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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

business_kid Good & Bad News (427 comments)

The Good news is they are getting tough with OEMs. Let them start in China. Companies like Rockchip, a chinese SoC manufacturer, sell their boards into tablets, cubes and all sorts of gimmicks, but never update. I have such a tablet with Android-4.2.2. No update available, and there are shameful holes in security. It has proprietary modules which prevent using CM or other software. As for the bad news - 20 google apps - well, that's a shameful waste of memory, but I can always delete the shortcuts :-). Perhaps even the packages too.

about three weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

business_kid Re:Circular "reasoning" (795 comments)

I disagree with a lot of what's being said. I have faith in God. But I don't regard anyone involved in WW2 or any war as Christian. Christ is not a pacifist, but he was not involved in THESE wars, which are about keeping leaders in power more often than not. BTW, has anyone noted the original logical flaws? If science has 'high priests,' it's a religion, or some chancers are putting one over on people big time.

about 1 month ago
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Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

business_kid Re:A few hundred extrasolar planets (80 comments)

Mark Twain made my point, so I'll just quote him: In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. . . . . There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

about 1 month ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Re:Beyond the Big Bang (226 comments)

I disagree that time began with the big bang. Maybe time for this universe began, not time in the absolute sense. And at the time I mentioned something was happening which pure materialists may feel uncomfortable with.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Atoms (226 comments)

As far as my science takes me, no atomic structures or charges would survive being crushed in a singularity. How come our universe has so many neatly constructed atoms with positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons spinning around each other?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Beyond the Big Bang (226 comments)

At the moment before the Big Bang, science doesn't claim to know what was happening. There was no observable universe, except possibly for a massive singularity, which gravity would lock together with unimaginable force. Do you feel the subsequent events were caused by something, or Someone? If so, what or who?

about a month and a half ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

business_kid Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

No direct experience myself, but my friend accompanied his sister to a pre-op meeting with a surgeon. All seemed to go well, and she was reassured. He noticed the guy had glasses. "If eye surgery is so great, why don't you get it done yourself?" he asked. There was an embarrassed pause, and the guy started into possible issues, what might go wrong. No operation proceeded.

about 3 months ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

business_kid Never mind possible: (308 comments)

Never mind, I say whether long distance space exploration is possible. _Think_Of_The_People_We_Can_Send: That life assurance guy who won't take no for an answer; Politicians on huge pensions; Corporate bosses who screw people over or muck up the planet for profit; Militant 'anyone's rights' activists; the animal rights crew; Selected "Entertainers;" Dangerous Convicts; etc. etc. If they hit a sun or starved to death half a light year away, would any of us toss in our beds?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

business_kid Peter Principle yes - but who gets fired? (331 comments)

I accept the Peter Principle logic.It was also in Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pinafore' "When I was a lad," etc. The chief of the navy had never been to sea. I'm just wondering who should be fired - the IT manager or consultant. You are a consultant being paid big bucks. You are eminently expendable. You see the facts, and 1. Don't know what to do. 2. Can't assess incompetence. 3. Need to ask total strangers for advice Why on earth did they hire you?? :-)) I know little about software, and less about management. I would report as follows: A. Initial goals and target budgets of recent projects vs finished results, (They wanted X - they got q). Compare with 'going rate' for subcontracting same. B. Reasons in the company for poor relations with IT dept. What do the other workers say? C. Analysis of the working spirit of each IT employee and opinions as to what contributes to poor environment. No names - a table with %s. D, Capital expenditure critique. E. Work practise critique. My son is a senior developer; he writes a test for his code, writes the code, and tests it. Messy, but bug free. F. Steps in place to: save money; check project meets goals; rein in developers wanting to add unnecessary crap or rewrite interfaces with no advantage; budget checks, etc.. G. Lastly, interview the IT manager and find an appropriate alternative post for him in the company if possible. Can he do Java? Manage the office? Train noobs? The company are more likely to act if they can offer alternative employment. Write your conclusions. Then scatter your conclusions in the report like spice so when they look at the conclusions they are not surprised. Take care with the executive summary - it's all most of them will read. Make it long enough and jargon free. Now you've consulted us for free on how to earn your money. We have told you. Give something back to charity.

about a year ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

business_kid Re:Economy is not a science. (290 comments)

Agreed. Comparisons to relativity and other serious treatment should be done in the light of (Economist & Author) John Kenneth Galbraith's opinion: "The only purpose of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable."

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Re:Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

I believe the expression comes from the Wild West of the USA, where 'toting' six guns was a common practise. One chamber of these was commonly left unloaded lest the hammer bounce and fire the gun in it's holster, and you'd shoot yourself in the foot. When drawing to shoot, the hammer had to be cocked at the same time, and shooting yourself in the foot was entirely possible if your thumb were to slip off the thing, as cocking rotated the barrel one notch.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Re:Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

I'm not defending Vista for one second. You could, and I did make it look and behave somewhat normally. Windows 8 comes with an inoperable and permanently broken UI, It also forces on manufacturer a restrictive form of the UEFI interface which is aimed at preventing dual booting with linux or bsd. This is ignored in the horror at the UI buit is going to end up with people locked out of their own PCs

