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Comment So it's all about the singer? (Score 1) 173

It makes sense that if the environment is so competitive, artists would want to try to grab your attention as quickly as possible

In other words, we want the "artists" singing right away because we know we don't promote bands anymore that play music and need talent to play a challenging instrumental, and so we want the only talent we are promoting to be doing something in the songs sooner so that you are not listening to a studio/backup band.

Comment Re:Consider why they moved to Intel in th first pl (Score 3, Insightful) 267

They're gambling that ARM CPUs (SoCs) will become powerful enough to accomplish the tasks people ask of from Macs, while revenue from phone, tablet, and other small device sales (e.g. Apple TV) will be enough to sustain R&D to keep it progressing as rapidly as Intel CPUs.

It won't happen, and mainly for the exact reasons you stated. Phones and tablets have already taken over the "I don't do much other than browse the internet/watch youtube/update facebook/snapchat/twitter/email" jobs that low performance CPUs can handle. The only reason someone has a need to purchase a real computer now is because they have a real need for processing power (gaming, photo/video editing, developing software, running simulations). Everything else is already being done by the lightweight CPUs.

Comment 90% of big box locks are crap (Score 1) 303

Seriously, locks are generally crap. Most all can be easily bump'ed. The touch pad locks are just a few dirt smudges away from giving away your code (or a simple video recording...), and the wireless ones just beg to be hacked.

There are only a couple locks on the market that have any real security, and as such command some real price to them. But the lock is only part of the battle, the door is just as important, and quite frankly, I wouldn't trust a single door out there that you can get at a big box store. I am sure there are other doors out there, but the one I have seen was made by SUR which is what I would call an actually secure door (your wall would fail before the door and lock would).

Comment The entire premise is pure BS (Score 3, Insightful) 294

When will people wake up and stop eating up this stuff? The entire notion that there isn't equal pay for equal work is pure crap. If it wasn't crap, all these companies would have been hiring women all the time for every position because they could pay them less.

Lets do a little common sense here, I am a hiring manager and just interviewed two people with very similar qualifications, backgrounds, and work ethic, but one of them I can save ~20% on pay/benefits.... Wow, I wonder who I am hiring...

Wait, but you mean to say that the market doesn't work in this case, that all the financial market theory, best practices, etc., all cease to function once someone introduces the gender of an employee. Go back to college if you still think that (or more to the point go to college in the first place, just make sure you study a STEMS field, apparently we need more of them to drive costs down because we can't hire enough, and thus need more H1Bs, and yet wages are still mostly stagnant...).

Comment Re:Ahh: More than you think: Bottling plants... (Score 2, Interesting) 166

You fail to realize that there are quite a few bottling plants located in some of those high affected regions. Guess where all the Pepsi in the USA is made? Yep, right in the middle of this highest concentrations of both those chemicals on the map (eastern PA, NJ, southern NY). That also goes for all Pepsi products, not just Pepsi itself...

Comment Re:Is it April 1st again already? (Score 1) 195

I mean, I understand the appeal of a new device like this. But seriously, if you already own a collection of NES games, you should really look into getting an original NES or top loader modded with the Hi-Def NES board. This will add HDMI output, an extremely high quality video upconverter, as well as expansion audio support.

Comment Re:hes not *technically* wrong. (Score 2) 89

during brute force attacks, sequential reads from disk into RAM contribute to the overall MTBF and MTTF statistics for the hardware. depending on how old the disk is and how complex the encryption, you could very well end up with a nontrivial number of missing sectors and potentially corrupted data on the disk just from thrashing it for personal gain. depending on the encryption, any writes will also contribute to things like SSD write life

Except they don't run the brute force attack on the physical hardware that they confiscated in a search. The very first thing that is done is that the disks are cloned. Copies of the cloned disk image are then used in any attempt to brute force passwords or encryption keys.

Comment Re:I don't understand. (Score 2) 499

So is the implication here just that it's harder to find highly competent women in technical fields rather than men?

DING DING DING! We have a winner!

Look I am all for equal pay for equal work and have no problems with working with women in the team or project.

I do have issue with someone being incompetent who is trying to do the job (be it a man or woman). And as you just stated, if the system really is anonymous skill assessment, then the people scoring the skill assessments don't know the gender, which simply means there are more highly skilled men that used the system than women, and that on average, the men that have used were more likely to get the job directly because they were higher skilled technically than the women.

I mean, this isn't really rocket science to realize that the more highly skilled person will be offered the job (when all other factors are eliminated by anonymizing the data). And thus if as they stated, that men have on average a higher technical score than the women on average, it isn't much of a leap to say that men would more likely be offered a job than women...

Comment Re:Me too, much? (Score 1) 144

Well, Xbox One is 3 years old now and has as much graphics power as 8 year old PC graphics cards. Now that consoles are effectively a small-form-factor PC, using 8 years old graphics tech is really hurting it. I am surprised this is releasing so soon and at this price. I would have expected keeping the same price while using the low-end AMD Polaris GPU (who knows, maybe they are actually using that GPU, but I doubt it as it would probably cost them $130-150 for the chip alone which is half the price of the console).

Comment Re:CEO should spend time shadowing a programmer (Score 1) 342

That is because the CEO was taught to think of everything and everyone as dealing with a mythical "widget" with all the widgets take the same time/resources to make and widgets get sold on the free, open market for the same price. To them (CEOs), everyone and everything is an interchangeable part on the production line to creating profits. By training more programmers, they want a larger pool of talent to choose from so they can simply layoff and hire more widget makers as their funding supports without needing to determine if that particular widget maker actually made magic widgets which were somehow better than the widgets made by other programmers (because all widgets are the same... remember... but in reality we know all code is not the same).

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Informative) 357

I don't think you understand what happened in this case. API's have inherently always been allowed to be used essentially since the beginning of coding. A Judge and/or jury didn't rule that the the code in the Java was fair use to use, just the functional names. This retained the same working conditions that have existed for the last 30-40 years of code development, including the white/clean room techniques that have been used by virtually every major development studio, (including Oracle by the way). The underlying code is still protected, but you can't protect the names of the functions. I mean seriously, how many times have people written a function called "length" or "size" (hint, thousands of times).

Are we all suddenly suppose to pay royalties to the first one who called their function by that name? What about if someone wrote a program that then auto-generated creating billions of function names from every language, but each function was simply "return(1)"? Am I to get billions of dollars from every company in existence now for them infringing my copyright on all those function names?

In other words, your argument is ridiculous. The real copyright is and always has been on the specific implementation of the code, not what it is named.

Submission + - Software API's ruled "fair use" in Oracle vs Google

Fallen Kell writes: Arstechnica is reporting, "Following a two-week trial, a federal jury concluded Thursday that Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by 'fair use.' The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations."

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