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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

jellomizer Re:Why (172 comments)

My thoughts exactly.
Granted it is not the cleanest fuel.

5 hours ago

Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

jellomizer Re:EUgle? (218 comments)

Europeans just hate successful American companies.
The fact that a foreign source is influencing their populous makes them uneasy.


Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jellomizer Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

Digital data needs to move.
Tape is analog thinking. Get your data write it down and hide it somewhere.
Digital data needs to move. To have the data properly backed up it constantly needs to move. So if you have ssd drives only. Just as long as you are taking the data and moving it to an other drive and that is moving to an other drive your data is being saved for the long run.
Once digital data stops moving it is open to threats from the environment.
Tapes go bad, ssd go bad, any storage medium has issues. To keep your data safe it needs to move.
That is RAID storage is popular. If a drive fails you can identify it swap it and resync it before the other device fails.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

jellomizer Re:Hide your cables (509 comments)

All well and good for most countries. However the U.S. has the distinction as being the third most populous country, as well as the third largest in geographical size, but 50th in density.
Which means any infrastructure project is expensive. More so then in other nations.

For the U.S. we need to get off the grid and start using more local energy sources.
Small hydroelectric generators, solar, wind. Especially for the less dense areas.
However there are so many stupid laws saying your power needs to be on the grid.

2 days ago

Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

jellomizer Re:really? (69 comments)

I agree that the historical significance is over rated.

4 days ago

Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jellomizer Re:Scam's Already Been Stopped (284 comments)

You could do that...
However if they do check out the forgery they will probably treat you like a shoplifter.

I have no love for Walmart. But part of the reason why companies treat the customer like they are criminals is because too many are.

It is one thing to steal food to feed your family if you can't afford it. But a play station?

And no Fat Tony defense.

about a week ago

What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

jellomizer Re:Hindsight is 20:20 (520 comments)

A massive megaton explosion (As we found out that comets are harder then we thought) Blasting a gigantic creator wiping out thousands if not millions of people. You are worried about a little bit of radioactive waste?

I would have been more, if we only used Nuclear energy so we knew more about this object so we know what type of danger it poses if it actually hit the earth.

about a week ago

"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

jellomizer Re:From Experience (555 comments)

Which is why it was a bad depiction of a computer engineer.
Now the problem Computer Engineering isn't a spectator sport. While it is interesting the the worker, it isn't so much for the viewer. It is like watching someone put together a jigsaw puzzle.

about a week ago

Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jellomizer So... (178 comments)

With Apple continuing to make a more closed ecosystem. And Google sharing all your data in the world, with little interesting movement in Linux. Now Microsoft trying to be more open.
Should we be a bit more welcoming to Microsoft?

about two weeks ago

Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

jellomizer Re:Shouldn't be a surprise (299 comments)

Making the rules so strict, prevents innovation. Making the rules too relaxed causes abuse.

You need a happy middle.

about two weeks ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

jellomizer Re:Here's the deal (215 comments)

However the company will be willing to pay a bit more to cover the agent cost to cover the risk of hiring a new employee.

Really the difference between an Agent and a head hunting firm, is that the agent should be having some credibility behind his name for offering quality workers.
So even if you are good at negotiating say you think you should be getting 250k a year. However most business will not be willing to hire you because, while your resume looks good with glowing references. You are still a risk. If there is an agent and he may get 50k for your job. The company may be happy to pay that amount if they know they will actually get a good worker.

about two weeks ago

HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

jellomizer Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

A lot of HTML limitations is also due to the fact that it will need to render on many different platforms. The goal for a correct web app is not to copy your PC app, but stay in the browsers rules and limitations.

about two weeks ago

HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

jellomizer Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

Back in the good old days. We had a data format that was in essence a memory dump of the system. So the data will only work with one application and sometimes on the same OS and hardware (Endianness).
Then we started to get some open format solutions such as Postscript, LaTex which allowed for cross platform and software sharing of data. HTML got popular mostly due to it compatibility with flat text. Simple commands and the fact that you could link to an other document. This linking feature ment you could dig further in a document.
They added more features including images more formatting then JavaScript was a bit of a hack added in for client side processing.
So now we have apps that we access online and we really don't care if you are using windows, macs, tablets, phones, or plan9. The browser follows the standard and gives you the output.

Java was an attempt at this concept too, hovever many apps that we call webpages today would be too much work to code in Java.

about two weeks ago

Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

jellomizer Re:Sad (337 comments)

There tends to be a commonality with Europeans to ignore problems of their own. If this was an American project, they will be in full flame on stating how this mission was a complete failure.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired

jellomizer Re:Too Little, Too Late (30 comments)

Echo location isn't about removing the blind persons need for a cane, even with people who are good at it are still recommended to use a cane because things like grates, poles, or holes do not work well with echo location. As the sound passed threw it and back.
What it does mean is with the aid of a cane and the watch they will be able to move more quickly with more assurance that there isn't something big going to be in the way.

about two weeks ago

Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

jellomizer Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Yes it would be.
However if the point was teaching nested loops and you gave the simple loop answer. You may have gotten points for being clever. However the actual point was about teaching how to use loops.

