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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

komodo685 Corrected link (130 comments)

Corrected Translucent Databases link. Was previously pointing to the beta site.

about 3 months ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

komodo685 Re:Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

Monopolies are corporations whose success isn't predicated on customer satisfaction, virtually by definition. Facebook was a monopoly, and shitty company, before anyone in government even knew what it was. While our corrupt government massively enables these behaviors they aren't, technically, required.

about 4 months ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

komodo685 Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

In fact why does this article focus on the tech sector? Similar claims could be made of banks or car companies among others. If anything has changed it's that the tech sector has grown and diversified enough that its subsections can support major companies as monopolies (or near monopolies) for example facebook/twitter for the relatively new social media section.

So major companies with virtually no competition naturally become destructive to society. Maybe we need a wave of enforcement of anti-monopoly laws... or given modern corruption per Citizens United some new major limitation on how corporations are allowed to incorporate or buy stock in existing corporations for any state (e.g. Make Wal-mart unable to incorporate in a new state due to its annual revenue nor buy out smaller companies and run them as mini-Wal-Marts).

Of course, we should outlaw Corporations as "People" on top of that.

about 4 months ago

A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

komodo685 Ergodox (82 comments)

Massdrop just started another run on the ergodox that will be ending in about a week, anyone interested in this keyboard would probably want to check that out.
I've never used anything but standard cheap keyboards but I'll be trying the ergodox on this latest run. At a glance they appear very similar. I like this guy's thumb layout better, though I'd prefer the board was split into two pieces one for each hand.

about 5 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

komodo685 Re:John Carmack, no questions asked (285 comments)

Having read your link, no he did not. From your source:

When we got the first build to test, I was pleased with how the high res artwork looked, but I was appalled at how slow it ran...
...Using the iPhone's hardware 3D acceleration was a requirement, and it should be easy...
...As usual, my off the cuff estimate of "Two days!" was optimistic, but I did get it done in four, and the game is definitely more pleasant at 8x the frame rate.

He converted an existing implementation that used software acceleration to use hardware acceleration instead. The original team did estimate 2 months for that change.

about 5 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

komodo685 Re:Living in Colorado, and yes, there is a shortag (401 comments)

The Chinese folks seem to have their ducks in a row. They ain't great on the innovation part and you have to spent a LOT of time steering them, but at least they work hard.

The Indians spend most of their time emailing management about how awesome they (the Indians) are, rather than doing any actual work.

The Americans seem to be stuck in the glory days of post-WWII when America didn't have any real competition (rest of the world was smoldering ashes) so they now seem allergic to the concept of hard work.

I've found 0 (or near 0) correlation between country of origin and work ethic. This is complete bullshit and flamebait. That this was posted by an AC does not surprise me.

My company tried for almost a year to find good tech people. Begged, scrounged, tried to poach, nada. The jobs may not be the best paying, ~$120k/year

I'm not certain about the COL in silicon valley and other very expensive areas (generously assuming you're even in one), but unless the skills you were looking for was some obscure language and/or toolset I'm pretty sure this is obvious bullshit as well.

about 5 months ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

komodo685 Classic $Politician (211 comments)

It seemed odd that only posts I see on this subject ("Classic Obama", "Obama ... What is it with this guy", and "Why does Obama keep doing this") all seem to suggest this hypocrisy is somehow unique to the current president.

Maybe I'm missing something as I was born in '88, was there a time when politicians weren't appointing people based on who would be best for the major corps in the industry.?How is this anything but the standard Corruption which we can expect from all future presidents?

about 6 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

komodo685 Re:Libertarian nirvana (534 comments)

You say you're a libertarian:

As a libertarian...

your signature states:

Repeal the 17th Amendment TODAY!

The amendment for direct election of senators, vs their previous election by state legislatures. These seem like contradictory ideas to me, why do you not view them that way?

about 6 months ago

Nintendo Could Base Comeback On Improving Peoples' Health

komodo685 Oblig xkcd (129 comments)

Makes me think of this: http://xkcd.com/189/

But monitored by some wearable computer(s), I don't know how good current technology would have for accurately sensing and represnting various body types (plenty of critism of BMI for example) but I could see how turning excercise into a sort of game could have a future. If they can, more power to them, obesity has sadly become a significant problem and excercise is a necessary tactic for reducing it.

about a year ago

Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul

komodo685 Re:Thank you (242 comments)

To paraphrase Patton

No bastard ever changed his country by suffering for his ideology. He changed it by making the other poor dumb bastard suffer for his ideology.

1 year,9 hours

Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off

komodo685 Re:Oh snap! (370 comments)

The program itself is just an executable jar you have to configure, comes bundled with a tomcat if I remember correctly

uh I mean tomcat server not this

1 year,13 days

Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off

komodo685 Re:Oh snap! (370 comments)

You could even put that playlist on a local music server.
Sockso is good though when I last used it (~2 years ago) some features didn't work it didn't play all file types so I had to convert music files to, I believe, .mp3 (maybe .ogg).
The program itself is just an executable jar you have to configure, comes bundled with a tomcat if I remember correctly, just double click and you have a music server.
I can confirm, that at the time, it ran out of the box on 10.04 Ubuntu.

