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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

dslauson Re:AKA the I HATE AMERICA ACT (358 comments)

Newer phones like the Galaxy Note 3 have a USB 3 micro connecter that supports charging with a USB 2 cable. So, make the standard USB3, and smart manufacturers will do it right.
Actually, I won't buy a phone that doesn't have a pretty standard charging port. The market tends to do a better job at sorting these things out in the long run, but codifying a standard like this into law feels too inflexible.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

dslauson Re:Assumptions... (173 comments)

This also assumes that a person wanting to make a purchase on Amazon will not just wait an hour for Amazon to come back up, and will instead make the purchase elsewhere. In some cases that's probably true, but if it were me I'd probably just try again when Amazon came back up. I shop at Amazon out of laziness as much as anything else.

about a year and a half ago
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SmartCap Reads Brain Waves to Monitor Workers' Fatigue Levels

dslauson Re:Great! (58 comments)

Right. It seems like a really bad idea to set the precedent that it's totally OK for employers to ask employees to submit to brain scanning. Sure, they can't get much from it now besides a metric for your fatigue, but as the technology starts getting better...

more than 2 years ago
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Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers

dslauson Re:Correction (291 comments)

Disagree. Nobody is saying that their piracy "causes" them to pay for more media. However, regardless of the causal relationship, this correlation serves as refutation of the image of a pirate as a freeloading, non-contributing jerk. Statistically, they are buying things. In fact, more than the average person.

more than 3 years ago
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Software Logging Schemes?

dslauson Re:As little as practically possible (225 comments)

"You're assuming that performance -- or, more precisely, CPU usage -- is important; in many cases, reliability (and being able to track down bugs after a crash) are far more important than CPU usage."

I work on a real-time embedded medical device, where both performance and reliability are vital. We've got constrained resources, and the system must be extremely responsive.

Our logging scheme is pretty cool. It's written so that two computers can log to a single hard drive, and each logging statement must define a log level. So, for example, if I'm writing GUI code, I can log to log_level_gui_info, log_level_gui_debug, log_level_gui_error, or any of a number of more specific log levels.

The idea is

  1. Some of these log levels we can turn off before a production release.
  2. We have a special tool for reading these logs (they're encrypted), and in this tool you can check off which log levels you care to see, and which you don't

So, we have two ways to filter out extraneous logging that we don't care about (one actually keeps the logging from happening, and one just filters it out during analysis), and we can log as freely as we like as long as we're smart about which levels we're using.

As much faith as we all have in our own code, nothing's as frustrating as trying to analyze a log that came in from the field where there's just no information about what went wrong.

about 6 years ago

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Slashdot Pet Peeves

dslauson dslauson writes  |  more than 8 years ago Here's a list of things that drive me nuts about Slashdot. Not enough to make me stop reading it while I'm supposed to be working, of course.

  1. Standard ask Slashdot question: I'm trying to do (task), but I don't want to expend any money or resources. Can somebody recommend some open source software? Search the forums like the rest of us.
  2. No matter what the story or context, Google && Apple == Good, Microsoft == Evil
  3. BSOD references in any Microsoft story. Come on, it's been a while since Windows 98, right?
  4. Purely semantic arguments. Example: if you mention the open source business model, people jump all over you saying that open source is a development model, not a business model. Can we all agree that there is a business model that has developed around the open source development model? So why can't we call it what it is?
  5. First post. Need I say more?
  6. IANAL. I don't know why this bugs me. It probably shouldn't, but it does.
  7. People who have nothing to say, but still want people to listen to them.

OK don't get me wrong. I still love this site. I'm just airing some dirty laundry because I'm in a surly mood, I guess. Hooray!!!

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Excellent Karma!

dslauson dslauson writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yeah, so my Karma just went up to "Excellent". That's kind of cool. Or, kind of nerdy. I guess it depends on who you're talking to, and whether or not they're ever kissed a girl on the lips (besides their mom).

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Long time reader, first time poster

dslauson dslauson writes  |  more than 8 years ago So, I've been a passive ./ reader for quite a while now, but I've only recently started the transition toward becoming an active ./ poster and member.

You probably all remember what that was like. The most tangible thing about it is that desire for mod points. I don't even really know what it gets me to have lots of mod points. I just know it signifies that people are reading things I've written and finding them valuable in some way.

Anyway, I'll try to keep the mod-point whoreing down to a minimum, and if you see me out there in ./ land, please be gentle.

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