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Comment Full PC = barcode scanner (Score 1) 210

A piece of custom industrial equipment had a barcode scanner that malfunctioned due to an employee cleaning the wrong thing with the a steam wand. At the end of the day the barcode scanner was just a generic off the shelf one with a custom cable based on RS-232, but where 24V power was run along one of the lines. I used a cheap-o USB Motorola point-of-sale scanner, a mini-PC with 20 lines of code, and two XBee test units (one RS-232, one USB) to build a temporary replacement.

The kicker is how the replacement got to us, in Portland, OR. The new barcode unit was manufactured by MetroLogic, headquartered in Eugene, OR, about 2 hours south. The country of origin was the Philippines, and it was sent to Denmark for the after-market custom cable assembly, before being send to us. That one part had to be designed, manufactured, and modified in a literal around-the-world trip. Thank you Friedman.

Comment Re:Sounds like what Sun did (Score 1) 525

Visual Studio Express has been free to download and to use to develop products with for nearly a decade. That series is a fully usable IDE for developing .NET applications. Yes, the Standard, Professional, etc. line added more features like extensions and ALM integration, but they were definitely market features.

This is just the next step in the race to the bottom. Microsoft intends to make money via the Azure path, but it'll be through ease-of-use or ease-of-transition to use Azure features in Visual Studio for the whole world of .Net developers out there. I very very very much doubt they'd do it via the explicit extortion scheme you're talking about.

Comment Re:Human models (Score 2) 140

Anecdotal evidence, not scientifically controlled. A company seeks & the FDA has approve a chemical for the treatment of a specific condition. If they find additional uses, there is a whole additional battery of analysis on dosing, side-effects, etc. that needs to be done. 8mg of asprin a day to help improve heart health for some folks, but 400mg every 4 hours to treat clotting conditions. Same drug, very different uses, separately validated & approved.

Submission + - It's Dumb to Tell Kids They're Smart 1

theodp writes: Over at Khan Academy, Salman Khan explains Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart. "Recently," writes Khan, "I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach." According to Dr. Carol Dweck, who Khan cites, the secret to raising smart kids is not telling kids that they are. A focus on effort — not on intelligence or ability — says Dweck, is key to success in school and in life

Comment Cheap Headless version (Score 1) 681

I know this is flame-bait, but I'd love to get a headless / CLI-only version of Windows 9 for a discounted price. My company has a very small IT department and the whole company is Windows-based. We literally don't have the resources to learn & maintain Linux, especially since most of our vendors' hardware is also based on various flavors of Windows. Easily 30-40% of our Windows licenses are for headless devices controlling various bits of machinery, and it pains me to pay $100+ on a $500 computer for something we'll never hook a monitor to after the first day.

Comment Re:Chaos (Score 1) 277

The concept is to set up a painful BATNA - best alternative to negotiated agreement - so that if the parties *fail* to come to a compromise, then this ugly thing will happen. It builds a common ground and an incentive for all parties to NOT let negotiation fall through. The idea is that you'll all put your big boy pants on and it will never come to pass. But because of the myopic needs and wants of the electorate who put these jarheads in power, the Congress is playing chicken to serve primarily the needs of the few that elected them and not for the betterment of the entire country. Hell, we still manufacture bayonets for the army because it is some stupid pork for a congressman to placate his district with "jobs".

Comment Re:Cool idea, but never happen... (Score 1) 368

Nuclear energy was supposed to usher in an era where electricity was too cheap to meter based on per capita consumption at the time. Not quite what happened, but use has exploded ( Probably the same thing will happen if this approach ever takes off - people will continue to consume, either at home or via proxy in industry, transportation, and commerce, more and more energy to support 1st world lifestyles.

Comment Re:Just happy to see a Republican supporting scien (Score 1) 457

Financial aid is "need-based" If you can't pay the tuition, they kick in to help you. This is NOT a factor of just household income - more of disposable income.

Point and case, I attended the 10 year reunion at my alma matter. The chancellor had a slide in his presentation showing the total $ of financial aid (vertical) by reported income (typically parents, on the horizontal). I was flabbergasted to see families making $300k+ annually getting aid, but .... if they are sending 5 kids to college and have a mortgage that breaks them, then yeah, they have "need" too. Doesn't mean the rich get a free ride, but not everyone needs to be dirt poor to need a helping hand.

Comment OR - Dropped off my ballot yesterday (Score 2) 821

I live in Oregon and registered voters were mailed ballots about two weeks ago, along with a nice booklet with candidate-, party-, and interested-party-provided information. I was able to read and research in depth each of the candidates and measures and make an informed decision for each of my choices. Best and easiest ballot experience of my life. I could have mailed it in, but decided to drop it off at the local library instead. No lines, no muss, no fuss, no hanging chads or mis-calibrated touch screens. No pressure to vote quickly.

Comment Re:It says they priced the IPO PERFECTLY... (Score 1) 471

A particular company is "worth" so much. That worth is usually defined by the vast majority of professional investors as the time-value of all future earnings (or some finite horizon, like 5 years) plus the market value of all assets including land, inventory, intellectual property, trademarks, etc. less actual (accounts payable) or expected (lawsuits) amounts due. Divide that over the number of shares outstanding and voila you have a stock price.

In FB's case, the future earnings may be pretty dang low, but think about their assets: the voluntarily provided demographic specifics several HUNDRED MILLION people. That's a marketer's wet-dream. That's a huge asset that would be almost impossible to (legally) obtain in any other way, making it an incredibly valuable resource. They just haven't figured out how to /really/ tap into it without causing an uproar, thus expected earnings are low.

Love it or hate it (and I personally hate it), they do have some potential for big big earnings, even if they just hock their user list & details.

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