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Comment Re:Exaggeration is not Necessary (Score 1) 128

Well, if you *insist* on being pedantic, what they mean is "It's not going to stop before it causes a degree havoc most people would find inconceivable."

I think they kind of expect people to understand they're not claiming that the water levels will rise, drowning the Moon, inundating the Sun, and eventually filling up the entire universe.

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 1) 71

Dude got nerd sniped. I wouldn't be able to resist. An interesting puzzle mysteriously shows up? Yes please. Basically how I got into programming and math in general.

Of course all they're going to get are people who aren't savvy enough to use ad/tracking blockers and duckduckgo...

Heh. Google Foobar popped up for me last week. I blew two hours solving problems before I pulled myself away and got back to work.

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 1) 71

I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, foo.bar tested my code against five hidden test cases." After solving another five problems the page gave Rossett the option to submit his contact information

Curious: what prompted Max Rossett to spend hours solving programming puzzles before being even given the opportunity to submit contact information for a job consideration?

The same thing that prompts people to spend hours solving Project Euler or Top Coder or similar puzzles, with absolutely no expectation of return beyond the joy and satisfaction they derive from solving the problems.

Whether or not the sort of person who does is what Google needs is an open question, but it's definitely the sort of person Google hires. The interview process is composed of a series of programming puzzles, and one of the things interviewers look for is people who not only handle that sort of challenge, but who clearly enjoy it -- largely because the interviewers and all of their co-workers like such puzzles, and anyone else who does is very likely to fit in.

It makes perfect sense; the recruiting tool selects for exactly the sort of person who is likely to get hired, and to fit into the culture.

Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 2) 128

Sure. Or sooner if you are economically tied to businesses or people near the coast; or businesses or people not near the coast; or businesses or people not near the coast but dependant on others that are. That's the downside of living in a modern economy. I didn't hold any toxic mortgage backed financial instruments, but I sure felt the pain when the capital markets went tits up in 08.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 357

I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

And with a close up picture of a woman's full red lips. Mostly advertised on porn sites, whose viewership skews male.

They did not place ads with a picture of a hot dude on pintrest.

So, what you're saying is that while AM claimed to be marketing heavily to women, that claim was just part of their actual marketing to their actual target demographic: lonely, unhappy men.

I could buy that.

Comment Re: Smartphones have problems too (Score 1) 339

This is not true. Assisted GPS doesn't rely on cell networks, it makes use of cell networks for faster fixes. They still work fine without service, but they do take much longer to get a fix. This is evidenced by the fact that you can put your phone in airplane mode and hold it near the window of an airliner and still get a 10-satellite fix.

This is correct. There are a number of signals that GPS receivers use to improve their performance and accuracy. They use both cell-based network location and detection of nearby Wifi access points to get a very fast, rough idea of the location. That enables the system to know what GPS satellites should be in view, which means the GPS receiver doesn't have to wait for as much data from the satellites to get a good location.

They also use Wifi triangulation to fill in gaps in GPS coverage, when they don't have a clear line of sight to the sky. For this reason mobile phones often work much better than dedicated GPS units in cities where the rows of tall buildings reduce visibility of the sky.

They also use the GPS WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) when available to help make the GPS location fixes more precise. This system is primarily designed for use by aircraft but it can help ground-based receivers as well.

But you can shut off all of the other stuff, and you phone's GPS will still be able to get a location, as long as it can receive signals from the sky. It'll take longer and may not be as precise, but it will work.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 357

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

I made the same point to my wife. She said she wasn't surprised.

Her explanation is that although there are plenty of unhappy women interested in affairs, she thinks women are more cautious and, more importantly, far less likely to be looking for sex rather than a relationship. If you want to find a relationship instead of a hookup, web sites aren't as good as real-world meetups (bars or whatever), and sites specifically focused on affairs aren't as good as general dating sites. I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

Comment Re:IoT (Score 3, Insightful) 37

Funny but a friend of mine called the Apple II a toy but then he had a PDP-11.
Actually the AppleII was a better computer than the Vic-20 but it also cost many times as much.
Frankly I loved all the computers of the late 70s early 80s. So many new ideas and so many systems and all of them you could learn inside and out except for the Ti-99.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 1) 181

When I first started paying for it, everyone else thought it was too expensive and I was the only one on it. It was fast enough then. But others got on and it slowed down. And FWIW, I wouldn't care if it was $50. It would be worth it. I wish they'd raise the prices so fewer would use it.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 1) 181

Well no, even when travelling on business all my docs are on a web-server, often with images. Also, VNC is an essential part of my job, in that I cannot run the sims on a puny IT issued laptop, and need my desktop or datacenter to see waves and do any form of debug. But wifi as it exists makes this painful.

Jesus. Sometimes "on the plane" means you're on a fucking plane, and can't do some things.

Which just means you have to do them later. Why waste the time? Personally, when I traveled a lot I tried to schedule tasks for when I was on the plane. It was a great opportunity to get a block of interrupt-free time. Better for reading than typing, though, so not great for coding. Unless I knew I was going to be in first class.

Comment Re: No one should *ever* wonder why... (Score 1) 269

The lack of understanding what a conservative is on slashdot never ceases to amaze me. Its called smaller government and enforce laws that are already on the books instead of creating new ones.

There you go, you explained your own mystification away. You define the conservative program by what conservatives want. Everyone else defines it by what the people conservatives vote for do when they get into office, which is spend money and make government even more intrusive.

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