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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

DeBaas April 1 (570 comments)

Free? Is it April 1 already. Damn time flies

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

DeBaas Potential game changer? (105 comments)

This maybe a potential game changer for Telcos/ISPs. There is still a lot of money made in this business.

If SpaceX internet is capable of high bandwidth, no data-limit or a reasonable limit, not too crappy latency and allows me to use it everywhere, then it maybe very interesting.
Except for gaming, this offers what most people need AND you can take it with you (if the equipment to connect is reasonably mobile)!

If I can get an internet connection, that I can 'take with me' on my holidays abroad, which allows me to watch netflix and other IP TV, there is hardly a reason left for me to keep my cable subscription.

Not to mention what this will do for countries where internet access is highly monitored or otherwise hardly available. I'm guessing China is not too thrilled about this initiative.

The latency issue is an issue which will largely solve itself if the latency is not too bad. It can be worked around for most purposes. Maybe not for gaming, but the big websites will quickly adapt.
If I can choose nearly similar options, where one has a bit worse latency, but is available for me wherever I go...
Some time ago I checked the latency of websites I visit a lot. My cable connection has low latency, but obviously there many websites have high latency regardless as they are hosted on a different continent.
I'm sure the latency you get from GEO (> 240ms) is really changing your experience a bit too much. But the latency of LEO is about 40ms (says Wikipedia). That seems a lot, but if I were to visit a website on a different continent over the proposed network, some of that would be mitigated since the signal would travel via this network as well in stead of over multiple routers and connections. That part may be faster. So my overall experience may not be worse. Only sites hosted close by would have a significantly better performance.

A lot depends on the equipment needed to connect. If it is reasonably mobile they could also partner with a lot of companies, such as Amazon (whispernet globally and just one party to deal with), Netflix (Netflix boxes that don't require your own connection) etc.

If they manage to really compete, 10 billion USD is nothing. Local ISPs get bought for that amount.

There are a lot of ifs. But if they offer high bandwidth with high data limits for a competing price, this will mean for a lot of ISPs that there is a new player in town. And one that is global. If he were to sell shares in this initiative, I'd buy some.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

DeBaas Re: I still think Pluto is a planet (170 comments)

Indeed if Elon Musk connects a planet full of them to our internet, we're really fscked .....

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

DeBaas what about a net? (213 comments)

Honest question, I'm no rocket scientist so I really don't know: Since they seem to be able to hit the mark, why not just put a big net on the drone ship to 'catch' it rather than try to land it on legs?

about three weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

DeBaas RTFA (214 comments)

simple resolution, RTFA before commenting. Not sure how long it will last....

about a month ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

DeBaas Surprisingly frank? (153 comments)

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

about a month ago
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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:
http://www.engeniustech.com/in...

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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

DeBaas Knight rider (701 comments)

Kitt kumpel, gehen wir

(German dubbed Knight Rider)

about 6 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago

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