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Comment single multi-function menu button (Score 1) 265 265

TFA is a good article, but The "Start Button" was really a non-innovative, pedestrian multi-function, customizable menu button.

I always marvel that people write thinkpieces about "The Start Button" like it was some big tech innovation.

The "Start Button" was, essentially, just like any other "Menu" option in computing every used, it just used a different word. And to that end, ontologically speaking, "Start" was one of the most patronizing, over-simplified, dumbed down choices they could have made and still made it to production.

Comment Q4 2016 is really fast dev time (Score 2) 111 111

their deal with Microsoft prevents them from getting back into the phone business until Q4 2016, so we won't be seeing Nokia phones soon either way.

New phones typically take years to develop and bring to market. I don't think Q4 2016 is prohibitive at all.

That's about a year...even if Nokia started today designing a new phone it would be kind of amazing if they had it ready to go to market by Q4 2016.

They say "You have to go away to come back" and Nokia definitely went away so....

Comment fully half baked (Score 1) 171 171

the idea might be a bit half-baked

imho, it's not a bit half-baked, it's all the way...*this idea is awful*

my first thought was, in order to detect on females you have to have intercourse first, which kind of defeats the purpose...also, checking the color (i can just see the antics w/ attempting to use a cell phone light...) is also going to be more awkward than any of the alternatives

these ideas never leave the concept stage

if something like a condom can indicate this, just make a test swab or something...it's already awkward having to stop and turn on the light to check the color...

Comment terrible OS (Score 0, Troll) 289 289

But Microsoft is the one who dictates what technology Samsung must play nice with...

The difficulty is first with Microsoft, and Samsung's 'fix' wouldn't be necessary without it.

This isn't the first time an OEM has compromised the security of its users.

Blame has to go to Microsoft *first*...it's illogical to blame the cart for something the horse chose to do.

Comment defining "computer security" for your clients (Score 1) 53 53

Mr. Krebs, thank you for the time.

My question is about defining "computer security" in relation to public perceptions vs technical facts.

It was reported in 2006 that the NSA was keeping massive databases of American's phone calls and metadata: http://yahoo.usatoday.com/news...

Obviously, Snowden's revelations were much more heavily reported, and contained more info, but the public was shocked at information that was already public.

When it comes to cyber security customers, how do you explain and contextualize what service you are providing given the vast differences in perception of "security"?

Comment Tech is a tool to teach (Score 1) 150 150

Children who are behind need high-quality adult guidance more than anything else.

Yes.

The solution is well paid, professionally trained teachers in well-funded classrooms.

We know this. Now we have another study telling us so in quantifiable terms.

Comment who previously had the position? (Score 1) 147 147

It would help to know who was the previous Chief Design Officer.

It's possible they created a new 'C' position specifically to suit the role Ive plays and part of that includes a more flexible schedule.

It's equally as possible Ive didn't want a C-level position because internal red tape would keep him from being with the engineers and designers.

Really all kinds of explanations, but I want to know. It's really interesting to observe how large companies like Apple make personnel decisions.

Comment Re:revealing south poles (Score 1) 496 496

the *most logical* answer is near *both north or south pole* at w/e point the math says to be

i said *near* the south pole

again, a linguistic semantic distinction only

many people answered "north or south pole" and meant "near the north or south pole"

this my whole point, so much of this arguing is over semantics instead of the actual solution...which is a very revealing question, IMHO

in a competition of high-skilled almost-equals, the ability to think past semantic differences and communicate the one best answer clearly is a great way to set apart otherwise good candidates

Comment either pole (Score 1) 496 496

but you can start a mile north of the south pole (yes I looked it up!) and the solution still works.

exactly...

it's only a *semantic* difference...b/c of how lattitude is measured...

the *most logical* answer is near *both north or south pole* at w/e point the math says to be

it's not asking "north latitude" it just says "north"

it is an assumption based on semantics only and it is very revealing about someone's thought process

it's over-literal analysis of the question...it's a thinking error to say "only North Pole"...**however** let's note that most of the best descriptions of the why the answer works are from the over-literal "north pole only" types...

Comment revealing south poles (Score 1) 496 496

if you want to be pedantic, because "south of the south pole" would not make sense

it's only a *semantic* difference...b/c of how lattitude is measured...

the *most logical* answer is near *both north or south pole* at w/e point the math says to be

it's not asking "north latitude" it just says "north"

it is an assumption based on semantics only and it is very revealing about someone's thought process

it's over-literal analysis of the question...it's a thinking error to say "only North Pole"...**however** let's note that most of the best descriptions of the why the answer works are from the over-literal "north pole only" types...

Comment ignore the hype (Score 2) 287 287

In 2015, we're on the cusp of a similar change: the computerized car.

no, we're not

i know alot of very wealthy people have invested alot of money and research into the idea that it is, but it's always been an over-reach to think they would be in general daily use...especially the google car with no steering wheel

self-driving vehicles are more advanced than ever, because *all automation is getting better*

i can definitely envision self-driving semi-trucks in dedicated lanes, or google car-type things at amusement parks and even in a central downtown area like Manhattan

i know it's hard to hear this but a truly autonomous car that interacts with daily traffic with no restrictions is much, much more complex than anyone other than the actual people who do the coding work will admit

talk to someone who actually codes the AI for this stuff...there's a bright future ahead, but the hype machine is in full effect

Comment Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 1) 84 84

just write a program to slightly underbid and slightly overprice from your company's stream of bid and ask prices

yeah, that's what caused the "flash crash"...to many people doing exactly what you suggest

it became a tech war...who can have the fastest shortcut?

on other /. threads some commenters examined the code that Goldman-Sachs used as reported in the lawsuit and it was deemed "spaghetti"

it was all a hacked together mess...**at one of the top places**

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