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I Want a Kindle Killer

spd_rcr Kindle had some better features pre-touch. (321 comments)

The "paperwhite" backlighting on the latest Kindles is killer. I checked out the latest Nooks and they just aren't up to par as far as an even backlight is concerned.

The only multi-tasking ability I wish they would add (back) to the Kindle is the MP3 player/audio. I hate having to use a second device to listen to music while I'm reading and I miss the option of having an audio-book play while I'm cooking or such.

about 5 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

spd_rcr Re:most young developers are at least as bad (232 comments)

Matches my experience. Young coders may know the latest language-hype, but usually they cannot generate clean, robust, secure and fast code at all.

Ask the employers what skills they really value in an employee, and they'll be all the soft skills. I'm sure well written code ranks far higher than any technology buzz-word. We had a night on this at our IEEE Com-Sec meetings.

What I get out of this article is that it's the older employees fault for not training in new tech on their own time. God forbid a technology company invest in their employees on the company dime and company time. This is the disconnect of the tech industry, and increasingly other modern industries. The churn-and-burn mentality of the HR and accounting departments. Why train someone who's getting paid a bunch of money when you can simply replace them with someone who can check that requirement box for less money. Not to mention the fact that employee churn keeps the HR department busy and important looking.

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

spd_rcr Re:What the police have (664 comments)

More than the cost of the phone, is the personal identity smart-phones carry. That could include credit card info, id's, passwords and logins, personal photos, and the list goes on...

Property thefts just don't matter to police, unless you're Apple and lose a prototype at the bar, in which case they'll send a SWAT team to storm the perp's home.

about 6 months ago
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Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X

spd_rcr Re:Apple rent part of Tesla's factory? (99 comments)

I would bet that Tesla is looking to sell their cars in Apple stores, much like Nest did with their fancy thermostats. Apple has the infrastructure in place to get broad coverage to the right demographic for Tesla.
This would really make sense with Tesla's stated expansion into selling in China. it could also provide a non-direct-sales/dealership-network like the old school car makers are suing Tesla to adopt.
I'm guessing if it happens, there'll also be an ipad replacing the regular big display in the center console.

about 8 months ago
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eBay CEO: Amazon Drones Are Fantasy

spd_rcr Re:Innovation?? (189 comments)

Too early to detect sarcasm... Paypal wasn't an Ebay innovation, that's like thanking AOL for for Winamp.
Really, in what market is Ebay still a rival of Amazon ? Ebay's CEO was probably just trying trolling in the hopes of drumming up any possible publicity.

about 10 months ago
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Ballmer To Retire

spd_rcr Re:Hurray for Microsoft (633 comments)

Best news I've heard from a local employer in years !
Now to see if it's not too late to save the company after he's driven off so many of their top, talented people.

about a year ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

spd_rcr Re:Sooo.. when is Mr. Ballmer leaving? (387 comments)

Hard to get rid of a guy who's fired or run-off all his potential replacements.

The big omission I noticed in the article was any mention of changes to the annual review process. Their current curved review approach does no encourage cooperation between employees, much less between divisions. The one-team approach needs to be supported from the bottom up, not just dictated from the top down.

about a year ago
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Ex-Marine Detained Under Operation Vigilant Eagle For His Political Views Sues

spd_rcr Re:not so simple... Re:I should hope so (279 comments)

Agreed.
There is a huge difference between expressing your political views and making threats. Saying you plan to start a revolution and start chopping off heads is crazy and dangerous.

If we're going to discuss government overreach in suppressing free speech, I'm sure there are many more legitimate examples. Hop over to the ACLU.org for plenty of real issues to get worked up over. http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/standing-rights-students-free-expression

about a year ago
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Eric Schmidt: Google Glass Critics 'Afraid of Change,' Society Will Adapt

spd_rcr Re:Change? (331 comments)

I don't know about niche needs. I know my use of a hud for motorcycle turn by turn directions would be niche, but I'm pretty sure Google's intentions are anything but. By convincing people to record and upload more data from more personal places, they're looking to greatly expand their data mining. I don't know about "don't be evil", I think their new moto is "just don't be obvious".

about a year and a half ago
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Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

spd_rcr Re:HUD (375 comments)

+1
Last thing I want to do is interact with anyone wearing google glasses. In a normal social enviroment, they're like the uber-bluetooth headsets for the uber-douchbag ... but as a HUD for my motorcycle, with my speed, a little direction arrow before turns, the last 30 seconds of video catching the twit running me off the road (or worse)... That I would like to see built into my helmet.

about a year ago
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Windows Blue 9364 Screenshots Show Feature Enhancements

spd_rcr Re:And it still looks like (502 comments)

I keep getting suckered into this articles just to see if the failing PC market has finally forced them to pull their heads out of their *sses and reinstate the desktop by default and the start button...

Maybe I'd better luck wishing for some higher res displays as standard on notebooks... How is it that cell phones need 1080p displays, but for doing real work, 1366x768 is supposed to be great ?!

