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Comment: features (Score 1) 261

by l3v1 (#49503835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?
"features that I would like to find in a service: respectful of user rights, ad-free, built upon open source software, and with auditable results"

Well, well, well. For me there's only one single feature of a search engine that makes it a go or a no-go: have a damn good indexing engine that can provide relevant results in a timely manner. Everything else is just a load of crap that I will never care about. If I can't find what I'm looking for, that I couldn't care less how it protects your rights or whether it is open source or not. Oh yeah, about that auditability... forget that. I don't want to find what other people think I should find, I want to find the best match for my queries. That said, good look, develop away, maybe you'll indeed make a better indexer and ranker than Google's and we'll be all better off.

Comment: Re:Real fight (Score 1) 175

by l3v1 (#49491369) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps
"Visible global filesystem on a phone always seemed like a gee-whiz feature that wasn't really justified. Frankly I think the visible global filesystem on personal computers isn't really justified, considering how many people just dump everything into ~/Documents and most productivity apps have their own bespoke document browser/organizer."

First: average users being ignorant doesn't mean what they do is OK, or acceptable for everyone.
Secondly: for crying out loud, how many times do we need to repeat that not everyone is in a constant consumer-only mode, and - surprise - not everyone is an idiot.
Third: I'm just simply too tired with the leagues of idiots thinking dumbing down everything to the point of frustration and sometimes sheer pain is the way to go.

Comment: no way in hell (Score 1) 460

by l3v1 (#49424479) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots
I've been on planes landing in ridiculously high side-winds that I'd have a really hard time believing an autopilot could ever land safely, or for that matter, a human controlling the plane remotely - for the simple reason, that in these cases one needs to actually 'feel' how the plane reacts, and neither an autopilot, nor a remote joystick-operator can accomplish that. On a sidenote, there is no way in hell I'd trust hundreds on human lives to an autopilot built with technologies that we have today - what we call artificial intelligence, and what we have as machine learning are so far from such a thing, that it's not even funny. Unless we'll have R. Daneel Olivaw piloting that plane, I'm not boarding it :P

Comment: stop right there (Score 1) 227

by l3v1 (#49396267) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'
"The Internet is such a powerful environment, where you can enter any question, and you basically have access to the world's knowledge at your fingertips,"

No, not exactly. First, it's not the 'Internet', it's the search engines that give you that power. Secondly, just do a simple test and try 3-4 search engines to look for something more deep than names of celebrities and see what you get, if you don't submit the right query string. Nowadays some search engines are fairly good in 'guessing' what you mean, but most are a crapload of bonkers.

My point is no, Google doesn't make 'People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are', it's the smartass people who make themselves think they are smarter because they can eventually find something they are looking for.

Comment: It all varies in quality (Score 1) 71

by l3v1 (#49384117) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now
" It all varies in quality, but it doesn't take much effort to find them."

But it does take much effort to watch them. While the intentions are laudable, quality is important. Even a good story can be mightily ruined by too simplistic rendition and/or unskilled acting and/or unskilled filming/camwork. And they usually are.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 536

Yea, if most people put a traffic shaping rule on their router that limited them to T1 speed they'd go insane these days. Websites have grown huge, PDFs are commonly gigantic, and images are enormous. Oh, and don't even try to do anything with video.

Google fiber is the equivalent of an OC-20 (which doesn't exist per se).

Comment: enterprise grade security? ...right (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by l3v1 (#49281017) Attached to: Windows 10's Biometric Security Layer Introduced
"delivering enterprise grade security and privacy"

Somewhat offtopic: I'd so wish people would stop flinging this phrase around, like it would actually exist... That enterprise grade security has failed millions of people over the years, sometimes quite spectacularly. Adding a heuristic set of mixed-up unreliable biometrics won't change that, but it will make your life hell, when it fails (as it inevitably will). All that incorporated into an OS that likes to call home more often than an average person calls their Mom :)) So, good luck with all that :))

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 1) 155

by PlusFiveTroll (#49280817) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Uh, no.

Remember it's not just someone else seeing the data you view or send to the server, it's also about the data that the server sends you.

Lets say you go to the census website. Is the PDF you are about to download really from their site, or has a MITM attack replaced the data with a file that contains an exploit? Included a javascript with malicious code? Or, just making the site display incorrect information.

Data from HTTPS sites is both encrypted and authenticated as coming from someone who has a valid cert for that website, and has very unlikely been altered by your ISP to include ads for example.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

Uh, yea, a whole lot.

It doesn't become cloudy instantly everywhere at once in the middle of the day. Generally a front moves in and creeping line of cloudiness moves in to an area at 10-80km/hr Your solar production has a rather slow decrease in production. Even if you wake up in the morning and your entire grid is under clouds, you don't move off your baseline power, and you just ramp it up with normal demand curves.

An eclipse is a 170 mile wide that moves 1,700km/hr. You get plunged in darkness very fast for a few minutes, output sags and other utilities try to ramp up, only to get the influx of solar minutes later when the shadow moves off. You put the system in to oscillations it wasn't designed for.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 362

by PlusFiveTroll (#49188045) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

If you ever study disasters it's very rare that one sensor is the cause, even if it is supplying bad information. It's when the complexity raises that things get tricky and (n) order interactions occur leading to invalid states where your car can suddenly decide that it's taking too hard of right turn on a straight highway pulling you left in to an oncoming semi. A slow drift from normal is far more dangerous to a system than a huge jump.

Comment: gpg (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by l3v1 (#49125763) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course
I've used GPG since... I don't even know, for a very long time. However, since I communicate a lot internationally, and I don't know (and I don't want to know) about every country's regulations regarding encryption, I gave up sending encrypted e-mails at the very beginning, but I still always sign my mails. I never even thought about how many people use or don't use GPG, it's just been there, ever so useful - and I think that's good so. I think "run its course" is harsh though. Why? Because one Moxie Marlinspike says so? Bollocks. If it's useful - and it is -, it's good to have it.

Comment: Re:What's not to like (Score 2) 105

by PlusFiveTroll (#49111359) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

>This really demonstrates that the key to a successful ~~kick starter~~ anything is popularity, not quality.

It doesn't matter how good you are, nobody will know about you, and you won't sell anything if you're a nobody.

Next, before this got too much funding it was an excellent idea to invest in. Cards Against Humanity is a multimillion dollar selling game. Smart-assed card games are a very popular genre.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky