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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

spectro Re:Blender should file a Counter Claim against Son (306 comments)

this, from the moment the video was took down, every download of Sintel from any Sony Pictures server is an instance of copyright infringement carrying a fine of up to $250,000.

I would love to see Sony Pictures lawyers claiming it was just an accident after all the aggresive prosecutions of "accidental" music sharers.

about 5 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

spectro They're just UGLY (810 comments)

My personal opinion is EVs are just ugly... awfully ugly. The Tesla Model S is the only exception, but it's at least twice as expensive than any of the others.

After years of driving sweet looking sedans i just can't see myself driving an ugly little hatchback EVs every car manufacturer is spawning for some reason. Heck, even BMW is making it's EV as ugly as you could possibly design it.

I'll tell you what I would buy:

  • A Nissan Sentra, Altima or Maxima with the Leaf's powertrain
  • A Chevy Cruze (or Malibu) with the Volt's powertrain, or better with the Spark EV's one (400 lbs/ft OMGtorque)

about 10 months ago

Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

spectro Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Didn't AOL, compuserve, etc had such capabilities? I know my BBS, online until around 1997, did all this.

about a year ago

Company Using Proxy To Evade Craigslist Block Violated CFAA

spectro Re:Trespassing (186 comments)

Let's say I am watching a baseball game in one of these Chicago buildings just outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs decide they don't want us to watch the ballgame for free anymore so they block our view by putting a tarp or building a new scoreboard. According to this ruling it would be illegal tresspass for us to find another, maybe taller building from where to keep watching...

1 year,28 days

World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

spectro Re:What's that saying about agile? (349 comments)

A properly run Agile development project should release a "potencially deliverable product increment" at the end of each iteration. Iterations usually last between 2 to 4 weeks. Big agile projects such as this one should have a production release schedule and deliver an actual (unfinished) release every 3 months or so.

There is no way a properly run Agile project should be classified a failure, you might get less features than initially requested, but you should get working code running in production early and often.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

spectro Why a tech solution? (301 comments)

I don't think even more tech will resolve your issue. Everybody is different and I don't know it will work for you but what I have done is:

1. Find a job were I work on challenging, engaging projects. If your mind is wondering off, chances are you have a really boring job. Find a better one.
2. Get quiet working conditions: eliminate distractions, shut down email, IM, put phones on DND. If something urgent comes up, they'll have to come over in person. If your job requires constant distraction, either train yourself to handle the quick context switching or find another job.

I think this TED talk is relevant:

about a year and a half ago

Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars

spectro Mine is just fine (238 comments)

I have been driving a Sonata Hybrid for more than a year and so far it has performed very close to the advertised 40mpg.

I am no hypermiler, just drive it less agressively, use syntetic oil and keep tires at 40psi.

about 2 years ago

Twitter Gets Satellite Access

spectro Re:Okay. (67 comments)

I don't think getting news that your loved ones are ok after one of the biggest earthquakes in history is bullshit.

Here in Texas, I was driving back from a concert with my Cousin when she got a text from her bf in Chile about the earthquake just a minute after it ended. We were able to get "I'm ok" news from all our family living there within the first hour after the quake thanks to SMS.

Twitter started as a system where you could send an SMS that would be broadcasted to all your friends (subscribers). In fact you can still register your cellphone and use it to send updates instead of logging in. You can also set it to send you SMS every time specific people you follow posts updates.

The big earthquakes both in Chile and Japan proved SMS is a very useful form of communication in times of crisis: while voice lines got easily saturated making it almost impossible to talk to someone there, text messages kept being delivered quickly.

more than 2 years ago

Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch

spectro Re:In perspective (380 comments)

Every accident is preventable... after the fact.

What would have happened if we had applied the same mindset after the first fatal car or airplane accident? Would these technologies ever develop?

100% safety is impossible. There is always something you miss, and you will only discover after an accident. You can either get paralized by it and stop any further development while commissions investigate for years resulting in added bureaucracy or you can take calculated risks and press on.

The FAA would have never allowed the Wright Brothers to take off in their experimental plane, too unsafe.

more than 2 years ago

Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch

spectro Re:In perspective (380 comments)

I agree.

Trying to hold space travel to a 100% safety standard is ridiculous. If we held any new kind of transportation to such standard we would be still riding horse carriages.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

spectro Not only for software development (445 comments)

I worked for Bechtel Corporation in a construction project for a big copper mine in the late 90's. I was in the team in charge of configuring and testing all the control systems through the plant and we started the day with a 10-15 minutes stand-up meeting with the subcontractors so we all were in the same page about the day's work.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

spectro Re:Curious (445 comments)

You might know what everybody in your team did, but do you know what they are going to work today?. It might conflict with something you plan to do. Remember in a real agile team, tasks are not assigned but picked. Anybody can work on anything they want and somebody might plan to take on the next task you wanted.

Roadblocks are reported and then you move on to another task while the scrummaster takes care of them. You mention them on the daily stand-up just to remind her/him you cannot finish this other task until that issue is resolved.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

spectro Re:Curious (445 comments)

What's curious is that despite being developing software for 12 years and scrummaster for 6 this is the first time I ever hear about this Dijkstra's algorithm.

more than 2 years ago
top Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

spectro Re:U.S. law is the new international law (1005 comments)

Of course they are, their business model is all about controlling all phases of distribution, even artificially keeping supply low to increase prices (Disney Vault).

MU offered artists a system to cut the RIAA middlemen. RIAA members of course will do anything in their power to preserve their revenue streams, including calling political favors to remove the competition.

more than 2 years ago
top Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

spectro Re:U.S. law is the new international law (1005 comments)

Indictments are one-sided towards the prosecution distorting everything and bending facts to make it look way worse than it really is. That is why you need a good lawyer if indicted.

Did you believe everything SCO claimed in their lawsuit against IBM?

more than 2 years ago

White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN

spectro Re:PAY FOR CULTURE, SWINE (517 comments)

This all plays into the open source movement--why don't people try making money off WORKING, rather than ROYALTIES? It's completely FUCKED beyond imagination.

Because royalties are a form of passive income and a key to build wealth. It's the best keep secret of rich people including lawyers and politicians. They all invest in forms of passive income and have a vested interest in protect their way of life.

more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

spectro Re:Also (865 comments)

I agree. I found 3D underwhelming and I skip movies if they are not playing in plain ol' 2D screens.

I guess the extra $5 for 3D glasses and a headache are taking their toll at the box office.

more than 2 years ago

In Nuclear Power, Size Matters

spectro Re:Wow, more but smaller melt-downs! (230 comments)

There is a BBC documentary somewhere in youtube where a submarine nuclear reactor engineer said GE took their reactor design (30 to 50 MW), made it 10+ times bigger and named it the Mark 1.

Power plant reactors are so huge and contain so much fuel it is physically impossible to contain a meltdown with current technology. Engineers solved this by declaring that "meltdowns can't happen" and added safety systems that made building nuclear power plants way more expensive than initially thought. Guess what?... meltdowns still happened.

If a nuclear submarine reactor melts down, they can just replace the reactor and be on their way. Can't do the same with 3-mile island, Chernobyl and Fukushima.

After Fukushima, the only way I would ever support nuclear power is if they come up with a proven way to safely contain meltdowns. Smaller reactors at nuclear submarine scale might be one way.

more than 2 years ago

Petition Calls For Making Net Access Inalienable Right

spectro Re:It already is... (427 comments)

This, every time I read a petition and people organizing against SOPA or whatever other law the *IAA comes up with I just face-palm and *cough* first amendment *cough*.

There is no need to organize against this law. The day it gets signed (if ever) it will get overturned on first amendment grounds.

Congress keeps trying to wipe their asses in the constitution and the courts will keep knocking them down.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meeting

spectro Working as intended (521 comments)

I might be wrong but expecting infinite growth in stock prices doesn't sound sustainable. The biggest scam Wall Street has pulled is making investors focus on stock prices instead of dividends.

Focusing in dividends might be boring but they are a passive form of income, a good way to build wealth.

more than 2 years ago



Brainstorming ideas to plug the oil spill

spectro spectro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

spectro (80839) writes "With the failure of "top kill" and all the other complicated procedures BP has attempted I wonder if some of the very smart people here in ./ can come up with other ideas. Here is mine."


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