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The Magic of Pallets

n7ytd Re:Pallet ecosystem (228 comments)

(Aside: I have been witness to what happens when a Walmart store runs out of pallet wrap. It is... awkward.)

You'd hope someone would think to just go and unpallet a pallet of plastic wrap, but this is Wal-Mart we're talking about.

Are you thinking of the food-grade plastic wrap that a Walmart might have sitting in the warehouse? That stuff is wimpy compared to the stretch wrap that is used on pallets. It would be like saying if they're all out of cardboard cartons, why not open up some Christmas wrapping paper or tissues and build a box, it's all paper, after all...

17 minutes ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

n7ytd Re:Why? (114 comments)

Standard resistive Touchscreen tech is dirt freaking cheap. I can get 7" resistive types for $9.00 each all day long at single quantities. If I was a car maker I could get them at less than $1.00 each in 1000+ quantities.

Honestly this IR system is a rehash of really old tech that is just not needed.

What is needed is the important buttons existing as REAL HARD BUTTONS. the systems that are 100% touch are complete crap. Yes I do want my hard buttons back on android, the on screen home button is really 100% crap.

Resistive touchscreens also don't care if the user is wearing gloves, which would be a plus for automotive use. But, they are not as durable as capacitive, which I would argue is a reason to not use them in a car.

But IR systems are also not a good choice because the sensors can be swamped by sunlight.

IR systems still find uses in industrial settings because they can be completely sealed, respond to gloved fingers, and have no flexible/moving parts like a resistive screen, but IR is hardly the new, groundbreaking technology that the sponsor of this article claim.

1 hour ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

n7ytd Re:Touch screens in vechicles = bad idea (114 comments)

I recently test drove a Chevy Volt. I was very excited about this car and its technology. But then I tried to turn on the climate control. Way too much touch screen interaction is required to do anything. If not for the touch screen, I might have bought the car, but now I won't even consider it.

I had the exact same reaction to the 2009 Prius that I test drove a couple of years ago. If I have to look down to find a button to change the fan speed on the A/C, Toyota has failed on it's UX.

2 hours ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

n7ytd Re: Marketing? (222 comments)

As I've said in other threads, Sony won't benefit from the publicity if it doesn't release the movie. Now I suppose you'll claim that Sony owns Anonymous too, and is having them release a torrent version of the film that secretly includes a better version of the famed Sony rootkit.

No, but The Cause* would benefit from the publicity around yet another valuable, copyrighted movie stolen by evil hackers.

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*The Cause being the movie studios' upward battle to convince the populous that torrented movie rips are starving children in Hollywood.

4 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

n7ytd Re:yea but (575 comments)

Keep in mind that Sony is only pulling the release after the five largest theater chains refused to show it. And the reason they refused to show it is because they could potentially be liable should anything happen anywhere in any of their theaters. Given the poor reviews the movie is getting they presumably decided that it just wasn't worth any risk as they're probably not going to make much anything off showing it anyway.

I propose a much simpler reason aside from potential liability that they are pulling it. Looking strictly at the bottom-line (and setting aside the idea that Sony might actually have a corporate conscience, somewhere..). The rule-of-thumb is that the opening weekend box office numbers are the best indicator of which movies are hot and which are stinkers. Ticket sales usually taper off week by week, and never surpass the numbers at the opening. If a movie has a weak opening weekend, everyone assumes that the movie is crap and even fewer people go to see it the next week. By not having an opening weekend in the top 5 chains, Sony would pretty much guarantee they have a flop on their hands, never mind the fact that all signs point to a crappy movie to start with.

4 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

n7ytd Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

Heh, when I did embedded development we were always forbidden from using bitfields. Load, operate, store is the correct way to access a hardware register. "Let the C compiler do something probably based on the assumption the target address is in RAM" is the wrong way to access a hardware register :p

Load, operate, store is the correct way to access a hardware register, except when it's not. Some hardware has side effects when reading from or writing to a hardware port. On some devices, using bit-manipulation instructions is the correct way to do things.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

n7ytd Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

The thing is, if you use structures with bit fields, C will not optimize the manipulations with them correctly. So you end up doing a lot of hand-holding in driver development in C. You have to be very much aware of the code being produced. It is not uncommon that you check specific inner loop sections to see exactly how they are being compiled and then based on the result and number of instructions might need to rewrite the C part or even just insert the assembly code directly.

