' Wi-Fi Passwords
tl;dr GoPro is a shady company that screwed me and a bunch of other customer over witt poor QA
After working with GoPro support, engineering, and getting an email from their CEO blaming the issue on everything from my computer, to SanDisk cards, to a firmware problem; I finally gave up on that company. They wasted over 40 hours of my life on that stupid camera. And while I eventually got a store credit for it (after 3 exchanges, tHank you Best Buy!) I'm still stuck with $100 in accessories and I have sworn never to do business with GoPro again.

Comment: Difficult to judge without context (Score 2) 784

by sdguero (#48832249) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
As a parent, I think this story is lackin a lot of critical context before I can pass judgement on anything. The route the kids followed is critical to understanding if this was responsible parenting or not. 1 mile is pretty far for a six year old, especially if it's in a high traffic area. Seems more prudent for the parents to tail the kids from a disttance, at least the first time (and it sounds like this was the first time), when they do something like this.

Comment: Amazon is an internet logistics company (Score 2) 479

by sdguero (#48831571) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System
"horrifying steeplechase [by] careless and non-people-oriented technologists"

Amazon is an internet logistics company, not a health spa. They solve difficult problems that require sharp thinking and logic. Kissing asses and holding hands isn't part of their business model.

If you want to be surrounded by people orientated luddites, go work in the service industry

Comment: Re:Only iOS? (Score 1) 70

by sdguero (#48824691) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
Yes, quite certain WIFI was disabled on all devices tested. I also tested the android phones in two different geographical locations in San Diego.

Only the iphone/safari that I tested showed header insertion.

I found this on reddit, some people reporting that same thign I'm seeing...

Comment: Only iOS? (Score 2) 70

by sdguero (#48823893) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
I just tried this URL on three Verizon phones: On all browsers on the Android phones, no ehader was detected. THe iphone we tested, there was a header insertion.

I assume this is due ot a "no track" setting at the browser application level. Interesting that androids browsers have it enabled but iphone browser does not.

Comment: High Voter Turn Out != Better Elections (Score 1) 480

by sdguero (#48797155) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting
The problem is apathy, not voter turn out. The media are shills for powerful candidates and people don't take the time to do the research required to vote intelligently. Making it easier to vote jsut means that more sheeple are going to vote for whoever their church, employer, or biased news channel told them to vote for.

I'd prefer if it was actually harder to vote so less sheeple who don't really care won't make it to the polls and vote for another giant douche or turd sandwich. The less people that vote, the higher the chances of a third party candidate or someone who actually fights (vs paying lip service) for the underrepresented (IMO the middle class) gets into office.

Comment: Marketing fluff (Score 1) 46

by sdguero (#48797085) Attached to: EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)
The Hue lighting PoC was pretty lame, not a lot of use cases there. I'd rather just use the thing that is always in my pocket (and has a battery) . Nothing else seemed very close to being ready for market. Solar is obviously the most common "ambient" power source. That booth just looks very fluffy to me.

Comment: ESPN sucks (Score 1) 196

by sdguero (#48747079) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service
I'm a sports fan. I watch the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, even some premier league. And other than Sunday night football or the occasional live sports event, I rarely watch ESPN. I get my sports news online. ESPN's sports news coverage used to be great, then it was decent, now it sucks. The way the entwork completely ignores hockey (because they haven't had any TV rights with the NHL since 2003) is absurd.

What sucks is that at this point ESPN basically has TV sports coverage in the USA monopolized. They can pay high prices for college football or whatever broadly appealling sportring even is happening and every cable provider carries them so enough people will watch to make it profitable. They are like the Microsoft of sport networks. It blows.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.