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Comment: Re:For anyone else wondering what the hell this is (Score 1) 203

I don't think so. The links in the summary were to the paper and to explanations of the results of the paper. As it so happens, in the third link in addition to the paper results there was also an explanation of the feature but there was nothing in the summary that said, "This is the link you click on to find out how to do this."

You're right that I didn't click on the links, but since the links didn't give any indication that one of them was providing the information that I was after I'm not willing to take the blame for that one.

Comment: Re:For anyone else wondering what the hell this is (Score 1) 203

there is no persistent menu bar across the top to hide all your features

There used to be. Is that gone? I wouldn't know - I stay as far away from MacOS as I do from GNOME, and for the same reason: if you want to do anything which even slightly deviates from what the UI designers planned for you to do (like enabling tracking protection) then you either know the secret handshake or you're out of luck.

Actually, the thing which has irritated me the most about Firefox lately is the lack of configurability of shortcuts. Ctrl-w closes a tab while Ctrl-q quits the program... right next to one another. Every time I hit Ctrl-q by mistake I get angry and look for the menu option which lets me configure shortcuts, only to smack myself in the head and remember that it isn't there. The secret handshake for that one used to be a plug-in, but that doesn't work with current versions of Firefox. As annoying as the hamburger menu might be, I would be fine with it if it just had the options there for all of this stuff. You should never need to use the about:config tool if you're not a Firefox dev.

Comment: For anyone else wondering what the hell this is (Score 5, Informative) 203

I had to look this up. For anyone else wondering: this is one of those hidden FIrefox features which is only available to people who know about it ahead of time, through the about:config interface. If you're one of those people who isn't in the club, the boolean you search for is "privacy.trackingprotection.enabled".

[Insert rant about FIrefox's god-awful UI and severely lacking menu system.]

Comment: Re:3.5 million truckers (Score 1) 615

by guises (#49707105) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
There is no question that this is coming. Honestly, I'll be surprised if it doesn't happen first - automated planes are much easier than automated road vehicles since the skies are less congested, road conditions are more consistent, there are relatively few take-off and landing areas and all are well known with well established flight paths between them.

Also, who says a plane can't pull over on the outskirts of town to meet its harbor pilot? Military drones are remote controlled, why couldn't you have a few remote pilots in a control tower at any given airport, ready to guide the plane in on its final descent?

Comment: Re:Bullets are OK, but... (Score 1) 247

by guises (#49574455) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
Not for an iPhone 6/7, but possibly for some higher number. That's mostly about marketing though. Hardness effects how easy it is to scratch, but doesn't say much about how likely it is to break. Sapphire is harder than this and was going to be used for iPhones, but as everyone pointed out at the time - that was more about Thinking Different than it was about thinking practical.

Comment: Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Insightful) 86

by guises (#49552227) Attached to: FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger
The revolving door argument is accurate, not thin at all, and a very important thing to remember when you have fine upstanding citizens like Meredith Baker getting appointed to office. The corruption goes from regulators to industry though, which is not the position that Tom Wheeler is in.

That does not mean that it's safe to appoint former industry lobbyists. Even an honest lobbyist has spent much of their professional life in close contact with, possibly friends with, industry reps, and the lobbyist's job is to regurgitate industry talking points. Believing those talking points, at least in part, makes a better lobbyist. Going from industry to regulation is less dangerous than the other way around, but the fact that Wheeler seems to be working out is likely a fluke. Someone of unusually strong character, at least for a person in his position (this is not a compliment).

As for finding someone without the ties to industry - this isn't as hard as you make it out. For one thing, why do they need to know all the details of the telecommunications industry before they even start the job? We like to pretend that this is a requirement for every position, but we have tons of CEOs, judges, and politicians who don't meet this standard and when they fail people love to jump on this as the reason. A much larger portion though, are successful. A CEO for example, needs to be able to lead first and foremost. If they can do that much very well, then they may not need to know everything about the company's products and practices before they start the job.

Comment: Re:I don't know what to think (Score 1) 407

by guises (#49525531) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
It can't really happen that way. At worst it would be during crunch time only - as pointed out elsewhere in this thread, you develop a resistance and it loses its effect over time.

That said, we already live in a world where use of stimulants in the workplace is expected. As the summary points out, 85% of people use caffeine. Personally, I would love to see adderall gain more widespread acceptance as a caffeine alternative. It doesn't make me jittery or hurt my stomach in the way that caffeine does, the only reason that I don't use it now is cost (and legal threats).

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