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Comment: Money - the ultimate natural selector (Score 5, Insightful) 511

by src1138 (#47548811) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

The article goes on and on about "workaholism" fueling the need for drugs. My ass - the key story referenced is the one about Hayes getting offed by a hooker injecting a heroin overdose on his yacht. I don't feel a lot of workaholism in that story - ridiculously overpaid unscrupulous douchebag with too much time and money that has saddened and humiliated his family managed to have what looks like plenty of leisure time.

Oh, and this shit is not new at all - been happening in this industry for decades. more noticeable now that a Googler has publicly disgraced himself.

I feel for his family - what a piece of shit.

Comment: Learning Doing (Score 1) 608

by src1138 (#47415033) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Eventually your priority shifts from learning new things to actually utilizing your knowledge to do and make things.

Coming up with 20 good ways to build a bridge is not as productive as coming up with one good way and doing it.

Oh, and check your incredible arrogance at the door - normal people are doing much more complex things than coding, and with today's dev tools the entry barrier is significantly lower (and initial learning curve shallower) than it was 20-30 years ago. You are not "special" because you "get" algorithms.

It seems that "regular people" are those that have more than one facet to their life. I wonder if brain surgeons or mechanical engineers ever think like this.

And of course the best answer is to dumb down the subject matter rather than educate the masses...


Comment: PC load coffee - what the f*ck doea that mean? (Score 1) 769

by src1138 (#46395087) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Watch that stock graph trend down in a few months when they announce the actual solution. Anything they could do that would prevent workaround (via refils, spoofing, etc.) without adding prohibitive cost to the pods and/or impacting the user experience. Seriously - punishing people who buy their unremarkable coffee makers like this - if their business model (sell machine cheap and consumable materials dear) they can go suck it. It's not like he printer market where there are few alternatives - they have just found a way to make coffee makers as annoying as printers.

I can imagine a scene from Office Space 2 where they take the coffee maker out back for some batting practice.

If you really want to go to coffee heaven, start roasting your own beans. Takes 5-10 mins and makes a world of difference. Plus green beans cost a fraction of roasted.

Comment: Re:Why disaster relief? (Score 1) 113

by src1138 (#43791939) Attached to: Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief

For package delivery you would likely be flying in urban areas that have restrictions on unmanned aircraft, autonomous or not. I believe in the US you need at least one operator/spotter with line-of-sight (with their own eyes, not a camera) to the aircraft - not easy in urban areas unless you are in a helicopter yourself.

Nevertheless, I am sure this will happen in a few years, but it will be messy.

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 142

by src1138 (#40105605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

I would check out used/cheap PNDs. You get a minimal enclosure with enough room for a pcb and battery (you might even reuse the battery and maybe the charging circuit if possible). I bet you can find some older ones with 3-or-so inch resistive screens for under 40 bucks - probably 10 at a garage sale. As long as the enclosue, screen and battery are ok (you may not even want the battery) it should be a safe bet.

Pawn shops (ahem) tend to have lots of these as well.

Granted you are just hoping you can gracefully separate the components you want from the PND guts - it might be worth checking to see which PNDs have some open source projects around them - the component specs are probably known and you can find the datasheet - maybe even in English :D.

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