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Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

dread Re:Ripe for abuse (106 comments)

1: luxury means very different things to different people. Not everyone prefers opulence.
2: electricity prices aren't homogenous in Europe at all. In the north (Norway/Sweden/Finland) electricity is cheap and generally generated in ways that have a very small environmental impact (arguably possibly in the case of nuclear power stations but still, Sweden for example get 95+ percent from hydro and nuclear).

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Patents 1826 Choropleth Map Technique

dread This is absolutely ridiculous (183 comments)

1: There is a ton of prior art in general
2: There is a ton of prior art for Excel specifically

Exhibit a) Microcharts from Bonavista Systems, released in 2006 or even earlier (http://www.juiceanalytics.com/writing/microcharts-a-different-take-on-excel-charting/)

How incredibly incompetent are the people at the Patent Office? There is a mandated discovery process after all. What the hell is going on?

more than 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

dread Thanks to all involved (229 comments)

Been reading for years, commenting only very rarely but this site and its contributors have entertained, enlightened and enraged me and keeps being relevant even after 15 years. Well done and a big heartfelt thanks from one of the old beards.

more than 2 years ago

New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

dread Re:The containment wall (760 comments)

greatly reduced number of suicide bombings by palestinians in Israeli cities.

sorry- too lazy to create an account.

Correlation != causality.

How hard is this to remember when you hear talking points like this one?

about 4 years ago

What Software Specification Tools Do You Use?

dread CMMI - religion masquerading as whatever it is (200 comments)

Listen. I've spent far too many of my working years dealing with companies that have caught religion of some sort. It doesn't matter which one it is, be it ISO, CMMI, Six Sigma or some virulent form of agile (yes SCRUM people, I'm talking to you); its a religion. Instead of focusing on the business and developing sound processes that fit the business model and the company culture these companies put in place this huge infrastructure hoping that this will make them automatically successful.

It doesn't.

It does kill whatever passion there is though. Yes that goes for agile too but in other parts of the company than the one you might be sitting in.

These days I have a good rule that works - when a company tries to sell me services based on being CMMI level 5 I tell them to far, far away and preferably perform some acts that are illegal in several states. After having dealt with a couple of them I have realized that the only genuine thing generated is a huge paper trail and innovation is dead or dying.

As to your question - I don't know and I don't care. I can only make the friendly suggestion that you look for work in a place that doesn't focus on religious adherence to principles defined elsewhere. I promise you that it'll be more fun, challenging and ultimately interesting.

more than 4 years ago

Study Shows Monkeys Like Watching TV

dread And right now (103 comments)

Hundreds of millions of monkeys are watching other monkeys chasing a ball on TV. And deriving pleasure from it presumably.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Launches, FCC Teardown Leaked

dread I'll buy one (617 comments)

once someone has bothered jailbreaking it. Prior to that - no chance of me spending my cash on it as my interest in feeding Mr Murdoch and his ideas is exactly zero.

It's an interesting step. I think we will see devices down the line (add cameras, eye tracking and general inventiveness) that come close to a cut down version of Neal Stephenson's "Diamond Age" ideas. But right now it's nowhere near that. Just an interesting piece of hardware that I can use as a glorified screen/reader/remote. Which is pretty much what I will do. If someone hacks the damn thing.

more than 4 years ago

Code Bubbles — Rethinking the IDE's User Interface

dread Bad for coding, good for debugging (198 comments)

I absolutely see where this would be useful but it's just another concept that can alleviate some of the burdens of certain parts of our (?) work. For coding, all out, no-holds-barred, i-need-to-get-this-out-of-head coding you need something that is structured around packages and classes/interfaces. Whether you have to create it yourself or you started with UML (you fancy person you) or a whiteboard doesn't matter. You want to write the code, test cases and move on. I am a believer in making mistakes and correcting them rather than overanalyzing at the beginning and that has worked well in all sorts of environments, whether it has been carrier grade telecom stuff or enterprise widget work. Doesn't matter. Get an initial design, hammer in the functionality and iterate. However, in that type of scenario Code Bubbles doesn't really help. Where it does help is in debugging and documenting, I can certainly see how this would be enormously useful in that situation. The problem is that you don't normally shift between IDEs that way. Some do, I don't and even though I don't necessarily kill the people working for me if they do it, it adds a lot of maintenance overhead to deal with dual project structures.

Anyway, if this ever gets into IntelliJ I'll be happy clam I think.

more than 4 years ago

PS3 Hacked?

dread Re:I rarely get to say this... (296 comments)

Why? To reduce cost and stay competetive in a highly price sensitive market? I'm pretty sure they knew exactly why they did it.

about 5 years ago

Google Betas Chrome 4, Touts 30% Speed Boost

dread Re:Version 4.0 beta (383 comments)

Your point being that you have a problem with software versions above 10 or?

more than 5 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

dread Nontroversy of the year (426 comments)

Oh no. Poor dead author and his unknowable intentions.

Why is this important? Come on. If the books are crap then don't read them. They won't be chasing you
home from the store.


more than 5 years ago

Google Barks Back At Microsoft Over Chrome Frame Security

dread Re:Google dodged the point (150 comments)

But seriously, this argument is wholly inane and false.

1: IE6 - it would break intranet sites. NO it wouldn't as it wouldn't get used unless the proper meta tag is IN THE PAGE. Is this insanely hard to understand? IE6 would keep chugging along until a page that asked nicely for the plugin came around. Then it would be used. The intranet would remain untouched.

