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Comment: Strategy looks like cleaning up rather than innova (Score 1) 322

by acscott (#47519773) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Lay off people. Close up products. Anybody can do this. It's standard MBA algorithm, squeeze a little here and there. Bob Lutz says that's the style that ruined American automobile industries.

The whole of Microsoft's strategy was laid bare by BG a long time ago: Sell OS licenses. Office was used to create a feedback loop. Now, Active Directory is part of that.

RT runs office, so it supports that strategy.

Make me CEO; I'll charge $250,000 a year. Problems solved, miracles cost extra.

Comment: Re:Corporate directed not volunteer direct ... (Score 1, Insightful) 403

Am I too lazy to figure out what this means? What is DRM? If you create something cool I think you should get some credit for it if you want credit. If you don't want credit that's cool too. If there's a business that has employees, we should at least respect their limited time on earth. Producing high quality work (for me anyway) takes sacrifice of something. That's me though. I ramble, but is DRM a bad thing and why?

Comment: Output of things that get notoriety, awards etc. (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by acscott (#46000175) Attached to: What Makes a Genius?

"When Terman first used the IQ test to select a sample of child geniuses, he unknowingly excluded a special child whose IQ did not make the grade. Yet a few decades later that talent received the Nobel Prize in physics: William Shockley, the cocreator of the transistor. Ironically, not one of the more than 1,500 children who qualified according to his IQ criterion received so high an honor as adults." Simonton, Dean Keith (1999). Origins of genius: Darwinian perspectives on creativity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-512879-6. Lay summary (14 August 2010).

Exceptional output requires access to tools, training, and environment (food, health, relationships) that enable the person to devote (obssess?) over solving the problems or creating something. And, the person's exceptional output must be recognized as such. So being highly intelligent won't make it. It may even be a hindrance. For instance, it would be easy to imagine the first ever person to be able to repeatedly create fire would not score well on any measure of intelligence today, but to the tribe, that person may not only be considered a genius but a god.

+ - Nobel Prize Winner Randy Schekman Boycotts Journals for 'Branding Tyranny'-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "One of this year's winners of the Nobel Peace prize has declared a boycott on leading academic journals after he accused them of contributing to the "disfigurement" of science.

Randy Schekman, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, said he would no longer contribute papers or research to the prestigious journals, Nature, Cell and Science and called for other scientists to fight the "tyranny" of the publications."

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+ - Startup releases technology to disrupt ISP industry and mass surveillance-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "Australian scientists have created a new tech platform to make internet acquisition a one-time hardware cost for end users in medium and high population density urban areas. The technology has a peer to peer technical architecture that removes the need for an Internet Service Provider. A consequence of this network design is that it makes eavesdropping nearly impossible because internet traffic does not flow through a central point."
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+ - Real-Time Bidding: selling private data in 100 ms for $0.0005 -> 1

Submitted by fierman
fierman (2876687) writes "In a work to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (ISOC NDSS'14), INRIA researchers show the privacy risks of Real-Time Bidding, High-Frequency Trading for selling advertisement spaces. Combining Real-Time Bidding and Cookie Matching advertisers can significantly improve their tracking and profiling capabilities and both technologies are already prevalent on the Web. The research discusses the value of users' private data (Web Browsing History) retrieved directly from the advertisers, leveraging of an exposed information leak in RTB systems. pay about $0.0005 for displaying ads to the user, at the same time acquiring information about them. Evidence of price variation with users' profiles, pysical location, time of day and content of visited sites is also shown. Prices for ads are much higher for users located in US, than in Europe. The research highlights that the technology is not transparent in that the lists and numbers of buyers of users' data is not known. However, a list of Doubleclick's Cookie Matching partners was disclosed.
Users can also experience their real-time evaluations using a released transparency enhancing
tool."

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Comment: Re:TFA Title is OT (Score 1) 152

by acscott (#45511489) Attached to: CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet
Ok, I'm incorrect. It did imply "learning things without being specifically taught" was common sense. I do not believe this to be a good definition, as common sense is as much idiom than anything. Semantically, the phrase is derogatory, political, and a criticism on the value of intelligence versus many other things. That's my problem with the title. Assuming the TFA did not have an agenda, then it and of itself has no common sense. The irony is so palpable, it makes this wretch wanna wretch.

+ - New Dinosaur 'Siats Meekerorum' Discovered In Utah-> 1

Submitted by minty3
minty3 (2942557) writes "Named Siats meekerorum, after the man-eating monster from the Ute tribal legend, the fossil belongs to a species of giant meat eaters known as carcharodontosaurs and is the second one discovered in North America.

“This thing is gigantic,” Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University, who discovered the species, said. “There’s simply nothing even close in this ecosystem to the size of this animal that could’ve been interpreted as an apex predator.”"

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+ - MMORPG Recommendations? 3

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An anonymous reader writes "LOTRO's latest expansion involved cutting 2/3rds of all skills for all classes, with a only a handful reclaimable through the new ludicrously 1-dimensional trait trees. If you're not an end-game raider, you're SOL. And if you are, you can now play your character perfectly with only one or two buttons. Like many who preordered the expansion, I feel robbed and I'm joining the mass exodus. What do you folks suggest? How do GW2, RIFT, Warcraft, etc stack up? What else would you recommend looking at?"

+ - Coding Artists Use Programming to Create Mind-Bending Digital Artwork

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Artistic expression based in coding and programming is experiencing something of a quiet renaissance http://sdt.bz/66392. Artists experimenting with different programs, processes and programming languages are creating uniquely captivating digital works that experiment with the constantly evolving tools of software development. Artists like Adam Ferriss, Raven Kwok and Nick Briz use everything from pixel sorting algorithms and optical flow to generative animation and manufactured glitches to combine coded visuals and often audio elements in creating immersive, psychedelic artistic experiences."

+ - Virgin Galactic Accepts Bitcoin Payments for Space Flights->

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An anonymous reader writes "Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic accepts bitcoins as payment for $250,000 space flights, as the decentralised virtual currency moves ever-further into the media spotlight.

Branson himself says he has invested in bitcoin, and believes it and other forms of payment like Square can seriously rival the traditional banking system."

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+ - Schwab says Bill Gates Should Return->

Submitted by acscott
acscott (1885598) writes "According to Charles Schwab Bill Gates should return to Microsoft "Gates should return to revamp Microsoft’s culture, Schwab said." (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/bill-gates-should-return-to-lead-microsoft-schwab-says.html). But it does not seem realistic, "Yes, the Microsoft chairman fits that description, but don’t bet on Gates taking Schwab’s advice on this one. It’s looking increasingly possible that Microsoft will bring in an outsider as the next CEO.""
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