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Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 185

Besides, Google has been doing it for years, and look how popular Android is.

Actually, Google works hard to make sure that users *do* own their own devices, or at least can. All Nexus devices are unlockable, and Google encourages OEMs to allow unlocking as well. Plus the whole open source thing.

Also, the common /. meme that Android reports on everything you do is simply false. Android the OS doesn't talk to Google at all. Google apps do, to the degree that you want to use them.

(Disclaimer: I'm a Google engineer, I work on Android, but I'm speaking only for myself, not for Google. Google has PR people for that; they pay me to write code.)

Comment Re:Honda Diesel? (Score 1) 363

Why? It's not like Slashdot is a US centric web page...

In all actuality, it really is. Slashdot covers US politics to an extent that it covers no other country (or even perhaps all of them combined). And it's not "politics in America affects everyone", either: I can't for the life of me figure out why, say, a Scandi cares about H1B tech hires in California.

Thanks to the wonders of new region-wide trade "agreements", corporations will soon be exporting US "business culture" everywhere. For "Scandis" it must be like looking into the grim, dismal, dystopian future.

Comment Trickle down - good for punishment as well! (Score 1) 363

Until we hold executive officers, whose title comes from the word "to execute" as in to make happen, or members of the BOD are personally held civilly and/or criminally responsible then nothing will really change.

But... but... then (borrowing from the argument for copyright-for-life-plus-95-years) - if corporate officers and board members can't commit crimes without impunity - how will they be incentivized to make profits? The entire economy will come tumbling down unless they are given free reign to "feed the invisible hand"!!!!

Comment Does your carrier zero-rate music streaming? (Score 1) 163

However, as time goes by, people use more and more data on their mobile devices. All of which requires additional investment or incentivising customers to lower their data usage.

A few years ago, average data usage on one of the UK's mobile networks was c. 2GB per month. This year, average data usage on the same network is c. 4GB per month. I have an unlimited (genuinely unlimited) plan with the same network and my average monthly usage has gone from 2GB to 15GB in the same period of time.

So, in spite of prices going up, we are probably actually seeing a decrease in the cost per unit used.

I'm wondering how much of that is streaming music or video? Over here in the US, on Tmobile, I average about 1.5GB/mo with a lot of streaming, email and maps usage, but my music is zero-rated so it doesn't show up as used bandwidth.

What's your usage pattern for 15GB/mo?

Comment Re:I don't like this at all (Score 2) 163

T-Mobiles 'unlimited' isn't.

It's near enough. Their highest tier 4G/LTE (yes, annoyingly called unlimited) allows for 21GB of high speed data before dropping down to 128KB/s. Same with AT&T's grandfathered plan. Don't know about Sprint, but I doubt its any higher.

You also get data stash - I have 20GB in my stash and build it every month. Occasionally I dip into it (like when I do a lot of driving around for trips or business).

With TMO, you get 7GB/mo of tethering with that plan - and the data stash can leverage that so you can in one month tether 10's of GB if you need it.

Also music streaming is zero-rated on TMO with most streaming services (Apple music, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc) covered. So you're not going to have to spend GB's on that either.

Maybe you can get unlimited with VZ, but do they allow for tethering as well? Do they zero-rate music streaming?

T-mobile is as good as you can get right now without going for the "unicorn" of truly unlimited.

Submission + - Aliens Have a Tough Time Perceiving Human Communications and Tech (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: The screen on that new cellphone has amazing pixel density, color vibrance, and refresh rate. The high-end headphones you just picked up do an amazing job reproducing sound. These devices that make up UI for our modern technology interface extremely well with Humans but are going to be awful communication modes for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Sure, we haven't made contact with alien life yet. Even if they did pick up our broadcasts or space probes the relatively narrow-range of audio (narrow and low frequency), visual (slow refresh rate), and data transmission methods are likely to make no sense to non-human entities. The Voyager Golden Record took a fascinating approach to making some data available to new civilizations; it's interesting to think of other ways we might communicate with beings of fundamentally different biology.

Comment Management can do more damage = paid more (Score 1) 325

Yes, it is a leadership position. But i think his point still stands. It is ~just~ another position. And its not implicitly more important, or deserving of higher pay than all other positions. ...
That works in a fast food restaurant because the manager has likely been trained on every position, can train new people for those positions, can spot fill any position as needed, as well as being responsible for dealing with customer issues, providing leadership, managing supply levels, scheduling, cash management, key holder, etc. He deserves to be paid more

Several reasons why I disagree but the biggest reason is that poor management can do more damage than a poor individual contributor. You want people to aspire to this position. You want people who can do all the things that your theoretically perfect fast food restaurant manager does. In every profit center (i.e., organization that makes profit - i.e., sales, consulting) that's what I have seen... the managers are usually capable, can fill in or advise on their direct-reports' tasks, in addition to the administrative functions like budget/resource/time.

I think the biggest problem is the concept of cost centers where efficiency is measured by "minimizing costs" as opposed to "making more profit".

Comment Re:Perhaps I can explain (Score 1) 448

"Or you can just admit that burglary is a really bad example of a gun crime. Burglars are overwhelmingly non-confrontational criminals."

I think you are reading far too much in to what I said. I used burglary where a gun is used is *NOT* a victimless crime. And it is not. And somehow, you read that to mean that I was trying to say burglaries were typically violent.

Or you can just admit that burglary is a perfectly good example for my purposes.

"You can take that to mean that the heightened penalties for armed burglary vs unarmed burglary have successfully dissuaded nearly all burglars from carrying guns."

That really wasn't even close to the argument I was making. Maybe you should re-read it. Because with your response it APPEARS you read that keeping guns away from school will keep killers away from schools -- which is the exact opposite of the argument I made. It will keep law-abiding folk from carrying guns on or near schools. That is all.

Submission + - Brain prosthesis aims to help people struggling with memory loss (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at USC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center say they have developed a brain prosthesis designed to help people suffering from memory loss. The prosthesis, which includes a small array of electrodes implanted into the brain, has performed well in laboratory testing in animals and is currently being evaluated in human patients. Specifically it mimics how a memory is translated from short-term memory into long-term memory. In people with a damaged hippocampus it can loop the memory signals around the damage and provide the next region with the correctly translated memory. Their work was presented at the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Comment Re:Cool article... (Score 1) 135

If a serial killer killed you during your Uber ride, how would you give them a bad review?

Uber would know you didn't arrive. I suppose the serial killer could deliver your phone to your destination...

Also, you could start calling 911 or taking other action with your phone as soon as you realized something was going wrong. That wasn't an option for taxis when the current regulations were set up.

Comment Re:The Republicans will never allow this (Score -1, Troll) 153

"They see women as good for only wombs and want to force them at the threat of prison to have babies. That is the way of their kind. They hate us and want us to die. Want us to die."

Yes that is exactly what Republicans want.

And the Democrats plan to stop them by creating a socialist dictatorship with no freedoms and liberties.


Comment Re:How do they define GM? (Score 2) 330

Wrong, breeding for desired characteristic is an entirely different matter than what Monsanto is doing.

So, how do you feel about selective breeding processes that include drenching the organisms in radiation or mutagenic chemicals in order to dramatically increase the mutation rate? Nearly everything in your grocery store was bred via this method, which has been in use for at least a century, because it works really well. By massively increasing the mutation rate you can get your desired characteristics orders of magnitude faster than relying on natural mutations and cross-breeding.

If you're not okay with that method, then there's not much available for you to eat.

If you are okay with that method, can you explain how insertion of single gene to produce a desired effect is worse that thousands of random mutations, all of which are completely unknown outside of the immediately-observable phenotypic effects?

The fact is that humans have been doing various degrees of genetic engineering on our food crops for millenia, and massively increased it in the last couple of centuries (once Darwin explained how it worked). The methods of the last couple of decades are refinements which, if anything, should be dramatically safer than what came before, since the changes are smaller and better-controlled.

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