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Comment: Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (Score 1) 302

by thed8 (#44649307) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges
We are missing the point arguing about how the government should rate colleges, the point is WHY should they be doing this? Imho it is more government cost for no gain or a lead in to controlling which colleges get money and therefore stay in business. I don't want more government, I've got too much already.

Comment: Re:a fix (Score 1) 73

by thed8 (#44589721) Attached to: NASA Abandons Kepler Repairs, Looks To the Future
It's time to toss the whole mechanical gyroscope concept as long as we stay with the low bid system we doom most precision work for spacecraft. The answer, imho, is move to a laster ring or fiber ring gyroscope, then find a method of translating their output to a positioning system. Easier said than done. Or fix the procurement systems for items like this but I'm afraid a mechanical system spinning at 4 or 500 rpms is never going to last forever.

Comment: Re:Don't give them technical details (Score 1) 205

by thed8 (#43636811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sell an Algorithm To Venture Capitalists?
I agree don't give them enough technical details to take a copy of it with them, give to another code writer and reproduce. Ideally you would want a secrecy or non compete agreement but they would run it through so many lawyers that the agreement will mean nothing or you will die of old age. Put the words confidential, secret or something on each slide or any handouts then get their names, affiliations, etc. in like a sign in sheet. They know you could use this to prove they stole it if they do something to circumvent your work. At least put a block diagram or something to show them a black box concept. Show them how it can be integrated into the existing hardware, if it will, or how it could be used with the objective of a commercial advantage for the seller. Describe how difficult it would be to recreate. That's certainly part of the value because once someone knows how to do it they can either buy it or develop it themselves. The difference in the cost of these options is part of the value. Good luck.

Comment: Re:You cannot fine that which does not have a numb (Score 1) 614

by thed8 (#41706093) Attached to: FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls
That doesn't work. In fact when I tell the person that you can eventually get to that he can be fined he laughs. Says either the FTC can't do a thing in India, just the FTC can't do a thing. I get 7 a day, and I can't stop them. The FTC is right we need a technology because no phone company has found a way to block anything but anonymous calls, and that doesn't help.

Comment: Re:You cannot fine that which does not have a numb (Score 1) 614

by thed8 (#41706037) Attached to: FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls
Totally apples & eggplants. The block is robocalls, people aren't robocalls. Plus you can already block anonymous calls. People may be soylent green but they ain't robots. And if they need a test bed for it I'm in. I get a minimum of 7 robot calls every day. Same firms, different numbers and caller id's, and they won't stop. I tell them I will have them fined by the FTC and they laugh and say they can't be stopped. As punishment for threatening them I get the same call every hour,24/7 for a week or more. That is what needs to be stopped. I hope they hurry.

Comment: Re:Now see, it's hyperbole like this (Score 1) 462

by thed8 (#40769981) Attached to: Is There Still a Ray of Hope On Climate Change?
Totally agree. The Warming advocates have done outstanding work on how to select headlines that will glare like the sun, but never state the basis of the assertion nor adequately reference sources. They are great at this! I just wish they were as good at real science than at writing headlines and fudging data. If you looked at each of the warming headlines recently you woud find them over blown, e.g. the Greenland melting. I could list these for you, but if you are a warming advocate you stopped reading a long time ago, if you are someone interested in checking facts you don't need me to.

Comment: Re:Well there you go (Score 1) 378

by thed8 (#40626469) Attached to: DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels
Great. You know who the real losers are? The 5 year old kids with autism who have set their pattern as eat breakfast, what NickJr to let my food settle, then go to school, etc. etc. Like one of my grandchildren. People don't understand what a challenge it is to children like this. It takes a lot of effort to manage changes in their lives. So now we have these two wonderfully rich corporations acting worse than the kids and not giving a tinker's about the real world.

Comment: Re:Only 2 years ? (Score 3, Interesting) 86

by thed8 (#40626393) Attached to: 2 Year Data Retention For Australian ISPs
I think 2 years means it will all be gone by the time anyone wants to look, so if you really want the data then something like 10 years is needed along with a mandated retention system. Every litigation I've been involved in has lost data even when a company had a 7 year retention policy. Not through any malicious erasures but through hardware or software failures. One even had a printout but it was no longer legible. Do the Management and IT guys go to jail because a hardware device failed after 1 year 11 months? Or 6 years and 11 months? Or because they can't find it and the people who were responsible then are long gone? Don't get me wrong I think it is a mistake to require the retention, but if you are going to require it, then do it right. If Australia really wants the data they better say forever and they better decide on a highly reliable storage system and require that as well IMHO.

Comment: Re:Calling it an "emergency" seems sensational (Score 1) 417

by thed8 (#37369508) Attached to: North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land
I can't find much other info on the web, but if this is real it means a country that is full of looney tunes from hell characters is acting up again. These quys don't know when to stop. We can stop them but does our backboneless CIC have the guts. Alll scary questions with even scarier answers.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.