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

spd_rcr Re:Yes. (419 comments)

Nice and concise.
I hate ethanol, it's a massive drain on our water tables and a drain on the economy. More personally, I'm sick of having my car run like crap and getting 20-25% lower gas mileage than when I get the ethanol free stuff (check out http://pure-gas.org/ ) and it really messes up my motorcycle. The gas goes bad in half the time, fouls the oil, and eats up the rubber lines and gaskets.

If the government wants to prop up alternative energy production, it should be going into the electrical infrastructure and actual clean energy research and production.

about a year and a half ago
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For personal printing, not work, I usually use ...

spd_rcr Re:3D printer - Seconded ! (266 comments)

If you go by machine time, 99% +/- 1% of my printing at home is with PLA on an Ultimaker.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

spd_rcr Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

I just spend the long weekend shopping for a new laptop for my wife. Overpaying for the 'features' that will make her happy is a bit like having your fingernails ripped out, but it's still less painful than spending the next 4-5 years listening to how crappy her laptop is.

First time I've ever bought a Sony, and if you spend the extra $30 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, they'll let you select a clean install without any crapware. I'll be throwing an SSD in anyhow, so I saved the $30, but I think it's a fair compromise on the crapware front. Sony was the only company offering a sub-$1000 notebook with a touchscreen resolution greater than 1366x768. I think that's a bigger travesty than the crapware issue. It takes 15 minutes (not including updates) to install Windows (with an SSD and a quick thumbdrive), but you're never going to fix a cheap screen !

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

spd_rcr Re:The Best Way! (343 comments)

That's kind of narrow view of what tech is. If you want to have a real conference, you should be trying to develop a discussion which requires different perspectives. I don't think diversity is a function of color or gender, but if you go looking for differing ideas and opinions the odds of getting an all white, male group are exceedingly low. If a conference doesn't introduce you to new ideas, what's the point of going.

It's hard to imagine that in a country as diverse as the UK would produce a panel consisting entirely of white males without there being some bias on the part of the organizer. Maybe he just invited his friends, in which case he probably wasn't getting the "best", he was just getting the most agreeable (to him).

about 2 years ago
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Google Wants To Be a Wireless Carrier

spd_rcr Re:Shut up and take my money (151 comments)

A couple points, I wonder if this is the magic factor Microsoft has been banking on to drive wireless carriers into selling more Windows Phones (as opposed to pushing Android). ?
Has anyone trademarked Paranoid-Droid yet ? I think I see a future Android/Linux fork possibility. I'm not sure how much more data Google would really gain by directly providing the service vs. what everyone is already willing to give away.

about 2 years ago
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Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

spd_rcr Re:Company doesn't approve of competitor's product (347 comments)

I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out how this isn't exactly like the anti-trust situation where Microsoft bundled their own browser with Windows. Except that Microsoft didn't actually restrict the software you could install, only the default/bundled stuff.

about 2 years ago
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Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars

spd_rcr Re:When I go car shopping.... (238 comments)

The scanguage II gets its information from the ecu via the can-bus just like the instrument cluster on the dash, and as such, is no more accurate. The only real way to properly gauge average fuel economy is by comparing the litres or gallons put in vs. the km or miles since the last fill up.
I will say that while the Kia we own doesn't get the claimed fuel economy that was on its window sticker, at least the speedometer doesn't read 8% higher like the '08 Mini Cooper S we traded in. The scanguage is only as accurate as the ecu, which is never more accurate than the sum of its sensors and calibration.

I'm one of those people affected by Kia's bogus mileage claims the most with the 6mpg difference. I traded in a Mini Cooper S for a optioned out Kia Soul Exclaim Premium. Both cars had the same ratings according to the window stickers, 28 city, 34 highway, EPA ratings have gotten significantly better (with some obvious exceptions) in recent years. I typically get about 2mpg less than sticker due to my driving style, the crappy 15+% ethanol laden gas, and the hilly terrain around where we live, but on longer drives the highway mileage always lines up if I compare the gps-read-miles and the gallons out of the gas tank. True to this finding, our Soul has been getting 6mpg less than it's rated and other owners on the Kia Soul forums say the exact same thing.
Really it's common sense and I knew the window sticker wouldn't be completely correct when we bought the car. Any time you see claims that a companies top of the line trim with much bigger, wider wheels, a larger engine, and an automatic gets the same mileage as their entry level trim with the little engine, skinny tires, and a stick shift, you know someone's not doing the math. I am a little shocked to see the EPA actually picked up on this and delivered a solution. Kudos to the guys in charge for once. I'm also pretty happy with the solution. I know some Mini-zealouts will rage on me for saying this, but our 2012 Kia is 100x nicer to drive around the city and on longer road trips than our Mnii was and it's even better now that they both are on equal (effective) gas mileage terms.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling

spd_rcr Re:who cares (743 comments)

Good point.
And kudos to whomever spotted that script. I thought they were being sneaky using the light grey font so it didn't stand out. I popped the page over to my portrait monitor and sure enough the layout changes quite naturally to keep the Samsung notice out of sight.

about 2 years ago

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