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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Fubari passport anyone? Re: la-la land. (131 comments)

...but do miss the QWERTY keyboard like mad. I've been waiting for any company to launch an Android phone with QWERTY keypad., that don't suck . But I guess the Blackberry Classic is as close as I can get to that.

Gary

I'm comfortably easing into using my passport. Currently on day #3, so far so good.
The passport's keyboard is very well done, they have put a lot of thought into the user interface and hardware: here is an interesting video of the keyboard in action. Limiting the physical keys to just 3 rows of letters actually works really well with the virtual rows that can pop up on screen.
I'm sure I will find some things about the passport that I dislike, I just haven't found any thus far.

3 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Fubari nice :-) Re:EIMAC Spoof Data Sheet (100 comments)

Nice :-)
length: 1.076 cubits
diameter: 0.643 cubit
net weight: 0.069 stone
shipping weight: not shippable

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Fubari exposure? Re:Consider Your User Base (247 comments)

What is the exposure?
If your company was ever hacked, what would the consequences be?
If the consequences could be serious, follow the advice of educating your decision makers as brilliantly outlined by Captain D, above.
Otherwise, what difference does it make if your company's machines and network(s) were actually compromised?
I mean, what difference will a few more zombies in some bot-net actually make?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

Fubari Re:Nerds Without Borders (112 comments)

oops. thanks for the fix

http://www.nerdswithoutborders.com/

That's not the right website for NWB - that's some kind of tech blog with adverts.

The correct site is: http://nerdswithoutborders.net/

about a month ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Fubari so, static == more defects? (217 comments)

Wait. Aren't they saying that static typing needs more defect-fixes and dynamic needs less defect-fixes?
Relevant parts highlighted:

"The remaining coefficients are significant and either positive or negative.
For those with positive coefficients we can expect that
the language is associated with ... a greater number of defect fixes.
These languages include C, C++, JavaScript, Objective-C, Php, and Python.

The languages Clojure, Haskell, Ruby, Scala, and TypeScript, all have negative coefficients
implying that these languages are less likely than the average to result in defect fixing commits"

Isn't the real message here to choose static typing if you like fixing bugs?

about a month and a half ago
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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

Fubari Dealers of Lightning Re:Xerox Alto window-based O (71 comments)

A fun read... http://www.amazon.com/Dealers-Lightning-Xerox-PARC-Computer/dp/0887309895 excerpt from summary:

In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer eccentrics dubbed PARC. This brilliant group created several monumental innovations that triggered a technological revolution, including the first personal computer, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the main precursors of the Internet), only to see these breakthroughs rejected by the corporation. Yet, instead of giving up, these determined inventors turned their ideas into empires that radically altered contemporary life and changed the world.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

Fubari Re:Why would you want to type at all? (100 comments)

reasonably good voice recognition? Maybe, for a given value of "good'.
Voice recognition is hit or miss for me on android now... it works "reasonably good" provided I have....
1) Low background noise.
2) Solid network connection to upload & process voice sample on google's server farms.
3) In a place where I can talk and don't care if others hear what i'm saying.

So when it works I am suitably impressed, but it doesn't work often and I'm not always able to use it.

Just a data point: my ancient Palm smart phone had more usable voice dialing than my android does today, and that thing was 100% local processing. None of this "busy icon" for 30 seconds to time out and say "Please try again" because 4G data skipped out or something, which is what I see often enough to be a pain when I'm voice dialing or map searching etc.
(and yeah, I would probably complain about my flying car if I had one :-) I am amazed voice recognition works as well as it does, it just isn't at 100% yet.)

Why would you want to type at all? There's reasonably good voice recognition now, that's got to be better than trying to finger-paint letters on a tiny watch screen?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Fubari +1 for parent Re:Vyatta (238 comments)

+1 for parent; I'm just learning about Vyatta. If you want to build your own as a research project, cool. Otherwise read up on this: vyatta and see if it might do what you want.

Just download and install VyOS (fork of Vyatta) if you're building your own firewall.

http://vyos.net/wiki/Main_Page

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Fubari Re:math err? Re:Beyond what humans can do (708 comments)

r.e. .8 vs .85
argh :-)

The numerator above seems off: what is 6445 ?

