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Comment $52/yr is a lot for a subscription (Score 4, Insightful) 629

Since there's no pulp to push, the economics of the price are astounding.

If ads were more intelligent and higher class, they wouldn't be so annoying. Nothing like continuing to see ads for something you bought, or putting up with taboola's brain-dead stupid tricks.

Ads should be as good as the articles they parasitically feed off of.

Comment Re:Real liberals need to stop this (Score 1) 668

You're so close to dead on. I've broken it down to:
The recent manifestation of liberal "micro-agressions" are just them being intolerant of other people. It is what happens when they don't want to be held responsible for controlling their own emotions, making it your fault that they are offended. Because we know they can do no wrong...

Comment Re:therefore the speed limit is invalid (Score 1) 582

This is technically incorrect. As I see it cited many times, the real deal is:
There is a FEDERAL GUIDELINE - no legally binding statute or regulation - that says the speed limit should be at the 85th percentile of what people drive. There is no suggested time to update the speed due to changes in traffic patterns or increasing vehicle capabilities. For example a car designed in 1970 handles terrible out of the factory compared to one built today. We've made the tire sidewalls smaller, moved from gearbox to rack and pinion steering, added ABS, and a whole host of other improvements that make modern vehicles safer to operate at speed.

I'd love for the guideline to be enforced, with a periodic 10-year revaluation. But keeping antiquated speeds low helps police departments and governments collect revenue, and every traffic stop is a change for the police to apprehend someone with an outstanding warrant.

Comment The license plate's identifiers are ignored ... (Score 2) 532

Except it isn't. All those LPRs (license plate readers) is logged, by both public and private firms and stored for god knows how long. Then the data is used to create temporal databases to know where your car goes and when, extrapolates your patterns.

Currently, the only uses of the private LPR database that I know of are for either reposessions or serving court documents, but I could clearly see private detectives finding the data useful for a multitude of other uses.

Similarly, the state (as in government) can use the traffic camera video feeds networks to identify vehicles in real-time, and find out when the last encounter was and where. The difference here is no warrant is needed, they already have the data, and they can retroactively search their database (which potentially is every second of every traffic camera feed anywhere).

The fact that data may be discarded is a fleeting one, as storage prices come down, and processing power and resolution increases, it will be considered an intelligence "failure" not to have every moment captured, recorded, stored forever, and searchable.

Comment Ultrasound (Score 1) 311

Really the tech barrier is low, the danger is low*, and we would all benefit from being able to see inside ourselves, our food, our pets and animals, as well as non-living objects. The non-medical uses are large.

*Some danger exists when using ultrasound for treatment. I only refer to ultrasound for imaging.

Comment 1MB ought to be enough for anybody? (Score 2) 185

I can't believe that 30 years after it was first published,
When we set the upper limit of PC-DOS at 640K, we thought nobody would ever need that much memory. — William Gates, chairman of Microsoft (April 1985)

That people are still thinking small-time even when we've known for a decade that data usage is increasing at an exponential rate.

1MB is half of a Intel Celeron CPU cache, and even the N720 Atom has 512kB.

And you expected to run a digital currency system from 2009 until the end of time?

Inexcusable to have a hard-coded limit.

Comment Seems easy to me. (Score 1) 258

If we have a machine-readable and human readable paper record, then the paper record could be imaged, then submitted to a independent system to verify that all the votes are accounted for, and that what is printed is what is read by machine. It is up to the voter to verify what is printed is what was voted.

What's more is the voting verification system does not need to be from the same manufacturer of the voting machine itself.

Comment Native is here to stay, the web will fail. (Score 1) 276

Without a doubt, web is s crapshoot of browser inconsistency and standards. Imagine this hypothetical scenario: No more local apps, but you have a web server running locally, which when you install an app, installs to the local web server. Your entire desktop is in a browser. What are the problems with this? Many: 1. Serialization to HTML/CSS/JS is slow and unnecessary. The code path to put a red rectangle on the screen is absurd 2. Those interfaces prevent direct access to local hardware. 3. Operational Latency - the back and forth across the web-client/web server barrier is prohibitive for many apps. 4. Start-up Latency - downloading 3D textures and meshes and other assets can take hours.

What is more likely to happen is we have local clients that use web content within the local client.

And then there is the"fog". I call private clouds the "fog" because it's around you, not up in the sky. The web does have the ease of software distribution on it's side. I think eventually when all this NSA stuff shakes out, we'll move to local clouds with self-hosted data as a way to protect and manage our data. There will be an industry standard super server you install apps to which will mimic local apps. Then for your data to be accessed rather than serve a warrant to your hosting provider, they have to serve the warrant to you directly.

Really, I see the privacy and 3D (coming virtual reality) to bring back focus on local apps.

Comment No talk is complete without Dunning-Kruger Effect (Score 3, Insightful) 429

I'm showing my age here, 38, but no talk is complete without mentioning the Dunning-Kruger Effect. I have witnessed this first hand, even with myself. When you are young and full of vigor, you charge forth into the great unknown t eagerly writing lots of code. As you gain experience the code decreases but is of higher quality. I've now taken to assign a valuation to each line of code as liability vs added value. because in a few years some kid will come behind me other the other side of Dunning-Kruger and change this without really knowing what it is doing. I also spend more time doing research on what I am doing so my execution is flawless. Experimentation is rare. In the Art of war, the battle is only the last step and the preparation is really what determines the outcome. Similarly, code is only written when the planning is complete. This is the difference between code monkeys and engineers.

But older engineers often get complacent. I too went through this phase. Many get comfortable with one technology, (Java, .Net) and no longer keep up with new efforts. But in the past 2 years alone, I've taken to learning Machine Learning, Node.JS, mobile platforms, Big Data.

My advice is if you're old, don't get complacent, keep learning. If you're interviewing one of us veterans, keep an open mind. We might not be as cheap on paper, or outwardly enthusiastic. But if we're still in it after 20 years, we love what we do just as much as a new guy, and we will pay dividends in the long run.

Comment Obsidian Scalpels (Score 1) 70

Someone I know had to go in for basic hernia surgery. However this person was an avid flint knapper. He asked his surgeon if he could furnish obsidian blades for his scalpels since obsidian, when fractured properly, creates a edge just a few atoms thick, far thinner than the sharpest steel blade. The result is a perfect cut that leaves very little scar tissue, and no perceivable scar.

I don't know why there isn't a bigger obsidian scalpel industry.

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