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Comment More of the same? (Score 1) 142

In general my experience with Google took a sharp downturn in the last quarter of 2014. Largely it seems they're riding on momentum, because they really did do some ground-breaking work. Android was an awesome answer to iOS. Not quite as slick and clean maybe, but I had no trouble with the FroYo, ICS or Jelly Bean. Lollipop on the other hand has really provided no additional functionality I felt was missing and has only served to drain my battery and randomly reboot when apps aren't crashing or freezing.

Inbox and email tabs just hide new important emails.

Hangouts is creepy(animations pop up here and there just to let you know someone is listening in) and the voice/video call functionality is an exercise in frustration.

Google search seems to be gradually leading me away from the things I'm looking for toward pages of links I can't bring myself to click.

I'm ready to switch to anything that provides something resembling quality.

Comment Re:If you do go with C++ (Score 2) 296

Also agree. I personally find the only thing more elegant/friendly about python is modules vs headers and a generally robust toolbox of libraries. Qt get's you the majority of that and you get all the control you need without awkward language bindings. As another poster points out, RAII with smart pointers is pretty much superior to garbage collection in every way.

Comment Reality check (Score 1) 81

I noticed a lot of posts proclaiming quantum computers will never exists, but they actually already do exist: In 2001, researchers demonstrated Shor's algorithm to factor 15 using a 7-qubit NMR computer.( Just because the next advancement is hard doesn't mean it's impossible. We've gotten so accustomed to a limited set of technology improving we've lost our sense of how long it takes to solve entirely new classes of problems. Think how long modern computers were speculated about, but it took a few key advancements to make it actually happen. QC is the same and the naysayers will look pretty foolish to future generations. To be clear, we have real and functioning quantum computers abs there's significant incentive to scale them up.

Comment Can I unbundle (Score 1) 448

Journalists from economists? Seriously, the quality of his conjectures is abysmal.

1) "Consider: Consumers’ overall satisfaction with the airline industry is down 4.2 percent since 1994, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a period in which much of this unbundling has occurred."

Also consider this is the exact period that includes a massive uptick in airport security theater and controls on what you can bring onto an airplane.

2) "Spirit Airlines is not just the king of unbundling air travel; it is also the king of customer complaints. According to an analysis of complaints to the Department of Transportation by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, Spirit had about nine complaints per 100,000 passengers, about three times as many as the airline with the next-most complaints."

Error margins anyone? ...

Comment Re:Worthless (Score 0) 448

I wouldn't exactly call them parasites, Really, they are increasing the speed of price discovery and increasing liquidity. They do siphon money out of the market, but generally not the money your mom or dad would be making. As the small imbalances they exploit or 'arbs' as the industry calls them would in general work for and against an un-knowledgeable trader in equal proportion. In general, these companies are statistically collecting more of the beneficial 'arbs.' One result of this is that spreads(the difference in bid and ask prices) have drastically tightened in recent years. This is a great thing for almost all traders as it reduces transaction costs, also decreases the magnitude of the inefficiencies described above. Price discovery at market open and after events is much faster. This also reduces the magnitude of the imbalances described above. So the end result is that customers win and markets become more and more efficient, stable and liquid. I would go so far as to say everyone will be happier except high frequency traders, who will experience ever increasing competition until barriers to entering the market make it unprofitable.

Comment Della is pretty clever... (Score 1) 669

While Della may offend the most militant feminists, I think it will probably appeal to the average woman. My wife, is very practical and doesn't particularly care about owning a laptop. She'll gladly use mine or whatever computer happens to be around. When I start talking about his and her's she has no interest. Just our's.

I think this is probably not uncommon. My wife won't care about the various specifications, CPU speed, memory, etc. The only thing she might care about is how this laptop is going to benefit her lifestyle. Looking at the Della website, they are trying to communicate exactly this. I think Dell has done a great job communicating how technical details will translate to real life benefits:

"Improve your mood by listening to music, viewing pictures or even watching a movie. Some netbooks even offer an optional DVD drive. If your netbook has an HDMI port, you can expand your screen by connecting your netbook to an external monitor or TV. Several minis have HD screens available as an upgrade!"

Dell is definitely interested in women purchasing "upgrades," but how do you convince a woman to upgrade who is already feeling guilty about spending money on herself? It was hard enough to get her to even start thinking about buying a new computer. So they are simply trying to connect real world benefits to these various technical aspects. If anything, I think Della is a tribute to the practicality(differing priorities) of women rather than an insult to their intelligence.

I'm not Dell fan-boi, but let's be honest here women tend to see the world a little differently than men and we're all better off for it. Why not just embrace the differences rather than trying to force homogeny?

Comment Carbon Neutral (Score 1) 468

I may be a bit late to this discussion, but I did a quick search for the "carbon neutral" answer and came up with nothing. The yeast which produce alcohol, do not make carbon, they convert sugars into carbon. Those sugars were previously converted from water, sunlight, carbon dioxide and whatever else is required for photosynthesis. Since, only a small portion of the plant matter is actually used in beer making and much of the remaining plant matter will take some time to decay and since celulose is also a by-product of making alcohol one could say that making alcohol is a short term carbon sink.

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