top RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
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'
top Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck
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'
top Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?
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'
top Harold Ramis Dies At 69
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'
top Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
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'
top Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
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'
top Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?
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'
top US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone
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 a month and a half ago
top NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day
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 a month and a half ago
top Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
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 a month and a half ago
top How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency
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'
top What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?
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'
top How Healthcare.gov Changed the Software Testing Conversation
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'
top Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit
Tracking Suits are for Chavs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav
-I'm just sayin'
top Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math
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'
top Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.
But can it tell a hawk from a handsaw when the wind is southerly?
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/hamlet/examq/six.html -I'm just sayin'
top Google Fixes Credit Card Security Hole, But Snubs Discoverer
anyone read it like that?
Discover doesn't get much love -I'm just sayin'
top Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
guess that means that we are actually in flatland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatland
-I'm just sayin'
top Pirate Bay Founder Warg Being Held in Solitary Confinement
there is a really good webcomic: http://satwcomic.com/ that gets into the cultural differences between the Nordics while poking a little bit of fun at them (and the rest of the world)
It also namedrops hetalia and some other good graphics/comics -I'm just sayin'
top Patent Troll Bill Clears House With Huge Majority
who were the corporate sponsors of this bill I wonder?
Does anyone know if this would have any effect on the arsenals of patents encumbering smartphone or apis (ie Oracle vs Google)? -I'm just sayin'
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