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Comment: Justified Caution (Score 1) 191

Out of the maligned 30%, I'd like to see a breakdown separating the merely technology-challenged versus people who have seen enough stories about identity theft, .gov surveillance, stalking, and all the other downsides to the net and just said, "Fuck it, it ain't worth it." There is, believe it or not, a sub-group of ex-internet users who are by no means Luddites. They simply just say "No!" to all the crapvertising, crime, and wasted time.

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 5, Insightful) 236

by some old guy (#47228985) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Here's a news flash: Engineers with actual jobs couldn't care less about quanta. In our world, P.I.D. calculations and control loops are based on the actual phenomena being controlled, said phenomena being analogue in behavior.

If you want to have a mainframe grinding out the quantum equations for a functional room thermostat in near real time, that's your business. For the rest of us in the real world, there's analogue engineering.

Comment: Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (Score 4, Insightful) 346

by some old guy (#47195761) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

"Among other things, Snowden signed an oath, as a condition of his employment as an NSA contractor, not to disclose classified information, and knew the penalties for violating the oath."

The entire Wehrmacht swore an oath too. Breaking a pact with evil is no evil. I suppose you think Colonel von Stauffenburg was a traitor as well?

Comment: Re:XBox Controller...what? (Score 1) 174

The mapper is for custom settings. I have my own layout of movement and menu functions that let me play away with my left thumb on a 360 pad with right hand totally free (like reaching for beer). The controller configs I've seen from native out-of-the-box support are generally still stuck in the X-wing joystick era.

Comment: XBox Controller...what? (Score 1) 174

| "Windows gamers can now use the Xbox One controller to play games on their computer. If a game supports a USB gamepad or the Xbox 360 controller, it will also support the Xbox One controller."

Patently stupid. Any Windows game can be played with almost any controller using a key mapper (I personally use XPadder).

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 100

by some old guy (#47163089) Attached to: Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

You are quite right, and I wish I had mod points. As I was reading your post, the mention of doctors' protocols sent off alarm bells.

Without going too far off into Big Brother Paranoia Land, I wonder exactly how confidential this sort of ostensibly private diagnostic data is. Is data protected by professional protocols and HIPPAA somehow immune to MITW packet data-mining by Google, NSA, et al?

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"