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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 92

Now that the Steam Box is on the market, there is a growing demand for high-end gaming graphics on Linux. That sound you hear is nVidia laughing all the way to the bank.

They've already been there counting and laughing ever since the GTX 970/980 launched. They fell over laughing when they learned that the Fury would be a $500+ card only. Steam boxes would just be the cherry on top.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 2) 257

If you made some kind of public statement and your employer/landlord/bank called you up and said it's not compatible with being an employee/tenant/customer of ours anymore I think most people would call it a free speech issue. Granted, we're not really being consistent because half the time we want to protect dissenting opinions from the wrath of the majority and the other half we want obnoxious and offensive speech to have consequences. Like when Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla, was that right or wrong? Some think it was right, that the LGBT community had a right to cause a shit storm. Others think they blatantly silenced an opposing voice by harassing his employer. But the government wasn't involved, so there was no free speech issue right?

Comment Live streaming beats fixed schedule (Score 2) 217

I think the TV as such is mostly going to go away, at least the form with a tuner. Here in Norway the mean broadband connection is 33 Mbit/s, the median 24 Mbit/s and 90%+ have 4+ Mbit/s. In say ten more years of fiber rollout "everybody" will have enough bandwidth to watch whatever they want, whenever they want it. That doesn't mean I think TV as such will go away, but the big screen in the living room will just be one of many where you can watch it. As for "smart" TVs, well they don't cost more than a cell phone less screen, camera and radio/wireless so why not throw it in there even if 95% don't use it.

Comment Re:Paris terrorists didn't seem "religious"... (Score 1) 488

The Paris terrorists didn't seem that "religious" or "conservative". From AFA: "She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys."

I noticed at a class reunion that that some of the extremes had flipped, like a fairly freaky urban party girl now living on a small farm far out on the countryside while some of the absolutely most boring and conservative people had flipped out. Those who just leaned one way or the other were mostly the same. I know I'm being an armchair quarterback here but it's probably the same with some terrorists, they've lived the party life but lacked some deeper meaning and purpose to their life and then had a true religious awakening becoming ultra conservative and extremely hostile towards their past life. It certainly seems to fit several convert stories I've read where they relatively suddenly become totally changed, cut off all their old friends and so on.

I don't think they're so many, but they might have a far more black and white view of the world than most. And they've probably externalized much of the blame on the "decadence" of modern society, alcohol, porn and whatnot. Apart from the violent side, many of them actually sound like pietists in Christianity - happiness comes from family, tradition, honor, worship etc. and "worldly amusements" like dancing, music, gambling, drinking should be shunned. I can sort of understand male converts who at least get the upper hand in a patriarchy, why women would want to turn back time makes no sense to me.

Comment Before you get your knickers in a bunch (Score 4, Informative) 350

Before you get your knickers in a bunch: this is most likely just a bug, not intentional. Microsoft pulled 1511 temporarily because it thinks it's doing a fresh install of Windows 10 or upgrade from a previous Windows - version instead of just being an update to an already-installed Windows 10 and ends up resetting some settings because of that, and Windows 10, when doing an upgrade from 7/8/8.1, does remove applications it thinks may be incompatible and/or interfere with the upgrade.

Comment Re:He gets stuff done, making others look bad (Score 2) 101

At this stage, NASA should just funnel money to SpaceX as fast as they can, before the space programs of other countries make them an irrelevance.

Yes I know that's harsh, but how else can NASA sidestep the politicians that meddle with NASA's long-term plans every election cycle?

Well, nothing Musk has done so far is deep space-specific. In fact, the whole manned flight program comes from NASA money. Is he going to design the Mars lander, outpost, return vehicle and fund it all? I doubt it. So in practice it's going to be on the politicians' whim for quite some time still.

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 136

Hey at least it's a holiday that's not all about me, me, me. Sure, the retailers want to exploit it like every other special day (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween etc.) but I kinda like finding a nice gift for someone, when I can. And it's a pretty good excuse to enjoy the end of the year the same way Sunday is the end of the week. Don't let commercialism get in the way of Christmas, it's pretty hard to ruin Crazy Shopping Day though since that was all it meant.

Comment It's in the law (Score 4, Interesting) 222

USC 17512 Limitations on liability relating to material online

(i) Conditions for Eligibility.â"

(1) Accommodation of technology. â" The limitations on liability established by this section shall apply to a service provider only if the service provider â"

(A) has adopted and reasonably implemented, and informs subscribers and account holders of the service provider's system or network of, a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of subscribers and account holders of the service provider's system or network who are repeat infringers; and

Nobody has dared poke this part of the law with a stick, what the heck does "reasonably implemented", "appropriate circumstances" and "repeat infringers" mean? None of it is defined any closer. I'd go for the simple two-pronged defense:

1) The policy is clearly spelled out in our terms of service, where we may terminate your contract:

By using the Service, you agree to abide by, and require others using the Service via your account to abide by the terms of this AUP. The AUP will be updated from time to time, so you should consult this document regularly to ensure that your activities conform to the most recent version. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP THE USE OF THE SERVICES AND NOTIFY THE COX CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT SO THAT YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE CLOSED.

1. Prohibited Activities. You may not use the Service in a manner that violates any applicable local, state, federal or international law, order or regulation. Additionally, you may not use the Service to:
Breach of Agreement: If You breach this Agreement, or any other agreement referenced herein, Cox has the right to terminate this Agreement and retrieve its equipment.

2) Our customers are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Something tells me this is going to get overturned on appeal.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 791

It also seems challenging to find another example because most of the time it's completely unreported. Around my group of friends maybe 1 in 10 seem to have taken electronic projects to school, but that's probably more like 1 in 1000 in the general population. And who knows what the number is in podunk texas.

Comment Re: Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 215

Precious little, in a while. There's more and more support to the idea that any device to be connected to the internet will have to be"audited" for "potentially harmful" software and "certified" by "authorities". I know it sounds unacceptable right now but give it time and everybody will simply shrug and say "it's for our own safety and besides, what can we do?"

I heard pretty much the exact same thing when the "I love you" virus was making the rounds, just saying...

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge (Score 1) 167

If everyone is a contract worker doing works-for-hire, then nobody has extensive institutional knowledge. You are constantly explaining and re-explaining how your business works, and bugs are repeatedly entering codebases because the developer hasn't spent years understanding the business and its workflows. It doesn't matter how well documented your business is, developers will make mistakes when they are unfamiliar with your processes. When they can't look at a workflow or data structure and go 'that's not right' because they have spent years at the company learning how things work.

The question is in what time frame the difference becomes apparent. If you have a sane system built up over time with institutional knowledge then for a time the odd fix here and there in the wrong place in the wrong way won't bring the system down. Sure you're building technical debt but the interest is far less than the principal in the beginning. It's only as you accumulate debt and people make terrible fixes on top of bad fixes because nothing makes sense the system becomes what is professional known as a clusterf*ck and the interest burden is killing you. But who cares?

The stockholders are an impatient bunch who want to see quarter-to-quarter results. Management is often on the same page, motivated by performance metrics and quarterly bonuses. And if they're just looking to grind out work from the employees until they jump ship for something better, you're not really motivated to work for long term benefits either. And contractors are obviously just doing business for as long as you're willing to pay and then move on to someone else. Somebody must care about the long term future of the company and stop the destructive elements that'll screw it for short term gain. Otherwise simple individual rationality will ruin it because people do what's best for them, not the company.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 791

I graduated in the late 90s and was a straight A student. I'm sure i pushed a few boundaries but other than a few "i'll pretend i didn't see that" responses from teachers nobody really seemed to mind.

If what you say is true then i'm sure the district will have lots of comparable examples to draw on. However, my gut feeling is that someone made the decision of "he's fucking with us, let's teach this little shit a lesson". They acted like the children in this situation and are now going to have to defend that in court against someone who claims that they did it because of his race.

I think he's in the right (though certainly not $15M in the right), however I feel firmly that the school district is in the wrong and frowning on this kind of tinkering is a massive blow to that whole generation.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 791

I think a lot of that comes down to how you present something. The kid who got punished for making a gun out of his fingers also told the other student "you're dead". Seems like play to me, but in a technical sense you could probably view that as a threat of violence.

If you are like "Hey look at my bomb" then it doesn't matter if it's a suitcase with leds or a cheap nokia phone with a hotdog taped to it. But that doesn't mean anyone taking a hot dog and pay-as-you-go phone to school is making a bomb threat. If he's running round with his clock threatening to blow up the school then that's one thing, but I haven't seen much evidence.

Sure he's playing into paranoia but I don't think that'd be there if he were white.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles