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Comment: One highly-publicized case is all it took (Score 0, Flamebait) 489

by PseudoCoder (#49440387) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

It seems everyone pointed at the Comcast/Netflix deal as the lynchpin of why FCC's "net neutrality" needed to be passed. What were the actual results of that debacle? A private company paid a bunch of money to another private company and users got better video streaming performance.

And by the way, it's highly skewed, back-room-negotiated regulations (like the ones used to pass NN) that keep smaller players from being able to compete against Comcast-type goliaths in local markets.

Congratulations on handing the well-meaning folks at the Federal government control of the internet, which was doing just fine. Now here's your prize:

Comment: Why not be cautious? (Score 1) 294

by PseudoCoder (#49327939) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

These guys are obviously not anti-technology bigots, but they know there's something to being prudent and keeping the big picture in perspective. The purpose of technology is to aid mankind, not replace it, fix it, or supplant it. Seems like some of the people who are at the edge of technology and are aware of its potential to exceed its mandate are urging us as a society to slow down and not sacrifice our humanity at the altar of "progress" because we're in awe of the possibilities of what the technology can do.

Caution is not overrated. There are such things as unintended consequences. In fact they're everywhere and we just refuse to see them because we like our shiny new toys. I'd even say that for every benefit of anything, there are several unintended consequences.

Comment: Let's not forget the Denon that started this... (Score 1) 418

Great cable, but too fast.

Transmission of music data at rates faster than the speed of light seemed convenient, until I realized I was hearing the music before I actually wanted to play it. Apparently Denon forgot how accustomed most of us are to unidirectional time and the general laws of physics. I tried to get used to this effect but hearing songs play before I even realized I was in the mood for them just really screwed up my preconceptions of choice and free will. I'm still having a major existential hangover.

Comment: Re:Capitalism! (Score 1) 412

by PseudoCoder (#48972055) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements
You missed my point. Voluntary misuse of something does not constitute inherent flaw. Capitalism doesn't solve things. It lets people solve things and choose those solutions. I wouldn't buy a car without seat belts. I feel like I'm flopping around in the seat without one. Browse the websites and see that for all cars safety is now a marketing point, because it speaks to the buyer and it sells.

Comment: Re:Capitalism! (Score 1) 412

by PseudoCoder (#48971739) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

That's what you get when your supplier is the lowest bidder, and zero checks and balances are in place, all in the name of profit. Meanwhile, some MBA that set up the deal is relaxing on his Yacht. This is capitalism at work.

No, this is douchebaggery at work. They use capitalism to make their schemes happen, but capitalism also allows good things to happen too. Cars get you to and fro every day, and also get people killed at the rate of 35,303 per year for 2011 (source CDC death tables).

Comment: Re:Beware the Do vs Teach dilemma (Score 2) 94

by PseudoCoder (#48961127) Attached to: What Happens When the "Sharing Economy" Meets Higher Education

Wow. You get to miss the point of my post AND show yourself a smart-ass all in one post. Such efficiency!

When I went to college the internet was but a fetus compared to what it is now. And regardless, my classmates were not tasked and paid to teach me something; the guy up front with the diplomas on his wall and the chalk in his hand was. To give a pass to the person who has an assigned responsibility and fails, only to put that responsibility on your buds isn't as clever as you make it sound.

Comment: Beware the Do vs Teach dilemma (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by PseudoCoder (#48959343) Attached to: What Happens When the "Sharing Economy" Meets Higher Education

More than half of my engineering curriculum was taught by prolific researchers who couldn't teach worth a damn. I was a tutor through most of college and found myself "reteaching" a lot of the stuff they would teach to others who came looking for help. Not because I was bright, see I struggled to understand the same topics, but I was able to break the topics down in a way that made more sense. Tying "building block" concepts progressively, until the process showed the complete picture, at which point I could teach them to myself for my own understanding, and then to others. That's when I realized good teachers require the whole package of skills; proficiency in their subject and a mind to educate by facilitating the process of connecting concepts.

