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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Enry Better competition (275 comments)

The more options we have, the better the competition for one to win out, and the faster we get off of oil. To me it doesn't matter if they get better performance than Tesla right now or even the near future.

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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

Enry Better to wait (203 comments)

They're better off waiting until after they graduate and get asked for money for the endowment to make their move. While the endowment will survive for a long time, it's also used to help balance budgets for any of the other Harvard schools (Harvard Med, for example, does some heavy drawing when grant money runs low). That means that they still rely on new money coming in, and that's when graduates can start banding together and saying "we'll contribute when you divest". That will get the message across far better than now.

4 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Enry Huh? (554 comments)

"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer"

Well that's not too bad...I mean I want to get my daughter interested in this stuff too and...

instead of writing the code, she enlists two boys to write the code as she just does the design.

Huh, well, design is an important part of computer engineering, and...

She then proceeds to infect her computer and her sister's computer with a virus and must enlist the boys to fix that for her as well.

Ah, well..

In the end she takes all the credit, and proclaims "I guess I can be a computer engineer!"

sigh

5 days ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

Enry Re:the problem with this (56 comments)

This is partially what happened with the Kreyos. I'm passing on this.

about a week ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

Enry Re:Look, give us an exclusion. (243 comments)

There was someone before Katz? He was like 1999-2002 or so. Slashdot is...what...'96?

about a week ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Enry Re:What if you have a technically incompetent boss (204 comments)

If they have good leadership skills, they'll get out of your way and provide cover. In which case you better have someone with serious technical chops to lead the group in a technical manner.

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Enry Re:How do you get good people to step up? (204 comments)

Honestly, it depends on the outlook of the boss. I went from technical to management and back to sorta technical/sorta management. The proper attitude for a mid-level manager especially for technical staff is "what can I do to make sure they can do their job?". And that's how I approached my staff at the time - what do they need from me, what tasks do I think they could be doing to further their career, what grunt work stuff has to be done and assigned to somebody? Balance all that out, make sure your team knows you are looking out for them (and take their side when dealing with upper management) and you'll have their support and enthusiasm. I wound up getting laid off and still talk to the people that used to work for me. They say I was one of the best managers they had, partially because I was technical enough to know what they were talking about, but also I was working with them before being promoted so I was almost literally in their shoes and could see their side of issues.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Enry Re:It's too bad, really (223 comments)

It'll get paid sometime between the hours of 2PM and never.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Enry Doesn't matter how you do it in the real world (320 comments)

The policies of the university prohibit that behavior. Taking someone else's code, striking their authorship and copyright statements is not the right thing to do, either in class or in the real world. Have I used code or snippets from others? Yes, but I usually include the URL where I got it from and/or retain the original author information while adding my own and I expect others that take my code to retain all previous statements when the made changes.

We all stand on the shoulders of giants.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Enry Re:Should be confidential/private (301 comments)

I see your point. It's still a tricky problem to solve for the largest number of cases while keeping the contents of the videos safe from both police and public tampering. The examples I've seen in the past were police interactions with the public that potentially has the public in the background for some reason, or tracking of citizens like tracking license plates. Police video + facial recognition = 0 security.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Enry Re:Should be confidential/private (301 comments)

"ongoing investigations" becomes a catchphrase to cover a lot of potentially shady things. Judges rubberstamp all sorts of things these days, having one review something involving a missing person case shouldn't be too difficult.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Enry Should be confidential/private (301 comments)

Keep the videos for 180 days or a year and delete unless they're part of a court order to keep. Only release to the public (including press) via court order. If citizens want to record the police, they're (usually) free to do so with their own equipment and on their own time.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Enry Cautiously optimistic (242 comments)

I got HBO..well..mainly because Verizon gave it to me for free for a few months, but after watching Newsroom, John Oliver, and some of the other original programming they've done (From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers), I think they could nail this. I mean, all of the talk about doing World War Z properly would be to make it a miniseries on HBO. Sure a TV show might need to change a few things but there's lots of opportunity for background stories to make this into a multi-season show.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Enry Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

First book was great. The sequels....well...this was about the time that Clarke was phoning it in with things like 3001.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Enry Re:Oh no (297 comments)

The difference being that 1000 calories of broccoli will fill you up faster (i.e. take up more space) than 1000 calories of donuts.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

Enry Re:Uh (112 comments)

Netflix is doing the same thing that HBO/Showtime/Cinemax/Amazon Prime is doing. They all started off just licensing works from others. How do they stand out now that there's a lot of competition? By creating their own content that is only available from them. I'd say that a majority of the people that use Netflix do it to watch the non-unique programming, but when you know you can watch House of Cards or Alpha House it's an incentive to get the service.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

Enry Re:Uh (112 comments)

Not when they first started.

about two weeks ago
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The Fight Over the EFF's Secure Messaging Scoreboard

Enry On the one hand is the EFF... (63 comments)

..who has a track record in this area.

On the other, we have @ioerror, The malware monster!, and @tqbf who are all well known security experts and...wait..who?

about three weeks ago

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Let kids do 3D design with BlocksCAD

Enry Enry writes  |  about 2 months ago

Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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