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Comment Re:It's not his arrest that is a priority (Score 1) 356

Making an example out of Assange won't help anything though, there will just be someone else stepping up. Assange is not the problem, you are.

There's an old proverb: "When everyone you meet is an asshole, it means that you're not beating up all the assholes fast enough and if only you can speed it up, everyone else will eventually become convinced that you must be one of the good guys."

I know it doesn't sound eloquent, though.

I thought the saying was that if everyone you meet is an asshole, the probability is high that you're actually the asshole... But that's not how assholes think...

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 167

Why is it a farce exactly? Works fine in europe and asia.

Because Europe and Asia don't use chip and sign. Chip and sign is for Americans getting odd looks from retail personnel when we present a credit card in those areas.

Canada has chip-and-pin and have for a long while. I don't know what's wrong with the US banks and why they want to do their own, less secure option. Perhaps they plan on going to chip and pin once a certain percentage of card readers have been upgraded to support chip. There are still about 40% of the vendors (restaurants, etc.) that I deal with that have the chip part blocked off because their system doesn't support it.

Comment Re:Any sufficiently advanced technology... (Score 1) 166

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

I also don't think this woman should be criticized. When I see the stupid things people who have grown up with technology do (as opposed to growing up dirt poor in Africa), she's no worse off than they are.

However, the technology that is being misunderstood isn't the app or the smartphone, it's how HIV medical tests are conducted. If you know that a HIV test requires drawing blood (and lab testing) and all the app does is scan your finger then you should be able to reason out that the app is utter crap.

People will forever do stupid things. Technology just makes it easier and has the potential for a wider spread.

Comment Re:Ah, yes... (Score 2) 131

Prove that AIs don't already run Wallstreet...

Actually, bots run wall street. All you need is a quick google search on HFT and Flash crash. The one in 2010 was attributed to HFT bots. I'm willing to bet that there have been others, we just haven't heard about them. The stock markets have built-in safeguards but I'm sure that they have their weaknesses too.

As for AIs, we haven't developed one that can handle unexpected market changes yet. Perhaps in the future. That being said, the bigger concern isn't the use of AI's but who gets access to them. Once a successful financial AI has been developed, you can be 100% sure that it will be rented out the the highest bidders, the top 1%, long before it filters down to being available to the average investor.

Comment Re:actually (Score 1) 150

The interesting part of all this is that Bing was created not because Microsoft wanted to be in the search business - but because search was lucrative enough for Google to allow them to grow into a threat to Microsoft's core OS and Office monopolies. Bing is there to cut Google down to size more than to build up Microsoft. And, to the extent that Google actually had ambitions to take Microsoft head on, I guess they were right. Though who knows - if Microsoft hand never tried to damage Google's revenue stream, maybe Google never would've gone after Windows and Office. But the Google guys were nothing if not ambitious.

You could also make the point that Android was more an attempt to keep Microsoft from buying their way into mobile search than any kind of attempt to take on Apple. But all these companies counting on network effects to maintain near monopolies seem to have to take on all comers. Monopoly power, for all the head start it gives you, are not invincible.

No... just, no... Google has never been a threat to Microsoft's OS. Their mobile division, definitely, but never their OS division. As far as Office goes, they have been a minor pest, at best, with their email service. Google did win the search war and they have had huge success with mobile, but have had a hard time turning Android into anything resembling the financial returns that Apple is getting from their mobile business.

As for any comparison between Facebook and Bing, it falls down on it's lack of merit alone. Bing has never been popular, nor has it had critical mass. Facebook has a critical mass that will be very difficult to overcome. When your grandmother, mother, cousins, uncles, friends, etc. are all on the same service people aren't about to jump ship.

Snapchat may be popular with teens for inter-personal sharing, but they still use Facebook to communicate with a wider audience. That's why Facebook is mimicking their capabilities. It's also likely why it won't work. Teens have always sought out their own way of communicating with peers, whether it is language or a separate app. But as they get older, they will and do use Facebook for the simple reason that Grandma isn't using Sanpchat, but she is on Facebook...

Comment Re:The pre-Internet days... (Score 2) 245

In 1993 to 1994 I was on the internet at University of New Brunswick in Canada (Fredericton). They had a few UNIX systems set up. It was my first introduction to UNIX and X-Windows. I primarily used it to connect to Usenet and news groups. It was where I found a ton of apps for my HP48 programmable calculator from other university repositories.

So yes, the "Internet" was around in 1992. However, web sites and browsers were not in use until years later.

Comment Re:Who decides what is fact? (Score 4, Insightful) 230

Is this fact checking going to be like Politifact, which has said that an article or tweet is "mostly false" while saying that the facts it contains are true?

A fact is either true or false. What Politifact is commenting on is whether the opinion, belief, or conclusion drawn from those facts is "mostly false".

For example, the unemployment rate has dropped. Donald Trump is the president. Therefore President Trump is responsible and should be praised for lowering the unemployment rate. The first two sentences facts, the last sentence is an opinion. The opinion would be considered, by most, to be "mostly false". Yes, his presidency may have had an effect on business expansion and hiring people but most of these business plans were in place well before President Trump took office.

Comment Re:How does it do on cracks? Capacitive displays? (Score 3, Interesting) 55

If they can cut the material into pieces and then have it "stitch" itself together, then can it be expected to fix cracks?

I rarely see problem scratches on phone displays, but I often see cracked glass that people are trying to keep going until they can get a new phone - what happens in this situation?

The other question I would have is does this material work with capacitive displays?


The question that I have is just how hard this new material is? The reason why gorilla glass does so well against scratches is because of it's hardness index. A material that can heal itself with a charge would, by definition, be relatively soft and thus scratched more often.

Also, they don't go into what happens to dirt and oils that might be on the material and in the cracks/scratches. Does it force it out (i.e. repair from below), or does it heal over top of it? This is important because if it heals over top of dirt, etc. then the scratch may go away but eventually the screen will become permanently dirty. This is fine for case materials but I don't see it working well for screens.

Comment Re:apple sponsored study? (Score 1) 87

My Dell XPS13 is advertised as 7h.. i get.. 7h. wifi on, screen on, light stuff no gaming etc.
It's all about testing methodology and the crap you install or not. OSX is better at forcing crap to be off/sleeping than Windows (Windows makes no specific effort in that direction)

Both my Dell XPS 13 and my Surface Pro 4 gets the advertised battery life during normal usage. The one tweak that I had to do to my Surface Pro is to change the power settings for when the screen is off to also turn off bluetooth and WiFi. By default these are left on when the screen is off and it drains the battery. Now the battery stays up when the screen is off, similar to the way the iPad works.

Which goes to point out that you get what you pay for. The Dell XPS is a higher end laptop. Most Windows laptops in the wild are cheaper lower end devices with hardware and battery size to match. Do people really expect that a HP laptop bought for $400 is going to last the advertised number of hours? Cheaper hardware means cheaper components, cheaper components means less energy efficient and less effort put into the drivers, etc...

Comment Re:Degrees are primarily HR tick marks (Score 1, Interesting) 245

The worth of a college degree is losing its luster in the US job market.

Good. College graduates rarely have the skill sets someone who has actually been working in the field an equivalent amount of time has. Education that is up to date is always more readily available on the net than it is in a stale college course. An autodidact is almost always far more valuable than someone who followed a canned path. This is not only because they've done more but because they have developed, and broadly demonstrate, the critical quality of self-motivation.

You know what most college degrees really say? That you were willing to let people waste your time on irrelevancies when you could have been out deep-diving into something. Or even worse, that you aren't capable of deep-diving into something.

I'm talking about degrees in useful subjects when I allow that some college graduates do manage to become useful during, and because of, college. Degrees in soft subjects aren't that. They're completely worthless. Not that history, philosophy and so forth are absolutely worthless; just that degrees in them are. You want to learn history (and you should) or dig into philosophy, just start reading.

You're almost always better off learning how to think for yourself than you are thinking the way someone else tells you to. Serious problem solving is not compatible with camp-following.

Bullcrap.... College/University is first about learning how to gain new knowledge and then learning how to apply that knowledge to a wide range of situations. It's not about teaching you how to think, it's about teaching you how to learn. Even the humanities degrees require the students to learn, set deadlines, work in teams, and accomplish goals. In many ways it gets students ready for the business world. As for self-motivation, professors could care less if you pass or not, so you have to have at least a minimal level of self-motivation to get a degree.

The paper college/university where you can skate by probably exists, but the majority requires real work and effort by the students.

An argument could be made that college/university is too expensive and the cost/benefit ratio has reached a point where its not worth it for certain jobs and/or industries. The fact that HR requires it for practically any job is one of the factors that's contributing to the rising cost.

Comment Re:At what point... (Score 2) 467

At what point does this race to the bottom on prices result in nothing but garbage products?

I think that point came somewhere in the 1990s.

Today, I go to WalMart to buy disposables, like diapers, sun-screen, branded anti-freeze and motor oil - things that alternate suppliers have jacked up to 2.5x the cost for the same commodity. It's remarkable how much other crap they sell, and how little of it we ever buy.

This... I used to buy my oil there but they dropped the higher end Pennzoil Ultra Platinum from the shelves at my local store. Now I buy it from Amazon. But, yeah, windshield washer fluid, sunscreen, Blu-ray movies (when I don't order ahead on Amazon), travel size shaving cream/shampoo (when I travel), printer paper, and the odd time when I need a new air mattress. That's about it.

Comment Re:Keep it (Score 2) 77

They can keep it. Our company just dumped all of our Cisco equipment because it was buggy and unreliable. I don't understand how these guys are still in business.

Granted, Cisco has had their share of problems. The most recent one being that certain equipment models over a span of a few years were prone to RAM failure. If you have those models in your environment and they are failing, then yes, it would appear to you that their equipment is buggy. However, I've had experience in large environments with a lot of different Cisco equipment and we rarely run into premature hardware failures, for the most part they just run.

Typically, other than the RAM problem mentioned earlier, network issues are caused by poor network design, configuration, poor power/cooling, and/or users doing stupid things. Very rarely is it the hardware.

I'm willing to bet that Cisco was dropped because it was too expensive rather than any issues with the hardware...

Comment Re:Says them (Score 1) 130

Maybe instead of hiding behind insults you can explain how a simulation qualifies as "beating the world's worst traffic"?

See, history keeps showing over and over and over and over (etc) that men are unable to make accurate simulations of complex systems. Case in point: LTCM, which had two Nobel prize winners and the former head of the biggest bond trading desk on its board. They went bust. That was in 1998, and obviously people don't learn because the same kind of shit happened 10 years later. And seeing how the idiots at the Fed are driving the economy into the ground, soon we'll probably have another documented example.

The point here is that those traffic guys didn't beat nothing. All they did was a thought experiment that, if implemented (which will never happen) will at best cause more traffic problems. Ergo: useless.

I have to agree here. At the very least the simulation is somewhat flawed in that it seems that their algorithms were built upon having real-time and complete traffic data. In such a situation their algorithms can improve the situation. So it would work for areas that have a lot of coverage through traffic cameras, automated reporting etc. But other areas with less information will still end up being a nightmare.

In areas with good traffic information, it would improve on Waze and GPS by only routing a certain percentage of drivers through side streets, enough to help alleviate the congestion, rather than everyone. This would also keep the side route usage relatively lower during congestion scenarios.

Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 347

All extraneous crud I don't need since I have no lackluster Apple products, no gimmicky vr headsets, and no need for my computers to output more than onboard sound quality since the only sounds it makes are notifications anyway. Yup your right to point out that the latest and "greatest" peripherals of the day won't work so nicely bit your wrong to frame that fact as a game breaker. Troll Hardee please.

And no recent model printer? There is always something that you need to install a driver for that isn't accounted for out of the box in Linux. Linux has grown up a lot but it's still third class, or worse, after Windows and Mac when it comes to driver support

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