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Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score -1) 702

by Gen_Music (#47409613) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

17 inch laptop, 13 inch circuit board. Some of the PCB's for ULV 13 inch laptops are only 2x5 inches and low power enough to work passively at least for a few minutes needed to convince TSA.

I'm curious as to how they will deal with people taking genuinely broken machines, or full tower units with them on the plane when moving home or traveling to see family that can repair said broken items. This is beyond stupid.

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score -1) 702

by Gen_Music (#47409489) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

And if there was one, would that really be a reason to cause inconvenience to perhaps 30% of travelers. I just came back from a 3 day camping trip in Yorkshire, UK to see the Tour De France. It was completely unplanned as there was an outage when I got there, but there was no power for the entirety of those 3 days on the grounds. How do I magically charge my phone for my return trip? What about the thousands of occurrences like the Burning Man etc that would cause you phone to run out of power before you get to the airport, are we that disconnected from normality?

Why not just stock a charging unit on the bloody wall by the TSA search station? Is it that hard?

And to be even more honest, just how many times has TSA found a bomb exactly? None. The closest they got was small chunks of C4, which were found as the passenger got off in Yuma, and were checked along with other luggage already at the other end. The guy was actually taking it home as a souvenir.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the tip! (Score -1) 448

by Gen_Music (#47315879) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Isn't the very objective of 'good business' the idea of a trade in which you gain something more valuable than you give?

Isn't life experience of incalculable value to those who do not have?

Then you can logically deduce that a 'scam' is actually a good business deal exchanging your money for some invaluable life experience. Everyone's happy... Except you I guess.

I said life experience was invaluable, not painless. ;)

Comment: Re:Same Manpower as in Canada? (Score -1) 234

by Gen_Music (#47179077) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Yes, but that's easy to excuse with "Well nobody over here knows how to do X skill which we really need workers for and our competitors don't". Whilst they may all be competing, big tech giants have quite different employment structure, paradigms and requirements workforce wise. For example, Google's core business (search) will require much more distributed computing experts than Microsoft's core biz (Office and Windows)

Comment: Re:Jealous much? (Score -1) 190

It's not a broad brush really. It is a pretty logical conclusion that has a wealth of good examples, however, one can be an asshole and a nice person at the same time. Remember, being an asshole and being blunt/to the point/ruthless/decisive/uncompromising are often the same thing from two different perspectives, and nobody would argue that the latter is a common trait amongst the majority of the rich.

Comment: Re: people ruin everything (Score -1) 475

by Gen_Music (#47147423) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Lol, because Egypt and Tunisia are as developed as USA is!

Egypt and Tunisia don't have the money, resources, army, media (very important) or any other of the needed tools to force us to carry on doing our daily jobs in spite fo the crap the government throws at us. USA does.

The same thing happened in France and the UK, what did they do? Shot the civilians with rubber bullets and mowed them down with water cannons. When you have rich country, your solution is to just hire more police and National Guard.

Comment: Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (Score -1) 355

by Gen_Music (#47013695) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

USB3 does not use polling. It is asynchronous.

Taken from the PDF standards here: http://www.usb.org/developers/...

USB 2.0 transmits SOF/uSOF at fixed 1 ms/125 s intervals. A device driver may change
the interval with small finite adjustments depending on the implementation of host and
system software. USB 3.0 adds mechanism for devices to send a Bus Interval Adjustment
Message that is used by the host to adjust its 125 s bus interval up to +/-13.333 s.
In addition, the host may send an Isochronous Timestamp Packet (ITP) within a relaxed
timing window from a bus interval boundary.

Comment: Re: Motivated rejection of science (Score -1) 661

The reasoning is very simple. Like all things on this earth, we do not know the absolute truth, but if GW is even a possibility it will be the end of earth as we know it. Better to err on the side of caution and be wrong than destroy the planet with our arrogance and insistence that "there's still a chance it's all wrong!"

Comment: Re:Bad example (Score -1) 800

But you see your answer perfectly explains the bias. You see it as a matter of yourself deliberately killing 3 people to save 300, i see it as a matter of letting 300 people die because I lack the testicular fortitude to act to let the 3 go. You see, either way, 3 people minimum are going to die.

Going back the the crux of TFA, there was a scene in 'I, Robot' where Del (Will Smith) is recapping about how he got his robotic arm to the engineer lady, he says that as his car and another containing a young girl were sinking into the water, a robot came and saved him instead of the child. She remarks 'The robot was a difference engine, it worked out that you have a higher percent chance of surviving than she did' and he replies 'I know, but 14% was enough'.

Anyway, my point towards this is, say you take a scenario like that, and the machine does try to save the kids against 14% odds and fails, there would be a lawsuit anyway. There's actually nothing that can be done but to make the machine as logical as possible. That way, the laws of physics and difference are the deciding factors in a car's actions, not whether it has been programmed to pay special attention to X special interest group of people. Save from avoiding obvious mass hazards like explosives and fuel stations, I doubt there is much that can be programmed anyway.

Comment: Re:Bad example (Score -1) 800

This is the gravamen of the issue.

In court you could certainly lie and claim not to have noticed that the car was coming, but if you stated you did see the car coming, and sat there with your popcorn as the guy hit it, you will be treated much more harshly... not because you did anything illegal, but because you are a twisted individual with a serious lack of social responsibility.

Then again, most people lack that today.

Comment: Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score -1) 115

by Gen_Music (#46796423) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Unless of course that creator is not the one who you pray to... then you'll look pretty stupid too.

I for one don't care what I look like. My beliefs give me the comfort I need without the need to enforce them on others. Should I find myself looking silly on judgement day, my response will be "well you sure as hell made it pretty hard to logically believe in you over all the other options".

Comment: Re:So what? (Score -1) 348

by Gen_Music (#46796371) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Not really. It's because the raw code is his own IP, more than likely built on a codebase/libraries of his own design and/or containing other commercially interested parties who's data cannot just be released to the public willy nilly. /. is supposed to be full of programmers, I thought it would be obvious why. It says it in TFA.

Optimization hinders evolution.