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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Coward Anonymous Confirms that Apple's strategy is correct (415 comments)

Mechanical watches were so ridiculously convenient and useful that people would gladly wind their watches once a day. Similarly, if the Apple Watch proves convenient and useful, people will gladly charge it once a day.

Of course, the most myopic aspect of these articles is the unwritten presumption that today's state of the art will never improve. Yes, Apple Watch will need to be charged once a day for the next couple of years, but charge times are going to improve tremendously as Moore's Law continues to plug along. The Apple Watch will improve in a way analogous to the way mechanical and later quartz watches improved far beyond the limitations of the original pocket watches and wristwatches.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Coward Anonymous My experience with hiring Ph.Ds (479 comments)

Most feel they can hand wave through their technical interviews by citing some abstraction that while possibly correct doesn't actually solve the problem presented. If you are interviewing for a software position, hand waving doesn't write code.
Many others feel the technical questions are beneath them and refuse to answer very basic questions that are used to simply weed out the vast sea of know nothings.

If you fall into either of these camps, you have a problem. Your response to the STL question hints you may be suffering from the latter problem.

The question about the STL containers is not "overly technical". It's just stupid.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Coward Anonymous Jailbroken iPhone 4s git SCM (287 comments)

I currently have a retired iPhone 4s serving primarily as a git server. Also useful as an SSH tunnel into the home network; to view IP cameras remotely without exposing them to the outside world, for example.

The 4s replaced a 3Gs that replaced a 3G that replaced a long serving, flash only, nslu2 running CVS and later SVN.

Of the bunch, the 4s is the first device that is indistinguishable over the network, performance wise, from PC workstations I've worked with. I imagine the 5, 5s and 6/6+ must be fantastic.

It is available, compact, mobile, has a built in screen and keyboard, and 24 hour UPS battery backup with plenty of oomph and storage for a git server and much more. What's not to love?

about 4 months ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

Coward Anonymous Re:My uninformed guess (89 comments)

De-coupling code is great. However, code refactoring should have no detrimental effects on end user experience. If it does, you are doing it wrong.

Your explanation implies a tail wagging the dog.

about 9 months ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

Coward Anonymous Corporate Lobbying and reform sabotage? (142 comments)

The reason this relic still exists is likely explained at 0:41 into the video where you can see the words "Iron Mountain" above the entrance. What can be processed with a few low power computers in a rack for a few hundred dollars a year is generating a mountain of cash for Iron Mountain in rental and consulting "fees".

Follow the money.

about 10 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Coward Anonymous The Pirate Bay (983 comments)

All your friend's music and movies are already there.

about a year ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Coward Anonymous Tesla will not cave on this (387 comments)

It is not a coincidence that Tesla has no dealerships. It likely never will.

This strong-arming is a perfect example for the reason. Dealerships wield in an inordinate amount of political power in their regions. The result hash been that once a manufacturer grants a dealership license to a dealership in a certain area, it is perpetual, geographically exclusive and irrevocable by the manufacturer. Unheard of conditions in practically any other business.

Tesla will sooner open its own dealerships across Ohio's state lines. The lost sales taxes will eventually prove irresistible to the coin operated legislature.

about a year ago

VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Coward Anonymous Wild exaggeration (683 comments)

The comparison is inappropriate.

At the same time, I do understand the disgust with the neo-luddites of SF and their alarming witch hunt - it is a mob.

1 year,2 days

Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

Coward Anonymous Problem in Europe? (408 comments)

Now that Europe is mandating the existing micro-USB for all phones are they going to modify the mandate to include this connector or is it too late for that and Europeans will not be able to enjoy this marvelous new connector?

about a year ago

Online Car Retailer Launching Nation's First Car "Vending Machine"

Coward Anonymous Re:This issue was solved years ago (99 comments)

No, the real reason the whole car buying experience is horrific is that there is no competition, by law. Car dealerships have indefinite, irrevocable monopolies in the regions they cover due to historical events that occurred 90 years ago. The real solution is to erase outdated laws, break the monopolies and open the market to real competition.

Here is a podcast about it:


about a year ago

Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

Coward Anonymous Drive it in Belgium (722 comments)

I propose Google set their cars free in Belgium. If they can prove that they drive safely through Belgium I'll be somewhat convinced.

Why Belgium you ask? Belgium has a very extreme interpretation of yielding right of way at intersections to traffic coming from your right. So extreme that it often extends to blind intersections where you might not even be able to see there is a road intersecting on your right (think alleys in towns). You need to be familiar with the roads in question to know where to yield, otherwise there is no way for you to know what to do.

about a year ago

Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Coward Anonymous Classic EU bureaucracy (791 comments)

Let's mandate an inferior standard and kill a superior standard so everyone can be the same on paper.

If you bothered to ask iPhone owners, you would find three things:

1. They enjoyed the same 30-pin connector for nearly a decade (a decade!) while other handset makers changed their connector and chargers for every new handset. They will likely enjoy the clearly superior Lightning connector for another decade.
2. They have no beef with their connector, or the cable - it works really well.
3. They don't care what Android is using or dream of having a compatible connector because they don't have an Android handset.

It's uniformity for the sake of a pencil pusher's concept of uniformity - not for consumers.

about a year ago

Senators Push To Preserve NSA Phone Surveillance

Coward Anonymous FISA most be abolished (252 comments)

It's too convenient an escape hatch for anything the government wants to sweep under the rug.

about a year ago

US, Russia Agree On Plan To Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Coward Anonymous Re:I still want... (256 comments)


The chemical weapons attack in Syria was a small one. It included a relatively small number of rockets with a small total payload on a single night. It managed
to kill ~1.5% of those killed in the Syrian civil war. In one night. It killed at 10x the rate of the rest of the war.

The Syrian population is largely defenseless against it (unlike a prepared military in WWI, for example) as nobody has supplies of gas masks and related protective gear. This was a small attack. Full scale attacks could wipe out entire rebel held cities of largely unprotected civilians overnight.

about a year ago

Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

Coward Anonymous IRS is next (144 comments)

It's only natural.

about a year and a half ago

Welcome To the 'Sharing Economy'

Coward Anonymous Re:Commercial activities on domestic levels (153 comments)

At some point you have to stop living in fear.
Stuff can go wrong - that's life. The correct thing to do is to go on with life, not find someone to blame so you can sue them. Somewhere this simple concept has been lost on a great too many.

about a year and a half ago

Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

Coward Anonymous Backwards attitude (289 comments)

Most RAZR users in 2005 were perfectly content with their phones and didn't notice the difference between what they had in their hands and what was possible when Apple was hatching the iPhone.
Users should not be expected to "know the difference" as that is not their job. It's your job, as the technologist, to know the difference and improve the user's experience. The user's sole task is to reap the benefits and reward those who provide the most benefits.

about a year and a half ago



Coward Anonymous Coward Anonymous writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Coward Anonymous (110649) writes "While 'The People' are in a super bowl induced coma, buzzing about commercials as if they were high culture and busily congratulating themselves for a series of inconsequential non-achievments in a ball game they had no part in, politics in Washington marches on to the detriment of mankind. Even though not nearly as important as the soma bowl even to the self important NY Times, the Times still manages to report about the Federal government seeking to build a giant DNA database of anyone who gets arrested — a doctrine of guilty until proven innocent by way of death (whereupon no new crimes could possibly be committed in the future)."


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