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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

frank_adrian314159 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (295 comments)

Sennheiser? Yes.

Their HD202s have been available 5/$89 at BSW for the past ten years (which is also why you see Sennheisers in radio a lot). They're good enough for voice work and are often used in recording studios for tracking. And even at their low cost they still sound better than Beats or Bose stuff.

13 hours ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

frank_adrian314159 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (295 comments)

Yes. And you can have my AKG headphones when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers. Even at the cost of a comparable set of Beats headphones they are so much better than those PoSs. Same for Bose. I can actually hear balanced sound and detail from my AKGs. I use them for audio editing. I can definitely hear the difference. I say to anyone that buys either Beats or Bose (or other consumer stuff) to at least upgrade to a prosumer level of headphones from one of the manufacturers listed in the parent post - your ears will thank you.

13 hours ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

frank_adrian314159 Re:Matlab is not elegant, but it is useful (193 comments)

You forgot to mention the even more impressive format function in Common Lisp that can print out roman numerals for you, not to mention its built-in iteration constructs, which you folks copied for your fmt function.

2 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

frank_adrian314159 Re:The essence of enterprise (140 comments)

... there is no way to know what works best and what is worst: you have nothing to compare against and no motivation to become better.

You haven't heard of metrics other than dollars?

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

frank_adrian314159 Re:Minimalism Overkill (291 comments)

Stop assuming that simplicity is the only aesthetic principle - even Modernists hate living in Modernist houses.

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

frank_adrian314159 Wait, wait... (291 comments)

When did they run out of cats? Or dd they mummify them and bury them all with Steve Jobs?

2 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

frank_adrian314159 Almost all management is risk management... (131 comments)

And to try to control project risks, we have many best practices. Some work well in a given industry, some don't; some work well for a given product, some don't; some work well in a given organization, some don't; some work well for a given team, some don't; and some of them work well together, others don't.

The sad thing is that we underestimate these contextual issues, everywhere in our industry - from process consultants who want to sell their expertise, to Agilistas who sacrifice their objectivity to their god, to PMPs who want a schedule down to five minute increments before they're satisfied (and your status reports for each of those tasks had better be in order, Buster!), not to mention business people demanding irrelevant statistics (because what's important to an engineering manager might not be important to an accounts payable manager and vice versa), QA teams morphed to process teams (because you engineer in quality, not test it in) who demand the same processes across the company (no matter what's being built), to VPs who tout metric gains that don't fall outside the boundaries of noise, given the process being measured, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

However, to me it is unsurprising that companies that decided to roll their own processes rather than "cookie cutter"ing one are doing better. They're probably more attuned to their environment than any company in the throes of iatrogenic Agilista or PMPing agony will ever be.

2 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

frank_adrian314159 Re:Overblown Story About Nothing (110 comments)

Yeah, unless the military or "intelligence" are involved. Then they'll gladly self-censor. They're all info whores to someone.

3 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

frank_adrian314159 Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Virus mutations aren't my specialty but from what I've read Ebola mutating to become airborne isn't a high probability.

It will become higher with each flu season this outbreak is not contained, as some patients will have co-infections with influenza each seaon, allowing LGT to do its magic more often, making it more probable.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

frank_adrian314159 How's that free market working for y'all? (463 comments)

I've just got to think that doing whatever to get folks ramped up would be easier with a nationalized health care system, if for no other reason than that checking for training compliance would be easier without needing to traverse the unholy, interlocking mess of hospitals, care homes, independent practitioners, practice groups, independent contractors, and associated hangers on that currently provide the "first responders" to this emergency.
Free marketeers couldn't have shot themselves in the foot better if they tried. The only problem is that they shot all of you in the foot at the same time. And none of this "the market isn't completely free" crap argument either - we theoretically have a more "free" market than just about any other country in the world. How is this "freedom" helping during this emergency? Because, as of now, all I see is that disseminating training, tracking providers and patients, and doing anything useful clinically has been made about a bazillion times more complicated by this vaunted "freedom".

4 days ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

frank_adrian314159 Re:Give me $5.000 (108 comments)

On the whole, engineers have a massively overdeveloped sense of meritocracy, unfortunately an ideal largely incompatible with "obey the most expensive suit".

Well maybe, but it's a meritocracy based on principles somewhat socially orthogonal to the "real world", at least these days. I would think that adaptability to reality might be a bit higher on the "to do" lists of most engineers. Not to mention with all of the bad PR of "Gamergate" and how the "systemd" debate's been going, I think it can be safely said that engineering ranks are just as filled with politics and backbiting as all other corporate departments and that this "meritocracy" you speak of has either seen better days or is apocryphal.

The sad part of this is that no one seems to see that it is the business environment that's becoming ever more pathological and that the shrinking cages they've put you in (metaphorically, economically, and physically) are causing an ever-increasing struggle just to survive. Is "gamification" just another buzzword for "Make the workplace a new season of Survivor?"

