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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

khellendros1984 Re:Not what the masses want. (87 comments)

And those Android phones are user upgradeable?

Replaceable and expandable memory and improved-capacity replacement batteries sound like upgrades to me.

7 hours ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

khellendros1984 Re:Heck yes... (275 comments)

By the same argument, you could call a plumber a wrench-user (or, heck, an "operator of a hand-wrench interface"), and it would be true. The distinction is between someone trained primarily in how to use a tool and someone trained in developing fixes for problems and using an interface as a tool to put the fix in place. Any monkey can hit buttons on an interface without knowing the underlying theory and yell "Success!" when some near-randomly chosen combination of pokes happens to work. What we need in IT is someone that plans their changes ahead of time, based on an understanding of how the system works. It's incidental that they use an interface to actually deploy the fix.

yesterday
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

khellendros1984 Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (337 comments)

I can fill a fossil fuel vehicle in 5 minutes. A level-3 charger (running at 480V and 125A) will take half an hour to get a Leaf to 80%. Most stations are level-2, which takes a good bit longer. In many cases, it won't make a practical difference, but it's disingenuous to try to say that there's no difference in capability between gas and electric vehicles.

yesterday
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

khellendros1984 Re:electric golf carts (200 comments)

Oops, forgot to mention: The article lists the estimated production price on the new buggy to be $150k-$175k apiece. It'd be interesting to see a cost analysis of the price to buy, feed, stable, and replace a horse compared to the price to buy, maintain, park, and replace one of the new carriages.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

khellendros1984 Re:electric golf carts (200 comments)

I see a parallel between the carriage situation and emulating game systems. You get the same practical value (playing the game/scenic carriage ride through Central Park), but you lose the little inconveniences that make the experience special. Oddly enough, the "clip-clop" and stepping over horse manure to get into the carriage are part of what I wanted to pay for, just like I want to swab out old game cartridges and cross the room to hit the reset button when I get frustrated with a tough level.

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

khellendros1984 Re:*sigh* (348 comments)

"Received" is used in one of the older senses of the word, roughly synonymous with "accepted" or "approved".

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

khellendros1984 Re:It's still about $ (348 comments)

Are they non-standard degree names, or something like Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering? Did you get any job experience, or just plow through a bunch of degrees? Are you looking for jobs in an area with a high demand for your specialties? Experience in academic programming is worlds apart from experience in corporate software engineering. Beyond 4 years of school, if you don't have any work experience, your CV makes you look like an academic (or worse yet, a "professional student").

2 days ago
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Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

khellendros1984 Re:PvZ2 is unplayable (50 comments)

Clauses against reverse engineering are nearly ubiquitous in (non-open) software. Amusingly, Origin's EULA, Popcap's EULA, Plants vs. Zombies' EULA, and Steam's EULA all forbid reverse-engineering of the code that each agreement applies to. It seems that you may have some kind of double-standard with software, AC.

2 days ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

khellendros1984 Re:Uh... change companies? (220 comments)

Let's be honest here... you want to work 8am - 5pm with an hour lunch, get paid over $60k a year (more in higher standard states), get bonuses and have a nice cushy job? That's absurd.

Absurd? It describes my current work situation closely. Well, if you exclude the pay and hours; my pay is in the ballpark of yours, and my hours aren't as rigid as "8-5 with an hour lunch". Still, there's always something better and always something worse. It's important to be able to find satisfaction in whatever job you're doing, and you seem to have done that just fine.

4 days ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

khellendros1984 Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

The 24th amendment to the consitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 both come to mind (although the amendment was ratified January 23rd, 1964, so it's a few months over 50 years). I agree with the statement that our laws tend to restrict rights much more than they grant them, though. In theory, you've got the right to do anything that isn't forbidden by law, so the only laws that cause a net gain in freedom are the ones that restrict actions that take away someone else's freedom.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

khellendros1984 Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (690 comments)

I've got a Logitech mouse (LX7) that I probably bought about 8 years ago and still use every day at work. The rubber is starting to rot, but the mouse itself works like the day I bought it. The only Logitech mouse that I've had die is an MX310 that I bought in 2004, and that lasted until about 2010.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

khellendros1984 Re:Atari 800 (690 comments)

Something similar happened in my Super Nintendo. It blew an internal fuse. I replaced it with a fuse taken from an even less-functional system, and the same thing happened. I just bridged the gap with wire. Some resolutions work perfectly, but higher-res output won't display anything. My guess is that there are multiple bad capacitors on the board.

4 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

khellendros1984 Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

I hate using a stylus. I don't use multitouch often, but that's not what I see as the best feature of a capacitive screen anyhow. I like that I can lightly swipe a finger across the display and achieve a gesture. You just don't get the same ease of use with resistive touch. I can imagine that the extra precision would be necessary if you're remoting in to a desktop GUI, but that's outside my normal use-case for touch devices, personally.

about a week ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

khellendros1984 Re:Misleading (117 comments)

Valve or individual game developers occasionally mark games as free, and they get pushed out to just about everyone with an account. The article noted that those titles have near-universal ownership but very low play times, since the freebies aren't usually what you choose when deciding what to play.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

khellendros1984 Re:I went to see WATCH_DOGS at PAX East (43 comments)

One time use codes aren't uncommon. They could give out codes that are useable either as a Steam/Amazon/Play store/whatever discount code, or via a mail-in rebate type of mechanism. Either that, or post a reusable code and take the gamble that you'll pull in more customers with the lower price than you'll lose in per-purchase profit margin.

about a week ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

khellendros1984 Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (146 comments)

To watch the whole show from start to finish, your moon gazing should begin at 10:20 p.m. PDT

(FTA). OK, so maybe they should've included the information in the summary too. If it starts at 22:20 PDT, then it's starting at 01:20 EDT.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

khellendros1984 Re:changing part without changing number is common (236 comments)

The guy said "computer industry", but it was obvious that they were referring to undocumented changes in the hardware, and how that made trouble for people using OSes that couldn't use the manufacturer-provided drivers. It happens *all* the time in consumer-level hardware, especially when you're talking about a Chinese knock-off of something. Simple example: wifi adapters with multiple hardware revisions, all sold under the same product number.

Now, if you want to talk about the hardware engineers themselves rather than their products, then yes, the engineer building the thing has to have a fully-specified part, the behavior of which matches the datasheet and doesn't change.

You can't talk about those things interchangeably, like you were trying to. If someone's talking about a driver not working with a piece of hardware, first, they're talking about hardware. Second, they're talking about a consumer that an "invisible" hardware change impacted.

about two weeks ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

khellendros1984 Re:Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

They wouldn't be what I'd call an "engineer", and maybe "programmer" would've been a better word than "developer". I certainly would've described myself as a programmer before I was out of high school. You're nitpicking word choice without addressing the point that I was trying to make: limitations suck, and someone using standard tools is going to be able to find more material to learn from, anyhow. If the choice is between having a bunch of Chromebooks or nothing, then that's an obvious choice. If there's another option available, then it's better to teach a student with something they'll be able to get help with on their own.

about two weeks ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

khellendros1984 Re:lower cost chrome? (101 comments)

For Chromium OS, a guy called Hexxeh had some builds, but he seemed disappointed by the performance, so the port is on an indefinite hiatus. For the Chromium browser, I saw posts that indicated that it could be built for and run on the Pi. I haven't tried it, and I didn't try to find binaries. For Chrome itself (browser and OS), Google doesn't seem to have produced appropriate binaries.

about two weeks ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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