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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

snadrus personal FOSS economies (205 comments)

I open source as many parts of my paid projects as i can so that I'm not forced to reinvent the same wheel i made through a previous employer.

This makes me more productive perceptually since i bring value from my previous positions. Others could as well, but aren't as versed with my creations as i am.
So why do my current employers give to my next? It's a perk choosing them nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

snadrus WebRTC (194 comments)

It's a blanket technology allowing you to do any authentication model. It's supported by Chrome & FF, so the standard won't break anytime soon.
You'll need someone to build out the web app (like me) and then the app can get pushed easily.
After that, a simple but modern browser locked into a kiosk mode should do it. Then I'd seriously consider reducing updates to zero by limiting the kiosk to only your server's domain.

Yes, it could break. Anything can, but this gives you control over the:
- UI
- updates (since you control the app it connects to)
- privacy (doubtful you can trust data mining in a medical facility)
And that's compelling.

about 5 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

snadrus irony (405 comments)

It's an irony that the once-powerful book publishing companies that lobbied for the "insane" idea of copyright will finally cease to exist soon. They were dinosaurs. Now this weird combination of Amazon (running on a basis of OSS-licensing, which uses copyright against itself), trade-secrets (their software is not available), and DRM (no need for copyright there) supersedes them.

One possible result is fewer industries have a need to maintain copyright (yay), though usually because something much worse and monopolistic replaces it. Now it's just Disney & Friends that want copyright. There's also music studios, though I expect them to go like the book publishers soon.

about 7 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

snadrus Re:Arguing about other peoples arguments (220 comments)

I agree completely that you've hit the nail on the head with exactly what needs to be looked at.
As for (1) I believe that QUIC is the protocol being investigated now (you can enable it in Chrome).
(2) Anyone who sets-up a virtual website is shocked to learn that one. But an SSL extension where the client indicates what name it seeks should do.
(3) This. Exactly this is needed & I don't know that anyone's trying. Signed certs are dead-simple to make & is how Git is done nowadays, so extending that model to http just makes sense. Since this 1 PC has signed-in to all my regular services, they all would be able to vouch for that cert being me (and should ask challenge questions at sign-in for any machine that doesn't coorespond).

Thanks.

about 7 months ago
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Places Where the Silicon Valley Bubble Could Pop

snadrus Weather & Skilled tech workers. (107 comments)

The cities with tech presence in other states (from SF Bay and Denver) generally include LA, Austin, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and some I know less about (Chicago? DC? Raleigh? Massachusetts?).
Few of those have preferential weather and enough tech jobs that to allow failed startup employee reabsorbtion like SF &Denver. The result is huge SF Bay growth and decent Denver growth.

I tried Austin for a few years and yeah you get a nice house, but you'd better enjoy it because you won't step outside with the heat, crazy bugs, worst allergens anywhere (Mountain Cedar affects everyone). Seattle really is depressingly gloomy most of the year. Most developers want their weekends to include the option for a nerd to go outside comfortably.

about 8 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

snadrus Re:Oh goody (264 comments)

I found my heavy compilation task completed about 20% earlier with NTFS compressed the files on an SSD vs the SSD without the compression.
Fast computer, very parallel compilation.

about 8 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

snadrus I've became less religous, but more spiritual. (1037 comments)

As I learn all the debunk vs debunk stuff, it's got me accepting:
- There are some important unexplainables
- Ignore:
      -- infighting
      -- religous history
      -- ceremony without benefit

So now I'm more spiritual than religious. I look at cross-religion wisdom and see what applies to my life, is repeatable, regular, or frequent. I find patterns, make hypotheses and apply them just like with any scientific practice. "Centers for Spiritual Living" groups think like this.

about 8 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

snadrus Re:How are these things related? (202 comments)

You just cannot fix X the way it should be fixed.

Translation: It's protocol-oriented.

Wayland is the obvious choice

Really? It's protocol-oriented too (and is slow-progressing because of that).

Mir is library-oriented so no-longer will DEs paper-over the ugly parts, but instead they'll just fix the client library.

about 9 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

snadrus Re:Compuing Resources are Finate (745 comments)

what's an agent? Or more specifically, don't optimize for them when the concern is actually consistency. Whenever a serious inconsistency is found, God could reverse to somewhere that the correct facts can be worked-in. Under this idea, early simulations could be fast and we are therefore effectively causing physics, chemistry, etc sciences into being by studying them.
  Though under this theory it could be very hard to test.

about 10 months ago
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Background Javascript Compilation Boosts Chrome Performance

snadrus Re:This is worth a Slashdot article? (136 comments)

Advertisers live by document.write.
Window.open is required for bookmarklets and reparenting to avoid windows being monitored by their creator.

Yes eval is trouble, but I'd rather see a badge indicating "easy to hack" when "use strict" is not in use. Many sites still use eval, so it's best to single them out vs breaking them.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

snadrus My bugs (716 comments)

My latest bugs are along the lines of:
Me: Here's the most rough proof-of-concept, prototype implementation.
Mgr: Ship it
Me: It only does some of what's needed, even then most common considerations aren't done.
Mgr: Ship it. Log that other stuff as bugs. We will close most of them until someone complains.

So according to your thoughts, employers only pay for the prototype & I'm responsible for the full implementation? No go!

about 10 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

snadrus Fan of mass-exclusivity (578 comments)

The fools are shooting themselves in the foot:
Here's an idea: Lets get the entire next generation disinterested in the Olympics by making it impossible to see it over their preferred method unless they bug their parents for cable bill info! Lets remind those kids who is in-charge.
This will also exclude some Americans and totally exclude all those fit country people so they won't join the games out of spite. Now the US won't participate as well or be interested as much. And we know how well America watches international sports they do poorly in. Soccer anyone?

This media event is unrelated to the ancient games except by name. It's about 20 years before irrelevance.

about 10 months ago
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NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

snadrus Re:In Roman Times (134 comments)

The battle cry for starting America: "Taxation without Representation".
With a nearly-worthless vote since "representatives" simply won't honor their (non-corporation) constituency, we are right back to the first problem.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

snadrus Re:It's 2014 (387 comments)

You can't make a distributed, decentralized rule enforcer that's open source or unencrypted. Any source leak and it's over.

P2P MMO hits scalability issues with groups of people interacting.

Only 1-on-1 activities make sense, and if you're interested in that then check out webRTC (video chat, screen share, file transfer)

about 10 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

snadrus Location (271 comments)

I've owned 2 houses & know it's all "Location, Location, Location".
Tech isn't everywhere, but where it is, it's booming.
My kids will start school soon, so I"m in a rush to a diversified tech area before they won't want to leave.
Because where will the next great tech startup likely succeed? wherever they can get developers!

about a year ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

snadrus Re:Sports? (253 comments)

So I voted for CGI. If it's just all one big movie then the cash to keep it going will go to nerds instead of genetically modified junkies.

about a year ago
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CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers

snadrus Re:I have 3D printer. (87 comments)

'do you design everything that comes out of your 2D printer from scratch'

sort-of. We have symbolic glyphs that make up most of what my 2D printer produces, and I arrange long combinations of these glyphs. This is done in a typically 1D fashion despite being 2D glyphs.

Assembly of pre-existing libraries in logical ways (like connect surface A.side to B.bottom at right angle rotation on clicked spot) sounds more likely to have mass appeal than complete freedom (MSPaint for 2D) .

about a year ago
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CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers

snadrus Re:Clearly they're not thinking evil enough (87 comments)

Anything in that timeframe that's media-like (ebook, etc) has DRM trapping it, or else there are already more ways to make duplications of the original (Amazon MP3 vs torrented Amazon MP3).

But new art is made all the time that has identifiers showing that it was assembled and not printed.

about a year ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

snadrus Re:Cost (182 comments)

Plenty, oh, and Plenty.

First it's a way to push more AIX mainframes (you need like 6 minimum to run it full out).
Think a couple TB of ram.

about a year ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

snadrus I asked it (182 comments)

I asked Watson "what is the meaning of life?" and the answer:
        It's referent.

It makes sense for a referencing machine, but this was not a sarcastic pre-programmed answer. It provided the references it assembled for its decision. If it's right, it could do quite a lot.

about a year ago

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snadrus snadrus writes  |  more than 8 years ago I saw your issue about making a copy of an old hard drive for safe keeping. I'm in a similar situation, so I built a home-grown ISO where I downloaded FreeDOS and dropped in PQMAGIC's multiple floppy-based files into a folder. That CD boots quickly and I use it along with a large drive that I carry around to backup partitions of important PCs (old machines no one knows how to fix). The floppies work too, but they're slower. The ISO's like 30mb.

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