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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

xxxJonBoyxxx Chili's is trying this = fail (629 comments)

There have been tablet-based kiosks at the local Chili's (my wife...don't ask) for about a year now that allow you to order and pay your bill. Like anything else in a restaurant that caters to young families, the kiosks are disgusting, and our first act upon sitting down is to usually been pick up the kiosk and shove it under the table, behind a plant, up on a windowsill, etc.

If we sit down at a restaurant, we're there to tell someone else what we want, and let them push the right buttons, coordinate the food and the drinks, etc. Otherwise, we're basically dining at vending machines.

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

xxxJonBoyxxx Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Says... (270 comments)

>> the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness

"In 1995!" says Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

(Seriously, where do you begin. Server logs, cookies, magic URLs, IP lookups, etc.)

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Re: Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

>> You don't own a cell number, you rent it, and only from an officially sanctioned, FCC approved telecom. It's like real estate. Stop paying taxes, and see how long you 'own' it.

So...you want to tie universal profiles to social security numbers? Those are free. ;)

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

>> Websites that require cell phones are horrible, privacy-invading trash, and anyone who actually surrenders their number is an idiot

That's the flipside of a universal profile (and why most of us have at least a dozen different, sometimes conflicting profiles)

2 days ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

xxxJonBoyxxx So 1 x F35 = 60 million x vaccinations? (121 comments)

If an F35 costs $337M* and "27 million doses of vaccine" would cost $151 million (half to produce and half to deliver as per TFA), then one F35 would be worth about 60 million doses of vaccine? * (https://medium.com/war-is-boring/how-much-does-an-f-35-actually-cost-21f95d239398)

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Idiotic premise (253 comments)

>> with only a handful of exceptions like the WSJ, every major newspaper in the country has had to switch to an entirely ad-supported model on the web, abandoning all their old subscription profits.

Hmmm...I think the pendulum has swung the other way now, with most major-market US newspapers now allowing up to X stories a month ads for free, then charging a subscription price to get more.

2 days ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

xxxJonBoyxxx Where are my mod points when I need them. (164 comments)

>> The news here is that you're willing to spend an entire day touching PHP for only $100

Funniest thing I read all day.

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

>> So I have to get a cell phone just to use a website?

Close: you'd have to get a cell phone to get a UNIVERSAL PROFILE.

A PITA, sure, but even now, I'd claim that personal cell phone adoption is higher than any possible universal ID system would ever hope to achieve. (e.g., Think of all the whining about ID cards and voting: many activist claim that it's too hard for people to get drivers licenses or free ID cards when a lot of the "disenfranchised" already have their own cell phone!)

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

>> It would be hard to come up with a protocol to host your profile "on your cell phone number", as opposed to hosting it at a webpage which can be accessed under your domain.

Hmmm...try to think this through from the perspective of a mere mortal non-techie. (Not everyone knows how to stand up a web site.) If you had a portable profile that your cell phone company hosted (as long as you had your number with them), that could be accessed via web site, web service, etc. and could use a DNS-like service to find the phone company's service.

2 days ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

xxxJonBoyxxx ello font = Dwarf Fortress (164 comments)

>> Ello's choice of a mono sans-serif font is significant for indicating that their message is a simple but powerful one

Or, that they all play a lot of Dwarf Fortress.

2 days ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

xxxJonBoyxxx Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

Two articles in a row about ello? Anyway, as usual, BH is overthinking things.

>> If your profile were linked to a domain name that you own, then if your existing hosting company ever deleted your profile (or threatened to), you could simply move your profile to a new hosting company,

Duh...we already have a widely-adopted system to personally identify most people. It's called a "cell phone number," and we already have the mechanisms to transfer it between companies. Roll up an identification and authorization system around that and you're set.

2 days ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

xxxJonBoyxxx Ironic: if you "OK" the manifesto it shares on FB (164 comments)

Ironic: when you "OK" the manifesto...it invites you to "Share the manifesto" on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Tumblr, Reddit and LinkedIn.

2 days ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Telecommuting is now a real thing (289 comments)

>> It is too tempting to websurf during a teleconference.

I'm usually websurfing during video conferences too. You basically just need to point your camera from the monitor where you're surfing, and keep your browser near the camera to look like you're really into the topic at hand when you're really making picks for the weekend. (Also, be sure you're on mute most of the time and keep your desk - mouse and keyboard - off camera.)

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

xxxJonBoyxxx Legoland? (273 comments)

>> could reasonably be described as the worlds biggest Legoland

You mean random people can walk in off the street and build whatever they want from parts laying around?

>> no

Then STFU, eh?

4 days ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:I tried this. Once. (133 comments)

>> root of that issue is that customer was not aware of the internal process change, or it was not communicated in the right way

The customers here were businesses paying for some high-end commercial software. They didn't and wouldn't have given a s*** that our internal processes changed - they just saw releases slow down, quality drop, and their input seemly ignored.

I'd say the root cause here was that the acquiring company killed the feedback loop between customers and development teams with bloated processes, which then killed productivity, communication, applicability and time-to-market.

about a week ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

xxxJonBoyxxx I tried this. Once. (133 comments)

In the late 2000's our fast-moving company was acquired by a slower one out of Boston coming from a history of using waterfall and experimenting with agile. The result was an unmitigated disaster. We had a bunch of Siemens castoffs demanding detailed project plans, down to the exact fix we would implement for every bug, for software six to nine months out. Then we ran agile within dev teams to knock off specific pieces of the application. The combination exposed the worst of both worlds: a lack of flexibility which hurt us in the marketplace and annoyed top customers, and a slow-down of team productivity once they realized that pulling additional work into a sprint wouldn't get them any rewards. And that was before we started to have to tack on "quality sprints" where QA would spend 3 weeks looking for bugs and separate dev teams would react the FOLLOWING sprint.

So...what have I seen work? Define which MAJOR features make up a release, direct agile teams to code toward those, enforce test building at all levels, and REWARD teams that are kicking butt, whether that's churning out some of the MINOR features, being the team known for "bug-less" code, working with UI folks to write up a new interface that customers love, or whatever.

about a week ago
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Will New European Commission Leaders Welcome Open Source and Open Standards?

xxxJonBoyxxx Why is Red Hat going to the mat on Digital Agenda? (21 comments)

Dear submitter: Why do we care about a vendor's take on two obscure commissioners on a "Digital Agenda" committee no one here has ever heard of?

(For example, are these two people blocking some huge Red Hat support contract, and that's why we get a Red Hat PR flack whining on Slashdot? Context, please!)

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Scaling Apache Solr

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Not a computer problem (42 comments)

since you're down the tag route already, you might want to research how "faceting" works in search (think of the categories you see on some sites down the lefthand nav after a search...but generated dynamically)

about two weeks ago

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