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Comment: Re:Give us better battery life (Score 1) 217

by Idbar (#46551273) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Second this. It feels like the number race of PC's of years ago: "This one has more pixels", "This one more GHz", "This one more MBs". But nobody seem to care about more autonomy.

Did they bring in all the marketing guys from the 90s? I guess is what all those tech reviews with meaningless astroturfing performance tests have given us. "Hey this phone can decode and re encode 4k videos on the fly! while you play angry birds!" WHO CARES if it's going to get hot as hell and die in 1.5 hours?

Comment: Re:If time machines exist, what should warrants me (Score 1) 320

One part is that they can go back and look for anything that may sound incriminating and use it. Like the quote: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

The other, is, how easy is to "plant" evidence that only they have access to?

Comment: Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (Score 2) 294

by Idbar (#46432111) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

The internet holds more knowledge than a single human ever could, but machines cannot do anything without direct, explicit directions - told to it by a human.

I'm sure not doing anything would still be way better than someone only checking facebook for a whole day. Which increases the score on the Robot side.

Comment: Re:Ya think so? (Score 1) 606

by Idbar (#46334983) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Not sure, but my first thought is: Have you seen the prices of land downtown? Then you'll figure out what's the first thing companies see on moving out of town. They get their own building at a cheaper price, and they gain in traffic (commute time), if they have/provide their own cafe, then also keep people near the office during lunch time (so they engage in conversations and probably creative talks, and reduce information leaks). Clearly there are more sides to the story.

In any case, if Google offers free food, how are the neighborhood restaurants going to compete against that? (If some local businesses are the issue)

Comment: Re:Bad Analogy (Score 1) 716

by Idbar (#46230389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Bad analogy also because bricks have a single shape. Now go ahead and give the builder many different shapes that they have to use in a particular order so the wall actually holds together in the best way. Then ask them to put those bricks in such a way that the end result is the one the customer required.

Or maybe, you can just ask your manager to provide you only one line of code you can use and you'd glue the many lines with semicolons. (I guess you can do anything you want with just NAND gates, but it may turn fairly unmanageable rather quickly).

Comment: Re:Colonialism??? (Score 1) 398

by Idbar (#46081879) Attached to: Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Permanent Resident and Visa are two different things.

H-1B Visas are tied to a company, and legally you're bound to the company that got it for you. If they fire you, you have about 2 weeks to leave the country as the visa automatically expires. (Which seems in line with the proposed idea, just you'll have the visa not as long as you remain in the company, but rather in the state, however, another company can pick that visa up and renew it and you can move around).

Permanent residency is not actually a visa and it's not bound to a particular company.

Comment: Re:You poor baby (Score 1) 277

by Idbar (#45719237) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL


I lived for 1.5 years in a place. Since I didn't originally know the length of my stay in that city, I contracted Sprint 4G instead of a wired network provider.

Turned out my connection was very spotty, so I had to tape the usb dongle to the window, use a USB cable extension and use a laptop to share the internet. I still had about 1Mbps, with 100ms+ latencies to Google. I streamed Netflix and hulu without much issues (unless it was heavy raining, or something happened at Sprint).

Not sure what's all the fuzz about this article.

Comment: Re:Efficient? (Score 1) 176

Some people keep thinking about the convenience of parking without plugging. I see it as the future possibility of charging while you're driving (Am I the only one thinking those could be used in some roads? Probably charge your car while in a traffic jam. And even reduce the anxiety that your battery is depleting while stuck in traffic).

Comment: Re:Except (Score 1) 299

by Idbar (#45579589) Attached to: Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

Reading the summary, implies that people picked Blue because it was in the company logo. I wonder if the COMPANY picked blue because it's likely a color many people like, and therefore people use it in their passwords. As in "correlation is not causation".

Or you're telling me that Facebook just came up with blue because they had "intel" or "IBM" logos in front of them?

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