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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

jklappenbach Not Ready Yet... (104 comments)

Until 3D rendering is on par in terms of efficiency with 2D graphics, you'll see a rebellion against WebGL for general purpose websites. This is because mobile devices are drained of charge in minutes instead of hours when the silicon to handle 3D activates.

about 3 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

jklappenbach Re:WTF is wrong with you? (193 comments)

You're right. Given the research into trying to better understand photosynthesis, I was under the impression that it was still more efficient than PVE. It is about an order of magnitude less than PVE.

about 4 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

jklappenbach Re:WTF is wrong with you? (193 comments)

"Those who say it can't be done are often interrupted by those who are doing it."

about 4 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

jklappenbach Re:WTF is wrong with you? (193 comments)

Actually, the parent's post is not funny at all, considering that graphene based solar technology has reached over 15% efficiency in recent efforts, and I would bet environmentally friendly solutions will continue to double in efficiency over a given time period. After all, we're chasing the benchmarks established by plants.

As far as roads go, here's an opportunity to leverage a massive area of square footage that is guaranteed to be clear of plants or other obstructions, that would benefit from power and data networking, and if leveraged correctly, can be improved to save many lives.

Why anyone would choose to use this as an opportunity for ridicule is beyond me. Certainly the technology isn't ready yet, but I can see a clear pathway from idea to eventual perfection, given our penchant for achieving economics with scale. The resulting solution might not look anything like the original concept, but the idea of turning our roadways into an intelligent grid, featuring solar power generation, optics, data, and even thermal regulation is brilliant.

about 4 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

jklappenbach Benefits of Uber (417 comments)

- Both driver and rider can view each other's history / ratings. If a rider doesn't like the driver, they can choose a different car.
- Both driver and rider can see each other's location, in real time, up to the point of pickup.
- Both driver and rider can contact each other either by phone or SMS (I've moved location, I've forgotten a bag / phone, I can't find you).
- Both driver and rider can rate each other after the experience.
- No need for carrying cash, or dealing with post drive transactions -- just hop out, it's all handled.
- Several levels of quality, ranging from eco, black car, and suburban / limo.

Uber provides a safer experience for both driver and rider, with accountability and communication.
If you've never ridden Uber (or similar), it's a vastly superior experience to old fashioned cabs.

When you've been disrupted like this, it's either evolution or extinction.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

jklappenbach Radiation... (216 comments)

If I were planning a trip to Mars, solar and cosmic radiation would be one of my main concerns. And to date, I have not seen designs for a delivery system that would adequately protect crew members from what could be a catastrophic situation. We do not want to lose the first expedition to something like this. However, the shielding required dramatically alters the economics of the mission (lead's not cheap to shoot into orbit, let alone Mars). And that's just getting there. If we want to enjoy any duration of exploration or colonization, we should be looking for caves. Without a magnetosphere, it's going to be tough.

Radiation Rules Exploration

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

jklappenbach Self-Fulfilling (394 comments)

Oracle and Redhat are great examples of how *not* to run an open source team:

  • - Constrain a project to prevent it from having more advanced features than your "enterprise" mirror
  • - Cherry pick the best "community" developers moving them to the "enterprise" staff, leading to brain / experience drain
  • - Cherry pick the best features from the "community" APIs, moving them to "enterprise"
  • - Fail to enforce rigorous standards on code commenting, documentation, unit / build acceptance / integration tests
  • - Allow conflicting APIs or features into the development process

Then, throw up your hands in disgust at the result, and blame the very concept of F/OSS. That's why, but for limited exceptions, I avoid the "community" products of Oracle and Redhat. And when the open source community provides much better alternatives, I avoid their "enterprise" products as well.

about a year ago
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Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

jklappenbach Re:We need IT unions now and better training (195 comments)

No, what we need is to apply the same H-1B hiring strategy to lawfirms. Once lawyers start to get displaced, an unholy hell shall be unleashed.

about a year ago
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Should the Power of Corporate Innovation Shift Away From Executives?

jklappenbach Consider Apple... (149 comments)

Apple with Steve Jobs vs Apple without Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was one of the most hands on CEO's I've ever heard about. He was in the trenches, interfacing directly with developers and anyone else along the production chain that proved to be a critical path to deployment. He came up with seemingly impossible ideas that no one else would have the guts to suggest. And then he rode point on the entire organization to ensure that it happened. That's what a good CEO can do, and what will almost never happen by democracy.

That is not to say that the paychecks of most of the CEOs out there are warranted. Quite the opposite. There's no reason why a CEO, on average, should be making more than 5 times the salary of the average employee. But to discount the role that can be played by someone with the talent, drive, and innovation of someone like Steve Jobs is to misunderstand the dynamics of a corporation.

about a year ago
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President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding

jklappenbach Re:unreasonable gambit (291 comments)

Not even wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Taking Telecommuting To the Next Level - the RV

jklappenbach Working on the road... (365 comments)

You'll find that working mobile has amazing rewards, and can be very productive. However, I personally found that my schedule became very organic. I might put in 10 hours in a day, but they were spread out over 2 - 3 hour blocks. In between was hiking / exploring, surfing, laying on the beach... Setting expectations with your client / employer is key. Here are a few tips:

* Ensure you take some habitation time off when traveling to a new location, perhaps even just a day or two, to give yourself time to explore your new area, ensure you have good connectivity, find backup wifi hotspots should your mobile connection die, and have fun.

* Research the area beforehand, as best you can. Know numbers for local rangers or police, fire, legal, mechanic, and medical. If you're going international, having banking / financial workflow sorted.

* Cell, if you're going international, can be outrageously expensive if you plan on keeping your US carrier. Get an intermediate number, like from Skype, and have calls forwarded. If you plan on keeping a smart phone, make sure you pay double to get it unlocked. You can get SIM chips from local providers. Otherwise, just buy a cheap phone in country and pay as you go. Either way, your number will change, but with Skype (or similar provider), everyone back home will use a local number to reach you. If you plan on using VOIP, make sure you test it out before an important call when in a new location.

* Have a 2nd laptop, and external drive for file system images. Be disciplined about making backups. Should you be away from civilization and something goes wrong, this will save your bacon.

* Make sure you know how to cook. Learn to make recipies from scratch, like bread & pastries (if you have an oven), sauces, etc. Good food can be hard to come by on the road, and the last thing you want to do is live out of cans or boxes if avoidable.

* If you go international, and like to legally download movies, make sure your providers don't discriminate based on origin of IP regardless of your account. ITunes doesn't appear to, but Vudu, Netflix, and Hulu do -- as do most networks. To get around this, set up a VPN account with a provider in the source country.

It's an amazing world out there -- enjoy it!

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

jklappenbach Re:Personally, I don't see a conflict (1774 comments)

That would be fine as long as you choose a religion that does not hold its scriptures as anything other than a parable. Unfortunately, none of the major religions qualify.

about 2 years ago
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Forbes Likens Instagram Purchase To Myspace Deal

jklappenbach It's The Architecture... (105 comments)

A large part of Instagram's value exists in the experience and strategies that allowed an initial three employees to manage a scalable, distributed application serving 10s of millions of customers. If Facebook is able to successfully incorporate Instagram's knowhow into their current stack, they could see significant savings in operations and management. That, alone, is worth billions of dollars.

More on Instagram's architecture...

more than 2 years ago
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OAuth 2.0 Standard Editor Quits, Takes Name Off Spec

jklappenbach Re:Ignore nothing, SOAP is awful (101 comments)

No, it's really not useful. It's overhead. It takes more effort to maintain such a formal interface than to have people simply consume JSON as they will. And often the parts of the system that are supposed to process those formal definitions fail. All around just a horrible block to getting things working the way you like.

Couldn't disagree more. Frameworks and protocols are meant to make life easier. What I see with many implementations based on REST are frameworks that, through the lack of a published schema, encourage half-baked, undocumented APIs that often result in developer headaches and lost time. Personally, I think we can do much better.

more than 2 years ago
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OAuth 2.0 Standard Editor Quits, Takes Name Off Spec

jklappenbach Re:WordStar? (101 comments)

Ignore all concerns but scalability, and REST becomes far more preferrable than SOAP. The overhead of XML -- usually an order of magnitude in data size -- can be a huge, undesirable impact. That said, there's one aspect of SOAP that popular REST specs are missing: a definition language. With the help of the WSDL, SOAP gained cross-platform client generation and type safety. REST protocols would do well to leverage this concept, at least for invocation parameter definitions. In most cases, REST result messages are encoded in JSON, where a Javascript interpreter for parsing and object model translation can be leveraged. But even then, having a documented result schema would be a huge improvement over forcing developers to inspect result sets at runtime to divine structure and content.

But, back on topic, having evaluated OAuth 2.0, I agree with Hammer's assessment. It's not a protocol, and the inability of this team to produce a viable solution will only lead to fragmentation and the failure of OAuth.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Bill Raises Possibility of Withdrawl From ITER As Science Cuts Loom

jklappenbach Re:Japan (180 comments)

Kazakhstan *does* have superior potassium.

more than 2 years ago
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Who Really Invented the Internet?

jklappenbach Re:Lightly Veiled Attack on Obama (497 comments)

The WSJ and Fox News are both are owned by Rupert Murdoch. In effect, the WSJ is Fox News.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

jklappenbach Re:You're a company (430 comments)

Those rights have a cost, and consequences. When corporations can serve time in prison, or be drafted into military service, then I think you might have an argument.

more than 2 years ago
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Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

jklappenbach Re:It's their business model... (377 comments)

I guess we'll see. If Brazil's courts hold to the current ruling, that's not only a 2 billion dollar dent in their bottom line, it will set a precedent that other countries will surely be interested in following. And the very fact that there is a very public court case settling this is a clear indication that bribery is not as an effective strategy as you depict.

more than 2 years ago
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Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

jklappenbach Re:It's their business model... (377 comments)

Never said it was a "full solution" (strawman), and if you read my post, I already mentioned logistics. To assert that temporary, regional, socio-political causes are more important than long-term, global trends doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but most of the arguments I've seen against GM seem rather irrational and fear based.

Any time you alter a living organism, either by cross breeding species through germination, or by systematically constructing genetic sequences and injecting them, you're taking a risk.

My points are:

  1. 1. GM as a technology, should not be judged solely by how Monsanto uses it.
  2. 2. GM as a technology, should not be judged as a whole by any given application. Rather, each application should be judged on its merits alone.
  3. 3. GM as a technology is an important tool to how we approach the problems that we will face in feeding the population should both growth and climate trends persist. This is a problem that will only grow more critical as the years pass. GM is not the sole answer, but it should be part of the greater solution.

more than 2 years ago

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Tesla Releases First Production Vehicles

jklappenbach jklappenbach writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jklappenbach writes "A previous post on Slashdot questioned whether Telsa was among the numbers of failed start-ups. I recently received an email update from Tesla proclaiming the start of their first production run. From the update:

First Production Tesla Roadster Arrives This Week

The first production Tesla Roadster will arrive at our San Carlos HQ this week. This first production car, which we call "P1", belongs to our chairman, Elon Musk. The significance of the arrival of P1 is that it demonstrates that we have met all regulatory requirements for the importation and sale of the Tesla Roadster as a fully certified production car. Our VP of Vehicle Integration, Mac Powell, wrote about some of the challenges of these requirements in a blog you can find here. In addition to some information on what it takes to certify a car for sale, there are some pretty gruesome pictures of a few poor Roadsters getting smashed to bits.

I hope this marks the end of the wait, and the start of a new breed of vehicles. Say what you will about Tesla's expense or limited appeal. But, just consider the potential for this technology in more utilitarian applications. If the first step promises freedom from oil, that's a huge victory. From there, we can concentrate on either cleaning up centralized energy production, or focus on decentralizing the means of production. Either way, we need this first, crucial step."

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LolCode for .Net's CLR Now Available

jklappenbach jklappenbach writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jklappenbach writes "What's lolcode?

It's the bizarre offshoot of an internet meme called lolcats. Lolcats (laughing out loud) cats, in turn, is the result of the combination of the types of shorthand popularized in online communities (l33t, IM) with the cultural fascination for cats. The finished product, pictures of cats engaged in various activities with subtitles written as though straight from the cat's paw — spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and all — is often hilarious.

Some developers decided to take the evolving "language" and derive it to produce a set of turing complete computer languages on various platforms, known as lolcode. The latest development has produced a version that can be executed on the .Net CLR:

Just some nuggets ...

Get IO from user:

GIMMEH [varname]

Variable declaration is ...

I HAS A [var] ITZ [value]

e.g. I HAS A FISH ITZ BOB

I think finally, we have the perfect solution:

1. Pitch LOLCODE platform to client
2. ...
3. PROFIT!"
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jklappenbach jklappenbach writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jklappenbach writes "If you remember some of the watershed technology presentations involving multi-touch displays, you'll probably be interested to see a major vendor step into the arena.

See their marketing site on the technology at Microsoft Surface"
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jklappenbach jklappenbach writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jklappenbach writes "Instead of attempting to attack spam through filtering or changing protocols, why not address the real issue: the loss of control of computing resources. In almost all cases, computer owners are unaware that their machine has been comandeered for use in "botnets". The first step to combatting spam should be putting the knowledge of a computer's actions in the hands of its owners or administrators. I've discussed this issue in a blog post Canning Spam , introducing an approach that has been seemingly overlooked in the industry's search for a solution to spam."

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Two Great Tastes That Should Go Together

jklappenbach jklappenbach writes  |  more than 7 years ago Seems to me that the bittorrent protocol would fit nicely with apt-get and its analogs, especially around the time when distribution upgrades become available online. I'm taking a look at the current source for apt to see if there's a way it could be hooked in. I've searched for an existing solution, but perhaps my google-fu is not strong today. If anyone is aware of such a project, I would be interested in learning about it.

-jjk

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