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Comment: You can trust it 'cause it works with Fffacebook (Score 1) 15 15

Yeah - I looked for the paper that won him the Amdocs prize but couldn't find it. All reports seem to be, um, based on this story. Which is where I found he trained the system using two Fffacebook pages:

posts on Hebrew-language Facebook pages that are almost pure opinion, called “superior and condescending people” and “ordinary and sensible people.” The pages are basically forums for people to let off steam about things and events that get them mad, a substitute for actually confronting the offending person. Between them, the two pages have about 150,000 “likes,” and active traffic full of snarky, sarcastic, and sometimes sincere comments on politics, food, drivers, and much more.

“Now, the system can recognize patterns that are either condescending or caring sentiments and can even send a text message to the user if the system thinks the post may be arrogant,” explained Saig.

System Alert - Possible Arrogance Detected - user message issued

[ 328.0081004] Overtones Warning (bug): Optional FUBAR field Gpe1Block has zero address or length: 0x000000000000102C/0x0 (Sarcasm overflow)

So it's a startup pitch - expect optimistic projections of outcomes. It's even possible (would it detect that) it's based on pure supposition - you know, like maybe the opinion of the machine learning program matched a readers take on those Fffacebook pages.

Comment: Re:Why isn't there panic at Mozilla? (Score 1) 132 132

[...] They've also effectively killed Thunderbird.[...]

They no longer devote paid resources to develop new features and versions (which IMO, is a good thing). - rumors of it's death are grossly exaggerated. Mozilla still actively devotes paid resources to the security side of things, and community development is still strong. Lots of Open Source projects do well without the original upstream development - some do even better (LibreOffice). In this case we'd like to keep the current situation as it is to ensure integration with Firefox - but if Mozilla completely severs it's involvement development of Thunderbird is very unlikely to stop.

tl;dr? Mozilla still supports their original ESR commitments and have announced no plans to change that.

Comment: Re:Why isn't there panic at Mozilla? (Score 1) 132 132

I just don't get Mozilla. Firefox's share of the market has dropped so much. Recent browser market share stats show that all versions of Firefox Desktop are only around 8% of the market.

Have you allowed for the vast changes in the market i.e desktop no longer is the majority platform type? And the flaws in the reporting i.e. Firefox is counted as Firefox, but Iceweasel, PaleMoon, and a myriad of other builds of Firefox aren't.

Notes:- PaleMoon is listed as a type that is not listed - but others variants aren't even acknowledged. Mobile platform browser figure sources aren't given, Desktop platform figures come from StatCounter - I don't know who the fuck they are - and no one I know does either. Perhaps that makes their "figures" even more irrelevant than those from Alexis (every admin I know refuses to use Alexis). So I don't know that those figures are particularly meaningful - at least to me. Disclaimer: I go by awstats reports from sites I manage.

Netmarketshare says 12.06%, a 3% drop since August last year. Probably a more reliable figure for the broad range of web servers, and similar to other figures from the largest websites.

Apropos of the story - I've already disabled Pocket as it's of no interest to me.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 151 151

The "one phone call" is a myth made up by Hollywood. Last time I was arrested, there were several phones in the holding cell, and I was there for four hours. I could make as many phone calls as I wanted, to anyone, either local or collect.

I don't think it was a myth so much back in the day - the supreme courts ruled that if you were arrested, you have a right to contact someone. I.e., the police could not arrest you, then toss you in jail without you being able to talk to someone who can try to do something about it.

Perhaps it's more apt to the smaller communities, you know, the ones where the cops are just as crooked and looking to arrest you for any reason whatsoever. The one phone call came into play saying you were at least to have the right to contact someone - otherwise the police would just lock you up for a month, then set you free.

In most "normal" areas, yes, the phone is freely available for use because the last thing anyone wants is for you to be let go because you did not have sufficient time to contact someone, especially an attorney.

