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Comment Re:Short sight (Score 1) 581

Want good C/C++ code? Get a good C/C++ programmer. Want good Java code? Get a good C/C++ programmer.

Absolutely. If you have a fundamental performance problem with your java program, the likelihood that a java programmer is going to be able to fix it is pretty low. Your C++ programmer will be able to get that performance out of java (if it can even be had that way), or do the partial refactor in C++ to make it performant.

There are an infinite number of ways to put the same program together, and the vast majority of them are slow as hell. Your garden variety C++ programmer will know how to choose the fast ones because they had to learn the consequences of all the variations. Java programmers by contrast typically never even learn how the libraries accomplish their magic, much less how the metal works.

A java programmer divides by two to get the answer. A C++ programmer shifts right by one bit...

Comment Re:Illegal Court Order (Score 3, Informative) 39

Last I checked a Judge CANNOT issue an Order demanding someone to Waive a constitutional right.

The Judge didn't. Uber told Levandowski to waive his 5th amendment rights in regards to this case or they will terminate his employment. Given the court case surrounding the very issue that he is required to waive his rights, Uber is perfectly within the law to make the demand of Levandowski. If he did not violate the law, then waiving his rights in that regard will have no effect on him. If he did break the law, then he is in violation of his contract with Uber anyways, so they have the right to fire him on those grounds. This is simply Ubers only legal way to prod him to undo the legal jamb he put the company in.

Comment Re:Ha (Score 0) 389

Yup, the economy has been the same size forever. Nothing new, nothing gone, ever.

The economy is a zero sum game, just one level of abstraction higher than you think. People consider their own personal wealth relative to others, so when everyone is made more wealthy in equal measure, everyone considers themselves to be no more wealthy than before. It is this effect that translates an open ended economy back into a zero sum game and ensures that it will always be that way. Without changing human nature, you cant fix that one fundamental truth.

Put another way, human greed will grow to fit the available resources no matter how great those resources are. A great many people are not happy unless they have more than everyone else and will hoard until others are deprived of wealth just to feel that they have more than everyone else.

Comment Re: Here's how it works (Score 2) 182

The people who designed these systems, those that operate them, and those that hold the purse strings are all stupid enough to be integrating microsoft windows into a potentially life critical piece of equipment, then networking them together. The original manufacturer should be held liable for even putting windows on the damned things in the first place. There have been plenty of network hardened micro-kernels available since the 80s that the military complex uses for various things. They are more expensive, but when were talking about medical devices, the manufacturer charges a premium for them anyways, sicne they are supposed to be "medical grade", not medical grade price with consumer grade electronics, and supersize profits.

Comment Re: Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 255

The bigger issues here are the overseas bank account he denied having and what's in the emails.

The even bigger issue is the authenticity of the information being released. When the information is dumped in this fashion, there is no time to properly vette any of the data to validate if it is true or not, and because it is being released by an unknown (for the moment) hacker, there is no one to prosecute for election tampering.

Under most circumstances, I would side with wikileaks, but lately it seems that wikileaks is crossing the line from performing an invaluable public service to outright election tampering and fraud. If wikileaks did not verify the authenticity of the data, then they have no business publishing it, and consequently, I would fully endorse active measures to hold them accountable (including criminal liability) for their actions.

I expect we are going to discover that they did not properly check any of the information they were handed, and as such, those responsible should stand trial. Assange has demonstrated strong political leanings, which is absolutely intolerable for someone in his position.

Comment Re:Shop. Shop shop (Score 2, Insightful) 242

OTOH delivery services generally require you to have someone wait in the house for hours.

Hahahaha, No.

Delivery drivers will release delivery packages in almost any neighborhood as long as there is some way to "hide" the package so it doesn't get snatched. Be it a back door, a porch, or anywhere else they can deliver it. Even in bad neighborhoods a surprisingly small percentage of such deliveries are reported lost or stolen. On any given day less than 2% of residential deliveries are delayed until the following day because no one was home, and the overwhelming majority (95%+) of residential deliveries are driver release (No signature) because the drivers are expected to leave packages unless the signature is required by the shipper (which costs extra). The reason for all this is simple economics. Paying a driver to stand around for 2 minutes collecting a signature is expensive. It is vastly cheaper for the shippers to take the cheaper shipper release option and simply pay out of pocket for any lost or stolen packages than it is to pay for signature verification on every package. The difference in cost is so dramatic that any given shipper would have to be replacing almost 20% of their packages before the cost of signatures would be cheaper than simply replacing merchandise.

If you have been having trouble with getting your packages delivered to your door, I would suggest the following steps: 1) unlock your screen door so that the driver can place packages between your screen door and inside door. This is the easiest "hiding" spot they can use. 2) put a small note just inside the screen door indicating where larger packages can safely be left. 3) Call the carrier and ask to have a note put on your delivery address indicating a safe place to put delivery packages. 4) find a friendly neighbor who is home during the day and leave a note for packages to be delivered there in the event of an issue. There are many more such suggestions but they all boil down to creating an obvious place for the delivery driver to put something for you to find, but is not in plain view from the street.

Comment Re:Shop. Shop shop (Score 4, Insightful) 242

And if they have it in stock, FREE instantaneous shipping. Even if Bezos invents a transporter, he still can't beat that.

Its only free if you live in the walmart, otherwise, it costs you gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. For the typical American, a trip to Walmart costs them $9 and they are too stupid to realize it (Average of at least 46.2 cents per mile times an average of 10 miles). In most cases, ground shipping is cheaper from almost anywhere in the US to almost anywhere in the US.

It also requires that you spend an hour (give or take) round trip to Walmart and back, plus the aggravation of dealing with walmarts long lines and absolutely shitty customer service). So at minimum wage, you can add another $10 to that cost. On top of that, even if amazon isn't cheaper than walmart for any given item, there is someone out there that is.

Comment Re:Betteridge (Score 5, Interesting) 168

Indeed, all these mesh network fanatic seem to forget that outside the densely populated cities where they live there are vast sparsely populated areas. How does your mesh network reach those areas without being prohibitively expensive?

Even within densely populated areas, the technology doesn't scale well. This only works well at a very specific device density. Field testing has shown that much above or below this density, the performance of the system becomes badly sub-optimal.

It should also be noted that at no density is the technology performance competitive with hardwired providers. This is because as the density goes up, you need more and more primary gateway routers to keep the link latency and link saturation down. This turns out to be right around 2.2 hops per primary access (hard-wired) nodes. In practice, this requires so many hard links that you don't save much compared to just providing hard links to every home, and everywhere that mesh technology is economically viable, hard wired access is also economically viable and vastly superior in performance.

Lastly, the technology is highly susceptible to spectrum poisoning. The only good solution to that is to have a dedicated piece of spectrum for just mesh technology, but that spectrum would be worth close to $100B, and that alone renders the technology completely uneconomical. Current mesh solutions use the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, but both of those are also used by just about every home wifi that is included with any type of Internet access. This punches holes in the mesh that cannot be effectively compensated for. This is only going to get worse as the IOT becomes more and more prevalent.

There are a few mesh networking startup providers that I am aware of, and all of them are plagued by poor performance, poor profitability and poor service reliability. I fully expect the introduction of 5G wireless spectrum from the established cellular carriers to put the final nail in the mesh coffin.

Comment Re:Systemd! (Score 5, Interesting) 372

But if it starts becoming a required component for turning up the volume, that is clearly a sign of poor design.

Systemd's integration into more than just init is a fundamental result of a singular problem that has been facing all operating systems for about 15 years now: Hot plugging. Hot plugged devices need to be handled in almost exactly the same way as non-hot swapped devices during boot, so it makes sense to use the same code path for both processes. This effectively means that your init system needs to also handle pretty much every type of device that can be hot plugged. This includes: any and all USB devices, large parts of the audio sub-system, network devices, damn near everything these days. By definition, the software that handles this needs to underly everything except the kernel. Since the kernel does not deal with this (by design), something else has to. Prior to SystemD, the various methods for handling it were a complex jumble of incompatible broken-ness.

Comment Re:Jet engines?? (Score 1) 178

The whole things smells of ass... Perhaps it was pulled out of one? I mean, a Tesla car has trouble driving 300 miles on a single charge, and it doesn't even need to stay afloat in the air. How is the airborne battery able to achieve more with same technology? Other thoughts: are fans really more efficient compared to an electric drive/transmission? Isn't the air resistance (and therefore losses) higher at 300 mph vs 60 mph driving?

Thats simple. On the whole, aircraft actually get better gas mileage than ground vehicles other than trains.

All things considered, the only thing that stinks here is *your* opinion, which clearly came from the nether regions of your hinterlands: The rest of us can google before we post.

Comment Re:Burger King did WHAT??! (Score 2, Insightful) 448

the people who would allow themselves to be exposed to such triggering and the companies that makes the shoddy products are the problem.

Its not even the original failure to create a secure system that is the most damning (although that is a cardinal sin in and of itself). It's the fact that Google crafted a "fix" that was so remarkably easy to exploit a second time that it showed just how little Google actually gives a shit about their customers data security.

I still use Google for search because the alternative is Microsoft or Yahoo, but every day they make me inch closer to something else, anything else.

Comment Re:Burger King did WHAT??! (Score 5, Insightful) 448

If Burger King legitimizes triggering digital assistants, then everybody can do it

Everyone CAN do it. Laws don't stop criminals, so claiming that BK opened some pandoras box is just plain ignorant. The box was opened when Google (and Amazon and presumably many other wannabes) created these products without even the rudiments of a secure design. These products are defective by design, and its just lucky that it was brought to light in an innocuous way instead of some criminal or other making off with millions by way of a less harmless approach.

Comment Re: A lot to chuckle about (Score 1, Flamebait) 606

Next I expect google to blacklist the phrase after processing rather than just the advert sound if bk keep this up. They might also demote burger king search results, they really don't like others subverting their algorithms.

Maybe if their algorithms didn't suck so bad, and security wasn't an afterthought at Google, they wouldn't have these problems.

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