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Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

jfanning Used to do that twice a day... (48 comments)

Bah humbug. I used to send balloons (and radiosondes) to 30km+ high twice a day for work. A normal commercial weather balloon will regularly reach up to 35km high (~10hPa).

about 2 months ago

The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

jfanning Re: Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

I should get around to doing something with the A3000T sitting under my desk, even if it is just to suck my old emails off it. Wonder if it still boots?

about 5 months ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

jfanning Keep away from my grill (179 comments)

By cooking over a low heat first you ensure that the meat is cooked evenly throughout, and then you sear the outside over a very hot grill. Otherwise you end up with raw inside and black outside. By searing last you get the flavour and evenly cooked meat.

about 8 months ago

Why Internet Explorer Still Dominates South Korea.

jfanning Re:Taiwan does it too (218 comments)

Uh, Danskebank anyone?

You still need Java to complete any online purchases using them as your bank, including credit card.

They only just recently got rid of the need for Java in their web banking as well.

about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

jfanning Re:M. Folwer said it best: Don't do scrum w/o XP (597 comments)


Agile is hard. All good development practices are hard. TDD is hard, XP is hard.

Just get over all the goddam crying and do it. Most of the talk about the failures of agile are about the equivalent of stuffing your face full of chocolate cake and then crying "why oh why can't I ever lose weight"..

The point of Agile is that you are supposed to be a team. If you couldn't give a shit what your teammate is doing in the daily standup then you have failed already.

about a year and a half ago

Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

jfanning Re:Amazing (185 comments)

Before joining in the beating maybe you should actually check who is involved. I think these people know the issues about the naming of astronomical bodies...

Dr. Alan Stern. Alan is an aerospace consultant and an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute, a large non-profit R&D institution with over 3400 employees, and operates a successful private aerospace consulting practice. Formerly, he directed all science program and missions at NASA.

about a year and a half ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

jfanning Re:FSM (763 comments)

No. Simply, no. Why the fuck do people keep getting this wrong?

Atheism is the lack of belief that there is a creator.

I don't know why it is so hard for people to understand that fact.

One of my favourite quotes is exactly about this.

"Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position". - Bill Maher

about 2 years ago

After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

jfanning Re:Aaron Swartz not a cracker (430 comments)

That was the whole point. They basically turned breaking the terms of service of a web site into a federal offence. So, yes, you all would be criminals.

about 2 years ago

Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

jfanning Re:Good (851 comments)

Was it really the flu they caught, or just a common cold? Most people have no idea of the difference.

People die from the flu. If you have the flu you can get sick, really sick. It is not just the sniffles. You don't necessarily get the flu shot to protect yourself. You get it to protect the weakest around us, the already ill, the old, or the very young. For those getting the flu can be a death sentence. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/Pages/communityImmunity.aspx

Yes the current vaccines are bit hit or miss, usually a hit though. But on the other hand it is no conspiracy. There are many teams working right now on a universal lifetime influenza vaccination, but it is a damn difficult problem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_vaccine#Prospects_for_universal_flu_vaccines

about 2 years ago

Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

jfanning Re:Good (851 comments)

I saw a graph recently (I think it was in Sciam), which showed that in a hospital setting the nurses were the central contact point between everyone. That is, nurses had more contacts per day with other staff and patients than anyone else in the hospital.

I think that should effectively label nurses as "super-spreaders" in that environment. http://contagions.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/what-is-a-super-spreader/
Anything that reduces the risk of hospital infections should be mandatory, and that includes washing hands between every patient.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deploy Small Office Wi-Fi SSIDs?

jfanning Re:I thought it was standard (172 comments)

Something that doesn't seem to have been mentioned explicitly is that DHCP has to be turned off on all access points/wireless routers. There must be only one central DHCP server for the entire network.

But as mentioned, this is part of the spec. I only realised the same thing last year though, so it was nice to be able to remove my 4 different SSIDs from my home network and just use one.

The only down side is that it isn't obvious which AP is in use by any particular device (g or n) or if any AP has died. But unless it causes noticeable problems I don't really care.

about 2 years ago

Nokia Selling Its Headquarters To Raise Funds

jfanning They have been doing this for years (186 comments)

I remember them building one site in the early 2000's in Espoo, Finland. Soon after it was completed they sold it and leased it back.

They have been doing this for years.

They are not, and have never been, interested in owning their properties. The head office was pretty much an exception.

about 2 years ago

Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

jfanning Re:Hell, I'd love to code now (317 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but that isn't agile.

You, as a team, should be planning the tasks and working on them together. You disappearing for two months to "solve" all the problems yourself is the problem.

more than 2 years ago

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

jfanning Re:Hydrogen? (271 comments)

Many years ago I used to let weather balloons go for a living. They were all filled with hydrogen and I never managed to blow anything up by _accident_ :-).

Of course hydrogen is pretty damn flammable and even a small amount makes a nice bang, so I really wouldn't want to use it in anything that involved carrying people.

These recent stories about teams getting to 30km+ with their balloons and being all over the news makes me laugh as well. I used to do that twice a day. The only thing missing back then were the miniature cameras.

more than 2 years ago

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

jfanning Re:Redbull (271 comments)

The temperature was most likely correct.

The temperature in the stratosphere rises with height (a temperature inversion) due to the ozone layer capturing UV radiation. Of course with the pressure being about 8hPa or less at those altitudes the temperature is pretty much abstract.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone

jfanning Re:Double down on black (105 comments)

Wishful thinking. They were dead man walking already.

The board must have known they were coasting on momentum alone and the shit was about to start. Sure they were growing, but they were growing far less than the market. Elop came in just as the momentum ran out and the dive started.

They are nearing the bottom of the dive now and the only interesting thing is whether they can pull out before they hit the bottom. There are signs it is starting to level out, but it will be a close call.

About the only stupid thing I can attribute to Elop is that he should have known that internal private memo would leak.

more than 2 years ago



US West Coast 'Drunk' on iPhone

jfanning jfanning writes  |  about 5 years ago

jfanning (35979) writes "The US West Coast is "drunk" on the iPhone. But what has Apple really done for us since 2007 and why is the US so obsessed with the iPhone? Some have suggested that Android is the answer. This article is a long fact based overview of the impact of the iPhone on the mobile industry globally since 2007, putting the iPhone in perspective in relation to the entire industry, and why Android is not the solution. Tomi Ahonen is a well know commentator on the mobile industry, having worked in or consulted for many of the major companies involved in the mobile industry.

Some of the figures involved are truly eye opening, such the fact that 96.5% of Americans with a cellphone do not have an iPhone. Or that "Samsung sold 50 million touch-screen phones, 42% more in just eleven months, than all iPhones ever manufactured and sold in two and a half years"."

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jfanning jfanning writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jfanning (35979) writes "In Helsinki the 'CityWall' has just gone into operation. It is a 2.6 metre long multi-touch interface developed by the Ubiquitous Interaction group at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.

The technology developed for the wall would allow displays that are theoretically 16 meters wide and the number of users is limited only by available space. CityWall is described as 'a large multi-touch display installed in a central location in Helsinki which acts as a collaborative and playful interface for the everchanging media landscape of the city.'

The CityWall is designed to support the navigation of media, specifically annotated photos and videos which are continuously gathered in realtime from public sources such as Flickr and YouTube."

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