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Comment: Re:In other words, you're doing it wrong. (Score 3, Insightful) 37

by drinkypoo (#48952451) Attached to: Test Shows Big Data Text Analysis Inconsistent, Inaccurate

This is what scares most people, or at least me, about ideas of using big data to predict criminals or otherwise mess up people's lives.

It's not a problem to use big data to try to figure out where to focus. But you have to subject the results to some sanity checking, and before you actually impact someone's life, perhaps even some common sense. Shocking idea, I know, and the reason why it's still a problem.

Comment: Re: Problems with the staff (Score 2) 147

by drinkypoo (#48952279) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

problem with Noscript et al, is the same problem with softwalls like Zonealarm - the content is already downloaded to your computer for the parser to analyse before it's passed to the rendering engine. It's already in your system.

Well, yes and no. The script embedded in the html or whatever is already in your system, but any linked script files hosted on a dodgy domain don't actually get downloaded at all, at least on Firefox. In the past this was impossible on chrome by design, but I'm told it works properly now. The flash and most of the script is never in fact downloaded to your PC at all.

Comment: Re: Japan: and the $0.02 market analysis. (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48951849) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Thanks for the info. I went with the premise that they were the only Android phones guaranteed to get software updates. Now I am just confused as how to know a good Android phone that will be in the front running for getting system updates, without having to jailbreak.

What you do get with Nexus devices is unlockability. But you also get that with Motorola and even Sony devices. You void your warranty in the process, which probably isn't strictly legal for them to do to you. You can relock your phone so that it can get OTAs again, though... at least in the case of Motorola. Dunno about others. What you just can't assume you get is quality.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48951827) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Because "a while" might be like 10 15 minutes. When all you want to do is unplug, go out and start jamming, that sucks as UX.

So if you care, then you use a tool. But being forced to use a tool is still bullshit, and you are still a useful idiot apologist.

plus no worrying about what happens if the device writes garbage to the config, or what happens if power is lost mid write, etc.

Actually, all that stuff can still happen to iPods.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48949103) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

At the time I don't think that parsing metadata was feasible with out having to sit there and wait until it finished.

Doesn't Rockbox manage this? (research, research) yes, yes it does. First-gen iPod with Rockbox firmware, you connect it in mass storage mode and stuff your files on it and it does the right thing. So yes, yes it was feasible, and Apple was either incompetent or chose deliberate lock-in. You take your pick, I don't think we've got a false dichotomy here given that the hardware can definitely do the job.

Comment: Re:Lack of creativity... (Score 1) 240

by drinkypoo (#48948199) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

A more interesting subject... when you're playing a single player RPG do you ever care what your name is?

Yes. If I'm playing a game which doesn't suck, I try give my character a good name.

If I'm playing a game which sucks, I still name my characters rude things. Got to get your chuckles somewhere. Lunar was made better by seeing "biatch, be strong"

Comment: Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48948051) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Hate all you want, but there's no denying the fact that the iPhone was the most revolutionary mobile phone there's ever been.

Except everything the iPhone did was done by someone else first, right down to slide to unlock. What the iPhone did was combine all these good ideas, resulting in one successful product. That's why it's evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Sadly, it all ended in 2011. Look at phones. They're all the same as 2011 iPhone was just with 2015 cpu/graphic, 2015 screen brightness/contrast, 2015 CMOS camera sensors.

Yeah, unless you buy a cheapie like a Moto G, then all that stuff is from 2014. (Does come with new gorilla glass, though...)

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48948037) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

If you don't think that syncing from iTunes is a better UX than manually managing files then you're nuts.

Being forced to sync from iTunes is not a better UX than being able to manually manage files. You can still use tools to manage the music on media players which don't require you to use custom software. Many such tools exist, including FOSS offerings like Banshee and Rhythmbox.

Friction is a drag.