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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

tlambert If you can't add without a calculator... (150 comments)

If you can't add without a calculator 33 and 84 in your head and get an answer instantly, then you are fucked up.

If you have to think about it at all, then your education has been wrong.

There is value to pages and pages of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division work. And in not being able to access a calculator to do it.

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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

tlambert Yes, the IoT is coming... (251 comments)

Yes, the IoT is coming... as soon as IPv6 is fully deployed with stateless autoconfiguration so we'll have network addresses for all the things.

I hear both Verizon and Comcast are really happy about the idea of offering routable addresses for everyone, without finding some way to monetize it.

3 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

tlambert Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (169 comments)

Why doesn't RedHat, or Oracle, or SUSE, or someone else run Linux through the compliance tests?

Primarily? Because it won't pass the testing without a lot of work. In particular, there are negative assertion tests on header files (some things are not allowed to be dragged into the namespace, and the header are promiscuous). There's also a whole bunch of testing having to do with full and almost-full devices. There are also signal issues and process group membership issues. For example, you can "escape" an exclusion group on Linux by setting your default group to one of your other groups; Linux overwrites the membership in cr_groups[0] as a synonym for cr_gid, and doesn't handle POSIX saved IDs quite right, either (Neither do the BSDs, so this isn't a Linux-only problem).

Last time I attempted to run the test suit on Linux as a lark, there were about 20K failures (mostly tests not compiling because of it bailing out over the header file issues. There are also some parts of the system that have been subsumed by systemd; this isn't intrinsically a problem on its own, so long as the system *also* supports flat config files as an addendum, at least for some aspects of logging.

Also, getting the UUCP to work over USB serial dongles is likely to be something of a bear, unless you make the HDB modifications for handling the "rung indicate" as a notification to take the shared file lock on the callout device so the getty's don't start trying to chat with each other.

Finally, there some considerable legal/licensing issues for the trademark.

4 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

tlambert Thank fricking God it requires developer mode. (169 comments)

Thank fricking God it requires developer mode.

That is all. A number of us fricking killed ourselves to make sure the thing would notify you when someone had futzed with your machine, and it'd be a terrible shame if 3 minutes and a screwdriver could trojan your machine.

about a week ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

tlambert Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (169 comments)

Wake me up when they post a useful article on how to run Unix on my Macbook Pro.

Mac OS X *is* UNIX. It's certified. Wake me up when Linux passes conformance testing.

PS: We even put UUCP on the damn thing to pass the tests; it's definitely UNIX, so feel free to spin up your own NetNews node on your MacBook Air.

about a week ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

tlambert Re:And now... 3... 2... 1... (110 comments)

(3) Sit back and watch how well the new SWATting works!

what's new about it?

2 years in prison, a million $ fine, and no actual SWAT teams involved?

about two weeks ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

tlambert And now... 3... 2... 1... (110 comments)

And now... 3... 2... 1...

(1) Find a journalist you don't like who has linked to a vulnerable site they don't control
(2) Replace the content at the link target with illegally obtained material about someone powerful
(3) Sit back and watch how well the new SWATting works!

Journalistic shield laws anyone? The new first amendment-resistant law enforcement looks like we need something to replace the old antibiotics...

about two weeks ago
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DALER: a Bio-Inspired Robot That Can Both Fly and Walk

tlambert Re:Funny definition of "walk" (14 comments)

Their funny definition of "walk" is designed to go with their funny definition of "bio-inpired".

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

tlambert Re:Bye_bye, Blackberry (307 comments)

No one wants to switch from a Mac/Windows to a Windows/Mac system if their files or programs are not 100% guaranteed to work.

Most businesses use this same example:

"No one wants to switch from a Windows XP system to a Windows [inset non-XP Windows here] if their files or programs are not 100% guaranteed to work."

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

tlambert When your hash table only has two buckets... (420 comments)

Why do you equate gun-rights advocates with KKK members?

When your hash table only has two buckets, you either hash into bucket 'A' or you hash into bucket 'B'.

about two weeks ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

tlambert William Gibson and others have prior art. (171 comments)

If they have good patents on it, they should be able to control a large and growing market 5-10 years out.

William Gibson and others have prior art. Not sure if you watched "Minority Report", or if you have read Gibson's "Virtual Light", but both describe this sort of thing in immense detail. It's basically a straight forward interposition strategy with slightly smaller hardware than has typically been used in the past.

The real issue that's going to come up is idiots wearing these things while driving, and so on, which is actually not as idiotic as it sounds, but will definitely be illegal as hell for no reason involving reported accident rates. Sort of the same thing that happened with Google Glass 1.0, when people didn't undertand that it couldn't film 24x7 because they didn't understand the concept of "connectivity" nor the concept of "battery life".

about two weeks ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

tlambert The conclusions are bogus. (209 comments)

The conclusions are bogus. The numbers they run only examine public posting, because the data on private posting is inaccessible to them, and then they draw conclusions based on that. Most Google+ activity is private and/or takes place within groups.

One of the people involved stated "just 9% of Google+'s 2.2 billion users actively post content", (emphasis added) and then from that the article concludes no one uses it.

They also picked the first 18 days of the year to analyze the data; this is prime vacation time for most people for 7-14 of those days.

His distribution assumptions are not evidence based, they are straight assumptions about uniform distributions, and they are all drawn from a single file of 45K profiles, which is the same thing as saying "If you want a straight line fit, only select a single data point".

It'd be much more useful if he had verified the distribution uniformity through an analysis of other sitemap files, and even better if he'd just spun up an EC2 instance and looked at *all* of them.

But I'm sure he got a lot of clicks out of this.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

tlambert I don't know about the rest of you... (79 comments)

I don't know about the rest of you... but I, for one, am very happy that Oracle's products are now Massively Secure.

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

tlambert Re: The white in your eyes (219 comments)

Fitting in with other people is one of the most important aspects of most jobs.

I keep hearing this. And not believing it.

The most important part of a job is being able to do the job.

Nothing GREAT comes from "just fitting in". If you can't handle DOING THE JOB then screw you. You suck. Live with it.

about two weeks ago
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What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

tlambert At this point... (83 comments)

At this point... I would like to introduce the concept of "corruption vacuum", which I think is equal in metrics to the idea of "power vacuum".

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

tlambert Re:no thanks (172 comments)

Caller: "I didn't say I wanted to use less energy, dumbass, I said I wanted you to charge me less for the energy I *do* use!"

That's an illogical reaction. Gas stations won't charge you less for using the same amount of gas. Your cable bill won't go down when you have the same channel package. (Yes, many of us want a la carte, but that's the moral equivalent of "use less electricity".)

It's an artificial scarcity used to inflate value. Generating "just enough" electricity, rather than "more than enough", when you are using a nuclear plant, is more about what you do with the heat (do you turn it into electricity, or do you shunt it to the cooling towers, because you can't throw it on the grid), rather than whether or not the heat is going to be relatively constant, unless you are in a changeout cycle.

Thankfully your ala carte cable is coming to pass (i.e. the unbundled ability to get some channels online is now there).

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

tlambert Re:Prepare for more (257 comments)

I really do not care if there was revisionist history or not. Japan had shown themselves to be pretty ruthless, and as I recall, they started the whole mess.

Though only after US inflicted crippling economic sanctions on them. I'm not a US basher, but large powers (US, Russia) tend to act like school bullies.. they push you and push you, and then when you push back, it's suddenly "a surprise attack".

Granted, it was a surprise attack, but it should not have come as such.

And by "crippling economic sanctions", you mean we stopped selling them scrap steel for them to use in pursuit of their war on China, where they were attempting to seize territory so that, among other things, they had the ability to mine to produce their own steel.

They were kind of expansionist, empire-building, belligerent asses at the time. A conflict was inevitable, even if we'd enabled them to take China, other areas in Asia, and the Philippines.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

tlambert Re:no thanks (172 comments)

Do you think that energy prices are NOT going up anyway?

That's the great thing about smart meters ... if you are a power company.

You get to work around the PUC tariffed rates by showing that *on average* electricity price haven't actually gone up, while increasing revenue by 20% without having to go back to the PUC and make any concessions to get the tariff changed.

Well, that and you can charge differential rates from what you pay for solar power generated when no one is home during the day to use it. That's a lot harder to do, if you used an electromechanical meter that actually ran backwards when generation exceeded consumption.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

tlambert Re:no thanks (172 comments)

My appliances all work just fine without being connected to the interwebs.

If by "work just fine" you mean wasting energy and costing you more, then you are right.

I see these things (energy use / cost) as disjoint, but then I am pro nuclear power, and think that we should build as many plants as 150% of what we need for peak demand, and when it's a time where there isn't peak demand, use the extra power to desalinate water for Los Angeles so that the people who live in that fricking desert don't have to steal it from Northern California and Colorado.

I also am amazingly pissed off when the PG&E commercial comes on the radio:

PG&E: "Hello, PG&E, can I help you?"
Caller: "Yes, my electric bill is too high!"
PG&E: "Well, we can help you figure out ways to use less energy..."

My gut reaction on hearing that is:

Caller: "I didn't say I wanted to use less energy, dumbass, I said I wanted you to charge me less for the energy I *do* use!"
PG&E: "Uh..."
Caller: "Quit being a damn politician, and answer the question I asked, rather than the one you wanted me to ask!"
PG&E: "Uh..."
Caller: "What an asshole..."

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

tlambert Re:That's a inappropriate comparison. (263 comments)

and Google is not in a position, as an OS supplier, rather than a phone vendor (which is what Apple is), to force changes in operational model into the carrier or the partner device vendor.

You're full of shit. Google has already been caught forcing all Android vendors to bundle Google's proprietary shit so that they can spy on users data.

"Just an OS Vendor" .. lol.. what a joke.

How does a trademark licence agreement for the use of the "Android(tm)" trademark conflate with them being able to magically update the firmware on phones for which the Android team at Google does not even have full source code, and which the carriers would require recertification for use on their network?

Or do you really not understand how that bundling is achieved through the trademark licensing agreement?

about two weeks ago

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It looks like Apple has started paying for product placement

tlambert tlambert writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tlambert (566799) writes "From the well-that-didn't-take-long department:

It looks like Apple has gone back on their long-standing tradition of refusing to pay for product placement; at the end of the Hulu premiere episode for the television show "Deception" in which multiple Apple products appear, there is a clear statement in the credits: "promotional consideration furnished by APPLE". The statement occurs at time hash 44:49, 6 seconds before the end of the video."

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99 year old woman reading again on her new iPad

tlambert tlambert writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tlambert (566799) writes "This is a cute story (with video) about a 99 year old woman and her iPad. It's interesting because of the accessibility angle. After years with glaucoma, she's able to read books again due to a combination of font scaling and an adjustable backlight intensity, according to the article."
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