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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-> 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.

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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.

Comment Study == execute? (Score 3) 396

Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit'

Good, so BOE management is doing their job, making plans for different scenarios that might happen. With the current situation in Europe, some countries might exit EU is not a very far-fetched scenario.

Calling this the "equivalent of the Manhattan project" is a major journalist FAIL here. The Manhattan Project is to build the bomb, not to study the fallout that might come from one. If the Project Bookend is a plan to make it happen, then the comparison might make some sense.

Yeah, I know, we can't expect much from journalists writing click-bait articles, but it should be called out nonetheless.

Comment Re:former trucker here... (Score 1) 615

Or rather, how will the AI decide if it's safe to continue in the blizzard, or if it should pull over?

For an AI with non-urgent cargo, there is no real reason to continue in a blizzard. Only human drivers worrying about being trapped have a reason to keep moving.

When a blizzard is forecasted to approach, all the AI trucks will just go some predesignated waiting spot and sit it out.

Comment Re:former trucker here... (Score 1) 615

Will be interested to see how AI deals with a mountain pass or city traffic; I think autonomous trucks will need human assistance for at least the foreseeable future.

The same way how AI or computer currently deals with other things that are beyond their ability... either avoid it, or signal for operator intervention.

Wouldn't be hard to imagine a team of drivers sitting in a control centers around the world to remotely handle any call-for-help from the auto-trucks. They would be able to see and hear what's around the truck, plus any information they needed, from the cameras/mics/sensors on the truck. The truck can have loudspeakers so the operator can talk to anyone (e.g. cops and other drivers) near the truck. They can remotely drive the truck if needed. In the worst case, they can park the truck at the side of the road and send a truck with a real driver to pick up the cargo, then send the empty truck back.

Or, for particularly tricky pass and roads, auto-trucks just completely avoid them, leaving them for real drivers. For non-urgent deliveries, it would be cheaper for the AI to take an AI-manageable roundabout route than to use a more-expensive human driver through the shorter route. For AI with infinite patience, they could be limited to use roads that are safe for trucks. Even if that just works for 70% of all trucking, that would make economic sense. Human drivers can work on the remaining 30%, until the AI slowly improves and eventually take over more and more of it.

Just like how drones are being piloted. Humans can take over when needed, while the AI can operate the remaining 99% of the boring times. Doesn't mean fighter pilots are all fired, but there won't be as many needed.

So, as a former trucker, would YOU like to drive a truck inside the truck, with all the hardships on the road, plus the risk of injury and death from accidents. OR would you like to drive it from an safe, air-conditioned control center near your home, where you can easily take breaks and go home everyday after an 8-hour shift?

Comment Re: live by the sword... (Score 1) 612

Get your head out of the sand. In many places around the world, having an employment contract is the norm for *everyone*, including the janitor. And most employment contracts stated clearly what would be the compensation (usually 1 month or more advance notice, or equivalent payment in salary) if one side wishes to terminate the contract.

It is *very common* for larger companies to have standard employment contracts with 3 months of notice for contract termination. If you are in a more important position, or have unique knowledge/skills, you could negotiate longer notice (e.g. I have seen people with 6 months in some case).

Getting half a year of pay when you got fired isn't bad, huh?

Comment Re:live by the sword... (Score 1) 612

But they would probably still get a golden parachute.

Because most CEOs are smart enough, or hired a lawyer smart enough, to make sure of that BEFORE he was hired.

You want a golden parachute? Then you fight for one written into your employment contract when you join the company.

"Luke, I'm yer father, eh. Come over to the dark side, you hoser." -- Dave Thomas, "Strange Brew"