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Comment: Re:FEO (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by AK Marc (#49161573) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
Yes, 2+2=4, therefore global warming is a lie by Al Gore, who served as Vice President. I'm sure the linguistic style will look odd at first, but packing one lie per page and lots of valid facts could game the system. That's why they should release it early, so we can start gaming it early, so they can improve it before release (but they'll get around it by calling everything a beta).

Comment: Re:Notify CTO, CFO & CEO offices (Score 1) 140

The 10,000 person company I worked for, that would never work. At best, you'd get his secretary, who would hand-write a note. Though, the smaller companies I've worked for, that'd work if you asked for him by name. But "may I speak with the CEO" coming in to the reception would get you hung up on in many cases. If you don't know enough to know who the CEO is, then you obviously can't actually need to speak with him. Though hanging up on people is rude, so death-by-hold was second on the list. Put them on hold. Leave them there until they hang up. Problem solved, and you never had to tell them "no".

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 1) 163

by AK Marc (#49161507) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit
Not more likely. More simple. A common failure, with no people deciding to do anything, or an experimental test performed by a hostile entity that the US government is covering up part, but not all, of the details about the test? One is a simple mechanical failure. The other is an act of war, with a complex cover-up performed by the attacked nation.

Don't answer what you would prefer the answer to be, or what you think is more likely, but look at the complexity of each of the options, and answer the question of which is more complex?

Comment: Re:fees (Score 1) 382

Perhaps "colo" here refers to the DSLAM or CMTS where the signal gets split to a neighborhood. In Archangel Michael's proposal as I understand it, a neutral party would own the colo and the last mile, but that party wouldn't connect the colo to the Internet. That'd be the job of competitive ISPs.

Comment: Re:Notify CTO, CFO & CEO offices (Score 2) 140

I worked for a 10,000+ person company, the CEO read the emails identified by his secretary as important. I worked for a 200+ person tech company where the CTO read some of the emails the secretary printed out for him. He didn't have a computer (not in the office, and not at home). If he sent an email, he dictated it to his secretary, and she would then send it for him.

For a 5-man company, you may find CEOs read their own emails. For larger than that, the CEOs don't read emails. The few I know that did, used their personal email for business, and the business email was essentially forwarded to the info@ email box.

I've found that snail mail got insanely quick response. It would get to the CEO and be read. Only obvious advertisements would be withheld by helpers, and even then not aggressively so.

Comment: Re:No SD card = major weakness (Score 1) 145

by AK Marc (#49161241) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC
If I didn't want an SD slot, I'd have gotten the Oppo R5. Cheaper and thinner than the S6, and the commercial for it shows a car driving over it, and using it to hammer in a nail, without a scratch. But I passed on the Oppo R5 because of the lack of SD slot. OnePlus, cheaper and better than Samsung. And if you don't like stock Android, I like ColorOS better than TouchWiz (I like Sense over TouchWiz as well, TouchWiz isn't great, but I haven't played with it since it came with fewer bloat items).

Oh, and ppi is stupid. Are they really implying that a 5.1 inch QHD screen is preferable to a 5.5 inch QHD, because the 5.1 has more ppi? I've used both, and much prefer the larger screen.

Comment: Re:Star Wars! (Score 1) 163

by AK Marc (#49161003) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit
What's the weight of a '90s Ni-Cad AA battery? How many mAh?

How about the current AA rechargeable batteries, you pick the type. Then compare the Joules in each.

You are confusing the units and such. Stick to total Joules in the device by weight. You didn't. So I assume you are the one you are the one that doesn't know what you are talking about.

Comment: Re:AI is a bit of a stretch (Score 1) 46

Actually, on that note, I am hard pressed to think of any RTS game where I've seen a computer player populate more than one island, or build a second base.

Empire Earth (not sure which version, if not the original). The AI was told to understand that space empire will have two starting islands, and you are to conquer the foreign island, and they'd invade and build up (with local production), if you locked yourself in a small corner defensively.

My first encounter with "stupid AI" was Dune 2, where you could work out which direction the attacks were coming from (usually, a straight line from their production facility to your most valuable structure), and build a "catcher's glove" of turrets or strong tanks and wipe out everything coming at you with minimal (or sometimes no) losses.

Age of empires. The AI would build multiple home bases (town centers), so is smart for that, based on your measure, but dumber than a 2 year old in so many other ways.

They'd build walls up to (but around) trees. When the trees were cut down, it would never extend walls to protect the exposed areas. So workers, sent along with the military could take out a superior force.

Also, they won't attack a wall when there is another way in. So if you make a maze of walls, with a clear (but winding) path through, and no buildings in range to attack, they'd *always* take the long and winding path. And you can pick them off with strategically placed defenses. Few to no losses, even against massive attack forces.

so it goes nuclear when it gets shot down over their base". It's the unconventional that AIs never seem to achieve.

Reminds me of your complaints about Dune. The Harkonnen couldn't use nukes effectively. If it got to that point of the game, put a few structures away from the base, in a protective ring. The nukes will fall on them, and they'll never push to try to get a nuke to hit the make core of the base. So put all your important buildings packed tight in the corner, and unimportant ones scattered around. The AI will never do max damage with a nuke. Once you figure that out, the AI will spend more resources bombing than they kill with them.

Comment: Re:Star Wars! (Score 1) 163

by AK Marc (#49160453) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit
I had a laptop in the '90s. It had a run time better than today's. Though the screen was shit. And the energy density didn't change greatly between then and now. Small improvements, but not massive. The biggest change from Ni-Cad to Li-ion is the memory effects and longevity, not energy density.

And no, I'm not suggesting any particular type of battery was used. I would have no idea what the military would use in a satellite. Perhaps they were willing to pay the extra cost for a sealed lead-acid battery (a more well known and well tested tech, even if heavier and less dense than laptop batteries of the day).

But a battery is a known failure problem. I've personally seen one explode - blew the hood off a car (technically, it wasn't the battery that blew, but the H2 that leaked out of the lead acid battery that collected under the hood, ignited by the starter, to blow while I watched from a safe distance when a friend was starting his car to drive home).

There have been hundreds of incidents of on-board fires in airplanes from batteries - usually laptop batteries, sometimes phones.

I recommend you consider what you are saying before you say it.

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