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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Jumunquo Less than you expect (167 comments)

Reading the reviews from developers who bought and used Google Glass, most of them say the same thing - it's not ready. You need an Android phone, and it's sort of an awkward extension of the phone. There aren't any killer apps for it because the APIs are not ready (it's mostly just popping text messages on the glass). I don't have Google Glass, but that's what I gleamed from the descriptions. The major reasons to get it seem to be for: 1) developers to get a head start on developer (on the belief that it will hit it big on a future rev) 2) journalists so that they can write about it 3) people with $1500 burning a hole in their pocket 4) people who want to brag to their friends (or brag to anonymous people on the Internet because we all know what a great satisfaction that is)

5 days ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Jumunquo Re:To be expected (686 comments)

$500 only? That's not even enough for 10% of the stipend given to a single women's advocacy intern, and GNOME needs to sponsor 17 of 'em. You need to dig deeper!

5 days ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Jumunquo Re:The story stinks (236 comments)

Years before they redesigned the part, they also sent key covers and service announcements to all the dealerships, although they made it seem like a minor thing, so the key cover distribution was sort of spotty. I'm sure this was the work of these two guys also. Uh-huh. And then you have to ask, how did these two guys know it was faulty and seriously so in the first place? Most likely, warranty repair reports. The key cover was the quick fix. When they got more reports, they redesigned it. Who handles the warranty and repair reporting? And when they get reports, I'm sure they try to test and repro - you wouldn't send out key covers to all dealerships w/o testing it at all, right? - who handles testing reported parts defects and the quick fixes (like key covers) to them? And when something spans this many departments, I do not see any way there are not at least some high level managers, possibly VPs or even higher, involved to direct the effort and approve the expenditures.

about a week ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Jumunquo Re:Car analogy (645 comments)

Same as if you're using that 1970s car to transport that kidney or as a electric generator for your nuclear power station - you sign a support contract w/ the manufacturer to cover that, or you're out in the cold.

But realistically speaking, you could just keep using XP. If you're not surfing the 'net on IE w/ it, then most of those security updates don't even do anything for you.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Jumunquo What is freedom (645 comments)

Personally, I think Microsoft should let anyone who wants to buy extended support do so. They're trying to get ppl to go to a subscription model for software (Office 360), and here they have a bunch of ppl that don't even need convincing - they are asking for it with open arms. It's not like they make money on computer hardware sales, so this seems much better for them. It's okay, I think, to just make tons of money, rather than try to be like the cool kids.

BUT if they don't want to, they totally have the right not to. A lot of those posts sound like they're written by communists, not freedom lovers. We tell people to chose free software - that's freedom. To force people to use free software, to force businesses to open source - that is not freedom. That's forcing your ideology onto others, like the communists found they had to do because people weren't being selfless by themselves. Freedom is letting this thing go end of life if that's what MS wants and letting the people chose again - this time, hopefully, they will chose better.

about two weeks ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Jumunquo Re:OpenSource (341 comments)

Problem is - it's government. Every proprietary app they need is going to cost them 10x as much as any normal enterprise business, suck 10 times as bad, and require massive re-training. Someone above gave a great example where the manufacturer requires you buy a whole new set of medical equipment on upgrade, not just replace the software on the controlling PC or firmware. In the US, they spent like $70 million on healthcare.gov and look how they turned out. They should have required Open Source from the beginning, but since they didn't, I'd reckon L5.5M/year is a total bargain. They'd probably love to keep extending it every year it if Microsoft lets them.

about two weeks ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Jumunquo Re:Microsoft: Support XP users (341 comments)

Very good idea actually. Unlike Apple, they make no money off hardware, so $20/year for every copy of WinXP is good money. Unfortunately, Microsoft had been sort of obsessed with chasing the greener grass on the other side of the field rather than use what they are actually good at. Of course, they did sign this contract, and they said they are fixing Win8 for desktop users, so maybe the new CEO sees the light. We will see! In any case, if they don't charge a $20 subscription, they would be stupid since now people have a source from which to obtain illegal updates.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Jumunquo Custom algorithm (445 comments)

Come up with an algorithm only you know, that is generally different for each system you use, and for added security contains some personal thoughts about the site that make it hard to figure out your algorithm (although that last one might stump yourself too, lol). The problem is when you're forced to change your password, but it's usually some regular cycle, so I'm sure you could figure something out for that too.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Coins and How the Definition of 'Crypto-Currency' Is Getting Too Loose

