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Comment Re:ResearchKit! ResearchKit! That's The Big Story! (Score 2) 529

I'm more worried about the invalid correlations that will result from this data, given that the users will be self-selected, upper-class individuals.

Medical research (especially meta-studies) are already rife with invalid statistics. This can only exacerbate it.

Comment Re:Would it be a sin? (Score 1) 217

The accusation implied in that response is that "open source must be weak because vulnerabilities are found".

Whether or not closed source is better is largely irrelevant. Whichever fulfills your needs the best (be they verifiable security, price, etc) is what is "better" for you.

Comment Re: this is like (Score 3, Interesting) 397

Disclaimer: I work for a streaming company.

The reason Netflix offers b movies and lesser-quality TV is because of the fee they charge. It's economically impossible to charge such a low subscription and provide higher quality content.

In other words, I can tell you that better streaming services are coming, but they'll cost more too.

Comment Re:Future problems..... (Score 2) 248

[Preamble: I work in the industry, so this is an informed statement]

Viacom, Disney, etc cannot raise prices just for Dish. All the contracts include a "most favored nation" clause that forces the content provider to offer the same terms to all the distribution networks. It could be that Dish will be the first to see the price raised, but when Comcast's, and DirecTV's contracts need to be renegotiated, they will see the same increase.

Comment Re: Slashdot... (Score 1) 442

Odd, that's exactly how I feel about MacOS. I accidentally hit the wrong f button and the screen zooms, or goes to an alternate desktop, or other such "useful" nonsense. It then takes me a while to figure out how to get back, and by then my train of thought is thoroughly derailed. I'm sticking with windows, thank you very much. I'm quite productive with it.

Comment Meta commentary (Score 3, Funny) 320

So many acronyms! It's a good thing I'm in the industry, or I'd have no idea what that headline means.

I imagine trying to communicate this to my friends and family: RMS (sounds vaguely British) urges WC3 (the successor to Warcraft II) to reject on principle DRM (Dr. Mario) in HTML5 (they've probably heard that buzzword by now)

Comment Re:Be prepared for the concequences (Score 1) 325

As with most technology, can't Tor also be used to hide criminal acts? Wasn't this a case where the government of Austria (a country generally considered "free") saw evidence of a crime and traced through the web as far as they could-- and the tracks just so happened to end at this individual's computer (AKA Tor exit node).

It seems that along with running an open WIFI, running a Tor exit node could be an additional defense if you are caught breaking the law.

Comment Re:No work? (Score 2) 281

I live in Utah, where we regularly get snow. We almost never close schools because of the weather, and I can think of exactly one time in my adult life when work was called off early due to snow (and that event fizzled into nothing).

In Texas, when they get even half an inch of snow, everything shuts down!

The point being that we are much more well equipped to deal with that kind of weather event here in Utah than they are in Texas. I imagine some of the same is in play in your situation.

Comment Also incomparable JS benchmarks (Score 1) 398

I also noticed that the JS benchmarks were completely incomparable. Each benchmark was for a different browser, and the browser company that made each test suite won (firefox won the kraken suite, and google won the V8 suite).

I would have been interested to see Chrome on Win7 VS Chrome on Win8, or FF on Win7 VS FF on Win8, but alas.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923