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Brain Implants Get Brainier

jellomizer Re:Sci fi (33 comments)

In terms of brain implants, we are at the Peg-Leg level of sophistication. We can offer them a solution that will help with some problems, but it isn't a case where we can solve all the problems.

So something that detects that a seizure will happen then does a pulse to stop it. Will help stop the seizure, but not cure all the problems, as well it may bring in some side effects, because the brain so so complicated.

However for some reason we have been polarized to a point that we really can't judge tradeoffs any more. We want a 100% cure. We want our food to be 100% healthy and fill us up, and meet the taste we are craving, we want technology to Run Fast, Use little power, and be tiny. We want our contractors to be Cheap, Fast and Good.

The fact that we live in this imperfect world, seems to have a lot of people paralyzed to the idea of progress where progress will sometimes means there will be a tradeoff.

about half an hour ago

Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

jellomizer Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (197 comments)

Perhaps not as well. If people are following the coding standards for the organization then the code for the most part looks far more similar.

When I am working with a development team, I will tend to adjust my unique style to better match what everyone else is doing. Even if it means doing coding methods that I will normally disagree with.

If the code tends to use a bunch of Goto's instead of Procedures or classes. I will use those GOTO not for my benefit, but for people who will maintain my code later on, so they won't have to change their mindset and debugging strategies to see what the program is doing to do future corrections.

I will go full Object Oriented if the group of people that I am working with do their coding full OO.

My personal style would be more procedural, than OO. Not due to lack of knowledge or not realizing OO advantages and disadvantages. But if I am to code on my own, I code in the way that My Mind handles the requirements, and how I feel would be easier for me to change and fix my code in the future.

I think this method is best for ID based on personal code, vs group corporate code, where a lot of your particular style is hidden.


Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

jellomizer Re:Windows reigns supreme (339 comments)

In terms of a server OS, Linux has good security. The lock screen on X11 in order to keep other out of your logged in session, workstation/desktop usage. It isn't ideal.

the NT Alt-Ctrl-Del is a Workstation thing. Its security is low level to prevent applications from accessing it.


Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

jellomizer Re:Simple (217 comments)

Ethics and Morals are based on the cultural norms.

Taking a bribe is consider corruption in our culture. In another it may be considered payment for expedited services. In America we Tip our servers, the size of our tips are based on what we figure was the quality of the service. This motivates the server to try to exceed expectation. The only difference between this and a bribe is payment after service is performed and not before.


Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

jellomizer Re:Crystal ball ? (202 comments)

There are the obvious fads. But there are plenty of times where a Fad can endure vs just go away, sometimes it could just be something disruptive that changes its path.

We had the rails fad. Ruby on Rails got rather popular in the early 10's then it just kinda faded away. Technically it was fine, however mobile apps development took over which made Web Applications development seem less popular, so the existing Web Apps were just maintained with PHP, JSP or ASP.NET. The need to try to make an ultra rich interface for web applications somewhat paused, when they realize they just need to focus on the PC, and no longer put effort in Mobile HTML with the new input methods.

OS/2 Vs. Windows 95. There was a lot of buzz around OS/2 Warp replacing Windows 3.1... However IBM really bombed its marketing while Microsoft did a stellar job.

During our careers I am sure the best of us, had jumped onto the wrong fad, or made a bad choice. Then the next time you didn't change your criteria and you made a good choice.

However the real question should be. As the parent pointed out What does it do, and will it actually benefit me/my organization.


Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

jellomizer Re:Simple (217 comments)

There is nothing simple about ethics with international business.
Things that ethically right in one culture can be a huge issue in an other.
Many European countries have laws about Hate speech.
The US has against with Pedophilia.
In some countries bribes are just part of doing business. In others it is quite illegal.
Countries will tax you for things that other countries would consider as overstepping bounds.
Some countries lets things go by without legal controls that others find monstrous.

If you are going to be doing international business, you need to be sensitive to your own ideals, as well as the ideals of your new customer base.
Our American Ideals of nearly full freedom of speech, vs. Turkey ideals of limited speech. Are clashing. So if Zuckerberg just said no. They will not operate in Turkey, and the users will be loss of a medium to spread the areas of free speech that they do enjoy. If Zuckerberg agrees then Facebook stays operational, and while taking heat from the culture who doesn't like to see any speech censored, is allowing the culture to have better tools to share the free speech that they are entitled too.


Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

jellomizer Re:Franchise Fees are evil (77 comments)

Especially now that most of the data is transmitted digitally. This was a necessary evil before digital distribution, because an analog signal took up a full bandwidth having too much will cause interference. With the data being distributed digitally a lot of competition can go across the same pipeline without affecting the other. TCP/IP is kinda neat that way.


Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

jellomizer Re:pretty much expected. (46 comments)

IT security is about tradeoffs.
The idea of 100% security while possible, it impractical.
Your argument about Blackphone is the fact they are not supportive of the OSS mind set, So you judging the quality of the technology based on what type of license it has.

Ok a flaw was found, and they put in a fix for it, what else do you expect from them?


Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

jellomizer Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (205 comments)

There is an art to programming. However I am more of a visual person I tend to compare it to painting. Where I use Mathematics, Logic, and understanding of the Systems engineering to replace brushes, paint, and understanding of the textures of the material.

When you teach someone to code, (especially from a non-coder) it is like showing them how to hold a pencil, and write some letters, and words. It will take experience and working with real coders to learn the finer arts to programming.
It isn't about knowing how to do the actions... But how to put yourself in the mindset to create.

2 days ago

"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

jellomizer I am pissed off at the media over exaggeration! (390 comments)

Historic Storm!
Here Ye Here Ye. Run the shops and get your Toilet Paper in Bulk. Be Prepared to live like a caveman for year!

What I would like to have seen.
Estimated snow fall ranges.
Average expected snow fall to get
Standard Deviation of your estimate.
Confidence interval.

We get a lot of this talk during the political season. So the general public does seem to have at least a rudimentary understanding of such statistics. Why can't we get this for things like weather. Other than trying to make us panic about every freaking thing.

I want News, not sensationalism .

2 days ago

Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

jellomizer Re:Terrible names (375 comments)

How does your kernel preference affect the quality of the user interface?
Actually Most Unix designs over exaggerate the problem I have stated.
I want to run a program that does this.
Well I /usr/bin or /usr/sbin/ or /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin I sure hope the command lets me know what the heck the program does.

MWM, FVWM, CDW (the classic interfaces) tended to give you what you can have the rest was via command line in Xterm.
Windows 8 UI stole the Ubuntu method in a lot of ways as well.

You are dealing with these issues, it is that you got use to them and don't realize how bad off you are.

2 days ago

Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

jellomizer Re:So what will this accomplish? (151 comments)

Well if you live in a City. And you happen to be in a place where you cannot stay for shelter. Then you will need to be able to get to a place of shelter, your home, a hotel... If Cabs, Busses and public transportation isn't meeting demand, then you may need a personal driver go get you to the proper place of shelter.

2 days ago

Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

jellomizer Re:So what will this accomplish? (151 comments)

Econ 101 yes. However during cases of emergencies, demand may not be rational, as the value of their currency is less than the value they are trying to protect.
If you are freezing to death and the only thing that can save your life would be using that check in your pocket for a million dollars, you would burn that check, in order to save your life.

In short during an emergency people need to focus on the short term and not the long term. So Supply vs Demand breaks down, as the value of money, is only as valuable as everyone agrees it is. However during an emergency, its value drops to the practical value of the paper,coin, plastic.

That is why there are anti-gouging laws. Because it isn't an aggregate rational supply and demand, but a mad rush for services.
Now for Uber and other services, Being their computers are not programmed to think in terms of an irrational market, they will just assume there is a perfectly rational demand jump so the prices will rise. The long term effect would be customers being felt ripped off will avoid such services in the future.

2 days ago

Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

jellomizer Re:That's a shame (38 comments)

So you were impressed with Scaled Composites marketing video?
Did you rush out to buy a Power Glove after watching the Wizard?

2 days ago

A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today

jellomizer Re:BOO to a DOUCHE (51 comments)

So you insult the guy who used science to invent stuff that is practical and has in general enhanced our lives.

While you fully support a guy who had difficulty making a device that can be used.

Now don't get me wrong, I look up to Tesla as the better scientist. But Edison had the vision to use science to solve problems. Yes He made money from it. But I wouldn't say he is a sell out, he started inventing stuff as a way to make money.

2 days ago

Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

jellomizer Re:Terrible names (375 comments)

I don't care what they call it. But I just want the ability to drill down to find my feature.
The Windows 8 Interface, and Office 2007+ Ribbons with its tiles, kills the drill down idea, and gives you a big set of data cluttered in your face.

I am all for a spot for shortcuts and links, where you can put the most used features right at your beck and call. But being the case I use 20% of the features 80% of the time, means I much rather have most of the stuff shoved away from my site, until I need them, and I can use common sense to find out where they are.

2 days ago

Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

jellomizer Re:Something is wrong with the poll results! (476 comments)

If you are to open an other flame war. DS9 was a Ripoff of Babylon 5.
Based on a space station.
Captain is/becomes a religious figure.
Super Intelligent aliens are influencing the whole plot.
Becomes part of some great war.

As for STTING getting move votes then DS9, is the fact it was episodic, so the people who were not diehard fans could watch a show, and not have a fit if they missed the next one.

2 days ago

Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

jellomizer Re:Missing (476 comments)

Voyager wasn't so bad. I have found more bad episodes in TNG and DS9. But by Voyager they have beaten Star Trek to death, then they decided to Kick it with Enterprise.

First DS9 and Voyager for the most part played side by side for a long time. ST:TNG transitioned to DS9 near the last few seasons. While DS9 to Voyager was after the first few seasons of DS9.

Because of the continuing story line in DS9 you needed to be emotionally invested in that show, while voyagers more episodic means you get to skip an episode if you had too. Meaning DS9 will be prefered, unless people had gotten bored with DS9.

Secondly the Premise of Voyager stinked of Gilligan's island. Granted it was written to be less campy. But the premise forced the plot to have the no matter how close you just cant get off the island effect, and be it being 70+year away not just 7 years away, forces the show to end rather abruptly, and with the need of Technobabble plot resolution.

The episodes were not so bad, but it was setup to fail.

2 days ago

Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

jellomizer If the US Government can read our data... (388 comments)

So can the other guys.
Including the bad guys who we are encrypting to protect our data from.
While there is a slew of people who fears big brother. But for the most part we do are best to block petty criminal. Who can take our data, spread it across the crimeosphere, for profit. While we become a victim, with a reducing credit score, and losing decades of good will you accumulated in your life.
To think the US is the only source that can do this, is actually quite hubristic. There are other countries with large data centers, there are companies with the power to do so as well. If you wait 2 or 3 years then the power will be able for the average person to crack.

But let just say Google had a hole where the bad guys got in and were able to use fraction of it power to crack weak encryption they could get a lot of damage done before they found out.

Strong encryption isn't about stopping the feds, it is about stopping the petty crook.

3 days 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  |  more than 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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