Jumunquo Thumb Wars (115 comments)

That's why I only accept girly giggles.

about 2 months ago

Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014

Jumunquo Throwaway accounts (276 comments)

People make lots of throwaway accounts because every company wants to force people to register, so it's not surprising you keep seeing generic passwords used. Adobe has downloads that you have to register to get, so it's not surprising seeing lots of generic, insecure passwords. I imagine for a lot of these accounts, all you will get is a fake name, throwaway email address, and what was downloaded.

about 3 months ago

High-end CPU Coolers Reviewed and Compared

Jumunquo not really worth it anymore (133 comments)

Chip clock speeds have sort of hit a ceiling, so beyond-factory overclocking doesn't do as much good anymore. What are you going to do with 10% more clock speed nowadays? If playing games, you'd just upgrade your video card. If you were really serious about overclocking, you'd water cool. There's just not much reason to eek out a tiny bit of cpu performance with slightly better air cooling. The stock Intel heatsink and fan is quiet and performs well, and there's not much reason to spend more money.

about 7 months ago

Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020

Jumunquo Re:What about obstacles? (333 comments)

Yes, you buy that. I will be in the 3D-printed car that launches the deer over to your car for a 50% cut of the meal.

about 8 months ago

Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020

Jumunquo Think big (333 comments)

If we had truly autonomous cars, we wouldn't need a car per person. One car can take you to your park-and-ride, your wife to work, your son to middle school, and your daughter to elementary school an hour later. Then, it can pick each person up and take them home. And just in case scheduling conflicts, you can team up with your brother and sister to form a 3-car system. Team up with more people, and you can start carpooling and sending the nearest available car to whoever needs it like a taxi service. Get a city involved, and you'll have the more adaptive and cheap bus system in the world, that picks you up on your doorstep and transfers you from car to bus with perfect timing. Routes and transfer points will change dynamically to route traffic most efficiently. Bus-only lanes and traffic light control will ensure calculations are accurate for the majority of the route. Even if you drove like a maniac, you'd have trouble beating an autonomous system that synchs all the traffic lights to its benefit, drove speed limit on the bus-only lane, and does a perfect transfer to car to take you from doorstep to doorstep. Or maybe it wouldn't be that hard because there will be so few cars on the road that owning a car would be like having your own private Jet.

about 8 months ago

Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews

Jumunquo Re:one of my favorites (98 comments)

That's what the uranium is for.

about 8 months ago

EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

Jumunquo Monthly bandwidth limits (301 comments)

I find the monthly bandwidth limits a bigger problem. Most months we don't use much, but one or two times a year, we go over.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Jumunquo Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

He didn't get fired. He was offered a lot of money to be CEO of Zynga, then the Zynga stock immediately went up. I wonder how long before they realize what a huge mistake they've made.

about 8 months ago

3 Reasons Why Microsoft Needs 3 Surface Tablets

Jumunquo Market saturated (266 comments)

The author thinks MS should make a low-cost tablet, but I think that's just further suicide. The low-end is glutted with tablets, lead by sellers who are making next to nothing on hardware to push their marketplaces and followed by their OEMs. Microsoft is not going to be able to undercut them (would be lucky to just match, given the quantity discount disadvantage), and then they will be in the same fiasco as now. What's been proven, and what people have said since day one - the Surface Pro will sell, and RT will not. You don't enter markets where you don't have a differentiator or a price advantage. A cheaper Surface Pro on Intel's future mobile x86 chips might be a good route to take (even Samsung is buying into them). They won't make it big that way, but there's nothing wrong with just making lots of money.

about 8 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Trust Internet Comments

Jumunquo Wildly misleading conclusion (180 comments)

The comparison to Amazon/Yelp is misleading. They are confusing the rating of the comments (e.g. the "most helpful" positive/negative on Amazon) to the product rating. Upvoting a comment on Amazon does not change the product rating, and it doesn't on Yelp either. A comment does not become more trustworthy with upvotes - it just gets possibly seen more. If the researchers wanted to study Amazon ratings, they should have written fake positive reviews on Amazon products. Regarding the trustworthiness of comments, that's very hard to study - are you going to track down users and give them a lie detector test? It's almost like they realized their study was lame and tried to extrapolate it to a more exciting conclusion after-the-fact.

about 8 months ago


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