So today it's more likely a myth, but back maybe 50 years ago, it probably wasn't. Plus probably a bunch of court precedent that basically said under what conditions that "one call" really meant (is it one call, and if you reach a busy signal, no answer or an answering machine and that's it?). Just safer to let them have use of the phone as much as possible so no lawyer can get the guy off because he was denied sufficient phone access.

Comment: Re:Umm, who are these guys? (Score 1) 67 67

This product doesn't appear to be outside of the realm of the possible; bulk metallic glasses are a real thing (and apparently not excessively expensive for consumer electronics, a number of Sandisk's adequate-but-cheap-and-wholly-unexciting MP3 players used them as chassis materials); and the rest of the specs are on the high side; but available.

However, there appears to be almost nothing about this 'Turing Robotic Industries' except a couple of sites with the same 3d renders and vague puffery. Is 'cryptic' just what all the cool kids are doing these days, or is this the ever delightful scent of vaporware?

I suspect these guys may be an industrial manufacturer or some form or other, where a webpage is basically whoever can host web pages for free and who use gmail for email.

Given Apple just renewed their exclusivity to use Liquid Metal technology (in consumer electronics), someone's going to be in a world of hurt.

Could be these guys may be forced to license through Apple, Apple may demand damages from Liquid Metal for allowing this to happen, or Liquid Metal might terminate the contract with these guys.

Might want to hold off on the pre-orders...

Comment: Re:Why release it? (Score 1) 77 77

They probably just ran into a million issues on OS X and its implementation of OpenGL and Apple doesn't give a shit.

I also never heard of DX11 on OS X. I imagine he must be referring to Bootcamp, although I don't know the state of Apple's drivers for bootcamp.

I guess they could have just not released the game in the first place instead of pulling it later...

No, they basically recompiled their app using a Windows API library.

There are lots of Windows API libraries - like WineLib - where you take your Windows source code, compile against the library and you have a Mac/Linux/Etc. app.

Square used Cider, which is an older port of WINE (before WINE switched licenses because TransGaming was effectively selling WINE without contributing back)

And no, there is no "DirectX for OS X". There's a DirectX API provided by the library that runs on top of OpenGL. Basically they're hoping the next release of Cider will have improvements in the Windows API library.

But it still will run like crap. Because it's a Windows game that runs on a Windows API emulation layer that runs on top of OS X. So of course, when you add in the library, it's no wonder performance on OS X sucks - OS X is running a virtual Windows API layer.

The reverse is also true - iTunes/QuickTime are notorious offenders in the "runs like crap" category, because they do the same thing - Apple has an OS X API layer that runs on Windows, and it's that OS layer that iTunes runs on.

Comment: Not my hack. (Score 1) 139 139

The circuit board from an old IDE drive re-purposed as a networked device for controlling an irrigation system. Seemed obvious when I looked at it - after it'd been done. I/O, CPU, Flash, JTAG header, stepper motor controller - dirt cheap, tiny, low power, and built for harsh conditions.

Comment: Re:Bad science? (Score 1) 176 176

What I meant to say, to you, was along the lines of; Yeah. I found it a bit odd that they were "seeing" things in the other person's post. It was remarkable how much insight they could gather from those limited sentences. Their ability to grasp a person's mental health status with so limited information should be lauded and investigated as they truly can change the psychiatric medical field. I suspect they will get a Nobel Prize and be featured on the cover of both Time and Rolling Stone magazines. Also, the ladies will be impressed so they will further their genetic profile far and wide.

It's not psychosis - it's psychic abilities. Obviously.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 132 132

Nope, it's Firefox. Plaintext files often don't have a mime type so present as unknown.

Here's the nearly 15 year old bug:

You appear to be confused. That (wishlist) bug is not that Firefox can't or won't show plain text files (it certainly will, ftp, http, or local) - it's Add "View as Text/HTML/..." option for unknown mime content-type. As a typical /. reader I can appreciate how you missed reading the description or saw words that plain weren't there. i.e. conflated that with your claim that "Firefox will not render plain text files". Tricky.

