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Comment Re:What do you do (Score 1) 364

Thanks for the link. I'm interested in checking out the underlying sources, and they claim to already have taken "research performed by" vs "research funded by" into account. I'm aware of many private funding sources in academia, but the grants are typically small and few (though massive and almost eternal grants from HHMI and the like may make up for much of that).

I wasn't aware that so much research was funded by the private sector and I'll honestly still be a bit suspicious of the numbers until I really look at it. I wonder what is necessary to claim that an amount "funded research" and what the likely cases of misrepresenting this may be (eg. "market research").

Comment Re:What do you do (Score 1) 364

That's a nice theory, but it doesn't work that way in practice. Countries that finance most or all their research through public funding are dismal places for researchers. People either leave or they don't really push themselves.

Which countries are you thinking of? Most research (all basic research and most applied research) in the US is publicly funded and people are flocking here to do research. Our research output is also incredibly high. Looking around the world, you have that exactly backward.

Comment Re:A step in the right direction (Score 1) 111

You have far too much faith in the system. The DEA outright admitted to using parallel construction (One DEA official had told Reuters: "Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day. It's decades old, a bedrock concept.") and no cases were reopened or even scrutinized.

If somebody at a little local PD does some sleazy illegal stuff, people may go to jail. When whole branches of the federal government start doing illegal stuff in an organized manner, it becomes the de facto law of the land. "Well, when the government does it, that means that it is not illegal." By definition, right?

Comment Re:Cue the Luddites (Score 1) 151

Chinese, and even the Egyptian hieroglyphics, isn't logographic in the same sense that emoji is. A purely logographic system is impractical, which is why there are none in use today.

It's a horridly inefficient and vague way to communicate any but the most superficial concepts. How would you even select the relevant five icons from the increasing number of pages of emoji?

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 1) 350

I just wish people would freaking pay attention at stop lights and watch for the light to change to green. It's almost always this excruciating ballet of watching the cars ahead of me "Oh, the light changed? *2 seconds to process before starting to accelerate" followed by the car behind them seeming to only realize it's time to go after their own two second pause. I'm hoping for network aware (or just aware!) autonomous cars that can all start rolling at the same time after a light change.

That drives me crazy, too. I think what's happening is that the first person is looking at the light (at intervals between looking at their phone) and everybody else is just looking at the car in front of them. Nobody takes any action toward moving until the car in front of them starts moving. It's fucking glacial and sometimes only a few cars make it through the intersection on each cycle.

I visited one place where every single car took the foot off the brakes when the light turned green and started moving (and spacing out) as a unit. It was beautiful and I wish I remembered where it was so that I could move there. I wonder if people there kept right except to pass, too...

Comment Re:Not the typical hitpiece (Score 1) 154

I grew up in the south, and I can tell you it is a breeding ground for hate, backward ideas, and a willingness to repress those who "are different".

I've lived all over the country and traveled all over the world and most places that contain people are full of hate and intolerance. The difference lies in how close that hatred is to the surface and whether you agree with the specifics of the intolerance. Right now, you're probably more comfortable because the locals hate the same things that you do ("Southerners", for one).

Comment Re:Interesting philosophical dilemma (Score 1) 418

Are you implying that Google's own software hasn't also had security issues? Even if you write the backdoor code instead of leaving it to somebody else, it will invariably have issues. Even if written perfectly, because of the nature of backdoors.

Being a huge and influential company, Google has other avenues beside just compliance. If Google can thumb its nose at China, then a little market like the UK doesn't need to be unquestioningly obeyed. This problem needs a solution that doesn't involve weakening security in any way and providing an official (from Google) backdoor only prolongs the push to get rid of such legal requirements.

(This is the around the depth where Slashdot's nesting code starts really screwing up, so forgive me if I lose the thread here.)

Comment Re:It is obvious that support most be provided... (Score 1) 125

I'd recommend checking out Windows phones, too. My wife's had one for about a year now and liked it, so I decided to try it out myself when my Nexus finally kicked the bucket. I'm pretty impressed so far. The dev tools are pretty decent, too (though now I have to run 7 in a VM, too). Cortana's creepy, though, and they tie too much other functionality into it.

I hadn't used anything of Microsoft's past XP, but I agree that they're really stepping up their game as of late.

Comment Re:wow (Score 1) 220

Budweiser sucks because the goal of the company's management is to make it taste like that, but their brewmasters are actually very good brewers. (I have some friends who work at AB, so I've been able to try some of their small batches and little project brews.)

Expertise only counts for so much when the management hamstrings you and insists that you cut corners.

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 3, Interesting) 349

As I have pointed out here before I have accidentally brought banned items through security without any real effort in concealing them, they were left in coat pockets, and the TSA never once found them. Yet every time I bring my camera through I get to play 20 questions with the otherwise unemployable.

It's funny that you use that example because the last time I flew they pulled me aside to explain the extra camera battery that was literally right next to a pocket knife that they didn't notice. After being grilled (bumblingly questioned, really) for five minutes, they finally accepted my explanation for the battery, put it back next to the knife and let me go.

On the way back, they didn't seem to notice either the knife or the battery.

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