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Comment Re:iOS vs Android in the car (Score 3, Funny) 106

If someone changing a map can "drive you into a lake" then YOU have already been hacked, and it doesn't matter how [in]secure your car is. You (not one of your computers) have been owned. You don't exist anymore, because your body (which had previously been a person) has become an unconscious fully-trusting map-executing machine.

That's cause for concern, but I wouldn't worry about their computers' security problems.

Comment Re:What happened to the community site? (Score 1) 7

TL;DR it became a shopping site in the Philippines and then went belly-up. True story.

Multiply was sold to some entity overseas. Apparently the shopping had always been there, but we were never really noticed. It was huge in Asia. Anyway, in December 2012, they shut down the social networking part of the site, which seemed really dumb because it turns out that the stores actually used the blog part of the site for their goods and there was actually never any sort of shopping cart system on the site to buy stuff.

So, yeah...the social stuff went away, and now the entire site is defunct because apparently just being a shopping site didn't work out. I think I got that all right.
http://multiply.com/

On the plus side, they did give us a lot of warning and allowed us to export all of our posts into a format that could be imported into blogger, which actually also conserved the comments. I posted my on its own blogger site and sometimes peruse it still for the memories.

Comment Streams make very little money. (Score 1) 490

Check out how much some of your favorite artists make via spotify and the like. Of course I'd rather you buy my $15 CD than give me .00005 cents off a hundred plays. If that. The "long tail" is yet to be determined.

I can't imagine that streaming services such as Netflix pay that much to the studios, either, so of course the studios want you to buy the DVDs. If you can't wait for the streaming option, by golly, Best Buy will have it for $19.99 or $24.99 for the bluray on release date. I know many of you will just get it from BitTorrent anyway, but there's plenty of us who would rather just use the convenience of the disc or the Netflix app.

Comment Re:Mandatory arbitration? (Score 1) 87

I would not be surprised if Target's credit card purchasing process mandates that all disputes must be arbitrated.

That sounds like something Target's customers might have agreed(*) to. But the banks? If they didn't sign(*) the agreement, then I don't know how they'd be bound to it.

(*) I am trying to use technical jargon versions of "agreed" and "sign," not the layman's, and I might not be up-to-date on the jargon definitions. Yet if it looks like I'm saying the exact opposite of what I appear to be saying, then I think that means I used the words correctly(**) so I hope that's the case.

(**) Oh no, not again. I'd explain what I meant by "correctly" but whenever I try, I get some kind of error message about a stack. What, a stack of credit cards? I don't understand.

Comment Re:The Big Data Crash (Score 1) 43

I think we've seen the shift away from Time Share 2.0 (What I call "Cloud Computing) back to applications hosted in house similarly to what happened with the adoption of the microcomputer (PC). I figured the shift would start occurring around 2015 - 2020 after a some major disaster or if companies and people suddenly realized they no longer controlled their data. Well it was the later with the NSA that is probably the catalyst.

And that's not saying that the "cloud" is all bad. I use services like iCloud to store my pictures and to sync calendars across computers, etc.. My wife and I use Evernote to share grocery lists etc.. But we don't keep things like financial information etc. in the cloud.

Comment Now you've got me wondering (Score 1) 273

Purchasing a $2 cup of coffee with Bitcoins bought for $1 would trigger $1 in capital gains for the coffee drinker and $2 of gross income for the coffee shop.

That seems very common-sensy, but it just raises questions/flames about what you're contrasting it to. Right away, you ought to be thinking, "If I did the same thing with Euros or Pesos, how would that differ?"

If Bitcoin were treated as a foreign currency, ordinary -- not capital gains -- tax rates would apply. Losses would be easier to deduct, however.

Oh.

I don't really know which (if either) of these policies is good (it's all so arbitrary) but I know at least one of them is stupid.

Comment Re:Where are the online Computer Science degrees? (Score 1) 370

Holy smokes, that's actually a pretty good challenge! I may have to try that myself, albeit at a slower pace. I assume (ass, u, me whatever) that he had the ability to do this with no distractions like a real job, but it's a great start! Thanks for that, although I have to say his "put together your own degree program" kinda reads like a 4 hour workweek spam.

Comment Re:Where are the online Computer Science degrees? (Score 1) 370

It's a master's degree program from what I can tell. I'd rather start at the undergraduate level. What's sad is that even though I denigrate my math skills/comprehension I've still probably forgotten more than most non-STEM people have ever learned. SIGH.

What does it mean when your biggest regret from high school at age 40 is I wish I hadn't slept through Algebra II & Advanced Math instead of "I wish I had asked Suzy out" or, I dunno, gone out for the wrestling team? :)

Comment Where are the online Computer Science degrees? (Score 5, Interesting) 370

I've always wondered what it is that prevents us from creating a fully accredited* Computer Science Degree (bachelor's) completely online, for cheap. I'm not talking code-school, I mean let's learn Computer Science, with all the math and non-shortcuts that entails. The "industry" might want programmers, but *I* want to be more than that, and I'd like a formal education to get it without spending $30-40k/semester and would prefer to do it at my own pace while I continue working in the field. Perhaps this needs to be a Y Combinator style start-up. Courses from Algebra (yes, Algebra), Geometry, Trig, first principles kind of stuff focusing on the WHYS not just rote memorization. Sure, you'd still need the social sciences and what not (and I would be happy to just take those at the local community college for $cheap and transfer them in), but the real meat at the real school. Hell, it doesn't even have to be accredited if you actually learn something.

This also brings me to self-taught computer scientists: I've begun an adventure down "Teach myself math from scratch" lane because, at age 40, I'm still rather annoyed at my math education in high school. I was more concerned about learning to the test, not the concepts, and that's haunted me ever since. Anyone have recommendations for learning math starting from, say, Algebra I or II level (high school) that will actually teach in a way that will be useful rather than taking a test? Stuff that will carry over into future classes as the proper building blocks, etc?

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