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Comment In the name of all that is holy... (Score 2) 55

...Can we please not use Linux and IoT in the same sentence. Linux is a wonderful OS. Most IoT devices are a world apart from what Linux needs to live. Most IoT devices are limited to 8k or 16k. That was not a typo - EIGHT KILOBYTES! Even if these little devices have an ARM M0/3, they do not have a memory manager. Many IoT devices have real time requirements and as blazing fast as Linux may be, it was just not architected to meet hard real requirements. Real world, mass produced product are under such extreme cost and/or battery constraints that pennies matter when selling at Home Depot or Target against $13 alternatives. Real world product have to live with one little processor to run the entire RF stack (BLE, etc) AND run the application, all of this in say 8k. Sure, there are exceptions such as smart phones, but how many millions of people are going to pay $800 for a thermostat (a few nest customers excepted).
/Rant Mode off
There is certainly a place for tiny Linux based computers in IoT home projects and as mini PCs and servers, as Orange Pi's home pages suggest. They are an amazing amount of technology for the money, just not scaleable.

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 42

Indeed. Calling the new HP a technology is like calling the Forrest Service a technology because they use the technology known as "Forrest Fires." This puffery by executives really explains why the likes of the new HP are dinosaurs on life support just waiting for their outsourced supplies to cut out the middleman and sell their stuff directly to the customers. Heck these factories can even buy up an idle brand name and use it. Whatever happened to PamAm, Instamatic, Berm-a-shave, Gleem and Zenith? Too bad Twinkies and Ding Dongs have comeback from the grave or they could have been a cool smartphone name.

Comment Wow, unlimited sock puppets (Score 0) 119

I have never seen so many shills jump in so quick - even on slashdot. This is even worse that nukes and climate combined. Come on guys. I would personally welcome a VP of communications for for one of our new corporate overloads jumping in and saying, "hi I'm joe/jane doe, a VP at mega corp. Here is why I think this is important....and why I think this is a good idea. ...." We can engage in a meaningful conversation then. We might agree. We might disagree. But I would take you seriously and listen to what you have to say. But hiring a bunch of technologically uninformed hacks who have no idea what they are taking about to post a bunch of me-too drivel just hurts your cause. If there is this much dumb money being thrown against something then it make me think there is something important to protect here.

Comment Re:This is a good thing (Score 1) 477

Succession goes: VP, House Speaker (Ryan), President pro tempore of the Senate (Hatch), Sec. State (Shannon, a career diplomat and now just a place holder), Treasury, Defense, AG...Secretary of Homeland Security. The order of cabinet succession is based on date of the department's creation. They also have to meet the standard presidential requirements such as native born resident for 14 years and 35 years old.

Comment Scoff Laws and Fair Play (Score 1) 70

I'm all in favor of dealing with those who make a profession out of breaking the law, but the the basis of those laws must be reasonable. Clearly though, IP litigators have been give the keys to the kingdom and free reign to make their own laws. Culture is not an IP. And fair use has always been a key point of IP law that historically rests on perpetual ownership of an instance (book/record/disk/painting/etc) of that IP. Licensing IP for a limited time to people as you would to another company is unconscionable and those that do deserve the push back and pain they are getting.

Comment Bound to failure in natural context (Score 0) 47

Natural language is inherently ambiguous and real humans love to make it more so with slang and swearing. Take the story of the gorilla artist Jason Sprinkle from Seattle. He was once most known for attaching a ball and chain to the massive hammering man statue on labor day. He had a commission for an art project to support job corp where he made a giant heart and drove it around to different job corp sites where he allow participants to sign the art and his truck. Once person wrote on his truck, "“Timberlake Carpentry Rules (the ‘Bomb’)” on the front bumper of the truck" as a slang for very cool. One day, pre-9/11, he was upset with cuts to city art funding and decided to park the truck, heart and all, in Seattle's main square to draw attention to the arts. Needless to say, the police interpreted the graffiti on his truck literally and the artiest ended-up in jail for a month which essentially ruined his life. OK, cops panicking in the heat of the moment you might expect, but if in the cold light of day prosecutors and the courts have such a problem handling slang, what are the chances some brainless code will be able to handle it?

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 5, Insightful) 221

Four steps would do much to clean up the problems:
1) Raise the salary floor to $100k from the current $60k
2) Force employers to pay a 10% tax on that salary
3) Create a bidding structure based on the minimum guaranteed salary those employees are willing to pay those H1B employees. Currently there is a lottery for employers to get these slots. That should stop. If an employer is willing to guaranteed a $200k salary then they go ahead of the bottom feeders only willing to pay $100k in the order of allocations
3) End jobbing out these employees in body shops.
We are only supposed to be bringing in the most needed skills and those with the highest demand skills would be paid the highest (or at least according to knee jerk capitalist dogma). I would expect this to bring in a lot more cardiac surgeons and a lot fewer share point admins.

Comment Regarding frequencies in the application (Score 4, Informative) 24

APPENDIX A - PROPOSED FREQUENCY BANDS
Base / Downlink (MHz) * Mobile / Uplink (MHz)
734-746 704-716
746-756 777-787
791-821 832-862
869-894 824-849
1805-1880 1710-1785
1930-1990 1850-1910
1930-1995 1850-1915
2110-2155 1710-1755
2110-2170 1920-1980

* A limited number of channels would be used within the bands specified above, and applicant will change channels when necessary to avoid interference. Amazon will not operate on channels deployed by licensees in the public safety, aeronautical, or public coast radio services. In addition, the company will monitor the operations of other licensees and users before commencing transmissions to avoid interference.

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