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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

jhoger Re: what's the point? (136 comments)

Where I live electric bikes are for old drunks with suspended license because of dui conviction.

about a month ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

jhoger Re: too expensive (136 comments)

How exactly is illegality which no one will ever bother to detect or check a problem? Besides not all of the kits allow going over 20 mph which I believe is the typical limit.

about a month ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

jhoger Re: version 0.3.16. (179 comments)

I ran a little console .net program with p/invoke to the win 32 serial API and .net serial API the other day. It ran better under wine than windows because of crappy Prolific USB serial driver on windows.

So wine already seems able to run .net presumably through mono.

about 10 months ago
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More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

jhoger Re:Is it even possible anymore? (287 comments)

The first thing you need to understand is that what you are doing isn't all that different from what any other programmer, certainly not any other web programmer does.

Knockout is a library and ajax is a pattern. Any developer worth anything will be able to pick them up by looking at existing code and doing a little reading and experimenting.

about a year ago
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More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

jhoger Re:Writing 32 lines is not "Learning CS" (287 comments)

"The unintended consequence of this is the creation of as many as 12 million people who now THINK they know something about computer science."

We have to get CTOs, VP's of IT and project managers from somewhere.

about a year ago
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About 25% of HealthCare.gov Applications Have Errors

jhoger Re: You seem a bit confused (157 comments)

There's a big difference between being $15k in the hole and 100s of thousands if dollars in the hole. When you talk about pre ACA medical bankruptcies you're talking about big money. A $15k debt is something most people could manage. And if they can't manage it then they shouldn't buy a Bronze plan.

about a year ago
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NYT: Healthcare.gov Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

jhoger Re: Stop with the excuses. (334 comments)

Uh, no the Republicans do not have clean hands in this foaled rollout.

By refusing to set up the state exchanges they shifted a massive burden to the Feds unplanned for in the law. Then, they refused to expand funding for this massive integration effort. Think about it... Most of the state exchanges are doing fine. Why? Because they only have to meet one state's requirements. The Feds were forced by Republican tactics to handle the differing requirements for 30+ states.

1 year,4 days
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

jhoger Re: Load of crock (663 comments)

What free market? If there was a free market you wouldn't need a license to make a competitive cable.

about a year ago
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30 Years of the TRS-80 Model 100

jhoger Re:Response time (143 comments)

Hence the reason why recent hardware projects like REX and NADSBox have been important. NADSBox adds an external hard disk. REX is a completely plug-and-play Option ROM which you can switch OptROMs and save/restore full RAM images to flash.

more than 2 years ago
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A Talk With Syllable OS Lead Developer Kaj de Vos

jhoger Re:Why assembly? (121 comments)

"To get any boost of performance over C, you have to be an extremely good assembly coder..."

Well that may be true but it's a distinction without a difference. I find most serious assembly language "coders" from the CS side of the house are excellent programmers/engineers. They are going to write MUCH faster assembly programs than any compiler will generate. They understand modern coding patterns... OOP, state charts, algorithmic complexity but they adapt techniques to fit a given problem on a given machine far more efficiently than a good C programmer. With C and certainly CPP you're locked into a certain development style that encourages maintainability over all else. When you're programming in assembly language you have more degrees of freedom to optimize and the rules for "maintainable" code are quite a bit more liberal.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing

jhoger Re:Fed. Wiretapping Laws? Really? (137 comments)

The distinction should be solely between encrypted and unencrypted traffic. Encrypted traffic presumes an expectation of privacy. Unencrypted *should* not.

more than 3 years ago
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SCOTUS: Clean Air Act Trumps Emissions Lawsuits

jhoger Re:Yes, the EPA (303 comments)

I think you're overreading this ruling. The EPA is quite likely to be the blunt instrument for regulating CO2, and they are required to under the Clean Air Act.

Better would be a significant energy bill but Republicans and Conservadems have made a more intelligent approach impossible.

more than 3 years ago
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SCOTUS: Clean Air Act Trumps Emissions Lawsuits

jhoger Re:Yes, the EPA (303 comments)

The complainants were smacked down unanimously simply because suing the power companies is the wrong target. They are free to sue EPA once it hands down regs, and SCOTUS made this clear. I'm not sure why they thought anything different would happen here.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

jhoger Re:What these Democrats don't realize... (1128 comments)

*Was* a community organizer. Your meme has expired. Barack Obama is PRESIDENT. He is the only man eligible to be President aside from Jimmy Carter that can claim that, period, end of story. He has experience being the most powerful executive in the world.

Sarah Palin on the other hand... hmm... governor of a state of low population, couldn't hack it and quit.

more than 3 years ago
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The Right's War On Net Neutrality

jhoger Re:Mod Parent Up Please! (945 comments)

You are right. The FCC can't grant powers to itself. If it does overreach, it gets spanked in the courts. So it is unclear what you are frightened about... the checks and balances are in place, and by your own example, quite effective.

The current rule making, as all successful rule making, is based on EXISTING AUTHORITY ALREADY GRANTED BY CONGRESS. The FCC tried to use its existing authority to create net neutrality rules. The court didn't like how they justified their authority so they sent the FCC back to the drawing board with reasoning that forms a roadmap for the current iteration of the rules. That was version 1.0. This is version 2.0.

Consider the pace at which Congress is able to pass laws. It is glacially slow. In our system of government, enforcement and interpretation are left to the executive branch and the courts. It is the only thing that makes the whole system work... that other branches closer to the practical problems of implementing the law are left to "fill in the blanks." Congress INTENTIONALLY leaves those blanks because it cannot predict every eventuality.

more than 3 years ago
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GOP Senators Move To Block FCC On Net Neutrality

jhoger Re:WTF (709 comments)

"the document does not make many guarantees about freedoms for enterprises or corporations of any sort,"

Mostly true... but it does guarantee freedom of speech for exactly one type of organization: The Press. Guess that's the exception that proves the rule.

more than 4 years ago
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Arrington Responds To the JooJoo, Files Suit

jhoger Re:Does Not Look Good for Arrington (91 comments)

It all hinges on what intellectual property Arrington has. I mean, a web tablet... is that innovative? Really? Web only devices have been around for some time. Making an oversized PDA that only does web browsing does not equal innovation.
So if all the IP he has is trademarks that Fusion Garage is not using, well, game over. Take it as a life lesson and move on.

more than 4 years ago
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Cato Institute Critique of Software Patents

jhoger Re:Yes, patent system not meant for software paten (242 comments)

Where do individual authors get off thinking that their incremental improvements on the ideas of other inventors which they released out into the world as a working product get to keep other people from making incremental improvements on top of it and distributing their own products?

Where do authors get off thinking they are doing more than riffing off someone else's chord?

And where do they get off thinking the government needs to enforce a monopoly for them on these derivative ideas?

more than 5 years ago

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California Student Arrested for Console Hacking

jhoger jhoger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jhoger writes "Matthew Crippen was arrested and released August 3rd, 2009 on $5000 bond for hacking game consoles (for profit) in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This is terribly disturbing to me... this man could lose 10 years of his freedom for providing a service of altering hardware. He could well lose much of his freedom for providing a modicum of it to others. There is no piracy going on, necessarily... the games that could then be run may simply not be signed by the vendor. It's much like jailbreaking an iPhone.

But it seems because he is disabling a "circumvention device" it is a criminal issue.

Time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF!"

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Does Brainstorm Raise Risk of Idea Theft?

jhoger jhoger writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jhoger writes "Ubuntu Brainstorm has gained some popularity lately. It will reach 1 million cast votes on about 10,000 ideas soon. While many ideas on Brainstorm are pedestrian, some show innovative thinking. But they are just ideas, the kernel of any invention, and in most cases I think would not constitute prior art.

I ask what other /.'ers think about the risk of proprietary hardware and software companies swooping in and patenting the better ideas on sites like Brainstorm before implementation, precluding the FOSS community from making use of its own creative thought."

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