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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

Snotnose The NSA shows us (39 comments)

what happens when you give a government agency all sorts of money and tells them to be creative.

No thanks, I'll stay in the private sector.

4 hours ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

Snotnose Re:Qualcomm must be funding it. (33 comments)

Qualcomm has a high end ARM attached to all sorts of radios, including 4G and GPS, and dozens if not hundreds of GPIOs. I can see lots of applications for autonomous robots (farmers checking fields or picking crops, the state checking trails, companies cleaning floors/windows, vending machines that phone home when they need a refill, etc etc etc).

Qualcomm isn't necessarily in the business of making cell phones, they're in the business of selling chips.

2 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Snotnose Re:Been there, done that. (100 comments)

It got us a pretty cool cover of Space Oddity.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Snotnose If I was in the NFL I'd be pissed (401 comments)

I'd be wanting to work at 110% of my ability 24/7, if I was forced to learn/use a device foreign to me I'd be pissed. I don't care if it's a surface, iPad, or chalkboard, let me work in a way that's most productive for me.

4 days ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Snotnose 3 times less? (170 comments)

WTF does that even mean? Is there 1/3 of the expected lithium? Or something else?

4 days ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Snotnose Justifies my coffee breaks (154 comments)

I learned years ago to work in CD increments. As in, put on a CD, work, when the CD is over get up, pee, get coffee, and walk around a bit to get the kinks out. Repeat as needed.

about a week ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Snotnose Thank god it wasn't 40 years ago (138 comments)

else it might have been teenage me shooting off my home-made rockets.

/ yep, I'd be in gitmo nowdays for half the crap I did as a teen

about a week ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Snotnose Re: Broken light bulbs. (172 comments)

True dat. I was in Jr High (grades 7-9) in the 70s and I spent a lot of time in chemistry class pushing mercury droplets around with my finger.

about a week ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Snotnose Don't really care (307 comments)

Don't care how many celebrities got their nude selfies exposed, nor various websites' responses, nor that at least 1 celebretard was underage when she took her pix.

If the person who coined 'fappening' comes to San Diego and drops me a line, you get 1 free beer.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Snotnose Hell ya (362 comments)

Anything is better than the way I was taught history. In high school it was nothing but names and dates. No context, no motivation, nothing.

About 30 years ago there was a show called Our World on TV. It gave context, explained motivations, and in general made history pretty damned interesting. Too bad the show only lasted 1 season.

Then I had a college history class. Yep, back to names and dates and not much else.

History can be interesting, the way it's taught in school is a sham.

about two weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Snotnose How do they know I'm driving? (137 comments)

I ride my bike a lot. Unless I'm doing 65 on the freeway, how do they know I'm driving to the grocery store instead of riding my bike? The route is flat and through a residential area, I average 20 MPH there and back in a 25 MPH zone.

about two weeks ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Snotnose Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

The automated tests can and will miss things that are plain obvious to human testers.

True dat. The solution is that for every bugfix submitted there is also an automated test to verify it stays fixed.

Automated test suites are not static. They should grow as the project matures and users/developers gain experience with it.

about two weeks ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Snotnose Shades of 2167 (152 comments)

In the late 80s and early 90s I was involved in 2 projects run under MIL SPEC 2167, which was supposed to ensure product quality. Both were epic disasters. IMHO, 2167 pretty much guaranteed mediocre at best software, taking 3x longer to do, at a cost at least 6x of non-2167

This sounds like the 21st century version of 2167.

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Snotnose Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

I would be very surprised if the entire archive isn't on TPB by now.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Snotnose Re:IT's not just cops getting away with this (463 comments)

I rode a motorcycle for 2 years. I finally gave up on it when I realized that it wasn't that motorists didn't see me, rather they saw me and actively wanted to kill me.

about two weeks ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Snotnose I see 2 problems (83 comments)

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning. Second, I haven't ordered anything off Amazon since they started charging sales tax (fark CA and it's high taxes). Too many other online sources to use without letting the spendthrifts in Sacramento squeeze me dry.

about three weeks ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Snotnose Sounds wishy-washy (200 comments)

Without their knowledge? You and your gf (or bf) are getting busy in the back yard and you see a drone. That drone can now film away as you know about it.

about a month ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

Snotnose Think of the children!! (97 comments)

Or terrorists, whichever works better for this particular feel-good do-nothing PoS legislation.

about 1 month ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Snotnose Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

I've used a lot of languages in the last 35 years, I've only actively hated 1. That would be Javascript. I find it amazing you can test your code for weeks, but as soon as you let someone else run it everything breaks in mysterious ways because they have a different environment than you do.

Javascript needs to die, and I'll find another job before I waste any more time programming this POS "language".

about a month ago

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