An other example is a program to say power a number. This can be done via a loop or really small with recursion.

about two weeks ago

Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

jellomizer Re:Duh (204 comments)

If you are dead, you don't know you are dead but all the people you know are effected from your death.

The same is true with Stupidity.
Your Incompetent boss doesn't know that he is incompetent, yet we all suffer from this.

about two weeks ago

Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

jellomizer Re:Step one. (162 comments)

Because every successful tech company keeps the same business model for over 30 years!
Lets face it.
The Desktop Business isn't where the money is anymore. The Desktop is a dying idea. It is shifting towards Servers,Workstations, and Mobile.

New applications take more advantage of the Web Standards, and less of OS dependent technologies. (With the key exceptions of heavy processing systems (Such as CAD, Games, Simulations, Programming)
The nice thing about following web standards for Web Applications your program is in essence write once run everywhere.

about two weeks ago

Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

jellomizer Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

I don't think it is a case of regularly. But it happens a few times per month.
But there is a big difference in doing this for your work and doing it for school.

If you are doing this for work, your goal is to get the computer to solve the problem.
For school your goal is to learn how to get the computer to solve problems.

For Example a CS101 student will have a nested for statement that displays a triangle in text.
The point of the exercise isn't about having a triangle to appear. But to teach and impress the ideas of nested loops.
Now if you take the code:

for i in range(10):
    st = ""
    for j in range(i):

For a someone new to the topic. You wouldn't have realized that you needed to reset your string in the correct level of the looping. The real learning isn't about getting the program right, but finding all your mistakes in the process. Just copying the code so you got it done you failed to learn. You just completed the assignment.

Now for professional work you goal is to get the assignment done, and they really don't care if you learned something new or not. So just as long as you got that triangle even if you had a...


they really don't care.

about two weeks ago

Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

jellomizer Re:Please, Please, Please (265 comments)

It is a Server OS and a Work Station OS.
I am talking about GNU/Linux base distributions not Android and other OS's that happen to use the Linux Kernel.

Gaming is never a big priority in Linux because gaming on Linux tends to stick at the novelty factor, but rarely gets serious. Sure we talk about Steam... But that is only one company, and for the most part their main reputation is releasing niche indie games.

Next you have the GNU community vocal nuts. Gaming doesn't bode well with Open Source. They take a lot of work, with a lot of talented people to make, with a lot of stuff that isn't fun. So they are expensive to make, as well because they are entertainment programs, people feel less charitable with their effort and are more out to make money with it. So you port to Linux then you get a small set of GNU nuts demanding you release your code. You are better off sticking to Windows or Macs and live well in the walled garden.

about two weeks ago



Digital Electronic Starter Kits.

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  about a year ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "Being this is a Christmas season, hunting for gifts. I am looking for a Kit, or at least the parts to make up a kit, for a Starter for Digital Electronics. The gift receiver has a little experience with chips mostly a Digital System Logic Engineering class in college. rigging up 74 series chips, for some basic functions, such as adders and the like. But is interested in making some custom electrics Like a Binary Clock, a simple USB D/A Converter. So what do slashdotters think what would make up a good starter kit, considerations such as chips that require compatible voltage, and are rather robust. Where we could find such parts and possible model numbers, and price willing to pay for them."

Publishing for non academics.

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "I work in Corporate Land, my years of experience have gathered a lot of insight about how to approach things, that I feel can be useful to others. While I could write and publish a book, however I feel my experience is better suited in a series of essays, that is more fitted to be read on a magazine or a popular newspapers targeting Technical Leaders. But I have no experience on how to publish to such entities. Do I just write my essays and send them to a bunch of locations and see if they stick, or is there a better process?"

Appropriate interviewing for a worldwide search.

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "I am a manger of a small Software Development department, looking to hire some more developers. By edict of the CEO the search must be made globally. So we are dealing with different cultures and different ideas of truth and embellishments, etc... To try to counteract we give the potential employees tests where I watch what they do, to see if they actually know what they say they know. However it seems a lot of applicants drop out when mention that this test is mandatory. Is this a sign that we caught them in a lie, or are we weeding out good people where we shouldn't be? Would you be willing to take a test as part of the interview, if so is there any type of heads up you would like to know beforehand to make a decision to take the test easier?"

Poll Description

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  about 7 years ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "Poll Idea? How Often should Polls be updated? 1. Every second 2. Every Mintute 3. Every Hour 4. Every Day 5. Every Week 6. Every Month 7. Every Year 8. When you can No longer post to the Poll 9. When Ever Cowboyneal feels like it. 10. I hate polls and never use them."

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "With still no seeming end to Windows Security problems, Current very bad reviews of poor performance on Vista, and all the other problems. Yet people still use it and most feel the effort to switch still isn't worth it. So how how much worse Windows will need to be to say get 40% of the current Windows users to switch to different OSs, Help fund development of their apps to more cross platform development models, Focus more on Web Application using open standards and less on platform particular add ins. It seems to me people will not switch off Windows unless it keeps on getting so much more worse then it is. So how bad does it need to be?"

jellomizer jellomizer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

jellomizer (103300) writes "MSNBC/Newsweek has covered aninterview with Steve Jobs When Asked if Zunes was a threat Jobs Responds
In a word, no. I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable.


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