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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

recharged95 these F agencies (388 comments)

FCC: can't make a decision on net neutrality. Lobbyists (big telcos) make it for them.

FAA: can't make a decision on small done policy. Lobbyists (defense contractors) make it for them.

SEC/FDIC: no regs for HFT. Lobbyists (banks) make it for them.

DOT: stalling on self driving cards and electric infrastructure. Lobbyists (auto, oil&gas) make it for them.

FDA: pot regs.... Nuff said...

See the pattern here?


F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

recharged95 Re:Just more bullshit (388 comments)

"The Internet has acted as a great equalizer"
Maybe at the macro scale (continent size), but at a country scale (micro?), aka USA for example:
I don't know about that. Unemployment is higher, education is less effective, and my salary is not keeping up with inflation. Sur I have more free time, but instead waste it on surfing, apps, FB, and really: inefficient research [on the Internet]. All during the 2002-2012 period.

While the rich can afford multiple higher $$$ cars, say in the multimillion dollar range, I can only afford a Honda Civic, not much different from 1998.


Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

recharged95 this discussion, sure brings back the memories.... (336 comments)

New technologies have left Detroit behind.

OK, let's get started. I've had this dream for more than a decade now. and I've asked you all to share with me. In six months we begin construction... of Delta City. where Old Detroit now stands. I grew up in Old Detroit.... as a child I played in its streets.... those same streets have become a breeding ground for crime and social decay. Before we employ the 2 million workers that will breathe life into this city again we must pacify Old Detroit. Although shifts in the tax structure have created an economy ideal for corporate growth, community services, in this case law enforcement, have suffered. I think it's time we gave something back. Dick?

Fellow executives... it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the future of law enforcement. ED 209. ....

Except ED 209 will be a General Atomics Predator.

about a week ago

Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

recharged95 Re:So ... (92 comments)

"different operating systems in under a year."

Yep, no different from MS, Qualcomm, or Intel.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

recharged95 built to last very dependent on application (694 comments)

"What's your longest-lasting, hardest-working device?"

Wacom stylus pen for my wacom tablet.It's stretching what's technical, but it is technical compared to a pencil.

Then again, then there's my 45yr old frig (was hi tech then).

about a week ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

recharged95 Bias? (817 comments)

"United States political and finance industry leadership has recently been dominated by people associated with Harvard and Yale."

Explains why did study was conducted by Princeton. Those Ivy leagues are like competing children, which most of this country's political system has become: an bunch of ranting, whining children with access to a lot of cash and dreams.

about a week ago

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.

about two weeks ago

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

recharged95 Re:Google would be stupid not to (128 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.

about two weeks ago

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

recharged95 Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 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.

about two weeks ago

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....

about two weeks ago

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

recharged95 NatGeo: look at who owns it.... (292 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.

about two weeks ago

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?

about two weeks ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

recharged95 Re:Pilot Made Multiple Errors, "Hacking" Claim Is (178 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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 a month ago



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."



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.


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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