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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

faedle Re:Predatory policing (455 comments)

You never learned the secret "Mormon handshake" that keeps you from getting pulled over.

2 days ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

faedle Re:And people like Gene keep making the same mista (386 comments)

Believe me, Google (like any other corporation) exists to make money. And make it they have.

Google also believes they can make the MOST money by focusing on the two ends: the bleeding edge AND the long tail. Search and advertising is their long tail, where they dominate the market. 8-10 years ago? Android was at their bleeding edge, and now it's part of the long tail: one more way to get eyeballs for Search and Advertising.

Where will Driverless Car lead? I can see a fleet of self-driving cars acting as a taxi service. Get in a Google Car and tell it "I want decent Thai" and it whisks you to a sponsored location. Driverless Car is more an Über killer than anything else.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

faedle Re:The Driverless Car - Any Day of the Week (386 comments)

Irony: the people who buy driverless cars aren't individuals.

I can see Car2Go, however, jumping on it. Or a package delivery company. Or a utility. Or for that matter, any one of a whole laundry list of fleet vehicle purchasers.

The Google Driverless Car isn't a mass market product. As a niche product, however, it will sell and sell well once the logistics (things like insurance and liability) are resolved.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

faedle Re:The one mistake Forbes keeps making.. (386 comments)

And that's the greater point. Google's core business has no competition, and likely never will have any.

"Moon" projects do have positive effects on Google's bottom line and stock price. The whole way Google is managing their value to investors is saying "if you're a day trader, we aren't your stock." And at the price Google has been able to maintain their stock (consistently around $530 / share for at least a year now) they likely have VERY patient stockholders. You aren't holding GOOG if you expect mammoth returns on the short. You're expecting modest to acceptable returns on the short, and you've invested on the POSSIBILITY that Google WILL hit the Next Big Thing and only get bigger.

And the only way that is going to happen is if one of these "moon shot" projects does, in fact, deliver. And you can argue it has: Glass has implications for Android, and while it hasn't happened yet for wearables it's pushing the whole industry towards thinking about wearable systems. Someone will hit on a system that works, and there's good odds it will be Google or Apple. Hold both those stocks and you Can't Lose(tm).

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

faedle The one mistake Forbes keeps making.. (386 comments)

.. is assuming everybody is profit-motivated and is actually driven by "bringing something to market." Glass and the driverless car are both examples of Google's desire to simply push the threshold of technology to its limits. It's a product of "why not" thinking, and profit be damned.

As far as I'm concerned, Google has a product they're very successful at. Why not spend some of those dividends out on the fringe? That's how progress happens: sometimes you learn something (I'm sure the driverless car initiative has had lots of implications for Maps' imaging) you didn't expect.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

faedle Re:I know what their botnet is (139 comments)

Change the $ to BTC and you may have what some of the "faucets" are, in fact, doing.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

faedle Who wants to live forever? (441 comments)

I've been thinking long and hard about this concept lately. I'm getting old(er), and I'm noticing that I'm starting to slow down. I've still got 20, maybe 30 years of good life left, but really I don't see the point of living much beyond my 60s.

Logan's Run had the right idea. People increasingly just "get in the way" of progress at a certain age. It does vary for some of us, but I'm already seeing that in some ways I'm holding society back by extending my life. The next generation is more tolerant, more enlightened, and certainly more technically competent than I could ever hope to be.

about a month ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

faedle Re:In b4 arrests for facilitation of theft (116 comments)

There's a big difference between indexing files and distributing files.

And I think most people who write GPLed software know the difference.

about a month ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

faedle Re:Dont worry, they will just take it from somewhe (330 comments)

> Nobody lives in the California Desert.

Las Vegas would disagree. Technically, that is the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

faedle Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (184 comments)

Your assumption that being French isn't a reason for selection is dubious.

US Customs officers at some border crossings are often more suspicious of US Citizens (based on behavior) than certain non-US citizens. I swear US Customs at the Interstate 5 crossing to Canada seem more suspicious of me than most Canadians crossing at the border checkpoint.

about a month and a half ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:Hard problem to solve (88 comments)

Funny, I found Diaspora to be easy to install.. no more difficult than any other "web 2.0" app. It does require something a little more than a simple "webhosting" account: you need to be able to configure Apache or whatever webserver to run the Passenger bits properly, and that's not something I think you can do on a $5 shared-hosting Dreamhost account (that said, it runs fine on Dreamhost VPS: I ran it that way for a while). And Diaspora does have ways of pushing to Facebook and Twitter: any more interaction than just pushing would require Facebook to open up their API, and that isn't happening.

about 2 months ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

Diaspora's solution is that the "personal information" is housed on a server that you trust (ie. one you run or know personally the administrator of). Nothing marked "private" is typically passed off the home node unless you specifically push it out.

about 2 months ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

At least in the US a lot of "personal information" can be obtained from public sources. And with Facebook's tendrils into other sites (with things like beacons and such) they can probably get a surprising amount of information from sources you wouldn't expect.

Install Ghostery sometimes and see how many websites you log in to every day have beacons that go to a Facebook-affiliated site.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

faedle Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

Yes. ILI Oregon, where it's 0%.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

faedle Can't wait.. (92 comments)

.. to use that on my "broadband" connection at home that's 3 Mb/s down and 384k up.

about 3 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

faedle No. (367 comments)

Can we just stop giving PeTA any attention? They're 100% trolls. The sooner we all ignore them the sooner they go away.

about 3 months ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

faedle Re:Why law not policy? (95 comments)

Oregonian here who follows the happenings in our state capital.

