top Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better
Happy means you have more time to focus on the task at hand vs focusing on stress things that maybe non-work related (e.g. relationship issues).
Stressful employers makes it even worse to focus on anything in general, cause it leads to worrying about your job, aka income.
top Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry
Wealthier and frequent flyers will all sign up and get whisked efficiently to where they are going,
Of course, if Google also builds their own roads. Otherwise, we're sitting in the same traffic.
It's not about the service, nor the cars. It's about the infrastructure they are both running on.... the roads and whos going to really pay for them. Who uses the road more maybe a compromise (in fees). Otherwise, someone could be getting a free lunch in taxes that is...
top The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses
Hey, let's write a article with nothing but buzzwords:
Google Glass Spy San Francisco
WTF? These have nothing to do with the heavy/HD crappy (1080p not so good 1" away) Rift, Unusable [and 'jerk' label] Glass, Spies? This is DoD C4i not the CIA, and of course... all the geekdom in frisco (World revolves around Frisco... according to Silicon Valley).
These are glamified knock offs to the Epson Moverio. Right down to the snap-in tinted shades. Don't know what it is? Look it up. And you can buy them now (I have a pair). They are basically OSDs, which the military needs. That is all. Yes they are cool, but really, all that above hype wasn't needed.
Heck hype it up when the 1st
killer app comes out. No pun intended.
top US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
Yeah, and the regulation mess
will shift to the DOT/NHSTA/B, which is already knee deep in the drones world (think: FAA appeal) and causing havoc to drone users. Oh also an autonomous car is essentially... a ground drone.
We're not going to get rid of this regulation interest: basically, gov't has a regulation itch to the current mobility and drone/autonomous robot scratch that the public has. And unless they show some flexibility to let these technologies grow--it will be DOA. Gov't is obviously playing catchup.
top Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?
Some say that good, experienced analog designers will always be needed and currently are in short supply due to what others say technology advancements are obsoleting the need for analog engineers.
about a month and a half ago
top California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
who gets the business and who holds the insurance.
In the drone world, you got established companies: DoD/Aerospace/Big Defense selling UAVs at 100K+ figures where a 15K unit can do
better. And you get all these commercial startups and hobbyists are 9 out of 10 times flying with out insurance.... and if they do have insurance--how is an insurance company really going to pay out when your 2K DJI flies away and causes a car accident with million dollar lawsuits, e.g. a fatality in the middle of San Francisco's mission district? There's a reason the rocketry guys aren't flying their aerial cameras via launching the estes model unit in the local walmart parking lot.
These car sharing services, mind that all the resource sharing services (airbnb and aereo come to mind) have the same 2 problems: uneven competition (maybe fair OR unfair--courts will decide) to established businesses and regs, and when something goes wrong, who pays? You think uber has a walk in the park with
safety and insurance? These are not mutually exclusive problems, but more tightly coupled than one would think.
Hence as a devil's advocate, Airports are controlled areas, congested x10, and have all sorts of complexities: emergency evac, pedestrians, basic security, basic logistics, lots of people not familiar with the area and a controlled taxi system. All that plays into the 2 above needs... and as like the drone world, safety is used as easy justification to put a kibosh on the whole deal.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?
They have a new product for under 150.
But I've been very happy with my Bitscope 10 + assortment of probes (if you can spring for that). Does everything, s/w is a bit 00's (features), but rock solid and has an API for writing your own software. If you can spring the extra 150, you can just get a real scope+analyzer vs high latency toy. Have used them on both Windows and Linux, no issues.
about a month and a half ago
top Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites
Hopefully they will have learned from Motorola/Iridium--considering they bought most of it.
top Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?
What got you started?
I guess I started at a place called No Such Agency in the early 00's and didn't realize it until the Snowden stuff came out... go figure.
I hack for entertainment (that is the entertainment industry) nowadays...
Funny thing is I sat in the TechLA conference and the main attitude/topic of the organizers was "hacking big data". WTF? Is the term
hacking a buzzword now, i.e. the next 'social' or the new 'bubble'?
top LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion
a. that's a 35K copter with NO GPS (the older models didn;t have it, though this could be retro fitted) and if upgraded, has hold position and that's it.
b. that 35K copter can be trumped by a @2K DJI phantom setup--if LAPD paid over 10K for that, I say it's a complete RIP OFF. c. LA is a urban canyon in most places, GPS and RF will likely be a question--so the use will likely be limited. d. does LAPD have a COA?
top The Internet Is Now Part of the Crime Scene
9 out of 10 times, ctrl-z usually results in a kill -9.
top Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed
The pill bottle is an example of the coming Internet or things.
Much like drones and big data, there's lots of policy to abuse, and much ethics to be discussed... Much like the last boom with wireless and content (rights management).
top Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds
I chuckle at the title,
Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds
Just ask all those Mathematicians and Physicists considering lectures are the only form of classroom instruction as it involves breakdown of problems/past experiences from previous works. And considering a lot of the innovations use today originated from these guys says a lot.
Lectures are just a tool in the arsenal, it could be a poor performing teacher as well (one more interested in his research or tenure), putting finals at the same date, or have a critical paper due the day
after thanksgiving. I recall a lot of the lectures I've been in fell in 2 camps, ones that were engaging and ones that just plain showed the teacher reading a text book. A lot of hands on stuff I don't recall anymore, the tech as changed as well, but at least lectures I can still refer to the notes and written examples. Both are good techniques of instruction, but should be used in the right context.
top NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project
SpaceX is a private company. They can do what they please as long as their owner/investors are happy.
NASA/ESA are just saying from their experience... and then as a future customer. SpaceX either needs to prove it or provide details, aka IP to their customers to explain why their solution will work.
Otherwise, this is just NASA/ESA playing CYA since their respective gov'ts see SpaceX as the only commercial player in town (aka a monopoly) and don;t want any blame for potential failures.
top Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
Basically the author is saying should vehicles go from a reactive state to a proactive state. All autonomous cars current are reactive in nature. The latter being a non-linear problem. We can solve it though a uber logic table, but I'm sure with all the filtering and choices, would be too slow that in the end is no different from an RNG,
Interesting this applies to all autonomous vehicles, whether land, sea or air based.
top What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For
The Big Bang Theory
As a person who spent some time studying Astrophysics, namely space physics, and chaos theory. You can do a lot with it outside of just "studying the planets":
Rocket guidance systems
Satellite health monitor and positioning GPS systems EMI/RF analysis Physical Chemistry (and spectroscopy of course) Anything Math related (!) Literature Robotics Music Puppetry
Just to name a few things... and yes... I've done
all of them in some aspect of my career....
top SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases
Perhaps SpaceX will prove to be very reliable, but they aren't there yet.
There's 50% of the problem. SpaceX can test all they want to proven launch worthiness, but it how they handle problems with their systems that the customer is looking at--which they have minimal experience in compared to the ULA. It's the [stupid] man-years advertisement.
Now the other 50% is that DoD likely loves their current political and economic arrangement they have with ULA, so changing that will ripple to all suppliers... and has nothing to do with saving cash but some manager's year end bonus.
top F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
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?
top F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
"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.
top Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
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.
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.
top The P2P loop hole- let Napster be reborn!
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!