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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

whyde s/tesla/apple/g (267 comments)

Amara's Law: prov. The effect of a technology will be overestimated in the short run and underestimated in the long run.

What seems like just a fringe now, from far away, will soon be the whole surrey with the fringe on top when it gets closer.

about 4 months ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

whyde Iceland (246 comments)

I just got back from exploring Iceland, and was left wishing I had waaaaaay more time to spend there. The differences in a "young earth" geography are striking, and someplace cooler than my local climes is much appreciated in mid-Summer.

about 5 months ago

Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

whyde Pretty clever use of available I/O options (25 comments)

I have to hand it to this individual for definitely thinking outside-the-box and hooking up three types of systems using interfaces you'd not expect to be used in this manner, and coming up with something which is (at least in his case) useful.

This was very gratifying to watch.

about 8 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

whyde Yuck (1191 comments)

My first impression was that I accidentally clicked through to news.yahoo.com, which I abhor.

I think you're missing the point of your legacy readership wanting information-dense content, with a minimalistic "user experience".

about a year ago

Whose Bug Is This Anyway?

whyde Re:Reminded me of my first C application (241 comments)

I know I'm late to the party, but the better way to write this is always to put the constant first:

if (1 == i) {

...so that if you forget to use '==' it will cause a syntax error.

more than 2 years ago

The oldest hard drive I'm still using is ...

whyde SCSI drive in a musical instrument (272 comments)

The oldest hard drive I'm still actively using holds patches and sample data in a keyboard--a little 200MB SCSI drive. I think it may eventually outlive the keyboard itself. At one point in time, the keyboard itself also had the largest RAM of any computer I owned, at a whopping 64MB. When I was driving it back and forth from college, the keyboard was insured for more than the car it was in.

more than 3 years ago

Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser

whyde Re:you don't want this (404 comments)

This comment reminded me of Derek Lowe's chemistry blog, Things I Won't Work With.

You'd need to be sufficiently stupid to want one of these, and almost recklessly negligent to sell them without vetting the customers thoroughly.

more than 3 years ago

Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates

whyde Jeff Atwood had a good take on this (149 comments)

Any thread on SSD failures should include a link to Jeff Atwood's blog entry on the topic:

I feel ethically and morally obligated to let you in on a dirty little secret I've discovered in the last two years of full time SSD ownership. Solid state hard drives fail. A lot. And not just any fail. I'm talking about catastrophic, oh-my-God-what-just-happened-to-all-my-data instant gigafail. It's not pretty.

Full post here: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2011/05/the-hot-crazy-solid-state-drive-scale.html

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: 15 Minutes Including Q&A

whyde Knuth only got 9/10 (153 comments)

Knuth's Volume 4 only got 9/10 recently, obviously because it is soooooooo wordy.

more than 3 years ago

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

whyde When did we become afraid of everything? (225 comments)

I'm waiting for the day when some nutjob fashions a piece of doggie-poo looking substance out of brown-painted C4 with an embedded motion-sensitive detonator.

There, I've said it. Let everyone be scared of any stray pile of poop laying on a city sidewalk. Perhaps then, when we try to ban dogs completely, people may wake up and see that it's just not worth going through life terrified of everything.


more than 4 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

whyde Re:Whole movie shot in single shot (295 comments)

While I found Russian Ark technically fascinating, it was otherwise very difficult to sit through because the viewer becomes aware early on that they are watching a visual gimmick unfold. Instead of paying attention to the plot, I was distracted by the single-shot nature of it, and how they were going to pull it off.

I'd liken this to experiments like Timecode which use similar gimmicks and long shots, but are otherwise slightly awkward to view.

more than 4 years ago

Motorola Sues Apple

whyde Re:Patent wars (176 comments)

No it's not, since it will eventually degenerate into an fully connected graph. Just find one on Wikipedia or Wolfram, and link to that picture instead.

more than 4 years ago

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It

whyde Billy Joel (R) (273 comments)

Billy Joel has, since a very early time in his career, a registered trademark on his name for the purpose of music. I'm pretty sure he's not going around suing parents who have the audacity to name their kids William Joel, however.

Look at the album cover of "Billy Joel (R) Greatest Hits" for an example.

more than 4 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

whyde CMOS back-up battery (715 comments)

I seem to have had excellent luck with durability of the systems I integrate. Either that, or I'm hanging on to computers that are way too old... I've had to replace a CMOS backup battery button-cell in an old Gateway laptop and a Shuttle SFF system last year. My kids still use them to play old DOS games.

more than 4 years ago

The Great Typo Hunt

whyde Re:Slashdot (416 comments)

asplode: what your head looks like after going through an asplundh

more than 4 years ago

Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'

whyde Re:what a stupid situation (206 comments)

If computers were considered "the revenge of the nerds", I'm curious what the next few years will be called.

Obviously, Revenge of the Nerds II - Nerds in Paradise.

more than 3 years ago

Free Clock Democratizes Atomic Accuracy

whyde Re:Uhmmmm (178 comments)

This reminds me of an old joke about a retired Admiral who is responsible for sounding the morning cannon at the naval base, walking past a watchmaker's shop every morning and setting his pocketwatch to the correct time from a reliable old grandfather clock in the store window.

One day, on the walk in, he happens to see the watchmaker cleaning the store windows and mentions how he finds it amazing that the old grandfather clock keeps such flawless time.

"Oh, that old thing?" says the watchmaker. "It drifts horribly, and I have to reset it almost daily."

The Admiral then asks, "Since I've always noticed that it's reliable, from where do you get the time to set it?"

The watchmaker replied, "I use the report from the morning cannon at the naval base. It's always right on time."

more than 4 years ago

How many processes are running on your desktop box?

whyde ps -e r (382 comments)

The poll asked about running, not sleeping, processes. Most responses should be between 1-5, unless your load average right now is really insane and you're thrashing your system.

more than 4 years ago


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