×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

See Attached Who is our advocate on this? Kane in Korner? (200 comments)

As USA had initially led the charge along the path to the internet of things (ugghhh I hate how that sounds), we have to consider that the cost needs to drop and the service needs to improve. This is accomplished by customer service -and- increased efficiency and developing technology rather than just propagating the status quo. At my home, there is only one option for Internet, even though another ISP (has a V in the name) offers High Speed Internet that is -up to- 3 Mbps - in this day and age - thats BROKEN... Around the planet costs and service are way better. This seems a transgression of public trust. The Board of public utilities throws up its hands and professes it has no control over which provider provides what, but, how will this change/improvement come to be? Who is the consumer advocate that can get the ISPs to modernize? Google seems to be trying, but the rest of them are self absorbed and not going to budge on their good thing.. their ... Triple play Hoax. The phone used to be copper lines, and was truly 24/7, but now its VOIP. Get Ooma and be done with it. Anyways... Who is going to lead the charge on modernization, and get things moving?

about a week ago
top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

See Attached Time for a new paradigm? (200 comments)

Ok. so this wont be repealed, and the i's are crossed and the T's are dotted, so no one broke the law, so... how about we push them to fulfill the promise they made, but do it wirelessly? Put wireless access points on each home, and tie our home networks into it. SO they find physical plant expensive - oops - I am SURE they can get us 45 Mbps to each house over wireless!

about a week ago
top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

See Attached Opportunity (paid for but) lost NJ (200 comments)

Verizon is off the hook? Who is going to answer for that? Well rip me off! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... Verizon has been getting breaks since this was first signed in early nineties. HP advises 4,000 -> 5,000 (excess charges and tax breaks) per houshold paid to Vz? This rolls up to the Board of public Utilities for letting them off the hook. Time for a BridgeGate scandal check here. We have a very anti-competitive environment, where each carrier must have a handshake-certified regional monopoly in many towns. Comcast, Optimum, and Verizon seem to have cut the state into mico-monopolies, while the rest of the world is passing us by. Are our taxes too low? Nope!

about a week ago
top

IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

See Attached Two realities have to be considered (484 comments)

First, no medium or smaller company is going to want to own IT hardware, and employ IT Staff. they want to buy applications from Cloud. Or thats what they think they need - damn the torpedos and the internet availability issues and loss of control. Even large companies dont think their dedicated, hard working folks offer any competitive advantage. They are just overhead in MGT eyes. Levels of bureaucracy ensure that workers get no credit for their succes. Second, letting H1B workers in displaces US workers, and drops the labor rates in the US for all other US workers. We train the foreign workforce,then chase them away so they go home with a clue on how to run businesses. Is it better to keep them here or not let em in, or restrict H1B count? Either way, business wants to pay less for what it perceives as commodity skillsets. (again, not recognizing the skills of the domestic worker). Then the jobs can go offshore and then the contracts that are written and the cross training provided results in a loss of control of the IP, as well as the financial performance. The guy in the next cube works for your competition, and gets the sales reports for both before you and before your competition, and goes on day trading escapades accordingly. The question never asked: Is the US worker more productive, more creative and more effective at doing IT work? I've heard hte rate is about >> 2:1 for headcount, favoring the US worker, but this is not acknowledged. EU has a protectionist view. Wonder how history will see that?

about two weeks ago
top

Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression

See Attached This should be easy to correlate (132 comments)

There are many occupations that should be available to correlate this -rather direct- attack on one fuel type. Truck Mechanics... Exposed to liquid and exhaust Tunnel operators that sit by many idling diesel trucks Truck drivers that drive older / dirtier vehicles. Volkwagen TDI drivers vs gas powered cars Sea Captains and deckhands that get exposed to bunker The direct assault on Diesel only seems callous at first glance. Am assuming that none of the Study participants never had exposure to diesel ever before. How stressful was the test, and could that have caused measurable changes? How did the test subjects not-know that they were breathing in diesel fumes? Lets do the same test on theater smoke, on second hand tobacco smoke, Farts and other noxious things that don't kill immediately.

about three weeks ago
top

The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

See Attached Re:Protocols (252 comments)

Yup. Protocols. Not the Home OS... this reminds me of the NOS battle of the 90's... which was more about TCP vs. IPX/SPX .. generally network protocols. Ideally, any OS should participate in the mix, but, those that spew these garbage acronyms are just trying to win some sort of battle. This is not as awful as the IoT (Internet of Things) acronym. that's an even more inappropriate ChOW (Choice Of Words). (see how I did that, I just made up a silly acronym).

about three weeks ago
top

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

See Attached Re: maybe its not the kids (840 comments)

normally, yes. run a thin jumper, but there were 30 parallel pads on the display that had to be connected as well. so I did what is done now, left less than stellar review for the device on amazon. is that the new normal? ?

about a month ago
top

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

See Attached Re:maybe its not the kids (840 comments)

Mostly as tough as you want. Just fixed a current washing machine yesterday. Youtube helped, but just to get the doors off. Many things are still made of consituent parts, and the interconnects then are most likely to fail. I took apart a top-rated AA-AAA battery charger, that had some crud buillt up on/in it. A mystical clear plastic rectangle did me in, as it had some sort of invisible trace thru it, so that re-assembly was impossible. Contacted the Mfr (chinese) and they said disassembly was not possible. (what?). our culture is in love with "getting above it".. things like the Cloud (we dont hire IT now, its contracted), the Internet (experience things or gather globally), food (Buy food out of a paper bag, not hunt/kill). Started with the Ice Machine, eh? My John Deere started making some whizzing in the mower deck. Hoping it goes away, but I figure I'll need to replace somehing soon!

about a month ago
top

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

See Attached Basics are waning...or .. the new "relevant" (840 comments)

I'd seen some young uns asking what time it was with a standard dial clock nearby. I learned that the new kids can't tell time from a clock with Dials, Digital only. This would at least result it now knowing clockwise , from counter clockwise. This seems disconcerting, Chirality starts with Right Hand, left hand... But... are we to only know what a Business Informatics tells us? Is symmetry part of the toolbox for a critical thinker these days? THats a tough one to lose. Took apart the washing machine to clean out the rubber boot/sump in the Frigidaire front loader. Eek... stinky work. No kids wanted to see.No more self sufficiency. Does anyone gage our success in WWII as being due to out-producing tools of War? Is the notion of a sovereign nation antiquated itself?

about a month ago
top

Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

See Attached Re:Stand back while he does real medicine (33 comments)

Perhaps altruism is not the right word (... benefits another at its own expense...), perhaps the focus on better survival of society as we know it. It could have been much worse, not to diminish the awful toll already taken. Good point about profit. The growth in capability is still profit .... been distracted by the incessant justification by financial return. Now.. lets turn this around and look at superbugs before those get nastier yet. Lets characterize profit then as advancement in medical methods to target our adversaries and tune our adaptive immune systems to tolerate these nasty critters! How to motivate to that end, though...

about a month ago
top

Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

See Attached Stand back while he does real medicine (33 comments)

This is awesome. Real medicine. Not treatment, not a profit motive. Just building on what protected one patient with the hope of helping others be rid of the disease. Go Dr Crowe, Go Mapp! We need less focus on monetization and more on misery.

about a month ago
top

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

See Attached Opt has thousands of hotspots too.. is mine? (291 comments)

When we see the ads, who is not impressed by the thousands of hotspots advertised? Their website boasts https://www.optimum.net/pages/... "the easiest way to enable it is to take it to any one of our thousands of hotspots and follow the steps outlined below" But thats almost as evil as adding a set top box thats plugged in / running 24/7, (make that one set top box per TV). At 40W, it adds up.. But.. you say it has an off button??? Not really. The annoying Blue LED goes off but the power consumption stays at 40W. Whats up with that? But.. I digress... Time for some choice in this market.

about 2 months ago
top

Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

See Attached Re:simple - the value is outside the device. (193 comments)

What we are now realizing is that the value is largely OUTSIDE the device, and is based on what it can find on the Interweb, as well as from any IT resources at the school. Think about it. Now a school can autonomously decide what and how to create and post information, rather than waiting for some company to decide what its allowed to do and how it can be used. Decommoditizing information is a great thing for capitalist (a la MP3 / iPod etc) but not for unrestricted educational environments. I can see kids will gravitate to all aspects of the device. Creating, sharing, repairing, upgrading, protecting understanding. Sounds like a great match for a school system. A closed system would be ho-hum, and turn those eager, unrestricted minds off.

about 2 months ago
top

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

See Attached Remember the Y0K Fiasco? (284 comments)

Didn't you get that papyrus-memo? Everyone wanted to require a Negative number on all the clay tablets. The scribes were looking forward to the overtime, the Donkey cart guys were in favor of shipping em from Helios mountain DR site, but Ceasar said no and settled on AD for Go-Forward only.

about 2 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

See Attached Re:Microsoft APS(formerly PDW) (147 comments)

"Those are a little easier to set up because you don't need to get your organizations IT server team involved" Your IT bretheren might be a little non-plussed being skipped in the process.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

See Attached Nature of the load makes one thing simple... (147 comments)

Use SSD based storage for the data, so you don't have to wait for spindles. Seems that Pure Storage does it best of late, whereas other vendors have optimized the spindle based storage. PS did it from ground up. Best part is the documentation, Its ALL written on a single 3x5 card. No matter what software you use, skip the spindles.

about 3 months ago
top

US Midterm Elections Discussion

See Attached Broken processes? Wiki time. Reinvent Politics &am (401 comments)

The whole red vs blue + blue vs red mess is not leading us to better governance. Its broken. So is money. If the objective were just to -have- the office, the current ad campaigns would be suitable so many political ads are about why the other guy sucks... not why they are the suitable candidate. Then, there is no accountability after being elected. To lead and govern the people, to protect them from each other, and from outside entities (etc). To enjoy life as we all see fit, without destroying the enviroment, or keeping anyone else from enjoying theirs. Legislating on facts, and not on beliefs...you know, by and for the people. Sure, there is a huge $$$ divide in our nation, one would hope that those "with" would have earned it thru supporting the culture, the people and society by doing something relevant. Like elected office, its not about having money, its a medium of exchange. Who else thinks both processes are broken (money and politics), and we need to be lead/governed by those that want more consituents to enjoy a better life as interpreted in the changing world we are in. Do we need a rehash of our consitution to get back on track? Lets create a wikipedia page set for candidates, so candidates can be understood, elected and held accountable. Another Wiki page for the role of money as we evolve off barbaric mediums like bills/coinage.

about 3 months ago
top

32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

See Attached Re: Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (175 comments)

And now we all trail the civilized world in the available products, competition and pay the most for it. Lets make this an election year campaign.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

top

Is Lumbus "Prior Art" in the war for 2d/3d HID?

See Attached See Attached writes  |  more than 4 years ago

See Attached (1269764) writes "SGI was way ahead of its time in so many ways. One of the innovations that didnt catch on was Lumbus: http://hpcv100.rc.rug.nl/lumbus.html
Although it ran only on SGI Indies, it used 2D profile information as input to an algorithm to provide 3D input to a game or process.

Does this serve as prior art for the gaming patent industry? Its not obvious, but it seems to have been done before! Would be great if this would be considered prior art.

Standing in front of a camera and being positioned in virtual space by a comp is heady stuff. Hope this unfetters the programmers at large!"

Journals

See Attached has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?