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Comment the equivalent of about 300 miles? (Score 1) 43

...a half-hour travel time between Stockholm and Helsinki, which is the equivalent of about 300 miles.

"The equivalent of about 300 miles"? What does that mean?

Oh, it means "about 300 miles". Or even "a distance of about 300 miles". Right. But this is a 'technical' topic, so we need to use more and bigger words. The best words.

Unless there's some sort of weird space-time physical equivalence principle the authors are alluding to, in which case a half hour is actually 300 miles long.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 165

If you stick to a C-only subset of C++ you can write your library in C++, but at that point why bother with C++ anyway?

Or you could write your library in C++ but put it behind a C interface. Then you can use all of the expressive power of C++ internally, and provide an API that can be called from any language. And it will still be very close to as portable as if it were written in plain C, because we now have decent C++ compilers on very nearly every platform.

Comment More crap to turn off (Score 4, Funny) 42

Word rarely does what I want it to do so I've turned off most of the "help". Once we're forced to upgrade to this crap this will be more cruft to disable.

I can't wait to hear from our users when they whine about not being able to get their work done because Word is trying to be "helpful".

Word for Office 365: Revenge of Clippy

Comment Re: This is an Android Problem (Score 1) 152

I wish that there were more phones running plain Android with fast updates.

This article is exactly what we need to make that happen, though ideally we need it to be on CNN, not just Ars. But Ars is a good step. When consumers demand good update policies, manufacturers will provide them. It's a competitive market.

Actually, I think we're further down that road than it may appear. Stagefright was a big kick in the butt for the Android ecosystem. Not because it actually affected any real users, but because it got a *lot* of press. I think many OEMs have realized they need to fix their update problems, because consumers are beginning to care. The problem is that the OEMs product plans for the last few years have not included plans for monthly updates. Planning for that sort of update cycle requires them to change a lot of things in the way they do business. One is closely related to what you mentioned about carrier-specific builds: The OEMs just have too danged many products. It's not uncommon that what appears to the end user as a single model (e.g. Samsung Note 4) is actually one or two *dozen* different devices... each with its own software build. Not because they actually need that many SKUs and not because all of them actually need different software, it's just been easier to do it that way. Now that the pressure to provide updates is being turned up, I think they're looking at how to streamline their product lines and processes to make it more feasible to deliver them. Oh, and they also have to build the cost of the update-related work into their business plans.

However, building phones is a complex process, and device design and planning cycles often run more than two years, so it takes time for changes in approach to reach the market. I think it'll start getting a lot better in the next 1-2 years.

That's why I'm just sticking with Nexus phones.

Me too. Of course, in my case it helps that I get them for free :-)

Comment Re:Missing a big point (Score 1) 564

Of course you didn't talk at all about "handling the current situation" you talked about "self driving" which isn't actually related at all.

I actually don't agree with that, though that's Tesla's position. I don't think semi-autonomous driving is realistic. Once the car can drive itself sufficiently well that people feel safe looking away to text or whatever, they will. Any system that expects that a human will continue paying attention and be ready to take over at a moment's notice is asking for trouble.

Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 206

The "bad guys" will still find that classic abandoned warehouse across the train tracks and plot their evil in the veil of darkness. Perhaps we should require spotlights and mandatory cameras over every square inch of the planet too?

The problem has never been all that hard for the authorities: They have always known that to snag all the bad guys, they only have to monitor the small subset of warehouses that are built on a slanted "Dutch angle".

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 739

Richard Armitage was not the source of the leak, Dick Cheney was. We know this because Libby's own notes stated he, Libby, learned Plame was an undercover CIA agent from Dick Cheney.

The reason Libby was convicted was because he lied under oath, not because he was the one who outed Plame.

Further, no one, despite what Bush said, was ever held accountable for outing an undercover CIA agent. None.

How many other agents had their covers blown because of their association with Plame? How many may have died because of Cheney's political vindictiveness? Talk about a breach of national security.

Comment Re:Dear god no (Score 1) 256

I don't want a movie theater to be a social experience. Consider:

* The rotten parents who bring their too-young children to adult films.

* That ridiculous moron in the row behind you who can't get off their cell phone for 5 minutes.

* The 10-year old who won't stop kicking your chair.

* The guffawing dimwit who laughs like a throat-cancer riddled donkey and does so incessantly.

* Paying $12 bucks for crappy popcorn covered in artificially flavored cottonseed oil.

* The gang-bangers who decided that the parking lot is a hugely entertaining place to spend some time ... people-watching (and yelling).

I've not been to a theater film in 8 years and I've no plans on changing that.


People do not go to the cinema for a social experience, they go to watch a movie.
The social experience effectively makes the cinema a less appealing movie watching experience.
But you can't prevent the cinema from being a social experience because you are jamming people into a cinema together.
What? Are you going to jam people in a cinema into individual soundproof boxes?

I doubt there is any workable solution that will make cinema worthwhile.

Comment Re:I'll fix the problem! (Score 1) 256

Give me free popcorn and Coke, give me front row seats, remove the schmucks that talk or text all though the movie and a front row parking spot in front of the building... I'll come. :)

Take away your noisy popcorn and coke that spills on the floor and makes it sticky. You'll still come? Because otherwise I'm not going.

So its down to -1+1=0

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 256

How will screaming kids, sticky floors and overpriced snacks help them stop piracy?

The theater/cinema experience is just too horrible. To make it less horrible they will have to:
Stop selling popcorn and pop at the theaters.
Use cellphone jammers.
Have people who talk forcibly silenced.
Refuse entry to children.

No, this is not going to work out. Cinemas are dead.

Comment Re:Dear IOC, Barbara Streisand called (Score 1) 205

Umm... they want publicity about the games.

They want *their* publicity about the games. They don't want anyone else with any naughty unauthorized publicity about the games. They are going to attract this in spades. People will feel encouraged to give the IOC the finger.

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