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Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X

ahem Re:Dissimilar markets (99 comments)

Also, per percentage of fires per number of units sold, Apple's products are significantly less likely to spontaneously catch fire. Hey don't flame me, it's actually true.

Although there is a difference between a product warning you to pull over and get out versus just exploding on your lap.

about 10 months ago

3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

ahem Re:IP freely (234 comments)

The cake is a lie.

about a year ago

Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

ahem Re:Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

"compute" in a cloud context == "compute capacity". Think of it like first and last name. If I'm "Rob Jones", and someone calls me "Rob", it doesn't turn me into a verb.

1 year,8 days

3D Systems and Motorola Team Up To Deliver Customizable 3D Printed Smartphones

ahem Re:Hope it works... (12 comments)

Maybe this could allow for different form factor customizations. Think about how the phone part that requires FCC certification is a small brick completely encased in the equivalent of faraday cage except for where the external antenna plugs in. Then, this mechanism could create whatever kind of case/IO devices/instruments/ports/plugins where the comm brick just sits inside. Then you can have a slideout and a standard ribbon cable connects it, and this slide out sits on the bottom of a chassis that also hosts the display, camera, speaker, microphone, port array and whatever else you want. Think like the electric skateboard that all the different Tesla models are built on top of. Roadster, sedan, crossover, SUV doesn't matter. it all sits on the same skateboard that holds the important stuff for making the car move. Also could think of it as application engine and front-end UI, except as written in hardware.

1 year,28 days

Crowdfunded Bounty For Hacking iPhone 5S Fingerprint Authentication

ahem Re:Why bother. (148 comments)

That was the most gratuitous, and yet somehow satisfying, execution of ITLAP Day.

about a year ago

Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

ahem Re:The Wall? (225 comments)

*There* is the comment I was waiting for.

about a year ago

Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020

ahem Re:Good (333 comments)

Heck, lower the sidewalks to street level and when nobody is on them, use them as another place to drive!

It appears that you haven't been to Italy, have you.

about a year ago

LinkedIn Now Targeting Universities, 14-Year-Olds

ahem Re:They ruined what made it successful already. (87 comments)

Why is "Above" a douchebag just because they made a well reasoned conclusion based on clear-eyed observation of empirically verifiable data? I've seen similar examples and trends. I would tend to disagree with the conclusion that the motor is burnt out, but I do agree that LinkedIn has entered a different trajectory as far as growth and the value of being part of the network. As a hiring manager I still use it to kick off searches, but I rely much more on face to face networking & direct requests of my network.

about a year ago

One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

ahem Re:what happens if the chick get pregnant? (240 comments)

Because then the kid might come back and form the Church of All Worlds, which would piss off the Fosterites.

about a year ago

Say What? Wading Through the Nonsense In Microsoft's Re-Org Memo

ahem Re:Corporate Reorg (165 comments)

Hurr Durr Herp Derp

Didn't you just mis-spell "Hodor!" ?

about a year and a half ago

Five predictions for (Bit)coin

ahem Re:Seriously (179 comments)

The currency of deluded people and unicoins.

There. Fixed that for you.

about a year and a half ago

Engineering the $325,000 Burger

ahem Not exactly meat free (353 comments)

From the article: "starting with a particular type of cell removed from cow necks obtained at a slaughterhouse."

There was also a mention that there's an ongoing need for animal products to produce the growth medium.

There's work going on to be animal independent, but for now this meat is also slightly murderous.

about a year and a half ago

A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

ahem Re:Developer? (220 comments)

If I can do all this, why would I want to remain a tester? Why wouldn't I get into development?

Maybe you like breaking things, not building them.

Actually, I didn't break it, I discovered where it was already broken when it was given to me.

If I'm doing my job right, I build tools that automatically identify where something is already broken. Then we can use that tool to give actionable insight to the developer about where they strayed before they've swapped their brain to a new context.

about a year and a half ago




Real Life Second Life

ahem ahem writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A movie was made depicting what you might see in real life if real life were like Second Life. You can see the movie via Valleywag.


ahem ahem writes  |  about 11 years ago

So, turns out that the web based VPN software we're moving to at work doesn't work with Windows ME (which I've sadly been running at home for my desktop for quite a while because it has usually worked with whatever VPN I've been trying to use for wherever I've been working at the moment).

