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Comment Re:Microsoft has already lost... (Score 2) 458

You are wrong. To quote George Carlin, "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

You, and most people on Slashdot, are not the market for Windows. (Although, for full disclosure, I am very happy with my Windows 10 box.) However, the average person knows how to do things on their Windows box! It doesn't matter if it is only a small change, they won't learn the new way and they are going to stick with Windows.

In addition, according to their financial statements, they are taking in more revenue than ever. So, while you may not like them, to steal from Mark Twain, "The reports of Microsoft's death are greatly exaggerated."

Comment Re:I doubt it (Score 1) 117

You are correct. However, you have no idea what the firmware behavior is. For example, if the SSD is 80% unused, does it need to clear blocks? What is the logic for determining "idle time"? Is the SSD file system aware? (i.e. - Does the OS have to trigger the trim, or does the drive have enough intelligence to do it without the OS?) Also, just for fun, remember that there are people who have phones that are 5+ years old, and may use antiquated techniques for determining their behavior.

I have a recent (less than 1-year old) flash drive that doesn't clear blocks on its own - until it has to. Which sucks when you watch performance go from 100+ Mbps to 7 Mbps and your 3 minute data transfer takes over 20 minutes.

Comment Re:OMFG, the level of stupidity in threads like th (Score 1) 292

You want 'facts'? You want 'informed opinions'? You're not going to find it here. Why? Because nobody here is a scientist specializing in climatology, and while it's possible, I find it highly unlikely that anyone who posts here, myself included, is academically qualified enough to interpret what climate data has been collected, if you could even find such analysis to be scientifically valid in any significant way.

You are begging the question. If you assume that there are no ways to conduct analyses that are scientifically valid, then of course you won't find someone who can do that on Slashdot. However, your premise is false; there are piles of publications with valid mathematics and statistics that have been published in this area. Just go to Google Scholar and start investigating; you'll find lots of values for glacier loss, global mean temperature changes, changes in ocean temperature and acidity, etc.

Now, are people who have already done the research going to post on Slashdot? Maybe not - like you said, threads seem to devolve quickly, and you can never win an argument with someone on the Internet, so they might just stay away.

My advice: Ignore the media when they talk about climate change. Have you ever cringed when you saw a story about your field, and how horribly wrong they got it? That's what they do with climate change as well - you just don't know it. So, my advice is: Go to Google Scholar and dig up the original publications, or check out some of the information the NOAA or NASA releases. Then, after you look at the raw data, draw your own conclusions.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 1) 85

It's actually the other way around.

If the world were perfect, it would be. However, in my experience, it doesn't work that way. I saw numerous people who were good at the social game and spotlighting (performing well when someone is looking) get ahead. I've even seen people who simply looked the part (tall and athletic) be promoted faster than those who was better than them in literally every test - practical and paper.

I was even on a board for a meritorious promotion and I was the sole person against one of the selections who got along well with the leadership. I didn't think he was mature enough to handle the responsibilities but everyone said he was a great guy, and would be fine. Short version: They promoted him and two months later he was busted back down for assaulting an officer while out drinking.

While you need a certain level of knowledge and ability, once you have that how well you do is often based on how tall, athletic and attractive you are. I don't have access to the entire paper, but you can look at an interesting abstract here.

Comment Re:Me too. (Score 1) 207

It's largely because of context. I *hate* how my dealership inserts itself between me an my purchase and tries to siphon off money for itself. I went through the trouble of looking for the *same* model and make of my previous purchase between two dealers - and got two "rock bottom" prices that were $1000 different. I know they were "rock bottom" prices, because the dealership told me so.

Now, it depends on the total price of the car but, given a new car in the $30k range, that isn't a big difference (Would you be upset if someone said a rock bottom price was $100 and another said it was $97?)

One dealer may be paying a lot more to occupy their lot - or may have less sales volume, requiring them to make up the overhead over fewer purchases.

Now, I'm not saying you want to pay $1k more but, percentage-wise (assuming a $30k vehicle) a 3% difference is pretty minor - or may be due to something as weird as different rims on the car.

Comment Re:Bad practice. (Score 1) 242

However, if someone renders you unconscious, they can take your hand and unlock your phone - and you'll have no idea whether you were robbed in the normal sense, or robbed and forced to unlock your device (which might have your saved banking and credit card passwords).

Of course, the real solution is to decide who/what you need to protect against and plan for that. If you are worried about someone in your family that could take advantage of you when you are exhausted, sick or inebriated - then a password is better. Protection against regular criminals - a fingerprint is probably the way to go. Someone targeting you, who is willing to commit assault to get what they want - a password might be better. Unless they would hit you with a $5 wrench to get your password. In that case you are pretty much screwed.

Comment Finally (Score 1) 187

Finally - an advantage to being an old guy. All you young kids can worry about your DNA privacy AND get off my lawn!

In all seriousness, privacy is being eroded from so many directions, if we (and by we I mean almost everyone) don't start fighting against it, we will discover that the War on Privacy is over, and we have lost. In fact, between Facebook, Google, ISPs and electronic health records, it's probably over already - but I want to be optimistic.

Comment Re:Failing upwards (Score 1) 198

It appears to me sometimes, that a lot of CEOs spend their entire tenure as CEO . . . as NOT being the CEO. Instead, they spend all of their time doing interviews on CNBC and conference calls with with Wall Street analysts.

That's what CEOs are supposed to do. If they are publicly traded, they need to manage Wall Street since those funds are generally the majority stakeholders in the company. Also, you do interviews to get your corporate message out there, and get a little free publicity.

Comment Re: Reasons things fail (Score 2) 118

2) Scope creep (the customer asked for a no-frills Ford, then says they need air, cruise, and a high-end stereo/GPS)

Or, they say they don't need air, cruise and a high-end stereo and then complain it is too hot, doesn't maintain its speed and they aren't able to hear any music during their test drives.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 2) 267

Thankfully polling has been done on privacy issues with results freely available to all:

Here's the problem with the poll - they ask people about privacy, security and surveillance - but they don't test to see if people understand those topics, or how much they REALLY care about it.

For example, people claim they care about things being made in America - - However, one look at how much we import from overseas, and it is obvious how much they (don't) care.

Here's a (bad) car analogy - if I asked, "Do you want cars to be safer?" Most people would probably answer, "Yes." However, if I followed that with, "Do you want cars to be limited to 35 MPH?" Most people would think I'm crazy.

Here's the reality - even people who are aware of their data, how it might be shared, and are actively trying to protect it, are leaking data like a sieve. Most aren't willing to go to the lengths necessary to protect their information properly. Using gmail or any web mail provider? You are leaking information. Buying something online? Name, address, credit card info. Carrying a cell phone? GPS location and contacts. Using iCloud, Dropbox or any online storage service? I hope you have everything encrypted - and I mean your encryption, not their baked in service. I also hope you have never accidentally clicked a link or ad you didn't intend to (or even intended to) - because that info is going all over the place. See the complexity of ad networks here:

You might claim you care about privacy, security and surveillance; but how much effort are you really putting into protecting it?

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