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Comment Stack Overflow called (Score 1) 338

What do you think we've been doing last few years? Crowd sourcing answers to every bloody coding questions/solution you can think of. Here's how it works. Go to their website (and not just theirs, the Internet hs many websites about this last I checked), type in the coding thing you want done. In seconds it provides you with many different ways to do it, links to knowledgeable folk who actually have done it, and references to libraries and related posts in case maybe someone else actually wrote the requirements of your question better than you did.

Comment For Gig Economy to Scale, We're All Contractors (Score 1) 131

To scale the sheer volumes of drivers to field the demand fares have during heavy events is not possible if everyone has to drive a black limousine and only work as a driver 30+/hours per week with bureaucratic registration regulatory license. Same thing goes for AirBnB and other gig / excess capacity platforms. So I respectfully disagree that ride share drivers should categorically be employees.

Analogy: Lots of beaches and pools have signs indicting swim at your own risk. Must all beaches provide life guards or disallow anyone to swim upon penalty of jail? Who's going to pay for the life guards? Why should skilled safe swimmers pay to subsidize risks of unwise, unskilled, or reckless people with poor swimming skills? The are community pools that do have full life guard staff, but it can not scale to all swim-able bodies of water.

If people want to hitchhike, and a platform makes it easier to match up parties - embrace it. That parties reputations are closely tracked and bad apples are proactively pruned, even better. Lyft pioneered it, Uber copied it, and now Waze/Google is joining the fray. If people want expensive, poor quality, unresponsive taxis and limousine service, well those business are still around and no one is stopping you from using those. But if you want affordable, demand based, agile transportation, or short stay guest rooms, or other sharing resources and you are a consenting adult who understands the term and conditions, let innovation ride and businesses evolve.

Book Plug: Peers Inc by Robin Chase

Comment AirPlay just became less stable without AirPorts? (Score 1) 238

I have an ASUS WiFI router and a TimeCapsule WiFi.

AirPlay is way more reliable and consistent over the Apple WiFi than the non-Apple products for some reason. Like multi-cast AirPlay device discovery is more optimized on Apple gear. I really like using highly reliable Apple Express remote AirPlay audio, but wonder if those too will be discontinued?

I mean I know more people listen to music now just on their phones, but I happen to like casting it to a real amplifier with nice speakers wireless. With a mini setup as massive music server, I can use WiFI to push music all over the house to wired and wiress speakers - something bluetooth isn't really able to handle.

Pondering this one.

Comment Joe 6 pack best 3D experience = TV + couch (Score 1) 125

Putting a 'bag' over your to pretend you are in a different world doesn't really make a game or entertainment more enjoyable.

IMAX and HD theaters do a very good job bring you into other worlds - yet increasingly people are preferring the convenience of watching stuff on their smart phones - with augmented reality like Pokemon Go sort of mixing things up a bit, but still its and app on your phone that happens to be mobile x connected x GPU enabled.

A good FPS on an XBOX / Playstation / Steam PC sitting on couch with chat headset is incredibly immersive and no 3D goggles are needed.

Comment Android competition (Score 1) 97

Cheap 'poorly supported' Android smart phones with Linux underpinnings provide some licensing income for Google. Google I think also provides some funding for Mozilla. Firefox OS would potentially undermine Google's Android OS, the way Mozilla's free Let's Encrypt service is undermining over priced and deceptive SSL certificate vendors - which to me is a GOOD thing.

Me thinks Mozilla Firefox OS has a rather large addressable market for free / low cost smart phone and TV's that Google would rather get licensing fees for. Expect there is a memo from Google to Mozilla about withdrawing Mozilla funding if Firefox OS becomes a viable threat to Google Android licensing.

I would like to see a viable mobile OS besides iOS and Android. Browsers and connected apps are the killer use case for mobile devices, it really shouldn't just be Apple and Google, I think eventually some form of mobile OS that's essentially free will emerge. Maybe RedHat needs to get into this space with Fedora mobile then?

Comment Samsung doesn't get content, manufacturer mindset (Score 1) 70

The origins of Milk Music were a Silicon Valley startup that essentially rebadged Slacker streaming service (trying to find the startup name ...). Me thinks Samsung had Apple Music envy of some sort and the startup was looking for a exit strategy around 2013. Slacker is still around, and if you like/liked Milk Music, switch over to Slacker's direct access plan and you'll hardly know you're listening to a different service.

The plain truth is Samsung has no Steve Jobs (or legacy contacts of said pioneer) to pursue lucrative media rights to make Milk Music / Video / live sports / ... anything but a sad derivative of other streaming services. Samsung executive eyes were bigger than their stomachs for headaches that media streaming business licensing entails. So even though the app was pretty, had nice UI, it just didn't have compelling content - hence no real user base developed, its overhead / and now its axed.

Samsung excels at building boxes, panels, and appliances which all increasing have little screens to connect to everything else. Music player on your refrigerator anyone?

Comment PS4 seems smooth to me, screw windows (Score 1) 157

That said, kinda of which this had a Minecraft like Mac OS, Windows clients as the universe is stupifyingly vast. And I tend to play similar Minecraft sprawling/wondering around occasionally on whatever machine I happen to have in front of me ... which thought NMS is smooth on PS4, typically is not the machine I have in front of me.

Comment add $30/month = unlimited (Score 1) 180

Have GigaPower in Cupertino, CA.

We're running about 500 GBytes data/month with a 1 Gbps fiber link, its quite fast for only $70/month (though promotion discount $29/month runs out soon). Several binge watching millennials keep it pretty soaked.

For extra $30/month they say they'll allow unlimited data, but doesn't look like any risk of needing that any time soon.

Comment not just photons mass, in cavity space is warping (Score 1) 532

If this was just about photons having mass, well then simple flash lights would be showing similar thrust. But they don't as such measurements show flashlights demonstrate much much much less thrust by directly emitting photons.

This thing is warping space slightly within the cavity, and whatever net inertia due to the microwave photons slinging back and forth inside the cavity is not balanced - resulting in a much larger thrust than emitted photons from a flash light.

Somewhere somebody suggest attaching some these thrusters to the ISS to keeps its altitude trimmed without needing to refuel - couldn't hurt to try?

Comment Re:This is how it begins... (Score 1) 43

At some point upgraded to U-Verse FTN in Cupertino, CA. Then considered reverting to competitors classic DSL after most of our indoor phone jacks stopped working only to find AT&T no longer offered twisted pair back to the CO - gotcha! At least they rolled out direct fiber (GigaPower) a few months later (1 Gbps!), which is faster than my 10+ year old cat 5 wiring room to room can handle :-/

Goodbye POTS, but now more than ever ISP's need to have lower service levels (up to 10mps?) abide by common carrier rules legacy POTS used to extend to citizens of the US.

Somehow I see 5G+ as becoming compelling alternative to 1 Gbps fiber to residential homes/buildings ... if you can get reliable 1+ Gbps without fiber to home wirelessly, sure saves a lot of install hassle both outside and inside the home. Still there is something comforting about having wire/fiber terminating on one's property, and being able to decide if wire of wireless distributes Internet elsewhere to across property ... even if at increased personal expense.

Comment Spectrum Slice Width, Auto frequency negotiation (Score 1) 160

2.4 GHz originally had a very narrow spectrum slice to work with (barely 2 reasonably isolated channels), making it difficult for multiple WiFi networks to be coincident. 5 GHz started life with wider spectrum slice of about 12 reasonably isolated channels - making it much more difficult for coincident WiFi networks to collide.

For remote aircraft/drones, the relatively recent 2.4 GHz spread spectrum remote control system has dramatically simplified allowing multiple users in the same area to not walk on each others signals (rather important to avoid remote control aircraft malfunctions).

Depending on the width of the 900 MHz spectrum slice, if it provide 10+ reasonably isolated channels, and some form of channel auto negotiation, then the additional range will be a welcome benefit for modest bandwidth wireless applications.

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