1 year,13 days

Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

komodo685 Re:Wrong target (406 comments)

I have little faith in the unbiased nature of someone named war4peace. But I'll bite...

The engineer designs/builds the stuff. Someone else uses the stuff unethically.

True an engineer can't know ahead of time exactely how/when/where say an American combat rifle will be used. However, seeing that after 9/11 we invaded 2 countries that had little (Afghanistan) and no (Iraq) connection to it but do have strategic uses/oil (rich tasty oil) its pretty clear the US will use those weapons as it chooses, unilaterally (more or less) and in violation of international law and any sense of morality.
It would be like suggesting chemical weapons research for Bashar al-Assad might be used to find new cures. Technically true but the precedent suggests otherwise.

Pretty much anything can be weaponized; some things more directly than others, but in the end, whatever you design, think, build, imagine can (and likely will) be used to hurt others, be they human beings or animals.

We should build more powerful nukes because people would just knife each other anyway?
Logistics matter a great deal, saying the internet is worthless because USPS is a reliable means of transmitting information would be moronic.

if John Doe is an engineer and he's offered a military industry job, then if he turns it down, someone else will take it.

And someone else can deal with the ethics of that.
"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept." Don't pretend you have higher ethics than what your actions reflect, you don't.

Also, the article implies that an engineer should think of all possible implications when working on something, including ethical use of the product. Which brings back the original statement: you can't make sure that the product will only be used in an ethical manner. It's an impossibility. The only assurance would be that no engineer builds anything anymore. And I'm pretty sure that most people would loathe shivering in a cave with only a raw pelt covering their skin. Just sayin'...

I completely agree that there could be times an engineer is working on a project and not predict how that technology, even fairly directly, could be used for purposes they would never condone. I, personally, would only ask that an engineer make an honest attempt to determine if immoral uses are possible and reasonably likely in lifetime of the technology and use that to judge the work as ethical or not. A standard would need a more concrete definition and thus more consideration than I can put into this comment.

1 year,14 days

Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

komodo685 Re:Doctors save soldiers (406 comments)

Saying an engineer shouldn't design a better non-lethal weapon is like saying a doctor shouldn't treat a wounded soldier.

FTFY (Even that is arguable given they could be used to enforce a police state, and that non-lethal weapons can cause permanent injury)

However of course this may be impossible or impractical with current technology. Ex. I imagine it would be impractical with current technology to disable an aircraft or submarine without virtually guaranteeing the death of some/all occupants.

Wars are frequently started not for moral reasons but merely justified by citing some moral argument with no connection to reality. Designing better lethal weapons for a country (read America) that is already generations of military tech ahead of all allies and much more so enemies with the justification of "saving lives" is an exercise in cognitive dissonance.

1 year,14 days

Study Finds Digital Activism Is Effective, Mostly Non-Violent

komodo685 Re:Ha Ha (69 comments)

So is "Sitting In" at a restaurant. But sometimes in life you feel like you have to do something, and sometimes you don't want to be violent.

Forcing yourself on others in any way is violence. If you don't leave, if you block a path, don't kid yourself that your are not being violent and potentially inciting a (well-deserved) violent response.

1. behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.

"Sitting in" does not damage anything. Disobedience is not by definition harmful and the last century has shown it can be central to movements doing great good.
It is precisely because the violent responses were so clearly undeserved and one-sided that those movements were successful.

1 year,27 days

Chicago State University Lawyers Attack Faculty Bloggers

komodo685 Re:only in academia (94 comments)

Only in academia

No. You should read the blog post titled "If You Want to Know What a Falsified Resume Looks Like, Here's an Example"

When the compliants are 'company policy does not tolerate lying on resumes' and workers (Cheri Sidney in the blog) are hired and promoted after demonstrably lying on their resume (for 90k+ jobs not some CSR job) the point is no longer arguable.
Hypocrasy is not a subjective value.

about a year ago

The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

komodo685 Any SysAdmin positions? (388 comments)

I know this former SysAdmin in Russia who had to resort to tech support FFS. Already has clearance. He'd be just what you deserve.

about a year ago

Republican Proposal Puts 'National Interest' Requirement On US Science Agency

komodo685 Re:That is easy ... (382 comments)

I hope this is just a poor attempt for tea party candidates to say they tried to cut wasteful government spending for egghead scientists, but the more cynical part of me assumes it is serious and even likely to pass.

If government isn't going to support expensive research with unknown fruits who will?

I remember seeing a youtube clip of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining how the British parliment failed to fund early electromagnetism research because it had no apparent use. Wise choice eh?

about a year ago

No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

komodo685 +1 funny... (142 comments)

...after reading your username

about a year ago

Book Review: The Circle

komodo685 Re:But what if you use it to coordinate real life? (85 comments)

I'm in my twenties, never used facebook or myspace, I stay in touch via phone calls or text. That being said I have less interest than most in staying in touch, others may find a social website necessary.

With younger generations, it may be that they've never used e-mail for that purpose to begin with.

I haven't. Never even thought about it, I'd rather use my cell phone.

about a year ago


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