2: IE7 - upgrade to IE8. Do you have any idea of how many organisations are avoiding upgrading to IE8 specifically because they aren't sure that everything is going to work properly. You are arguing that they have to upgrade (to a product that is measurably worse than the competition at handling new, javascript-heavy web applications) rather than take advantage of a plugin that will solve their immediate pain point (performance for certain apps) while not disturbing their current setup.

3: Veiled attempt at tricking users into using Chrome instead of legitimately gaining marketshare.
Please, enlighten me - exactly how does one "legitimately gain marketshare"? This is just plain old stupid. Market share is built by providing a good product and having people use it. Time will tell if Chrome Frames is a good product and if people will use it. You are not the judge of what is a legitimate route to market or not. Sorry. The arbiter of that is the market.

more than 5 years ago

Google Barks Back At Microsoft Over Chrome Frame Security

dread Re:So, which side (150 comments)

Ummm. Not many users? Do you completely fail to comprehend how HARD Google could push this on IE6/7 users if they wanted to? And with their allies and partners I think they would have a very good chance of doing an 80-20 conversion on that user base. That's what's up for grabs, not the measly IE8 percentage points. IE6 and IE7 users accessing Youtube, google.com, gmail, google docs et al being gently pushed to install the plugin. Good thing too in my opinion. The sooner we can get that crap out the door and onto the crap heap of history the better for everyone.

more than 5 years ago

David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

dread On voicemail (383 comments)

1: The major reason for voicemail and related services (slamdown notifications where you get a text message stating that someone called you but didn't leave a message) are NOT the minutes you spend but rather call completion. You see, calls that don't terminate when your terminal is not online (a not uncommon occurance in crap networks like the US ones, you would not believe how much time a normal handset in a metropolitan area is offline) are a loss since you don't get missed call information. There is a very, VERY well understod business case for voicemail services and how they affect the average revenue per user.

2: What customers SHOULD do is require that all operators allow them to connect to Google Voice type services, i.e. a service provider that will let them govern the way they receive information and control the modus in which they respond themselves.

3: The charging model of US operators is completely insane compared to the rest of the world. How the hell can you put up with it? Seriously?

more than 5 years ago

RC Submarine Lays Fiber Through Sewers In Italy

dread In other news (122 comments)

Upon seeing the submarine most of the italian army surrendered on account of being surrendered.

more than 5 years ago

Enthusiasts Convene To Say No To SQL, Hash Out New DB Breed

dread How hard is it to understand? (423 comments)

Use the appropriate tool. Always. There are tons.

Don't use a relational database to try to represent hierarchical data. Don't try to use LDAP to do analytics. Think of the performance implications before you have more than two users accessing your system. Data storage is a very different animal, you are often (though not always) I/O bound. This is very different from being limited by the amount of instructions you can deal with per unit of time. Don't think otherwise because it will bite you in the ass.

And still I see people making the same stupid mistakes over and over. But it's pretty simple really:

A solution designed to be generic will ALWAYS be slower than a solution that is customized. This shouldn't be surprising. If you have serious performance requirements (ESPECIALLY if they are coupled with huge amounts of data) then a custom solution is definitely something you should look into. At some point you will run into a brick wall and find out that there is stuff you can't do with the solution you have in place. This is natural. Custom solutions to hard problems always lead to restrictions in terms of future features. Always. You will NEVER be able to anticipate all features that you would like to have. (Yes, this is true for Google as well. No they don't have any special kind of magic dust that they sprinkle on their things there, they do the best they can and then they get bitten in the ass too, just like everybody else.)

more than 5 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

dread Go climbing (1354 comments)

Loads of geeks climb, it's fun/scary, the f/m ratio is good and there's loads of hanging out and chatting between climbs. I heartily recommend it. Plus you get a whole lot stronger, get the opportunity to learn something new and meet people you certainly would never meet otherwise.

more than 5 years ago

How To Seize a Laptop And Make It Stick

dread So... (177 comments)

A couple of douchebags. They should be sentenced to 25 to life in the same cell.

more than 5 years ago

11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

dread Re:Not a genius? He probably is. (648 comments)

Our social peers? Allow me to laugh derisively. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Being different in school SUCKS ASS. At least in college people are sufficiently grown up to not be assholes 100 percent of the time.

Social peers is all to often a nice waying of saying "hang out with the half wits". There is a lot of value being put on "functioning well in groups" that for certain people mean they get to learn that they really don't want to be part of any group that they haven't selected for themselves.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do When a Megacorp Wants To Buy You?

dread Listen (412 comments)

You are young. Sell the company. It will be painful but useful and for several reasons. It establishes a track record, it gives you (I would assume since I don't expect you to sell it for peanuts) some well deserved cash that gives you some level of independence and in the process you will learn a lot about how NOT to do things.

Just do it.

more than 5 years ago



IAMCP threatens legal action over OOXML

dread dread writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dread (3500) writes "The swedish section of the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners) have announced internally that they intend to take legal action against SIS (Swedish Standards Institute) over the OOXML standardisation debacle earlier this fall. And if they didn't look like assholes before they sure do now. First they avoided the democratic process, then they tried to buy the vote and when that was stopped they threaten legal action against SIS. Nice scare tactics."
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