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Comment Re:Assholes ... (Score 2) 328 328

Congratulations on getting a product out in only 18 months that includes so many security holes that people were finding 13 per day. While not a good accomplishment, it's still quite a lot of work to create quite the impression. Unfortunately, it's not a good impression. It gets worse when you watch your programs break with security updates. Java was at least becoming more secure under Sun.

Java 8 may be the most vibrant and advanced release ever, but the language is still horribly limited and any benchmarks I've been able to put it under run slowly while being a memory hog. The number of top severity CVE's (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) still showing up in Java 8 also is staggering.

Comment Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 533 533

The standard in TFS is "high quality" video. 1Mbps upload isn't for video conferencing isn't high quality video, especially since it's real-time, single-pass encoding. With 4k TV's being so cheap ($340 on Amazon), I wouldn't really call 4Mbps a high quality video stream either, especially to watch something with high-motion like Football. The change won't force them to upgrade, just limit what they can keep marketing as broadband.

Comment Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 533 533

The broadband requirement is to stream high quality video, not "enough for a lot of people." Cell phones have already broken past 1080p screens, and in the US you can get a 4k TV for $350 (plus shipping). A 4Mbps video stream isn't enough to satisfy such screens, and 1Mbps upload is laughable as high quality video streaming when you consider there are services like Skype.

Comment Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 533 533

I have a 23" screen that does 1080p, and I'm tired of seeing subpixel artifacts from the rgb arrangement (purples are quite odd with the gap in the middle). Don't tell me 720p is fine. Steve Jobs nearly started a war against high resolution screens based on studies of people with mediocre vision (see Why Retina Isn't Enough). With good vision 1080p is around the useful limit for a 23" display at 10 feet or a 1080p phone with a 2.3" screen, though there is some evidence to support that human vision can see quality beyond even these numbers that are based on Snellen tests.

BTW, I just checked Newegg, Target and Nebraska Furniture Mart (the most mainstream stores I could find to properly split 1080p and 720p inventory). At Target 1080p sets outnumbered 720p by 77 to 25. At Newegg 1080p/4k sets outnumbered 720p by 445 to 91. At Nebraska Furniture Mart, 4k televisions alone outnumber 720p by nearly 4 to 1. You can even pick up a 4k TV from Amazon for under $350. I'm not sure what you're calling modern, but it doesn't match what's in the stores. If we're coming out with new specification guidelines, it should at least be on par with what is being sold now (if not future sales). ATSC was foolish and short-sighted for not including 1080p.

Comment Re:Deprecation shouldn't start at the browser (Score 1) 108 108

It didn't stop VeriSign from selling lower priced MD5 certificates when the algorithm had known vulnerabilities. They finally stopped when somebody publicly announced the ability to forge a verifiable certificate for any website in 1-2 days using a cluster of 200 PS3's.

Comment Re: Flashback to the 90s (Score 1) 60 60

You can download them as a Microsoft document. If the formatting is off, then just blame it on being a different version of Office. Everyone in business knows Microsoft Office is only partially compatible across product generations. In fact, I've wasted over 12 hours because an important Excel function stopped working correctly in 2013 (or possibly earlier), and I still have no fix.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506 506

Apparently the DMV missed the report that the only accident ever caused by one of Google's self driving car was due to human error while a person was controlling it. Actually, I'm hoping the requirement is for cases like one way streets or bicycle only paths that the car decides to drive down incorrectly. However, all you would need is a break pedal (because that's what panicking are used to) and some sort of correction interface (e.g. a couple of buttons on the UI).

Comment Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 595 595

Dora the Explorer's chant of "Swiper no swiping" doesn't work in the real world where evils actually exist. We do our best to raise people into good citizens, and it seems to be helping (rape peaked in 1992). However, I don't expect the world to ever stop having horrible people in it. Some places are always going to be safer than others (e.g. church singles mixer vs wild frat party). When I would visit my grandparents in small-town Mississippi a few years ago, we never locked the door because no one even knew where a key was, but it was never once robbed. If I go to someplace dangerous like Baghdad, Iraq; Mogadishu, Somalia; or Kabul, Afghanistan, then I would be quite foolish not to take extra precautions and expect things still may go badly.

I find it amazing that a group of men worked together to find a way for women to help protect themselves, and women get upset about it. *sigh* I would never blame the victim, but I miss the days when we read children stories about little pigs that got eaten because they were too lazy to protect themselves against any old wolf.

Comment Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 595 595

If burglary and child abduction are as common as rape, we would be having a MUCH DIFFERENT conversation.

Apparently not... According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2008, there were 3,188,620 cases of household burglaries, another 13+ million cases of theft and 203,830 cases of rape/attempted rape/sexual assault. (www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cvus08.pdf) You have a study that cites 1.3 million women, which is MUCH higher (and I'm not disputing it), but still well below the number of burglaries. I'm aware that crime rates have been falling, but not by that much between 2008 and 2010.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.