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Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

Baron_Yam Re:It's more like a stunt to me (229 comments)

I work in a unionized environment. All wages are in contractual 'bands', every job is evaluated and placed in an appropriate band based on required skill, risk, shift, education, etc.

This means that, within the band, we all know each other's pay if we bother to look up a job classification and leaf through to the most recent contract's appendix.

We all seem to continue working without being at each other's throats.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

Baron_Yam Re:That's how it feels (383 comments)

Indeed. Snowden should release a letter of regret to the NSA, thanking them for their interest but indicating he can neither confirm nor deny possession of any NSA files as a matter of personal security.

about 8 months ago
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Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

Baron_Yam Re:Movie ad's disguised as science news? (545 comments)

I read all I needed to with Howard Taylor's review - weak sci-fi could have been saved by pretty visuals, ruined by shakey-cam.

They can't advertise it enough to convince me, now. I wouldn't even pirate a shakey-cam movie.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

Baron_Yam Re:Pride (139 comments)

Actually, I think your analysis is off. Their real problem, in my opinion, is that they never got their systems working smoothly.

Configuring a BB server is a bitch, and it all depends on connectivity to RIM, which is a dumbass move. Then they put out several generations of handset that failed during normal use due to design flaws, and then they rolled out BB10 which doesn't sync as well as the older system, and crippled their companion tablets in the process instead of providing the software upgrade they'd promised.

If they'd have run their corporate and consumer sides as seperate platforms, done some decent usability and QA testing, made sure their systems required only connectivity to their home server with a phone-home to RIM only to register a BBM address... they'd probably still own the corporate world. Instead, they screwed up each time they made a change - improving some things, but damaging others.

When all the employees (and, more importantly, the management) want Android/iOS, it's very, very important to keep the techies happy so we can articulate why BlackBerry is a much better choice for security, control, and TCO. We can't do that anymore, at least not strongly enough to justify sticking with the BlackBerry platform.

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Baron_Yam Re:Put simply; yes (759 comments)

If you try to strike this woman down, every woman with a militant feminist agenda will stand up and scream 'patriarchy!'.

The best you can hope for is that ignoring her leads to the problem going away - because keeping her in the limelight is almost certainly going to result in people creating policies to 'protect' everyone, and the reasonable voices will be drowned out, partially because they don't make as good news copy and partially because the reasonable people generally have something other than 'advocacy' to engage in, and are busy with it.

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Baron_Yam Imagine a world where... (759 comments)

Pycon put out a statement that it was regrettable somebody was oversensitive and overreacted to something mildly offensive.

That under these particular circumstances it might have been best if the offended party had expressed the fact that she was offended directly to those offending her (as they were not the least bit threatening) or perhaps escalated it to Pycon security.

That Adria Richards was banned from all future events for violating Pycon privacy policies and making a hostile environment for all attendees, and the developers banned for a year for their part.

Imagine a world where Pycon did that, and stated that there would be no changes in policy as a result of the 'donglegate' effect, because no Pycon policy was an issue in the events as they unfolded.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

Baron_Yam I need an agent first (379 comments)

I need an AI to watch the video for me, erase the boring stuff and duplicate things, and flag and tag everything else based on date & time & categories and people involved, transcribe all conversations, do OCR on everything in front of me, plus make a nice searchable index.

Otherwise I'll never be able to find anything interesting out of the giant heap of boring in my life if I'm ever so lucky as to have something worth reliving actually happen to me.

about a year and a half ago
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Utilities Racing To Secure Electric Grid

Baron_Yam The best defence is interdependence (113 comments)

China benefits from a functional United States. So long as the benefits outweigh any prize that would remove them in the taking, Americans are fairly safe from Chinese attack.

about a year and a half ago
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Publisher Sues University Librarian Over His Personal Blog Posts

Baron_Yam The perfect response (126 comments)

Institutions of higher learning across country should issue a joint statement banning that publisher's books from being sold in on-campus bookstores (new or used) or being required material in any course.

They're against academic freedom, they can kiss academic support goodbye, right?

It's not like there aren't other publishers.

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry 10 Review: Good, But Too Late?

Baron_Yam Re:My Playbook Review (184 comments)

My Playbook does VOIP and video calling. The app was free, too.

BBM is through a tethered connection to my phone, though my Playbook has an option for its own cellular data connection. I've no idea if that would make it BBM capable, I'm not going to pay for a second connection to find out when the Bluetooth link reaches throughout my home and my office.

