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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

hguorbray tie that to K'nect camera (80 comments)

and we are one step closer to a 1984 'Big Brother is watching' world....

and active investigations only my ass -they will stockpile this for the rest of our lives and when they find some association 20 years from now they will backtrack all the way to all other associations NSA 'metadata' style with the same deniability.

-I'm just sayin' -we're screwed

9 hours ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

hguorbray Re:Are there even any sci-fi shows left? (67 comments)

Falling Skies is OK too, assuming they are still making it

At least it was better than the remake of V

-I'm just sayin'

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

hguorbray Re:Are there even any sci-fi shows left? (67 comments)

Rick and Morty -from cartoon network surprisingly http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty/special/

it's on monday nights and the 8 or so episodes have been pretty 'science-y' so far -hope it remains popular enough to continue

I think anime has probably replaced live action tv as the best venue for SciFi these days (too bad about SyFy)

toonami (Adult Swim Sat nites) currently has IGPX, Ghost in the Shell, Sym-bonic Titan and Space Dandy which are all sc-fi-ish (not so much IGPX) and until recently had the excellent Sword Art Online series about some kids who are trapped in an immersive MMORPG

-I'm just sayin'

about two weeks ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

hguorbray sshh! (250 comments)

don't tell anyone! -it will just mean that more people will want to live here...

Disclaimer -I live in the East Bay(Newark), but spend most weekends in Berkeley/Oakland or SF and it is a great area to live and have fun, se shows, recreate, eat great food, etc

-I'm just sayin'

about a month ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

hguorbray Re:Micro Center is better (423 comments)

yeah, I was really bummed when Micro Center closed down in Santa Clara -actual helpful staff who knew their products and don't try to avoid you like they do at Fry's (probably because they don't know the gear)

they also had pretty good markdowns on older stuff. My GF got a slightly older HP business laptop for $150 once that had fingerprint login and all sorts of other bells and whistles

they also had classes and corporate training ad stuff, but I guess there was too much overlap with Fry's, BestBuy and online

-I'm just sayin'

about a month and a half ago
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Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

hguorbray Walmart also in Silicon Valley (242 comments)

Interestingly, they actually have a LAB in Silicon Valley -I saw a Billboard advertising for talent (how quaint) at Central Expressway and Lawrence the other day...

http://www.walmartlabs.com/

-I'm just sayin'

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

hguorbray Re:Stanislaw Lem (293 comments)

I saw an interesting movie version of Futurological Congress at SF indiefest a few weeks ago

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821641/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

they sort of tacked on the actress's story line to the original (fairly short) novel, but it actually helped raise additional questions about identity and Intellectual Property in addition to the psychopharmacological future...

-I'm just sayin'

about 1 month ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

hguorbray Re:RIP Harold Ramis (136 comments)

SCTV is the closest this country (well, canada, to be fair) ever came to classic english-style absurdist humor a la Goon show, Python, Not the 9 o'clock news, etc

It was consistently funny in the first incarnation and was still decent the 2nd time around, although the 'guest band' part of the format trapped them more into the TV Variety show format -but it was about a fictional TV network, so....

Kids in the Hall, Strangers with Candy and many other American sketch comedy shows definitely owe something to SCTV

-I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

hguorbray because it's not work for hire (716 comments)

if you pay someone by the hour (or month) to write a document and there are typos, mispellings or factual errors you pay either the writer or an editor to take more time to make corrections.

An exception would be if they are being paid solely upon the delivery of piecework(work for hire), in which case they would still not be liable to to fix if it were signed off (accepted) by the purchaser as having met the agreed upon criteria...

The building analogy does not hold because writing and coding are(hopefully) iterative processes and some times you have to rip up or shift the foundations

-I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

hguorbray Re:Merchants are going to fight this (731 comments)

I wonder how this is going to affect Square and the other smartphone based transaction processors?

If it just requires a new swiper that's one thing, but I have to wonder if this might be coming out now to raise the bar for indie merchants and micropayments...

I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

hguorbray Re:Washington Post paper (361 comments)

I subscribe to the Chronicle print edition Wed-Sun because of the columnists and local arts, food and news coverage -SFgate.com is then available for free.

If you bemoan the death of independent local journalism then you should try to help support the same

-and yes I realize the whole world is slipping into a post-literate wasteland, but what can you do?

-I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

hguorbray Re:Isn't that cute (150 comments)

Her Husband is a billionaire anyway, although there have certainly been some gvernment actions which have served to make him even more money:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/21/senate-husbands-firm-cashes-in-on-crisis/?page=all

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/30/Sen-Diane-Feinstein-s-Husband-Bags-CA-High-Speed-Rail-Construction-Contract

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_C._Blum

-I'm just sayin'

about 3 months ago
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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

hguorbray Re:US data (287 comments)

that's been going on since the 70s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON

Using shared SIGINT The UK gets the US to spy on it's people to circumvent UK privacy laws The US gets the UK to spy on it's people to circumvent US privacy laws, etc Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all involved in this arrangement known as the FiveEyes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement#Controversy

-I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

hguorbray Re:Predicted in 1960 children's book (375 comments)

oblig simpsons

Homer: Marge. Kids. Everything's going to be just fine. Now go upstairs and pack your bags. We're going to start a new life... under the sea.

[funky calypso music]
              Under the sea,
              Under the sea,
              There'll be no accusations,
              Just friendly crustaceans
              Under the Seeeeeeeeeeeeea!

