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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

fbartho Re:Kittens? (260 comments)

Also, Google gets to keep the boxes for over 100 hours, and you'll only be guaranteed to have power for 100 of those hours, and they make no guarantee of the storage conditions when it's not being tested, so if you want to have a living kitten at the end of it, you may need to do a lot of work.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

fbartho Re:Expensive habits (467 comments)

I know 0 developers who smoke tobacco. I know many who go to multi-day conventions.

about 3 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

fbartho Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (692 comments)

I think we might be past simple vandalism. A couple busted windows and some graffiti is annoying but certainly doesn't seem enough to reverse the current gentrification trend. People nearly have walled gardens at office and home. There's enough interest and money around now that I bet it's more likely that people will figure out how to pay the cops to hang around the affected areas. More vandalism will just lead to more walled gardens, and if the cops don't enforce the law in broad daylight, no regular residents will be safe, either.

about 6 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

fbartho Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (692 comments)

The grandparent post was hidden for me so I didn't see it till now. I get your point. It is a curious post.

I think vandalism is a curious response to gentrification, it's like celebrating baseball wins by setting busses on fire, it just makes your own neighborhood worse :(. I count myself among the many people who would love to live in SF but can't justify the cost. Many people make the point that rent-control is great, but clearly the demand is high enough that the artificially restricted housing supply leads to ridiculous purchases of existing buildings just to destroy them and replace with condos that can never be rented. If taller buildings could be built, or the rent across the city could evenly rise, a few people might be priced out, but the interest in living in SF would be balanced across all housing. Is that a better idea than the mess we're in now?

about 6 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

fbartho Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (692 comments)

Rock throwing at busses and impeding the traffic on public roads, I don't think that's generally legal, no? Plus harassing a single engineer working on a self-driving car is just silly.

about 6 months ago
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The PHP Singularity

fbartho Re:Really? (622 comments)

Got any links? I thought that Facebook's PHP was just a different compiler with the same, but faster, library stack?

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

fbartho Re:Derivative work of C/C++ (316 comments)

If the syntax *isn't* the creative part, then what is?

more than 2 years ago
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MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

fbartho Re:Still waiting for a real Linux virus (187 comments)

Do you count PHP Worms? Linux runs many webservers that spread various kinds of php worms and spam machines.

The exploits were in poorly configured PHP instances, and poorly written PHP applications, but even if those worms didn't care what OS their server was running, the worms still technically ran on linux (at least some of the time).

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

fbartho Re:Why Apple is good (715 comments)

Dude, the whole job of software is to "hide messy reality from the user", otherwise the user would still be doing everything by hand. We have a fantastic device that can do many millions of things faster than a human can do one. Don't get me wrong, Apple certainly errs on the side of over simplification and preventing power users from configuring what they want. But building in systems that permit users to avoid worrying about external(to them) complexities is nearly the whole point of what we do.

I also disagree with your statement that the "fallacy of equating an assumed incomprehensible complexity with uneeded complexity is what's killing growth in technology". On the other hand, I totally agree with your subsequent statements surrounding what Developers *should do*, however I see no evidence of the drain on growth in the market.

If there is a market (money) need for the power user UI, the market will eventually produce it barring severe ongoing shortage of qualified engineers. When there is a shortage of workers, they will pick to work on either the most exciting, or the most profitable targets.

Power-User UI is what you expect from internal tools. The software industry's infancy was basically *internal tools* packaged and dumped into the market. The fact that power-user UIs are disappearing (are they? -- at least in relative concentration vs simpleton UI) is a symptom of the maturation of the software industry, for maximizing breadth of reach. The unnecessary sharp edges of Power tools are what gets polished and removed as various products improve.

Physical analogy: Circular saws usually have a finger guard around the blade these days. The finger guard does sometimes get in the way of work. Is this a sign that the tool has been dumbed down? Or that the design was polished for market appeal? Internal tools get the job done at the expense of such polish. Published tools in a mature industry have exactly the sharp edges they need for the people they are selling to.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

fbartho ngmoco:) (435 comments)

If you are looking in SF or the bay area, you'll definitely find a job. Be sure to specify what you actually want to do. Be honest about your transition, and explain your desires. That way, you shouldn't have people trying to force you into the activities you're no longer interested in.

My company is hiring: http://www.ngmoco.com/careers/positions/engineering and on my team we've recently had other engineers transition back from more marketing-focused jobs into day-to-day coding.

Contact me if you want to chat.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Legitimizing Medical Patents?

fbartho Re:The stupid! It hurts! (251 comments)

Why should 2 ever have been protected as a patent in the first place?

Shouldn't the patents have been:
"Drug A" --> We invented this drug. Some uses may include 1,2,3.
"Drug B" --> We invented this drug. Some uses may include "With Drug A", 2, 3

No patent for use 4 that happens to use Drug A and Drug C
???

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Legitimizing Medical Patents?

fbartho Re:The stupid! It hurts! (251 comments)

What the hell is a "use patent"? Why can you patent the use of an already patented invention?

more than 2 years ago
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World Solar Challenge About To Start

fbartho Re:underhighlighted underdog (34 comments)

You have your memories slightly jumbled. It was University of Michigan's UMSolar vs Nuon Solar Car Team and in the end a Japanese team (Tokai University) won by leagues. -- Team Tokai ran a great race, it was very impressive.

more than 2 years ago
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"Subconscious Mode" Could Boost Phone Battery Life

fbartho Re:Old ideas live again (85 comments)

I don't usually get annoyed about the rape of the language, I'm more annoyed about the willingness of people to make themselves difficult to understand. Using words like irregardless grates, because I have to parse an extra syllable, then figure out they probably meant regardless and discard the whole meaning sense that I was halfway done appending to the sentence!

Grrr.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Employees End Strike

fbartho "Wireline Business" == "Phone Line Business" (591 comments)

The union in question is striking within a declining business. How will the union protect their jobs when phonelines get phased out completely? Of course most people are switching to VOIP and Wireless. Wireless plans are comparatively even less of a ripoff than phones. That's saying something. VOIP beats 90% of the usecases and features of regular phonelines at a much lower maintenance cost. What do these union people think they will get? They have to sabotage, because if they don't people might just not care that their plain-old-telephony lines aren't working...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Adopts Bluetooth 4.0. Could It Reject NFC?

fbartho Re:Doesn't matter (250 comments)

Blackberry? You mean the fruit I put in my yogurt? Why would you put pictures in your play-book, don't you need that for notes as to which plays to make? Plus, don't you think that torching your playbook would be a bad idea? How are you going to follow along?

about 3 years ago
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NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

fbartho Question: (208 comments)

How many moons does it take before something becomes a planet?

[Your mom]

about 3 years ago
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Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores

fbartho Re:Verizon won't roll them out to kiosks. . . (412 comments)

"Mango when it get here will bring WP7 up the the same standard as teh..."

Ow, ow, my grammar parser crashed, I'm going to hide in a dark box with no internet for a while.

more than 3 years ago
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OS X Crimeware Kit Emerges

fbartho Re:How do you execute the script? (202 comments)

Mounting the DMG only opens the Disk Image, I guess in theory a DVD player app could automatically play the file inside the DMG when it appears in the finder, but you already need a pre-installed vector before you can have anything auto-run. Your attack surface also includes the Disk Image mounting software, but the spec for that could be verifiable so that nothing is executed, data is just presented at mount-time.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

fbartho Re:yay (1855 comments)

rm: /bin/laden: is a directory

more than 3 years ago

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