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Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev

Bottlemaster Re:Everything is easier today! (105 comments)

If the point is that you can still do old school low frequency projects from the ground up ...

... then everything is easier today!

about 10 months ago
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Nissan's Crash-Free R&D: 7 Cute Robots Mimicking Bees and Fish

Bottlemaster Re:a wet blanket (105 comments)

If they are planning on releasing this thing on the road in the next six years, they need to have tech that is just being refined at this point.

The article is about research into different ways to organize traffic among autonomous vehicles. Its practicality will be limited until manual driving is banned, and it's not at all necessary for their 2020 goal. The first autonomous vehicles will be designed to operate among unpredictable manually-driven cars and will drive in lines like the rest of us.

1 year,4 days
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One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

Bottlemaster Re:The real downside. (362 comments)

PHP's biggest problem are the 90%+ of the "PHP Programmers" who are abhorrently bad at programming in general, and think they're programmers simply because they wrote a little bit of HTML with embedded PHP, or installed Wordpress *shudder*.

I think it's biggest problem is the 90%+ of "PHP Programmers" who are abhorrently bad at programming in general and think they're programmers simply because they implement/maintain PHP itself.

about 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

Bottlemaster Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

I didn't believe you on the $10k for a new 1992 F-150, but a quick Googling reveals that you're about right. Still, adjusting for inflation, the price of an F-150 hasn't changed much over the last few 20-year intervals with the exception that, adjusting for inflation, a 2012 model costs ~20% more than a 1992 model did. I admit that 20% is significant, but there are other manufacturers with offerings more in line with the 1992 price. If people are hurting over the cost of a new truck, I don't think it's because the cost has changed.

Also, those cheap, rugged, and forever-lasting trucks are still around, and farmers can still go buy them. New cars, like new sofas, are a luxury and always have been. I drive a $40k car; I paid $10k for it used.

more than 2 years ago
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Where's HAL 9000?

Bottlemaster Re:It's not just specialization, there is also fea (269 comments)

The bits of paper, the room, the rule-book, and tortured subject in the room are completely irrelevant to the CRA.

But then all we have are some misguided conclusions based on easily-refuted axioms. Without the cute analogy, there'd be nothing to talk about.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Now Offering Free Recycling For PCs

Bottlemaster Re:Great idea (172 comments)

I don't get it. In my country, any store selling electronics is required by law to accept old electronics of the same type for recycling, free of charge, regardless of whether it was sold at that store or not. Isn't this a common practice?

It is common practice to recycle equipment free of charge. It's also common to include in the original sale a deposit which is returned to the customer when the equipment is brought back for recycling.

Apple's program pays (with store credit) people for recycling their used electronics. Whose country is better now?

about 3 years ago
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Eben Upton Talks About the Raspberry Pi USB Computer

Bottlemaster Re:Economies of scale (82 comments)

180 million units per year for Linux based Android platforms does funny things to pricepoints and toolchains.

For instance?

You can get a full-blown Linux that supports programming in C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, Ada, and Go through the GNU Compiler Collection - and drivers to support all of these for almost any imaginable peripheral in a generation one platform.

Only the Go front-end showed up after Android, and while I'm a fan of Go, it really isn't a significant language right now. Otherwise, we have spent the last several years (before Android) enjoying the rest of the features you mentioned.

And pricepoint? It was all free to begin with.

about 3 years ago
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Escaping Infinite Loops

Bottlemaster Re:Illiac had infinite loop detection (204 comments)

It's simple to do in Linux.
cat /dev/mem > /dev/pcm
You can also find a memory image of each process in /proc/[pid]/mem .

more than 2 years ago
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Car Window Touchscreens

Bottlemaster Re:More expensive crap that will break (125 comments)

Personally I like a nice crisp day where the temp is -10F with little to no wind.

I respect your effort, but I'd like to point out that the Canadian to which you responded will object that -10F is not even close to crisp. The minimum conditions to satisfy "crisp" is -35F with 25 mph winds, and this is still considered brisk and invigorating.

more than 3 years ago
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Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education

Bottlemaster Re:The problem... (496 comments)

Administrators that are worthless getting paid 20X-30X of what the teachers get paid.

Do you really think school district employees are making 7-figure salaries? Salaries for executives will likely be two to three times the median, but most administrative staff is not making more than teachers.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenBSD Marches Toward 5.0 Release

Bottlemaster Re:OpenBSD Rock Solid OS without fluf. (112 comments)

You are comparing a complete distribution to a kernel? Try comparing it (and it's pathetic application and arch support) to a decent one running the linux kernel.

