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Comment: Re:Windows 7 eol (Score 1) 62

by Zak3056 (#49616203) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

No, it's apparently compatible with Windows 7 or later. Remember, Office is targeted at business, and most businesses are still using Windows 7, and will be for a considerable time to come.

I believe that's going to change, drastically. Microsoft's path with Windows 10 (free updates from Windows => 7, as long as you do it within a year of release) is going to drive the fastest corporate OS migrations ever--for better, or for worse.

I know we're planning for it. It scares the hell out of us, but the incentive to move forward is so powerful there really isn't any other viable path.

Comment: Re:The question is (Score 1) 34

by Zak3056 (#49616103) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

If all goes through, what will it mean?
If I understood correctly, it allows you to pre-warp some space ahead in your journey, so that you can begin your journey later. For example, to go to Alpha Centauri A, where light takes a few years, you may start the warp drive, wait for a year, then jump into the ship and travel there (taking 1 year less time).

It will not save you anything going to new places you did not plot a course to.

If that's correct, who cares if it takes a few centuries for the thing to warm up? It would completely solve the problem of how you get the crew from point A to point B alive... no suspended animation, no generation ships, etc, just board at the right time and be there after a relatively short period. YOU won't ever get to see Alpha Centauri, but frankly, from the perspective of the species, that's really not a problem.

Comment: Re:Does Google actually sell this sort of data? (Score 1) 62

by Zak3056 (#49564265) Attached to: Supreme Court To Consider Data Aggregation Suit Against Spokeo

"Companies such as Facebook and Google are closely watching this case, given the potential of billions of dollars of liability for selling inaccurate information on their customers and other people."

I was under the impression, and perhaps naively that Google did not under any circumstances sell personally identifiable data, or other information to 3rd parties. I know MS has been found guilty of breaching this, but what if at any, would Google be on the hook for here?

IANAL, and I don't know what the specifics of the FCRA are, but the summary says "providing" and not "selling." It's not a stretch to see how someone like Google could fall afoul of this (as a test case, Google "spacepimp" or your real name and see if you recognize anything "personally identifiable." My guess is the answer is an emphatic "yes").

Comment: Re:This seems backwards. (Score 1) 62

by Zak3056 (#49564239) Attached to: Supreme Court To Consider Data Aggregation Suit Against Spokeo

"Robins, who filed a class-action lawsuit, claimed that Spokeo had provided flawed information about him, including that he had more education than he actually did, that he is married although he remains single, and that he was financially better off than he actually was. He said he was unemployed and looking for work, and contended that the inaccurate information would make it more difficult for him to get a job and to get credit and insurance."

Um, what? All these inaccuracies would help him get a job, unless he's trying for a very low position.

This was my thought, as well. The plaintiff is either a privacy advocate (something that I support in general), or someone just looking for a payday (something that I oppose in general). In either case, his reasoning is highly suspect.

Comment: Re:Clinton followed a Presidential trend... (Score 1) 609

by Zak3056 (#49236515) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

No, it doesn't in any way excuse what Clinton did. The point is to call out the hypocrites who had no objections when Bush did something, but loudly complain about Clinton doing the same thing (and vice versa).

Calling out the hypocrites accomplishes exactly nothing--the required solution is to actually PUNISH someone for their bad behavior. It doesn't matter if where you start is a democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, white or black, male or female, etc. until you start actually DOING something about the problem, you will continue to see the same bad behavior.

When we've reduced the entire conversation to "$PERSON did the same thing" "You're a hypocrite" we've ensured that nothing will change.

Comment: Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 1) 347

by Zak3056 (#49142595) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

I would not have finished the project (in two years) without his help, we hired him after a year, too.

First thought: your manager was a tool, and generally a waste of space--actually he wasn't even THAT useful, since he actively made things worse overall.

That said... the above quote is a bit damning. You claimed you needed two additional people, an empty task list, and two years. You did the job in two years, with other tasks encroaching on your time, and with a single new grad that you only had for 21 of those months. Either your project was a death march (not ruling that out, mind you), or your estimate was woefully off--maybe to the point that the dipshit manager, if you two had a history, simply didn't trust your ability to give him a good answer and modified it per past performance.

I'm sure there were many more factors in play than you mentioned above, which probably invalidate what I'm saying, but it might be worth taking a step back here and asking yourself if you made any mistakes you could learn from (other than working for Mr Clueless, of course).

Comment: Re:Simple Explanation (Score 5, Insightful) 237

by Zak3056 (#48919671) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

More simple explanation: Life is out there, it's just too far away to detect, or to visit us--and will ALWAYS be so, because you can't cheat Newton and Einstein. An alternate "simplest" explanation (though less likely) is that we are first.

To suggest that ET hasn't come to visit us because we are "too violent" or whatever, and that they are masking their presence is definitely NOT the simplest explanation--it suggests that every nearby alien species has agreed to isolate us, and every member of those civilizations is on board with the idea. No one is out there playing with an RF emitter in the VHF band, Harry Mudd hasn't stopped by and spilled the beans, no one's even accidentally done anything to give the game away.

Sorry, I'm just not buying that.

Comment: What I want to know (Score 4, Interesting) 112

by SLot (#48814193) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

is the part about the plan to sell your information to your prospective new employer when you change jobs?

"oh, well, it seems like he wasn't really a team player - only posted once every couple of days. better rescind that job offer."

this is a horrible idea, all the way down. (turtles not included).

Comment: Re:Conclusion goes too far? (Score 1) 159

by Zak3056 (#48776567) Attached to: Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

If that IP is non-routable it means that either the entire country is on one broadcast domain or they're pulling off some relatively complicated layer 2/3 network segregation (lots of enormous lookup tables, etc). I imagine communications would be very slow all around either way.

I think that the submitter getting all "zOMG they're running the whole damn country on!!!!11one" is at best premature, but assuming that they were, I'm wondering why you'd believe it's organized as one flat network requiring any kind of magic to operate? There's plenty of room to subnet in that /8...

Comment: Re:Simple Economics (Score 1) 400

by Zak3056 (#48728107) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Sound quality is great these days... They've replaced the telephone wire systems with low power FM transmitters with a range of about a mile or so., so the sound is as good as your car or boom box can produce, and there's a fringe benefit if you live locally of being able to listen to the movie.

Comment: Re:Simple Economics (Score 1) 400

by Zak3056 (#48717569) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

The only time my wife and I go to the movies anymore is to the drive-in. Seven bucks a head, and we get to see two or even three movies (usually one new release, and one that is between one and three weeks old). Bring your own snacks, and the movie theater snack bar is cheap as well (I think the highest priced item on the menu is a patty melt (hamburger with cheese and onions) which is like $4.50.

The downside is they're only open in the summer.

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