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Comment Scary (Score 1) 89

>"Today we're announcing that during that same time period, the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 degrees in 2011"

What is scary is how they are able to determine that and with such precision. There are many reasons I have never used Facebook.... this just continues to reinforce that.

>"Are Facebook friends anything like real friends?"

Um, no.

Comment Re:Power efficiency is good in some places, not al (Score 1) 331

Here's the thing though. Even if chips remain equally powerful or 10% slower... if they could fit a 40 core Xeon into a 10watt atom power profile that would be a MASSIVE performance increase in mobiles. I'm relatively satisfied with CPU performance these days with a dual Xeon. If it meant I could get a current workstation in a mobile form, great! However I'm assuming that GPUs do keep improving and we finally see openings for specialized chips for physics and raytracing--the last two areas that would really benefit from dedicated hardware. Neither have ever caught on because Intel keeps improving quickly enough that a small specialized chip market can't get to market before Intel outpaces them.

Comment Luddite?? (Score 1) 212

>"Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive "

Luddite Position? Whose stupid-ass opinion is THAT and why it is in the title? Quite a few people have *NO* interest in self-driving cars, and that is especially true in the higher-end sports-cars markets. It wouldn't make any economic sense for Porsche to pursue a path that doesn't intersect with their goals and customer wishes.

What next? A comment about how Kawasaki has a Luddite Position on not pursing research on self-driving motorcycles??

How about Titleist having a Luddite Position on not pursing research on a self-playing robotic golf club? Or maybe Samsung not wanting to pursue a self-watching TV?

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Cisco To Acquire IoT Company Jasper For $1.4 Billion ( 25

An anonymous reader writes: Cisco has announced its intention to spend $1.4 billion purchasing startup Jasper Technologies, Inc. which specialises in IoT connectivity. It's the most significant acquisition the tech multinational has made since its purchase of Wi-Fi manufacturer Meraki in 2012. In 2015 Cisco also acquired OpenDNS for $635 million, and with the Jasper acquisition seems committed to securing a major foothold in IoT infrastructure over the next five years.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 831

>" Would you rather Twitter shut down no account ever, apply a sort of white-listing policy, or something in the middle?"

Have never used Twitter, and probably never will, so I don't really care. But, free speech and all- nobody is forcing you to listen to anyone you don't want to.

Comment Modularity (Unix "Do One Thing" philosophy) (Score 1) 234

The only option to achieve that through process not physical security is to write everything sufficiently modularly that every module is untrusted and interfaces through documented APIs. This can actually be a good requirement since it should make updating any one feature relatively easy. I know of at least one large fortune 500 company that is rewriting everything on the assumption that the network is publicly accessible. This has the nice side effect that you can actually make it publicly accessible to mobile employees.

If every developer is assigned a specific module to write that does a very narrow set of goals then all they need to do is take in data of format XYZ and output data of format UVW. At some point you'll need someone in house for architecting what modules you need developed and an integrator to handle the bits you seem to be paranoid about exposing to developers but it would limit the potential exposure to any one developer going AWOL.

The downside of course is that depending on the task it can get very difficult to break up a large project into discreet chunks/interfaces.

Comment Re:Where is deniability? (Score 2) 391

>"That's the problem. There would be only one way to enforce this type of law and that would be through sting operations. An undercover officer would bring a computer in to be repaired with illicit images somewhere obvious, like the desktop background screen. If no report is filed, the worker is arrested."

But just because a tech worked on the computer doesn't mean he/she actually was aware of any porn on there- unless the sting made it so it is nearly impossible to miss (like making it a background image or something stupid). I know when I work on others' computers, I very intentionally try to NOT look at anything not absolutely necessary to do what I am trying to do. Not just from a liability aspect, but it is the professional way to handle the situation.

It is a very dangerous law which might do far more harm than ever do any good.

Comment Re:Where is deniability? (Score 4, Insightful) 391

The summary does say the professional is required to report it IF THEY ENCOUNTER IT, but are not required to search for it. In other words, if in the process of doing work on a computer he/she discovers it (see is and knows what it is) and doesn't report it... that is a crime.

It is a law that would be nearly impossible to enforce.

Comment Re:vote with your wallet (Score 1) 302

Apple will be the gatekeeper for music, and Netflix for video.

Apple is so far from the gatekeeper for music these days that it's laughable. Ironically it's the Zune subscription that has succeeded. It was just Spotify who made it happen because of its cross platform nature.

Microsoft saw the future and then tried to sell the past (mp3 players) as a bundle and failed. Spotify did the exact same thing (minus songs you get to keep) for $5 less and did gangbusters.

Now Apple is trying to play catchup in the music realm.

Another point on this. When Apple started locking in the music industry, the labels also matched to avoid too strong of a monopoly. So Zune music service pretty much just said "Give us what you're giving Apple" and was able to build out their library. Spotify wouldn't have stood a chance in hell of negotiating those contracts if iTunes wasn't already getting sweet digital rates. Netflix wrenched open the door and now Amazon often has the same films because the studios both want a bidding war and they also aren't going to spend too much time negotiating most of their catalogue.

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 545

>"Actually you cherry pick when you claim the Constitution doesn't allow the fed to pass laws that impact the states; any treaty we make impacts the states for example."

No, making treaties is a federal power, as stated in the Constitution. As is defense, coining money, etc.

>" The constant idiotic misrepresentation of states having some sort of limitless right to do anything they want to do is an idiotic purely partisan hack thing that's never been based on reality."

I certainly make no such representation. Not only do the States have to comply with the USA Constitution, they also have to comply with their own State Constitutions... as interpreted by the State courts and possibly the Federal courts (if appealed that high).

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 545

From Wikipedia:

"The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. "

"Section 5, also known as the Enforcement Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, enables Congress to pass laws enforcing the amendment's other provisions."

I don't see how either could be construed to allowing Federal laws about education or parents not being sued for allowing their kids to walk to school.

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 545

>"So: if a state or locality has decided or later decides to specifically make a law specifically against "unattended kids going to school," that law would take precedence over this act. "States rights" are still in effect here."

Your posting is informative but doesn't refute that it is still not the Federal government's power to pass such laws (based on the Constitution). The States should make the necessary laws regarding such things and the State courts will interpret them and the State Executive branch will enforce them. If there is no State law about it, then that power is left TO THE PEOPLE.

Their passing such a law specifically DOES erode the States' rights to govern their people in a matter not granted the Fed by the Constitution. If the State wanted legislation in that area, it would do so, or is free to do so. In this case, the Federal law might step out of the way if there is a State law about it, but it is still overstepping, it is just doing it in a round-around way... they are setting a default law about something. Quite clever, actually.

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 545

>"Here, you forgot a very important party, the people. I think walking to school is exercise of a people power not a state-granted privilege. Personally, I don't think the federal government has a place in education, K-12 or higher education, except as a sponsor and propagator of educational standards (which I think is a legitimate role of the Commerce Clause). But they do have a role as a protector of the people which I think this law imperfectly attempts."

I do not believe that is what they mean by "the people". They are saying the power is reserved to the States OR THE PEOPLE- meaning that powers not specifically granted the Federal government then go to the States, and if not addressed by the States, the power is not government at all but left freely to people so they can decide what they want to do. That is freedom.

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