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Comment Not a myth if it really happens (Score 2) 85 85

Sure the chances are, as you say, low that the company you join will IPO and/or make it big.

That doesn't mea it doesn't happen though, and that the company you are joining might have an idea you like enough that you want to push to make it succeeded.

But even if you are just being cynical, there are still a lot of rewards to be had from joining a startup as (at least in CA) the pay is still really, really good thanks to large pools of VC money sloshing all over the place. There's a lot of room to navigate there in ways that mean your own personal success even if the company never hits it big.

Comment Re: Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 72 72

Dear AC, you seem to be a cheapskate. You want "free labor"? Fuck off. Free software gives *anyone* the ability to pay someone who knows what he's doing to look at, and modify, the code. What more could anyone want? (except for cheapskates like you, but those people's " complaints" aren't worth addressing anyway) That's the beauty of Free: you don't *have* to trust any Google's, Microsoft's or Apples or anyone with your security, because you can choose who will do the work and what exactly the criteria will be for the investigation

Comment Re:Why does ./ link to reviews from tech troglodyt (Score 1) 326 326

There is no ethernet cable in the world which is sufficiently bad, that there are enough retransmits for mere audio to stutter or stall.

Oh? Why not? Most people will be able to hear 1/50th of a millisecond of missing data. Regardless of bandwidth, if your transmission drop requires a round-trip re-request of data, the latency of the connection can delay the arrival of the data past the point where it is needed to be played.

Comment if the electric noise is detectable (Score 1) 326 326

that's enough. All it takes now is a few secret deals with high-fidelity audio manufacturers to intentionally degrade performance of their equipment when electric noise is detectable (even if it can be compensated for). The argument will then automatically become that you can't hear the difference because you are not using top-quality equipment in the 1st place. And then the manufacturers of the cables will be able to peddle it to everyone buying top-quality audio devices just because the devices will seem to need them. I am actually curious (no, I have not read the article) whether the cheap cables can still sustain the required rates. In other words, can they still sustain 1Gbps transmission between 1Gbps eth cards? Cat5e definitely CANNOT. It will top out at around 350-400Mbps. If these cheap cat6 cables have too much noise they can't guarantee 1Gbps. It may not matter to those using them with household devices, but it definitely matters to people have quality of service contracts which require them to pay when they can't supply a promised level of performance.

Comment Re:The central pro-escrow argument is idiotic. (Score 2) 72 72

You would think a pair of gloves would render all the police fingerprinting useless, yet haphazard criminals are caught by it all the time. Like everyone else with limited resources, they either catch you because you're important or because you make it easy. Heck, I bet many criminals using computers don't even know what crypto is.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 86 86

Honestly ... do you really thing do not track means a damned thing? Are you that naive?

Do not track says "gee Mr Website, will you be nice and not attempt to monetize my traffic". It doesn't mean a damned thing.

You should pretty much assume that everyone on the internet will track everything about you they can at every chance they can get. You should assume some greedy asshole with an MBA and a tendency to be a sociopath doesn't give a fuck about your desire not to be tracked is making the decision to obey no not track.

Do not track was an industry attempt to distract people from regulations which would have tried to stop them.

Do not track is a complete fucking lie.

Don't be all surprised now to find out it doesn't actually do anything or hold any weight. Which is why you should be actively blocking as many of these things as you can, instead of relying on the kindness of some greedy sociopath asshole who doesn't give a crap that your browser has pathetically announced it doesn't wish to be tracked.

Hell, do not track, when ignored like we know it is, just gives them another point of data. I don't even set it, because I know damned well it's not going to do anything.

When a company publicly says they won't respect do not track, you can pretty much assume every other company is already ignoring it anyway. There is not do not track.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? Serious Question... (Score 5, Insightful) 86 86

Everything about you they can get, all day long, as long as the app is running.

They'll figure out what they can make money off later. Like, do people buy more gas in the winter or summer.

This is just greedy assholes maximizing both greedy and asshole. And this why I look at apps as basically ads and analytics in disguise, and why I don't feel compelled to have a smart phone with a data plan.

You can always not play the damned game.

Me, I want Android to return the ability to selectively turn off stuff that apps can do. If your app keels over because I won't let it access my contacts, I don't want your fucking app.

I view most apps as about the same as if a retail store demanded the ability to rifle through my wallet before I came in the store, only in the case of apps it's pretty much all the time.

No thanks.

Comment Re:Insurance is but one upended industry (Score 1) 211 211

Auto manufacturers

Someone still needs to make the autonomous cars. Even if they can't differentiate models based on acceleration and things, creature comforts and cargo space will ensure that tiered models remain.

Auto repair shops

These guys are probably the ones likely to be hurt the most. A handful will survive, since tires, brakes, and oil still need fixing; general wear will always be a thing. However, the numbers will certainly diminish, as accident-based work becomes less common.

Gas stations

...these cars run on wishing dust now? Unless you've got a self-driving Tesla, you'll still need gas.

Auto parts stores

See the section on mechanics above.

Taxis and Limos

You're not serious, are you? Cab companies may no longer pay cab DRIVERS, but they will most certainly still be necessary in areas where, ehm, they're necessary. Limos will likely be less affected than most - they sell a luxury service. One may possibly be able to make the case that limo DRIVERS are in more jeopardy, but I wouldn't be surprised if they survive as an industry as well.

Motor sports

Dear Lord. it's entirely possible to load precise cannons with basketballs that will land perfectly from half court, every time...but that's not why people watch basketball.

Motor vehicle related advertising

You're right - that will become "in-car advertising", but now we're just changing location.

There's probably a dozen more.

And those will be the interesting ones. One of the victims of cell phone ubiquity: alarm clock manufacturers. No one really saw that coming. Here's another: highway maintenance crews - the ones who pick the trash up off the highway. I anticipate less litter if "immediately ridding your hand of a wrapper without also needing to look for a place to put it" becomes commonplace. I wonder about sign manufacturers - who's going to pay for a whizbang storefront sign instead of just paying Aunt Google more to come up in search results, especially when your passengers aren't looking out the window? I'd add in "turn signal subcontractors", but given their use at present, I'd say they'll be just fine =).

Comment Re:The title is terrible (Score 1) 211 211

The car insurance industry is making a lot of money on the fact that your driving profile is individual and will trick you into keep paying a high premium despite having moved into a lower risk segment. All autonomous cars of the same model will drive the same way, which makes it a lot harder to price gouge. It doesn't matter if you're 18 or 80, male or female, single driver or whatever. It's one Google car, 10000 miles/year, parked in garage - what are you charging? In fact, Google might easily just offer insurance themselves since they're the driver and got deep enough pockets they don't need an insurance company.

Comment Re:Ha, lower rates lol (Score 2) 211 211

One of the major reasons traffic deaths went down is we redesigned cars so that instead of being able to withstand a crash without injury to the car, they absorb the crash in a 'crush zone', meaning the car itself takes the damage instead of a person.

And this made a lot of lesser crashes that wouldn't have injured the passengers anyway far more expensive because even small damage is distributed on a large area. I was in an accident not so long ago and despite being a fairly low speed collision where the air bag did not deploy, the damage to my car alone amounted to about 1/5th of the sticker price for a new one and in total I think it wiped out everything I've paid in insurance premiums over the last ten years. So I got no reason to complain, really...

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score -1, Flamebait) 336 336

Wasn't the ability for other browsers to set themselves as the default browser part of the DoJ settlement? So now Microsoft is deciding that doesn't apply?

Sorry, but Microsoft has gone well into the "we can do anything we want to your computer, any time we want, and unless you have an enterprise license you can't stop us".

