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Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 1) 386

by geekmux (#49733981) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I'd say it's more important for kids today to type fast than it is to learn cursive.

As we move into the era of smartwatch-driven communications, along with all of the pressure against anyone who steps behind the wheel of any vehicle to become "hands-free", I'm rather curious. Why do you not feel the art of typing is also a dying requirement in society?

I know we've all been talking about the death of the keyboard for quite some time now. I tend to finally see that on the horizon. At one point we all thought Dick Tracy was the only lucky guy to own a watch like that, and voice recognition solutions aren't getting weaker.

Comment: Re:Okay, what is it? (Score 1) 88

by geekmux (#49727609) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

Try Google.

I have one on my keyring. I know exactly what it is, and what it is used for.

In other words you have prior information that makes sense out of the word salad that passes for summaries these days...

Quite true, especially in today's music climate where a tossed salad is served up hot and fresh with a side of truffle butter.

(Yeah, go ahead, take your own advice and enjoy Google on that one.)

Comment: Re:Rain fade. (Score 3, Funny) 221

Microwave networks are extremely susceptible to rain fade, and as such are not a good choice for important data links like these would be. We already have a technology which allows signals to travel at the speed of light and is immune to weather, solar radiation, and nearly anything else short of a major earthquake. It's called single mode fiber optic cable.

I didn't know a hung-over backhoe operator was considered in the same class as a major earthquake.

What exactly has caused your last three fiber outages? Chances are it was a human behind a stick or wheel, and not Mother Nature.

Comment: Re:Major changes in many countries (Score 1) 333

by geekmux (#49725993) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

Your number is meaningless without knowing the rates of of alcoholism and alcohol-related mortality over time.

Just in the United States, someone becomes addicted to alcohol at the rate of one every three seconds.

According to the CDC not long ago, alcohol was the 3rd leading cause of preventable death. Not sure what more we need to talk about. This problem isn't getting better or going away. We've just managed to waste billions making it acceptable to insurance companies for the last few decades by trying to reclassify it as a disease.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 2) 318

by geekmux (#49725473) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, some of these regulations are clear attempts to just protect the taxi industry from new models. On the other hand, some of the regulations (like having some basic insurance to cover if things go wrong) are pretty reasonable. On the gripping hand, both Uber and Lyft are both just blatantly ignoring regulations in many jurisdictions, and whether or not one thinks the laws should be there, it is hard to think that having cheaper car services is such a compellingly necessary service that it can morally or ethically justify ignoring laws.

If you wish to speak of morals and ethics, perhaps you should review the existing structure and their pricing model first.

There's a reason we have a compelling argument for competition here, and it's not because they have cooler looking cars.

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 5, Insightful) 386

by geekmux (#49724729) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I've never considered the sales and marketing people to be the smartest part of any organisation. They have a limited scope of action and limited deliverables. Calling this out is right. I wonder if they also think children should stop learning maths as we all have calculators - or more likely that we all have calc.exe.

Might as well cull out arts and humanities too. Those have no place in the modern workforce because you know, Picasso painted with a real brush, and Shakespeare wrote on actual paper. No one expresses themselves with that shit anymore...

Comment: Re:Hope it's better... (Score 1) 118

...than my android powered LG 47G2 "smart" TV - it SUCKS! Google updated android in spite of everything I tried to prevent it, and broke a LOT of functions. And there's no way to back out of the "upgrades". I called LG and they blame google. Google says it is an issue with LG. I bet the same thing happens with Firefox OS and these new TVs.

And why would we not assume this?

Think about it for a minute, you're an owner of a product with a 7-10 year useful lifespan. You're being approached by vendors that have a notorious reputation for going out of date with their products within months, sometimes sooner. Are you going to be willing to partner with any of them without being able to point the finger back at them when shit goes wrong?

And we see this shit happen all the time. It's gotten to the point where they should just call it the legal finger pointing loophole.

Comment: Re:Updates (Score 1) 118

...At the end of the day I think that other than malware targets these things are gonna quickly become irrelevant, the OS will go out of date looong before the TV dies, making for a security nightmare as vulnerabilities in both the OS and the apps won't be able to be patched as the hardware will just be too weak to run anything newer, and for the consumer the apps will lose support and using the ones that come with it will be about as pleasant as trying to surf modern sites on the phone I listed above. So other than a checkbox on the side of the box? IMHO this is just fucking stupid any way you cut it.

Says you, the consumer of said hardware.

Tell me again why a manufacturer or reseller of said hardware would give a shit about their hardware becoming slightly out of date and lacking features in 2-3 years?

At the beginning of the day, they give a shit about one thing; revenue.

At the end of the day, they give a shit about one thing; revenue.

In other words, the vendors of the world already have a solution for you. It's engineered right into the product.

Comment: Re:Major changes in many countries (Score 1) 333

by geekmux (#49721319) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

oh, I dunno...figuring out how to not ensure demand stays at 100%.

An obvious first step is to start treating addiction as a medical problem rather than as a criminal problem. Maybe we should spend less on police and prison guards, and more on doctors and nurses.

Alcoholism was officially defined as a disease over half a century ago, paving the way for treatment centers to open all across the country with full official support and backing from the medical and insurance community.

What was the direct impact on alcoholism today? By the time you finish reading this sentence, three more humans will become addicted to alcohol.

Treating addiction as a medical problem? Oh yeah. I can really tell how well that fucking tactic worked out...

Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 1, Offtopic) 333

by geekmux (#49720421) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

Fun fact: English is not a dead language. Proper usage shifts over time.

Uh, proper usage? Of the word rigmarole?

You mean when we stopped calling it balderdash because it was too old-fashioned, or when we stopped calling it a clusterfuck due to the overly protective censors?

Bullshit words deserve their ongoing confusion, and belong in the Urban Dictionary and not much further.

Comment: Re:Major changes in many countries (Score 0) 333

by geekmux (#49720109) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

If we eliminated the need to grow opium, a some countries would find their economies transformed. Imagine Afghanistan without opium financing various criminal factions. We just need to figure out how to make cocaine without coca, and Middle America would be changed too.

Of course that relies on the secret getting out. Otherwise we are still stuck with the morass of violent crime.

Yes, let's figure out ways to continue to make the drugs that kills us without using the base products instead of oh, I dunno...figuring out how to not ensure demand stays at 100%.

After all, it's obvious the inherent problem to solve with cocaine addiction is the cocoa leaf.

I'm certain the cure for obesity is smaller forks too.

Comment: Re:what might go wrong (Score 1) 118

Let me see... A shitty "OS" on a low-powered, very cheap SoC and difficult to upgrade? What can go wrong?

Let me see... You would prefer a solid "OS" on a nicely embedded device, along with the flexibility to upgrade easily over the 5-7 year expected lifetime of a TV product?

No problem. Hope you don't mind taking out a multi-year loan for that $15,000 television set.

The words very cheap have never rung so hard in your wallet. And today, when something doesn't work due to obsolescence, the answer is to throw it away and buy a new one, thus defining the problem as there isn't a problem here, according to the vendors.

The hardware you want doesn't exist unless you make it. And it it's not planned either. To guarantee revenue.

Comment: Re:Voyager 1 and 2 (Score 2) 403

These puppies are way out there, running on neclear power. No-one to bug them, nothing to break them.


Because there are not millions of objects hurtling through our universe at any given moment, as we sit here and theorize what large object might have wiped out all life on this planet before?

The universe is nothing but one big pinball machine. Luck runs out eventually.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson