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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

chromaexcursion Having a Surgeon General would help (97 comments)

The fools are yelling for an Ebola Czar.
Perhaps filling the position of Surgeon General would be simpler. Controlling the spread of disease is one of the functions of that office.
But, approving the the candidate for the office would require the Senate to actually do something.

1 hour ago

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

chromaexcursion Re:'Bout time (161 comments)

Old news. 15 years ago Philadelphia was trying to build out public WiFi.
Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T had nothing to do with ensuring it failed.
Verizon is far more evil than Comcast or Time Warner. They've been at it longer and are more entrenched and subtle. They're the phone company after all.

Everyone loves to hate the cable company. The phone company is so good at fucking you over, most have no idea how badly they've been screwed.
I'll take Comcast any day over Verizon. I caught Verizon padding my bill, it took far too much of my time to force them to drop a little over $100 in charges.
The PUC investigator admitted he wished there was a way to more severely punish the phone company.


Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion Re:lol (321 comments)

40, 50, + years ago Bose did original research in speaker design. It changed things.
They patented it.
If physical patents were treated the same way as intellectual property patents are now, Bose would rule audio.
Is Bose over priced? yes. I won't pay for a name, but some will. At least it works.
All Beats has is a good marketing director.

2 days ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion You could see this coming (321 comments)

Win, lose, or something in between. Once Bose sued Apple they were going to be out.
Apple has it's nice walled garden. Only good little boys and girls are allowed to play.
By suing, Bose became a bad boy. They would be ejected from Apple's garden.
At this point Apple can't stop Bose from selling Apple compatible products. They just won't sell them in their store.

Bose has been around longer than Apple. This wasn't their first patent fight. I suspect there was no surprise in Bose' boardroom when this was announced. I have a feeling that Bose' CFO is not happy but not unhappy. It's business.

2 days ago

FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

chromaexcursion Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

there's much to be said for college chicks.

about three weeks ago

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

chromaexcursion What a fool (302 comments)

Pay a fee for a license?
This idiot lives in the UK. Obviously totally clueless.
I though US lawmakers were stupid. This toad is a dumb cop from a different country. Gives new meaning to stupid.

I suspect this story won't get much more press, this guy is up there with Sarah Palin for intelligence.

about three weeks ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

chromaexcursion It's now assured destruction. (342 comments)

Any rogue faction than uses nuclear arms (they may have 1 or 2) against the US can be assured their cause will not survive.
For the peacenicks, The policy of MAD has been around for 50 years, might be more. No one has died. Perhaps millions have lived. If you don't remember the 60's...
either you where there ... or most likely you weren't.
Second problem.
We've planted our own seeds of need. We can shoot down missiles. The Russians are getting close. The Chinese are working on it.
The plants aren't for more weapons, just new ones.
The sometimes more than slightly crazed world governments have managed not to start a nuclear war in the past 60 years. Though I admit they came close at times. Effective deterrents are important.
The disarm at all costs idiots fail to understand the US can't afford a nuclear war. It would destroy the economy, period. US nuclear weapons are only a second strike weapon. But, for that to work, the second strike has to be decisive, at least in the eyes of an aggressor. But good bet the test needs to be real.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

chromaexcursion Re:Business IT is Boring...and that's good. (275 comments)

Physicists, and other hard math scientists still prefer fortran. It's more efficient at math than anything else. Sometimes old, simple, and purpose built still wins.
There is some movement in the C++ standards to include these fortran features.

I've been programming for over 30 years. Moving to new technologies and industries is a way to keep things fresh and challenging. I've lost track of the times I've submitted support requests and the first response was "No one has ever asked that before", or something like that.

about a month ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Raptor? (108 comments)

et tu Brute.

Caesar never got to finish his reforms.
Brutus, and other supporters of the bureaucracy, had him murdered.

Bureaucracy is a killer.

about 2 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Can't we clone them? (108 comments)

because it will take years to actually build one.
because it's rocket science, blue prints are only 1/3 of the way there.

about 2 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Fuck Lockheed (108 comments)

Well known and understood. But P&W deserves to burn for this failure.
A a manager of mine used to say "failure to plan, is not my problem".
The general contractor is at fault for all failures, except it seems with the US military. That needs to change.
These companies exist in a notion of the world that they can't fail. They need to have a few negative quarters!
Perhaps even fail, though with some of the infrastructure that isn't possible.
Lockheed made their bet. They can eat it. Congress is too stupid to understand. Yet again it will take an executive order to sort this out.

about 2 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Raptor? (108 comments)

They do. but they're not an authorized contractor. and the paper work takes years.
welcome to stupid government.

for military contractors, the paper works is EXPENSIVE!, last I heard, space-X wasn't interested in paying that freight. Odd that Russian engines are OK.
Perhaps Caesar was correct, though forced into a situation he despised, he offered a choice, accept or die. The current bureaucratic morass is evidence that the rules must change. There isn't time for the bureaucrats to muddle.
A sad state of affairs

about 2 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Fuck Lockheed (108 comments)

Lockheed decided to go with a Russian Engine. There seems so be a problem with that now.
Time to make bad choices matter!
It Lockheed can't deliver a launch vehicle, there should be a penalty. Sadly in these contracts there is no penalty. But they don't get paid, and Space X and Boeing can pick up the slack.
It's time defense contractors payed for failure to deliver
This won't bankrupt Lockheed, but it better hurt, hurt bad
A year on year loss due to stupid management would send a good message. We'll let you live, but not if you fuck up
Make it hurt!

about 2 months ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

chromaexcursion Ferguson Should take note (231 comments)

Over 1000 times $125,000 is over $1 Billion.
Fiscal penalties can work ....
They're ruined.
Civil rights violations are a federal crime.

about 2 months ago

Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

chromaexcursion Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (207 comments)

Yeah, because their stock in the the dumps.
I have 100 shares. hoping they'll do something to make it worth selling at a profit. I've had them for a decade. just waiting for a good time to sell. I'll keep my eye on the price.

about 2 months ago

Patents That Kill

chromaexcursion Re:In a nutshell: (240 comments)

Not specifically a written law.
The practice started in Rome in the first couple centuries BC. Powerful men were granted license to exclusively produce something. Sometimes it was because they were doing something new. Sometimes because they owned the mine. Patent didn't mean new, just verified.
The meaning of words change over time.
As for the patent system, England did not invent it. Look to Italy.

about 2 months ago

T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

chromaexcursion Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

Sounds like it.
When I'm where I know I'm not likely to have signal I either turn my phone off or put it airplane mode.

about 2 months ago

T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

chromaexcursion Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

When a phone has signal, the back channel includes information about neighboring cells. So, it knows where to look for the next back channel. Only a few frequencies to tune to. The problem starts when contact is lost. Phones use power looking for a signal. Re-tuning the receiver is not free.
They continuously tune over a series of frequencies looking for one. And keep cycling through them.
This bitter cycle of finding nothing uses up a phones battery very quickly. Before smart phones it was the single largest power user.
This is an OLD problem. It was well known in the industry in 1990.

I started writing software for cell phone companies in 1990. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about how cell phones work. Moved on to a different industry in 2000. Some things don't change. At least not quickly.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

chromaexcursion What you're doing is akin to learning Latin (170 comments)

From an old limerick:
Latin is a dead language, dead as can be. ...

Some previous posts mention other current platforms. Try those. Palm is dead.

side note. a 2E that sill works? Mine died years ago.

about 3 months ago



DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 2 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "DigitalGlobe recently launched it's newest satellite, which features 31cm resolution (just over 12 inches).
The images were taken from another DigitalGlobe satellite. A neat way of demonstrating what you can do when you own multiple satellites.
The new satellite has the highest resolution imaging capability of any civilian satellite.
There's a good video of the launch at the bottom of the page"

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Independance Day from big corporate campaign money

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 4 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.

I am stunned.

In the last 24 hours, literally thousands of PCCC members responded to our call of Mayday! — and donated to our "Super PAC to end all Super PACs."

Our ambitious goal is to raise $5 million by the end of July 4, to declare our independence from the big-money funders who hold our democracy hostage. We have one day left!

We just passed $3.3 million raised. I don't know where we'll end up by midnight tomorrow, but between now and then, we need to give this everything we've got.

Can you watch our video explaining MayDay PAC — and with just one day left, chip in $3 to help take back our democracy?
This has always been a long shot. And until today, our shot was looking even longer.

But I'm seeing a glimmer of hope. Every minute, new people are coming in to save our democracy.

If you've been waiting to pledge, or learn more about this, now is the time.

Watch our MayDay PAC video. And chip in $3 or more to be part of history.

With hope,

Lawrence Lessig"

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Lawrence Lessig 2nd round of Mayday funding may not reach its goal

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 4 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "With 8 days to go Mayday's 2nd round of funding is coming up short.
Recent stories in the news, such as have highlighted this bold approach at campaign funding reform.
The first round had a goal of $1 million, and raised $1.2 million. The second round goal is $5 million, and is currently at a little under $2 million.
I first heard about Mayday from a slashdot story, during the first round of funding. Others might be interested in an up date."

Thunderbird upgrade utter fail!

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 4 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "It will list all my mail boxes, but will only access one.
NOT the one I care about. multiple mailbox access is totally broken.
I had to delete the mailbox it wanted to use fortunately one that is backed up elsewhere.
Still can't access my other email accounts
Utter failure! (was so tempted to milk this story and say udder)
way to go guys"

The current Slashdot comment system is terrible

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 7 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "The first comment or two get all the responces, even if they are stupid.
Most just add to the noise
Instead of defaulting to showing all comments, only showing the first comment for a thread; and in cases where the first comment was deemed to be flamebait not bothering to show the thread at all.
Looking at comments on a post over a few hours old is waste of time. Too much filtering the crap."

SO. global warming doesn't kill....

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Deadly forest fires are just one aspect of global warming.
Sandy was another one.
When will the average person connect the dots?
This is a horribly sad story. Too many things went wrong. Everyone involved on the ground is dead. Everyone should be screaming, WHY?
The people that put them there need to be investigated. If only to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Better to let the fire burn than kill so many firefighters.
The US southwest is a tinderbox, this will happen again."

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Aurora Borealis likely to be visible in southern NY and PA tonight

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year and a half ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Several news source are reporting the likelihood of an impressive show of the Aurora Borealis visible as far south as even Washington DC this evening. NPR and AccuWeather both have the story. Check the map, if you're in a fair to good zone head out after sunset to see the show."

my bank is run by a bunch of idiots

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 3 years ago

chromaexcursion writes "I can't use firefox or chrome to access this credit union's website. Each rejects it as a security risk.
I've sent several emails to the credit union, all ignored. I'm hoping a severe public outing will get a few idiots fired.
A good credit union (in the USA) is a good thing. Management that uses sites that have invalid SSL certs is abysmal.
How many other slashdot users have been faced with such profound idiocy?"

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