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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

LoztInSpace Re:Ahh, heat issues... (131 comments)

It was not a manufacturing problem. It ran off a cliff because the development teams used two types of abacus and fucked up the calculations.

about 2 months ago
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Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users

LoztInSpace Re:Google sure ain't an angle ... (141 comments)

Maybe you can answer the question prompted by the post above - why were the intra-datacentre comms links ever unencrypted?

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

LoztInSpace Re:Depends (937 comments)

Exactly. No different to a fuel warning light. These things are not magic. Whatever it is, you need to keep your equipment maintained and functional if you have any expectation of being able to use it.

about 3 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

LoztInSpace Re:Nowhere to plug one in (810 comments)

Or combine the two. Parking meters with an option for recharge (or chargers with an option for just parking if you prefer).
You could even use the car as a battery and sell power you harvested overnight back into the grid during the day in exchange for parking costs.

about 5 months ago
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Google Is Building a Chrome App-Based IDE

LoztInSpace Re:Web People vs. Desktop People (209 comments)

Very nice. Don't forget also that once introduced, each iteration is then actually hailed as something revolutionary rather than something missing and that was solved/commonplace years ago.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

LoztInSpace Re:nice (311 comments)

Spot on. What many managers see is people working long hours because they're excited and motivated about what they do. This in turn gets things done. That somehow translates as "working long hours is what gets things done". They completely overlook the true reason for the productivity.

about 7 months ago
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Data Center Managers Weary of Whittling Cooling Costs

LoztInSpace Re:Dumb summery (198 comments)

Price of electricity matters. If your total electricity cost is $1000 per month you'd almost certainly find something else to concentrate on. If the same data centre costs $100,000 to run you'd be stupid not to look at it. Agreed the PUE doesn't change with cost, but the relevance does.

about a year ago
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A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

LoztInSpace Re:Population control (220 comments)

I always maintained that if I could persuade our testers to learn programming, we'd have much better software. In my experience, testers think about requirements, products, edge cases and scenarios a lot deeper than the devs. They also learn more about the business and how the product might be used.
In fact, now I think about it, many developers barely know the minimum tech to get an end-to-end application up & running, let alone all the stuff testers do. How many devs choose not to even learn about basic security, databases, algorithms (hash tables or unique dictionaries instead of generic lists) . These devs just know C#, HTML & CSS , jQuery (or whatever) and think it's enough.
Give me a good tester with an interest in programming any time.

about a year ago
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The Eternal Mainframe

LoztInSpace Re:Giving up the dream (225 comments)

That's pretty much true of every computer. Just because someone only ever uses Outlook, Word, Excel & IE doesn't mean it's not a computer (or a consumer device for that matter).

about a year ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

LoztInSpace Re:What's wrong with Google cars (352 comments)

Both park assist and adaptive cruise control have been around for many years (2003 and 1995 respectively) in one form or another. Maybe not in Fords and maybe not in the US and maybe not very refined, but neither is particularly new.

1 year,18 hours
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Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

LoztInSpace Re:Bullshit! (433 comments)

Actually, in my driving lifetime there's been a significant shift towards moving many if not all of these things to controls on the steering wheel. You would presume that's because it's safer. Not because to do otherwise is illegal, but it's obviously regarded by many as a good enough idea to spend quite a bit of money doing so.

1 year,8 days
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

LoztInSpace Re:Be Afraid? (307 comments)

sorry - gave you an off-topic instead of interesting.

about a year ago
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Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice

LoztInSpace Does anyone even care? (110 comments)

Don't most people find their way to a site from a search engine or links off another page? Quite frankly, to me urls are like phone numbers or email addresses - they can be important but once they're in the system I let that take care of them. I can honestly say I do not know any of my friends' phone number or email address or any URLs of note - why would I?
One world, one internet, one stupid bit of identification that gets abstracted away within seconds. Why make the distinction at all?

about a year ago
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Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

LoztInSpace Re:Existing non-electronic variant (145 comments)

How is this easier than assuming that everyone who takes delivery of said package just rejects it at the acceptance stage if the shock detector has gone off? No need for anything fancy like USBs/wireless data connections to databases etc (see below). "It's broken - I don't sign for it". Done.

about a year ago
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Bushfire Threatens Major Telescope

LoztInSpace Re:Where (79 comments)

Very true, but I am sure deep down you know what I mean. They sell it hard enough internationally though. I get at least an email a week and a letter every fortnight asking me to renew and I'm not in the USA.

about a year ago
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Bushfire Threatens Major Telescope

LoztInSpace Re:Where (79 comments)

Also, whenever states in USA are mentioned, I feel they (article writers with an eye to an international audience -i.e. everything on the web) should spell the frickin' state out in full as you did. Using these bullshit colloquialisms makes it rough going to work out what's going on sometimes. Especially bad is organisations that should know better, such as National Geographic.
I guess we should count ourselves grateful we got New South Wales not NSW.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

LoztInSpace Re:Consider the other side (276 comments)

This is an excellent, insightful comment. Not everyone gets to see the whole picture. Arguably they should, but often they don't for any number of reasons. Nevertheless, it's quite an eye opener when the full picture is revealed. Developers think their new "web site" (or whatever) is the be all and end all but in actual fact it's just a front end (often one of many) into some massive business process that involves thousands of people and was years in the making. IT is a tool and rarely an end in itself.

about a year ago
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Washington Post To Go Paywall, Along With Buffett-Owned Local Papers

LoztInSpace Re:google news settings (163 comments)

You'd hope the "editors" would think about such things, wouldn't you?

about a year ago
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Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site

LoztInSpace Re:I tried it. (86 comments)

I just paid 17 fucking dollars for a beer (I didn't realise it - it was on the tab). Admittedly it was a guest beer and the guy asked me to read the menu, but I just wanted to try something different so I just started from the pump on the left and worked my way right. 17 FUCKING DOLLARS!!!
Spookily enough though, the pub I was in before I came in and surfed /. was #1 on the sites "Food & Drink", so can't really argue with its accuracy.

about a year and a half ago

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