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Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 240

As it happens you do have a choice. That choice is moving closer to work, closer to shops, and closer to other people. It might inconvenience you slightly to live like the rest of humanity, but unless you have a pressing need to be way out there, you really shouldn't be.

Yeah, and costs 10x more to do so. The long commute is what we trade to be able to afford to live comfortably, save for college etc..

Comment Accountability (Score 1) 587

I expect my employees to not only be responsible for their product, but accountable for the quality of it. Maintaining data integrity and security is worth paying for. Also, it directly translates into revenue for the company. Like a chef, use cheap ingredients and have a cheap (low quality) product... nobody will come back to your restaurant.

Comment Re:Or just use MythTV (Score 1) 49

It existed for those that wanted something approaching an appliance, and/or were afraid of this "linux" thing and did not know where to start.

If you were afraid of this "linux thing", then Mythbuntu would be the last place you'd end up. Just like people bye Rokus or Plex enabled TVs or an of the vendor provided media streaming solutions that you directly connect to your TV. Also see "buying a home router".

Comment Re:Problem solved (Score 1) 290

The rest of the civilized world has solved this problem, it's called paid sick leave.

That's *IF* the sick coworkers take it. I know far too many people that come in sick because, "They don't want to get their spouses and children sick."

So instead, they and their hacking cough come into the office and put 100s of other families at risk. I wonder if this stems from when they were children and their mother told them, "You're not sick enough to stay home."

Comment As reliable as a iPhone touch sensor? (Score 1) 425

The touch sensor on my iPhone doesn't work if there's the least amount of water on my thumb. Now this isn't a huge problem for me, but if I had to defend my family and the gun wouldn't fire because my fingers were wet or had a foreign substance on it (say grease from food I was eating)... that's a whole different story.

Submission + - HPE Begins layoffs (

An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a cloud, server and storage company that split from Hewlett Packard in late 2015, laid off an undisclosed number of employees today in North America.

HPE spokeswoman Meghan Fintland acknowledged in an email that “previously announced restructuring changes took place today,” including “workforce changes that are part of a company-wide strategy to give HPE the needed workforce to be a more nimble customer and partner-centric company.”

Comment Re:They've created search anxiety!! (Score 1) 113

I was shocked recently when I tried to upgrade my laptop which I bought 6-7 years ago for around $800. Almost every laptop I looked at had considerably worse specs than what I currently use.

Citation please that a 6-7year old laptop is a better value than what you can buy now.

Submission + - Discrimination charges filed against Yahoo (

An anonymous reader writes: Scott Ard who worked for Yahoo for 3 ½ years until January 2015, is now editor-in-chief of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Within a year and a half those top managers were more than 80 percent female.” The lawsuit said. “Kathy Savitt, CMO, has publicly expressed support for increasing the number of women in media and has intentionally hired and promoted women because of their gender, while terminating, demoting or laying off male employees because of their gender. Additionally, Ard's lawsuit also claims that Yahoo illegally fired large numbers of workers ousted under a performance-rating system imposed by Mayer.

Theranos To Shut Down Its Blood-Testing Facilities, Shrink Workforce By 40% ( 66

tripleevenfall quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Theranos Inc. said it will shut down its blood-testing facilities and shrink its workforce by more than 40% (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source). The company said it had 790 full-time employees as of August 1. The moves mark a dramatic retreat by the Palo Alto, Calif., company and founder Elizabeth Holmes from their core strategy of offering a long menu of low-price blood tests directly to consumers. Those ambitions already were endangered by crippling regulatory sanctions that followed revelations by The Wall Street Journal of shortcomings in Theranos's technology and operations. Theranos later voided all results from its proprietary device for 2014 and 2015, though the company said it wasn't aware of any patient harm resulting form its tests. Ms. Holmes said in a statement: "We will return our undivided attention to our miniLab platform. Our ultimate goal is to commercialize miniaturized, automated laboratories capable of small-volume sample testing, with an emphasis on vulnerable patient populations, including oncology, pediatrics, and intensive care."

Comment That's the whole point, isn't it ? (Score 1) 117

First, let me try to shed some light on what "hardware project" is, comparing it to a "software project". But before that, let me introduce myself, and introduce what I do in regards to Open Source, and my still active projects.

I am the author of ZPUino, which is a SoC (System on a Chip) targeted at FPGAs although it can be built on an ASIC. ZPU (Zylin CPU [1], which is the "core" of ZPUino) was not designed by me, in terms of its ISA (Instruction Set Architecture). The ZPU core inside ZPUino is however much different from the original ZPU, featuring a fully pipelined design and yielding very very good performance, whilst maintaining the "small" footprint as originaly designed. It would not be possible to design, implement and "ship" this version of ZPU unless Zylin had a highly permissive license - BSD.

ZPUino merges this enhanced ZPU core (ZPU Extreme core, written by me) with a huge set of devices, as commonly seen in a SoC. So we have, as open-source hardware: UART SPI Timers Interrupt LED HDMI VGA I2C, Memory SRAM SDRAM DDR plus many other eccentric controllers you cannot find in regular SoCs like those in rPI. All those are Open-Source, and the HW design is released on BSD license - so anyone can benefit from them even without giving back. [sorry for lack of commas, the lame filter kicked in]

This is a hardware project. The designs are hardware designs, and despite being written in VHDL, does not make it software. You can not say that, since it's not a printed circuit board, and no wires to see, that it is not a hardware project. Hardware projects describe hardware primitives and interconnections.

Still, they are described using languages, much similar to how software is (for example, VHDL is very close to ADA, which is still widely used in the space industry). PCBs, schematics, can also be described in languages (think EDIF) - as well as their outputs (thing GERBER and DRILL). So there is no much difference between software and hardware here.

Now, back to the "cloning" topic: someone said "chinese clone them all, does not need to be open source" - and this is correct. Your design is not protected just because you did not open it. If you require protection, seek patents and trademarks. And if someone massively clones your HW and SW, you're a hell of a lucky guy you made something people want (cause it does sell, otherwise no one would clone it), you just seem to miss the target price point.

Plus, you can for sure give added value from buying the original product. Arduino (they seem to have reach an agreement today) sells their own HW at 20x price you can buy from china. Still they do sell, and they are not bothered by it - it is expected.

If you want to go open, go open and they clone. If you want to close it, they will open it and clone. How can you benefit from all those clones ? That's the big question.


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