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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

El Rey Re:So they just reinvented Pogoplug? (94 comments)

I'm not saying you should. I have a Pogoplug that I bought for $20 on clearance and put Arch Linux on it. It works fine as a light web server for static pages and file sharing.

I'm just saying it's not exactly an original idea and the hardware is more expensive than other plug computers. The hardware only Pogoplug (i.e. before they added cloud storage) didn't seem to have great success and I'm not seeing anything in this product that is so different than the original Pogoplug concept that seems like it would be a game changer in the space.

From looking at their website for about 30 seconds, it looks like for the $50/year you also get "unlimited" cloud storage and some backup software. Might be worth it from that aspect but I haven't priced cloud storage / backup lately since all of the free offers out there cover my needs at the moment.

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

El Rey Research (479 comments)

Look for a research job. There are still some companies out there that have a labs organization.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

El Rey Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

What actually happens when you approach this scientifically...

Which is I think what most agnostics object to. The god / not got question is not a question that is possible to address with science and any attempt to do so is nonsensical.

about a month ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

El Rey My Pi (264 comments)

All your homework are belong to us.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

El Rey Throw Zuck in jail (250 comments)

We need to start holding actual people accountable. You break the law you go to jail or you pay a big fine per day until you comply, just like they do for other offenses. This selective enforcement stuff is BS.

about 5 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

El Rey Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

FWIW, Android phones on Tracfone are on Verizon and you can bring your own phone. You can get the ones they sell on Amazon for $50. Unfortunately the only not running ICS is heartbleed vulnerable (4.1.1).

about 5 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

El Rey Re:Refutation is of main point (333 comments)

what works better for REAL PEOPLE. Which is not the technical elite.

Technical elite != homo sapien? No need to dehumanize the technical elite.

Still getting updates for my iPhone 4, bought at launch... or heck even my 3Gs.

If historical data is any guide, then 7 years from now I'll still be getting OS updates for the $250 laptop I buy today, but not for the $250 tablet I buy today. It hasn't even been 7 years since the iPhone 3G was released and it no longer gets updates.

That says more about Android than it does the comparison of modern mobile devices to PCs.

Last time I checked, Android tablets were modern mobile devices.

about 8 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

El Rey Re:Smartphone superior in every way (333 comments)

It's also obviously superior to use touch over tiny physical keyboards, or there would still be a lot of devices sold with tiny physical keyboards instead of virtually none.

Somewhat straw man. Virtual keyboard taking up half of my screen sucks. Trying to type on that little thing with my big fingers sucks. When I need to take notes with the tablet I carry a laptop keyboard size BT keyboard.

You don't need a mouse with touch.

Trying to scroll a web page with my finger without touching any of the links on the page (eg. Facebook) sucks. I gave my wife my old tablet and even she found it frustrating to use with her little fingers.

about 8 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

El Rey Re:Refutation is of main point (333 comments)

There are a lot of laptops cheaper than the latest smart phones and 18 months after you buy a laptop you can still get updates for the OS.

The first tablet I owned got ICS and will never be updated further by the manufacturer nor is it supported by any of the alternate firmwares.

about 8 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

El Rey Re:Karma (255 comments)

Bullshit! I know a guy whose job is to audit the factories in India that US drug manufacturers have outsourced drug production to. You think all US non-generic prescription drugs are manufactured in the US? You are wrong!

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

El Rey You gotta network (629 comments)

The best advice I have for anyone as they get older in this business is to network and build lasting relationships. Be the guy who gets things done with few defects. Be the guy who isn't afraid of new tech. Be the guy who your managers depend on and then follow those managers to new opportunities as necessary and if possible.

I've had managers tell me, "If these people are ever stupid enough to lay you off, give me a call.", which is exactly what I did when I did finally get laid off as the last engineering jobs on the product I used to work on went to China.

I have been working remotely, non-contract, full time for 18 years. If I didn't have manager connections who knew me to be very productive working from home, I expect I would have had a hard time finding another remote position. There are some companies that prefer remotes though, so that is one place to look.

I have been doing commercial software development though, not internal IT, so YMMV.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

El Rey Re:It's a sad truth... (629 comments)

Sounds like my last job. There are always going to be morons running companies into the ground like that. Don't dwell on it. It's not about you. The Chinese who took over the market leading software product that I worked on screwed it up so badly that people I still know at the company kept telling me that the managers were talking about trying to get me back for months. I'm sure there are good Chinese engineers but not these particular guys.

The best advice I have for anyone as they get older in this business is to network and build lasting relationships. Be the guy who gets things done with few defects. Be the guy who isn't afraid of new tech. Be the guy who your managers depend on and then follow those managers to new opportunities as necessary and if possible.

I've had managers tell me, "If these people are ever stupid enough to lay you off, give me a call.", which is exactly what I did when I did finally get laid off as the last engineering jobs on the product went to China.

I'm in my mid-40s and I've been working remotely full time, non-contract for 18 years doing everything from C++ Windows apps to server side Java and SQL to MongoDB.

about a year ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

El Rey Re:Be Afraid, be very very afraid. (453 comments)

He semi-retired about 2 years ago. After that particular incident he left that company and now he's doing part time consulting with another company for people he knows who aren't jerks and who value his skills. I expect everything he worked on is intellectual property of his old company so he probably can't discuss the details. He's pushing 70 at this point, but he loves what he does and is very good at it.

Yeah, it does make me hopeful in that from what he says there are new antibiotics out there in the lab, but companies are just sitting on them because of lack of ROI. I'm not sure how much of that kind of research is happening in academia. Hopefully at some point they will get it to market.

about 10 months ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

El Rey Re:Be Afraid, be very very afraid. (453 comments)

The market is definitely causing this. True story:

I know a guy who is a MD and worked most of his career as an antibiotic researcher. His team came up with a new antibiotic that killed everything they tested it on. When he brought the research to the VPs and the CEO, the CEO told him, "You expect me to spend millions of dollars to bring this drug to market only to have the damn doctors keep it in reserve so they can use it as a last resort?"

So, yeah this is a market epic fail. ROI > life. To the morons running these companies, the equation is as simple as that.

about 10 months ago

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