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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

GWBasic Re: Generation and distribution (498 comments)

Furthermore, when home solar really works, I'm ditching my gas furnace, and getting a 2nd electric car. I'll still be on the grid long after I stop buying petroleum and natural gas.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

GWBasic Re:Invasive species (383 comments)

Today's it's 75% of my trash. I pulled a whole bunch of Oriental Bittersweet down last weekend. The stuff is taking over my town's woods and killing all the native plants. It's loaded with seeds, so the only proper way to dispose of it is either burning, or the municipal waste stream. (In my case, the municipal waste stream is a trash-burning power plant.)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

GWBasic Re: Read Slashdot (471 comments)

When you get questions like that, politely end the interview.

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

GWBasic Invasive species (383 comments)

In MA, we're so supposed to put invasive species in the trash instead of compost.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

GWBasic Re:+1 for this comment (610 comments)

This really buggered me, because until the U2 album incident; only items that I added myself showed up in my iTunes library. Apple already has plenty of ways to offer free downloads through the iTunes store; so there's no reason for them to automatically put it in everyone's account.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

GWBasic It's a business (546 comments)

Schools are in the business of producing degrees and protecting their reputation. They aren't in the "teaching" business. If I knew more about computer science when I was in high school; I'd have applied to very different schools. Unfortunately, I needed a few years in my career to really learn how to judge a school.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

GWBasic Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

There are many parts of the country where speed limits are so ridiculously low that judges routinely throw out tickets. Remember, speed limits aren't determined by safety studies; they're determined by politics and local convention.

about a month and a half ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

GWBasic Re:Works fine (250 comments)

On the other hand, you have touched the damned dirty communism, and now have cooties.

I chose to move back to my hometown based on the quality of its services. There's plenty of towns to choose from!

about 2 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

GWBasic Re:Works fine (250 comments)

My hometown has municipal broadband, it's had it since 2000.

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your postcards.

When I finally moved back a few months ago, the technicians who set me up kept raving about how awesome it is to work for my town's municipal broadband. We have municipal electricity, TV, and phone too!

about 2 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

GWBasic Works fine (250 comments)

My hometown has municipal broadband, it's had it since 2000. It works much better than Comcast, and they're much easier to work with.

about 2 months ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

GWBasic Syncplicity solves it! (176 comments)

Syncplicity lets enterprises store files on their own servers, with an extra layer of authentication that prevents Syncplicity staff from getting to the files. It still allows for access to these files through a web browser. When enterprises use single-sign-on, users don't even realize that they're authenticating multiple times.

This is a very hard problem to solve for consumers, though. Most people don't have the time to set up their own cloud servers.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

GWBasic Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Aereo's implementation doesn't feel like watching live TV. It buffers for about 60 seconds; channel surfing is impossible...

What I wonder is how "Aereo-specific" this ruling is? What if I rented a room in Boson and let you mail me a tiny device that I'd plug into a power supply and ethernet port?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

GWBasic Just in! (99 comments)

Just in! [Major hard drive manufacturer] is now offering [large amount of space] for [small amount of money]. This is amazing because, just [a short period of time] ago, they used to charge [small amount of money] for [almost as large of an amount of space].

about 3 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

GWBasic Re:Tragedy of the commons (462 comments)

The free market didn't build the roads.

about 4 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

GWBasic Tragedy of the commons (462 comments)

Sadly, environmental issues, and limited resources, isn't something that the free market will handle when left to its own devices. I have no sympathy for automakers that need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Now I want to buy an electric Fiat out of spite!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic Re:It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I'd think that most could pass with flying colors; now that they've done the work so frequently!

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

GWBasic What's the balance between being a lawyer? (79 comments)

Uber seems to hit a lot of legal challenges. It seems like, in every city, the incumbent taxi market has a different set of legal hurdles for you to pass through. It's kind of a shame, too, because everyone involved with Uber is making an honest living providing a needed service.

What's tends to be your day-to-day balance of being lawyer versus entrepreneur? Would you say that you have more legal woes than a normal startup? Do you think this is "par for the course" any time someone's starting an interesting company?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic Re:It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I disagree. American doctors have to take standardized board exams before they specialize. The exams are significantly more rigorous, and better-designed, than the job interviews that I run.

Specifically, in the American medical system, specialization happens with on-the-job training after taking a standard exam. Students seeking to be pediatricians, heart surgeons, and dermatologists all take the same standardized exam. The score is then presented when students apply to programs to specialize.

about 5 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

GWBasic Re: Eight years? Might work if... (81 comments)

Did your cars ever have a major repair? Owning a car for 200k miles and doing a major repair at 100k is fine. Besides, people are still throwing around the idea of battery exchange.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I find it very hard to judge skill when I interview candidates. I can easily filter out incompetent people. Someone I work with says, "when you interview people, all you find out is if the person interviews well."

Many professional fields have long professional exams. Civil engineers need to be certified, as well as doctors. Frankly, I wish I could look at some kind of a score, and spend most of the interview on "soft" topics.

about 5 months ago

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Programming on the Chrome Laptop through the Web

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GWBasic writes "Last night I managed to get my hands on a free Google Chrome laptop during an HTML5 session on Google’s Campus. The famous Cr-48 to be exact. (Google called it their “Oprah” moment.) One topic often brought up when Google gave away these laptops is the inability to use a Chrome laptop to program. I’ve solved this issue with ObjectCloud, my open-source web server designed like an operating system."
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3 Tesla Employees Dead in Plane Crash

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GWBasic writes "This morning I woke up at 8AM when my CPAP turned off due to a power outage; and I couldn't go back to sleep due to all the sirens going off. It turns out that 3 Tesla employees died in a plane crash when they accidentally flew into an electric transmission line. "All those killed aboard the twin-engine plane worked at Tesla Motors Inc., and the plane was owned by a lead engineer at the Palo Alto electric car company, the firm said." The crash resulted in most of Palo Alto, CA being without power for most of the day. This affected the headquarters of many major Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook and VMware. The irony is that the power outage extended to right before Tesla's dealership. The stoplight right before their dealship was working, but the stoplight immediately before them was out due to the outage."
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Where are you hosting your open-source projects

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GWBasic writes "Where are you hosting your open-source projects? Are you happy with your open-source's project's web site? Which open-source hosting site do you prefer? There are so many new ones popping up (github, Google Code, CodePlex,) that I'd like to understand which new ones the Slashdot community prefers.

Specifically, I'm currently trying to find a good site to host my open-source project. Ideally, I'd like a web site that has both a message board and bug tracker. I'm very flexible on the actual program / protocol used for source control, although I have a strong preference for source code control systems that have an easy-to-learn GUI on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Most of my experience is with Perforce, so a protocol with a GUI that's about as easy-to-learn (or hard-to-learn,) is what I'm looking for. Perforce's Open-Source program is an option, although I'd rather not administer my own server.

For the past few days I've been experimenting with github after listing to Linus Torvalds talk about git. Although I agree that it sounds like git is theoretically better, I'm finding git's learning curve to be so steep that it's just getting in my way from actually getting work done."

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What Web Authentication Protocol Should I Support?

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GWBasic writes "The recent article OpenID Fan Club Is Shrinking implies that OpenID is failing in the marketplace. Are there any alternatives that are gaining support? I'm currently building a web development tool and I'd like to build in support for a distributed authentication system like OpenID. My requirement is that the protocol has to be so simple that a technical person can fully understand how the protocol works by reading a single web page. An additional requirement is that the protocol needs to be simple enough that an average programmer can write a client or server in an afternoon without resorting to an API.

Furthermore; as I believe that part of HTTP's success has to do with the fact that any programmer who can access a socket can make a program web-accessible; I would prefer a protocol that's so simple that a programmer who only has access to a socket can still work with the system.

For example, about a year ago, over the course of a few evenings, I put together a simple distributed authentication system that could be implemented in either PHP or ASP. The total amount of code written in either platform was only slightly more complicated then stereotypical username / password code. Is there an existing standard that is as simple as mine?"

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Silicon Valley Startup ships $1 / Watt solar panel

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GWBasic writes "At $1 per Watt, the iTunes of Solar Energy Has Arrived A Silicon Valley start-up called Nanosolar shipped its first solar panels — priced at $1 a watt. That's the price at which solar energy gets cheaper than coal. While other companies have been focusing their efforts on increasing the efficiency of solar panels, Nanosolar took a different approach. It focused on manufacturing."
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