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Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 136

The problem is 'QWERTY' not bloody size. Sure after much experience you get to know where the keys are but how many know the full QWERTY alphabet 'QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM' so that you can tab through to get to the letter group you want (reduced number of keys, say 6 or 12 ie next key, 6 ABCDE next FGHIJ next). So you drop QWERTY and go back to your ABCs, so that a reduced key set works . This creates other problems for multiple devices so it makes sense to start pushing ABCs as a option on devices where it is purely governed by software.

Comment: Re:Always turn off auto update anyway (Score 1) 133

by rtb61 (#49626439) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Business customers will simply get updates after 'home users'. Home users will be crash test dummies who will simply be blamed for configuring their machines poorly or using it insecurely. M$ is running into harsher more competitive and demanding business market and hence is working to look better for them, so the monopoly market becomes a crash test dummy market (with all their machines reporting problems back, basically paying to be lab rats).

Comment: Re:$50 billion is not Huge, anymore (Score 2) 38

by rtb61 (#49626373) Attached to: Report: Microsoft Considering Salesforce Acquisition

Paying taxes is about paying for the revenue opportunities those countries create. Don't want to pay the taxes, 'THEN FUCK OFF', you are not entitled to the revenue opportunities those countries create. Want to generate revenue in the 'HIGH VALUE' markets, then pay taxes in those markets where the revenue is generated and do not steal infrastructure, a customer base with money or the social services of that customer base. Countries need to start killing of companies that steal access to markets without paying, corporate deaths sentences with asset seizure. That corporate tax greed is depriving citizens of social services that ensure health and well being. Corporate greed is killing a percentage of the population every year, it is time to hold them accountable for those deaths, when they cheat on taxes that pay for those social services.

Want out, fine, 'FUCK OFF' but don't expect access to that market any more. Sell your shit to third world sweat shop workers, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 243

by rtb61 (#49626327) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

You seem to forget it is open source. If a manufacturer wants to sell cheap phones with a old version of the software with a smaller overhead, then it is up to them to patch it, the patches are out there and really it doesn't take all that much effort, just a couple of skilled staff members as a part time effort. The Android system provides choice for everyone, manufacturers, application producers and customers. Choice inherently is fragmentation but seriously calling choice fragmentation is blatant PR=B$ and likely stems from vested advertising interest from say some other company that provides little or no choice.

So Apple to customers, we give you no choice 'er' fragmentation, buy it like we sell it too you and pay to much for it or piss off but believe us when we tell you, that you will look cool and sophisticated when you flash our stuff about the place and not look at all like a victim of marketing and a certain gullibility when it comes to paying inflated profit margins.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 160

by rtb61 (#49626253) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Privacy, what about accuracy. My cell phone location data had me travelling to locations, I had never been, even overseas. Live in Adelaide, never left Adelaide since having the phone, but location data showing me travelling to Singapore.

So moron courts, how about placing some real legal risks on those providing that data, to ensure accuracy. So what is the penalty for the company providing inaccurate data, how many millions of dollars in penalties would they pay for providing inaccurate data, that threatens a conviction for what could be extremely serious offences. What is the legal warranty that the data provided is accurate, what is the penalty for failure in this regard, what right of challenge of accuracy of data does the defendant have.

Proper legal defence, prove the accuracy of the data to beyond a shadow of a doubt and I already know from first hand experience how inaccurate that data really is. Lawyers really need to put companies on legal spot when they provided data of questionable accuracy.

Comment: Re:Streisand Effect (Score 3, Interesting) 50

Never forget lawyers. Lawyers first advice, you need us to advise you, so that you can pay us for each and every phone call, for each and every letter read and response written, for each and every email read and response written and, for researching your problem (you pay them to learn how to solve the problems they create for you). The problem here is reaching for the lawyers, the advice they give you and that you pay for, usually will be to pay them more and they will wrap that up in some sell able story. Once you reach for the lawyers, you have already lost. So they did not shoot themselves in the foot, their lawyers tricked them into paying the lawyers to shoot them in both feet.

Comment: Re:They reall don't mean this (Score 1) 75

by rtb61 (#49618559) Attached to: AI Experts In High Demand

AI is actually far different to data analysis, it is all about different layers or levels (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQyXeLSL0II ;) ) of decision making. So you start off with very simple solutions and if they are good enough you stop there, if not enough you use those outputs in the next higher or adjacent level or and add more different levels for more outputs, until your arrive at the answer. Not based upon the current level of analysis only but also on all the previous ones, it becomes a composite solution, which readily varies processing time with regard to the complexity of the question and complexity the final solution. The greater the number of possible solutions you can generate, the greater the ability of the artificial intelligence, by using composite outputs from different levels analysis, you greatly increase the number of potential outputs.

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 525

by rtb61 (#49618491) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

You do understand in the world of statistics and reality, you represent the trailing edge of the bell curve for your age group. You can readily guess my age and I distinctly remember for decades going through that cringe when people my age and quite some years younger seemed to want brag about their lack of computer skills, how their children knew more, a badge of ignorance. Things are tough out in the employment market and there are a whole bunch of unemployed, past middle age computer illiterates and you don't want them clogging up your recruitment process. Having been on the other side, all those applications are a real pain and the reality is you want only one application and one interview, the right one and how quickly you can thin down hundreds or even thousands of apps down to that right one is useful. So yes, toss out a few of the good because you can get rid of a whole lot of the futile at the same time is going to happen most of the time. Just sucks to be associated with digitally inept but that is the way it is.

New employment question, what are your gamer tags on what game servers, we would like to see how you play (this is actually far more accurate than looking at social media and will reveal far more about a person over an extended period of interaction). Steam in reality does count for far more than other social media sites, how well people play together will define how well those people will work an old rule that works well in the digital era, if you pay attention. In a digital sense, Geeks tend to hang well together regardless of age, nerds not so much.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 309

by rtb61 (#49608473) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

The biggest energy demand in a house, air conditioning (fully air-conditioned, not just one room), any idea at all how many HP (horse power for slow Americans, rather than kW) a large domestic air conditioning unit is (single digits) and now compare that to the HP of car (triple digit). So power to spare in some locations, not all (yep, snow is a real problem). So for most locations no if and you choose whether or not to take the risks but when others don't that energy insurance will get expensive (likely over the long term cheaper to buy a second smaller stand by battery for lighting). Flip side of course brown outs or black outs of mains, no longer a problem, this will get much worse over time, as they take more short cuts to maintain profit with reduced revenue, especially maintenance and customer support short cuts.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 1) 84

Face, the target should be thankful, that a major corporate political player is not claiming the defendant murdered the data and should be executed. Clearly they feel infringed upon and are using their control of the US department of in-Justice to persecute the individual. I am surprised they did not go the espionage route if the code just appears in another country.

Comment: Re:Lies, all lies. (Score 1) 169

by rtb61 (#49608395) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

Cough, cough, IBM did the work, M$ just ran off with the benefits due to a very, very shonky contract. IBM could have still wiped M$ out if they had not been stupidly greedy when they released their own much better OS. Lotus blew it by not reducing prices to compete, same with Word Perfect. Xerox also gave away ideas for free. So rather than M$ success it was others failures. So luck and yeah corruption with regard to corporate lawyers had a lot to do with.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 2) 121

by rtb61 (#49608365) Attached to: How Silicon Valley Got That Way -- and Why It Will Continue To Rule

Cheaper to live there brings to the fore, desirability of location to attract employees (cheaper to live there not so much, as cheaper to live means it likely sucks, supply and demand you know). So can companies attract better people and at lower costs by providing a better live, work and play environment, not only within their facilities but in the community at large. So locating according to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W..., likely makes the most sense if you want to attract and keep the best people. Ain't the bosses that make companies (time to drop the main stream media celebrity illusion), it's the workers (that is the reality).

Note, one huge advantage with locating at the best locations away from major competitors, it makes it much harder for staff (and their families) to leave to go to those competitors especially if those competitors are in cheap ass undesirable locations in the middle of a desert (you'll keep the most long term productive and lose the greediest often medium term destructive).

So pick a city from the lists, check regional language use, check for competitors and, then check costs. Equipment can go anyone, good staff will be much more choosy and where does count a lot for them. Give the staff good quality of life and they are unlikely to leave to go to a competitor at a worse location, you might still lose them to local industry at that location but at least they will not be going to major competitors. Don't forget things like universal health care (means you don't have to pay for it and can discount their wages because they don't have to pay for it either). Climate, beaches, parks, recreation, choice of schools etc. (smaller capital cities will generally work best).

Comment: Time (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by rtb61 (#49608221) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Time will alter everything. Reality is, the more batteries produced the cheaper they will become and much more interestingly, the more batteries installed, the fewer people paying for electrical mains infrastructure, the much more expensive per user it becomes. That economic boulder rolling down a hill, faster and faster and faster, inevitable. Tesla still needs to do a complete system, ready to install by franchised installers (ensure quality installs), keep it simple. Not to forget, the Tesla power pack would be a strictly utility device, much like adding air conditioning, or a verandah, it adds capital value to the property. So forget the incumbent PR=B$ about measuring it against electricity charges because that is only part of it's value, it has real capital asset value and that value also needs to be added in, to more effectively compare it what is in affect rent and burn (rent your part of the infrastructure and burn your capital inputs).

Comment: Re:CHANGE EVERYTHING! (Score 1) 609

by rtb61 (#49608183) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Who cares about the emotive content of the image. That makes absolutely no sense at all. Why isn't a more effective image sought, one that will more effectively test video compression techniques, specifically to make flaws more visible, in pattern and colour transitions. Holding to that image is a stupid as holding to QWERTY keyboards.

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