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Comment Re:I think it has promise (Score 2) 141

No, I fully expect that they know a general rule of thumb for always needed supplies and such, but I was thinking more from the aspect that while they're gearing up to go, there can be less or unskilled people dropped in with the recording and Tx gear then the final loadout could be adjusted based on what's seen to be needed.

Obviously I am not a member of an ERT that deals with such things, and I am blessed that my part of the world is relatively boring from a geologic and atmospheric perspective; but aside from the obvious: throw money to the NGOs, what can tech do to compliment and assist? I think this was a good idea, and even if my initial thought isn't ideal, how about putting the glasses on the politicians so they can see immersively that funds for relief are needed?

Comment I think it has promise (Score 4, Interesting) 141

The real cool part was lost because the message delivery felt like a PR stunt using devastation in PR.

What this really is good for:
Using Oculus like this is a way that professional relief planners and project managers can determine optimum load-out of emergency supplies before leaving the warehouse location, when it's much easier to add/remove/change the loadout on short notice.

There's nothing quite like *seeing* the environment. back-pack street-view cameras on dirt bikes comes to mind...

Comment Re:Mondays are the worst if you make them that way (Score 1) 103

I think that's a fair point.

However there is a distinct difference between what you experience and something soul crushing. My epiphany moment was sitting in a dental chair, getting an emergency root canal, with an infection bad enough that there was no way to numb it short of either knocking me out (and I had no insurance so...) or "direct infiltration of lidocaine" into the tooth as he was drilling.

Drill - ouch - pause, insert needle - *OUCH* - wait repeat.
It was absolutely horrific and I would have said or done anything to make it stop...
But I was able to console myself with "At least I'm not at work".

Holy fuckballs Batman! that was a flash of light sky opens moment of just how miserable I was. I found another job that would get me by while I looked for a better job, then quit.
I have made a point to enjoy my work environment ever since, being willing to leave on a moment's notice if and when the environment was not to my overall liking.

Comment Re:Mondays are the worst if you make them that way (Score 1) 103

Unless what scratches one of your Aspie nerd itches is normally something that is complex enough that people have a hard time with it, and generally don't like doing it, and thus the market pays handsomely for it. Now, while that's not 100% of my job duty, it's currently about 40% and growing at a good clip. Mondays are great because I get to go play. Monday mornings suck however, because we front loaded *all* of our meetings such that I have 4 hours of scheduled meetings every Monday in the first 5 hours of the workday.

Comment Re:Regret not getting on iPhone??? (Score 1) 48

I think a lot of it was process tech.*
By using the same compute ecosystem the process tweaks developed for one also are applicable to the other.

ARM has such a different layout that you would need wholesale different DRCs for it, which means a parallel path for process improvement in the FABs. Same issue with RISC and i960.

*I was not a process engineer at Intel, so this is speculative.

Comment Re:Step one and two. (Score 1) 311

I have two SSNs, three names (though one is obviously a placeholder 'Baby Boy <lastname>'), one birthday, two sets of parents listed as my "real" parents on two different original birth certificates.
The joys of a cross military to civilian adoption.

As to the SSN issue, there is simply no issue using the SSN as an identifier, the issue is it started being used as an authentication token.
All we need to do is implement a national PIN register for the SSN holder. They provide the PIN to authenticate that they are the actual person represented by the SSN.

Comment Re:Regret not getting on iPhone??? (Score 3, Insightful) 48

Until he liquidated it to Marvell, Intel had StrongARM; and internally had the RISC i960 that both could have done amazingly in this space, both were (stupidly IMnsHO) liquidated to make room for Atom/TinyIA/Quark, all of which have some level of the x86 baggage (from most to least) and thus the power consumption overhead.

i960 *could* have been re-tooled into an ultra low power core and simply add on the peripherals to make it into a SoC, or StrongARM could have been remodeled into a QC competitor.

Comment Re:Damn. (Score 1) 48

Oh god I forgot about that mess...
I worked in flash, and when that divested I moved over to chipsets.

By chance (Since you were in digital home, perhaps not) do you remember the IT Innovation center's ambulance? The Digital health showroom on wheels that I honestly don't think was ever shown to anyone?

Comment Re:Damn. (Score 4, Interesting) 48


I was with a chipset firmware team that was duplicated in the states and in Israel. Unfortunately the culture clash and competition clash led to some very abusive practices. I stood up against management about this, and was railroaded out the door with my chin up high, and like Milton's red stapler I took my lab chair with me! (Makes a kick-ass guitar stool; had direct mgr blessing and HR droid's approval).

Later the same year my entire former team was sent into the redeployment pool and all operations moved to the JER site.
After 17 years I met my end there, never to be employed by them again.
Barret was a vastly better CEO than Otellini, but BK makes both of the other two look like saints.

Comment Re:Obviously bullshit statement there (Score 1) 397

Well, just the RDS and display for your radio is likely several thousand lines of code when you figure in the firmware for the LCD driver.
Not all that code is a monolithic project, it's the 500 lines of assembly for the LCD driver interface, the 1000 lines of embedded C for the RDS decoder, the 5000 lines of embedded C for the CDDA decoder in your stereo, the 20 lines of machine code for the uP in the amp, and we still haven't finished with the radio!

The line between hardware and LoC is even blurrier with tings line gauges, which are really just digital displays that mimic analog, and who's chips are all ASICs developed in VHDL. They have no code on them per-se (maybe a eeprom with parameter data?) but the entire chip was written no different than a static lib.

Add all that up, especially the transmission and ECM/PCM and I wouldn't be surprised at the line count being 7 digits or near enough.

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