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Comment Re:Futurist? (Score 1) 102

There is a lot of truth in this trolling. Wolfram was supposed to be the new Einstein. He did work on cellular automata that, while competent, it is not beyond what a competent graduate student would do. He moved into the computer algebra world, lifting ideas and thousands of lines of code from already existing system. His impact on science and mathematics has been negligible. The guy has been good at sucking the money in his company, blowing his own trumpet hard, and little else. He commands no respect whatsoever in the scientific community, who regard him as a useless gadfly.

Agree. I read "New kind of Science" thinking there would be some great insights. Nope. The guy did some interesting cellular automata bits, but nothing that deserved to be described as "New Science." He though that he was the only guy to see that dense complexity could arise from very simple instruction set. Guess he never heard of DNA.

Comment Dijon had IS attacks in 2014 (Score 1) 247

... and if you RTFA you would see he was offered 100 hrs community service, but he declined. So he had a soft exit and passed on it. Dijon had back to back IS terrorist attack in 2014 with people run down in the street and knifed. No way they are going have a sense of humor about his cute WIFI name; Kid deserved what he got..

Comment Bought a MB pro this summer (Score 1) 299

And I had been thinking that I should've waited for the new version. Now, I'm sad to say - I would not own this new version. Cannot stand that OLED bar, and no USB-A ,HDMI, or MagSafe ports make it a pain in the ass to use for work.

Apple, you are better that this effort.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 285

Owner will be sued - yes it happened in Ca. A homeowner set a trap with a shotgun somehow aimed at the door to go off if someone broke in (guess he was sick of getting robbed, who knows). Anyway, of course someone breaks in, gets shot and sues. Legal theory is that you cannot set a trap, even if the perp sets it off by breaking the law. Homeowner lost the suit as I recall.

Comment Time Travel (Score 1) 175

"Dark Matter", Blake Crouch - this is really not time travel but Many Worlds of quantum physics, played out in fictional drama. Didn't really care for it. Technical parts were so-so, but mostly, too many "bad guys" ( won't give a spoiler ) kills necessary plot climax.
"Timeline" Michael Crichton - One of my favorites. Enough tech to properly suspend disbelief, coupled with good midieval historical content and great plot line. Movie sucked but book is a must-read.

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 4, Insightful) 338

Numbers are numbers. Money paid to employees is done out of the money the university has to spend. They either have to take in more of it, or pay out less of it. Which do you propose they do? The rest of the equation is irrelevant. Pretend for a second that YOU have employees, and your costs are going up, but your workload is not shrinking... what do you do?

There are 10 chancellors on the UC Board of Reagents; average salary is about $400k. That's $4M to start with.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 4, Insightful) 761

... Lightning isn't a standard, and no one else is using it. So Lightning is out.

So come up with something else that replaces the existing port, but is better, more convenient, easier to use, and able to provide even better audio quality. Then convince every manufacturer of audio equipment to use this new standard. *Then* get rid of the old port.

In the keynote, they showed a pair of JBL wired noise-cancelling headphones that used lightning. so, there are some third parties chipping in now. Not saying I love this decision, but you have to admit Apple's track record on these changes is decent enough to give it a chance.

Comment Re:Consider the Human Factor. (Score 1) 211

I encourage users to make up passwords based on some useless obsolete memory occupying a permanent place in their brains. I tell them to start with the name of their childhood dog, that's easy, but then add onto that the entire phone number for their best friend growing up.... the one you'd dial 12 times a day? that's 10 digits you can always recall, occupying some space in your head that you otherwise don't have any use for. Tag that onto your dog's name and you have a memorized 18-digit password. Your head is full of this stuff. An old gym locker combination. An weird nickname you used to call someone. The punchline from a comedy bit you heard when you were 11. There's actually a lot of defunct, untraceable fodder permanently stuck in your head you can use to construct a decent password that you couldn't forget it you wanted to.

Do you really think anyone is going to remember that? Dude, most of us struggle with our kid's birthdays. And keep in mind all the credit card, online orders, banks accounts, work sites - i bet most people are near 100 passwords they need access to. The ones that really kill me tho are the personal questions: "what was your first car?"
VW bug(incorrect)
VW Bug(incorrect)
VW beetle(incorrect)
VW Beetle(incorrect)
volkswagen (incorrect)
Volkswagen (incorrect), Sorry this account is now locked.

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