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Comment Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 84

"Are you implying that pointing out a blatant misrepresentation counts as drinking koolaid?"

The expression comes from cult leaders who gave their followers poison.

The implication is that you believe so much in the leader's vision, that you'll drink poison if they command you, I think does compare to believing in Google's vision so much that you'll sacrifice your privacy for their free, convenient apps.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 189

"so I'm not sure just how well this actually will scale in the real world. Still, 6.2km is a useful distance for some limited applications."

FTA, there's another innovation not in the Slashdot headline or summary, except to say " the teams had slightly different set-ups and results."

One of those results seems to be that the team from China's method allows for quantum repeaters which can relay entangled particles:

" would allow for the creation of quantum repeaters, to propel the signal further along the network..."

"Now say Bob repeats the process with Daisy, who is 100 kilometres to his right (with another Charlie between them). At this stage, Bob has two particles, one entangled with Alice’s and the other with Daisy’s. If Bob now does a Bell State measurement on his two particles, he effectively entangles Alice’s particle with Daisy’s — stretching teleportation a full 200 kilometres."

“You can scale the whole thing up and can go, in theory, to arbitrarily long distances,” says Tittel.

Comment Re:Analysis of the videos (Score 3, Informative) 251

Somebody crashed planes into the buildings.

But it seems that people believe they had secret agents install some super-resillient, ultra-compact, undetectable explosives which would not detonate when a 250,000 lb aircraft hit it at 400 miles an hour, nor from the fire from 10,000 gallons of aviation fuel, but would be wired for a controlled demolition so as to flatten buildings which contained people who were evacuated except for people already dying from smoke and fire?


Comment Re:Analysis of the videos (Score 4, Insightful) 251

"You certainly would not expect it to collapse in a tidy heap at the speed of gravity where the entire building becomes... "

And I know a guy who doesn't wear a seatbelt because he thinks his arms can keep his face from going through the windshield in a car accident.

Your intuition about physical processes is meaningless when dealing with materials and processes at these scales.

Without getting into the stupidity, the utter, mindblowing, holy-crap stupidity of the idea that hundreds of people sitting in offices throughout the WTC wouldn't say "HEY, you had a maintinence guy deliver a giant package and install it in the HVAC two months ago? me too! Maybe it was so that when the guberment crashed the jets into the building, it would make sure that the evacuated buildings blooo flat down! As opposd to havign the tops slide off or sides crumble like they were supposed to!"

Comment Google (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I went with the iPhone because I didn't have to root my phone to control the communications of my own apps, and I didn't want to lock more of my life into my gmail account... that and the camera/microphone/battery life etc. I was surprised by the added stability and how I didn't feel the need to root the phone at all.

Android phones are practically subsidized by Google and most are additionally subsidized by a carrier who couldn't give a damn if you have updates or not.

On my iPhone I use offline maps, a domestic hosted mail and calendar server and duckduckgo. No Google apps, and minimal contact with the app store. It's a boring, reliable, very functional phone.

With Android, for even these basic features I would send 100% of my data to the U.S. where I have no control nor rights. Last I used Android it was difficult to *not* sync it with Google, even with your own calendaring/mail solution. Unless I go with Cyanogenmod or similar... which is a wicked time-burner.

The price difference is worth it to me. Time and privacy are expensive.

Comment Re:Because... reasons (Score 2) 229

Seems a bit odd to me. to say:

They investigated, verified the times and locations, and asked him about them. When he didn't provide a satisfactory response, or in fact any response,

Citation? You ask others for it constantly, so I'm sure you have several.

I think this provides a counterexample:

I want to be clear: the accusations of criminal sexual misconduct against me are entirely false.

Flat out denying the accusations is.. a response, right?

I'm inclined to say "meh", let Jacob step out of the project and leave it at that. The project is bigger than him, and he's done some stuff that I don't think belongs in tech conferences. Criminal? Let the courts decide, I'll assume he's innocent until then.

Comment Re:who wants it? (Score 1) 400

Testing of the ports maybe, AD probably not... but. the FOSS community is very good at implementing specifications. If the object model is sufficiently well-designed, then maybe Libreoffice, Samba, OpenLDAP, MariaDB etc, will get hooks/shims/modules/whatever for a Linux Powershell.

The system level interfaces depend on how far the abstraction goes. They demonstrate obtaining objects for running processes... much easier and more accurate than grepping for PIDs.

Their grep example is kind of ridiculous:

grep -Rin "sometext" --include="*.cs"


Get-ChildItem -Recurse -Filter *.cs | Select-String -Pattern "sometext"

But then look at stuff like their debugging and breakpoints:

There's a lot of hard work and cool ideas in there. It would be a mistake to ignore it because the syntax is awkward and MS is behind it.

Comment Re:who wants it? (Score 1) 400

I think Python is a very good analogy. It has an interactive shell, but the interactivity is only really useful in edge cases like troubleshooting or learning.

I'm not saying Powershell is great. I'm saying that it has a reason to exist and despite its weaknesses, has some strengths over traditional Unix shells.

Comment Re:who wants it? (Score 2) 400

Powershell has a very steep learning curve and IMHO lacks the end-user history of traditional unix shells.

That said... doing things like having most of your OS exposed through objects for inspection and manipulation, even cells in spreadsheets or network resources has value.

You *could* do this in bash with /dev/tcp/whatever, perl, sed, python and possibly an ldap client, but the exposed methods in powershell are more stable, have fewer dependencies and are easier to understand.

The fact that it's so hard to do simple things makes it very difficult to add to your knowledge without reading a few books or taking some course on the subject, then using it daily in Windows admin work.

I always wish I knew more about using it, but... unless you're deep in this stuff, it's better to skim the capabilities and let the Windows admins figure out the details.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 43

"Security of Person" is a right of privacy.

Wikipedia says otherwise and provides sources:

Interestingly, the Declaration of Human rights from 1948 explicitly mentions privacy, but the 1960 Bill of Rights makes no mention of it, nor does the later Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

These are very fundamental areas of law... I mean, I had to know this stuff for undergrad intro-to-business-law.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 43

I think you're talking about the Criminal code of Canada, not the "Bill of Rights".

Details are important if you're not going to cite references and are going to tell a "Yank" to go Google something about Canadian law.

I would love to know what "Supreme Court" ruling you're referring to, but I'm guessing it doesn't exist.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 43

The Bill of Rights has nothing about privacy:

The privacy commissioner herself had her cellphone records sold to a reporter because there were no such protections in law.

It's my understanding that postal services and landlines have protections in law, but there is no such thing for "new" mediums. I.e., you need a warrant to open mail or wiretap a landline, but before the privacy act, you could sell somebody's cellphone records to whomever you wanted without telling them.

You're probably also talking about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, not the Bill of Rights. But neither contain anything about privacy other than protections against search and seizure.

Details on the current state of privacy law in Canada can be found on the Privacy Commissioner's website...

Please., please correct me if I'm wrong. I would love to see this Supreme Court decision.

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