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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

recharged95 Re:Why in the FUCK (41 comments)

Aside from Internet access, drone companies really offer something real to sell. The tech from the drone industry can be applied to smartphones (and vice versa with drones), IoT, research, space exploration (and vice versa), manufacturing, transportation, logistics and such. More than any computer graphics company or LCD nowadays when it comes to new tech.

That's compared to back in the 2001's: pets.com, Boo.com, Broadcast.com, GovWorks.com, InfoSpace, microstrategy, etc...

Now, Google buying up all the robotics companies I would be concerned, as Robotics have been a holy grail for decades. Maybe drones will make that real. It's a wise splurge if anything... but an investment.

2 days ago
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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

recharged95 Re:Google would be stupid not to (111 comments)

Google isn't waiting for D.C. to turn on them; they are lobbying to "manage their relationship" with the Federal government. So is Facebook.

where do you all think these valley companies are getting their funding from? Investments from Wall Street--and that screams shady in itself where gov't loves to inject itself to either skim cash on the deal, fee-by-death, or there's my next job!

You'll need those lobbyists day one once you take Wall Street cash.

2 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

recharged95 Re:Hulk hogan could code too (577 comments)

There's something about teaching vs 'doing'.

Yes, you can teach anyone (a coal miner) to code, but will be do it well and will he like doing it? Realistically (from my experience in training folks to code) no on the latter two cases.

4 days ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

recharged95 supreme court says (133 comments)

Guys, money is free speech.

And LIRC bribery usually involves talking to someone first....

5 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

recharged95 NatGeo: look at who owns it.... (290 comments)

It's not there are less things to discover, but the reason NatGeo exists. As a Fox property, it need to help the bottom line: hence, sensational science is what they are looking for.

In this world of 10sec blog explanations of DNA formation, 1min youtube videos describing string theory and watered down Odyssey's (I'm talking to you Cosmos, Seth and Neil). There are more science discoveries out there... only if reporters take a little more time than glancing at their smart phone to write up the next science story based on some VC's press release of some cool silicon valley startup using science.

5 days ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

recharged95 Re:WTF? (193 comments)

Also, he's the only guy that:
a. does the liberal/liberation spin that IS silicon valley
b. actually talks about tech like DRONES, along with BEARS.
c. has writers that are very, very tech savvy, much like the Simpsons and Futurama
d. Michael Stipe and Patrick Steward as continuing guests. That is /.... but Need I say more?

5 days ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

recharged95 Re:Pilot Made Multiple Errors, "Hacking" Claim Is (177 comments)

A pilot here as well. This article and incident has so much fail in it. There's NO information about the incident aside from the person being injured.

Wifi flying? Only the AR.Drone has it.

All the photos show a DJI flaming wheel 550 hex. It likely runs a NAZA or ACE system. Likely a NAZAv2 as the camera looks like a GoPro and every article mentions iPhone(!). NAZAs only use WiFi for camera and ground station supervisory, not actual flying. It's is a man in the loop system. The pilot still has control via a 2.4Ghz narrowband radio (like a spektrum, FrSky, etc...). NAZA allows you to hit a button (goto waypoint) on the iphone, and it autonomously flies BUT allows user override with the r/c sticks. And the wifi portion only allows 2-3 functions: Land, goto Home, or goto waypoint aside from live video.

When it comes to hacking, there's so much fail here. The guy's obviously is a aerial photographer, NOT a drone user. You can't hack the 2.4 narrowband--it's binded, the iPhone wifi? sure you can hack that, but it's for live video and a couple of 'safe' commands. This pilot clearly lost control.

Now look at the reality of the situation: you're 25 feet above a crowd (w/cellphones at 2.4 or 868Mhz), Urban canyon WiFi access points, TV crew wireless mics (400, 5.8 & 2.4), and running a system that has a iphone (2.4 and 868), narrowband radio (2.4), and bluetooth running. All basically in the palm of your hand. You're asking for RF interference... and that's likely the cause. Of course, the pilot likely did not set up failsafe features--cause it's usually off by default and ignored by users (much like turning on your firewall or javascript...). FAIL for a professional.

Folks, let this story brew--likely the truth will come out as currently everyone is calling the 'OMG the sky if falling', literally. Since the pilot does not have a CAA permit/license shows the lack of knowledge of his tools. As well as the event host for hiring him.

about a week ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

recharged95 Integration nightmare (62 comments)

Nice, MEMS, compasses, RF, batteries, inductive charging (in today's phone) and memory.

Mix that with strong electromagnets and you will like have a Ara that could just a simple 5" LCD monitor (cause nothing else will work) once the magnets turn on.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

recharged95 Re:Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

Webdevs did not develop this--would even work in the 1st place if so.

I'm sure Nest had their hardware engineers, aka "Makers", design this. Cause the integration between the web-enabled part and critical R/T hardware is [now] obviously terrible. Should have had some real h/w engineers design this.

Sure puts a black eye on them considering all the hoopla last month w/Google buying them out.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

recharged95 Re:The internet of things...that might get you kil (128 comments)

Actually, it's welcome to the silicon valley, venture capital backed, google always in beta Internet of Things.

Honestly, if Honeywell or some other non-SV-VC-Google-Facebook-Cisco-Apple company released something similar, the turn out would be more like: the UI crash again, but the basic function (detecting a fire) still works fine.

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

recharged95 Re:Misleading article. (149 comments)

Yep, and likely was NSA research, which is a typical exploration into the subject... much like any research university.

It's when the politicians and generals (aka customers) decide to take research out of R&D and into production is when people cry foul. ThinThread-TT (sure the agency doesn't use thinthread, but likely uses a variant of its design in today's system, regardless of what TT creators say) is a great example.

Another great example is SE-Linux.

about two weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

recharged95 Re:Helium (143 comments)

Helium mixes with any bladder material out there today. Sure low quality helium will work, but it needs to be 100% helium on the inside--that will be a nightmare to manage.

Also the carbon footprint to mine all that helium and make all that high tech cable more or less than the power it puts out over a year? My guess it it's actually inefficient. Mind that the weather issues this thing screams out (i.e. can be used in 1% of the world's normal conditions).

Cool concept? Yes. Looks cool? Yep. VC hyped holy grail? MIT? Yep. Yep. Beneficial? Likely not. Costs? Likely $$$ in the O&M.

What's easier and cheaper and more robust to maintain: a building structure, boat or a airplane/aerial? In that order... and that's why we have windmill structures.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

recharged95 article sounds more like... (242 comments)

hacking MBA buzzwords and littering a bunch of sound bites specifically in SV speak.

Has she interviewed any of these CEOs for her analysis or reading someone else's bios? Doesn't look like and 1/2 the article is about her.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

recharged95 Re:She discovered nothing.... (242 comments)

Better?

She just came up with a Web 2.0 presentation... mind that using motivational images.

about three weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

recharged95 Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

Not really. Something's brewing in the mids of SV's CEOs and VCs. Looking at Apple (wearables), Google (robotics) and now FB (wearables). FYI, M$ has been in the space for some time....

All the SV companies are going into "stealth mode" (really hate the term) to gear up for IoTs. IoT appears to be the next cash cow all are heading towards at this point. The FB purchase just proves it. And it makes sense: data exploitation, hardware, and mobility. Stupid MBAs call that the triple play -- and the VCs are salivating over IoT like cocaine ready in their hand and hookers in their face.

Get ready for the next high fellas.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

recharged95 Re:Forty-year-olds also have lives... (379 comments)

mind that a older coworker is asking for 100K, and likely wants to work 40-45hr weeks (occasional 60hrs as reasonable).

The young guys take 60K, work 60hrs typically, hence effectively making 45K. Who gives a damn about productivity as long as the product ships on time by marketing and bizdev demands.

Heck look at all those google guys, making $200K, but working 60-80 hrs a week. That's really a 100-120K job and no life outside the company, likely bad health, and perhaps erratic social skills?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

recharged95 Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (379 comments)

Does it even matter?

I mean even the valley pushes WAH, telecommuting, and the whole cloud idea itself.

Doesn't matter where you work, it matters how you get your message out and time to market. Hence why the valley is messed up.... no risk taking and innovation. The stuff they call risk taking nowadays in the valley is whether you should invest in your buddy from Stanford or the new MBA from MIT.

about a month ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

recharged95 hubris (250 comments)

cronyism

That's all I need to say...

about a month ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

recharged95 Got a hammer? Well everything looks like a nail... (627 comments)

Use the right tool for the right job.

IDE == application and UI programming. Usually lots of business logic or use cases.
text editor == optimization or network programming. Usually non-UI graphics, socket stuff, bit banging.

oh and lastly (flamesuit ON)....

vi == everything else.

about 2 months ago

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Chicago GSB requires powerpoint for candidates

recharged95 recharged95 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

recharged95 (782975) writes "Washington Post reports that the University of Chicago has just created a new requirement for entrance to their MBA program: A 4 slide Microsoft Powerpoint presentation about themselves.

This is the beginning of Myspace style e-business? Is this promoting too much creativity in making a buck vs a grounding in common sense business traits? Are we heading for an ADD, network based business environment driven by those soon-to-be MBA grads? Where there's no substance behind that PPT (or PPTX)? I hope not, cause
  • I can never understand a powerpoint slide for the life of me nowadays. We [lots of technical folks] spend way too much time on PPTs to sell an idea vs. doing any real work. What would Tufte be thinking now (hair on fire?)
  • Creatviity requires more thought and making money shouldn't be hard.
  • Isn't the point of presentations to communicate clearly a simple point. A document and context diagrams are the creative, detail, offline part(s). 4 slides is a lot. Really.
  • Wouldn't Youtube be better for the GSB's cool factor?
  • And.... Keynote is simply better


This is too typical of the current business style, too much creativity, no real discussion or analysis, a result of outsourcing? Too typical...

On the bright side, I would say Scott Adams is set for life from this."

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recharged95 recharged95 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Someone wrote about the electoral college today. quote: [the college] "This actually *helps* keep California and New York from completely dominating, say, Wisconsin."

But what goes around comes around in my thinking:

That applied when money and politics were not in bed together. Today money and politcs are married at the hip. People have the darnst way of being ingenious. All you need is for all the rich, tax cheating folks to move to all the states with the smaller electoral counts. Then use their stores of cash to influence power (i.e. payouts, lobby, and kick backs), which is likely easy with folks not savvy and educated as the cities, and thus winning over the electorate of those states and eventually outweigh the larger states by sheer volume, original purpose of the electoral college.

Heck being rich in say BFing Idaho, you get the double benefit of lower taxes (land), lower cost of living (and cheap real estate), same services (thanks to technology), and less social drama living with poorer folks like us (i.e. social segregation). Definitely captialism based politics that's happening today as we speak. Talk about abuse of the idea.

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The P2P loop hole- let Napster be reborn!

recharged95 recharged95 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Prisons now have WiFi

1. Now the state gov't of FL can revoke the votes of convicts faster.

2. Now all we need is for them to start a P2P service and then they can't be sued! Napster lives!

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