Sounds like a good place for a free market to open up. What teaching is worth should lean heavily on a feedback/review framework like Amazon's such that people don't end up paying for a class that sucks, by every student's experience, because the professor can't communicate concepts, or communicate at all. Like the time I spent almost weeks trying to figure out what the foreigner in my Space Systems course meant by "papamaaa". By the way, that's "performance".

Comment: Re: You probably have one, though... (Score 0) 307

by PseudoCoder (#48924715) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
Yup. Took a stroll down down there myself. Someday I'll post a photo I took of some clown holding a protest sign getting his shoes shined, another clown wearing the commie fist on her shirt, and another with a sign asking for donations for tobacco because he'd run out of smokes. A true circus of ignorance that is a fertile ground for useful idiots.

Comment: From their own mouths... (Score 1) 307

by PseudoCoder (#48924157) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Congratulations on being a useful idiot.

From the Occupy DC planning meeting of August 2012:

Here's another one from their own organization meetings with a former NYT "reporter" saying how they don't want to "out themselves" by explicitly stating their goals of overthrowing capitalism.

Comment: You probably have one, though... (Score 1, Troll) 307

by PseudoCoder (#48923809) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Even if you still don't need one. That's why Apple gets to be the company with one of the highest net worths ever and posts the biggest corporate profits ever. I'm glad to have done my part. My wife's iPad sits next to her MacBook by the bed.

Stand by for Occupy Wall Street to protest obscene profits at Apple's headquarters, in three, two; uh nevermind.

Comment: Returning to their roots & getting with the ti (Score 4, Insightful) 314

by PseudoCoder (#48821525) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

They could have "gone back to their roots" by dumping all the common electronics that you can get anywhere and addressing the do-it-yourselfers by hopping on the robotics/Arduino bandwagons. Turn the retail floorspace that used to be occupied by crap TV's with a robot combat ring or workshop, focus on hands-on projects again, have in-store Arduino workshops and local demos of user projects and robotics competitions. Connect with the local high/middle-school to supply robotics/coding extra-curriculars, sponsor robotics workshops and have those kids drag their parents into the store after class to build their own projects. I don't even participate in most of that stuff, but I could see those would have been great paths to pursue a new market share.

They would still need to close many locations and better compete with the mail order business, but they would have created a different customer segment that would be more enthusiastic than the "I need another charger for my phone" crowd rather than reduce their own business to carrion for the vultures. This was a missed opportunity.

+ - U.S. Central Command Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Accounts Hacked by ISIS->

Submitted by PseudoCoder
PseudoCoder writes: From The Blaze:

The avatar and background image for @CENTCOM was overtaken with the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS,” and the account put out a number of threatening tweets to U.S. military members... U.S. Central Command’s YouTube account was overtaken with the same pro-Islamic State avatar and several videos.

From The Weekly Standard:

The hacker is claiming to be ISIS — and claimg to have personal information of U.S. military personnel.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Better way (Score 1) 289

by PseudoCoder (#48749175) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Of course, there's a better way. Just ignore the small error until it adds up to an hour, and then skip a DST transition.

That will lead to more and bigger instances of being affected by the error. The error is always there to a degree, no? But you are only affected by the error when you read the clock and produce a "bad calculation" based on that reading.

Not sure what the answer would be software-wise, but maybe more use of elapsed time routines (vs absolute time) that would account for the corrected clock.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 187

by PseudoCoder (#48655387) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Assuming that you're referring to actual babies that have been born...

It seems you too are missing the point, just like the aptly named Anonymous Coward above. Why was this actual baby born, or why should it not be? The criteria used to answer this question is at the heart of the matter, and you're standing on legal definitions.

"Congratulations, new human! We've decided not to run you through the blender! Since you've made it this far, here are your inalienable rights!"

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.