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Comment Re:Good luck getting this through congress (Score 2) 157

Another nail in the coffin of privacy, but a great boost to aid the move in the EU to ban the transfer of data to US companies outright. Since privacy legislation is much more stringent in the EU, that should help a sizeable portion of the Earth's inhabitants. And as a bonus it will reduce the unassailable positions now occupied by Google, Amazon etc. and stimulate EU companies to create alternatives. As each ones home market is too small to dominate the rest, that should give us a bit more choice.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 212

Since my kid has started playing a lot of games because of "Let's play" youtube videos (mostly from Pewdiepie but also a lot of others nowadays), this is like Nintendo taking a revolver, filling 5 out of 6 chambers with live ammo, and saying "let's see what happens!".

If I had shares, I'd sell them fast. There isn't going to be much value left in them a few years from now.

Comment Re: If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 212

They could have phoned him, explained he needed to ask permission and told him he'd get it if he just applied nicely (and maybe drop the ticket fee). That would have served the same purpose of defending their IP.

But nooo... they had to litigate. They're dicks. And so is anyone who defends this as something that's right and proper.

Comment Re:Nature vs Nurture Debate (Score 4, Insightful) 445

While what you say is quite nice in the abstract, the nurture aspect is very strong in this concrete case.

If kids go hungry, if shots are fired next door each day, if they have to travel hours to get to a school that can only hire teachers that have failed to get jobs elsewhere, then "nature" doesn't even have a chance of entering the door, it's all nurture. You have to be extremely motivated and disciplined in such an environment to even stand a chance of gaining a normal education, let alone enroll in a gifted program.

Another point I'd like to make is that the tests aren't all that capable of predicting success.

In The Netherlands, the disparity in living conditions is much lower - our "slums" are suburbs compared to a lot of other countries. The tests correlate much better with real ability - and even there we see a rather unnerving percentage of kids where the tests actually go off by a wide margin, so much so that it is now the law (new since last year) that the advice from the kids teachers is the one that has to be followed, and tests can only cause a lower advice to be changed to a higher one, not a high advice to be lowered. The main reason for this was that the teachers advice was correlating much better with academic success than the IQ tests.

Comment Re:Sorry, but you're screwed (Score 1) 288

If we ignore the datamining and forced updates, which are two things that most people are actually fine to put up with, Windows 10 is pretty awesome OS.

Smooth, fast, runs all the apps, has premium drivers.

Should have been modded "Insightful +5".

The forced updates will mean that if MS fucks up, they pull the plug on the majority of the world's computing infrastructure. Teehee, guess how thorough those patches will be tested? Pretty thorough is my guess. And since everyone has the same environment, barring drivers and antivirus software, this should take less effort than it used to. So, I don't think more than 1% of the population will care. This could change when MS actually does kill off everyone's installation, but I'm prepared to wait and see on this one.

For most people continuous updates will be a huge improvement because botnets will have a smaller attack surface. If they *do* find a vulnerability it will affect everyone, but it will also very likely be patched rapidly and rolled out right away. Security researchers will find their work easier too: they just have to deal with one version of the OS, and not with all of the subversions.

The datamining is my biggest issue, but I'll just have to find a way to patch the ethernet driver to drop selected packets, if the antivirus tools won't give me an option to block the telemetry from phoning home. I guess we'll see "phoneblockers" popping up this year, or next year at the latest.

Comment Re:Maybe Scott just wasn't listening that hard... (Score 1) 163

I'll be happy if the story is at least consistent with itself for the duration of the movie. That was what tripped up Prometheus the most. I can forgive a lot in the name of "suspension of disbelief", but not the inane plot, tepid writing and insane actions of apparent morons picked up at a random streetcorner to help out on a billion-dollar costing expedition.

Comment Re:compounding. 3000% (Score 1) 114

It's one of the most powerful forces which affects your financial security.

More like one of the most overrated sops to keep people quiet: "if you just save your money and work hard, later you will get a lot of money!".

Especially now we have an interest rate at nearly zero percent and inflation higher than that, "compound interest" is just an easy way to support those poor starving bankers.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer