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Comment: Re:Rather late (Score 1) 256

by Jack Griffin (#48477909) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC
You're doing it wrong. When I gave up my LPs I didn't replace with them with the same records on CD, I bought different music. When I moved to MP3 again I didn't bother recreating my same collection, I just started with new stuff. Should MP3 be replaced, then I'll just get new music (most likely just stick with Internet Radio). I've learnt that collecting and hoarding is bad for you. Stay fresh, and always try new things...

Comment: Re:Nuclear is Clean (Score 1) 97

by Jack Griffin (#48477869) Attached to: Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

The corporate heads of those power companies all want to cruise into retirement without having to deal with the clean-up cost fallout.

I know you're making that out like it's a bad thing, but I actually think it's a good strategy to hold out as long as you can, because the more time passes, the more likely technology will catch up and make clean up slightly less difficult. It sounds like a cop out, but technology and time can solve almost any problem.

Comment: Re:This just an iphone issue or Android phones too (Score 1) 201

by Jack Griffin (#48473093) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones
It's a design flaw with the iPhone. The slim bezel and aluminium case transfer any external impact directly to the glass screen, whereas any other phone with a plastic case can withstand the knocks better. I've had a few Samsung and HTC handsets and drop them all the time and never cracked a screen. Plastic might not sound as cool on the marketing material, but it sure as hell is the most appropriate material for this environment. And since most iPhone users by a plastic case for them anyway, the aluminium thing is pure gimmick.

Comment: Re:Does it know if I've been bad or good? (Score 1) 185

by Jack Griffin (#48348753) Attached to: Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

So, YES. Big data knows that.

Big data knows who you voted for. Big data knows what kind of hamburger you get from McDonalds. Big data knows what fragrance your girlfriend/wife wears.


Big data takes shit loads of seemingly unrelated bits of information that people foolishly air in public, cross-references it, then uses it to make correlation based predictions.

Well you say that, but Google, one of the smartest players in the game, use big data and get it appallingly wrong. Just a take a look at targeted ads. I search for an airfare, then buy the airfare. Google then spends the next 6 weeks advertising airfares to me. I sure hope no-one is paying them for this service.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 206

by Jack Griffin (#48348741) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years
Scrolling through 100 Facebook feeds takes about 5 minutes. It's mostly the same shit day in day out. Holiday photos, baby photos, food photos, things people think are funny but aren't. I wonder why Facebook hasn't been replaced already. It's exhausted it's usefulness, and I get the impression everyone is waiting for the next big thing so they can all jump ship and leave Zucks pennyless. It's strange that no-one has come up with a FB clone, along the same lines but with privacy intact and no ads. I think it would kill FB overnight.

Comment: Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (Score 1) 415

by Jack Griffin (#48286075) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking
The thing is, a real watch will still look good years later. I don't see too many people wielding a 10 year old electronic gimmick with pride. The Apple watch doesn't make sense to me. It crosses the barrier between useful device, to unnecessary gimmick to try and show off but has the opposite effect and will only make you look like a try-hard. Apple has definitely peaked.

Comment: Re:Not New (Score 1) 468

by Jack Griffin (#48285967) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You
Why would anyone care? In Australia it's illegal to not vote (you get fined if you don't get your name signed off in a voting booth) yet over 5% of the population don't vote and another 5% cast donkey votes (blank or scribbles as protest). That's well over 1 million people who despite it being illegal still don't vote.
It beats me why we even need elections. Statistical methods can get us a pretty close result with small samples, and either you end up with 1 of 2 of the same idiot. The US spent over $6B on the last election, I honestly think you'd be better off if you just tossed a coin and then gave that money to poor people.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 4, Insightful) 669

by Jack Griffin (#48259483) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

It's easy reply to this with a 'what the f* did you smoke'. However, keeping all options open is what a scientist ought to do. We may have well been interpreting the Bible the wrong way all along.

This is not how Science works. Science makes and observation and attempts to explain it. The Bible explains nothing in nature and no amount of re-interpreting changes that fact.

Comment: Re: Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by Jack Griffin (#48259119) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
My bank also has an app that does NFC payments with my phone (before Apple or Google had it - again they offer nothing new). I used it for a bit, but it was unreliable. The card pretty much works every time without fail, the phone didn't so I stopped using it. A requirement of convenience is for it to work when expected, not have to continually keep retrying.
Another point which makes me uneasy is that banks, despite having low public approval, are reliable organisations (at least in my country they are). They make their money by being reliable. Software companies, not so much. The idea of a company whose primary business is making phones or search engines is not the business I want also securing my money.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein