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New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

Jakeula Re: Potentially very useful (38 comments)

Couldn't you simply place a reader on both sides of the door? This way it gets tagged twice with timestamps, and you simply review which door was activated when. This ensures reliable movement tracking.

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Jakeula Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

There is far more at work there than words though. If I shout "kill the Jews" where I am, no one is going to go kill Jews. The people that do go attack them are not acting on my words, they are acting on their own hatred. When you make an act of violence towards someone else, you are responsible for that. I don't care if someone tells me to go punch some dude in the face, if I go punch the guy that is on me.

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Jakeula Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

No, I think it works just fine. If I own a gun, and suddenly they become outlawed, I too become an outlaw. I don't suddenly become part of a crime ring of some sort. If you outlaw red clothing, and I own a red shirt, I become an outlaw. If you ban anonymity people will still use things like TOR. That doesn't mean they are using it for passing around CP or bullying people, people don't suddenly start to partake in other illegal activities because of the ban. The point is, if you ban something that is commonly used or owned, people will suddenly become outlaws for no other reason than because it illegal to have.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Jakeula Re:My Issue (627 comments)

you misread what I said, we do not have a moral obligation to OUR PLANET! do we have the same obligation to our future generations? debatably. However, whenever I get into a debate about climate change its always about how much damage we are doing to our PLANET! Don't litter, its not good for the planet. Don't chop down trees, your hurting our planet. I imagine two examples are enough for you to see what my point is. Then there is my other point, that we are likely to go extinct at some point no matter what. War, pollution, space objects, etc. I mean, Earth has gone through radical changes even when no humans were on this planet "destroying" it, so it's likely to happen again even if we get our emissions down to zero. Now, the option is that we advance in technology so that these things don't effect us at all, in which case toxic air and no water shouldn't be an issue anyways. I am not saying we shouldn't look for alt energies or that I don't want to improve the situation, but its not a very strong argument to begin with and we are just being petty humans.

about 7 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Jakeula My Issue (627 comments)

See my issue with the entire Climate Change debate is that we argue it as if its a moral obligation to our planet to fix this. At the end of the day, its only us that suffers. Let all the oceans dry up, and lets pump the air full of CO2, Earth honestly doesn't care. It will use all of that to make something else, and life will prevail. Its us humans that will die off, and I promise you the Earth doesn't give two shits about that. Yet anyone who I talk to gets all indigent about how heartless I am for not worrying about this. I don't deny climate change, and while I do question the amount that is caused by humans I just don't care about it. I see it a few ways: 1) I will be dead by the time this screws me over, and its likely that humans were to face extinction at some point no matter what. 2) we achieve a level of technology that makes this entirely moot. Like we fuse with computers meaning we don't need breathable air or drinkable water. So yeah, get over it. Solar and wind energies simply arent ready for the big stage, and when they are they will find their ways into our daily lives.

about 7 months ago
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OpenBSD 5.5 Released

Jakeula Re:Why not try it? (128 comments)

What an odd measure of the quality of an OS. Like changing your IP from the command line is something that speaks to how well Linux has been developed. And you can change your IP from the command line. ifconfig does this just fine, even if its not the preferred method. you can also do something like this: sudo ip addr add xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
but I guess I just fed a troll, so jokes on me.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project

Jakeula Re:Why wouldn't you focus on more productive thing (53 comments)

Its job is done. Its not like leaving it out there gives us anything new. What it can still do, however, is serve as a great teaching tool for future engineers and remind us of all the amazing things we have sent out into space.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

Jakeula Re: Reply (302 comments)

If you ask a feminist, they would say they got stopped years before being in a position to create the next innovative tech startup, because school discourages them from learning math, science, and technology. That's why I don't really get these arguments. Feminists argue that women are somehow discouraged by peers for being bossy or good at math or science turning them away from these things. If that's true, why do we expect for then to have equal presence in the work place? There's not enough qualified applicants. When it comes to most careers (especially in STEM) you need to be passionate about what you're doing to be good. You won't want to be a programmer if you get bored after 20 minutes, and that means even if you somehow get qualified for a job, you'll hate it. So if women's passion is already squashed by high school, what makes you think that they will regain this passion in college, and then surpass their male counter parts who've been passionate for longer? I mean, it's getting better, but we shouldn't expect every company to have females at the highest levels, there's just not enough qualified women to go around.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Jakeula Re: One question for the users (244 comments)

Not really. Plus a huge benefit of the app is their reader. It's amazing even on small devices. It's far better than any comic reader I have seen on either platform, but it doesn't import downloaded comics, and even if it did it wouldn't work with the pirated copies the same way. While the in app purchases are nice, the reading experience is a huge draw for me.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Jakeula Re: As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

I believe the idea here is that comics would cost more when purchasing them on the iOS version due to them having to pay Apple. I read my comics on Android, so I have no clue if there is a price difference. I imagine their 99 cent deals are likely still priced at 99 cents, so I would expect to find that the comics cost exactly the same price on both platforms. Honestly I can see why Amazon would want to change this immediately. Comixology had no ground to oppose Apples charges, but Amazon has the cash to front the costs of this move. I mean, if I just bought a company and a good portion of my purchases came from a platform that charged 30% I would rethink things as well.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

Jakeula Re:edx (84 comments)

I am also doing an edx course, and I think this is a pretty smart route to take. If you already have a degree in something, all you really need to do is prove that you have the chops to work as a programmer. Edx offers the ability to pay for the course and get graded, and at the end receive a certificate signed by the University offering the course.

What's even cooler is that they offer something called XSeries courses, and as the name implies, you take a series of courses and at the end of that you get a cert that says you are proficient in a specific focus. Right now I am taking 6.00.2 and I took 6.00.1 already. I am taking it because I wanted to learn more about data analysis, and once I complete part 6.00.2 I will get something signed by MIT saying that I know some stuff about computational thinking and data science. My company is also going to pay for me to take a course on SaaS that has two parts, but I am not sure that it will be an XSeries. I will however still get 2 certs saying I understand how to build, deploy, and maintain SaaS applications, and this one is done by Berkeley.

Basically, if you already have a degree, you just need some additional resume pieces to get you in the door, and I think these courses allow for that. You have formal education, and then you have major Universities saying you know at least the basics. That should get you an entry level programming gig at the least.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Jakeula Re:Titanium? (314 comments)

The only responsibility placed on Tesla is the safety of their own technology, and those that use it. If you are driving a gasoline powered car, and you get hit by my car, and YOUR car catches fire, that is not the Tesla's fault.

about 8 months ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

Jakeula Re:On the road to replacing DirectX (130 comments)

You're correct that it seems like OpenGL is playing catch up with D3D, but to assume that it will *NEVER* get ahead of the curve is quite an assumption. The Linux Kernel took years of playing catch up, and now its just as modern as anything else (as a pure kernel). If Valve is moving to OpenGL and others follow Valve, then it stands to reason that Khronos will likely be able to make strides and eventually close the gap. Right now more graphically driven things are done on Windows (gaming), so of course it has the best tools for the job. However, the tides are slowly changing, and if they change in a quality fashion, I see no reason OGL has to stay in the back seat. I say this as someone with limited experience dealing with both OpenGL and Direct3D.

about 8 months ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

Jakeula Re:What is wrong with you people? (144 comments)

Seriously? I thought we were on Slashdot, a place where nerds hope real nerd worthy news is aggregated. My mistake. We must be in a middle school classroom. Here let me explain how you can find simple answers in the future: GOOGLE IT! need the link too? https://www.google.com/ - there ya go. type in "what is a quart" and you get a definition and a converter on that very page. I know, I must be some technical wizard to have solved this so fast.

about 9 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

Jakeula Re:Odd (335 comments)

If that is your argument its not a very strong one. I have owned many decks that are 90% touch screen over the years and I have never been in an accident that has been my fault (I was t-boned a few weeks ago when I clearly had the right of way from a green light). I know its crazy!!! the thing is you take your eyes off the road all the time. You glance at a knob before reaching for it to adjust a number of settings, the same works once you know where all the buttons will appear. You glance you see it you tap it. done. If you are cycling though more options than that while driving, you are already doing it wrong.

It takes time to learn any new device. If you had lived in said area, you would have known what stations were where, and this wouldn't have been an issue at all. Being in a new area creates plenty of confusion that is "an accident waiting to happen". Now I have seen some stupidly complex touch screen in dash systems, and I have never used Teslas, so I cannot comment on how well designed it is, but I have used plenty of them that work great. I know roughly where I am trying to go and how to get there. I sit the same distance from the dash every time I drive, so I know the area I need to hit based on all of those things, just like how you remember where the knobs are. If I miss, or its not doing what I want, I glance over and see whats up. I mean, people take their eyes off the road all the time for GPS or talking to the passenger, etc. I remember Top Gear did a challenge where they wanted to see if they could preform tasks like sewing while driving, and found that its actually pretty easy to drive while preoccupied. Obviously that isn't science, but driving is like second nature to most people, and a half second glance at the radio shouldn't cause an accident. If conditions are that bad, you shouldn't be fucking with the radio no matter how its built, and you should be focusing on the road.

about 9 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Jakeula Re:Why? (578 comments)

While everyone else seems to be bitching they can't watch the games, I am pissed that it's all over my TV. I don't care about someone sweeping ice in front of a puck, or jumping while on skis, I want my usual line up back. Damn Sochi!

about 10 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Jakeula Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

I agree, we cannot force women into any work force. What I want to understand from this article is why are we looking at such a specific road of tech? We all know that tech is lacking women, so duh Open Source is no better. Lets focus on figuring out why women arent in tech, then if they don't end up in Open Source with some ratio, then we can look at it. I see no way that Open Source specifically will help this situation. I mean I know we all like to think Open Source is the end all, but this is just ridiculous.

about 10 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

Jakeula Re:Why do Free/Open Source gurus use Google+? (169 comments)

While I agree with the sentiment, most companies have little to hide from the likes of Google, their cloud providers, or even the NSA. If anything they are hiding from the IRS. There are often time sensitive information passed out on a G+ business page, but its likely useless to anyone that's not a direct competitor.

I am on your side when it comes to relying on a cloud company for IT, but at the same time I can tell you that in a lot of cases its the best bad decision some companies can make. I cannot tell you how many previous companies I have worked for have told me about the way they planned to deploy their IT infrastructure before simply moving to the cloud and letting them handle it. Until they could afford to bring someone like me in to tell them how to do it, the cloud was the best option. I have seen people want to bring in servers to run a business of 5 people, and not a server, MANY servers. While that was some very forward thinking, it was not at all what they needed and would have bankrupted their company before they got off the ground. Sometimes you just cannot afford to make that investment early on, but taking a cheaper route that will likely succeed in the short term is a very good bad decision. Now,all that being said, I think you need to really think about your IT before you expand too far, and invest into it properly.

about 10 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

Jakeula Re:Why do Free/Open Source gurus use Google+? (169 comments)

Google+, despite what a lot of people think, is very popular for companies to utilize for work projects. Hangouts is a great way to create conference calls, and since its tied into your other Google services like Drive, you can pretty much use it as a company intranet. I have been a contractor for companies that had employees across the states, and most of them have used G+ in the way I described. I would simply be added to a hangout for meetings with the team, they would place the files I needed access to on Drive and then there was little risk of me getting access to more critical business stuff. I was also part of a contracting team that just had a G+ page, and we would meet with clients in the exact same way. I personally didn't like this method, as I prefer to have more face time with clients, but it seemed to work well as a free platform to do business.

If we assume that the Linux team does something similar, its probably easy for Linus to get his ideas across on a social media platform where a decent portion of his development community lives. I have seen many ex-Google friends follow this same trend when they leave Google and create their start-ups. Chris Messina do it with NeonMob, as well as a few others that I met at Plus20. I cannot say this is necessarily the single best method, but it might be that they don't like FB, Twitter's limitations make it harder to utilize in this manner, so G+ is the next best place to put your ideas down for a large user base to view.

about 10 months ago

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