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Comment Re:I thought this is about technology (Score 5, Insightful) 155

Why is marketing strategies even listed?

Really. Since "marketing" and "staying power" count for more than "working and deployed technology", Tesla should be proud to be last on the list.

This is one of those articles where it is clear that the journalist made the list first, putting Tesla last to get more clicks, and then made up BS numbers to justify it.

Comment Re:Einstein Disagrees (Score 2) 281

So how did Einstein simply explain his life's work?

Special and General Relativity, explained very clearly. Albert was a good writer, and could explain concepts intuitively. Hundreds of books have been written about relativity, but this book was one of the first, and still may be the best.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 4, Insightful) 281

If 9-yo could understand relativity then the industrial revolution would have occurred 600-BC !

1. The industrial revolution was not based on relativity. It was based on Newtonian physics.
2. Plenty of 9 year olds can understand that F=MA.
3. Understanding something is not the same as discovering it. Plenty of big discoveries are "obvious" in hindsight.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 3, Interesting) 281

They will probably have a very hard time understanding the magnitude of the numbers involved.

So what? You don't have to understand scientific notation to know that you can vaporize Klingons with anti-matter.

When kids ask questions, they just want a quick overview. They aren't expecting you to read them a PhD dissertation. Although that might be effective way to get them to go bother someone else the next time they have a question.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 4, Informative) 281

Relativity, spacetime curvature, and mass-energy equivalence are not beyond a nine year old's ability to understand. They aren't going to be able to understand all the formulas, but they can get the gist of the concepts.

If you don't want to explain it to your kid, there are plenty of great Youtube videos you can point to that explain all this stuff really well in kid friendly terms.

Youtube and Wikipedia have made parenting much easier.

Comment Re:Ethical hackers (Score 2) 73

"Ethical hackers"...

Indeed. You have to admire criminals that are willing to accomodate their victims' ability to pay.

Also, ransomware has some positive benefits. For so many areas of computer security, the cost of poor practices is externalized onto the innocent. This is true of data breaches, insecure devices used as spambots, etc. But with ransomware, the cost lands directly in the lap of the people failing to secure their systems and failing to run backups. So ransomware directly incentivizes better security practices that benefit everyone.

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 2) 252

Just because my browser has a built-in password manager, doesn't mean I use it. I use Keepass instead

You aren't using it because you are already using something else. But for 90% of the public, if a popup asks "Do you want Chrome to remember this password?", they are going to think "Sure, why not?". But if someone later asks them "Are you using a password manager?", they will say "No", because they don't even know what that is.

Comment Re: Well, no more Maple Syrup (Score 4, Informative) 350

The main problem with syrup in Canada is surpluses. . They have production quotas to prevent overproduction and support higher wholesale prices.

The world is not going to run out of pancake syrup, and stupid alarmist articles like this are counter-productive at getting people to take climate change seriously.

Comment Re:Wait: A policemen used a police car to get lunc (Score 1) 132

It doesn't cost $15/mile to operate. The lease payment divided by the number of miles driven on average is $15/mile.

Exactly. By adding to the total distance, driving to lunch pushed down the average dollar per mile cost, and likely actually saved the taxpayers money.

These journalists should learn how to do basic math, and stop pestering the police.

Comment Re:Anyone... (Score 4, Interesting) 105

Note: cell phones and even laptop mics aren't very omnidirectional.

I have participated in many conference calls around a cell phone sitting in the middle of the table. It works pretty well.

A cellphone is a far bigger privacy hole, and you are just in denial because you have too much self esteem invested in feeling superior by not owning an Echo.

Comment Re:Some questions (Score 5, Insightful) 143

1) What crime, exactly, was committed?

Trump won.

More importantly, Trump humiliated Wall Street's chosen candidate (Jeb Bush) in the primary, and then beat their back-up candidate in the general election. Since there was no "legitimate" way for that to happen, it is clear that the American people were "tricked" by criminals, or even worse, Russian criminals.

Comment Re:So...exactly like christianity (Score 5, Insightful) 143

.....continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protecting users

Except Christianity is criticized for controlling thoughts, while Facebook is being criticized for not doing enough though control.

Do we really want Facebook, or any other corporation, to "steer the thoughts and actions of the masses"?

Is it really Facebook's fault that too many people voted the "wrong way" in 2016? Who gets to decide which thoughts are "right"?

Personally, I prefer to not be steered.

Comment Re:Really bad security (Score 3, Insightful) 146

There can be accountability besides firings.

Perhaps. But is a ballistic missile attack response team really the right career for someone that requires a lot of on-the-job training?

Being excluded from promotion decisions could be one of them.

Well, if they screw up the response to a real ballistic missile attack, then sure, delaying their promotion would be warranted.

Perhaps it is time to question whether we should even have state-level bureaucrats assigned to ballistic missile response. Shouldn't that be something handled at the Federal level? The is especially true for Hawaii, which has near Louisiana levels of corruption and incompetence.

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