That is complete bullshit. If they're going to assert ownership of my computer, they can help me pay for it. Until they do, it's my computer.

Comment IE all over again (Score 1, Insightful) 336 336

So basically they're doing the same thing with Windows 10 as they did originally with IE? Making it part of the OS and claiming it can't be removed?

Sorry, Microsoft ... but everything I hear about Windows 10 is making me say "fuck you, I'll stick with my Windows 8.1".

When will Microsoft realize we own the computers, we are ultimately the ones who make decisions about the computers, and they simply can't dictate to us what software is on our computers and how we use it.

And, like every other Microsoft product, I'm sure this new hotness is riddled with security holes an defects for their users to have to deal with.

But don't worry, because they'll update the OS as they see fit, and if they break it, that's your problem ... says it right there in the EULA.

Keep alienating your customers, see how that works out for you. You might even find the DoJ knocking at your door if they ever grow a pair and stop doing whatever industry demands of them.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 5, Insightful) 290 290

So you agree that you should be able to be charged under Thai laws for criticizing their king? Or Saudi laws for blasphemy?

Or do you understand there are such things as jurisdiction, and Google is saying "we reject your assertion of extra-territorial jurisdiction"?

Unless you think your posts on the internet should be under the jurisdiction of every piss-pot dictator on the planet, what the hell do you expect from Google?

Google is doing the right thing here. French courts have the right to make decisions on what happens in France. They sure as fuck don't have the right to tell Google what to do in every other country. The world doesn't work that way.

If that was true, we'd all be under Sharia law or whatever country mostly loudly decided its laws applied globally.

You enjoy the same protections as Google ... if in your home country France sends you a letter telling you that you must comply with French law ... you too can tell them to fuck off. Unless of course you live in France.

Do you really think that France has the right to dictate the behavior of the entire internet? If so, you're a fool.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 362 362

So, precisely how again do they suggest sites verify ages?

How do they verify anything? Do you really think people are going to provide a porn website with their actual names and dates of birth? Would you?

Why the hell would anybody trust a porn site with that? I wouldn't trust most any website with that information ... both because it's none of their damned business, and because I assume they're grossly incompetent at security.

These idiot politicians want a world which is wrapped in bubble wrap, and must be softened to accommodate children. And I'm sorry, but that's simply not possible.

But expecting every web site in the world to implement age verification to keep David Cameron happy is asinine. However, most news stories see about Cameron make him sound like a bit of an ass, so that's fitting.

What he want simply won't work, but he wants to appear to be doing something. Like every other damned politician who thinks they can legislate the solution to the problems of when society meets technology.

Comment Plastic optical fiber (Score 1) 156 156

In addition to the "use ethernet over power line" (PLC = PowerLine Communication) as mentionned by the other,
there's also the solution of using optical fiber.

Recently there's been development in plain plastic optical fibers (POF) - the same cheap one that you use to carry digital audio, not the expensive glass ones (GOF).
(Though as they are only permeable to red light, and not so much to infra-red, you need a pair of them).

It's just a pair of fibers, so it much easier and more space saving than pulling Cat6 cables.

Latest generation of devices can carry gigabits link up to 25m with the cheapest plastic (PMMA) or even longer distance with newer plastics (perfluorinated polymers - which are also permeable to infrared, by the way).

Termination is super easy: there's none, you just plug the end of the fiber into a mecanical receptor. It's as complicated as plugging copper wires into a speaker.

Random example of constructor of gigabit transciever.

It has better an more stable signal than PLC, and wwaaaaayyyyyyyy better signal than wireless, though you still need to run cables through your wall.
It's much easier to run thourgh walls than ehternet Cat6, it's closer to running a pair of small coper wires for analog phones.

But if you can't even run a fiber, then go for PLC. Forget about Wifi for anything but the mobile devies that only have wireless (phones, tablets).
That will give you much stable connection overall, and leave much free bandwidth for the mobile devices.

Function reject.