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Comment Dash Computers are Suboptimal (Score 1) 75

In 10 years, it will still be a fine car but the dash computer will be an antique. My car has bluetooth and a phone jack, and that will allow me to hook up the latest equipment to navigate and entertain me, for a long time, and replace it on my own schedule.

Comment Re:Outsider (Score 1) 88

Except market research is an indirect and often flawed amount of knowledge. It's also generally based on data sources generally available to the public.

Here the knowledge is a more direct representation of the needed data. You are betting according to the very straightforward assumption that all popular 'fantasy sports' sites have similar behavior among their members. Essentially, those with access to one site's membership data knows the odds to payoffs of a typical site, while the rest of the participants are somewhat blind to the odds to payoffs. With this knowledge, folks are able to find combinations that are almost certainly going to be profitable in aggregate, which wouldn't be possible if things were actually fair.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 1) 45

The challenge being that the dust is far from settled on the quantum-resistant asymmetric hashes, and none of them have been anywhere near as well researched as RSA or even elliptic curve.

I can't reasonably today set up a website certificate using any quantum resistant algorithm. More research and consensus are required. It may be pessimistic to say no meaningful encryption for decades (it ignores symmetric encryption, this step actually isn't *practically* any closer to producing the theoretical quantum computer that could derive private keys from public keys, and even if it were closer, algorithms that are credibly being considered quantum resistant are out there, so it may be years, but not decades from now unless something is deeply wrong with *all* the candidates).

Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 1) 69

Problem being that folks running Windows typically have a lot of applications that are not universal apps and likely never to become universal apps. Continuum *specifically* helps a phone provide the desktop/laptop support when paired with appropriate input/output setup, which is nice for generic applications, but more critically relevant to the applications that people run that are not in this mold.

MS without x86 has been a very very uphill situation from a business perspective.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 3, Interesting) 45

Of course the issue being that AES isn't useful in many contexts without key exchange, which is generally rooted in asymmetric algorithms. Pre-shared key circumstances exist, but are exceptionally rare and not particularly feasible in most internet contexts.

Such a strategy using username/password as foundation of the strategy can work once a relationship is boot strapped, but no good way to bootstrap a new secure relationship.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 420

You're comparing two different things there, you first have to establish that the places where gun laws are most restrictive, do in fact, have fewer guns

No, we're establishing the fact that criminals really don't care about gun laws, and the problem is crime, not guns. In those areas with the high murder rates, reducing the overall level of crime down to what it is elsewhere (where guns are plenty available, but aren't being used in as many crimes ... because there AREN'T AS MANY CRIMES) solves the problem. The problem being crime, not the tools that criminals use (because as mentioned, they're also very happy to slit your throat or beat you to death ... the number of stabbings, for example, are also very high in the same places where the number of shootings are high).

You didn't even reply to the assertion, which was that it was more likely to be with guns due to the guns being everywhere.

That one, again, doesn't rally merit a response. Guns are available across the US. But criminal use of them is highly localized, statistically. It's as simple as the conduct of the people in those locations, period.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 349

Well, there is this:

Whatever judgement call you want to make (I hate the phrase SJW because it is pretty much used indiscriminately toward folks who have legitimate gripes and those who are senselessly whining).

I personally have found Linus' perspective a bit refreshing. He will call out bad code, erring on the side of brutal honesty. I've seen way too many projects fall pray to the other phenomenon, everyone is too polite and in fear of discouraging folks, and ends up accepting mediocre stuff rather than offend. It's generally not a problem for a small project, but the bigger the project is and the more interest attracts, the more dangerous this can get.

I know if I can get code in easily without a lot of commentary/debate, I take it as a sign that the project is being too nice.

Comment Re:OEM are peeing in their pants about Surface (Score 2) 69

Of course this is a *problem* for MS, this is causing their partners to be at least somewhat concerned. I think getting dug in too hard into hardware is a mistake for MS. They overwhelmed Apple with partners to win in the past, trying to beat apple at their own game seems perilous.

Comment Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 3, Interesting) 69

If they went with Atom processors for the phones.. Without access to the library of existing x86 applications,Windows continues to fail to take advantage of their one key advantage, that dwindles more and more by the day.

MS should have been pushing the x86 phone story *hard*. I was skeptical when Surface RT happened, and that did turn out to be a bust. MS should have learned from this. While continuum lays the groundwork for an interesting story, it falls short when paired with an ARM device with respect to MS ecosystem.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 420

Homicide rates on the other hand are through the roof because it's so much easier to kill some one with a gun.

Except the FBI reports that the number of people killed with beatings by bats, pipes, and bare hands wildly eclipses the murders committed by any sort of rifle, shotgun, or other "long gun" (including things that look like military assault rifles). And yet every time the media talks about such things, they flash up pictures of scary looking rifles with black plastic parts on them, and focus on politicians who call for "assault weapon" bans. We've had multiple murders in our area just in the last couple of weeks. Stabbings, all of them.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 420

That does nothing to change the fact that we have a homicide rate 4 times that of any other Western nation.

In real terms, no we don't. We have three or four specific cities with highly localized cultural problems and an inexplicable political tolerance for persistent criminal activity that account for the lion's share of those numbers. If you remove places like Chicago and Baltimore from the numbers, the US drops to almost the bottom of the "Western nation" murder rate list. Talking in nation-wide generalities about what is essentially a severe cultural problem in a handful of neighborhoods is completely disingenuous.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 420

How about addressing the root problem of our excessive gun violence, there's too many guns!

Then why is there more violence in the places where gun laws are the most restrictive, and LESS violence in places where guns are readily available and very commonly owned?

When criminal elements or the mentally unstable types commit violent acts (which happens everywhere) they are so much more likely to do it with a gun here because guns are everywhere in this country.

Except reality doesn't agree with your assertion. Yes, guns are (more or less) everywhere. But violence crime (a la Chicago or Baltimore) is NOT everywhere. In fact it's easier to get guns outside of those places. And those places also have much higher rates of beatings, stabbings, etc. If you remove the four municipalities with the highest overall crime rates from the national statistics, the rate of murders for the country drops nearly to the bottom of the modern world's stats. Why? Because we have a few cities with major localized cultural problems and an inexplicable tolerance for persistent criminal populations. Take those out of the equation and there's almost nothing to talk bout here.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 420

There are places in EVERY country that are "far far more violent". Generally speaking they are called "major urban areas".

That's exactly the point you're missing. Chicago (for example) is far, far more violent than most every other urban area in the US. And certain vastly more violent than, say, Geneva, Switzerland. Do you really think that places like Seattle, or Houston, or Annapolis, or Des Moines, or San Francisco, or Miami even hold a candle to the sort of gang-related thuggery that's spiking in Chicago and Baltimore? Those ARE outliers, and distort the national numbers significantly. If the guns caused the crime (are you really that wrong-headed) then why aren't the guns causing crime everywhere else where there are MORE OF THEM, and they are EASIER TO GET AND OWN? Hint: because guns don't cause shootings any more than knives cause stabbings or spoons make you fat. If the presence or availability of guns drove crime, we wouldn't see places like Chicago as exceptions.

I mentioned Miami, above. Not cirme-free, to be sure. But they USED to be Chicago, and had a real problem with street-level criminal violence. They finally passed a concealed carry law and made it easier for people to own guns. That type of violent crime dropped immediately and precipitously and has been down ever since. Murders in general across the board nation-wide are at their lowest level since the 1950's, and murders using guns have - despite the ever-growing number of firearms privately owned - been going steadily down, nation-wide, for decades. That further exposes the exceptional local culture problems in places like Chicago and Baltimore. Do you really think that Baltimore's recent spike in street killings is tied in any way to a change in the availability of guns over the last year? Nothing has changed there except local human behavior. If gun availability caused it, why hasn't the exact same thing happened in all of the surrounding communities? Be specific.

Comment Let's face the truth ... (Score 1) 795

... communication and wording are far from professional in the kernel team. Most core-devs would be dismissed on their style of interaction alone if applying to any serious professional elite position. Imagine applying for an astronauts programm with Linus style of talk for instance. He wouldn't stand a chance.

Of course, professionally, Linus is right just about 100% of the time and also can rightfully be super annoyed if some dimwit wastes his and everybody elses time, but the discourse in the kernel team is notably imature at a measurable pace. That includes Linus. Such, that it actually makes it into the news.

He'res an example, the first line a Linux quote from memory:
"You're so dumb you couldn't find your mothers tit as a baby"
"This is a very very stupid idea and A,B and C are blatant beginners mistakes and no one on the mainline will even attempt to merge it. I suggest you look into your stuff more thouroughly before sending out pull requests and perhaps redo your review process. This is the second time and if this happens again I'll ask X to take your branch out of branch YZ. Your wasting my and everyone elses time. Stop that. - EOM"

See? The second line is about the most shaming rundown you can get as a professional or elite kernel dev. It's actually more harsh then the first. ... But it is way more professional.

Bottom line:
I can totally see why she left the kernel team.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe