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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

chromaexcursion Perhaps you've heard of GPS (289 comments)

GPS doesn't directly need leap seconds, but it relies on astronomical calculations that do.
I write software that deals with leap seconds. I don't write the stuff that actually calculates them, but I have to make sure not to break it. One of the mottos of the company I work for is "it is rocket science".
A second is a small enough margin of error to be allowable. Most time systems are based on seconds, so that's the smallest reasonable choice.
For the jokers. An error of 1 minute would be 1 nautical mile (almost 2 km). Which is 1 minute of latitude (60 minutes in a degree). Funny how minute and nautical mile are the same.
I'm an astro geek, and a sailor, don't piss in my yard.

about three weeks ago

65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

chromaexcursion Really bad summary. totally bogus math (180 comments)

It's 2/3 of all types of cancer, are random. Not 2/3 of all cases of cancer (excluding the most common ones).
bogus math. pointless conclusion.

There are lies
Damn lies
Then there are statistics

about three weeks ago

Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

chromaexcursion Re:3 minutes is slow? (133 comments)

I drive long trips all the time.
put the nozzle in, get it running, us the rest room.
That actually takes about 5 minutes, though my trip timer may be including driving into the gas station.
When I was married, any stop took far longer. (That's not why I'm not married now)
why do people seem to want Tesla to fail?

about a month ago

Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

chromaexcursion The system is open to gaming (218 comments)

The FCC comment system was written over 50 yrs ago. Back when a senator might actually understand.
Neither party in congress understands the problem now.
Bunch of Friggin Idiots. Blind leading the Blind.
I was tempted to give a history lesson, but this isn't the audience.


garbage in
garbage out.

about a month ago

Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

chromaexcursion Re:Stupid article is stupid (73 comments)

Sadly this was posted by an Anonymous Coward. Few will ever see it. The default is to view at +1. cowards post at 0. Took modding for me to learn that.
It points out yet again people are mistaking open source with security.
You'd think after heartbleed a few would have caught on.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

chromaexcursion For the most part - NO (118 comments)

For IBM, yes. They do, but only for the parts they support. They buy support for the rest.
I work for a software manufacturer. We internally support the libs that we ship with our products. Usually this just means getting the latest source drops and building them. When there's been a problem we could solve it in our code, but being able to debug into the lib code was the only way to find it.
For major system components, and packages that aren't part of our product, we buy support.
For the average company, there's no way it's cost effective.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

chromaexcursion 52 and still going (376 comments)

I'm 52, and still programming. Not planning on stopping any time soon.
Keeping up with current trends is a must. My strengths are knowledge of C++, system programming, and the ability to work in large complex systems.
There are a lot of things I've learned, that are valuable, and not taught anymore.

A be reason for the age issue is younger workers in general tend to be cheaper. But then again, sometimes you get what you pay for ...

about 2 months ago

What is your computer most often plugged into?

chromaexcursion Re:UPS - don't need one (236 comments)

I use the same system. Every "computer" in the house has a battery. Laptops, table, smart phones.
Much simpler than trying to manage a UPS.

about 2 months ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

chromaexcursion They're a high end contract agency (215 comments)

I'm a contract programmer. I got my current position through an agency. They got the contract, do the negotiating, and take a cut. Where I work there's no way in without going through an agency. It's part of the business, and the cost of doing business.
I've looked into 10x. This isn't the first / post about them. They were swamped for a year from the last one. Likely to happen again.
They manage to stay in the press. Free advertizing can't hurt.
Not a bad business model to have more business than you can handle, and do as much as you can.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

chromaexcursion Re:I know! (223 comments)

You need to learn to pack light.
Don't bring what can be acquired locally.
Concentrate on getting a GF while you're there.

might be more fun ....

about 2 months ago

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

chromaexcursion SO many stupid comments these are hybrids not GMOs (377 comments)

Hybrids have been around officially for over 200 years, unofficially 5000.
It's called selective breeding. It's been going on since man discovered agriculture.
Hybrids loosing effectiveness in subsequent generations, is a well known problem. It's not something engineered in by man. Mother nature is a bitch,

This isn't Monsanto enforcing a patent for their GMO seeds, that do spread that gene.
These are hybrid seeds, with no GMO genes. They've just been carefully selected.
Many hybrids are mules. Look at seedless grapes. The desired hybrid can't reproduce.

The post is a bit skewed, the text for the link to the story tells the story. The author has an agenda.

about 2 months ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:Feds leaking shit for the election (265 comments)

nice post, now if you had logged in more than a handful would see it
I mod often, and read at score:-1. posting not logged in gets you a score:0, the default, and many don't know how to change it is 1.
/. skews to those willing to own their comments.
Original reposted below the fold:
The feds sure seem to be leaking a lot of things in the run up to the elections on Tuesday.
George Zimmerman going to a fed grand jury [orlandosentinel.com], where a witness has suddenly "remembered" something:
>Following Zimmerman's acquittal on a murder charge, Taaffe has reversed his position and now says that he believes Zimmerman was motivated by race the night he followed then shot Trayvon in 2012.
>Taaffe cites a phone conversation he had with Zimmerman in the days following the shooting but before Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
>When originally interviewed by federal investigators in the weeks following the shooting, Taaffe did not tell them about the phone call...

about 3 months ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:Political science (265 comments)

The lawyers.

the whole system has become shit.
We need a better septic system.

about 3 months ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:What a surprise (not) (265 comments)

A boat load of federal crimes (maybe a helicopter load). A lot of people (police and local officials) deserve to go to jail.
There are too many he said she said. Unconfirmable statements, only muddy it further. Unless an insider blows the whistle, the guilty will walk.
A really nasty federal grand jury could put the screws on those who deserve to be punished. They might have to dig into their retirement fund to pay for legal advice. Some pain, less than what most of them deserve. The ones simply following orders don't need a lawyer. The truth, my boss told me to do this and I believed him/her, should protect them. They didn't commit a crime. Don't kill the messenger.
Perhaps the idiot at the FAA that accepted this may pay. Probably not fired, but at least enough damage to make someone else think twice before accepting a sack of bull$#1t.

about 3 months ago

US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

chromaexcursion Re:There's hope (112 comments)

I should have looked it up. Given the naivete of the sheriff I assumed it was a rural county.
Having looked it up. Joe Arpaio is likely to have a difficult time when it comes to re-election, if he runs. He has a lot of problems.

about 3 months ago

US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

chromaexcursion There's hope (112 comments)

The former County Lawyer has been disbarred.
That jackass is financial road kill.
There is no insurance for this kind of judgement. The county is on the hook. They are worse than broke, since this judgement spans bankruptcy.
That county is dead. The residence of the county are legally responsible for the debt.
Their home values are in the dumpster, and paying for the privilege.
Nice to see the legal system work.
I'm not being sarcastic, the people that have the most to loose are paying, as it should be, for a change.

will anyone learn?

about 3 months ago

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

chromaexcursion Having a Surgeon General would help (384 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.

about 3 months ago

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

chromaexcursion Re:'Bout time (175 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.

about 3 months ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion Re:lol (328 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.

about 3 months ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion You could see this coming (328 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.

about 3 months ago



DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 5 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 http://time.com/3120150/satell..."

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Independance Day from big corporate campaign money

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 7 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 7 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "With 8 days to go Mayday's https://mayday.us/ 2nd round of funding is coming up short.
Recent stories in the news, such as http://www.newsweek.com/new-su... 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 7 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 10 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/dazzling-northern-lights-antic-1/10107004 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  |  more than 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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