IIRC the concern in Salem was institutionalized cheating: that is, a school district turning a blind eye to (or actively encouraging) cheating to improve scores. Without a law, there was no formal way to dictate a universal anti-cheating policy state-wide.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I designed and built a custom CPU in college. And it had to be somewhat Turing complete.

Computer science isn't what it used to be.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (637 comments)

I've spent some time doing "computer science".

Computer science IS boring. It's a lot of math and logic and tedium. Once you've gone over Turing's proofs, you either go into Cognitive Science or go full Math Retard (I did the latter) and become one of those boring researchers on campus nobody talks to.

about 6 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

faedle Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Bandwidth is perhaps cheaper than you suspect.

I worked for a regional ISP that serves about 50.000 subscribers. We had multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections to various peering points, one of which happens to be where Netflix peered with us. Total cost for that peerage: the cost of the extra fiber capacity, plus engineering the peer.

As opposed to housing Netflix servers at our data center. First off, to service that many potential streams might require a few boxes and a not insignificant storage array. We actually did have a similar arrangement with another very large content provider: their stuff took about a half-rack. It then needs to be added to network monitoring, and you need to train your NOC staff what to do when that little red light comes on. And the equipment will fail: the "other content providers" equipment had a MTBF of a couple of months. The hard drives will take a pounding.

And we were small enough that when we asked Netflix to co-locate in our data center for free they actually said "Not interested."

about 6 months ago

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TivoToGo Transfers broken.

faedle faedle writes  |  about 8 years ago

With all the chatter recently about TiVoToGo coming to Mac users, I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned the fact that a significant percentage of TiVo users have not been able to use TiVoToGo since a patch in November broke the functionality on a small (but significant) percentage of Series2 TiVos. This problem was discovered within days of the patch's release, and as of today there has been little official response from TiVo.. save a few messages in the forums when things got downright nasty.

The problem is in the TiVo box, not in the implementations of TiVoToGo, and affects both PC and Mac users. For those considering shelling out the US$100 for Toast 8 Titanium, or any other TiVoToGo solution, you might want to read a few forum posts first to get an idea of the scope of the problem...

Personally, I'm appalled that TiVo could break something this bad and then take two or more months to not fix it. And, what's even worse is, if you read the forums it appears that Tier 1 support isn't completely informed of the problem.

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Submissions...

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, I submit (what I think) is a great "Ask Slashdot" about wanting to hear everybody's moving experiences ("Moving Your Geek Cave") on August 15. Here it is, almost a month later, and the submission is still "Pending."

Jeez. Reject it or freaking post it already.

Meanwhile, we get Ask Slashdot "stories" about cleaning pig smells out of equipment. Like, any of us is ever probably going to have to deal with that.

Argh.

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faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I think I just did a Bad Thing. I posted a link in a slashdot story about Scott McCollum, and I suspect that I'll get a lot of hits. Heck, they're already pouring in.

My poor bandwidth bill...

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Ueberroth __NOT__ for Governor

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm submitting this as a slashdot story, but in the likely event it dosen't get approved, I'll go ahead and write something here. It's also on my livejournal.

I got spam from the Ueberroth campaign this morning. Ugh. Not that it matters, because I'm still registered to vote in Arizona (not here in California). But, I did send off this little letter to Ueberroth's campaign. Maybe something will come of it. I doubt it.

It's very unfortunate that your campaign has chosen unsolicited E-Mail as a way of promoting your campaign. It now has required me to rethink whether or not Ueberroth is going to be sensitive to the needs of the electronic community.

Unsolicited E-Mail is a huge problem on the Internet. It costs mail operators and ISPs like myself millions annually in costs, clogs our systems with mail that is largely unwanted and discarded by our customers, and is generally used to advertise products and services of questionable legality. One of the issues that will inevitably come up during this governor's term is the "SPAM issue".

By choosing to send spam, you have proven to me that you will not be "tough on spam". We need laws that make spammers responsible for the damages they do to systems, and to allow both consumers and business owners to seek damages; and allow our state government to imprison those who use spam to run scams.

As an aside, not only does this show a resistance towards passing tough anti-spam laws, it also shows that Mr. Ueberroth is out of touch with those of us that the media has labelled the "digerati." Without question, none of us likes spam, and the vast majority of us get so much spam in our mailboxes that we are drowning in a sea of penis-enlargement scams, MLM solicitations, and porn website ads that we go through extensive technical measures to shelter ourselves from such unsolicited crap. It does make me wonder how Mr. Ueberroth will vote on other important issues like UTICA, the use of open-source software (and IT methods) in government, and the abuse of the court systems by "industry groups" like the RIAA and MPAA. It sends a very clear message that Mr. Ueberroth is likely either behind the times, or in active opposition of the online community in these areas.

For the record, at no point did I ever release my E-Mail address for the purpose of solicitation. I do not tolerate spam, and this is "polite" compared to the average spammer message I send. I expect to be removed from your mailing list, and further expect an apology for intruding on my personal space.

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Oh, the insanity.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's a sad day on slashdot when Phil Karns KA9Q gets modded a troll.

No, really. This is one of the guys who's singlehandedly responsible for TCP/IP over amateur radio. He's part of the ARRL's Future Systems Committee (or, at least he was a number of years ago). Argh.

When even the tech community can't tell the differnece between a troll and somebody who knows how to butter his bread, we're in big trouble.

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Journal on /.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't ever write much here. Mostly, because I don't comment much on slashdot. Maybe I should start journalling here on things that are /. related.

If you want to read the generic journal, check out http://feedle.livejournal.com.

I've recently started ticking off people who's comments I enjoy as "Friends." If you came to my user account's journal as a result of looking at your "Fans", welcome. You apparently don't suck. *chuckle*

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