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Comment Re:Read the specs. (Score 1) 278

Apple's done the same thing with their AC compatible Airport devices - from the specs page,
"Six-element beamforming antenna array"

It's getting rather more common in high-end SOHO gear all over, though I trust certain implementations more than others. Didn't the TOS for the D-Link Cloud indirectly ban viewing pornography under penalty of bricking your router?

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 1) 278

I dunno what you're doing, but every time my router falls over, it's dead. Every time I replace it, it's with an Airport product.

Why would I keep replacing them with Airports if they keep dying?

Typically, it's because there's several years of reliable service punctuated by a lightning storm, or because a hard drive inside has more than met its MTBF.

If yours is falling over every couple days, call AppleCare. They'll send you a new router if it's under warranty, and provide prepaid postage to recover your old one for forensic analysis. You might have to push a little bit, but they've never been shy about replacing their hardware when its fallen short of their - or my - standards.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 1) 198

Let's play a hypothetical game: Google knows what you watch, because the HBO app spills data to the router. They also know that the new Game of Thrones episode is out today, and since lunch or so, it's been downloading a cached version of this episode. When you get home, and the cable modem slows to a crawl, you can still stream your show without any hesitation, blockiness, or downscaling. This has the side benefit of reducing the bandwidth used in prime time, as well as earlier - TCP multicast allowed them to distribute the data they anticipated you would want with shocking efficiency. Amazon does it with their Fire platform's ASAP technology (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), and it's marketed as a major selling point. Amazon is using the Apple strategy here - dumb pipes, smart endpoints - but Google's strategy is the polar opposite - dumb glass, smart cloud. Moving the stream prediction to a more centralized architecture where they can iterate faster without selling you new hardware for each new feature is Google's style, phone handset makers/cellular networks' interference aside.

Comment Re:What happens if the Soyuz spacecraft gets hit? (Score 1) 55

They have space suits* on the Soyuz, so when the whole thing is opened to space by a large hole made by space rocks, they can close off the depressurized model and repressurize the rest of the station. *At least those orange survival suits used for mitigating loss-of-pressure accidents on takeoff and landing.

Comment It's not just shills that like Plex (Score 1) 122

Logged in just to comment on this without being taken as a shill. (seriously - check my karma.) In much the same way that CryptoCat’s dev team have realized that usability is a core feature of security, and not a nice-to-have, so too has the Plex team made usability a core feature of their product in ways the XBMC team was late to implement.

Plex’s lack of extensibility, scraper support, and local storage support drive me up a goddamn tree, but Plex works and XBMC doesn’t. I’m not a linux person, but I am a nerd - code is not my day job, but I’m teaching myself at night. Sweet baby Jesus, I tried XBMC so many freaking times that eventually I just gave up. And when my certified-Mac-tech friend showed me this miraculous XBMC fork that worked on OSX, with his remote control, and without fucking around, I spent a few years not looking back. I think I got myself banned from the TVDB trying to get Plex to identify shows properly, but it offered me the ability to play back home videos and fansubbed anime on the TV when I could not afford a dedicated HTPC - and that included salvage, scrounged laptops, and selling my body for transistors. (it was a rough patch in my life)

Ironically, I more or less quit watching even foreign television about when I got Plex to sit down and play nice and XBMC became Kodi and began to make setup less infuriating for people who didn’t hack C in their spare time.

More ironically - nay, infuriatingly - I spent most of my free time a couple weeks ago trying to sideload Kodi on my FireTV to try it out, and only found out there was an official app for it after the app was taken down. Way to piss in my cheerios, Bezos. :(

Submission + - The Future of AI: A Non-Alarmist Viewpoint->

Nerval's Lobster writes: There has been a lot of discussion recently about the dangers posed by building truly intelligent machines. A lot of well-educated and smart people, including Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, have stated they are fearful about the dangers that sentient Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses to humanity. But maybe it makes more sense to focus on the societal challenges that advances in AI will pose in the near future (Dice link), rather than worrying about what will happen when we eventually solve the titanic problem of building an artificial general intelligence that actually works. Once the self-driving car becomes a reality, for example, thousands of taxi drivers, truck drivers and delivery people will be out of a job practically overnight, as economic competition forces companies to make the switch to self-driving fleets as quickly as possible. Don't worry about a hypothetical SkyNet, in other words; the bigger issue is what a (dumber) AI will do to your profession over the next several years.
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Comment It happened to me (Score 3, Informative) 950

Then being told any sexual act with a girl could end up with you in jail.

I was pretty literally told that at my college orientation - 10 minutes after it was pointed out that campus security was entirely handled by local police with arrest powers, and orders to enforce campus policies, we were taken to the dorms and it was casually mentioned that the university policy on sexual consent allowed the female partner to revoke consent retroactively, and one had to get verbal permission every time some new kind or level of intimacy was reached during a sexual encounter.

Standards were relaxed twice in my last two years, but I sure wasn’t interested in dating on-campus - any time I had any passing interest, I flashed back to the dorms, and the interest quickly passed.

Comment Re:Four times the speed not twice. (Score 1) 204

Strictly speaking, Apple shipped 4-lane PCIe2 SSDs in the Mac Pro. The Macbooks' motherboards are wired for it, in the name of future proofing perhaps, so the switch to 3x4 is only a single doubling over the state of the art, even if most people didn't realize what the state of the art was.

OWC provides proof!

Comment Re:Kill dogs, why not people??? (Score 1) 179

Glyphosate's mechanism for harm is really quite interesting; it seems to work by preferentially killing the gut bacteria responsible for digesting potentially harmful molecules that are frequently - big surprise - carcinogens. Normally, they're safe and non-toxic because they'd be oxidized before absorption, but ...

Also, I've read things suggesting that it suppresses the Cyp450 system; again, an enzyme system focused on detoxifying incidental environmental poisons. I haven't chased down the study in question, but I'll definitely do so in light of the recent announcement.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel