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Comment Re:I did (Score 1) 314

By denying social pressures as a confounding issue, you're assuming that we've got the nature-nurture thing exactly right, and I don't believe that.

I believe equal opportunities are there, and using unequal outcomes as de facto evidence that social and governmental pressure must be brought to bear to bring about equal outcomes is a problem in itself.

a person who is deliberately made uncomfortable in certain classes is likely not to take them

There were a handful of women in the tech/science classes I took. They were in no way made to feel unconformable, especially deliberately. Rather, by pretending women aren't welcome there and it's some kind of scary thing, it's the fear mongers who are sending out the wrong message.

We're commenting on a story in which Oracle is suspected of breaking the law by practicing identity politics in employment matters.

Right, as I said, "the heavy hand of government looking at quotas".

Paying someone more because that person resembles you in some way

You don't know that's what happened here.

Comment Echo is great, apps are terrible (Score 1) 175

It's a lot like the early web... There were the "official" web sites which looked good, loaded quickly, and worked. And then there were java applets, which were slow to load, buggy, and looked like high school projects.

It's pretty much the same. The features that come built-in are really good, voice recognition is fantastic, and it's overall a useful gadget to have to play music, set timers, reminders, check weather, and sports schedules.

Try to use any of the silly "skills" available, and you'll be very disappointed. The integration sucks ("tell to "), reliability sucks, and, therefore, usability sucks. Apart from having my kids ask for fart noises, there's not much out there yet.

Comment Re:Wonder if this applies to TMobile (Score 1) 58

A couple of years ago visiting China my TMobile phone's plan included unlimited data at 2G speeds. I got sites that were normally banned to Chinese users as if I were in the US, so I suspect it routed straight to TMobile somehow but never got the details. I wonder if this crackdown will stop that access?

2G access used something called Mobile IP. What happens is that your phone establishes a tunnel to your home provider and gets the IP from your home provider that way. The phone uses the tunnel to send data to the home provider who then carries it through its network as normal.

This is the way you can ensure that you have a "stable" IP connection no matter where you roam or travel - when you go home, the tunnel isn't used, but the IP is kept so all traffic continues as usual.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 595

But let's adjust that, lets give everyone the poverty level. Sure, maybe you can afford rent in a studio, or have a room mate. Maybe you can eat cheap, but you can't buy anything of luxury. Yeah, some people will take that one bedroom studio, ramen, and a bag of pot and an World of Warcraft subscription. Fine, they're out of the way and not committing crime, they weren't motivated to start with and arguably provide little value to society, and now they're out of the way and not resorting to crime for 'easy money'.

Actually, most UBI have the UBI set for a barracks style living - 8-10 people in a room in bunk beds, with a private locker to keep your stuff safe. Shared bathroom, shared dining with basic meal plan that gets you 3 decent square meals. Shared recreation area as well.

As in you'll live, you won't starve, and you can choose to live like this, or choose to find some work. The work will give you extra month to which you can spend on a more private quarters (room mates but locked room), or a complete single room to yourself, locked of course. Work a bit more and you can take on the standard studio apartment, house, etc.

If you want to sit on your ass all day watching TV, you can. But you'll find lots of people will quickly want to move out and into more traditional housing.

Humans are lazy, yes, but humans also want comforts of life. Giving them the basics of living means they can seek employment that gives them the mix of living and working they want.

Comment Re:And they're improving, too (Score 1) 166

>>suspect astroturfing

OMG, You're Right! You nailed me! I'm a shill for Google, who is paying me and around 70 others to artfully denigrate DDG and other search engines every time they are mentioned favorably on various public forums because Eric Schmidt is terrified they're starting to eat into his market share! Gosh, now that I have been outed, I'll lose my job...! How will I ever provide for my family?!


Comment Re:OpenVPN port tcp/443 (Score 2) 58

To be fair, OpenVPN isn't really designed to obfuscate the nature of the traffic any more than IPSec does. Both are about creating secure tunnels, with OpenVPN being very easy to configure and maintain as opposed to the pain that is IPSec. I use OpenVPN a lot, both for our road warriors, and to create the secure tunnels between our locations. In that role it really is an incredibly nice piece of software. But if I were looking at making something whose intent was to disguise that I was encrypting traffic at all, it's not the tool to use. Now as I understand it OpenVPN is pretty modular, so I would imagine if someone were to come up with some other encryption mechanism meant more to get around deep pack inspection, that would probably work, but as I said, such methods will inevitably make for a slower tunnel, and as OpenVPN is more of an infrastructure VPN, I'm not sure it's quite the right tool for that job.

Comment Re:OpenVPN port tcp/443 (Score 1) 58

My understanding is that some deep packet inspection methods can determine if potentially encrypted data is being passed through a filter. Obviously it's going to be error prone, but what does that matter when the general plan is to sufficiently inconvenience people so they don't even try. I doubt the PRC cares that maybe the odd innocent bystander's data gets hit as a false positive.

As a counter to that, I have read of encryption schemes that will bypass this kind of filtering, but it's going to be a lot slower as a lot more junk data has to be thrown in to fool detection. Good for low-bandwidth needs like passing text-based emails and the like, but not much good for anything high bandwidth like voice communications.

Comment Re:Got another accident for your list (Score 1) 112

However the true cause of the crash was actually nepotism. The copilot that caused the crash (by continually stalling the plane until it hit the water) was not the best for the job, he just had the best connections. He did not know that continuously pulling back on the stick would stall/crash the plane.

Of course, the real root cause of the crash was that there was no obvious feedback that he was pulling back on the stick. The PIC did not know he was doing that until he mentioned it right before impact, by which time it was too late to recover. (from the transcript: copilot: I'm pulling back on the stick, why doesn't the nose go up. command pilot: NON!)

And the real problem is that Airbus planes traditionally do not stall. They are fly by wire, but the pilot controls go through a flight envelope management computer that ensures the plane stays within the flight envelope.

The problem is, that piece of avionics requires a lot of sensors ot be operational, including airspeed. One failure and it goes offline, and the Airbus becomes like any other plane - susceptible to stalling.

The stall horns went off. THe stick shaker and pusher went off. The pilot did not respond appropriately to the stall.

This would be important in the Miracle on the Hudson, where Sully turned on the APU immediately. That had the effect of keeping the flight envelope system running, which when you're low and slow, is very easy to stall the plane. That one step likely turned a terrible situation (ditching) into one that was more manageable. And in an emergency, you use all the resources and aid you got.

Comment Re:Da faq? (Score 1) 115

The Pi is two things, Pi the hardware and Pi the infrastructure. Hardware-wise, there's a bazillion devices that "compete" with the Pi, many of them much, much better. In terms of the infrastructure, there's nothing that comes close. Until something can replicate and then supplant the entire industry that's evolved around the Pi, you can't call anything "competition". The hardware is mediocre, the infrastructure is unbeatable.

Exactly. There are millions of devices that cost around $30 and get you way better hardware.

The problem with them is support. Raspberry Pis have a lot of it - community support has produced lots of tutorials, forums helping people with problems, add on hardware, etc. Not only that, but sofwtare support is impeccable - you can get the latest software for the Pi quite easily.

Compare this with all the other boards out there where the Linux is several versions old now because it was released ages ago, or it can run Android... 4.x. Basically no community formed around them and the manufacturer couldn't be bothered to keep the software stack up to date.

And honestly, having to choose between a support community and better hardware, the support community will win out. Better to have people to help you get stuff to work, than superior hardware that doesn't work and no one around to help you getting it to work.

Comment Re:Misused access rights (Score 1) 50

To be fair, they attempted to fix this in Android Marshmallow, now apps can be fine-grained in their permission requests, such as only requesting camera access if some rarely-used camera-based feature is requested by the user.

But a lot of apps just don't bother with that, and either still use the old permission model, requesting permissions when installing, or request all permissions at startup and refuse to run otherwise.

That's because not many phones are on Marshmallow yet. As of now, just over 30% of phones out there have Marshmallow and above. That leaves the rest without, and a good chunk are Jellybean, Kitkat and Lollipop.

If you're a developer, you can target the new model and exclude 70% of the phones out there, or use the old phones and get 100%. And chances are, most people won't care so sticking with the old mechanism works until maybe a couple of years from now when Marshmallow will be the low end of the majority.

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