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Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 2) 137

It makes perfect sense if Blackberry's main customer is the US govt. In that case, they're saying that the US doesn't have to install third party spying apps to keep tabs on their employees, the hardware vendor will do this service for them. Sounds like a useful differentiating feature from the competition. Moreover, if the govt likes it, they might require all the contractors in the military industrial complex to use Blackberries too, purely for interoperability of course. If that happens, then Blackberry are saved.

Comment Re:What are they thinking? (Score 1) 728

TL;DR. Here's the short version.

The IS wankers think they are Hobbits. Now as you all know, the Hobbits win in the final battle against the armies of Mordor (that's us). But this is the 21st century, and those guys live on Internet Time, and they don't feel like sitting through 20 years of skirmishes and drama just to win in the end anyhow. So they're pressing the fast forward button and attacking everyone at once in the hope that we'll hurry up and gather the troops for the Final Battle, hopefully in March next year, so that they can win.

Because they're Hobbits. And the last battle HAS to be against EVERYONE.

Comment Re:More Details (Score 2) 309

Well put. Frankly, I don't know why he even wanted to campaign in the first place, since he made it clear he didn't want to be the prez. Wasting people's time much? He thought he was going to game the system in a trivial way to get his message heard, and now he's upset that his intention was transparently thwarted.

Comment Re:You're the problem (Score 2) 497

Meh, that ship has sailed. All modern programs are full of GOTOs. They're just called EXCEPTIONs.

An exception is a nonlocal jump, where the destination is in some totally unrelated section of the codebase, typically written by some other programmer even. Everything that's said to be wrong with GOTOs is often said to be right by exception supporters.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 315

And once again I'm just telling you that what you are saying is beside the point. The point isn't that sleep is vital, or that a certain flow rate measured in some individuals occurs, if that were so you'd be perfectly on topic, and great work btw.

The point is that the limits of healthy sleep durations is necessarily different among individuals trained to sleep more efficiently versus individuals who don't train their sleep patterns in any way. Even among random individuals the variance is large already.

If you're a scientist or engineer asking the specific question what is the minimum healthy sleep time for human beings, then you have to measure exceptional trained humans, not average patients. In particular, you should be devising training programs to beat the limits safely, just like athletes have training programs to beat the olympics.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 3, Interesting) 315

That's not answering the question at all. Let me use a peeing analogy (w00t!).

TFA: Humans can probably get by on less than two piss breaks a day!

You: But [CITATION] says humans need to pee!

Me: What gives? Here's an analogy...

The point of the analogy is that individuals can train themselves to pee once a day at most, without ill effects. They can also train themselves to not have stage fright, so that what "normally" takes a few minutes can be done in much less time, with deliberate practice. Some people have stronger bladders, and you can trin yourself to have a strong bladder.

Humans practice things all the time. Athletes show what the human body is capable of, through deliberately programmed activities. When compared to the average joe, that can seem amazing.

There's no reason to believe that 8 hours sleep (say) is required, just because lots of people end up sleeping around that long. It's plausible that people who are "fit" in the sleep sense can do in 4 hours all that you or I could do in 8 because we're not sleeping fit, and it's plausible that people can train themselves to achieve more of their sleep activities in less time, without ill effects.

Most biological models of the body are one size fits all. At best, they represent an idealized average body, which is great, but doesn't answer what's *possible*. For that, we need to learn how to *train* people to sleep more efficiently.

Comment Re:You know who does that already... Uber (Score 1, Insightful) 385

Markets are fundamentally unfair. They discriminate against those who can afford to pay a little less. (That is why one percenters love capitalism, because they know that as long as there's a market for some good, *they* can outbid everyone else if they badly want to have it - preference for the rich when they feel like it).

A low cost uniformly priced taxi service is much more fair to the population than Uber. The cost of the service should only cover the actual operating costs with a small overhead. This maximizes affordability for all. And access should not be on a market bidding system, it should be exclusively on a first click first served basis.

Comment Re:"Do the right thing...." (Score 1) 247

Tell me, who exactly are the ignorant fools on this planet who believe that Google to date has lived up to any motto as they thrive very well in the unethical and immoral world of capitalism?

Easy. All the google fanbois who read and comment on slashdot, of which there are a lot but not as many as a few years ago. You can identify them easily, they'll defend anything google does by claiming "it's free, if you don't like it don't use it". (*)

We need a name for these guys, googlebois? goobois? goobs? Something catchy, anyway.

(*) which misses the point, Google being a spying outfit (**), even if you refuse to have anything to do with them they'll hoover up direct and indirect information about you on their systems, and you'll be affected by their whims.

(**) They spy on you, buddy, not on the Chinese

Comment Re:Amazon? (Score 1) 106

Interesting, but confusing. Why does the Amazon web page you link to state "There is no HIPAA certification for a cloud provider such as AWS."

Whose responsibility is it to ensure the data is safe? Surely, a "clueless operator" should not be able to put data on a publicly accessible share in the first place, if Amazon complies and is the entity hosting the data?

I'm curious how the legalities are interpreted to bypass the HIPAA protections in this case.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington