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Comment: Maybe... (Score 1) 322

by Atmchicago (#47520197) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Good: Plug phone into dock, phone interface disappears, desktop interface comes up. Unplug phone, and it reverts. You carry all your files with you. You go to a dumb monitor + keyboard + mouse anywhere and *poof* you have your desktop with you, and it's online because your phone has data. Yeah, it'll be a bit slow - so don't do heavy number crunching and you're fine. And they'll need to make it impossible to run phone apps in desktop mode or vice versa. Some things must be disallowed (although crafty software could intelligently flip between the two).

Bad: phone has desktop interface; or desktop has phone interface.

Which will it be?

Comment: Who controls the past controls the future... (Score 2) 64

by Atmchicago (#47477297) Attached to: Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten
This is a big step towards re-writing history. It begins with ignoring it, or by actively hiding it. I give it 1 year before we hear of attempts by politicians to cover embarrasing stories that are relevant information to the public, or before corporations hide unpleasant past events such as oil spills (corporations are people too, these days). True, search engines aren't the sole gateways to information, but nowadays people assume that if something isn't found on the first search results page it's probably not important.

Comment: Exports for a struggling economy (Score 1) 522

by Atmchicago (#46991327) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

This might really hurt Russia. The Soviet Union struggled to stay apace with technology, and Russia has too since the collapse of the USSR. Space technology was one area where Russia could make money and truly claim to be among the best. If they're not careful this might kill off one of their few chances for profitable exports in the world economy.

Comment: Not stealing (Score 2) 573

by Atmchicago (#45870463) Attached to: Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency
He copied the documents but did not deprive the NSA of them. He only copied them and did not steal them. This is the same distinction that must be made when discussing copyright violations. It seems like a small point, but the thievery elicits much stronger emotional responses than copying does, and some are making deliberate efforts to paint Snowden in as bad a light as possible. Please, let's use the correct term.

Comment: Publish or perish must go (Score 3, Insightful) 106

by Atmchicago (#45651807) Attached to: Nobel Winner Schekman Boycotts Journals For 'Branding Tyranny'
The way it should be is that the metrics for performance are the aggregate quality and impact of the work, not the number of publications or the impact factors of the journals they go into. Why doesn't this work? Because administrators generally don't understand the science that they are "administering." A possible solution would be to make sure that the people running the show behind the scenes are knowledgeable and competent, but we all know that's never going to happen...

Comment: Re:The economics of academia (Score 2) 168

by Atmchicago (#45568963) Attached to: Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord
One solution to the issue of the faculty who have "retired in place" is to implement a system where faculty older than 65 are subject to 5-year performance reviews and effectively lose tenure, but not necessarily their jobs. This gives the benefit of academic freedom to younger faculty with no strings attached without the pointlessly harsh mandatory retirements that are common in Europe and Asia, but implements a system to get rid of unproductive old timers who are taking up jobs that newer people could have.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw