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Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by TimothyDavis (#49076227) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

I wish I could do that, but I'm personally unable to listen to an audiobook while doing anything else without completely losing track of what's going on in the audiobook.

What I have found is that the kind of driving I am doing matters a lot when listening to audio books. If there needs to be any frontal cortex decision making (route planning, looking for unexpected obstacles, driving in the city), then audio books aren't an option. There is simply no way to pay attention to both at the same time.

My work commute is about 15 minutes each way, and is on the highway. With this kind of driving I have no problem listening to a book while driving.

Mundane chores are also a good time to listen. I can unload the dishwasher, fold laundry, weed the garden, etc. while listening to a book.

I recommend a service like Audible that enables you to listen to books on your phone or other mobile device. This way you can have it near while on the toilet, in the car, doing the dishes....

Everyone is different, so what works for me may not work for you.

Comment: Re:Once again (Score 1) 755

by TimothyDavis (#48706229) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Most people have no idea how cell phones work. Does that mean God made cell phones?

I don't think that most people would attribute a cell phone to being made by God, but they would point out that the cell phone had a creator (and thus was not happenstance). Even without knowing the origin of a cell phone, intuition and basic understanding would tell them that it would not exist without intentional design. I think this same intuition is what many use to believe that the universe also was intelligently created.

While the author doesn't cite the equation in question, is clear that he is referring to the Drake Equation. The problem with that is that the Drake Equation is an estimation of detectable life in our galaxy. And so when he states that we keep adding criteria to the equation that diminishes the odds of life existing, he is also being incredibly misleading about what the equation represents. By the definition of the Drake equation, our civilization is not detectable - and we would not make the list.

The universe is also a bit larger than our galaxy.

He then goes on to misuse probability to make the case that the odds that our universe could exists are so incredibly low that only a fool would think it just happened this way.

I am extremely disappointed in the WSJ for publishing the article - even as an opinion. The article is fraudulent.

Comment: Re:Maybe they should focus on... (Score 1) 415

A cursory look at the list of activity, and I don't see anything wrong. Most of that is background compile (ngen) of managed libraries, which is triggering the antivirus software based on the recompiled binaries being written to disk.

This is actually a good feature, IMHO. Microsoft will periodically release updates to the compiler to fix security related issues, as well as performance enhancements. Binaries can either be recompiled at load time, or while the system is idle.

Comment: Re:really? (Score 4, Interesting) 171

by TimothyDavis (#48437933) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

They didn't rewrite the kernel from scratch so that puts it into 6.4 - 6.99999 range.

Just a minor nitpick... Software version numbers are not decimal numbers but separate units (major.minor).

After 6.9 comes 6.10. After 6.99999 comes 6.100000.

Just another minor nitpick... Windows stores OS versions as an unsigned 64 bit integer, consisting of four 16 bit ordinals. When displaying a "friendly" string version of the version, the four ordinals are separated by periods.

So 6.99999 is not a possible version, as 99999 overflows a 16 bit unsigned integer.

Comment: Re:This is aimed at carriers like Verizon Wireless (Score 1) 427

They also had that deal with Microsoft that made Bing the default search engine on all their phones ("Droid" branded ones excluded, the rest of their Android phones did have it).

Serious question here:

So fucking what?

Google's entire economic model is based on the user consuming Google services, especially search. There is no altruism from Google to develop Android. They did it to corral users to Google services, and having mobile phone providers place Bing as a default search engine undermines the value of investment Google has placed in Android.

Comment: Re:We don't need a complicated technical "solution (Score 1) 66

by TimothyDavis (#47353139) Attached to: The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden

Does your solution account for weather forecast? Because watering the lawn 12 hours before it is going to rain seems like a bit of a waste.

I'd love to have a timer that was smart enough to read the local weather forecast, and make decisions. I'd also love to have a timer where I could walk the zones in my garden periodically and using my smart phone/tablet and increase/decrease the amount of watering duration for the zone.

Comment: Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

by TimothyDavis (#46879923) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Given that the death penalty was in existence prior to his crime, yet the perp still did what he did, it seems that the threat of punishment was no deterrent.

While I personally agree that death penalties probably don't have much of an effect on capital crimes, I do feel the need to point out that a deterrent doesn't always eliminate the undesired behavior. Saying that the deterrent didn't work because instances still occur does not take into account all of the instances that did not occur because of the deterrent.

Comment: Re:FCC Shouldn't Ban It, But Airlines Should (Score 1) 340

by TimothyDavis (#45988511) Attached to: Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

They shouldn't ban it - they should just charge an arm and a leg for the service. Something like $5 per minute.

Phones at the seats are not new to airplanes. The prior phones were too expensive for any casual use - though I have never flown first class, so I don't know if people were being annoying with them up there.

Comment: Re:Next! (Score 1) 103

by TimothyDavis (#45850901) Attached to: Unencrypted Windows Crash Reports a Blueprint For Attackers

Reporting them, you see nothing back. All those people who get error reports upon upgrading to a duff hotfix, it takes someone to whinge to Microsoft to get it fixed. Millions of crash reports aren't acted up, from what I see. I doubt anyone reads them.

I look at them. So do many others here at Microsoft.

Background: I sit on an engineering team that works with OEMs and IHVs. I formerly supported driver developers with support and posting drivers to Windows Update

The challenge with OCA is that there are many sources of crashes. It can be caused by a bug in a Microsoft component, 3rd party driver, faulty hardware, or something else in the kernel doing something wrong (such as malware, etc). Crashes are assigned to buckets, where the hope is that there is a one-to-one relationship been a bucket and a bug. Unfortunately a lot of buckets are an aggregation of different kinds of bugs.

Grouping the crashes into buckets gives us a list of trending crash causes. As expected, the buckets with the highest counts are researched first, where analysts try and identify root cause. If the bug is identified in a Microsoft product, the product sustained engineering team is engaged to build a hotfix to resolve the issue. If the bug is in a 3rd party driver, we engage the 3rd party to resolve the issue.

When a bucket has a resolution, we will typically link that bucket to a response that will notify affected users through the "Action Center" on the system tray. This only works if the bucket is solved, and the entire bucket can be solved by the solution. A lot of buckets do not have a linked response, but the resolution is posted to Windows Update as a Windows hotfix or a 3rd party driver update.

Comment: What exactly is ADD? (Score 1) 246

by TimothyDavis (#45705435) Attached to: The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

I am 34 and have been on Adderal for about six years now. Being on this medication has had such an improvement on my life that I really wish I had been on it at a much younger age - especially in high school.

The problem that I have is that ADD/ADHD is that it is a classification of a symptom, but does not define the root cause. I also have dyslexia. After doing research into the characteristics of dyslexia, I believe that is really what my source of ADD symptoms is. What I have found is that I need to be stimulated in order to have functional cognitive capacity. When stimulated, I am generally well above average in cognitive capabilities. When non-stimulated, my brain simply shuts down. Stimulation can come from several sources: Medication, exercise, and engaging in an activity that I find interesting.

In an ideal world I would not use medication, but instead stick to exercise and activities I enjoy. I unfortunately live in a world of rigid school structuring designed to prepare students for a similar corporate environment. I have learned to cope with the corporate environment by reducing as much of the TPS reporting from my job description as possible, and standing most of the day. I have a standing desk, and in almost every meeting you find me at, I will be in the back standing or slowly pacing. I loathe wasteful meetings, and avoid them when possible.

I personally think that we need to re-evaluate our education system with the thought that there might not be a one size fits all solution. Take all the kids who have "ADD" and put them in a separate school, and figure out what kind of curriculum works best for them. That might sound like the worst nightmare of a teacher, but I believe that with a proper engagement, you'd end up with a school full of superstars.

Comment: Re:Zero Tolerance (Score 1) 453

Is this a joke?

I might be bad at names, but I surely can remember the 5 people seated in front of me. I just met them. Your meetings must have more drinking than mine.

I encourage you to consider that social norms didn't evolve to meet your personal strengths.

Many meetings don't have a unified list of attendees. Handing over a business card is a lot easier than trying to insert names and contact information into devices.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.