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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 478

Except that google isn't charging for their new software.

Yes they fucking are. Android is not free. Android is not open source. AOSP is not Android.
If you are an OEM and you want the latest version of Android you pay money and agree to bundle Google's apps and store (which cost more money) into a "flagship" phone that will launch within a certain time frame and is expected to sell some minimum number of units and will be heavily advertised as running Android X.Y Whatever Candy.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 478

The updates are NOT free. Android is NOT free.
You have to PAY to get access to Android source code. You pay more if you want the newer versions. You have to agree to shit like bundling Google's apps and store (which now also cost money separate from Android itself) or guaranteeing a "flagship" phone launch with expected sales of X within a certain time frame if you want access to the latest builds.

Even if Android was actually free, there are plenty of costs associated with pushing out an update. You've got to make sure the new version runs on the old devices (it won't). Then you've got to do QA. Then you've got to push the update out to the carriers. Then the carriers have to do their own validating. Then the carriers have to push it out.

Then people have to accept the update.

Google is the pot calling the granite counter top of Microsoft black.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 418

by sexconker (#48905797) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Brawn, Prowl, Ratchet and Ironhide were all killed in the first five minutes with barely a fight, and for no other reason than to make way for the new toys.

They were killed because Megatron assaulted their shuttle and shot them the fuck up.
They were at war. People (and transformers) die in wars.
The movie established right from the beginning that it wasn't just a Saturday morning cartoon and that it was going to have consequences. This is a good thing.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 324

by tverbeek (#48895761) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Blu-ray is already a physical-media format that we don't need. The CD isn't obsolete simply because a higher-capacity disc came along to replace it; it's obsolete because there's a better way to music files: the internet. The DVD is on the way out for the same reason. In fact, if not for the streaming rights being a licensing clusterfuck, Netflix would have completely shut down its DVD-mailing business by now. We don't need another higher-resolution media format. We just need a convenient way to watch movies at whatever resolution our display devices can manage, and that's the internet + a licensing clearinghouse.

Comment: Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (Score 2) 368

by sexconker (#48890173) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

So then, you don't trust the professor saying he didn't do it either, right?
Why do you automatically give credibility to the person in authority?

He's not. He's adhering to the principle of "innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" that our justice system is built upon.

Comment: Re:Kaspersky IS (Score 1) 462

by sexconker (#48890159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Kaspersky IS has signature whitelisting. If the executable isn't in the whitelist it doesn't run, period. You can configure it to completely prevent the execution of non-whitelisted exes.

You can do this for free with Group Policy shit.
I believe you can even whitelist executables based on publisher certificate, so when a new version of whatever rolls out you don't have to update the whitelist.

Comment: Re: for windows read below (Score 5, Informative) 462

by sexconker (#48890139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Microsoft Security Essentials is Windows Defender is System Center Endpoint Protection.
Definition updates come out every few hours.
They all catch the vast majority of shit.

EMET (also free and from MS) will prevent many of the 0-day vulnerabilities that MSE/WD/SCEP could miss until the next definition update rolls out.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 418

by sexconker (#48890035) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Wrong. The deaths were impactful and gave weight to the story. It wasn't your typical Saturday morning good guys win bad guys lose tripe. There were consequences. The battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron was paced perfectly. You're a fucking moron if you think having the main protagonist and main antagonist, who also happen to be the two most popular characters, fucking die is anti-climactic.

I bet you're the type of dipshit who prefers the fast cut, shakey cam, 20 minute shitfest where protagonist A fights antagonist B for a bit, then we switch to supporting character C doing some bullshit with the computers in a race against time, then we switch to female protagonist X fighting female antagonist Y for a bit, then we switch back to the main fight between A and C, all of which are resolved nearly simultaneously with the good guys winning and the bad guys losing, typically with the good guys refusing to kill the bad guys once defeated, but the bad guys going for a last ditch dirty move when the good guys turn their backs, only for the good guys to respond with a lethal finishing move.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 5, Insightful) 418

by sexconker (#48887357) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

The first Transformers movie sucked badly. Really badly.

The Transformers: The Movie is fucking awesome. It has a great story, an amazing soundtrack, and the most amazing voice cast of any movie ever:

Peter Cullen
Frank Welker
Judd Nelson
Kasey Kasem
Eric Idle
Scatman Crothers
Lionel Stander
Leonard Nimoy
Robert Stack
Orson Welles

And you get to top that list off with a song by Weird Al Yankovic.


Quantum Computing Without Qubits 81

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-it-work dept.
An anonymous reader shares this interview with quantum computing pioneer Ivan Deutsch. "For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer. He has not been alone. The quest to harness the computational might of quantum weirdness continues to occupy hundreds of researchers around the world. Why hasn't there been more to show for their work? As physicists have known since quantum computing's beginnings, the same characteristics that make quantum computing exponentially powerful also make it devilishly difficult to control. The quantum computing 'nightmare' has always been that a quantum computer's advantages in speed would be wiped out by the machine's complexity. Yet progress is arriving on two main fronts. First, researchers are developing unique quantum error-correction techniques that will help keep quantum processors up and running for the time needed to complete a calculation. Second, physicists are working with so-called analog quantum simulators — machines that can't act like a general-purpose computer, but rather are designed to explore specific problems in quantum physics. A classical computer would have to run for thousands of years to compute the quantum equations of motion for just 100 atoms. A quantum simulator could do it in less than a second."

Comment: Re:Mutations (Score 1) 128

by sexconker (#48881121) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

If they escape, they won't have time. If they don't escape, there won't be any pressure on them to do so.

When they escape, they'll have plenty of time as they'll be escaping along with chunkettes of their growth medium, containing the synthetic amino acids they need. As the bacteria grows the concentration of synthetic amino acids will decrease relative to population, creating the pressure to adapt to not need it. Further, no pressure is necessary for an effective change to come about - all specialization is random, and it sticks around if it is not detrimental.

The difference between reality and unreality is that reality has so little to recommend it. -- Allan Sherman