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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

worf_mo Re:ipoo (250 comments)

"You're smelling it wrong"...

4 days ago

Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

worf_mo Re:No Google (210 comments)

For chrissake, talk about waking a sleeping bear...

about two weeks ago

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

worf_mo Re:Simple fix. (269 comments)

You might have been out for a Score 5 Funny, but you also delivered a plausible explanation for the abysmal parking performance of the guy I saw earlier today.

about a month ago

Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

worf_mo Re:Let me get this clear (408 comments)

[...] as a result hip replacements just got a lot more expensive.

But but but... Think of the hipsters!!!


about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

worf_mo Re:Fear of changing code.... (232 comments)

The "you can't do that because we don't have the budget for maintenance" is just a lame excuse for two situations, either you just don't have the budget to do it or your manager is scared that you will break something. In all cases it is just a failure to communicate properly, which is especially lame when prefixed with "I would like to let you do this, but..."

I work on FDA-relevant software for production lines; any change brings a whole series of extra work with it. Some changes require the production line in question to be taken offline for one or multiple days so that proper testing can be done, QA can have their word, an official validation can be performed, a maintenance crew can check whether hardware and software still work together as expected and so on. While not rocket-science and certainly feasible, cleaning up code in absence of problems/bugs is usually frowned upon when production lines are supposed to be active 24/7 and maintenance windows are rare. The cost of maintenance is not only that of the developer/engineer writing the code. Factor in man-hours from other departments like documentation, validation, proper testing, and - most of all - the cost of taking a productive equipment offline for some serious time, and you might see that "we don't have the budget for maintenance" is not alway a lame excuse.

about a month ago

Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

worf_mo Re:OK, fine, do it already. (83 comments)

Thanks for this information! I occasionally order stuff for various family members; for the past months a certain number of women's sandals and phone covers in primary colors kept showing up in my recommendations. You helped me get rid of them.

about a month ago

Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

worf_mo Re:and yet (146 comments)

They probably saw it. And laughed all the way to the bank.

about 2 months ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

worf_mo Re:Why "relatively" private? (164 comments)


By the way, the best way to keep your data private is to keep it out of your untrusted phone/computer/whatnot, and use bogus data when you need to enter something.

Exemples: use "Acme inc." as your home phone number's name in your addressbook, and nicknames for your contacts. Don't enter your full address as your home in your satnav's app but someone's address in a street close-by, etc.

Unfortunately, that won't help. Your phone number(s) and your home address are already on many of your friend's devices under your real name. Apple, Google & Co already have your details, whether you use their service or not. It should be easy for them to filter out bogus data and associate your number with your real name.

about 2 months ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

worf_mo Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

I hate that I can't build a string by doing "Foo" + i (where i is an integer) [...]

Try the following:

"Foo %s" % i

about 3 months ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

worf_mo Re:Can't we just say people took naked pics? (231 comments)

I thought there was a certain discrepancy between their middle school talk about manhood and their using the Goatse guy symbol in the green infochart (bottom right, above the "male nude selfies")...

about 3 months ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

worf_mo Re:No (218 comments)

Reminds me of a good friend of mine who after an evening spent binge drinking got on his bicycle, put both feet on the pedals (without pedaling) and tried to turn the grip on the right handlebar, thinking he was on a motorbike. At that point gravity took over and ended the show.

about 4 months ago

After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones

worf_mo Re:Turn the tables around (114 comments)

As much as Apple might prefer otherwise, nailing the execution is not a patentable achievement, [...] (emphasis mine)

Also, Pontius Pilatus might claim prior art...

about 5 months ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

worf_mo Re:Indirect tax (462 comments)

Marchionne is a whiner. FIAT has a history of living off public money for the past 50 or 60 years. During the past years Marchionne has repeatedly requested money from the Italian government in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to describe as extortion: "Either we receive [amount of money] from the government or we close shop and move to a different country; think of all the workers!" In spite of all the subsidies and tax cuts and whatnot received, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have moved their fiscal base to London and their legal base to Amsterdam last January. So they receive money from Italy but build the cars and pay their taxes elsewhere. Brilliant.

In my eyes Marchionne is now trying his game in CA: whine about "unfair legislation" and request subsidies to "level out the field".

about 5 months ago

Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

worf_mo Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

Please ignore, posting to undo wrong moderation.

about 5 months ago

How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

worf_mo Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

...And what would Outbox do when your Aunt Sally sent you a birthday card with a $20 bill in it?

Send you the scan and pocket the bill. D'oh.

about 6 months ago

NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

worf_mo James Doohan (111 comments)

Not to take anything away from Shatner but it was James Doohan (Scotty, for the whippersnappers out there) who inspired a lot of people to become engineers. Shatner was more the alpha-male-chasing-the-girls type.

about 6 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

worf_mo Re:public actions != private beliefs. Chavez, Phel (824 comments)

Hugo Chavez, Fred Phelps, or Jane Fonda would be very bad choices as business leaders because they come with a ton of bad PR.

There's a deeper problem than bad PR with two of those people. Just sayin'.

about 7 months ago



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