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Comment: Re: It's a still a nice PC. (Score 2) 337

by tipo159 (#47646571) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I have an iPhone, an iPad mini (with a keyboard cover) and a laptop. I always have my phone with me. Whether I also bring the iPad (and whether I also bring its keyboard cover) or the laptop depends on stuff like where I expect that I might be able to get work done, how much stuff I want to lug around and the specific tasks that I expect that I will try to do.

My mom hasn't even bothered to figure out why she can't connect her laptop to her Mifi, so seldom uses it, because she can do everything that she needs to do with her tablet.

There are a lot of people here who seem to take the view "well, it doesn't work for me, so how useful can it be". If you feel strongly enough about it to post the opinion, maybe you should look beyond examples that confirm your bias.

Comment: Re:Why the Australians? (Score 1) 92

by tipo159 (#47612153) Attached to: Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

So while everyone assumes that MH370 crashed due to the pilot committing suicide ...

Who is this everyone of which you speak? A pilot committing suicide drops the plane into water/ground when he decides it is time to go. MH370 flew until it ran out of fuel and then went down. That does not seem like what a pilot committing suicide would let happen.

Comment: Re:Snake Oil (Score 1) 114

by tipo159 (#47599699) Attached to: How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

A problem is, for all of the data that they have available, at least among the group of people that I have discussed this with, Facebook is not doing a very good job at analyzing that data. For example, they grouped a friend into the "Politics (US Conservative) audience" despite the fact that he scored 90+% Green and Democratic Party (and under 15% Republican) on the "I Side With ..." FB application.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by tipo159 (#47523693) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Clearly you are not the only one. The flat UI seems to be the hot idea among UI designers and I am sure that they are all impressing themselves with their work. But, to me, as a user, it is just a gratuitous change that does not contribute to the UI's usability. And, to my kernel s/w engineer eyes, it, for the most part, doesn't look as good as what it is replacing.

I wonder how long I will be able to get by with OS X Mavericks.

Comment: Legitimate engineering uses (Score 4, Interesting) 98

by tipo159 (#47502639) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Apple is often prone to adding capabilities without thinking through the security implications. But this researcher should do some more research into what constitutes legitimate engineering uses.

From TFA:

“Some of this data shouldn’t be on the phone. HFSMeta creates a disk image of everything that’s on the phone, not the content but the metadata,” Zdziarski said. “There’s not even an engineering use for that.”

I can imagine plenty of legitimate uses of just metadata. For example, the old iOS backup mechanism basically took a snapshot of everything and something like HFSMeta could be used to identify the files that have changed so only those files are backed up.

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

by tipo159 (#47490655) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

>we had enough regulation already, look where it got us.

To the most economically, technologically and military powerful nation the planet?

America only started falling off once Reagan and Clinton started busting unions, signing free trade treaties, giving amnesties to illegal aliens and deregulating wall street.

Actually, no. America started falling off in the late 60s.

Comment: Re:What the senator is really saying... (Score 1) 529

by tipo159 (#47490653) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Unless you are Native American, you are a foreign worker too.

My most recent immigrant ancestor came to North America in 1869.

How many generations of ancestors have to born in an area before their descendants can claim to be native to that area?

There is a good chance that the people living in a particular area in North America when the Europeans arrived are not descendants of the very first people ever to inhabitant that area. Were they foreign as well?

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by tipo159 (#47486099) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

However, how often are black boxes not recovered?

After the AF447 crash, there was a push for real-time flight data. However, the people who argued "the flight data recorder was recovered 90+% of the time, so it is unnecessary" ultimately won the argument. I had a link to a story about this from back then, but I can't find it.

Meanwhile, I found this link to a NY Times article that was written before the post-AF447 real-time flight data discussion was settled. It seems that we keep having the same discussion over and over again.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by tipo159 (#47485911) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

If you are referring to MH370, no, it didn't. There were roughly hourly handshakes initiated by the ground station and a final handshake initiated by the aircraft (likely when it ran out of fuel).

Here is a report on flight MH370 done by the Australian Transportation Safety Board that describes how the search area was established - ATSB Search Area report. The analysis of the satellite communications starts on page 17.

Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 4, Insightful) 443

by tipo159 (#47433709) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Did you read article? The police had given up on the chase before the guy crashed the Tesla that the final time.

According to the source, "the pursuit was terminated because there wasn’t enough time or police resources in the area to catch up with the vehicle." It didn't help that the pursuing officers were involved with a minor collision of their own.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

by tipo159 (#47400211) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I hope that you aren't referring to MH370. What happened on the flight is unknown and some kind of terrorist action is only one possibility. If it was an act of terrorism, without confirmation that it was terrorism, it failed to accomplish a primary goal of terrorism, which is to create terror.

Why is killing a couple hundred people on a plane an attractive option when there are easier ways to kill more people in a way that gets more publicity?

Comment: Re:I love getting into strangers' cars (Score 4, Insightful) 273

What's with this obsession with licensing?

The skills that one has to demonstrate to get a commercial drivers license is higher than to get a regular car drivers license. Same goes for a motorcycle license. Why shouldn't one need to demonstrate a higher level of skills in order to be allowed to get paid to drive other people around.

I don't trust Uber to verify that their drivers have the skills needs to drive me around safely. Uber's background check that somehow missed one of their drivers was a sex offender.

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