Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment: Why not make 5 1/4" hard drives again? (Score 1) 219

by technosaurus (#48591477) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive
I bought a Quantum Bigfoot back in the day just because I happened to have more 5.25" bays open. It did help that it was cheaper than the similar capacity 3.5" drives available at the time, but I still see new computers with multiple 5.25" bays.
If they put the same technology into a larger form factor, it wouldn't be long before the petabyte is reached.

(doesn't peta stand for the People for the Eating of Tasty Animals or something?)

Comment: Violates Interstate Commerce Clause (Score 2) 137

by technosaurus (#48545141) Attached to: Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened
The Constitution reserves to Congress the power “to regulate Commerce [...] among the several States.” Art. 1 Sec. 8 Para 3. SCOTUS interpretation: * includes the power to preempt state law (express or implied) by the enactment of federal law * denies states power to unjustifiably discriminate against or burden the interstate flow of articles of commerce even if Congress has not enacted a preemptive federal law.

Comment: Like Nikola Tesla... (Score 1) 442

by technosaurus (#47691617) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?
Who said the same thing 100 yrs ago (about a wireless "grid") only to be faced with the reality that energy companies are in business to make money, not supply electricity (kind of hard to do when any good hacker can tap into it freely). A fully wireless "grid" could only work in a communist/socialist society where "the people" are the suppliers.

Comment: Former construction/contract manager. (Score 1) 194

by technosaurus (#47682639) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website
I used to work for NAVFAC, the U. S. Navy version of contract management for construction projects.  Though there was a lot of bureaucracy involved, the planning and design phase always had plenty of experts to ensure the specifications were above most commercial standards (LEED certifications, military requirements, utmost safety requirements, etc...)  Though many aspects of the process used archaic technology (lots of paper forms, area expert controlled word documents as best practices,...), the end result was that most projects ended up being completed on time and on budget (though the start sometimes got shifted so the review could be thorough ... unless October 1 was coming, but that is a different subject - or maybe not, this project had similar time deadlines).  A lot of this success was due to savvy construction managers doing appropriate "horse-trading" with contractors to avoid the lengthy change processes (which could delay anywhere from a day to 12 months).  When you have (non-technical) contract managers who don't know the reasoning behind the requirements, they have little recourse but to go through the official processes to resolve complex issues... _This_ is where you get your delays.  For the most part, a good hour spent in design/planning will yield ~10 in production, but it is important for the project manager to be intimately involved so this wisdom can actually be _useful_.  I can attest to my own anecdotal experience and my observation of others, that coming into a project at production phase is more than just a steep learning curve; some things just have weird historical issues.  Here are a few that I ran into after another CM was transferred elsewhere:
- endangered species in the area
- abandoned toxic waste in the soil
- asbestos
- this site used to be a WW2 bombing range and guess what?...We found a bunch of unexploded ordinance.
- hurricane damage
- tornado damage

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 1) 427

by technosaurus (#47674771) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++
1 example:
Rather than incorporating the typeof() extension that almost every compiler supported, Bjarn decides, nope, we'll call it decltype()

Its stupid shit like this that fucks up the whole damn language _extension_.
Use syntax that programmer's already know/use and compilers support rather than making up insane new ones.
At least we have C and Objective C.

panic: can't find /