Shrinking cages make biting rats of us all. It's the reptilian brain deep within us in action - and you won't get rid of that for at least a few more millennia of evolution, both social and physical. So you better get cracking on better control of your betters...

4 days ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

frank_adrian314159 Re:German illegal? (323 comments)

Texas has it's own recognized dialect of German...

Guten Tag, y'all...

5 days ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

frank_adrian314159 Just on general principles... (367 comments)

I make it a point to not use camels* at all. For they are, in actuality, exceedingly nasty creatures. If Google (for some unfathomable reason) did choose camels over Jeeps, it must have been done because all of the Jeeps in the country had been rented for the weekend. Why the hell would they otherwise want to deal with such an obstinate, unruly, hateful creature as that**?

*Or, in fact, any camelids.
** Well, other than Eric Schmidt, and to be fair, he is CEO after all.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

frank_adrian314159 Re:Not particle physics (39 comments)

Actually, more! Remember! Mo' matter -> mo fun!

about a week ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

frank_adrian314159 You know... (109 comments)

There are thousands of dialects and pidgins in the world. The problem is not mainly that we misunderstand one another, but that we assume that the use of these linguistic markers tell us more than where the people that use them come from; that somehow they are lazy or stupid for not "learning our language".

Your language (no matter what it is) is not a special snowflake. It is not fixed. It is not "universal". I doubt we ever will have a universal language. Different people will always speak languages differently. And speaking it differently says next to nothing about the value of the person or the value of what they are saying.

about a week ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

frank_adrian314159 Re:Two words (424 comments)

The country is not even near bankrupt. In fact, Congress could fix the budget deficit, issues with entitlements, and overspending on defense with a few tax and/or spending bills. We do have enough money in this country to deal with this. We just don't have the political will.

I do agree with getting the fuck out of the Middle East, though.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

frank_adrian314159 Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

... if that was the case, I could certainly make enough helping people install their home theater systems to have them help me with interior decorating, and so on.

What if 90% of the home theater systems communicate via wi-fi and auto detect, using speakers with built-in amplifiers so all you need to do is put them in the right place and plug them into power? It is possible to do that today. What are you going to install when installation is so easy they don't need you? Or need you seldom enough that you can't afford food, let alone interior decorators?

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

frank_adrian314159 Well, if it's true... (405 comments)

If it's true, then bye-bye US. We don't have a populace or society that could withstand 33%+ unemployment. On the other hand, it is Gartner predicting this, so I'm hoping it won't actually be that bad (though this may be the one Gartner gets right).

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

frank_adrian314159 Re:Greater Internet F***wad Theory (993 comments)

Sure! I'll give up my communications rights so the assholes will be all that's left on the internet. Frankly, a statement like this:

Faced with this, the most sensible solutions are to either stop engaging with the internet, or to try to develop a resistance to it.

only makes me think that we need secure identification on the internet. I'm tired enough of the idiots that I probably wouldn't mind that too much (given that all of my identities online have had readily-recognizable components of my real name, I already live under that regime). I usually don't write stuff that I wouldn't want associated with my name. When I do, and it's warranted, I apologize. I guess some folks just don't understand manners anymore.

That being said, I also understand that there are many people in countries where using this solution wouldn't work out for them. So I guess it won't work, but I can dream of a time where trolls can be found and banned permanently, together with the astroturfing "social media" workers, spammers, and general asshats you often find online. And I truly think that's where we need to be going, as the Internet becomes the de facto communication medium of the planet.

about two weeks ago

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FCC doesn't care about net neutrality anymore

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 6 months ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The New York Times reports that, after a recent SCOTUS ruling ripped apart current net neutrality rules, the FCC has decided that net neutrality isn't worth arguing over — it's now perfectly fine for carriers (including your last mile providers) to charge different rates for different data. If Congress wants to change this, they can, but until then, the FCC has decided that this debate isn't worth debating any more."
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New CFAA "Reform" Draft Makes Law Even Worse

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "After the Aaron Swartz suicide, people had hoped that CFAA would be modified to be less draconian. Our naivete knows no bounds. Salon reports that the new draft of the modified CFAA makes the law even worse by expanding it (and its penalties) rather than by reining it in. One provision states that anyone conspiring to break this new law will be subject to the same penalty as if they had committed the crime in question. And even though the bill's language on "exceeding authorized access" has been trimmed a bit, the same language in the section about "unauthorized access" makes the point moot and is still broad enough to be troubling, especially given the law's penalties."
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Is the concept of "Cyberspace" stupid?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "In an article titled "Stop Pretending Cyberspace Exists", Salon writer Michael Lind notes that "Some ideas make you dumber the moment you learn of them. One of those ideas is the concept of 'cyberspace.'” He says that analogizing cyberspace as a real place leads to an inability to think logically about laws, rules, and how and when the governments could or should intervene to regulate the Internet. He states that such a debate is essential, but that that an "[invasion of] a mythical Oz-like kingdom called cyberspace is just as dopey" when talking about governments and corporations taking a larger role in online communications. Is Lind right? Does the notion of cyberspace make the debate over its governance less fruitful?"
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New Music Boss Worse Than Old Music Boss

