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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

greywire Something I can use (64 comments)

Give me something I can really use.

Like a mini fridge robot that brings me mountain dew so I dont have to walk 20 feet to the company break room.

Seriously people. Those engineers just aren't thinking outside the box.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

greywire Code more.. (548 comments)

Code more, obsess less.

That is, just crank out more code and learn from mistakes rather than always trying to make it perfect the first time and never finishing.

Also, not to listen to people who say your idea wont work. Give it a generation or two and you'll have the speed and memory to do it.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

greywire solutiuon to non net neutrality.. (364 comments)

Well this seems like a fine "solution" to companies that are trying to get rid of net neutrality.

What if every big content provider started popping up such messages? Let the user know directly that their content is being delivered slower because their net provider is throttling the data.

As long as the content provider can accurately determine this is happening, then what can anybody do to stop them from saying it? Verizon can huff and puff about it but if its provably true can they legally do anything to stop it?

I bet people start caring about net neutrality real fast..

about 3 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

greywire The problem is parenting (355 comments)

This is no different than people saying TV is bad and is ruining kids (which is true to some extent if you let your kid sit in front of a TV all day) which is nothing new.

The problem is parenting.

If you let your kid spend all his time (insert "watching TV" or "using a tablet" or "playing video games" or "reading comic books" or etc etc) then you're going to have a problem.

Same thing if you let him only eat his favorite food ("mac and cheese" or "drink sodas" or etc. etc..)

Everything is about balance and variety.

My kids get a little bit of game time on the iPad, and afterwards they frequently act like a drug addict who can't get another fix. And so we explain to them, a little bit is fun, but now its time to do something else. Shortly later, they are playing lego, or kinex, or drawing, or experimenting with random crap they found around the house, or gardening, or running with the dogs, or... and with just a little guidance and interaction from mom and dad they will do most of this on their own.

The problem is not , the problem is lack of parenting.

about 5 months ago

Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

greywire Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (312 comments)

I agree to some extent about the 9 - 5 thing being in many ways bad.

I do exactly what you describe a few days a week.

The problem is that this makes it very hard to properly communicate with other people in your job setting. Nobody knows reliably when other people will be available, whether its for a meeting, or just to get some little bit of information. It works great if you are on a self directed task that lasts for the whole "day" and nobody needs you for anything. It sucks if you need 3 or 4 people to meet to discuss something.

I've also found that, with creator type people, they almost universally prefer larger blocks of contiguous work time in order to be efficient. So interrupting those work hours with other things reduces efficiency.

Clearly, sitting for 8 hours is not healthy. Personally, I could not possibly stand for 8 hours without my feet hurting horribly. Even 4 hours would kill me.

The ideal physical work envirionment would probably consist of a mix of walking, running, standing, squating, etc. IE, just like a human would have experienced while procuring food, defecating, mating, etc all day, in pre-civilization times (insert "evolutionary time" or "garden of eden" depending on your belief).

Thats hard to do for many lines of work these days (computer programmer, writer, artist, etc).

about 5 months ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

greywire The only good thing about this.. (311 comments) that it could potentially lead to a great one-liner in a movie:

While raising a shotgun and preparing to fire...

"I'm doing a Monte Carlo approximation.. on your FACE!"

about 5 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

greywire Distributed, cooperative method (273 comments)

You can't limit the exit queue by having to check for anything, even a plate's last character.

The only realistic way to do this is to have the "algorithm" parallelized and distributed among all the participants.

Instead of enforcing some kind of single point of exodus regulation, you have each individual vehicle calculate the best time for leaving.

It works like this: you watch the line. If its too long (for you) then don't get in line.

With cooperation and with the diversity of people, you could in theory then allow for some people who need to get out quickly, with the cooperation of the people who don't need to get out quickly who will cooperatively not get in line and do something else for a while.

This is probably what's already happening.

You could possibly create a mobile app that allows people to voluntarily enter the time they wish to leave, at which point the app would estimate based on past exodus statistics how long it will take to exit at that time. The wait time would change as more people entered their desired exit time. You could then change your exit time if the wait time becomes too long for you. This might create a better equilibrium than just "eyeballing the line" at the time of exodus.

Thus, its completely voluntary, and would make no negative difference to anybody not using the app (and might make things better, if anything). There's no checking cars at exodus time.

about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

greywire Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Of course not! Thats ridiculous...

Its only OK to have religious freedom if you have good christian values...

about 5 months ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

greywire Here's an idea. (323 comments)

If you want to hire young, recently trained people so you can use them up and discard them before they hit 40, go right ahead and do so.

But don't expect any special help to further your goals.

Those people can simply move to america and become citizens if they want to work you. The whole H1-B visa thing is bullshit.

Or here's another idea. Instead of whining about the impracticality of retraining "old" tech people, why not help them keep their skills up to date while they are working?

Its called an investment! Its not just about money. Investments include your people. If you treat them right, and invest in them, you will get better results.

I'm really getting tired of the American mentality of just using up resources and discarding whats left. Its time to stop being the rugged individualists who just consume everything in their path, and start being members of a functional society that works together and supports one another in a conservationist manner.

about 6 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

greywire Re:Crashplan (983 comments)

The home plan backs up between computers or other local storage.

To use cloud storage you need to pay.

Still, this is interesting...

about 6 months ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

greywire Windows XP 2 (860 comments)

Just release Windows XP 2, which is just windows xp with security fixes and the latest IE.

Guaranteed they sell more copies than windows vista, 7 and 8 combined.

Plus it comes with a gold embossed certificate that says "We're really sorry about Vista, 7 and 8. Really, really sorry, we apologise unreservedly."

Imagine the reviews: "Its so much faster than Windows 7" and "My new PC is usably fast!" and "I love that Windows now actually includes windows instead of that ugly metro UI".

Just sayin

about 6 months ago

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

greywire Completely reinvent yourself (423 comments)

Here's an idea. F*ck all the consumer BS products that they can't compete with walmart on (cables, batteries, cell phones, etc). Fire everybody that doesn't actually know about electronics and building things. Stock the stores with awesome stuff like robotics kits and little computer boards and such. But thats not enough... Put in work benches. Turn the stores into maker-spaces. Have classes for all ages on making robots and spy devices and little computer controllers and such. Sponsor local schools that have engineering programs or create such programs. Make it so that when the next kid walks by the store in the mall his mind is blown when he sees robots and blinking lights and kids with their parents making cool shit. I never go into Radio Shack anymore. My son wouldn't even notice the store. But I guarantee if we saw THAT Radio Shack I wouldn't be able to tear him away from it and I'd probably drop some serious change there.

about 6 months ago

Citizen Science: Who Makes the Rules?

greywire obsicles.. (189 comments)

Can somebody please explain to me what legal obsicles are?

about 8 months ago

The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

greywire Re:Old school meme.. (352 comments)

Whats more amazing is that you might actually be able to do this to somebody on a cell phone in 2013 with commands from 1981, on some level... (too bad you can't just text somebody +++ATH0 and have hilarity ensue)

about 10 months ago

The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

greywire Old school meme.. (352 comments)

And I for one welcome our hidden RTOS overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trus+++ATH0.!d#dG$adf...

about 10 months ago

How Data Analytics In Education Could Create a New Class of Haves and Have-nots

greywire WTF are they talking about? (268 comments)

I work for a company that does (among other things) online assessments and data analytics. We're all about the data and how we can use that to help teachers help their kids. How is this a bad thing? The more you know about how the kids are doing, the more you can help them. I don't know how they are getting this idea of something equivalent to an expensive full body physical scan that most people cant afford (besides the fact that over time such scans will get cheaper and cheaper...).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

greywire App that uses all your bandwidth (353 comments)

So how about an app that monitors your usage and towards the end of your cycle it makes sure to use up all your bandwidth? If they're going to cap us to a specific amount, we might as well get our money's worth... See how they like that.

1 year,6 days

First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

greywire anoying and useless... (380 comments)

First, I was watching cable tv when the show was interrupted by the EBS (with a computer synthesized voice, no less, yet it still sounded like a bad CB radio). My cable box inexplicably returned to some random channel that I wasnt watching. Thanks Time Warner and Motorola, your cable box SUCKS in yet another aspect. Then, hours later (at like 10pm or so), all three t-mobile cell phones got the alert. We got the alert yet again the next day. For something that occurred at around 5PM? The suspect could have been out of state or in mexico by then. At the time I was thinking, what makes this kid so special, this sort of thing probably happens daily.. I didn't know the details on the story until the next day. This might be useful if it arrived within, say, an hour or less of the incident and was sent to phones geographically within the area the suspect could have traveled in that amount of time (80 miles?).

about a year ago

Project Anonymizes Your Writing Style To Hide Your Identity

greywire conversion to another's style (103 comments)

So, can any mediocre author convert his story to the style of a known good author using this?

about a year ago

Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

greywire Futurama (383 comments)

Am I the only one who immediately thinks of all the heads in jars from Futurama? Essentially that's what this is, in a virtualized form. Just like the disembodied heads, these virtual people would be recognized as being "dead" in a sense but yet still alive in a sense... It would be interesting to note that some time after this becomes possible, the virtual brains would actually start being faster than the real originals. It could become commonplace for humans to have a second life that was better than the first, at least intellectually.

about a year ago



New PHP framework beats all in speed and efficiency

greywire greywire writes  |  about a year and a half ago

greywire writes "A new PHP micro framework has been announced that has both lower overhead than any other framework and is faster than any previous framework. The learning curve is also much lower, and it comes already installed on nearly every web server out there."
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DTV $40 vouchers now signupable

greywire greywire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greywire writes "As of today, you can now sign up to get up to two $40 vouchers good towards certain approved digital tv to analog tv converter boxes. The site ( doesn't easily come up on a google search but when you call a toll free number they give you the site or offer to order over the phone. You'll still have to wait till they issue them, and for the boxes to actually become available in stores, and they should cost from $50 to $70."
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