That's the problem: the Linux kernel is more capable (in terms of features, performance, and other areas I have not thought to list), but there is no decent Linux distribution. Userspace is what matters, and OpenBSD is simply the best Unix/Unix-like distribution out there. As a bonus, the kernel is good enough, clearly-written, and extremely well-documented.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenBSD Marches Toward 5.0 Release

Bottlemaster Re:OpenBSD Rock Solid OS without fluf. (112 comments)

It doesn't support as much hardware as Linux, of course, but it's still pretty good. Anecdotally, I personally haven't had a device supported by Linux but not OpenBSD, but I have run into devices supported by OpenBSD but not FreeBSD.

more than 3 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

Bottlemaster Re:How about with some flavor (840 comments)

Oh yeah, don't forget to throw it away if it comes in a can. Cans are for garbage.

No, cans are for recycling. The nearest glass recycling plant is well over a thousand miles away from me, so bottles go in the garbage. Cans also keep out light, which I understand can affect the flavor of the beer.

Cans are better for the beer and less wasteful. A few of the microbreweries in my city have started canning their most popular brews for these reasons.

more than 3 years ago
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Saturn's Super Storm

Bottlemaster Re:In Perspective (73 comments)

At 3000 miles wide, this "storm" is about 40% the diameter of the Earth.

Typhoon Tip was 1380 miles in diameter, so 3000 miles isn't that impressive considering the difference in size between Earth and Saturn.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

Bottlemaster Re:Me fail English? Thats unpossible! (223 comments)

It's more akin to a typo than ignorance.

This definitely depends. The other day I saw a truck with artwork on the rear windshield of its cab. It read "If You Ain't First Your Last", and true to the message, the driver took great pains to be the first to arrive at each red light. It's less likely to be a typo when you pay money to render six words and display them, essentially, on your person, and more likely to be due to either ignorance or a lack of pride. I see similar things all the time.

more than 3 years ago
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8 of China's Top 9 Govt. Officials Are Engineers

Bottlemaster Re:Yes, population control makes sense (403 comments)

In other words the problems in Africa have everything to do with too weak governments or with no government at all (think Somalia). A thug running a diamond business, monopolizing a country's institutions is not 'government', it's a thug running a diamond business who managed to kill or control all other thugs and thus managed to monopolize. Dictatorship is the ultimate end game of free-for-all archeo-capitalism: the big fish has eaten all the small fish.

In other words the problems in Africa have everything to do with the wrong kinds of governments or with several competing governments, all of them the wrong kinds (think Somalia). Dictatorships and warlords are governments. Though you may be very fond of certain governments, the word still applies to the ones which don't meet your personal moral standards of righteousness or legitimacy. It's a neutral term.
Also, cults are religions.

more than 3 years ago
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Places With the Most Wikipedia Articles

Bottlemaster Re:No, Poland (37 comments)

If I click "Random Article" a few times, it'll soon come up with a village in Poland - a lot more often than France.

That's because the "Random Article" link generates and tries random strings of characters until it creates one that matches an existing article. Polish villages are overrepresented because Poles use random strings of characters as place names.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

Bottlemaster Re:Well then, who does create jobs? (730 comments)

They have the option to opt out of society, for example by moving to Somalia. What they can't do is reap the benefits of living in a modern, civilised, industrial society without paying for it, which seems to be what most Libertarians want to do, any more than I can enjoy the benefits of a new laptop without paying for it.

I'll help you with your laptop analogy.

Purchasing the laptop is mandatory, and you are required to purchase a specific model of laptop based on where you were born and where your parents were born. In Somalia you can choose from several manufacturers, but their products all suck. However, in Somalia you can choose not to buy a laptop at all but only if you start your own laptop manufacturer. Libertarians don't want a laptop at all.

But anyway, I would like to know why the libertarians, and not you, are expected to leave their homeland for Somalia? I personally think you both have as much right to be here.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

Bottlemaster Re:I think it's kinda silly (1002 comments)

Could you write serious code without any reference material at all?

By "serious", do you mean the actual definition this time, or do you mean "only the kind of code that I write" again?

If your references were jammed onto your programming screen, how might that affect your productivity?

It would probably have a negative effect, but I use a serious window manager which does more than just jam things onto screens.

more than 3 years ago

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