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Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 129

Who uses Wikipedia as a trusted source? I do! If I'm with friends from around the world and we need to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit, I look for the formula in Wikipedia and no further. Yesterday we wanted to know if a kettle really reached 100âC. Wikipedia again? You bet? Or idly reading about WW2 battles maybe triggered by a contemporary reference? Wikipedia again AND NO INTEREST IN OTHER SOURCES, as always.

I think a big part of the trust is I can trust a search result that points me to Wikipedia, but every other search result might just be an advertising sink, or other people asking the same question with no reliable answers, or other junk.

Comment Re: Search engines search. It's what they do. (Score 2) 179

Read the damn article. It said that google is fine to continue indexing the list, and to show it in search results.

What isn't fine, according to the EU, is if a search for "Mr X" continues to list search results that relate to incorrect or inaccurate information about him.

It's fine for a search about censorship or "right-to-be-forgotten" to turn up the censor list. It's just not okay for a search about "Mr X".

This seems really pretty darn reasonable!

Comment Re: Can it self restart? (Score 1) 278

My solution was to buy an Apple Airport Extreme base station. That's given me rock solid reliability, and it auti-updates.

Now I dislike Apple stuff in general. Will never have an iPhone. Only grudgingly bought a MacBook because I wanted to learn the Swift programming language. Used a Buffalo router with Tomato firmware.

Nevertheless, the Airport Extreme base station has never once failed. My old Tomato would sometimes crap out when too many people were doing Skype or RemoteDesktop or VPN or torrent or something. But the airport has never failed once in over two years.

I think that Airport is the Cisco reliability for normal consumers.

PS. I still use Tomato for routing since it allows loop back http. I just use the airport for wifi.

Comment Re: Holy crap ... (Score 1) 294

I understand the tradeoffs. It looks like a straightforward compromise between lower latency browsing, and privacy concerns. As long as they allow for opt-out (which they do) I think they made the right call.

Privacy? You've already decided to share which page you're looking at. That's the "mile". Now it goes an extra inch and says where your attention is focused.

Comment Re:Well, I did read TFA... (Score 4, Insightful) 128

This article is about a waste of time. Microsoft has developed an encryption method resistant to quantum computers, it claims. Alright? What is that method? How does it differ from current encryption techniques? Why is that well suited to encrypting against quantum computers? How did you come to that conclusion, given that you don't have one to test against? Are we just supposed to believe Microsoft when they say "Trust us, this is secure"?

No of course not. You're meant to read this article, understand that it's an example of bad science journalism, and because of your innate geekiness and intellectual curiosity you should use the power of Google or Bing to find the scientific research in question:

Comment Re:Smart (Score 1) 291

So you are fine with the concept of already earned money and assets being taxed time and again? Because that's what you are pushing when you bring wealth into the discussion.

I hadn't thought if it before you put it this way -- but yes, that sounds like a brilliant idea! If we shift the taxes away from things that produce value to society (i.e. income) and onto things that don't produce value (i.e. possessing wealth) then we'd be removing a perverse incentive and improving the nation's economy. Good idea.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 112

And how, exactly, does one program a robot to be compassionate or empathetic? Can emotion be reduced to a few simple formulas, some generic algorithms? I'm not convinced.

Yes it basically can be reduced to a few simple formulas. Have you ever been to couple's counselling or the like? The rules are very simple. You listen to what someone says. The only questions you ask are ones that help you understand the spirit of what they're saying. When they're done you repeat back "I heard you tell me that XYZ" in your own words as faithfully as possible. Hey presto, empathy and social connection.

It sounds corny but it works incredibly well at (1) helping the other person feel understood, (2) changing your own mental approach so you really do understand them better in a good way.

It also works really well in a professional setting, in meetings.

Comment Re:I'm surprised they missed "Wi-Fi Sense." (Score 1) 485

It's also enabled by default

When you connect to a network, there's a checkbox for "do you want to share it", and this checkbox is the ONLY checkbox you're asked about. Not hidden away or something.

If "enabled by default" means "prompted for every single time", then you have a different notion of "default" from everyone else. The only thing that's enabled by default is the initial state of the checkbox in the place where it prompts you. You still see the checkbox plainly, and you still have to click OK.

Comment Store it in the cloud (Score 1) 219

Store it in the cloud. 1/2 petabyte isn't even the "highest tier" requirement.

On Azure it will cost $168k/year to store this much data instantly accessible. Whatever other solution you come up with, if it takes more than 1 full time person to support, then it's already more expensive (and that's not even including the up-front capital costs, installation and setup costs, training costs, deprecation, maintainance, ...)

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.