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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

DeBaas Surprisingly frank? (133 comments)

Surprisingly frank? Sony is just not that good at covering things up these days....


Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

DeBaas USB Wifi adapter? (170 comments)

Since there is wifi but only in specific rooms, maybe this will work:

I have an older version of one of these and mounted a bigger antenna on this. On Holidays I take this along and receive wifi points 2 miles away. Possibly she could receive the available wifi.

Mine works well in both Windows and Linux, don't know about the newer ones

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

DeBaas Re:They are just lazy (159 comments)

Actually I have been in sales for years.
The point is however, in my view it really is a positive thing and it is their job to make that clear and actually use this. If they do it right you can show that it is positive.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

DeBaas They are just lazy (159 comments)

Any _good_ sales or marketing team should be able to turn it around and show that this is actually a good thing and helps in getting more stable production software.

about 3 months ago

Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

DeBaas Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

First off, I would love it if people took unit testing more seriously and automated it! In my view that helps greatly for getting robust software. However, not for all tests automating is the answer. Especially when you get to acceptance testing (where we validate, rather than verify) or when you do integration testing for systems that communicate with other systems it is not a silver bullet. Aside from feasibility, as automating is time consuming, there are more drawbacks. Automating all tests means assuming that you can anticipate everything that can be wrong and even anticipate every test that should be done just based on the specs. Exactly the context driven testers (such as James Bach and Michael Bolton) believe you can't, we humans are not 'wired' that way. In fact they even are of the opinion (as am I) that the best testing is done by people that design tests to a great deal as you go while testing as long as these are skilled people that understand how the software should work.

Rigorously testing software via automated tests, please do. But in my view there should always still be people that test and see for themselves. The automated tests can and will miss things that are plain obvious to human testers.

about 4 months ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

DeBaas Re: Now it's unfair.... (561 comments)

I dont know which part you missed about the white house being all black nowadays, and most position of power including the NASA being too, in a country where 75% of people are non-black.

If Obama would get a white intern, would that make things a bit better?

about 4 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

DeBaas Knight rider (701 comments)

Kitt kumpel, gehen wir

(German dubbed Knight Rider)

about 5 months ago

Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

DeBaas Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

I have literally never had a complaint with an intel motherboard except when it had onboard ATI graphics — Mach64CT, what a POS, you couldn't even trust it to provide a framebuffer without getting the colors wrong.

server mainboards, who cares about the colors? That includes windows.

about 6 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

DeBaas Any realistic data on battery replacement? (377 comments)

I own a Prius, my second one. And I keep seeing people make a lot of fuss about the battery replacement. Really, does anyone have some real data on this? My dealer said he never experienced a customer coming in and asking for it (and they sold a lot of these cars due to the tax benefits in my country). But I realize that a car dealer doesn' t sound too objective.

At this moment I still believe the vast majority of hybrid cars, at least the Prius, will never have a replacement. At most the capacity in the end will be so low that the fuel benefits are nearly negated, but in such old cars you don't invest in replacing the batteries. Simply keep driving it.

  Up hill: even my previous Prius (which had a small 1.5 liter engine) was the best car I ever drove in the mountains. The aid of the electric part really makes a difference. And down hill was even better as it breaks 'on the engine' much better than a normal car. I am sure it doesn't get close to a a four wheel drive, but it saying it is terrible up hill seems a myth to me.

It's not a sports car, but at least the current model with the 1.8L engine is not slow either. You can't compare it to cars like BMW or Audi or such cars. But take a test drive once.

What is true in my view is that for long distances, the advantages of the hybrid are nearly gone. I get decent mileage if I drive long distances, but that seems to me has more to do with the design of the car rather than with the hybrid part.

So coming back to my original question, does anyone have some realistic data on battery replacement?

about 6 months ago

Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

DeBaas Re:How about... (94 comments)

Perhaps NASA can develop a spray paint kind of solution to fully seal the rock. That would probably weigh a lot less to transport to Mars than a structure strong enough to provide proper shelter against dust storms etc. Caves provide less extreme temperatures which might reduce the energy requirements as well.

about 6 months ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

DeBaas Re: Electric. (659 comments)

Why was I buying a $25k car instead of a $8k car again?

Because if you drive 80 miles a day, it may be cheaper to buy a car that uses less gas. Especially if you take into account that it will last you longer, as it is newer, so it will either save you another $8K a few years from now.

It depends on the price of gas (which is high where I live) but driving an old car makes sense if you have low mileage.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

DeBaas Re:Save your breath. (192 comments)

ehm, numbers give them headaches. Use graphs and pictures. And the first slide should be some stock photo with smiling young people that are engaged in something completely unrelated.

Oh and if you report on a project, use a traffic light that is green or use smileys...

about 7 months ago

Job Postings For Python, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop Way Up This Year

DeBaas Re:Is SQL really such a bad thing? (52 comments)

I'm sure there are a lot of DBA's that would be happy if less people in the company knew SQL...

about 7 months ago

Star Trek Economics

DeBaas Re:Based on what? (888 comments)

>> European socialist capitalism vastly expanded to the point where no one has to work unless they want to

Yeah...ask the Soviets or Cuba how that worked. (Or Venezuela if you need a more recent example.) Hell,. just ask Europe how that's going. (Looking at you, France.)

And why would you ask Soviets and Cuba or Venezuela how European socialist capitalism is going? They don't/didn't have that.

Better ask the Swedes or the Norwegians. Those are much better examples.

about 10 months ago

Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

DeBaas Re: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (160 comments)

I have a tip for you then, you probably don't need to go 'no-carb'.

I stopped eating wheat and dairy for bowel problems. I replaced wheat with spelt (different grain) for bread, cookies, pasta etc. And not only did it for me also solve nose issues as well as the bowel issues, I also lost the 20kg weight I had gained since my early twenties.

I personally believe that in stead of no carb, people should go with the right carbs.

1 year,14 days

Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

DeBaas Re:Well, I'll tell you why I'm not interested.. (332 comments)

I'm part of one of these younger generations, and I'm honestly not interested in getting involved because I've seen how much of a raging asshole Linuz can be. He's a great maintainer, but he could be honest and give constructive criticism in less condescending ways. I'm not as experienced as he is, but that doesn't give him the right to be a complete dick in public theater.

You've managed to asses that he is 'a raging asshole', but now how to properly spell his name?

about a year ago

Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

DeBaas Get on my Lawn (332 comments)

Get on my Lawn!

about a year ago

Healthcare.gov Official Resigns, Website Still a Disaster

DeBaas Re:Recapping an old post. . . (559 comments)

Even if there was load testing, in my experience load and stress testing is within the test community not something that is very well developed. Two days ago I spoke about performance testing on a 4 day conference ( http://www.eurostarconferences.com/ ) and my talk was the only one that dealt with performance.

In my view, this fields needs to be better developed. Tests usually focus just on response times, based on usage profiles that are practically fantasy. Monitoring of the systems is minimal, and the queuing model is usually not even known to the testers.

about a year ago

I wish my car could...

DeBaas KITT (443 comments)

I wish my car could: drive itself, park itself somewhere cheap, come over if I call it via my smart watch, be practically indestructible so it can drive through walls, go under water be bulletproof and drive itself in a driving truck with a hot female mechanic inside. Old geezer asking stupid questions optional.

I want all that, I just don't want to look like Daivd Hasselhof and have the car talk back to me.

about a year ago

Mexican Village Creates Its Own Mobile Phone Service

DeBaas feature, not a catch (110 comments)

However, there is one catch: calls are limited to a maximum of five minutes to prevent saturation of lines."

Every married man knows this is not a catch but a feature

about a year ago


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