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Comment: Re:Trivial observation (Score 1) 111

by swillden (#47556973) Attached to: A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

some bullshit "universal compresser"

Not a universal compressor, a standard compressor, such as gzip. The metric is ultimately just a comparison between the compressor being evaluated and the compressor chosen as the standard, and it is unitless.

That said, I agree with you that the scaling constant has no reason to be present. As for using the logs of times... I don't know. It's essentially a base change, expressing the time of the compressor being evaluated in the base of the standard compressor, which is then multiplied by the ratio of the compression ratios. Handling the time relationship as a base change may have some useful properties, but I can't see what they would be.

Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 197

Neither of those are fact.

You mean, I did not bother to provide evidence for either one of those in this case. But you didn't provide contrarian evidence either. What I said was, this case has a correct answer. Unlike your example of education, internet service has objective measures of success - uptime, bandwidth, latency, peering. All the upstream connections were provided by members of the duopoly, so those features are identical. But the last mile would have been cheaper, according to all the research provided..

Of course, you're a savvy voter who makes good choices. You would never be convinced to vote against your own interests. You would not dismiss out of hand government services, when the private sector could supply those same services and turn a profit. No, not you.

As for anti-union ranting, it's true that unions impose higher costs. But that doesn't really impact anything. If I'm paying less money, why do I care that the money I do pay goes to a random union employee instead of a shareholder. Hell, I'd rather the money went to an employee.

That's a government-run utility. Nobody cared because they didn't have to. I can't vote them out, they can't get fired, and I can't get service from anyone else.

As opposed to private utilities like Comcast that care? And why can't you vote them out? At least you have some choice there. I pity the person at the mercy of monopolistic private utilites.

everyone is assuming that the voters were coerced

Everyone is assumng teh voters were tricked. Because there is a right answer. And they did not arrive at it.

Here's a point I haven't seen anyone raise. When your ISP is managed by the same government that manages the police department, where do you think your right to privacy winds up? In the hands of someone who likely belongs to the same union that the police clerical staff belong to, and are probably on the same bowling team. And their paychecks come from the same mayor's office.

Wow, that is stupid. First, they would be in different unions. Second, there is no way that evidence gained like that could be used in trial. The consequences of misusing that data are so great it would never happen.

Comment: Re:Not Odd (Score 1) 450

Bluetooth keyboards have a lot of issues... Security is of course worse, possibly extremely bad if the implementation on the keyboard is flawed. EM interference means that it is less reliable (I find myself rebooting the keyboard fairly frequently.) But most important, when set to achieve low-latency, bluetooth gets pretty power-hungry.

Now, I wonder if any phone lets the USB port run in host mode? Anyone know which phones let you do that?

Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 197

It's pretty insulting to the democratic process to accuse the winners of being "[expletive deleted] sheeple" when you don't agree with a result.

Why wouldn't I insult the democratic process? The only inherent value to it is that it tends to screw up slightly less, slightly slower, and slightly less impactfully other forms of government. It screws up plenty often. This is one such case.

For instance, democracies suck when voting on a question of fact. If something is better and cheaper when supplied by the government, why shouldn't the government supply it?

Comment: Re:And this friends, is why buying a voice is wron (Score 1) 197

at the same time if you are cashing in more than you are contributing, so sorry, you don't get to vote yourself largesse either directly or indirectly.

How long do the bailouts for Wall St. prevent finance-employeed individuals from voting? How far down the corporate chain do you go before oil-company employees can vote? What about all the guys who only pay they lose the vote... after all they benefit from subsidies on investing?

Comment: Re: What alternative could be built? (Score 1) 143

The internal "SD Card" is formatted with a Unix-style file system that provides access controls to keep apps from being able to access one anothers' data. External SD Cards are formatted with FAT32, because that's what the whole world expects. Unfortunately, FAT has no concept of ownership or permissions, so the path-based restriction is necessary to ensure that apps can't muck with each others' data.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 105

by demachina (#47553681) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Didn't say it was. I just said NASA should abandon it to whomever wants to pay to keep it operating. Prettty sure its past its original end of life anyway which I think was 2010.

If Russia doesn't want to play nice, or pay to run it themselves, I doubt ESA, Canada or Japan will be able to keep it going if the U.S. pulls out.

Comment: Encrypt your devices (Score 1) 102

by swillden (#47553639) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

It's too late now, but if this device had been encrypted before it was broken, you'd have a lot less to worry about.

OTOH, it's worth pointing out that if the level of effort required to find the storage on the broken device so you can wipe or destroy it is too much to bother with, it will almost certainly be too much effort for anyone to go through the same effort in order to retrieve your data, on the off chance there might be something of value in there somewhere.

Comment: Re:Real life is complicated (Score 1) 447

Yeah, I'm going to ignore your anti-military trolling. Let's just leave it as we think each other are wrong. On the offchance you were not trolling, and were confused:

Look, you may not like people in the military (no clue why), but to say they deserve what they get is naive and stupid. Historically and currently, joining the military has been one of the most sure ways for intelligent, motivated people born into poor circumstances to raise themselves up the ladder of success.

Given the relative abundance of rich entrepreneurs vs rich veterans, I think a citation may be needed there.

That's a shitty comparison. Most entrepreneurs start off fairly wealthy, and only get moreso. Besides, I specifically called out people born into poor circumstances. So, I'd like a citation on poor people who use entrepreneurship to get rich; America has terrible class mobility.

Colin Powell was born in Harlem to two immigrants. Bill Gates was born to a partner in a white-shoe law firm and a board member of the United Way, IBM and others. Bill Gates got further; Colin Powell came farther.

Comment: Re:Real life is complicated (Score 1) 447

According to your philosophy, why would you feel sorry for factory workers, construction workers, or truck drivers? Shouldn't they have researched the rates of workman's comp claims, compared it to all their alternatives, decided what the risk level was likely to be and ensured that they were paid a risk premium as compensation based on their self-assessed danger quotient?

Look, you may not like people in the military (no clue why), but to say they deserve what they get is naive and stupid. Historically and currently, joining the military has been one of the most sure ways for intelligent, motivated people born into poor circumstances to raise themselves up the ladder of success.

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 1) 447

Why did they "have" to start taking drugs in the first place? If you take drugs and get addicted, that's your responsibility. Not anyone else's.

Well, some of them were under 18 at the time. As a society, we've decided you cannot really be held responsible for many of your actions when under 18. So it certainly is difficult to condemn teenagers to a lifetime of addiction because you were too cheap and on too high a moral horse to help them out.

But beyond that, in many cases, such as with student loans, we hold that society has not just a right to protect you from others, but to help enable you to improve yourself. Certainly, that seems cheaper to society than trying to punish people in prison for something they may wish they could give up.

Lastly, while you may wish that everyone was solely responsible for their actions, and their actions solely affected them, neither is ever the case. It's a good bumper sticker philosophy, but it falls apart once you start asking questions.

Comment: Re:Real life is complicated (Score 1) 447

If you take drugs and get addicted, that's your responsibility. Not anyone else's.

Think so? I can introduce you to some former surgery patients and war veterans among others who were introduced to opiates to control pain by their physicians for very real pain problems and as a result were unable to avoid addiction

The ADA claims there are zero cases of that.

They do so by separating dependency with addiction, by specifying that addiction requires a pleasureable aspect. So. You can be dependent on insulin, but probably not addicted. Morphine could be either depending on your situation.

How much of that is linguistic bullshittery to avoid feeling bad for hooking people on pills, I do not know.

Almost anything derogatory you could say about today's software design would be accurate. -- K.E. Iverson