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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

jockm Re:2N2222 (314 comments)

I can't speak for your RadioShack, but every single store (5) I have been in over the last year has component drawers somewhere in the store, and the all carried 2n2222s. Dollars to donuts you store had them too.

Selection isn't great, but they do carry the very basics — along with protoboards, breadboards, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

jockm Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

Welcome to the rest of the world...

about two weeks ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

jockm Re:Missing the point (223 comments)

You want to provide some proof for that? Should the military provide exemptions to that kind of training for organized sports because they also learned to work in a team? Or should we trust in a system of training soldiers that has been honed over a very long time. Unlike another commenter who likened them to surgeons — who are waived from combat training — these "cyberwarriors" are engaged in actual military action. They are fighting. So they should go through the same shared experience as all other soldiers.

OR they should be civilian contractors, which is how we handle other specialties that we don't require to go through basic.

about a month ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

jockm Missing the point (223 comments)

Basic Training is about a lot more than combat training. It is about teaching the value of the command structure, of camaraderie, of working as a team and relying on your buddies. If "hackers" aren't able or willing to go through that training then they should be hired as civilian contractors. We are already outsourcing lots of jobs that used to be done by soldiers.

But the thing that unites everyone in the military is a set of core experiences and the values that come from them.

about a month ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

jockm I don't know that being 1 of 11,776 is "unique" (160 comments)

According to that site "[I] Can Be Tracked!" because my fingerprint is the same as 11,775 others. That number seems to be generated only by people visiting the site meaning the pool would most likely be larger.

Obviously Browser Fingerprinting is a real thing, but that site seems to be geared toward hyperbole than actually educating.

about a month and a half ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

jockm Re:Looks dead (455 comments)

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

about 2 months 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)

about 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

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