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Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 136

In Vegas (been there 3 times since the Uber ban lifted) the Uber fare was half of the taxi fare.

I could not take Uber to the airport as they were still restricted as of Sept 24th from going to the airport. (Some will still go there, but will remove their decal before doing so.)

However, from the Embassy Suites on Swenson to Mandalay Bay, MGM, Paris, and Cosmo... the fare was almost exactly half of the taxi fare.

Comment Re:Now that was cool! (Score 1) 65

Palo Alto's themselves are not that complex. The interface is an interesting attempt at being usable, and it's getting better. What I thought was interesting about the PA node was how many connections to Apache products it has. That makes me think that people are not happy with using Panorama to view/manage the logs and run reports against the logs.

I can sympathize.

Comment Re:Simplistic (Score 1) 385

Not all of their emotions are faked. The disinterest and disgust... the ennui of having to hear the same jokes and clumsily flirtatious lines. Boredom.

The humor at your excuses when you fail to perform. The humor and disdain as you fall for their "passionate" SFX.

I don't know if a robot could replicate all of that.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 78

Umm... Same principle. Females are not taking as many courses in programming, therefore there are not as many of them to hire. Once the gender quota is reached then the market may have twice as many domestic programmers as they have currently. It won't actually work out that way due to price signalling causing people to change jobs or avoid the discipline altogether.

At the end, they reach the same outcome. More laborers equate to lower wages for all.

I'm never afraid to compete, I've always been at the top of whatever I do and competition just makes this stuff more fun. However, for people that are not obsessed with their jobs, and performance of such, this will suck. Over time, the industry will likely calcify as people with less patience for mediocre programmers influencing the flow of creativity in a project find other ways to fill the void. This will likely change the methods of development and delivery.

Whatever the case... The H1B bullshit is about lying motherfuckers. It has nothing to do with fear of competition, it's about playing fair and by the rules. If the rules need to be changed, let the Congress critters voice those concerns and reap the rewards.

Comment Re:Privacy? (Score 3, Informative) 776

Actually, that's funny. For instance, I happen to have moved (recently) to a predominantly white suburb that boasts a very large and well rated school system.

The schools in urban baltimore spend almost twice as much per student. Adjusting for cost of living/doing business this would still leave a considerable +55% buffer on expenses. Given that the school near us boasts 15 languages with 4 yr programs and a football stadium larger than most universities, I am baffled as to what the BWI schools are spending their money on.

1. Meals?
2. Material costs due to vandalism?
3. Security procedures due to higher studentstudent violence rates?

After reading the budget and balance sheets, one of the significant differences that I noticed were property taxes... I don't have time to calculate the percentage affecting each student, but it seems ironic to find that the schools themselves are victim to the same pressures that spur some households and businesses to relocate outside the city.

Comment Re:From Micro-Soft (Score 1) 323

GWB is about as poor an example of a sociopath as you can muster. There are quite a few documented cases of impromptu empathy.

You can hate the machine, you can hate the politics, but don't hate the person. It narrows your mind and cheapens your thoughts.

Bill Clinton is a little closer (as in harder to find impromptu, unexpected empathetic responses), but that's because he polished himself up earlier and better.

Yes, I realize it's a spectrum. I also realize that there are jobs where you are required to shed empathy in the role, or at least a large portion of it. Any job where you hold fiduciary responsibility, for instance, as it may be proven that you didn't act in the best interests of the stakeholders and might be held liable. At that point, you have to ask "What is the exposure?" of a decision.

Another excellent example, military leaders: The reduce their feelings to win tactically, or strategically... but I've known a lot of battle tested Marines, none of whom was a sociopath. In fact, when the boots and utes come off... I swear to god you couldn't find a bigger bunch of shit talking softies....

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

Mouse=Input Device=Camera

InputDevice provides data (i2c sensor, temperature sensor, mouse, camera, mic, voltage meter) computer responds to said data stream. It's kinda what they do.

Hell, if you count the optic sensors as primitive cameras you can extend the analogy.

Like I said before, I have no problems on copyrighting code, or patenting a specific way to determine motion in a specific context... but the arbitrary gesture parts are where things get hinky, starting at Claim 11.

The guy who wrote motion was doing the same thing... he was just making it easier for other folks.

I didn't have time to read the whole page, but I know for certain that he was operational in 2009 as I was hoping that he would have time to work out the kinks to make things a bit more stable.

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

Patenting a gesture? Really?

And yes, I could unlock my linux laptop by sitting in front of it, according some the script detritus since 2009... Around the same time as the guy who wrote the motion utility was making life a lot easier.

So, arbitrary gesture (who gives an eff what the gesture is) unlocks machine... POOF! Magic. Or not.

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

I knew I should have deleted that bit as someone would pedant on it. (There's a freebie for the grammar nazis.)

It was more of an aside wondering how Apple thought this was going to fly after this idea had been beaten to death... for years. MIT has prior art, and the basic feature has been reproducible in linux since 2009.

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 2) 105

Hopefully, I'm not falling for the bait.

I don't understand how you think this rates a patent.

Using well-known protocols and scripts already out there in the world I rigged my son's laptop to wake when he walks into the room. This constitutes a gesture in 3D space by the loosest criteria. If you read my post, I said that the patent on the sensing device and related firmware is fair, as that is what is determining the discrete actions in 3D space. However, patenting a response to an input which has very broad and very frequently used precedent is dubious at best.

As soon as the kinect came out dozens of people starting working on how to make the gesture capability do everything (even the impractical) via gesture. So the idea is neither obscure nor non-obvious. The code implementation will be unique and thus protected via copyright, and the gestures may be enforceable via trademark or copyright. This patent ranks right up there with "swipe-to-unlock" which again mimics a mouse movement in a different medium, making it stupidly obvious.

IF they did something super spiffy like authenticating the user via Fitbit, audible pacing of footsteps, and a gesture then the patent still would not be on the concept, it would be on the aggregation of the data in such a manner that it constitutes and unique representation of the user. Definitely patentable, but probably more profitable to keep under lock and key copyrighted. The only reason that Apple wants this patent is to "rent-seek" and inhibit competition on an obvious and ubiquitous feature while they can get away with it in court.

For reference: MIT demo of gesture navigation in 3D space, sensors are different, concept... the same. Same sort of interaction via camera.

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

Just so you know... ppl have been doing this for a while using webcams or motion sensors or mice...

The sensing device, which is not part of the patent provides the input, essentially the patent boils down to "Move the mouse in an axis 20cm and the computer will unlock."

There are a lot of patents on the software and hardware in the sensing device that determine object, distance, vector, size, and shape. Those patents are super spiffy awesome sauce. The software to interface with said sensing device should be copyrighted if the owner wishes that protection but the action of unlocking a computer with a sensor input, should not be patentable... because it is fracking obvious. We can power on/off, run scripts, do whatever we like in response to any number of sensors right now.

Comment Re:The truth of the matter (Score 1) 629

Yes. Two days in a 90 day project is a project manager monkeying around.

MS wants to make Google look bad. That's cool, mission accomplished to everyone that wanted a reason to hate Google.

To everyone that hates software/hardware companies dragging ass while we wait for them to fix something, YAY GOOGLE!

Comment Re:Free? (Score 2) 703

Perhaps you are looking for the wrong job.

I just hired 6 people just out of university, and a 7th that has been out of work for a year. Yes the pay isn't fantastic, and the travel sucks, but the training is good, the exposure is great, and the skillset is transferable.

You are unlikely to get the job you want the first time around. Take the job you can get and make it into the job you want. If that fails, you learned something about business, about people and about yourself while someone paid you.

I've got a bad feeling about this.