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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

norpy Re:asshole (248 comments)

But devs follow the users, and users won't use it without software. So you have to spend money to get the users to want your product first, often that means in-house or subsidised developers to kickstart things (think console exclusives)

The problem is that once you HAVE the users you have to fight not to lose them by pissing them off and making your competitors look good or the developers will jump ship.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

norpy Re:Arbitray precision (226 comments)

Most of the time arbitrary precision is not necessary and it's easier (and faster) to just use a float. There are times when it matters, but for the most part people aren't doing things where it matters.

The submitter should know better about using integer operations for things that require precision though.

about 8 months ago

Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

norpy Re:Many People prefer a "Bad" image quality (202 comments)

You should have told them to give it a go for a week or so, it takes a little while for your brain to reset it's expectations.

about 9 months ago

Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

norpy Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (202 comments)

Maybe you should run some post process effects on your cruddy video files then.

Relying on the panel to blur your video file is stupid, what happens when you WANT a sharp line?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

norpy Re:Import duties (206 comments)

1.5mbit adsl is the exact same equipment that runs 8mbit, the only thing is that 1.5mbit can be provisioned reliably at 100% speed whereas the 8mbit sync speed will require a "we will provision your line somewhere between 1.5 and 8, good luck!"

about 9 months ago

Metadata On How You Drive Also Reveals Where You Drive

norpy Re:Cell phones already provide the data. (81 comments)

Multiple news reports indicate that, even when turned off, a current cell phone still provides information to track the cell phone. Since many current cell phones have internal batteries, removing the battery is no longer an option to tracking.

Multiple news reports published bullshit!

about 10 months ago

Why Apple Went 64-Bit With the iPhone 5s

norpy Re:No. (512 comments)

You are bragging about quick release on something you do at *most* once a year?

about 10 months ago

Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

norpy Re:Autonomous safety (287 comments)

Your post is awesome
Way better than the drooling morons that think computers can't possibly drive a car.

about 10 months ago

Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

norpy Re:Autonomous safety (287 comments)

I would assume the AI would apply maximum brakes and that's it. A human (especially an experienced driver) could take more extreme action, like going off the side of the road to avoid a head-on collision.

Seriously? "You assume"

Your whole rant smacks of Dunning-Kruger effect.

What makes you think that you are a better driver than a computer? Do you think you are an above average driver? Did you realise that the majority of drivers think they are above average?

about 10 months ago

Criminals Use 3D-Printed Skimming Devices On Sydney ATMs

norpy Re:Maybe its a blessing for the consumer (110 comments)

I actually just realised that I do have a non-chip card; my American Express. Apparently my particular bank has chosen not to migrate those to chip cards yet, although Amex have done so on their directly issued ones.

Of course since it's "American" Express i'm going to stand by my "it's America's fault" title.

about a year ago

Criminals Use 3D-Printed Skimming Devices On Sydney ATMs

norpy Totally the fault of the USA (110 comments)

It's about time that US banks caught up with the rest of the world and put chips on all their cards, then we can finally get rid of the magstripes.

While chip&pin has it's security flaws it's way better than the 20 year old magnetic stripe system, in Australia and most of Europe the only reason they still put the stripes on cards is because the cards have to work when people travel to the US.
It's been at least a year since I've seen a reader without chip support in Australia and the only time the magstrip is used is when the chip or contactless read fails.

about a year ago

Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

norpy Re:How about investigating East Texas (92 comments)

They already have that rule, all the shell companies are headquartered in east Texas.

1 year,4 days

What the Government Pays To Snoop On You

norpy Re:It costs the government NOTHING. (174 comments)

You happen to be wrong because you are forgetting the multiplier effect. Every dollar the government spends is spent repeatedly before it ends up stopped in a savings account or cash horde somewhere. This is why income/wealth is taxed in the first place, to force it back into circulation.
Taking money and then just spending it immediately IS wealth generating, it is the driver of inflation and all that stuff.

Savings and interest payments have the opposite effect, money that is hoarded is a drag on the economy and does not create wealth.

1 year,10 days

Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

norpy Re:To quote Einstein (381 comments)

Configurable parameters are way cheaper to fix *in the field* than a hardcoded value, even if they are undocumented and require reading the code to find. Set them to the sane default and ignore them until you need to repackaging, testing and deploying an application is EXPENSIVE.
Changing a configuration item in a backup environment and running a few sanity checks is relatively cheap in comparison.

If you aren't using a platform that makes configuration of everything that is not a nailed-to-the-floor constant simple then you should probably look into spending a few hours building yourself a small framework for doing so and reusing it on every project going forwards.
Even if it's just a simple key/value store added to your model and read out of your database at start-up and accessible anywhere in your application.

1 year,24 days

Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

norpy Re:first world problems (532 comments)

No, pal has a full-frame at 25Hz. But it scans the full size of the screen at 50Hz on alternating scanlines, this has the effect of reducing the flicker to next to nothing due to the persistence of the phosphors

about a year ago

Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

norpy Re:what about criminal library? (352 comments)

I'm sure they didn't think about detecting people/barricades that are blocking a street, that NEVER would have crossed my mind when designing a vehicle AI. </sarcasm>

People need to look up the youtube videos displaying the realtime computer vision processing that the google cars use, it will begin to change your mind about these things.

about a year ago

Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

norpy Re:Great AI (352 comments)

You obviously didn't think of the fact that the car's computer would record *at least* a few minutes of telemetry before a crash event that could be reviewed in court or by police in teh event of a crash.

In fact in at least a few places they are considering implementing laws to have new cars sold with "black box" recorders in the near future.

about a year ago

Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"

norpy Re:Zuckerberg (288 comments)

Australia reduced it's maximum work week to 38, all the employers just reigned their employees to contracts that expected unpaid "reasonable overtime" every week. Reasonable being 2 hours or more.

about a year ago



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