No, the C standard does not guarantee that bit fields are implemented in a portable way, but if a compiler is not optimizing correctly, that's the fault of a broken compiler, not C.

If you are accessing hardware registers using bit-mapped structures, then yes, you need to understand the machine code being spit out by the compiler.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

n7ytd Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

Because bug-free automatic memory management is silly, who would want that?

Actually, it's still possible to have some bugs if you improperly use auto_ptr and shared_ptr, etc, but it's still much better than the classic method of allocation.

To be bug free, it has to be on-par with something like Java, where you can't break memory management no matter how hard you tried. This won't happen as long as there's the need to deal with raw pointers or if you have to dodge misaccessing elements (e.g. bounds checks...)

"It's harder to shoot yourself in the foot with C++, but if you do, you blow your whole leg off."

Really? Are you saying it's not possible to have a Null Pointer Exception in Java? Hmm...

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

n7ytd Re: C is primordial (641 comments)

Yes but you would not be able to actually empress this in C. Not possible! The best you could do would be something like:


void set_class_to_blue(Element* ele)
{

        set_class(ele, "blue");
}

foreach(dom, "a", set_class_to_blue);

Any if you inline the code, you can see what it does line for line and translate it to ASM.

That's not C. What is this "foreach()" you speak of?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

n7ytd Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

Because maybe the evolution team realized that top-posting is an abomination? Sometimes people refuse to actively support people at doing something wrong.

+1 to the evolution devs for not implementing this.

Well then kudos to the evolution devs for sticking up to their principles, and a reminder to myself to have no sympathy for the lack of adoption of their product.

Very apropos; this is a perfect example of the type of self-righteousness that drives people away from a FLOSS project.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

n7ytd Re:risk something (275 comments)

Amen to this. If your goal is to get your ideas implemented, you need to be able to accept them being known as your boss's ideas.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

n7ytd Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

This is my exact experience as well. I couldn't convince the customer service rep that their "system" also showed that I was an Internet customer for 2 years before they started trying to charge me a modem rental fee. How was I receiving service before that time? Did their system show me ordering a modem? Did their system show them shipping me a modem? All of these questions fell on deaf ears.

After cancelling service with them, their automated phone service would no longer recognize my account number as an active account, but then 4 months later the attempted billings for not returning this mystery modem began again.

The very helpful person I chatted with on their website last month assures me the problem is fixed. We'll see about that.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

n7ytd Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

I wouldn't consider your journey done just yet.

If your experience pans out like mine has, in about 4 months you will start getting e-mails and letters from Comcast attempting to bill you for the equipment you haven't returned yet.

Attempting to explain that you don't have any more equipment to return, will get you empty promises that they will fix the error in their computers, along with another e-mail and bill next month.

In my case, they continue to attempt to bill me $70 for a cable modem that I have never rented from them. Their system still shows a credit of $42 they owe me, but no one seems to know when that money will be returned to me, 6 months after cancelling.

If I never hear from them again, I'll consider it $42 well spent.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

n7ytd Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

They continually invent new and creative kinds of suck.

No they don't. They just change the suck icons, names, and desktop locations with each new edition. Still the same old suck.

Well, yeah, but now it's got the Ribbon of Suck.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

n7ytd Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

If you are not making $45 or more an hour you are being robbed. Programmers are massively underpaid compared to the skillset we need to do our jobs. Why the hell do we tolerate deflating the job down to the level of a factory worker?

First off, $45 per hour is not too high. After factoring in benefits that probably equates to a salary of about $65k per year. So while I agree that making less than $65k per year is low for all but junior developers (or those working in very low cost areas), I'm not sure I agree with your assertion that most developers are underpaid. The average salary of a developer is about $90k per year, which is an incredibly high salary.

