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Comment: Re:It's a (Score 1) 13

by hey! (#48470135) Attached to: Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)

piece of crap with propellor

That's the interesting part.

This is what engineering is about: meeting a need cost effectively. The point of a toy RC airplane is to have fun. Traditionally it was expensive fun that didn't last very very long before you crashed. Having fun for longer with less $$ outlay == better engineering.

Comment: "Steam" is only half the salary equation (Score 2) 205

by hey! (#48469173) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Specifically: the demand curve half of the equation. The other half is the supply curve. A platform can have *no steam whatsoever*, but so few programmers that the salaries are reasonably high.

Consider Delphi programming. I see Delphi positions come up once in a blue moon -- it's not used much any longer. But those salaries run from $80K to $110K plus. Sometimes you see a Delphi position come up in the mid 40s, but I suspect they're government positions.

I've seen listings for COBOL or PoweBuilder programmers both in the $60K to $110K plus range. You can bet when a company offers $110K for a PowerBuilder programmer it's because it's having a hard time finding one.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 140

by drinkypoo (#48468807) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Nothing in the "copyright cartel" (whatever that is supposed to be)

When will you learn to use the internets, including important features like a search engine? But frankly, I believe that your obtuseness is entirely disingenuous. You cannot have an interest in this subject and not be familiar with that phrase.

What does stop people from doing this is the knowledge the people who actually have the money to do such a thing have: that they'd be spending a lot of money and never get it back.

Of course they would. They'd make a profit, too. They might not be able to make the kind of fuck-you profits they make now, not least through that aforementioned creative accounting.

No, it isn't a viable model. THAT'S why nobody has done it yet. Not because of some mythical "copyright cartel" that prevents someone from doing it.

It's not about prevention. It's about not being able to compete with someone who is successfully gaming the system.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#48468787) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

The radio is not a radio any more, it's a control unit (in many cases) and it changes powertrain and suspension settings. it legitimately needs to be able to communicate with stuff that's on that bus. But it should be doing it through a gateway which only permits the necessary signals...

I want remote features, but nobody should be able to drive away with the vehicle without actually having the key, and nobody should be able to reflash the vehicle without actually physically accessing it. Once they are in, though, there's very little you can do to prevent them. For cars which cost multiple thousands of dollars, it's not difficult to imagine someone spending a few hundred on a PCM and a couple hundred per model they want to steal making up a harness ahead of time which will operate any vehicle but the very fanciest without discussing starting the engine with the immobilizer at all. Preventing them from accessing it is also preventing a tech from doing so...

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 336

by drinkypoo (#48468427) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Your measure of left and right does not match up with American political norms. Now if your basing it on outside U.S., that's fine, but it doesn't play here.

Bullshit. The far left is still here in the US, it's just been equated with terrists by loudmouths in red states living off tax money from blue states.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 80

by drinkypoo (#48468331) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

If you can't do that, then at the very least don't let a hacker turn my engine off while I'm driving down the free way. Some features are simply not worth that vulnerability.

The sad part is that preventing this is really easy by following some basic principles of networking and security like properly sanitizing your inputs. But they're just not used to even having to think about that at all at the companies which build the PCMs. Some vehicles are clever enough to have a communications gateway in between systems but who trusts the gateways?

Comment: I blame it on the Moon landing. (Score 3, Insightful) 447

by hey! (#48467757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

July 20, 1969 was, possibly justifiably, the biggest national ego-validation event in human history. The problem was after that when it came to national achievement, our eyes were firmly pointed back in time. We no longer do things "because they are hard". We're more focused on cashing in on the achievements of past generations.

When you tell Americans we have a backward mobile telephone system, a technologically primitive electric grid and distribution system, and Internet connectivity that lags behind the rest of the developed world, the reaction is usually disbelief. How can that be? We put a man on the Moon -- although by now it should be "grandpa put a man on the Moon."

Comment: Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (Score 1) 118

by hey! (#48467433) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

He was also a conspiracy theorist who had the money to indulge his paranoid fantasies.

He had the phones of his own employees tapped. He hired private investigators to spy on his friends and family, and to dig up dirt on friends of his children he didn't approve of. He went beserk when he found out the designer of the Vietnam Memorial was an Asian American, calling her racial slurs and hiring lawyers to harass the veterans who supported her.

This is a man who thinks that both the Carter and Reagan administrations conspired to hide the presence of hundreds of POW in Southeast Asia.

I often tell my kids "there's no kind of dumb like a smart person's dumb." It's a warning against arrogance. Smart people can get too used to being right when other people around them are wrong. But in truth there is a worse kind of dumb: rich person's dumb. That's because money can give ideas instant credibility with people in a way arguments cannot. There's a strong inclination in this country to idolize rich guys.

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 1) 447

by drinkypoo (#48466375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Wooden houses as opposed to what? I don't think a well built wooden house is at all a problem in an earthquake zone.

No, it's just a problem in a fire zone, which in the USA tend to correspond closely with earthquake zones. Building flammable houses on a grassland or in woods is daft.

Comment: How about unfucking the awesome bar (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48465583) Attached to: Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

The awesome bar used to be awesome. But somewhere along the line it got changed to just search whatever search engine you have selected in the search engine box. Useless. You have to make search keywords and type them if you want to search specific sites. I just want it to always search google when it doesn't have a match.

I imagine there's a config setting for this but I haven't figured it out yet

Comment: Re: I would buy... (Score 1) 259

by drinkypoo (#48465563) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

It's the LTO drive itself that kills you, the drive and the SCSI card will set you back a couple $K to start.

Who doesn't have a bunch of Adaptec SCSI cards lying around, though? Only total newbie IT orgs. shit, I'm just a hobbyist, and I have a u160 card I'm not using. Maybe someday I'll install it so I can use my slide scanner.

Comment: Re:us vs. them (Score 1) 140

by Tom (#48463341) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

That's the whole point. Kim Dotcom is able to reach the masses that don't even know about slashdot.

Yes, that exactly is the problem. Every aspiring dicator learns in propaganda 101 to control the story. Having someone like Kimble be the "face" of file sharing is a smart move. He's an asshole, a criminal, he's rich out of touch with reality. He's not the guy that John and Jane feel close to. He's just another "celebrity" scandal.

A popular, public figurehead that takes on the Copyright MAFIAA openly and that can't be "crushed like a bug"

Oh, please. Kimble will sell out his friends to cut a deal. That's not an assumption - he's done it before. He will not fight this fight for you. He'll bail out at the first good opportunity.

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