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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

mykro76 Jobs for the boys (425 comments)

"Leon? Now that you're retiring, could you help drum up some job security for the rest of us? Say for the next 30 years?"

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

mykro76 Beware of the videos!! (97 comments)

I maintain my company's knowledge systems. Multimedia videos have several problems:

- They are not accessible to the hard of hearing or the vision-impaired.You may be breaking the law unless you invest the effort to caption every single video.
- They are hard to search. Unless you create transcripts/captions or extensively meta-tag the videos it's really hard to find specific content.
- They are not easy to update. Generally you have to reshoot and re-edit the entire video.
- They take a lot of time and effort. Generally you can produce a text-based delivery that covers more knowledge in better detail in the same time it takes you to make a video.

I've seen several efforts to "video all the things". All have failed. Corporate videos are good for one thing - delivering "talking head" messages from management. After six months you can quietly drop them from your intranet and nobody notices.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

mykro76 Take it from a bugtracker maker (159 comments)

Even Atlassian, makers of the popular commercial JIRA bugtracker, maintain two layers of visibility. You can report and view bugs created by other users, but the decision-making process of Atlassian staff is kept hidden with private comments and private issues, to the point where is very hard to get an answer on whether a particular issue is actively being worked on or not.

As the maintainer of my company's bugtracker I can understand this position. It's all too easy for a developer to inadvertently reveal private intellectual property in a changelog, and I don't want to spend all my time monitoring and sanitising the public's view. It's easier to give the customers a separate space to natter away in.

about three weeks ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

mykro76 Re:Too Late for Aus (336 comments)

The Paypass/Paywave terminals here do work with essentially any chipped credit card you have. But even after three years of operation Google Wallet still can't be installed on Australian phones and while some banks are running closed trials to have phone-based NFC work with these same terminals, there is no app yet that I know of that is available to the general public here. So while I agree that Apple are making a mistake, they aren't necessarily all that far behind in the phone payments race.

about a month ago

Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

mykro76 Re:Hijacking and theft (215 comments)

GUNS! This is America, you know.

about 2 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

mykro76 Re:I'd love to be wrong, but ... (442 comments)

It's all about the syndication. Friends had 236 episodes. Seinfeld had 180 episodes. BBT is already up to 159 and only needs another season or two to become an attractive "drop-in" replacement for TV stations worldwide that are already screening one (or both) of the older series every weeknight of the year.

The quality of syndicated shows isn't crucial as long as they are palatable easy viewing during dinner to lure in eyeballs for the prized evening timeslots.

about 3 months ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

mykro76 Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

As a political moderate, I'm not thrilled that we rolled back the carbon tax. But we did vote this government in legitimately and I can understand some of the economic and financial motivations behind the repeal. I would like to see us try again with a different strategy (eg. emissions trading scheme). But I have to say that some of the far-left ranting, slander and vitriol I've seen flung about the internet is really putting me off these arguments. I think a little less exaggeration and hyperbole would serve you well.

about 3 months ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

mykro76 Easy (188 comments)

If the ruling is not followed we will be giving the Japanese tourists specially selected koalas to cuddle.


about 7 months ago

FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

mykro76 Good, Fast and Cheap... Pick Any Two (101 comments)

This trusty rule of thumb still applies, even here. One codec may be faster, but the other may be good (fewer artifacts) and cheap (fewer cpu cycles).

about 8 months ago

Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

mykro76 Re:Strange form factor (219 comments)

I'm thinking Intel are hoping to push a superior version of the Eye-fi card and hijack the entire photography market.

Stick it in your camera and it functions like a standard SD card, but it can do anything else you want, rotate your oldest photos off to your PC/NAS/phone, proxy the card in realtime to a 2TB hdd in your backpack, run a webserver, etc. Fully hackable, upgradable, customisable, and instantly compatible with a billion existing devices.

about 9 months ago

CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet

mykro76 just keep it away from reddit (152 comments)

Processing reddit meme 634,278 of 89,234,163,665...
Common Sense quotient increased by: -0.02%
Processing reddit meme 634,279 of 89,234,163,665...
Common Sense quotient increased by: -0.03%

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?

mykro76 Fog Creek Copilot (116 comments)

Only used it once or twice, but it was really easy to use.

about a year ago

Australian Intelligence HQ Blueprints Hacked

mykro76 Cheap Penetration Testing! (180 comments)

Boss: Have you organised that world-class penetration testing of our new system yet?
Dazza: Yes, I'll need to expense $150,000 for the consultants though.
Boss: No worries.
Dazza: *clickety click ftp files sent* Great. It should be done very soon.

about a year ago

Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

mykro76 WORST calculation ever. (355 comments)

Let's assume the shortest possible distance, 3,347 km by crow from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL.
Let them all lie down (1.7m average height) - after all this will take a while.
And then throw in 40cm between them for comfort.
You could still fit in 1.5 million people and change, or about the population of Idaho.

about a year and a half ago

Startup Offers Pay-Per-Page E-Books

mykro76 Be warned, vendors will adapt (81 comments)

- super-wow graphic on front page to suck you in
- 6 page thank you note by author
- 11 page table of contents, double spaced
- 17 page prologue describing the conception of the e-book
- overly normalized content, stuffed with references to other chapters
- no index, forcing you to flip through all the pages

I don't know about you, but I don't like the sound of these e-books.

about a year and a half ago

Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

mykro76 War, Detente, Disrupt, Decline (404 comments)

It's a well-worn path.
USA/Russia - War (Good vs Cheap), Detente (Nuclear brinkmanship, Cold war), Disrupt (new economies), Decline (high cost of supporting existing infrastructure/policies)
RIM/Nokia - War (Good vs Cheap), Detente (stuck to their product lines), Disrupt (Touch replaced T9 / Qwerty), Decline (high cost of losing customers & late entry to new markets)
Apple/Google - War (Good vs Cheap), now settling into a comfortable Detente. They're not stupid. They both know there will be a Disruption. It won't come from Microsoft and Blackberry making "me too" phones.

Apple will try and do it themselves, with loads of secret R&D. Google are trying to do it with loads of public R&D (driverless cars, Glass, Nexus Q, Ingress).

But it's inevitable. One day, some other company will blindside them and Disrupt them utterly.

about a year and a half ago

With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

mykro76 nice markup (501 comments)

Does this mean Apple is the most profitable flash memory reseller in the world?

about a year and a half ago

Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

mykro76 Phone linked to credit card after two visits. (323 comments)

Each time you go to the checkout, the software can associate your phone's ID with (say) 20-30 payments happening in that vicinity.

After the second time you've been through the checkout, they will know who you are.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

mykro76 Why even bother with a console? (267 comments)

Get a Nexus 7.

Costs US$199, most games are under $5. Goes with the kids in the car, in the bedroom, but still easy to confiscate and lock away.

Far better selection of educational games, not just twitch reflex shooters.

Serves double duty as a media player. Movies, music, Youtube.

Serves triple duty as an internet research / learning tool. How do volcanoes work? Look it up.

With Android 4.2 you can set up individual user accounts for each child & parent, so the whole family can use it. But it's still cheap enough that you can buy one for each person if you wanted.

Honestly, why would you get a console?

about 2 years ago

To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

mykro76 Percentage could backfire on Motorola (582 comments)

Apple: Our iDevice is now FREE but requires an iCloud account. iCloud is $39 a month.

Motorola: Hey, where's our 2.25%?

Apple: Hahahahaha.

about 2 years ago


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