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

If windows 8 hasn't failed yet, it will. It is certain to fail. It is such a dreadful experience that it makes even (spit!) Vista look good. It's been forced out by manufacturers, and bought by rote, not by people choosing it. I have an install for a 17.3" screen that thinks it's on a mobile phone and has a minimum of 5 consecutive menus to navigate before you can do squat. I couldn't abide it even as the other os on my box. And then there's that EFI B.S. locking people out of their own PCs - plenty of fun to be had there yet. I've seen M$ shoot themselves in the foot before, I have never seen them do it with such a large canon

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Curiosity Has Found Plastic On Mars

business_kid Re:Never mind the editors (293 comments)

I enjoyed that item about plastic on Mars. The Editors did their job with the line " Update: Yes, it's a hoax." I wonder did the Nasa hypotheses include our space junk somehow crash landing on Mars. It won't be long before we'll have to go space filling instead of land filling with our junk anyhow if we keep the turning earth's resources into junk,

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

business_kid Unwelcome and no longer necessary (475 comments)

At 55 degrees of Latitude where I live, people will be either getting up/going to work in the dark, or coming home in it.There was a justification for it when kids going to school were road accident victims in early morning. No kids walk to school now. It take no time to adjust to unless you're a physical wreck, but I trust time to be continuous, and there are 2 hiccoughs in that through the year (and never on the same dates, either). That's unwelcome.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

business_kid Re:Java and Python (360 comments)

My point wasn't to brag about the kid. My point was to make clear the languages in demand, and that if our experienced programmer wasn't able to pick up half a dozen languages, he should get out. I'm not young myself and trying to reposition from Electronic Hardware, and hardware is not a good place to be, as it's a big company market. Everybody wanted me to turn to IT or programming, but I'd be working days and studying nights and I'm not up to that. As for your point, if you as an employer had to choose between a programmer with one useful language, and one with four, which would you choose?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

business_kid Re:Java and Python (360 comments)

I have a kid who had a bare bsce (C, C++ & Java), and has started in. First came an msce in C & chuck (yes, chuck) I bought him an iPhone, a Mac, and software. No class, no training, he got his ass stuck in and started writing IOS. He's now working for a firm; They added an Android tablet to his collection, and has sent out stuff in Java, Android Java, IOS (different again), HTML 5, C, VB, Flash (ugh!), C#, and C++. If the thought of learning those horrifies you, (like it does me) get a job making pizzas or something. Look at the jobs out your way, and be guided by them. Nothing else matters.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

business_kid If You Must (208 comments)

I was in that business here from 1989-2006. My first suggestion is DON'T - KEEP YOUR MONEY. Increasingly numbers of programmables (fpgas, microcontrollers, pals, etc) make it impossible to source spares. No other independent repair house lasted until 2006 here on repairs alone. I'll talk some more on that if you wish. 2 things you should have are a Metcal soldering iron, (ebay, but watch the mains vfoltage) and a Diagnosys Pinpoint 2 or the successor to that. For unknown boards, Diagnosys (www.diagnosys.co.uk) make the best test equipment about. Preferably buy secondhand - you get ripped off new. You also need desoldering, for which I used a spare Weller handle, an industrial vaccuum pump and a footswitch.

about 2 years ago
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Megaupload Shutdown: Should RapidShare and Dropbox Worry?

business_kid Re:SOPA lovers would love to take them down. (428 comments)

I am out of this in Ireland. I am uneasy with breaking copyright. If someone steals my car, that's a simple case and he owes me. If someone steals intellectual property . . .

I also think the idea of a replacement for Hollywood, while sorely needed, needs work. Let me give you an actual serious example:

I would like to make a feature about Jesus Christ - not just the crap Hollywood produces, but a grasp of the man as he was, the real person, and the King that he is now. It would educate adults and kids in their faith and be unquestionably bible based, and directed in line with that alone. Another revenue stream would be teacher's notes & a dvd set for schools. Est. cost for a low budget version would be $10-15 million. The dvd set for schools would facilitate teaching religious instruction.

Do Slashdotters feel like forking that sum into the doubtful investment of a film which may end up being pirated and copied by sites like megaupload? That is a serious proposal which will remain just that unless people express willingness to invest. The $10-15 million is a barrier to me. Then investors really own it. Are they prepared to open source (= throw away) their investment and how are they expected to make money at it?

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

business_kid It's too late (659 comments)

It's already too late for that kid and I feel sorry for him. I raised some above average kids. At least I got letters home from the school telling me they were above average, one very much so, and I should hothouse them. I looked at hothoused kids. They were all miserable because like any kid they wanted to play, but they were being forced to study and learn crap way beyond their years. Kids develop maturity, it's not a function of your IQ. What's the value to a kid of a phd at 15? No value. What's the value to a kid of a normal upbringing? Immense value in life. I binned those letters and let my kids have a life. They reach their potential now in everything they decide to do.

about 3 years ago

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Invasive Porn Ads

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business_kid writes "Business_kid likes the scoops on Slashdot, enjoys the linux flavoured bias, and generally is very positive about the site, but is leaving and not coming back. Because of slashdot's popularity, ads for 'adult sites' often appear. It is disconcerting to have to post or read on serious subjects with virtual prostitutes leering at you alongside the printed material. Because of my wpork, I know better than most the harm pornography can do and I won't lecture you. Shame on you, Slashdot, and goodbye."

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