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Comment: Just buy Facebook (Score 2, Insightful) 136

by xtal (#49163943) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Accept it, too little, too late, y'all missed the party.

Google Chat is still vastly superior to Facebook Messenger, but I'm using GC less. The killer is GMail; without it, I'd be almost migrated out of the Google ecosystem.

Rock, hard place. I won't even start on Apple.

What to think different? Open up your APIs again, the cool ones, make it easy to use Google for the infrastructure on third party apps, don't screw over the small guys who join in. ..and stop forcing the damn tie in, all that does is make people ANGRY.

Comment: Have you read the article in question? (Score 1) 210

by xtal (#49081965) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

I don't think so.

Ad hominem attacks are lame.

If you have brilliant insight, please cite objections to the paper in question, which is quite interesting, and has enough experimental data to at least merit discourse.

If you HAD read the paper in question, you would understand the context I am asking the question. I doubt you have.

Clamouring to "mod parent down" smacks of professional jealosy or perhaps some other more basic inadquacy.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 5, Insightful) 439

by Pharmboy (#49057709) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

Everyone knows that the military airplane became obsolete once radar was invented. Same thing here. Must be true....

Cat and mouse, as always. Stealth subs aren't a new idea (go watch Red October, one of my all time favs) and we have only scratched the surface in that area. Even in the 80s when I was in the air force, the Navy was considered the strongest leg of the Triad. That isn't likely to change soon, although the technology they use certainly will.

Comment: Short Intel Stock (Score 0) 254

by xtal (#49046713) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

This is insanity; you hire the best and brightest.

Promote tech and diversity, but the level of change they're talking about isn't possible without disruption; never mind any of the other related issues.

If I was a shareholder (I'm not); I would want the absolute best in the world advancing my technology. Regardless of race or gender. This is an arbitrary decree.

$hort. Profit.

Comment: In my experience, no ... (Score 3, Insightful) 289

I have twins with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (it's hard to narrow it down because it doesn't really fit any of the DSM4 categories.) I've not found that /formal/ social skills work is very helpful. What seems to work better is finding situations where they can have positive social engagement with people who "get it". As you observed, I've found that the particular training is much less relevant than whether the person "gets" people on the spectrum. A lot of people just don't understand how kids on the spectrum think, and they never will.

For us, our church was a great resource for an understanding, friendly group of people who knew us well enough to know that the twins needed special gentleness in social situations. But I don't think that would be true of every church.

Comment: Re:"Privately owned drones"? (Score 1) 168

by Pharmboy (#49039441) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

I was about to say that if you are in an area where it is acceptable to use shotguns (300ft from a home, in the county is the rule in NC) then yes, excellent target practice. I keep the shorter military/police grade buckshot in my combat shotgun, holds around 9 or 10 shells. But in all seriousness, these will be getting shot down, as not everyone cares what the law is, and will just pull out a gun and shoot it down even if they live in the city.

Comment: Re:Bicycles (Score 3, Interesting) 481

by xtal (#48986625) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

I moved out of the insanity completely 15 years ago.

I live in a small town. Canada is empty. I could walk five minutes to work, but I'm lazy, so I don't. There's no traffic here, I have 100mbps symmetric fiber internet, and my house (that I own) cost me 1/10th of similar housing in the GTA. I'm a 8 minute no traffic drive to an airport that can have me in YYZ in 3 hours gate to gate direct.

This magic internet thing is awesome!

North America is empty; the insanity that is large cities and million dollar tiny houres is just that.

People should wake up and realize _that_. decision I ever made.

"Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries." -- William George Jordan