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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

dynamo Re:So (310 comments)

in another context or another less totalitarian government situation i might call that a troll.. but here- mod parent up.

about three weeks ago
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DEF CON Advises Feds Not To Attend Conference

dynamo Re:Wrong way to go about it? (250 comments)

No. We are better than the NSA (low standard to rise to, but still). I know that was a joke but.. it's possible that non-feds might be caught up in this and it would really suck to be kicked out of defcon on the slightest suspicion. There needs to be some kind of test - something a fed would never do but a regular attendee would be glad to.. there are options.

1 year,18 days
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Dashcams Going High-Def, High-Tech

dynamo big deal (93 comments)

Wake me up when they have 4k ones.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

dynamo Re:Think About It This Way (656 comments)

If you are looking at resumes that actually list what /classes/ the candidates took, they probably have zero experience. The other guy who has some actual experience or did some personal project interesting enough to fill the space will get the job.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

dynamo Re:Can any one help... (786 comments)

Thanks for the detail - interesting.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

dynamo Re:Where should we start? (786 comments)

Anti-Trust is a joke in this country, and a sad one at that.
Actually, I should say Anti-Trust was a joke back when we had it.
Now we have Too Big To Fail.

With the incentives in place now, we are well on our way to having One Big Company, invulnerable to laws it doesn't bother to follow even though it wrote them all, and paid for all the votes.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

dynamo Re:Can any one help... (786 comments)

"A bit of a Palestinian"??

Seriously, Anonymous Coward, that doesn't help clarify things at all. It's going to mean vastly different things to different people. Personally I find your analogy's implications offensive, but I won't go into detail because that would be following that distracting path further out into the woods.

Second, you have a typo missing a pretty important word - it should be "Linus does NOT want to do this in ideological grounds".

Also it's not so simple as it being an ideological objection. Linus argues that a major kernel addition that only runs binaries specifically and individually approved by a commercial entity with a history of actively trying to destroy linux, is perhaps a bad idea. He even uses the phrase "requires a lot more thought". Sure, later on he gets more angry and forceful in his arguments, but I agree with his decision here.

Trust and past behavior matter in human and corporate behavior - especially in the installation of a new system to manage trust at the very lowest core level of the operating system. Microsoft is has not proven to be, in my experience, technically competent or worthy of trust.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

dynamo Re:If you can work remotely... (455 comments)

Yeah but there's no reliable search engine for reliable people who can do the work from the other side of the planet, and there tend to be issues involved with international hires, including paperwork, time differences, and language/accent interpretations.

Besides what has an office got that isn't available on the other side of the planet too? They do have offices there.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

dynamo Re:Noisy annoying environment (455 comments)

Damn right. I spent a decade in various cube farm environments, they are horrible, productivity-killing and soul-killing places. Never Again.
Cubes are just a half assed attempt to pretend people have privacy when they don't. give them tables, give them offices, or admit you don't have enough space.

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Case: Deja Vu All Over Again For MIT

dynamo Re:Legal and you know it, Ortiz doesn't (175 comments)

No it wouldn't have been ok, not even might. I only know from hearing the stories of others, to be fair, but if I had gone to prison for 6 months on trumped up charges because of something I did to try to increase the amount of freedom in the world without profiting from it, I would not find that acceptable, fair, ok, worth living for, etc.

It is sad to realize/say this, but Swartz probably did the best thing he could have done to draw attention to his cause and try to get it fixed. I hope it makes a difference.

about a year and a half ago
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Who Controls Vert.x: Red Hat, VMware, Neither?

dynamo Re:Does not support PHP (118 comments)

Perl seconded! What the hell, they are supporting Groovy but not perl?

about a year and a half ago
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CES: IN WIN Displays Costly but Beautiful Computer Cases (Video)

dynamo Scripted? (141 comments)

Interviewer: And uh and.. how many are.. are these.. are these going to be.. a limited edition?
Company Rep: Oh! The important thing is that it's limited edition ..

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

dynamo Re:Start your own business (232 comments)

No, in this case, it means editing.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

dynamo Re:Start your own business (232 comments)

Really unless you are nationally known for doing some horrible crime at the school you got your PhD, I can't imagine any moral problem with not including a PhD that you actually did get. Moral problems could certainly arise from pretending you have a PhD that you actually don't have, but pretending to have done less with your life.. who gets hurt?

about a year and a half ago
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Security Firm Predicts "Murder By Internet-Connected Devices"

dynamo Re:So we are to believe (135 comments)

Just because it is "treated as legal" for now by the same government that is doing the strikes does not make it actually legal.
Someone should be tried for murder in many of these cases.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

dynamo Re:Dvorak bad (307 comments)

Yes, which is only useful for reducing repetitive strain injuries, and there are better keyboard layouts than Dvorak for that.

Really? Name one. and please include links..

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

dynamo DVORAK! (307 comments)

Yes, it is worth learning Dvorak just for such an attempt - but you will not be faster with it for at least a couple of weeks. It's worth learning Dvorak for many other reasons too - one of the most important being minimizing long-term wear and tear on your hands, which gets to be absolutely crippling at times if you aren't careful.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

dynamo Very Odd Coincidence (1061 comments)

I realize that it's a different kind of place over there, but either that hack result is fake or there is a LOT of inbreeding going on in that church.. If you look over the list of members, there are 74 listed - and of those 74, there are only three (!) people whose last names are NOT either Phelps or Hockenbarger (or something hyphenated that includes one of those, like "Phelps-Roper").