The reason that hasn't been "fixed", and may never be fixed is because it's blocked by two other bugs (1 and 2). The main problem being that servers are unreliable when it comes to describing the mimetype.(in reference to your second sentence).

More importantly, as I've already pointed out - Firefox/Iceweasel does display plain text files

Rather than dismissing that fact, maybe you should have taken the time to read the link I posted on how to solve your "issue" (which works fine when the server provides the correct mimetype).

The relevant sections from the default mimeTypes.rdf (~/.mozilla/firefox/$gibberish.default/mimeTypes.rdf)

<RDF:Seq RDF:about="urn:mimetypes:root">
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/pdf"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/postscript"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/x-bittorrent"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/zip"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:binary/octet-stream"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/x-gzip"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:text/plain"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:text/html"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/x-mobipocket-ebook"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:audio/mpeg"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/x-msdos-program"/>
<RDF:li RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:application/x-deb"/>
<RDF:Description RDF:about="urn:mimetype:text/plain"
NC:description="plain text document">
<NC:handlerProp RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:handler:text/plain"/>
<RDF:Description RDF:about="urn:mimetype:handler:text/plain"
<NC:externalApplication RDF:resource="urn:mimetype:externalApplication:text/plain"/>

Note: the order in which they occur is important. As is the presence of any other handler rules for text/plain.
If you have those rules, in that order, and no other rules about text/plain then plain text files will be rendered by the browser - I checked with Windows 8.1 (and I want that 10 minutes back).

If modifying/correcting mimeTypes is too hard for you. Use the extension that achieves the same outcome.

Comment: Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 132 132

Pretty much every Firefox extension exists for Chrome. uBlock and FlashControl are all I use.

Agreed, pretty much. Though the key ones for my regular browsing are FlashBlock, NoScript and AdBlock Plus. The last two don't have complete replacements in Chrome. Note - we're only discussing personal preferences, not which is better. I recommend various browsers to others depending on their usage.

Chrome doesn't, yet, have equivalents for all the extensions I use for work.

Adblock Plus, CacheViewer2, cliget, Exify, Flashblock, GoogleSharing, Greasemonkey, Live HTTP headers, LocalLink, Modify Headers, NoScript, Print pages to PDF, RightToClick, User Agent Switcher, Add to Search Bar, Add-on Compatibility Reporter, Autofill Forms, Awesome screenshot, Browser Sign In, BugMeNot Plugin, CSS Usage, cssUpdater, Debian buttons, DNSSEC/TLSA Validator, DOM Inspector, Dust-Me Selectors, EPUBReader, Exif Viewer, Extended DNSSEC Validator, Firebug, FireDiff, Fireformat, Firefox OS Simulator, FireFTP, FireFTP button, Firepicker, FlashFirebug, FlashGot, Font Information, FoxGuide, FoxReplace, Google Plus Manager, GridFox, Groundspeed, Illuminations for Developers, iMacros for Firefox, JavaScript Deobfuscator, KDE Wallet password integration, New Tab Tools, Nightly Tester Tools, ODF Viewer, Open With, PageDiff, PageRank, Passive Cache, Password Exporter, QuickJS, RefreshBlocker, Saved Password Editor, ScrapBook, Scriptify, Self-Destructing Cookies, Server Switcher, TinEye Reverse Image Search, Video DownloadHelper, View Dependencies, W3Techs Website Technology Information, Wappalyzer, WCAG Contrast checker, YouTube ALL HTML5, YSlow

(from about:support, after a little sed, cut and grep).

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 132 132

...more useless bloat that I'm going to have to disable when practical things like being able to view text files in the browser is STILL broken after years of waiting.

Seriously?! Your install of Firefox won't render plain text files?? I've never had that problem and I definitely don't recall have to change any configs.

It sounds like either it's a Windows thing; you accidentally set the filetype handling behaviour; or you have installed a downloader extension that changed things. Take a look at your mimetypes. It's easily fixable.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.