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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

dayton967 Other reasons for NASA's slow build time (211 comments)

One thing people forget, is that the Private sector, can often do things a great deal faster as there is way less red tape. In the Public Sector, you have to have more justification on who you buy everything from, to contractors, everything. The public sector is greatly hindered by this in so many ways, to make sure everything is above board, and fully transparent, and it only gets worse as the economy gets worse, as the government wants an accounting for every last penny, because they believe the public really will care on which toilet paper is being used by government officials. Also if something is not on a standing offer for the government, it must go to be bid on by businesses.

about a month ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

dayton967 One mistake Sony Made (172 comments)

The biggest mistakes Sony made, was not to take advantage of the educational market. There are many places that are moving from physical text books to electronic versions, Sony should have gotten in early with places like California to provide equipment for the students to access their books, but with the encumbrance created by Sony, and no large retailers in place they lost market share.

about 2 months ago
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Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies of Physical Keys

dayton967 Re:What could possibly go wrong? (192 comments)

You could easily get rid of physical keys, their isn't that many variants of keys out there. Just go into some Home Depot one day and look through a box of locks, you'll see paired locks with the same key beside each other, as they are meant to be sold as pairs. And often there's only a few different keys in the box. To make it more interesting if you go through a few boxes you won't see many more keys in the boxes.

about a year ago
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Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

dayton967 Crackberry (349 comments)

There are a few issues I can see for Blackberry
  - Smaller Company with too many models for a company that is only in a single area (17 phones in 5 models currently on their website). This should have been reduced to a handful, in various price brackets.

- Not innovating as much as they use to. I don't recall many big news innovations or changes from RIM for awhile.

- Increased competition, more companies making phones.

One of the biggest pro's, over all of their competition is the fact that the phone can be centrally managed, though at an increased cost, with BES, it's $55/user at 500 users, and 2000 users/server. The Server price alone is $3000. They have added a product line to manage android and iOS devices as well, This looks like it's an additional cost as well, ontop of the cost for the BES server, the fuctionality should be part of BES not as a seperate server.

But the price is way high, and they would make a great deal more money, with a lower server price, with an option for licenses that must be renewed at a lower cost per year (or 3 years etc) to perpetual licenses at an increased cost.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

dayton967 Re:SILENT updates? (393 comments)

to disable just change app.update.silent to false, in about:config

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?

dayton967 My 2 cents (342 comments)

Things that people forget to look at

  1 - What does the employer/client want you to use? The company may have a method they want you to use, for various reasons that you must adapt to. Or a client may want to have it in a method that they can modify later, with some tool. There may be standards or policies guiding the development process as well.

2 - The site may have special requirements, eg. database driven, etc.

3 - Legal Liabilities, have you made sure not to weaken the security of the site, through bad coding practices. Also if you copy code from another site, is there any copyright claims attached to it.

I know I am forgetting a great deal more, but the biggest thing for me is to gather requirements, what do they need, and want, and what is the end user suppose to see and get from their experience. Once you have enough information, you will know if you need to use something like dreamweaver, or you can code it yourself, or you should use some off the shelf software to provide the user experience.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Spammers You Know?

dayton967 Laws to be used against spammers in Canada (333 comments)

These are the laws that can be used currently in Canada.

Theft of a Telecommunication Service (Section 326)
    (1) Every one commits theft who fraudulently, maliciously, or without colour of right,
        (a) abstracts, consumes or uses electricity or gas or causes it to be wasted or diverted; or
        (b) uses any telecommunication facility or obtains any telecommunication service.
    Definition of “telecommunication”
    (2) In this section and section 327, “telecommunication” means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images or sounds or intelligence
              of any nature by wire, radio, visual or other electromagnetic system.

Mischief (Section 430 (1)(c) and Section 430(1)(d))
    (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
        (c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
        (d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.

Mischief in relation to data (Section 430 (1.1)(c))
    (1.1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
        (c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use of data; or
        (d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use of data or denies access to data to any person who is entitled to access thereto.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Rename the Department of Homeland Security

dayton967 I have it (382 comments)

Big Brother!

more than 2 years ago
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IT Shops Coping With Overloaded 2.4GHz WiFi Band

dayton967 Re:wi-fi needs an evolutionary upgrade (165 comments)

In the case of WIFI it is an advantage. In CSMA/CD you attempt to send your frame after waiting for the line to be free, and if a collision occurs, everyone on the network backs off, and you must resend the complete frame over again. With CSMA/CA, you send a smaller packet stating your intention to send, if there is a collision there, then you back off, and try again. When a shared access network becomes heavily loaded, with collisions in CD, it almost always causes no end of problems.

This is generally not an issue with switched Ethernet, unless there is a speed and duplex misconfiguration, which will happen either if one side of a link is forced and the other isn't, or some network cards and switch combinations can have problems negotiating on occassion, but it's becoming less and less common. (unless you are using the old Baystack 450's)

more than 2 years ago
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Why So Many Crashes of Bee-Carrying Trucks?

dayton967 Re:sounds like a MythBusters test can bees in a tr (255 comments)

Umm get a large number of them to push a large rock into the middle of the road early, and when the truck starts driving, a large number would fly infront of the windshield to blind the driver.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Shops Coping With Overloaded 2.4GHz WiFi Band

dayton967 Re:wi-fi needs an evolutionary upgrade (165 comments)

No the 5Ghz wifi range actually starts around 5.18Ghz, and 4.915Ghz in other countries. Even taking out the top end of the range from 5.7Ghz and up that 15 channels.