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "David Lowery, musician (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), producer (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows), recording engineer (Archers of Loaf, Lamb of God), and geek (programmer, packet radio operator, ex-CBOT quant) talks about the economics of the music business and how the "old boss" — the record labels — have been replaced by the new boss — file downloading services, song streaming, and commercial online music stores. His take? Although the old boss was often unfair to artists, artists are making even less money under the new boss. Backed with fairly persuasive data, he shows that, under the new distribution model, artists — even small independent ones — are exposed to more risk while making less money. In addition, the old boss was investing in the creation of new music, while the new boss doesn't. This article is lengthy, but worth the attention of anyone interested in the future of music or music distribution."
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Should Reporters be "Truth Vigilantes"

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times asks if reporters in this world of balance should become "truth vigilantes"? So rather than reporting facts — i.e., politician said X about Y, even if X is false — should the media become "truth vigilantes" by pointing out that X is indeed false? That the public editor of the New York Times has to ask this is probably an indication that the media has strayed too far towards balance rather than truth. Should the media be worried about truth anymore?"
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Boeing CEO Says Outsourcing Didn't Pay

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The Seattle Times reports that Boeing's CEO is saying that the cost overruns on the 787 "Dreamliner" were greatly exacerbated by the company's heavy use of outsourcing. Although it is now fairly well accepted that outsourcing provides little cost savings and what cost savings there are often get spent in increased management costs and rework, the outsourcing drive goes on. It's nice to see a major industry figure saying that all is not so rosy as the MBAs would have us think."
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US Gov Pressuring Manning to Implicate Assange

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his Salon article today, Glenn Greenwald tells of the government's plan to prosecute Julian Assange. In short, the government believes that, if they can get Bradley Manning (the source of the leaked information) to testify that Assange convinced him to leak, they can prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act. As a means to this end, they have been holding Manning in isolation and subjecting him to other inhumane treatment, offering him better treatment should he would be willing to testify. That this would endanger with prosecution any investigative journalist who got information from a military informant has not passed unnoticed."
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RIAA to Appeal Thomas-Rasset Ruling

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The RIAA will appeal the ruling that reduced Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.92 fine for file sharing to $54,000.

"It is a shame that Ms. Thomas-Rasset continues to deny any responsibility for her actions rather than accept a reasonable settlement offer and put this case behind her," said RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth.

Joe Sibley, an attorney for Thomas-Rasset, said his client would not settle for the $25,000 that the RIAA has asked for.

"Jammie is not going to agree to pay any amount of money to them," Sibley said, adding that it doesn't matter to Thomas-Rasset whether the damages are $25,000 or $1.92 million.

In addition, Thomas-Rasset's attorneys say that, win or lose, they plan to appeal the constitutionality of the fine."
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Video Title Says it All - HP Computers Are Racist

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The folks at HP have outdone themselves this time. It turns out that when a white person tries to use the tracking software on their laptops, it works fine. When a black person tries? It doesn't work as well (or at all). It could be any number of causes to this fault, but one thing is clear — the more complicated you make something, the greater the chance of unintended consequences."
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Pope Comes Out Against Over-Zealous IP Restriction

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his latest encyclical, Benedictine XVI comes out against overly aggressive IP restrictions. In it, he attacks "excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property, especially in the field of health care." He doesn't seem to be that into a lot of today's capitalism, either — must be that whole uphold-the-downtrodden thing."
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Music From Stock Charts?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "German composer/artist Johannes Kreidler has digitized various stock charts and other graphs, using Microsoft's SongSmith to generate the backing music. The video produced from the animation of the charts using the music as background is interesting. From his web page (my translation):

The prettiest melodies come from life itself! Every man is an artist — so too, every politician and banker: Songs for millions! Times of crisis are always good for art. Thanks for the music!

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Texas BoE Wants Decade of Hol(e)y Evolution

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Clay Burell, 40-year veteran teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, blogs about a majority in the Texas Board of Education which is likely to vote for state science standards requiring science teachers to teach the (non-existent) "weaknesses or limitations of evolution." The problem? Textbooks used in Texas must align with these standards and as goes Texas (the second largest textbook market in the US, following California), so goes your kids' textbooks, wherever you are in the US. Even worse? These guidelines will be in place for a decade, warping Biology content for that period of time."
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The seven habits of highly subversive people

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Tired of the repression in the US? Want to fight "da man"? Want to be a subversive? A person who grew up in an authoritarian regime tells you how to do it in seven simple habits. Although couched in language of ecological concern Amanda Kovattana gives everyone who wants to get off their butts and make a difference a good set of guidelines."
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