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Comment Re:Setting kids up for failure (Score 2) 256

Ah, the parental anecdote. It sounds like oyu have a tough time -- maybe try changing tact? I've found that parenting is an exercise in finding and leveraging soft power (versus hard power like them going to bed hungry, re-feeding them supper in the morning if they didn't eat it, etc). I'll match one.

I sit my kids down to eat before everything is on the table, and bring out of the kitchen and plate for them what I want them to eat -- whether it's something new, veggies, etc. Then in the 5-10 minutes where we get drinks, bring out the rest of the food and serve it, they've typically eaten 50+% of whatever I first served. They're somewhat hungry and haven't snacked and will naturally graze at what's in front of them to pass that time. Then, as you mention, because they've tried it and not found it horrible they'll usually eat the rest of it along with the rest of the food. Soft power in action -- nothing forced, but guiding the activities such that you preferentially select for the outcome that you want.

Not rocket science. Does it work every time? No. Did it work right away? No. But we formed a habit, and we're good now. It works the vast majority of the time, and they eat great elsewhere as a result. When we go out to eat or go to school, they're used to eating all of those things, so they do tend to eat a good chunk of their carrots, peas, etc. and if they don't then oh well -- they eat healthy at home, what's one meal? It's not worth fighting over in those instances since you've already won in the vast majority of the cases.

Comment Re:Energy density isn't the important bit (Score 1) 145

The point that he's making is that we have this discipline called "Engineering" whom can take a look at the catastrophic failure modes and design in ways to mitigate those failure modes within the system -- just like how we've designed systems that store more energy per unit volume for safety, which also tends to want to make a big kaboom (aka gasoline, liquid propane, etc).

Comment Re:Why Android on Pixel (Score 3, Interesting) 208

I've had a number of $25 bluteooth keyboards for my tablets and they universally suck. I've probably tried 6-8. This one from Google, that latches strong enough that I can dangle the actual tablet by it, but also removes from the tablet pretty simply/quickly when I don't want it, and charges inductively rather than having to have another charging cable for it, is pretty nice. Maybe not $150 nice, but waaaaaay nicer than a $25 BT keyboard, and just slightly above that $25 price range, the BT keyboard market tops out still without implementing those other features.

Comment Re:Batteries and Buffers (Score 1) 146

Yup. Totally agree -- but most US households have two cars, one which gets much more use than the other since it's used on weekends, family trips, etc.

At some point, we'll likely swap out one of our cars for an EV. We'll keep the 4Runner for the towing, 4-wheeling, hunting, camping stuff and for the 5 mile commute in to work for me everyday. My wife will have the EV for her longer commute, and we'll solely use that for family trips that don't require 4-wheeling/towing and all weekend errands and driving. Probably cut our gas consumption by ~80% and save us money since at that point (~3 years from now), it'll likely be comparably priced in the market to similar gas-only cars.

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 45

It's not impossible. More complex, but not impossible. You take the input from that caused that (car's black box), see which parent and child neurons fired indicating the undesired action and then check those neurons against the training set to see what aspects of the training set conditioned that behavior (aka, made those neurons respond to that image). You know now what caused that. If you want, you can then modify the network. Or you can take the inputs that caused the incorrect response, make some small changes to it to so that it is representative of other similar situations to come up with a 1,000 item set, and then add it to your training data as a negative set (aka what not to do). Then re-verify after training that those neurons no longer fire in that situation and cause it to drive off of a cliff. Actually, it's almost more intuitive than finding some threading issue, race condition, buffer overflow or multitude of other small, nasty bugs that you have to deal with on a normal basis. It just takes a lot longer to run the tools to see what the issue is and retrain the network.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

Your advice made sense years ago; these days it does not. 2-5 year old cars with low mileage don't cost much less than brand-new models these days, unless it's some unpopular model (and they're unpopular for a good reason).

My wife's 2 year old Honda Pilot with low mileage cost ~$12k less than new. That's a hunk of change. Now, the payments were a bit higher since you don't get 0% and you don't get to stretch it out over 7 years or whatever crazy long term that they have for new cars now, but you do still save significant chunks of change buying used. If we had gone even a couple of years older, the savings to be had were over 50% versus new for cars that are reliable, popular and have >100,000 miles likely left in them.

Comment Re:Just another case.... (Score 1) 184

Have you seen the Linux ATA/SATA and other code bases like Audio, Video, etc (likely AHCI also)? They're chock full of work arounds for various chipsets, drivers and firmwares. Acting like workarounds aren't effectively industry standard is a little silly. Linux has adapted to its fair share of odd hardware that doesn't work quite as expected.

Comment Re:Crying wolf (Score 5, Informative) 184

What makes you think that? Samsung is one signature away (PIA -- Proprietary Information Agreement) from viewing the vendor's source code and advising them. It's pretty damn routine and uncontroversial. I don't understand why people think that just because something is not open source that no one outside of the company ever, ever, under any circumstances can see a hunk of the code. Just sign a PIA and over the code in a secure manner, or give them remote VPN access to the test box. Pretty damn simple and routine.

Comment Re:No More Bennett (Score 3, Insightful) 187

Exactly. This is pretty tripe. He admits up front that the bug bounty program says "No brute forcing of other users account" and then assumes that brute forcing is ok. There's also the possibility that they meant that brute forcing in general is not ok, so just tossed his submission when it arrived because it was a brute force attack. My guess is that they already knew it could be brute forced and were looking for other potential security issues to find and implement as a group before they push the next update -- that they were actually looking for a little more in depth security issues than that.

I have to say that I'm not honestly surprised that Bennett didn't think of that conclusion, because it would require more than a strict literal interpretation of something and navel gazing, which really are his two specialties.

Comment Re:Diversity (Score 1) 287

Yup. But Google's point (not in this article, but in an interview I believe) is that right now there's only a certain number of minority software engineers. There's a finite quantity at this instant. ALL of the SV tech companies are fighting over them -- trading them back and forth essentially as the employee hops due to better job offers. So, Google's numbers may go up, but Facebook's may go down as a result. This is why Google, Facebook, et al all have huge programs supporting STEM for minority elementary, middle and high school students. That's the only way that it can be fixed, and why these reports are silly. The only report we really need is unemployment %'s in the industry by minority status. My totally uninformed guess is that that statistic looks pretty fair, if not in favor of minorities...

Comment Re:Is that even correct ? (Score 1) 185

The error is that the mirror absorbs a photon and then emits one. That's how mirrors work -- they don't physically reflect photons, they absorb and emit new ones. Thus, the mirror would have to be capable of handling a 5kW instantaneous flux without degradation. That's hard to do on an external surface that's prone to getting a bit mucked up. I mean, the mirror helps, but there are practical considerations with respect to making one good enough to handle that level of incoming power flux.

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