channel frequency(MHz)
36 5180
40 5200
44 5220
48 5240
52 5260
56 5280
60 5300
64 5320
100 5500
104 5520
108 5540
112 5560
116 5580
132 5660
136 5680
140 5700
149 5745
153 5765
157 5785
161 5805
165 5825

more than 2 years ago
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Why So Many Crashes of Bee-Carrying Trucks?

dayton967 It was no accident (255 comments)

Those darn Africanized Honey Bees are doing it, they are banding together and causing the trucks to flip. What better way to get rid of your enemy then attacking when they are in the middle of being transported.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Shops Coping With Overloaded 2.4GHz WiFi Band

dayton967 Re:wi-fi needs an evolutionary upgrade (165 comments)

First thing, because of the nature of the beast wifi is basically like going back to the old Ethernet Hubs, with the added benefit of it being Collision Avoidance, and not Collision Detection, but because it operates like a hub, you are only as fast as your slowest user.

There are big differences in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, first 2.4Ghz has only channels 1, 6, and 11 (in North America, elsewhere there is also 14) that can handle 20Mhz frequencies without interference, at 40Mhz there is 1 or 2, depending on location. The 5Ghz range has about 20 channels that have full 20Mhz ranges available (some countries have more, some less). This leads to a lot less crowding.

Secondly 2.4Ghz has a lot of other devices on this range causing interferences, such as cordless phones, leaky microwaves, video senders (and some of these use frequency hopping, with high power, but using 10Mhz), bluetooth, cordless keyboard and mice, and car alarms are ones off the top of my head, and I think there are some baby monitors in the range as well. 5.0Ghz does have anything in the range as far as I recall, with the exception of radar (in the US), but those ranges are not usable in the US.

The biggest issue with the 5.0Ghz is the penetration power, it may not pass through concrete walls or water, as well as 2.4Ghz. But I really don't plan to use an ipad while I am underwater in a pool.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

dayton967 typical (1797 comments)

The extreme right wing capitalist view seems to be, make the rich richer, and the poor dumber. Next they will want to get rid of education all together. This just leads to a new form of slavery. In areas of poverty, the better the education, the number of crimes will reduce as they learn ways to be more productive.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Shows RealVNC Embedded In the BIOS

dayton967 This scares the living Bejezus outta me (154 comments)

VNC is not the pinnacle of security to begin with, unless they changed it, the default password limitation in VNC use to be at least only 8 characters. And if they haven't it just gives a much easier method of compromising a system.

about 3 years ago
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NAND Flash Better Than DRAM For PC Performance

dayton967 Re:I'm confused (205 comments)

I think it's the articles problem, because it didn't go into details. But NAND Flash and DRAM are Apples to Oranges. You couldn't run NAND Flash as RAM because it must transfer to RAM before execution. The more likely is the mixture of the 2, and it might be something as simple as say an 80G SSD for the OS and Swap, or even a smaller NAND SSD for just the Swap.

more than 3 years ago
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The Ugly State of ARM Support On Linux

dayton967 Again my suggestions in the past (94 comments)

My suggestion from well before kernel modules era. One thing that is needed for the Linux, is a seperation of the drivers from the base of Linux. To do this, create a standard interface for the kernel and drivers to communicate. Probably through the use of Stub drivers in the kernel. This would allow some level of standardization of the kernels, would allow for 3rd party drivers (I know I will get killed for this one), and more importantly is that urgent fixes in drivers could be pushed before the kernel, and may ultimately reduce the size of the distributions, as they would only have to push what drivers have changed.

more than 3 years ago
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BBC Site Uses Cookies To Inform Visitors of Anti-Cookie Law

dayton967 What I would prefer. (98 comments)

My personal opinion would be that the html standards needs to be changed. One change would be to create a session header, that does not write, and is cryptographically modified after each page access. This would prevent the websites from accidently storing session data, such as the recent linkedin session problem. Also I would change this so that only one session may be stored unlike cookies.
Cookies then can be used for what they were intended, the storage of information relating to the site, such as preferences. This then can be user definable as if you want to store them, not store them, not accept them, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

dayton967 My 2 cents (997 comments)

There are a few issues at stake.
#1) Some locations may have manditory over time levels, so after 8 hours they must be paid over time, or face civil suits, and fines.

#2) Some employees will burn out, and burn out fast.

#3) Unhappy employees = Lower Quality, which ultimately equates to higher long term costs.

#4) Loss of employees, and high turn around rates, which will also add to long term costs.

#5) Most programmers I know, will work at their leisure after hours anyways, from the comfort of their home.

All of these, will ultimately cost more money, in the long term, and possibly more then hiring a few more programmers. But if they are not profitable, they really have to look at what is their core requirements, and services. Once you have these defined, redefine the organization for these, and streamline and possibly reduce the staffing to a level that can support these items. Remember many of the dot.coms in the late 90's went away for one of 2 reasons, a bad business plan, or trying to do too much with too little. The ones that survived, did 1 thing, and did that 1 thing well.

more than 3 years ago

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Sony Hi-MD players are now available in Canada

dayton967 dayton967 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I know it was discussed here in January about the Hi-MD players being available around April. Though honestly I did not see them available up here in April at least not in my neck of the woods.. So I was pleasantly surprised to see the MZ-NHD600D player available. I still think the price is too high though, now will we see them put it into a car stereo, like they have for regular MD, time will tell.

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