Way too much stock is given Betteridge's "law". Wikipedia says he broke his own law. Not much of a law, is it?
It would be nice if the big "cities" in the StackOverflow graph would be labelled with the tags which cause the grouping.
Yeah I can understand that - after seeing goatse you cannot concentrate on your programming and create all sort of nasty bugs
Obviously when the URL- and search-bar are combined you can't prevent anything being searched on Google while you type.
That's far from obvious. There is zero reason why the bar should need to send anything to Google (or elsewhere) before you press enter.
That will force me to write it down, making the site inherently less secure.
Not if you keep it in a secure place, like where you keep your money and credit cards.
Congratulations on your statistics-defying eyesight
Age-related presbyopia is easily remedied with cheap reading glasses. If you're also nearsighted and don't wear contacts you can just take your glasses off to read. If he had cataract surgery and the surgeon used a CrystaLens (more expensive than a standard IOL) he can probably see better than a kid.
Sure. It was really not a simple bug to put in, but the programmer who wrote it had already grounded flights in the summer, and thanks to that experience he also managed to put this bug in, despite all its difficulty.
Well, the problem is that when you go to the shop and demand a refund, the shop owner points you to the sales contract you signed, and where somewhere in the fine print it is written: "Should the box turn out not to contain an actual iPod, th buyer is not eligible for a refund.".
First thing - a card mounted via UMS (USB Mass Storage) to a PC isn't available to Android OS.
Well, they would just have to design it differently. I don't see a principal reason why it should not be possible for the card to be available to both at the same time.
Also, who says that the card must be directly available to the PC via UMS while inserted in the phone?
Think of all apps (and their data) installed on the card and how would they behave if the card suddenly becomes invisible to Android...
Simple solution (if for some reason not removing the underlying problem, see above): Suspend the apps before unmounting the card, and unsuspend them after the card gets available again.
Second thing - security issues. FAT filesystem on most SD card - no file ownership.
Sure. Because it is impossible to keep your SD card physically secure. Hint: Unless you're encrypting your files, file system level security is moot as soon as the attacker has access to the physical medium. And if you're encrypting the files, file ownership is moot, too: It's the key which controls who can read it.
One of the core Android principles is that you never need a file manager. With a memory card mounted a user can start to wonder where data (photo, music, file) ends up.
How do you share data between Android apps?
I saw Lethal Weapon last night, tonight it's Loaded weapon... (I scored today, I'm loaded).
That's a state law. This particular tinfoil hat paranoia is federal law.
What I'd planned to do (which obviously didn't work) was to replace all quotes with end quotes, then replace all quotes preceeded by a space with a start quote. Easy, simple, but...
Given that such hardware would essential void all the encryption on the internet (including the one between your computer and the bank when doing online banking, and I'd not be surprised if the same encryption is also used for the communication between ATMs and the bank, and for the communication between banks), there's a big incentive to build such hardware anyway. That it apparently hasn't been done yet is a good hint that the codes are as secure as the cryptographers assure us.
The last sentence of Point 1 doesn't apply for dollars either. You don't get currency, you get bills. The bills you hold in your hand are not the money. You may think that it is, but it isn't. People in Russia had to learn it the hard way when Boris Yeltsin decided to fight inflation by declaring the 100 Rouble bills as invalid. Many people collected their savings at home in exactly those bills. And so that day they lost a lot of money, despite losing not a single one of those bills. Which proves that the bills and the money they symbolized are two different things.
Point 2 applies to Bitcoin by design.
Points 3 to 5 are not about dollars, but about banks. One could do bitcoin banks as well (just as you can still keep your dollar notes at home), and one could do the same sort of regulations for them. And in the case that a lot of (regular) banks crashed, I'm not sure those guarantees would still be worth much anyway.
For point 6: How transparent is the valuation of the dollar?
1. Evaluate based on more than just publications. Look at what the scientist did, why they did it, and how they did it.
And how do you evaluate that? After all, the scientist will not be willing to share all his unpublished ideas with you. Especially if you're established and he's not, and if you're working on a related field (so you might already be working at the very same problem as he does). And only if you work on a related field, you'll be able to reliably judge whether what he does is worthwhile or not.
Ideally, the publications should give a good overview of what a scientist did. In reality, problems with the publication process may prevent that, but then, that's what should be fixed. However what is fundamentally wrong is just counting the publications. If you want to know if a scientist does good work, you should actually read his publications (at least a substantial fraction of them).