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Comment: Just started today (Score 1) 179

by barlevg (#49451443) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
My 2012 N7 (running Android Version 5.1) is shutting itself down randomly, within a few minutes of booting. Boots up fine, and it appears to only power off when it's asleep (screen is off). I *knew* i should have stayed on Jelly Bean, but I was just so damn sick of seeing that "update is available" notification come up every. five. seconds. This may push me to put Cyanogenmod on it, which is something I've been meaning to do for a while anyway.

Comment: Re:Typical rules are dumb (Score 1) 159

by barlevg (#49347665) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
I mean, a correcthorsebatterystaple equivalent is better than 1234 or W%x9, since there are more words in the dictionary than there are ASCII characters. It's really a pretty simple matter of number of possible passwords = (number of units in you're considering) ^ (number of units used). So there are 10^4=10,000 four-number passwords, 128^4=268,435,456 four-ASCII-character passwords, and ~(1,000,000)^4=10^24 four-word passwords.

Comment: Self-Driving Cars (Score 1) 129

by barlevg (#49337209) Attached to: Do Robots Need Behavioral 'Laws' For Interacting With Other Robots?
It's my understanding that there's been considerable speculation into what happens if self-driving cars end up dominating the roadways--the rules that are currently being programmed into them to ensure safety in a human-driver-dominated won't necessarily be the optimal ones when most cars on the road are driven by AI. And if you assume that all other cars on the road are driven by an AI with a given set of rules, tweaking the rules on your car (say, increasing the "aggression" parameter) could lead you to dominate the roadways... at least until other drivers catch on. Bottom line: AIonAI interactions, especially when leading to swarm behavior, is definitely a field that people are investigating, and with good reason.

Comment: Is anyone ACTUALLY offended? (Score 2) 765

by barlevg (#49315717) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy
Or are people just hypothesizing that women will be offended? Because I didn't see a single tweet expressing outrage. This strikes me as "brogrammers" trying to pick a fight where there is none. If anyone is actually offended by the comments, they could always fork the project, rewrite the readme, and change the method names to things that are gender-neutral In other words, they could neuter the project.

Comment: More competition is always a good thing (Score 4, Interesting) 105

by barlevg (#49309219) Attached to: Virgin Could Take On Tesla With Electric Car
I've been incredibly impressed with what Tesla has done in getting an American public who flat out did not want to give up its gas guzzlers interested in the concept of an electric car. I'll be even more impressed when the Tesla competitors come around, and the question shifts from "Do I want an electric car?" to "Which electric car should I buy?"

Comment: And this is why... (Score 2) 96

I realize this isn't the router in question, but I refuse to use my Comcast modem--which has a wireless router built in--as anything but a modem, preferring to run everything through my own hardware. Also disabling that stupid Comcast Hot Spot functionality--like Hell am I paying Comcast for the privilege of hosting a part of their "free wireless" network, whether it affects my own personal bandwidth or not (or whether it leaves a door open to hacking into my own private network).

Comment: Desktop + Netbook (Score 1) 385

by barlevg (#49286287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
Especially if she's running simulations or calculations which might run overnight. Get a desktop with tons of CPU, memory and, if you're adventurous, an NVIDIA card or two. Bonus points: spec it out and build it together! Then take the money you saved and buy a cheap netbook (most important factor is ergonomics). Campuses tend to have wireless everywhere, so she can use the netbook to remote in anywhere, any time. And she doesn't have to worry about her web browsing disrupting her computations.

Comment: Re: Not sure what they're looking at? (Score 1) 161

by barlevg (#49207961) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

The point is that legally DICE can do whatever the fuck they want with this site. There is no law saying that any medium needs to label an advertisement as such. The reason newspapers don't try to pass ads off as legit news* stories is about journalistic ethics, not legal concerns.

*well, this used to be true...

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.