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Comment Re:$65 now, how's TDP? (Score 1) 120

I hate it when publications use Kickstarter price as a device price, especially early bird price as in this case. Who knows what the final price will be.

As for Windows 10, you can run full Windows 10 on 16GB flash with 1GB RAM. Even Windows 8.1 could be installed on 16GB and 10 uses less space. It's sub-optimal, but given that Windows 10 can have both software and apps installed to an SD card, it could work.

Comment Re:1qaz2wsx? (Score 1) 165

Agreed, it's rather strange. My guess is that most values on that list have few occurrences, where the top ones from 2 million might have tens of thousands or thousands of occurrences, the ones at the bottom of the list, or even its middle might have dozens. That would make these values highly affected but what subset of all password this 2M sample represents. For example if the list of hacked passwords contained passwords culled from a company where the standard password is 1qaz2wsx, then that would make it a very common password, but wouldn't mean a thing about the use of that password in general.

Comment Benevolent AI masters (Score 1) 167

Of course OpenAI is going to solve the root problem. Clearly having AI masters will prevent the human race from continuing its foolish course, and AI will definitely end up ruling, so that's a good start. The problem is that if AI is developed by for-profit corporations it will end up being greedy and violent. What we want is benevolent masters, who will keep us kids from doing bad things, but will still give us presents on our birthday. Clearly the only way to get there is if AI is developed in an open way, far from the cynicism inherent in big money. Oh, and with no access to the Internet, that would just ruin any shred of decency. Either that or get the AI addicted to cat pictures and stupid memes.

Comment Stupid article due to math fail (Score 1) 211

What does 1m distance between cars matter? It's the throughput that matters, that is, how long it takes a car to travel a distance. That changes little whether the distance between cars is 1m or 100m. Cars will naturally keep a larger distance than 1m, because that would allow navigating (in particular, cars getting in from a side road).

Anyway, the measure (how many people in vehicles can stand on a piece of road) is pointless, and since the article is based on it, the article is pointless.

Comment Re:Speechless (Score 1) 291

Thanks for the great post. It's bothered me for quite a while now that people try getting women into IT, a field that's well known for work dissatisfaction and lack of job stability, and they keep trying to find all kinds of reasons to it, rather than women being more savvy than men about the jobs they choose.

Comment Re:Google seems to be avoiding the real problem (Score 2) 95

Thanks for the link. I'd mark your comment up as informative if I could. :)

Still, comparing to iOS devices is like saying "there's no performance problem for games on laptops; my Alienware laptop runs them well." Android devices are a lot more varied than iOS ones, and it'd be nice to have web pages work well on a sub-$100 device and not just flagships. I don't know how well old iOS devices cope with pages either. Last I heard a comment from an iPhone 4 user it was that the phone was very sluggish. So just because web pages work well for someone who recently spent $600 and up on a phone doesn't mean that it's not worth optimising them.

Comment Women are smarter and more practical (Score 2) 696

Men go: "ooh, that sounds like a cool thing to do; it doesn't matter how many hours per week I work, that I don't have a life, that nobody will ever recognise my contribution, it's still cool and hey, doing it in my free time is even cooler!"

Women go: "why would I work in a field that has some of the lowest satisfaction scores, asks me to give up my personal life, and then on top of it also do that stuff for free? That's crazy!"

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 2) 634

"Teamspirit" is the loaded problem here. This can lead to homogenising the team (can be with respect to age or anything else). A person can be personable and still not fit in a team because his life and work experience is vastly different. A person can also think that the work method is flawed, because he has more experience and is right, but he won't fit the team because that would be rocking the boat.

In many senses it's easier to have a homogenic team, which is why discrimination based on age, race, gender happens. There's need to actively work against that, and to actively try to make the most of the differences. Having different points of view and different outlooks can be good, but it needs to be managed well, and that's hard to do.

Comment Quite a few reasons (Score 1, Insightful) 634

Older people tend not to want to work long hours, which is expected in many places in the industry.

An older person won't fit well into a young company, probably won't enjoy hanging out with 20 year olds that much, etc.

Older people do, in general, have less "zest". They've seen enough, they're more measured, they don't go "OMG, my first job, how exciting is that" or "did you see that programming competition?"

Older people have more experience, and it's expected that they'd expect and ask for higher salaries.

While it's all individual, it's much easier to assume up front that a young code monkey will be more excited and willing to work for less, will fit in more easily and code 14 hours a day.

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