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Comment Re:Back in July - of 2013! (Score 1) 927

You know what? Guys insult each other. It's how we communicate, it's how we bond.

NO. I am a man and I do NOT insult other men to "bond". I act professionally (i.e. talk calmly and without any insults) when I deal with people, especially in a work environment. The only possible time I might use insults is when dealing with childish adults who don't know how to behave like an adult, even then, I cannot recall the last time that happened.

I might talk trash and throw harmless insults to my friends, *after* we became friends. I don't talk trash and insult people to make them my friends.

YOU and those you "bond" with might use insults to do that, but please don't generalize your unprofessional behavior to other men.

Comment Re:Estimates (Score 2) 299

"You are assuming the corporation you work for is a rational actor. They are not. They are products of paperwork and exist as golems to extract maximum *short term* profits at any cost."

There, corrected for you. Corporations, not being rational, as you said, usually act childish: they'll take one today even if it obviously mean lose ten tomorrow (yes, that's an hyperbole: change "today" with this quarter or next and "tomorrow" with in two years).

If the chances of being there "tomorrow" is small enough, giving up ten tomorrow to take one today is the *most rational* choice.

After seeing the umpteenth coworker being "let go" for not reaping in enough short term profit, you need to be *irrational* to still think long term for the company.

The blame starts all the way from the stock holders demanding short term profit.

Comment Re:It's delayed, not dead (Score 4, Insightful) 143

Nothing has been killed. Enough with the hyperbole.

I guess you would have noticed by now. After a new iPhone release in Sept every year, there would be a slew of these hyperbole troll pieces in the media to try to lure more readers by riding the iPhone bandwagon, and /. is no different.

And we have been lured in just as expected.

Comment Troll piece, as usual (Score 2) 324

iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye

The author obviously never bought an iPhone himself.

When you try to buy an iPhone from Apple's website, just next to the options for memory size, it has a helpful link saying "How much storage is right for you?", and if you click it, this passage pops up (emphasis mine):

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come in three storage sizes: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The term “GB“ stands for gigabytes. The more gigabytes you have, the more content you can store on your iPhone, such as apps, games, photos, HD videos, music, and movies. For example, if you have a large music or photo library or lots of apps, it’s a good idea to consider an iPhone with a larger storage capacity. If you rarely download apps or you don’t take many photos or videos, an iPhone with a smaller capacity may be better for you. When deciding which size to choose, be sure to consider how your storage needs may change over time.

So the author is basically saying, the 16GB model which Apple also told you is only good if you don't take many videos, will easily be filled up if you, duh, take many videos! No shit, Sherlock!

As usual, every time year when Apple releases the new iPhone model, there are these troll pieces coming out trying bait readers. Happens every year.

Comment Candy Crush on TV (Score 3, Insightful) 174

Is iPhone a "good" gaming platform? I doubt anyone would rank it "good" on any objective measure, BUT millions of people play games like Candy Crush on it every day, simply because they have it on them and was bored.

The Apple TV remote have accelerometer and gyroscope, simple Wii style games is entirely possible. Rotate the remote control sideways and you have a simple controller, touchpad as directional pad and buttons in the middle. More complex games can be handled with Bluetooth keyboard and even a mouse/touchpad.

Would it be a "good" gaming platform? I doubt it, but I also won't doubt that many people will play games on it simply because it is there. If one can just switch over during the commercials to tend your virtual farm for 30 seconds and flip back, why not?

Comment Re:Buggy software is buggy (Score 1) 233

Leap years and leap seconds are handled very differently.

The rules for leap years are according to a forumula that has been fixed for hundreds of years. Computers typically handle them as part of their conversion from internal "time elapsed since epoch" data formats to "human" date formats and otherwise don't care much about them. Even the simplified formula of "leap year every 4 years"

You must have missed the Y2K boom.

Even after that, programmers STILL cannot handle leap years properly, and gave us a 1-day outage of the PS3-PSN login on 29 Feb 2012 when the PS3 tried to sync the time from PSN on login and don't understand the result.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 126

How many injury and/or operations does a usual sports player get in the course of his/her career? Basketball players, football players (both American and European), tennis players, skaters, swimmers, runners, etc, ALL suffer injuries over their career and not surprisingly some of them are repetitive injuries from practicing the same motion over and over. Where's the outrage over those? Where is "The Real Scars of American Sports"?

Heck, even *office workers* suffer RSI for using the mouse for too long!

Comment Re:Wait for further developements (Score 4, Interesting) 220

Within graduate education world, I have personally met a large number of chinese nationals who barely could speak or write English, yet had perfect scores.

Are you sure they also cannot READ English? Because READING is all you need to get perfect scores in GRE.

I have met plenty of Chinese who can't speak or write English worth squat, and can't understand English spoken by the average American such as in the movies (cuz their teacher back in China mispronounced most of the words), BUT they can READ just fine.

Reading is the only thing you can learn with only a dictionary and extreme discipline to study.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Comment Re:It's not about platform... (Score 1) 344

Google doesn't care about the platform, they want screens in front of faces.
Putting 100 android screens in front of 100 faces 1% of the time is making them money.
Putting 50 iOS screens in front of 50 faces 2% of the time, is making them money.

As Lotus had learned from Microsoft - "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run", it is ALL ABOUT THE PLATFORM.

If your revenue stream depends on someone else's platform, then that someone can kill your revenue whenever they decide to eat your lunch too.

If iOS succeeded in taking over 90% of the phone market, then Google's revenue stream from smartphones would be held hostage by Apple.

Comment Can bad journalism be fixed? (Score 5, Insightful) 444

The case against journalism is straightforward: much of the news articles, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, journalists has taken a turn towards darkness. The apparent endemicity of bad journalist behavior is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, journalists too often sculpt facts to fit their preferred narrative of the world or retrofit hypotheses to fit their data.

Unlike journalists, however, science will always have to bow to reality. So, yeah, bad science practice will eventually run aground when reality hits, no matter how many epicycles one add to the model. But bad journalism will persists as long as it attracts eyeballs.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen