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Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users

joshamania Re:Anonymous shills and astroturfers (215 comments)

But this is the exact kind of evil political use that this stuff is going to be used for. It doesn't make it right because you're using it on Republicans. If anything it makes it MORE wrong because of your acceptability standard...because when they turn around and use it on you they'll have had your prior support.

about a year ago
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Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users

joshamania Re:I can't think of a non-evil use for this (215 comments)

See, someone has already drank the kool-aid. :-) Identify personality traits...sigh. You speak in the language of big brother. So once this method/technique/software gets outside of whatever biolab it is currently sequestered in how long, you think, before it's used for police phishing expeditions.

"Hey Bob, I'm bored...ever since they legalized pot I've had nothing to arrest people for for no reason. What's this I hear about linguistics and personality traits?"

There are MILLIONS of people in prison in this country and this is just going to be another excuse for our soccer-mom-busybody overlords.

about a year ago
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Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users

joshamania Re:I can't think of a non-evil use for this (215 comments)

Negative...we take"thing X" that has confirmed kills of 2 people and confirmed annoyance of 1 busybody and it's "BWAAAAAAAA THINK OF THE CHILDREN!" and then we arrest everyone for being a pedophile.

about a year ago
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Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users

joshamania I can't think of a non-evil use for this (215 comments)

This is so bad I don't know where to begin. There is nothing, ever, that excuses this. For every zodiac crazy serial killer or copyright scofflaw they try to apply this to (and fail) there will be thousands and thousands of people that will be persecuted by organizations and governments for expressing their opinions. While this won't have a big effect in the West for half a generation, oppressive governments are going to be all over this.

And then, in ten or fifteen years, the youth will have grown with this technology and become accustomed to it...accepting it. Just like facebook has been accepted.

I'd move to Mars when it's possible but some bureaucrat will analyze everything I've ever written on the interwebz (and I've been mostly not stupid about shit I've written online since 1995 or so) and make some arbitrary decision about how I'm not acceptable because I'm not a huge fan of authority or some such crap.

Way to go humanity.

about a year ago
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Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

joshamania Re:My Kickstarter project ran into the Apple wall (471 comments)

Sorry, didn't want to spam, but www.hiqautomation.com. We did build one for Android and it works pretty well. And like one of you said...most our beta testers ended up using it when they were not in their car...usually out working on the lawn or something. One guy we have testing told me about the time his wife got locked out of the house but she didn't have an android phone, alas! :-)

We're doing a release in about 2 months...ordering the parts for the first fifty units just after xmas.

about a year ago
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Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

joshamania My Kickstarter project ran into the Apple wall too (471 comments)

My partner and I came up with a device that allows you to open a garage door with a smartphone. Just a box with a relay and a Bluetooth radio. When I started looking into whether or not we could do this for iPhone I found apples "Made for iPod" program...their hardware licensing scheme.

The first thing they asked for was our attorney's contact information.

A quick search showed me that it was going to cost in the ballpark of $20,000 to deal with Apple's bullshit. So that didn't happen.

about a year ago
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New York Times Halves Monthly Free Article Views To Ten

joshamania Re:Oh Well (178 comments)

Agreed. I used to read the NY Times several times a day. When they put up their paywall, even with the easy workarounds, it dropped off my radar. I even wanted to pay...but at the time (and perhaps they still are) one had to pay extra for each device class you wanted to use...$X for web access, $Y for tablet access and $Z for phone access. This worked out at the time to be something like $50 a month...for a NEWSPAPER.

I've heard claims that this is akin to the PBS model...with a minority of people overpaying for content/service and the majority using the product for free. Seems okay for PBS but economically backward for an organization like the NY Times, imho.

about 2 years ago
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Open your garage with Bluetooth, HiQ iOpener via Kickstarter

joshamania Daisyworks (2 comments)

I'd also like to add that Daisyworks is a great little company you can buy inexpensive bluetooth toys like breakout boards from. I bought some of their products to do our prototyping.

about 2 years ago
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Indian Government To Tax Angel Funding

joshamania Who cares if it's borrowing or income... (157 comments)

What it really is is an investment killer. And here I was thinking Illinois has an awful business climate.

more than 2 years ago
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Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal

joshamania I once worked for IP lawyers... (184 comments)

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

So that's how the constitution reads...I was asking one of the younger attorneys at the firm about the "limited time" if the application of the Sonny Bono copyright schmutz didn't make copyright, in effect, unlimited.

His response, verbatim...and I am not shitting you:

"Unlimited is a limit."

The law is whatever they want it to be folks.

about 2 years ago
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Siri Competitor Evi Arrives, But Already Overloaded

joshamania Um...hello Watson, could you come here... (233 comments)

I really don't understand why folks are making a big stink about Siri and this other whoozitwhatsits. I imagine IBM hasn't made a smartphone app for Watson because it would need a huge computer/serverfarm/planet to run it for millions of users yet.

Watson is the real deal. Siri, to me, seems like a search engine and nothing more. It's not answering questions...it's just giving normal people the ability to use Google like I use google...i.e. knowing the modifiers and using them.

more than 2 years ago
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Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Controls

joshamania When are we going to stop pandering to nobodys? (421 comments)

I don't know the exact figures, and I'm sure that it could be spun as lies, damned lies and statistics, but the entire movie industry takes in something like $60 billion a year. That's about one year at Intel alone. Maybe combine another half a company somewhere to get some more digits added up right. The music and video game industry...oh wait, we can not mention the video game industry because they figured out the piracy issue and aren't hammering laws down our legislators throats.

Lets be generous then...lets say annual revenue of RIAA/MPAA members is $100 billion...hell, lets say it's $200 billion (it's nowhere close to 200bil, but lets just say).

$200 BILLION IS NOTHING. Why the hell are we letting these asshats try to control the internet? General motors has $135 billion annual revenue (wikipedia). Shall we let them just waltz into googles offices and start making demands about how they run their company? They're also just middlemen(mpaa/riaa)...they produce NOTHING. They add NO VALUE. They're a bunch of thieves trying to hold onto a failing business model.

I say make them compete in the real world or get out.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

joshamania It's easy to do when you can just crack the whip.. (1303 comments)

Whoever apple employee made that comment about the 8,000 workers...shame on you. How is that NOT slavery? And you're fucking proud of it?!?!?

Second off...you can do the same thing in less time by reprogramming a machine.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

joshamania Re:This device empowers criminals. (575 comments)

Insightful? Please. If you think that the cops are *not* going to use this technology for fishing expeditions you're fooling yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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$10M Tricorder X PRIZE Kicks off

joshamania Re:About time (111 comments)

Allow me to introduce you to a little concept we in the real world call "economic incentive".

more than 2 years ago
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Music Industry Sues Irish Government For Piracy

joshamania Re:I didn't think there were any Irish lawyers... (341 comments)

Is it mildly entertaining that the world can get away with racist colloquialisms (i just wanted to say that word) against the Irish? I'm, what...half-Irish-ish...totally not offended by that comment...I even chuckled. Just think it's weird that one could say this without catching hell about the Irish but not, say, about Mexicans.

more than 2 years ago

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Open your garage with Bluetooth, HiQ iOpener via Kickstarter

joshamania joshamania writes  |  about 2 years ago

joshamania writes "My partner and I have just launched a Kickstarter project for our company HiQ automation. Our product, the HiQ iOpener, allows one to activate your existing garage door opener with your Android phone (and iPhone by Q3-Q4). What geeks might be interested in though is that you can activate anything carrying less than 1 amp of current. Our app is designed for garage doors, but Daisyworks has an OSS app that will work with the same chip we use to trigger the relay(s)."
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Apple vs. Samsung and the reality of the Android e

joshamania joshamania writes  |  more than 2 years ago

joshamania writes "Can we please stop flogging this dead horse? Microsoft made this exact same argument about linux about a decade ago and it was bollocks then and it's bollocks now. I've a startup with a partner and we're going to develop bluetooth enabled devices for android and iPhone. These journalista hacks keep regurgitating this tripe and I think it's about time that people who know what's what tell the truth. Fragmentation is a lie. It's FUD, pure and simple. We're smart people, we can figure out how to make this work, naysayers be damned."
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Computer Monitor as TV Replacement, What's best?

joshamania joshamania writes  |  more than 4 years ago

joshamania writes "A little over a year ago I ditched my 46" TheaterWide projection and went to 100% media consumption via my personal computer. I listen to music, watch TV, movies, game, etc, all on a 24" widescreen computer monitor. The monitor I have is fantastic and I've been considering getting a new one...this thing is about 4-5 years old now...and switching my 24" to be my crap 20" second monitor. The 24" has been great, but I want something bigger now. I've looked around the past few weeks and have seen some interesting products but I really don't know what the best solution is. Best Buy doesn't sell a single TV with a DVI connection. A local geek told me don't worry, there's HDMI, and perhaps I"m missing something, but I have DVI coming out of my video card, not HDMI. I would prefer native connections to having to convert something. Also I shouldn't forget that I'm an avid gamer. So what is the best monitor or TV to buy? It doesn't need to be huge, but at least 30". Do refresh rates made a difference? Are the 3D glasses setup worth it? I'd be satisfied with 1920x1080 but more is cool. And please nobody post the 30" computer monitors with the 700:1 contrast ratio. *wince*"
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Going All Office Space

joshamania joshamania writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joshamania writes "A few months ago I closed my company and switched careers. For four years I provided technical assistance to small businesses that could not afford or did not need a full time IT staff but did need someone who could handle everything a larger company takes for granted. The money was great, the hours were flexible, but in the end, the whole experience turned out to be unsatisfying. Just before I closed up shop a buddy of mine had told me about a job he got working in manufacturing and about using "robots that shoot fire". For weeks that vision stuck in my head until I decided it was a sign, closed up shop and moved to a more active manufacturing city. I pestered a small steel fabrication plant for a few months until they finally broke down and gave me a job making maybe a third of what I could easily be making in some corporate office-space hell...and I couldn't be happier.

These days I sleep like a stone at night, I cut steel like it's butter, my days at work literally disappear...hours go by in the blink of an eye. I cannot remember ever having this much fun getting paid, however little it may be now. I thought perhaps the sheen would wear off after a while but it hasn't and the job gets better every day. I'm now responsible for two robots, soon to add a third, as well as the computers and network of the company. It shall not be long before the pay bump comes, but that will only be gravy.

I want slashdotters to know that on-the-shop-floor manufacturing jobs are there to be had for people with good technical skill. Many of you may think that you are stuck in cubicle hell for the rest of your careers, but it doesn't have to be that way. Manufacturing companies are sorely lacking in skilled technical people. They have many folks that are skilled in material fabrication, shaping steel, plastic and ceramics into the products we use every day, but little in the way of in-depth computer knowledge. The folks they do have with computer knowledge generally stick to their computers and don't get directly involved directly in manufacturing.

In any decently sized industrial town there are probably dozens of small manufacturers that can really use the skills you have on the shop floor. If you're a person who likes to work with machines and who is looking for *something else* I highly recommend looking at factory work. There may be a dozen companies within about fifty miles of most of you readers that would love to buy modern robots and machine tools but cannot for lack of technicians to operate them, to maintain them and to make them work to their fullest potential. My current employer, if not for me, would lose months of manufacturing time on these new multi-thousand or multi-million dollar machine tools if they did not have me around to make them sing. It doesn't kill me that I'm learning a new skilled trade for free either.

How many other slashdotters out there have recently taken the plunge and ditched traditional IT work? Has it worked out as well for you as it has for me? The opportunities are out there you just have to go out and take them."

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