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Comment: Re:Be afraid, be very afraid (Score 1) 567

by w_dragon (#48871455) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
They're upgrading existing installs - you're already a customer to take advantage of this. Besides that they're probably just trying to drive up their pre-SP1 numbers to convince some of their corporate customers to upgrade sooner. They're also upgrading machines that would be pretty unlikely to be upgraded otherwise.

Comment: Re:cost? (Score 1) 165

by w_dragon (#48826055) Attached to: Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track
And hyperloop could, theoretically, move people and goods at several times the speed of sound for cheap, once the vacuum is established. Much faster than any other current method.

As to Musk being overhyped, he sold a game he programmed at age 12, was founder or co-founder of zip2, PayPal, spacex, tesla, and is credited with the concept of SolarCity. The only other person I can think of with that kind of diversity is Richard Branson. Maybe Paul Allen, but everything he's touched since Microsoft has failed. He certainly isn't always right, but he seems to have a knack for founding companies that work in areas that are just ahead of the curve.

Comment: Re:This is laughable... (Score 0) 455

Yet we still can't answer basic questions about ourselves like 'why do we require sleep?' or 'what is a healthy diet?'. I think it is the height of arrogance to think we can achieve in a few decades what took nature billions of years. Today's computers are intelligent in the same way that a parrot is fluent in language.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 176

by w_dragon (#48442301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
The founder should be a subject matter expert. They should be the one guiding the product to the first release. Unless the product is a compiler it doesn't matter much if they can code. They need to have a vision of what the product will be, not what widgets are required for every function.

Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 4, Insightful) 323

by w_dragon (#48399587) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate
I'd say chocolate is more like coffee. There are a few snobs who will happily pay incredible prices for what they're told is the best quality, a lot of people who want something that tastes right, and the majority that have never tasted it without drowning it in milk and sugar.

Comment: Re:Number is irrelevant compared to severity (Score 1) 170

by w_dragon (#48322115) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds
I would guess that they release when it is likely that they themselves are exposed, or when it is possible that the exploit is already used by others, which may increase their chance of being caught. Their ideal exploit to keep secret is probably in the realm of mathematical cryptographic weaknesses, random number generators being weighted, and other things that are really hard to find and hard to determine if your data has been exposed.

Comment: Re:Ought to bring down ... (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by w_dragon (#48306347) Attached to: Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving
I worked in IT for a police force for a time. These systems have already been in place for more than 10 years, Ford is just making them an option on the Interceptor rather than requiring an after-market solution. And yes, police do get in shit for going 50kph over the speed limit without their siren on. Not that that stopped some of them.

Comment: Re:So, it has come to this. (Score 1) 742

by w_dragon (#48088379) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
That's interesting. Here in Ontario it's the opposite, people are almost always let go without cause and given at least the minimum severance required by law so they won't sue. I'm not a business owner, but I think the employment insurance payments are set based only on an employee's pay. Fascinating how much small differences in similar government programs can affect behavior.

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