$45/hour * 40 hours * 52 weeks = $93,600/year. I'm sure where your message goes from there... is $45/hour "not too high", or is $90k an "incredibly high" salary?

about 5 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

n7ytd Re: Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

"Name 1 way to back up her emails and pictures on a remote server that requires fewer mouse clicks than forwarding them herself with email."

Dropbox - drag, drop, done. Single click.

You forgot the following steps:
0a: Learn what Dropbox is.
0b: Find Dropbox on the web without being suckered into look-alike advertisements and link farms.
0c: Download the installer from Dropbox's website.
0d: Execute installer and navigate Windows' UAC restrictions.
0e: Create Dropbox account, along with reading/skipping EULA. (Optional: Visit DropBox's website every 90 days to stay on top of any changes to their EULA, verify they haven't had any new breaches that might require a password change, or that the free account quota hasn't been exceeded.
0f: Learn how to create a folder to sync with Dropbox.
0g: Learn how to find said folder again.
0h: Learn to using Windows' file search functions to glean the cat videos from the grandkids e-mails which now all live in one folder.

Other than that, yeah, pretty much single click. I'm really not trying to be snarky here; my dad's on about this level. About three times a year I have to walk him through the differences between single-click, double click, shift click, and right click. Also why files that he's dragged from a folder to the desktop are no longer in the folder.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:HR lies. (309 comments)

"This is the result of capitalism."

You could not have gotten that more backwards.

"THIS IS THE RESULT OF CAPITALISM."

Is that better?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:Do you have the time? (309 comments)

Amen to this. Don't look at this as the last chance to be a child, look at it as the first chance to be an adult. Instead of looking at college as your last chance to avoid responsibility, use it as a chance to learn a little responsibility and ease into the idea of being a Grown Up.

Working during college is a reasonable thing. If you have a scholarship or the Bank of Mom & Dad is funding your education, bully for you; but having even a part-time job during school means that priorities must be set and time must be managed.

Much better to hit the ground running after graduation and not be shocked at the idea of needing to be at work 8-5 every day.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:BS (309 comments)

I just got my haircut from a lady whose 23 year old son just got a consulting gig making 120,000 a year! He started 2 years ago making websites and turning them into smart phone applets.

No offense but I do not believe that advice as employers and HR can not find anyone with 2 - 3 years of HTML 5 and css 3 experience. Coca cola and others hired this kid and keep paying him $50/hr to code.

Just picking nits here, but $50/hr != $120,000/year.

It is the Java jobs that require 10 years experience because the old timers all have that and can simply demand it. Web and mobile app positions do not have as much experience which means lower barriers to entry and more cash to make.

I'm not sure what you're saying here... that web and mobile app positions, with their lower barriers to entry, should be paid more?

about 7 months ago

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How one High-Speed Trader gamed the market and made $377,000 in one day

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  about a year ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "The stories about the technology behind and the dangers of High Frequency Trading keep coming. Fortune has an interesting story about how one man, given access to a low latency line, was able to game Apple's stock for a risk-free, (theoretical) profit of $377,000 in one day's trading.
One wonders what the real money must be, especially if not limited to one stock."

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Another Rasberry Pi? $49 ARM SBC with Android

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "Announced today with an 800 MHz VIA core, the 170 x 85mm board is expected to ship this July. With a "Neo ITX" form factor, VIA touts the single-board computer as a "bicycle for your mind"."
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The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "The Register has a piece today about overcoming one of the biggest challenges to migrating to cloud-based storage: how to get all that data onto the service provider's disks. With all of the enterprisey interweb solutions available, the oldest answer is still the right one: ship them your disks.
Remember: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneakernet"

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n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "Since taking a new job in 2006 and finding out it's not what I expected, I am spitting out resumes to find a new gig. I've been wondering how to explain the short time I've been in this job to prospective employers. Have fellow Slashdotters found this to be a challenge in the past, or it is par for the course and no big deal? As someone interviewing, would the 6-month position I've had with my current employer cause you concern?"

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