So on top of SBC DSL being crap where we are now, I'm upgrading to XP. It's actually gone OK, except for having problems removing some VPN software that's incompatible with XP, but the uninstall doesn't remove everything, so you have to go searching. But that's another story.

Seems like tech issues are getting slowly resolved, though. Between lousy reception from the linksys WAP/router and SBC's nonsense and non-responsiveness, it's going a little better.

Going to put up a christmas tree this year, since the Bay Area bits of the family-in-law are coming here instead of us all trooping down to Santa Cruz. That should be an adventure.

Otherwise, work is work (which is somewhat interesting, as we're piloting a semi-xp method for developing some stuff this push... turning out ok, but there's negative time savings because of learning curve -- mine on java). Family is ok, except for my paternal grandmother passing away on Monday. 98 years old and she was worried on Sunday about making sure her great-grandson would get the cake she was supposed to baking for his birthday. She is missed, and one of my few regrets is not being able to have visited more often.


The last five months

ahem ahem writes  |  more than 11 years ago Remarkable. Where have the last five months gone? Oh, right. That new job, new baby thing.

So, I did get the job at Netflix, and I'm really enjoying it a lot. There's a lot to do, but there is a deeply rooted common interest in making sure that we focus on the important stuff, not the busywork. Can't really avoid it, since there's no time to do busywork with all of the projects that directly affect the bottom line.

On top of the new job and baby, we've also moved from San Francisco to the south bay. Instead of our commutes being 45-50 minutes with a big variance for traffic and weather, we each now have 15-20 minutes of low variance commuting. Over the course of a year, it's like having an extra two weeks. It's already come in handy in trying to settle in to the new place. We moved in at the end of September, and still have a few boxes here and there that need to be unloaded and broken down.

While a lot of what is going on is tiring, it's tiring in a good way. I feel very fortunate in the opportunities I've been able to pursue and the breaks that I've gotten.

Well, hopefully I'll remember to check in more often. Then again, why should I be any better with /. than with my own family?


ahem ahem writes  |  more than 11 years ago

At 4:30pm on June 12, 2003, Lucinda Rose Gilbert-Fagen emerged into the world,
officially making Eloise a big sister, and making Jen & I happy parents of
another beautiful and healthy newborn.

Lucinda was 20.25 inches long and weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces. It seemed to
be a relatively quick birth, in that there was only about 15 minutes of actual
pushing. We checked in to the hospital at 9am for the induction, so it was
about 8 hours from start to finish.


ahem ahem writes  |  more than 11 years ago

...maybe this will be a monthly journal? Who knows. So, stuff that has changed in the last month:

  1. Still wrapping up the remodel, but we're down to two items on the punchlist. Maybe before the baby, maybe before the baby.
  2. The due date for the baby was yesterday, and we saw the OB today. We're going to go a week, then if we're not done, we talk about inducing
  3. I think I may have a new job. Through a FOAF, I got a contact at Netflix. Went through interviews this week for a SQA position, and my prospects appear good. I'm really excited about the opportunity, since I'll be able to learn a lot while still being able to do some teaching myself. In addition, the people have excellent camraderie.

Otherwise, just trundling through life a day at a time and seeing what presents itself.


ahem ahem writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hmm. Over a year since I wrote anything. What's changed since I plunked down that previous non-entry?

  1. I left my job as a database administrator/unix admin/manager in March of 2002 because I became excessively frustrated with management's attitude of "do everything with nothing."
  2. I rode in the 5 Borough Bike Ride in New York in May of 2002.
  3. I consulted for my previous employer after the guy they hired to backfill me had some serious issues with maintaining the stability and performanec of the database. Perhaps partly my fault for not building it out as close to the Oracle vanilla baseline as possible, but I had to tweak to try and make the performance numbers work.
  4. Conceived a second child with my wife, who is due in just about a month.
  5. Started a remodel which is just finishing up, only 9 months behind on a 6 month schedule. We lost two months looking for a contractor with a boiler license to do the radiator heat.
  6. Continuing to look for a job in the SF Bay Area. Check out Montcalm Software for my qualifications (such as they are).
  7. Started writing a book about a journey from obscurity to the World Series of Poker.
  8. Started learning Perl,Java,Postgres and PHP.

That's all off the top of my head. Maybe I'll discuss those topics more in other journal entries.


ahem ahem writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Cool. I didn't know that this feature was offered on /.

Ok. I'll stop screwing off now.

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