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Comment: Climate != single event (Score 2) 222

by Himmy32 (#48604589) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
A seasonal drought is a weather event. The frequency of droughts is climate. Not sure how you can make any claims about climate with one event. This isn't say that climate isn't changing or what is causing it. But that one event is not relevant to the discussion.

No event or small chains of events can ever be proof or unproof of what the climate is or whether it's changing. The whole point of climate is that it's over a long time. So evidence of what happened requires long time scales. But that doesn't mean you can't have predictive models. Evaluating models with data sets is key. But if you think that you can prove or disprove a model with only one data point, you are going to have a bad time. If you want clean proofs, stick with pure math. Inconclusive data and blurred lines are the trademark of applied sciences. Especially ones with many variables.

This is not news. It shouldn't even be a talking point. This is only in the headlines because of how unfortunately politicized this topic has become.

Comment: Re:Looks like you have been in jail before... (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by Himmy32 (#48524021) Attached to: 'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City
This is the DA not the police. So it's more "Look's like you've been in prison before, you've been arrested for serious crime again, and the police say you you've been causing trouble in the neighborhood, let's allocate more resources to prosecute this case." I can see an argument for filtering the input for possible bias from police, but that's supposedly the DA's job already.

I see on slashdot all the time about going back to doing honest detective work where you find out who is really causing trouble in the neighborhood rather throwing out a monitoring dragnet or throwing absurd punishments rather than trying to aim for reforming the person. I have a hard time complaining about this as long as there is monitoring that data is fair and collected/retained in an appropriate manner.

Why wouldn't you put additional resources to stopping an Al Capone over some kid who got caught as a rumrunner. Sounds like they are trying to apply common sense with collected data.

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 196

by Himmy32 (#48517201) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard
As a consequence, you'll have to enter into it how much milk you drank each time and you'll get email and to house advertisements for Chocolate syrup. Your insurance company will give you a discount if you've ordered your veggies 3 times a month. Plus your fridge could get a virus and dispense ice in the middle of the night.

Comment: Re:Fad (Score 1) 196

by Himmy32 (#48516791) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard
None of these are bad things. But my point also aren't as big as the internet. Again there or some great use cases, sump pump/garage door are great ideas. But imagine your grandma maintaining wiring to all of her windows plus configuring the alerts. It is more time and money than if a window gets left open for an hour on accident, then for a contractor to come out and run cables through the walls configure some network appliance to send reports back to some company who will sell the information . I don't have the personal bandwidth to care about every time someone opens the window to talk to someone outside. Even further the energy that you are going to spend on a network connected closet light is way more than you are going to spend on a 6 watt bulb being on for the night. And I for one don't want to be woken up in the middle of the night if a guest in my house needs a towel and leaves the light on. The 10 cents isn't worth worrying over, it can wait until I walk by and see the light through the crack.

I know at my work monitoring the systems has yielded some cost savings. Somethings make more sense at an industrial scale and a lot of the tools were there before the IoT fad. I also know that the consumer products will improve and there will be some good ones. Maybe a furnace that lets you know before it fails. Or in college I would have liked to know, if all the washers were in use before hauling my laundry there. But this is no where near as big of a game changer as the internet.

Comment: Fad (Score 1) 196

by Himmy32 (#48514693) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard
Maybe I am too much of skeptic, but color me surprised if IoT products take off. What people really want is convenience and IoT devices currently provide less. When you walk into a room to turn on the lights you don't want to get your phone out of your pocket. What use would an IoT fridge or oven provide? I sure don't want to have to program my fridge every time I put in something or take something out, and if I am using my oven I am standing nearby. Do you really need text alerts when your popcorn is done?

Don't get me wrong there are definite use cases, even if some have small audiences. But I think the suggestion that this is as big of a game changer as the internet is silly. Way back in the 90's when the internet was getting started even then people recognized the usefulness. Being able to have messages sent instantly and be able to give information on topics. No one is nearly as excited to have their remote tell them their lawn mower needs it's oil changed and that they burnt their poptart. Let alone be left in the dark for the night because their light bulb got a virus.

Comment: Re:No thanks... (Score 4, Informative) 212

by Himmy32 (#48413035) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web
This is supposed to be an alternative to just using plain HTTP. If you are already paying for a cert from a CA you trust, then this doesn't target you. Even if a couple parties have the key, it's still protects you from all of the others that don't. The whole point is that it's better than nothing. I have a personal website that doesn't do too much and I'd put https on it if I didnt have to pay for a key.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie