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Comment: Terciles (Score 1) 277

by tverbeek (#48633445) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

It's a simple matter of terciles and life expectancies. Average life expectancy in the post-industrial world is about 80 years. Dividing that into three equal categories, you get (roughly) 0-26 = young age, 27-53 = middle age, 54-80 = old age. Of course with increases in life expectancy (and to make the math easier), you could use 30-59 as the middle group, and save a bunch of late-20s people the anxiety of already being "middle-aged", but it's still a bit silly how that term has become (in some people's minds) a euphemism for "old".

(And for the record, I'm 49: very accustomed to being "middle-aged".)


Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release 586

Posted by samzenpus
from the nothing-to-see-here dept.
tobiasly writes The country's top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — have decided not to play Sony's The Interview. This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks" on theaters that showed the film. Update: Sony has announced that it has cancelled the planned December 25 theatrical release.

Comment: 7680 <> 8K (Score 2) 179

by tverbeek (#48581383) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

The problem isn't that people don't understand the difference between linear and area measurement scales (so 8K is four times the number of pixels as 4K), but the fact that anyone lets these marketing drones get away with calling 7680 pixels "8K". 8K is either 8192 in binary terms, or 8000 in decimal terms.

+ - Natalie Portman turns down Steve Jobs ... movie->

Submitted by tverbeek
tverbeek (457094) writes "Michael Fassbender (best known among nerds for playing young Magneto) is still inked to play Jobs, and Seth Rogen (best known for playing assorted lovable tubby dudes) will be playing Woz, but Natalie Portman (best known for playing Padmé Amidala and her association with hot breakfast food) will not be playing the female lead in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's biopic "Jobs", based on the authorized bio by Walter Isaacson. No reason was given... nor has anyone confirmed for sure who she isn't playing."
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Comment: Re:XP as well? (Score 1) 178

by tverbeek (#48413439) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

No, it just means that MS isn't issuing a patch for XP. At least not exactly. They have released a patch today "for WEPOS and POSReady 2009", which is the branding given to the point-of-sale variant of Windows XP, which Microsoft still offers support for. There's a registry hack that makes Windows XP identifiy itself as Windows POS [insert joke here] when contacting the MS Update servers, and machines running that variant will get the patch.

Or so I'm told. ;)

Comment: not going to change (Score 1) 204

by tverbeek (#48380339) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

"it does make you wonder how long organizations can afford to continue promoting incompetent bosses in today's very dynamic and competitive business world."

Indefinitely? As long as all organizations are doing it, there's no competitive disadvantage to it. And as long as the job market remains one in which the overall supply of workers exceeds the demand (no change of that in sight), employees will continue to put up with unhappiness, incompetent bosses, etc (at least up to the point where the incompetent boss fires them for threatening their own employment ... no, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?)

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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled 308

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-see-what-happens dept.
An anonymous reader writes AT&T says it will halt its investment on broadband Internet service expansion until the federal rules on open Internet are clarified. "We can't go out and just invest that kind of money, deploying fiber to 100 cities other than these two million [covered by the DirecTV deal], not knowing under what rules that investment will be governed," AT&T Chief Randall Stephenson said during an appearance at a Wells Fargo conference, according to a transcript provided by AT&T. "And so, we have to pause, and we have to just put a stop on those kind of investments that we're doing today."

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US? 320

Posted by samzenpus
from the johnny-cab dept.
ashshy writes Tesla, Google, and many other companies are working on self-driving cars. When these autopilot systems become perfected and ubiquitous, the roads should be safer by orders of magnitude. So why doesn't Tesla CEO Elon Musk expect to reach that milestone until 2013 or so? Because the legal framework that supports American road rules is incredibly complex, and actually handled on a state-by-state basis. The Motley Fool explains which authorities Musk and his allies will have to convince before autopilot cars can hit the mainstream, and why the process will take another decade.

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard 384

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-thing-we-have-to-fear-is-fear-itself-and-liquefied-organs dept.
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. "[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain's fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. ... People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them."

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