4.75 tons of petrol is 6445 litres. Since petrol is 85% carbon, we can divide the 6445 litres by 0.85 and we get 7582 litres of petrol containing 4.75 tons of carbon.

For the weight of a big tub of petroleum containing 4.75t carbon, I think you'd have: 4.75 tons of carbon / .85 = 5.938 tons of petroleum.

Your answer is wrong: 4750 Kg of carbon / 0.85 = 5588 Kg of petrol. It looks like you divided by 0.80 instead of 0.85?

5588 Kg of petrol / 0.737 = 7582 litres of petrol.

about 4 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Fubari math err? Re:Beyond what humans can do (708 comments)

Wikipedia says the carbon content of petrol is up to about 85%: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... [wikipedia.org]
So 6445/0.85 = 7582 litres of petrol contain 4.75t of carbon.

I'll start by saying thank you for the analysis; that was thought provoking.

The numerator above seems off: what is 6445 ?

For the weight of a big tub of petroleum containing 4.75t carbon, I think you'd have:
4.75 tons of carbon / .85 = 5.938 tons of petroleum.

To see how many Liters of petroleum that would be, we get:
5,938 Kg of petroleum / ( .737 Kg/L ) = 8,057 L.

Using that average fuel economy of 5L/100Km yields a range of
8,057L / ( 5L/100Km ) = 1,611 / (1/100km) = 161,100 Km
(Or 100,040 miles for our readers in Burma, Liberia and the United States.)
Which is indeed a LOT of driving in one year.

The oracle of Yahoo Answers suggested that 19,000 to 24,000 km (12,000 to 15,000 miles) is a more reasonable average.
So by carbon weight, yeah... the gp's claim for Carbon is roughly a factor of 8 too high (161,100 km / 20,000 km/yr).

You raise a good point considering whether the gp meant 4.75 tons of CO2 instead of carbon.
To do this I think we need to revise our petroleum footprint.
You'll recall we first derieved that above based on just the target carbon weight.
We'll take the same approach for our target CO2 weight.

So... to get 4,750 KgCO2 emissions we need to burn a certain amount of petroleum.
That works out to 4,750 KgCO2 / (2.331 L/KgCO2) = 2,037.8 L of petroleum.
Which yields an alleged annual distance of:
2,038 L / ( 5L / 100Km )
= 408 / ( 1 / 100Km)
= 408 * 100Km
= 40,800 Km (25,351 miles)

Which is closer, but still off by a factor of at least 2 unless maybe they were talking fleet cars.
*shrug* don't know... it is hard to tell what point they were making.
(and yeah, this was much more fun to do over lunch than reading yawn-inducing project requirements :-) )

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Fubari recliner? how 'bout a cardboard cutout... (154 comments)

my work to where I am still around my wife and children so that I can still interact with them and be with my family, but still hit my deadlines

If you want to be with your family, be with your family. Read a book to your children. Play a game. Do something with them.

So... just what kind of interaction are you going to have with your "wife and children" while you're working on a deadline sitting in your recliner? Maybe this will help you more than a recliner: https://www.lifesizecustomcutouts.com/CustomCardboardCutout.

When I want to spend time with my family or my friends, I make it a point to leave my ipad turned off, my smart phone in my pocket, and my laptop closed. If I get a phone call I need to take, I excuse myself and go take the call and come back when I'm done. I find it pretty rude to "spend time" with anyone whose attention isn't there; if I'm putting my tasks and goals aside to spend time with people, I expect them to do the same for me.
And when I need to get work done, I focus on that.

Oh well... at least you've got the whole proximity thing going for you.

about 4 months ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

Fubari Re:HP, wildly incompetent (59 comments)

Kind of depressing hearing about HP (I like to toss this out whenever I read about HP doing something unwise).
Step 1. Buy a really expensive company.
Step 2. Ignore it for a year or so.
Step 3. Rationalize how to dramatically throw it away.
Step 4. Profit? What is a few billion $ between friends?

Out of the longgg list of HP acquisitions, here are some
of the more notable ones that caught my eye:

* Verifone 1997 $1.1 (billions)
* Compaq 2002 24.0
* P&G IT: 2003 3.0
* Peregrin 2005 0.4
* MercuryInter. 2006 4.5
* Knightsbridge 2006 ?
* Opsware 2007 1.6
* EDS 2008 13.9
* 3Com 2010 2.7
* Palm, Inc 2010 1.2
* 3PAR 2010 2.3
* ArcSight 2010 1.5
* Autonomy 2011 11.0

So have any of these actually been profitable for HP ? I knew that Palm tanked (bye bye, WebOS). I haven't heard good things about Knightsbridge. Compaq seems like it was a break-even deal.

about 5 months ago
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Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

Fubari bit soon for FTL... Re:Interesting but not useful (34 comments)

We need to try to solve the FTL problem.

r.e. FTL research: you raise some good points.
But nobody (except maybe a Comi-Con panel) is going to get behind funding FTL research.
Our species also has some baby steps to work on first: in no particular order... orbital solar power, fusion, space elevators, mars colonies, asteroid mining. *shrug* Let's solve those things first because they will (eventually) set the stage for interstellar work, including FTL research.

As for basic physics research, I would say China is showing some interest in basic research and advancing the state of the art; with any luck that will motivate some other governments to not be left behind. India also seems hungry to establish itself as a prestigious space power; they're doing some cool things - I hope they are successful.
Likewise I'm optimistic about the progress SpaceX has made; I hope they're wildly successful because it will open new doors for humans.

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

Fubari Re:cool inner-wall structure? Re:Plumbing & el (118 comments)

That makes sense r.e. "tilt-up". I've read that with plastic molding getting the mold to let go of the plastic itself can be non-trivial; I wonder how thin one could make the nested structures in cement-based molding and still get the form out of the wall once it had set enough to support its own weight. *shrug*
All very cool stuff; some days I think it would be more fun to work with atoms instead of bits. I suppose there a lots of people doing both these days :-)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

Fubari "real" innovation? Re:no complelling arguments... (143 comments)

Wisdom indeed. Also... can you elaborate one what real innovation is? Seriously. Do you have an example or two of what opportunities are being crushed by the existing culture of "fake innovation"?

Because if not... if this is really large company, you may be perceived as a "precious little snowflake that also complains a lot."

And if this is a really large company, they're going to be able to coast along on the status quo for LONGGG time and I don't know why anybody would listen or care about a whiny snowflake.

So... can you (OP) elaborate the "real" part of "real innovation" ?
What amazing market opportunities are the current group missing?
What kinds of obvious fraud detection is slipping through their collective fingers?
What tremendous potential for increasing shareholder value is being left on the table?

Look, I'm not saying this incredibly large organization of yours could never benefit from some innovation, but realize this: you're going to be pushing against the inertia of entrenched culture and "we've always done it this way", which makes those "Stop Plate Tectonics" bumper stickers seem like an easy task by comparison.

I'll close with an alternative possibility: "I don't much like SAS. Nor do I like the people who have built a functioning SAS-ecosystem that handles this company's Multi-Billion euro statistical needs 'well enough'... it just doesn't encourage real innovation ('real' being code for 'fun'), instead I have to spend my time reading through thousands of pages of documentation and requirements specs and I have to troubleshoot this existing install base... Boy, I wish we had an opportunity to do real innovation here..."

about 6 months ago

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writing a tech-book: tools & surprises?

Fubari Fubari writes  |  about 6 years ago

Fubari (196373) writes "For all you book authors on Slashdot: what writing tools have you found helpful? I want to start my book-idea off right (so I'm pretty sure I don't want to write it in MS-Word). I would love to hear about what has (or has not!) worked well for you.

What I have thought of so far are things like chapter/section management, easy references to figures (charts, diagrams, source code), version control (check in/check out parts like chapters, figures, etc.) and index generation.

I would also welcome advice about what I don't know enough to ask about. Are there any surprises that you wish you had known back when you first started?"
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Fubari Fubari writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fubari (196373) writes "Anybody know when laptops over 4gb might be coming out? Some of the devtools I want to run are just obscene ram-pigs. On the desktop I'm using now (win2003), it sucks up 1.6gb just to boot. By the time I log in and start doing work, it is stretching 2gb.

Move that to vista, add a vm-ware session or two, and I'm worried I'll be pushing 4gb.

I'm torn between buying a 4gb-max laptop now, or some mini-desktop that can fit in a set of luggage wheels. A friend of mine suggested something like this, but my first choice would be something designed to be portable."

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