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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

yayoubetcha More accidents after texting law passed in CO. (363 comments)

Colorado passed an anti-texting law. Cop sees you texting and she can pull you over. Result? Instead of operating the phone at the top or over of the steering wheel, people didn't want to get a ticket. So, they moved their devices to their laps. Accident rates went up as a result. Doh!

about a week ago
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Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

yayoubetcha Similar already exists (62 comments)

It is called Silicon Valley

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

yayoubetcha There's an app for that (203 comments)

Two of my scientist friends have left science for developing 1) technology for Facebook; 2) a drug to make fat people skinnier. Well, number two is technically science, but ...

The high tech gold rush for making big $$$ is the problem, IMHO.

about two weeks ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

yayoubetcha Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (161 comments)

You just saved me five minutes for typing the same reply. Well said and thanks!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

yayoubetcha The Google Approach: Release early/often (548 comments)

Most of my career I was oriented towards extremely high quality products where validation and verification is extraordinarily important such as producing a microprocessor (recalls are just too expensive). A high degree of precision is needed for that. If I were producing a website for a local auto repair shop, well, if it looks weird on IE-9 ... meh... maybe I'll fix it.

Take a look at the Kickstarter project meetearl.com. They wanted everything. Yes, this would be a cool device with GPS, built in FRS, digital relay, weather radio, solar panel, e-paper display, on and on... They are more than one year late, with no end, (really) in sight (but they now have a GANTT chart, so there!).

If I were doing that product, it would be an Android tablet with GPS, built in topo SW for the US and an e-paper display with a removable battery. A decent version 1.0. Then in 2.0 and a solar panel to the back side. For 3.0 add the weather radio. The, 4.0, add FRS, etc. (with FRS now, you need to transmit, which has a higher bar than all prev. generations).

So, to summarize in the most basic idea of programming or engineering: "KISS" -- although, I like to say make the development as simple as needed, but no simpler.

about a month ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

yayoubetcha Two engineers, one hour, and a pencil (160 comments)

I worked (VRTX kernel contractor) at Rocketdyne on a NASA contract to build a robot which welded the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Because of strict government regulations I was walked over to a building that took 15 minutes to get to; filled out a requisition form; waited 1/2 hour; received my pencil; walked back to my desk with my escort and my pencil.

I was offered a permanent job with Rocketdyne. Although it was cool to work with rocket scientists, I declined the offer.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

yayoubetcha You gotta see the girls of Gaza Strip! (419 comments)

It is true you are more likely to die in US traffic accident than to be killed in a terrorism attack in Israel. I've investigated the numbers and it is indeed true.

A side note... My wife and I were returning to Tel Aviv in 2012 when the Palestinians began bombing. We rode a bus with a bunch of young men and women soldiers all armed with automatic weapons from Eilat. They all got off at Be'er Sheva (on way towards Gaza). We continued on to Tel Aviv without incident. Most bombs in that incident ended up hitting sand in the desert.

about a month ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

yayoubetcha Re:We already have a bill... (176 comments)

Damn right. Bush/Cheney would never allow the rampant collection from the NSA!

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

yayoubetcha Redefining the 4th Amendment (176 comments)

Wow! Really? We need a new law that is already covered, pretty fucking clearly, by the US Constitution's 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So, let me get this straight... the 4th Amendment needs additional "refinement" to put teeth in its bite; but the 2nd Amendment is in a league of its own.

God Bless Amerifuckingca!

about a month and a half ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

yayoubetcha Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

Please stop using the therm "Downloading Illegally". Downloading is not in violation of US copyright law. Uploading is.

So, if you "share" a bittorrent video from The Pirate Bay, and your upload speed is greater than zero, then you are illegally distributing the video. If your value is zero, and therefore not sharing/uploading, then you are not distributing the material, and not in violation of US Copyright laws.

Take a look at the famous text that is slapped on the start of DVD movies:

"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment"

Note that the keyword is "distribution". It does not say, "... reproduction, distribution, or the receipt of a copy of this distributed work, ..."

I have paid attention to the many lawsuits the movie and audio industry has filed in the past. All of them, to my recollection, involves distributing the media. Not one case that I have become aware of involves solely the receipt of a copy of the material. Why? Because they would loose the case, and they do not want the public to be aware that "downloading" is not illegal.

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

yayoubetcha Now complicated? How 'bout all src in 6502 ASM? (372 comments)

Stop complaining! It's easier now then ever! How about modifying the source 6502 Assembly source code to a word-processing editor in the early 80s?

"Damn! What's the instruction to do a string fast string copy? Doh! No problem, I'll just look it up on Stackoverflow.com. Oops! That won't be there for about 3 decades!

I guess I'll just have to bitch about my problems on Slashdot.org. Doh! Again.... decades away.

At least there's USENET! Doh!

about 2 months ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

yayoubetcha As a Seattle resident... (110 comments)

If I wasn't pissed before, I am now.

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

yayoubetcha JetBoil (204 comments)

I guess he didn't use the JetBoil pot whilst backpacking.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

yayoubetcha Is a temporal self-destruct key possible? (353 comments)

Like the series "Lost" where somebody had to push a button now and then to prevent a catastrophe, is there a crypto-equivalent?

Let's say I have the pass-phrase '"fat-guy-from-lost". But if I don't enter it every 42 hours, the data will be permanently scrambled (or /dev/zero'd); thus my valid key would no longer work?

Does this tech exist?

about 2 months ago
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Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

yayoubetcha Moon a "kid's pick-up game". Mars: Superbowl. (78 comments)

The technological differences between going to the Moon and going to Mars is vast as the distances from the Earth, respectively. Also, would "we" have spent billions going to the moon, if not for cold-war politics?

about 2 months ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

yayoubetcha Free incoming text and talk in many countries (110 comments)

I travel abroad occasionally, and every country I have been to in Europe, the Middle East, etc., has free incoming text and talk. The Countries demand that carriers do that because who can control who contacts you?

Damn, if only we (U.S.) had a Government agency that could be in control of such things here.... Nah, we don't need something like that.

about 2 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

yayoubetcha Google's Turn-by-Turn Voice Instructions (216 comments)

I program my phone with my destination, and I let Google's audio voice turn-by-turn aid me. No visual distractions (phone) while driving.

about 3 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

yayoubetcha Unconnected Linux PC (248 comments)

As an experiment, I have done GnuGPG communications where I only did encryption and decryption on an stand-alone PC with an old version of Linux. I transferred the encrypted text to/from an SD card with "dd" (and validated).

It is a tedious process, but it is probably the best one can have "secure" electronic communications. But for those (not me) on the 'silk road"....

about 3 months ago

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A White House Petition for fairness with ISP deceptive pricing practices

yayoubetcha yayoubetcha writes  |  about a year and a half ago

yayoubetcha (893774) writes "Another White House petition... This one, I signed. It is a proposal for a simple and prominent table of an ISPs pricing on their website. Too often the prices are designed to get a subscriber signed up for a low price for a few months then it expires and they are paying a high rate. The proposal is for a food-like "Nutritional Information" "label" for an ISPs pricing that clearly shows regular rates, special pricing, and bandwidth limits.

My mother uses email and surfs the web occasionally, and of course updates to her Windows OS. That's about it. She was paying $60 a month for 20Gbps service for two years before I called Century Link to get it reduce to 7Gbps and $40/month — still too much for her needs, but she is saving a little."

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