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Favorite clickbait hook?

yayoubetcha Re:Why (176 comments)

anything HuffingtonPost

3 days ago

FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

yayoubetcha Hey, Comey: (280 comments)

shpx lb h!

3 days ago

My toy collection is ...

yayoubetcha Does my penis count? (209 comments)

If it does, I need to change my answer.

about three weeks ago

Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

yayoubetcha No More fires! The West is burning. (89 comments)

I hiked the PCT this year. I climb mountains, and I just got back from the Sawtooth Wilderness. Campfires should not be used any more. The West is burning. Frankly, this year's PCT permit application says not to use anything but a canister stove, and suggests not even using a stove.

In all the times, all the nights, I've been backpacking I have started campfires on only a couple of occasions for safety. Both were done to dry out soaking wet clothes and prevent hypothermia. Fires for *real* safety is good, for socialization, fires should be permanently suspended.

Yes, it is fun to sit around and chat around a campfire. However, just take a look at what is happening out there for forest fires (

about a month ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

yayoubetcha More accidents after texting law passed in CO. (364 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 month ago

Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

yayoubetcha Similar already exists (62 comments)

It is called Silicon Valley

about a month and a half ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago

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 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

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

'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 Oops! That won't be there for about 3 decades!

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

At least there's USENET! Doh!

about 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago



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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