Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"The Congress shall have power ...

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;"

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Monday, February 22, 2016

computer people think

I'm confused. Both I and my computer just send a request "may I have this article/video", and the server responds "yes" and sends the data. However, it also sends along a bunch of other stuff (advertising).

At no point in this did I ever agree to have anything other than the requested data sent to me. And at no point did I see a screen that said "please watch this ad to view this content." The ad was just sent anyway.

If you need me to pay money to consume some content, then why aren't you asking me for money? Or if I'm "supposed" to view an ad, why isn't that agreement formalized?

Basically, it's my computer, and I'm not restricted by any kind of agreement to watch ads. So why should I?

What possible moral grounds are there that says I have to allow you to serve me extra garbage data that I never consented to receiving, and even more extreme, that I am somehow obligated to consume the advertising that I never consented to receiving?

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley plays NYC trash talker

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Friday, February 19, 2016

confidence interval

failure rate

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Friday, February 05, 2016

perhaps AWS is too cheap?

stuff is not "enterprise" because
1. easy to setup
2. easy to maintain
3. easy to buy

or because
1. got load balancing
2. got HA

? ? ?

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

goodbye email?

i'm so totally waiting for alerts, notifications, confirmations, newsletters and everything else to come via whatsapp. so that i can't find anything anymore.

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hollywood can't count

the piracy problem has almost nothing to do with people watching movies in the cinema???

total 2015 usa box office takings

us$10.9b -

disney alone did more than 52b -

why don't they just admit it? that the movies are just 2hr product placement ads and piracy helps distribute the ads and sell product?

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Battery Charging Specification 1.1: Released in March 2007 and updated on 15 April 2009.
Adds support for dedicated chargers (power supplies with USB connectors), host chargers (USB hosts that can act as chargers) and the No Dead Battery provision, which allows devices to temporarily draw 100 mA current after they have been attached. If a USB device is connected to a dedicated charger, maximum current drawn by the device may be as high as 1.8 A. (Note that this document is not distributed with USB 2.0 specification package, only USB 3.0 and USB On-The-Go.)

A unit load is defined as 100 mA in USB 1.x and 2.0, and 150 mA in USB 3.0. A device may draw a maximum of five unit loads from a port in USB 1.x and 2.0 (500 mA), or six unit loads in USB 3.0 (900 mA). There are two types of device: low-power and high-power. A low-power device (such as a USB HID) draws at most one-unit load, with minimum operating voltage of 4.4 V in USB 2.0, and 4 V in USB 3.0. A high-power device draws, at most, the maximum number of unit loads the standard permits. Every device functions initially as low-power (including high-power functions during their low-power enumeration phases), but may request high-power, and get it if available on the providing bus.

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Looks nice and I'd love to try it out for my company -- hosted at first, then maybe on-premises if we like it.
There's no pricing details on /business, though, only a "Contact Us" link.
So I'll do what I do every time this happens: click "Close Tab" and move on.
(I don't want to talk to your -- or anybody else's -- sales people. Ever. I know I'm not alone either, so you're artificially limiting your user base if you do this.) reply

kentonv 5 hours ago

This isn't because we want to force you to talk to sales people (we don't even have any sales people! just us techies here!). The problem is that Sandstorm+Business is still in development, so there's nothing self-service for us to offer you. We want people willing to contact us to do so so that we can get their requirements and keep them updated, but if you don't want to talk to us (understandable -- I'm the same way), then your best bet is to try out the "individual" version now (which actually works OK for companies, but doesn't yet have all the features listed on the /business page).
Within a couple months we'll ship this, and then you'll be able to get it set up without talking to anybody. In fact, we plan to make it all part of the same build, so if you install from today then the features will appear over time...
(We're currently not actively working on a managed-hosting version of the "business" features. We'll probably do that someday, but on-prem is a big selling point so we're focusing on that for now. That said, many people use for work purposes today.) reply

tw04 3 hours ago

Seriously, you should consider making that somehow part of the "contact us" link. Because even as someone not using the service, anytime I see "contact us" I get the same disgusting feeling in the pit of my stomach that you want me to contact you because you want to up-sell me.
At the very least, make it a link to "show pricing" and then on the next page give an explanation of like - if you need X, it should cost approximately X. Because we're still figuring things out, we may need to give you custom pricing (from the geeks, not a sales guy, we promise!). "Contact Us" has unfortunately become synonymous with shitty used-car negotiations.

knughit 1 hour ago

If you don't trust their salespeople, why on earth would you trust them claiming that they aren't sales people? Judge based on the available facts, not superficial prejudices.

jonesb6 1 hour ago

As stated above, I think it's not so much a lack of trust but a lack of confidence in a company that can't give you a straight-up pricing structure on their web page.

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