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Comment: Re:flawed approach (Score 1) 55

by wbr1 (#49340707) Attached to: Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation
I am simply stating that AZ already makes requirements of sellers. It is cheaper for them to require standard prep and packaging than to create a robot that can handle all situations. Given the amount of product they move, it is not a far stretch to imagine them starting to require it and sellers capitulating.

Comment: flawed approach (Score 1) 55

by wbr1 (#49340379) Attached to: Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation
I have a side business as an Amazon FBA seller. One thing that is often required is item preparation before sending it to an AZ warehouse. This can be bagging, bubble wrapping, etc depending on the item. Amazon also already has frustration free packaging for many items. instead of the impossible clam shell its a simple cardboard sleeve for many items.

Looking at this, I see it as possible in the future for amazon to require manufacturers and sellers to package items in standard size and shape boxes to make it easy for the bots.

Comment: Re:good, Google Play needs cleaned up (Score 1) 139

by wbr1 (#49290339) Attached to: Google 'Experts' To Screen Android Apps For Banned Content
What utter nonsense. Yes there is tons of shit in the play store. But I know that Word from microsoft is likely to be malware free if not usable. JoBobs Office clone, not so much. This is the same as if I searched on my PC or walked into brick and mortar.

I will use my experience to tell me what is good or bad. JoBob's office may be malware. However, it may be the best thing since sliced bread, but by increasing barriers to entry, I may never know. Give me the choice please.

If you want someone to spoonfeed you what they think is good for you, that is certainly something you can do. But it is not for me.

Comment: Re:Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 415

by wbr1 (#49274121) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
NASA has done great things on a limited budget. When you speak of cancelling pie in the sky projects, that is not NASAs doing, that is some administration, or congresscriters pushing for a project, funding it to pass pork around to their corporate constituents or bring 'jobs' to their state, then them or another group cancelling it later because OMG costs so much! When it is a fraction of the defense budget,

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 1) 135

by wbr1 (#49187587) Attached to: NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life In Laboratory
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki...

Where was it discredited? There has been much revision of our knowledge of the early atmosphere, but his principles were sound. If you hate science that trys to find the origin of life, go back to church and pray to your diety of choice to prove otherwise. But pleas quit spewing outright lies. Most likely that is a sin in your belief system anyway.

Comment: TL-DR (Score 1, Insightful) 362

by wbr1 (#49185671) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
As with any new technology, society and by proxy the government will struggle with its place and rules in said society. There will be oversteps, misses, and oversights.

There will be detractors, luddites, and evangelists, sociopaths and attention whores all vying for a moment in the sun.

Welcome to the human race. I'll go get my popcorn.

Comment: Re:MVNOs.. (Score 1) 43

by wbr1 (#49168739) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

I don't know how an MVNO can be cheaper than a carrier except for cheapskates who want those weird, super low-end plans because they're always on wifi and only use their phone for emergency calls away from wifi. I can't see an MVNO ever able to buy airtime and sell it cheaper than carriers can directly without strange limits or associating with a sucky carrier with shitty coverage and slow data.

I'd like an MVNO that could associate with multiple carriers, let me rank those carriers by preference but override my preference if another carrier has a better signal by some threshold as well as provide VoIP service to my PC or any of the cheap SIP devices.

I use ting. My main contacts use hangouts or kik for messaging, so texting is low. I use my phone as a media player but store most of the music on the phone. 32 GB is plenty if managed correctly. Calling is low, as my main contacts use messaging more. I am at work or home mostly and wifi is automatic. When I travel on 2-3 weekends a month, hotel wifi is mostly free, and enough for phone data. Consequently, even though I browse quite a bit my data usage is typically under 1.5GB per month.
This is for me and my (gasp yes as a slashdotter, girlfriend). Our average ting bill is So with proper management and expectations (neither of which are difficult), MVNOs can be useful. Plus ting is branching out to gig fiber! And launching in my town 1st. I cannot wait!

Am I biased? Yes, but I have been extremely satisfied with my experience with ting so far, both in price and customer service.

Comment: Nope..... (Score 4, Insightful) 93

by wbr1 (#49168253) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
From TFA

The real question is whether or not Seagate can maintain similar full drive performance compared to a non-SMR drive.

No.The real question is longevity. Per backblaze and my own anecdotal experience, Seagate drives already have a higher failure rate. Looking at this, any firmware bug or flaw could result in massive data loss of an entire 'band' if written incorrectly.

I understand that in any environment backups are crucial, but I live in the real world. A world where small and medium size business (for good or ill) neglect IT until it bites them. At least with regular drives recovery is often possible with block for block copies, and baring that a clean room has a good chance of recovering crucial data.

If a user has a performance need, I can suggest an SSD or SSD+HDD config with appropriate redundancy and backups. For pure space, large HDDs in an appropriate RAID or ZFS work fine. Per TFS, this is not ready for heavily drive loaded server configs yet, and i do not see a need in residential, or small biz or workstation use where other solutions are far better. To me this is currently a product looking for a solution, and one that is risky to data to boot.

Comment: Re:I strongly disagree. (Score 1) 95

by wbr1 (#49163445) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly
I try not to engage in personal attacks, but i have to say man, you really looked like a jacktard there,

Pro-tip, when you make an erroneous and asinine statement (which we all do from time to time), and someone calls you out on it, be humble, bow your head and admit it, or remain silent.
Following the refutation with random stupidity makes you look even worse.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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