So, 95.946% of these assholes are in one of those two families. Sounds like a genetic problem to me.

about a year and a half ago

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A Tale of Two mooches

dynamo dynamo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dynamo writes "My brother Dave* and I just released mooch, an iPhone app for keeping track of loans between friends (ex: borrowing $10 for a movie ticket.) When we started, we did some research and, amazingly, there didn't seem to be any iPhone apps out there that did this already. We researched available names during the design process, and eventually settled on "mooch", because lowercase utility names just feel right. mooch version 1.0 was completed and submitted to Apple on Aug. 2nd.

On Sep. 17th, after roughly six weeks** of "in-review" status, mooch posted to the App Store. We were thrilled — until we found out that another app with very similar functionality had been released two days earlier on the 15th (but that had been submitted after ours) — and with a nearly identical name — "Mooch! (IOU)". There are some minor differences in the UI and feature set, but the core functionality is the same as mooch's. (ex: They have a button to send a deadbeat friend reminders per transaction, we have a button to send a reminder email per friend, with the current total and transaction history.)

So, what do you do in this situation? Well, you compete, obviously, and of course we intend to do that. There are enough potential customers for more than one personal loan management app. Our concern is the similarity in name combined with the similarity in function. I can't just say to buy the app called mooch that tracks personal loans, and expect someone to find it, I have to say to get the mooch with the hand grabbing the cash icon. We've pretty much decided not to ask them to change their name — mostly because we don't want to be jerks about it, but also because we probably don't have the legal / financial resources available to make them if they don't want to.

The other issue is that we have a long list of planned features, some of which are already implemented in their application — for example, attaching a photo to a transaction. It seems likely enough that the reverse is true as well. Is it better to announce new features in advance to avoid looking like we copied them, or to keep it under wraps so as not to tip off the competition? Do we have to worry about anything resembling patent issues?

* Dave incidentally also works on the Frankencamera, which was featured on Slashdot a few weeks ago.
** For completeness, about 4 weeks into the review process, Apple very reasonably asked that a small change be made to the UI. We made the change, tested it, and resubmitted within 48 hours."
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A Tale of Two mooches

dynamo dynamo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dynamo writes "My brother Dave* and I just released mooch, an iPhone app for keeping track of loans between friends (ex: borrowing $10 for a movie ticket.) When we started, we did some research and, amazingly, there didn't seem to be any iPhone apps out there that did this already. We researched available names during the design process, and eventually settled on "mooch", because lowercase utility names just feel right. mooch version 1.0 was completed and submitted to Apple on Aug. 2nd.

On Sep. 17th, after roughly six weeks** of "in-review" status, mooch posted to the App Store. We were thrilled — until we found out that another app with very similar functionality had been released two days earlier on the 15th (but that had been submitted after ours) — and with a nearly identical name — "Mooch! (IOU)". There are some minor differences in the UI and feature set, but the core functionality is the same as mooch's. (ex: They have a button to send a deadbeat friend reminders per transaction, we have a button to send a reminder email per friend, with the current total and transaction history.)

So, what do you do in this situation? Well, you compete, obviously, and of course we intend to do that. There are enough potential customers for more than one personal loan management app. Our concern is the similarity in name combined with the similarity in function. I can't just say to buy the app called mooch that tracks personal loans, and expect someone to find it, I have to say to get the mooch with the hand grabbing the cash icon. We've pretty much decided not to ask them to change their name — mostly because we don't want to be dicks about it, but also because we probably don't have the legal / financial resources available to make them if they don't want to.

The other issue is that we have a long list of planned features, some of which are already implemented in their application — for example, attaching a photo to a transaction. It seems likely enough that the reverse is true as well. Is it better to announce new features in advance to avoid looking like we copied them, or to keep it under wraps so as not to tip off the competition? Do we have to worry about anything resembling patent issues?

* Dave incidentally also works on the Frankencamera, which was featured on Slashdot a few weeks ago.
** For completeness, about 4 weeks into the review process, Apple very reasonably asked that a small change be made to the UI. We made the change, tested it, and resubmitted within 48 hours."

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it does actually happen

dynamo dynamo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

it took roughly ten years of random seeds to generate this outcome, but someone at work today actually asked me what my slashdot id number was, in the context of a contest where the lowest number wins. In return for this act of curiosity, I obliterated him by roughly 500,000 points. We took the battle onward to the next competitor, perhaps a much more formidable challenge.

We each took our cerimonial combat bows and it was ON! I shot a deadly series of sideways glances bounding off his keyboard as his fingers skillfully dodged them, sliding over to the mouse into a tight grab-squeeze-slide and click, landing a precise hit on the slashdot bookmark, and then with a smooth traversal into the corner of the window to end with a click on his own user id, and the sad realization that he had been defeated this day.

Beaten as he was by a much slimmer margin of 100,000 or so that time, it was a valiant effort. My hat goes off to his next of kin.

(this is based upon a true story)

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