You can load Android apps on it if you wish, though you do need a bit of knowledge or just some Google-Fu to find the instructions on how to do it.

about a year and a half ago
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Updated Model Puts Earth On the Edge of the Habitable Zone

Baron_Yam Re:GW solution (264 comments)

Procrastinator. :P

Also, still 800 million years before the Earth becomes too hot to be inhabitable. We're probably fine not even putting up some kind of shielding for a few million years yet, so long as nothing happens to radically change the atmosphere's heat retention or albedo.

about a year and a half ago
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Updated Model Puts Earth On the Edge of the Habitable Zone

Baron_Yam Re:GW solution (264 comments)

>If we're worried about Earth not being in the habitable zone it's far easier to do something to change the amount of sunlight hitting the Earth* than to move the planet.

Except that the Sun is heating up and expanding. The day will come when the Earth will be inside the Sun... probably not for very long, though.

I expect that for a longer term solution, moving the Earth further from the Sun is both more practical and more effective that attempting to shield it.

about a year and a half ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

Baron_Yam Re:As intended. (586 comments)

Boy, are you presenting a logical, reasoned argument backed up by history to the wrong crowd.

Slashdot's really gone downhill since I last was hanging around. It's getting more like Fark every day.

about a year and a half ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

Baron_Yam Re:Last question in summary is very insightful (586 comments)

Now, what are we going to do for a living after everything's been automated?

This isn't the problem. The real problem is, 'How are we going to allocate resources without work as a measurement of worth?'

about a year and a half ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Baron_Yam Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

This astroturfing paid for by Microsoft.

about a year and a half ago
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Schmidt On Why Tax Avoidance is Good, Robot Workers, and Google Fiber

Baron_Yam Corporations never really pay tax anyway (780 comments)

No matter what a corporation pays, they just pass the expense on to the consumer.

The only time corporate tax works is when it taxes a company who's primary income is in another nation. How often does that happen?

In the end, there's only one true income source to tax, and that's citizens. You can tax them on what they own, what they make, and what they do. That's it. Everything else is juggling accounts so it's harder to tell it's all coming out of the same wallet.

about a year and a half ago
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Bradley Manning (WikiLeaks Source) Given Hearing After 2 Years In Jail

Baron_Yam Re:crime and punishment (369 comments)

Depends on the crime. Crime of passion? Never. Violent crime due to rage issues / drugs / etc. Never.

All sorts of other crimes can be deterred if the threat of punishment outweighs the perceived cost. Not 100% of the time, but it'll reduce offence rates.

about a year and a half ago
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Bradley Manning (WikiLeaks Source) Given Hearing After 2 Years In Jail

Baron_Yam Re:crime and punishment (369 comments)

While I agree rehabilitation is a worthy goal, the PRIMARY goal of a justice system should be to prevent offenses. Towards that end punishment is used as a deterrent, detention is used to remove opportunity, and rehabilitation is used to remove motive.

Once somebody has commited a crime, *society* comes first, not the convicted criminal.

That's different from what has allegedly occured here, of course, where excessive punishment that many would call torture has preceded trial.

about a year and a half ago
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The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

Baron_Yam They need a tablet docking station, not a computer (445 comments)

Seriously - put a tablet-sized dock in the centre of the dash, and publish the interface standard. Include connections for power, data to select vehicle systems, audio, and a combo GPS/cellular/FM antenna. Replace the car radio with a DVD drive and a USB connector, plus whatever the current major portable audio connector happens to be.

Sell a factory tablet when the car is new, but sell the developer's kit and let anyone make their own as well.

about a year and a half ago

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Imaging PCs with Ghost on a USB Flash Drive

Baron_Yam Baron_Yam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Baron_Yam (643147) writes "Imagine a large number of non-networked computers that see a lot of use and abuse and as a result need somewhat frequent reimaging.

At first, I used a custom hardware imager that involved opening the case and directly connecting to the HDD. Then I tried using Ghost and a bootable USB flash drive. VERY SLOW. I assumed it was the way the BIOS was handling USB, so I made a custom boot floppy using IOMEGA USB drivers. Very fast, but I need to disable the BIOS USB support and unplug a hub because they each cause the boot floppy's drivers to freeze up.

It turns out that DOS doesn't do a great job of handling I/O between IDE and a USB flash drive, and the conflicts result in a very slow transfer rate — imaging takes roughly 6x longer if I don't use the floppy method. Google, normally my friend, has endless forums where people have gotten about half as far as I have and just assumed it was the BIOS running in USB 1.1 only for some reason.

Little help? I'd love to tune the process to remove the need to unplug hardware and carry around a floppy disk."
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Baron_Yam Baron_Yam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Baron_Yam writes "I've looked around and seen many utilities for displaying live data from an OBD-II source, or logging it. What I'm looking for, however, is the ability to log specific sensor data automatically without having to load a GUI... When I turn on the computer (running XP — sorry), I want it to immediately start logging to a directory of my choice.

If there is something out there that would take inputs from an electronic compass, combine them with the speedometer reading, and create a virtual GPS data stream for a mapping application as well, that would be ideal.

OK, so some of this might scare the tinfoil hat brigade, but it's for ME, not YOU!!!"

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