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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

jockm Re:Looks dead (438 comments)

That's not the impression I get from github ...

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

jockm Re:68k has no MMU; how can Linux run? (147 comments)

It is running uCLinux which is intended to run on MMUless microcontrollers (hence the uC). uCLinux doesn't require a MMU nor does it support virtual memory, or memory protection. It isn't ideal for a user system since memory can become fragmented over time, but that hasn't stopped people. It is primarily used in embedded systems that are running a stable set of programs after boot, leaving the rest of the memory to the primary app(s)

3 days ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

jockm Re:DebianNoob (450 comments)

Can you prove that? The quote here is so small and vague he could be speaking of a policy of eating while on conference calls, for all we know

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

jockm My prediction Short term effect on FTDI (572 comments)

Yesterday a number of my clients called me to say they wanted me to design out the FTDI FT232R from current designs and replace it with an alternative (I settled on the Microchip MCP2200). Today, after this news, I called each of them to explain FTDI's change in policy and see if they still wanted to make this change. All of them said yes.

The feedback was essentially this: FTDI's actions left a bad taste in their mouth and they didn't appreciate this action being taken without any real attempt to notify resellers and manufacturers; and now that they know the alternate chip I proposed was about half the price as FTDI's offering they are happy to change. Now none of these people are high volume manufacturers, so it will unclear if FTDI will even notice.

The reason I have found for most clients wanting FTDI is confidence in the brand more than anything else. This move will affect it a little, but people's memories are short, and FTDI responded quickly enough that they won't suffer too much damage. My prediction is that FTDI will take a dip in sales for a quarter , and then things will return to more or less normal; but companies like Microchip will likely see an uptick, because manufacturers more aware of the alternatives.

about a month ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

jockm Re:This shit is why managers think the cloud works (62 comments)

And why not? It is easy to say that newer is better, but if you can cut costs of running the legacy hardware, and buy the time to work on other things AND work on replacing the legacy system then why not? It sounds like a perfectly reasonable use of resources to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

jockm Don't care? (399 comments)

Oh in my case: I don't know, and I don't care.

Though I am looking forward to 20+ years from now, when I will find "vintage" windows 9 boxes for sale on ebay...

about 2 months ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

jockm My cane (152 comments)

My cane is made of carbon fiber, so I would say carbon fiber is already "mainstream". What they are talking about is it becoming a commodity. Not just mainstream, but ubiquitous.

about 6 months ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

jockm Re:Or a refund... (329 comments)

Why? Did they promise you anywhere that multiplayer would be available in perpetuity?

The games in question (IIRC) all have single player modes that continue to work.

You might have an argument on a refund, but only if it is prorated over the lifetime of the game. So at this point, you would be owed what? A couple of bucks at most?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

jockm Re:Why do you want to get a job? (309 comments)

Have to disagree, if it is easy that means you aren't taking classes that are challenging enough. If it is easy, then you should find a way to make it hard. Its only by trying to learn things just beyond our reach that we truly grow as professionals.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

jockm Why do you want to get a job? (309 comments)

You don't say why you want a job? Do you feel you have gotten everything you can out of college? Do you need the money? Or are you just itching to get started in your chosen career?

Anything but the middle answer (money) is a bad reason to be looking for work while you are still in school. College is hard enough, and will consume far too much of your time for you to be adding a job as a programmer on top of it — and if it isn't, if everything is just a breeze, then you aren't pushing yourself hard enough.

Don't be in such a rush to get into the workforce. College is a time for you to build skills, be exposed to a broad range of ideas, and to round out your knowledge. It's also your chance to (re)invent yourself. Don't be in such a rush to get passed this, you will have the rest of your life to work.

Besides getting that degree shows potential employers that you can commit and see things through, and that matters a lot. It matters more than the subject of your degree in most cases.

about 6 months ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

jockm Re:Brings back memories of TASC (146 comments)

Microsoft's TASC was also impressive because it was written in AppleSoft Basic and compiled with itself. No small feat, considering the Basic of the time. It was the first compiler I ever bought.

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

jockm Re:If it ain't broke... (641 comments)

Then install Windows 8 and spend $5 on StarDock's Start8 and you never need to be in metro again. Or wait for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and you will get the start menu back.

Or you could do what I do: get used to it. I am almost never in Metro, except for app selection, on my main windows system. YMMV but I find most windows 8 really don't have to spend much time.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

Great then gather the data from as all the studies you can find, do the math and then publish a meta study. That would be very useful. My point was to all the people here on /. who are making comments based only on this study. The Reuters story was the the study of the week filler piece.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

Fair enough I missed that, and thank you for pointing that out. However my other points still stand. This is a single dataset and not meaningful enough to draw actionable conclusions form.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Re:BS More Junk "Science" (240 comments)

But you could look at Arizona which mostly doesn't follow DST, or at Dairy Farmers who don't change their sleep schedule because of it, etc

This study only looks at 42,000 admissions in Michigan, and TFA doesn't indicate if that was from one year or multiple years.

I am not saying the study is useless, but it is just one dataset. We need a whole lot more data before we can draw any real conclusions.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jockm Interesting but nowhere near enough data (240 comments)

So we could see if they compared to Arizona — which mostly doesn't follow DST. For for that matter to dairy farmers who also don't follow DST in their sleep schedule. From TFA it seems like the data only comes from the state of Michigan in what I believe is one year only.

This study is interesting but there is no where near enough data to draw any real conclusions... not that that will stop anyone...

about 8 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

jockm Re:Could it be (255 comments)

People use USB. Daily. If they have some kind of computer, they will most likely have either some kind of dongle that connects them to their mobile internet, a mouse that uses it, a thumbdrive or other storage device.

People use USB devices, that doesn't mean they use USB directly. Most people have that all setup for them at work. I have no idea what the actual numbers are, but I bet we would both be surprised at the number of people who have never inserted a USB device or cable into their computer. And even if they have they may not know it is called USB. They just plug it in to the only place that it fits.

Then there are laptops which have everything the average person needs. All the neighbors I know on my street have laptops.

As for blu-ray, it still pales to regular DVDs every place I see them sold, and the average viewer seems to be moving toward streaming. Blu-Ray is for people who care about Blu-Ray...

about 9 months ago
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Spark Advances From Apache Incubator To Top-Level Project

jockm Re:I hope this is far better than Apache Solr (24 comments)

So do you judge every Apache project this way? Are Apache, Tomcat, Commons, Batik, CouchDB, etc etc etc all crap until proven otherwise because of Solr? Apache is a collection of projects, maintained by different people.

And not to trash your friend's company, but he picked a technology without trying it out yet? Then that company had bigger problems that Solr. Nor would I judge Solr by that story (I have never used Solr, nor am I involved with it in any way).

about 9 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jockm Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

Again, could you cite a source so I can go understand this myself?

about 9 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jockm Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

It is interesting, I just went out and tried to research if this was true or not. All I could find was sites asserting the same thing as you, but no one that cited a source. Again I am not saying one thing or another, but I would love to see actual research — or at the very least numbers.

The sources also vary between saying Celery Juice and celery powder. Like you (I am trying to pick on you) they say that celery is high in nitrates, but don't actually compare the nitrates in celery to the nitrates in the regular way in curing. No mention is given to factors that might affect how the nitrates are imparted between the two ways.

Maybe it is all a scam, lord knows we have enough of those in how food is marketed; but I am not seeing the data to make an informed decision.

about 9 months ago

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