-I'm just sayin'

about 2 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

hguorbray Re:There's one born every minute. (203 comments)

reminds me of large scale IT projects I used to do at HP in the '90s/00s

'Do we have a cool name and T-Shirt for the project?'

was often the most important question

-I'm just sayin'

about 3 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

hguorbray Re:Hard to believe (804 comments)

the other strategy all these companies use is a little tax dodge called Vendor Managed Inventory -you make your vendor keep all of your subassemblies and materials in a bonded stores warehouse right next to your assembly plant and keep it off your books until the parts actually hit the assembly line so that they don't show up as inventory until right before they are assembled and shipped leaving the manufacturer with almost no inventory on their books -the vendors then have to eat the taxes for storing the stuff for the manufacturer

I did supply chain for HP and Converge during the .com boom and they were even doing it back then
Looks like it is also popular for Retailers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendor-managed_inventory

-I'm just sayin'

about 4 months ago
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How Healthcare.gov Changed the Software Testing Conversation

hguorbray Re:development not complete (118 comments)

Having been brought on late to QA a few death marches/trainwrecks in my time I have found that many projects don't get QA involved until way too late in the game.

This was very common in the .com boom days when everything was developer-centric and testing was seen as an unneeded cost that could be covered by the coders themselves -I don't need to tell anyone here why that is a bad idea.

Ideally QA gets to help validate that the functional requirements are adequately addressed in the design. In many cases, lacking a spec of any kind I would have to create one of my own based on what the product was able to do or close to being able to do at that time in order to make a test plan.

When you are brought on board a sinking ship there is no point in blaming the crew for the state of the ship -all you can do is damage control to validate whatever is working and then lower the bar as to what constitutes 'working' or 'functional' -particularly if some major components or functionality are missing.

You're going to be seen by management as the people who are going to point out what idiots and incompetents the developers were and be seen as the enemy by the developers who were probably led down the rabbit hole by changing or nebulous requirements and unrealistic schedules...

So it is important to try to walk the middle line -making observations about the current situation without casting blame or making guesses about how the project got to that state (although it may be obvious when you look at the principals and the agenda). Gap analysis of both testing and in the product functionality and features is another thing that needs to be done more often in order to present a realistic picture of the current state of the product or project.

As a consultant it is nice to be able to come into these things knowing that you didn't help cause the trainwreck -you are just there doing triage and trying to save the patient....and sometimes management will listen to you about project and requirements that they ignored when brought up by their own people. Even if it is 20/20 hindsight perhaps they will heed the techies the next time they embark upon this path -Nah!

-I'm just sayin'

about 4 months ago
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Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit

hguorbray Re:Google Bows to No Queen (70 comments)

Tracking Suits are for Chavs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav

-I'm just sayin'

about 4 months ago
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Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

hguorbray Re:"Discovered" would be more appropriate (170 comments)

then there is one, two, many (oblig xkcd) http://xkcd.com/764/

http://numberwarrior.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/is-one-two-many-a-myth/

-I'm just sayin'

about 3 months ago

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Gene Wolfe to be honored at Nebula awards weekend in San Jose -reading on Thurs

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  about a year ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "One of my favorite Sci Fi authors of all time, Gene Wolfe, will honored with the Damon Night Grandmaster award at the Nebula Awards weekend in San Jose this weekend. This Thursday night he will be doing a reading and Q&A along with Connie Willis (author of the Doomsday book, etc) http://www.sfinsf.org/ at the San Jose hilton and there will be a mass book signing event Fri including these authors and many others presented by San Francisco's awesome Borderlands books: http://www.borderlands-books.com/about_events.html"
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The new music economy -Hugs, T-Shirts and Beer?

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "that should be enough for anyone -right? Dresden Dolls founder and Neil Gaiman spouse Amanda Palmer received >$1m from crowdsourcing to finance a record, video project and tour, but only begrudgingly gave her touring musicians any money. Ironically enough, her ensemble is called the grand theft orchestra: http://www.livenation.com/event/1C0048DABD59606D

But when you are making up to $20k a night @$25 a head who is commiting the grand theft indeed?

Here is another view from someone playing at the Fillmore show next wed: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2012/09/why_im_fine_with_playing_for_amanda_palmer_for_free_by_sf_cellist_unwoman.php"

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White House responds to ACTA petition

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  about 2 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "Predictably tepid response from the Whitehouse saying that they want to hear from all stakeholders -unfortunately 'he who has the gold makes the rules' will continue to prevail and it will probably take more than the 50k petition signers to make the people's voices be heard"
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OSI initiative to affect US equity option systems

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "The Options Symbology Initiative (OSI) is proceeding according to plan at the industry level, as the 5-character OPRA code currently used to describe options will be eliminated on February 12, 2010.

This is the biggest change to affect financial markets data systems since SOX and y2k as hundreds of thousands of option symbols and their underlying formats will be changing by Feb 12th.

Here is a pretty good outline by a consulting firm about this initiative and the effect it is having on firms and individuals who use market data:
http://www.jandj.com/mgmt_consulting/osi.php

Thompson/Reuters, Bloomberg and others have pages up explaining the steps they have taken for this transition"
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Yuri'sNightOut at Moffet Field, elsewhere this Sat

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  about 6 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "This Saturday is the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's orbit of Earth. The site http://www.yurisnight.net/2008/ is organizing the festivities. There are currently 60+ parties scheduled around the world in 34 countries to celebrate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri's_Night

For those living in Silicon Valley Moffet Field will be hosting the event with plenty of spacey music and green and space-themed exhibits -many of them from folks who work at the Nasa and related research facilities at Moffet. http://yurisnightbayarea.net/2008/"

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