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Comment Re:LaTeX (Score 1) 326

In accounting, when you add up the numbers, the result must be exactly zero, not 0.0000000001.
It is not for saving pennies, it is for verification purposes. If there is a penny missing, it means that there is a mistake somewhere. It may be a small rounding error, but it may also be several million dollar mistakes (or fraud...) adding up to one penny.

Comment Re:show me the money $$$$$$$$ (Score 1) 186

Because otherwise a Samsung phone would be like any other Android smartphone.
They don't want that, for two reasons. First, they don't want to compete with similar looking but much cheaper alternatives. Second, they don't want give too much power to Google.
They want people to buy "a Samsung", not an Android phone.
In fact, Samsung seems to be ready to leave Android at any time, probably as a way to keep Google in check. They have their own OS, their own app store, replacement apps for most of Google offerings and a dedicated userbase.

Comment Re:Does "not feeling old" mean minimalized? (Score 1) 186

That's why I finally bit the bullet and went Nexus with latest phone. Unlocking bootloader done within twenty minutes of getting it. No need for hacks to enable tethering. Root without having to use an exploit.

Like most Android phones as long as you don't buy them from your carrier.

Comment Re:How do you ban someone from passing on this cos (Score 2) 442

They can't really ban them from passing on this cost. Unregulated taxi companies like Uber are free to set their price, which is part of what make them different from actual taxis.
What they don't want is the tax to appear anywhere in the bill or driver contract. It is a form of consumer and driver protection, they don't want the ride to become a confusing "$10 + tax", but I don't see how they can't prevent the price from being "$10.20". And for the drivers, Uber can't just add 0.20$ per trip to the commission without first renegotiating the contracts, something that the drivers can probably refuse to do since "because taxes" cannot be used as a reason.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 85

I use much more than 20% of what I learned at school, indirectly.
College-level education is not about learning keywords, it is about getting the appropriate mindset so that you don't need training each time the keywords change. If you rely on these "code bootcamps" for your education, you will be no better than cheap offshore workers (and worse than less cheap, better trained offshore workers).

The only good thing about these bootcamps is if they can land you a job that allows you to get paid and get proper education at the same time. So that when the "full stack web dev" you are doing falls out of fashion, you are already prepared for the next thing and the one after it without needing another bootcamp. They may look good on your resume too, even if you don't really need them.

Comment Re:Solve the damn problem already! (Score 1) 147

Believe me they try.
- Universal id number : you have one on your passport... so what
- PIN code : aka very weak password
- Biometry : mostly useless online, useful for physical access checking only
- Cell phone : SMS second factor is very common with banks
- NFC : see key fob
- key fob : used a lot, including its mechanical counterpart called a key, can be stolen

None of these techs can replace passwords, but they can complement them.

Comment Re:Good to hear. (Score 4, Interesting) 188

In fact it was more like they took advantage of the P4 fiasco.
The NetBurst architecture was a failure, it could barely compete with Intel's own previous generation. They made a few bad design decisions. Perhaps they were blinded by the MHz race, perhaps they really thought long pipelines were the future, I don't know. However, they learned from their mistakes and their next generation (Core) was a success.
At the same time, AMD took a more sensible approach and the K7/Athlon was a worthy "next-gen" CPU. But maybe the lack or craziness also caused them to stand still when Intel advanced. Intel's commercial practices probably didn't help either...

Comment Re:Waste of helium (Score 1) 189

So this is a waste, but party balloons ore ok? Because I guarantee a lot more He is wasted on party balloons than will ever be used on these aircraft, by many orders of magnitude.

It depends on how many of such aircraft are made but I estimate the number of orders of magnitude to 2 or 3 (100x to 1000x more). One Airlander 10 has the equivalent of 2.5 million party balloons inside it, though I suppose this helium can get pumped out and recycled at the end of life.
But helium as a lifting gas accounts for only a small part of total usage, and party balloons are only part of it (maybe half, to about 5%).

Possibly one of the biggest waste is in MRI machines. They use up several times more helium than party balloons, or even all helium balloons ever will. And the reason they are so wasteful is the same as the reason why we have helium party balloons : helium is cheap now.
As a result, instead of designing complex system so that helium is properly recycled, they prefer to waste it and refill regularly. To put things into perspective, a single MRI machine can contain about enough helium to fill up about half a million party balloons. And that's pure helium, not "balloon gas".

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 138

No one with a tiny bit of insight was surprised by this.
When it came out "how long before the takedown?" was maybe the most common question people asked themselves. Nintendo and the Pokemon company are well known for being very protective of their IP.

I think even the devs saw it coming, they may even have their response planned in advance. I suspect their strategy was to make a huge buzz early on and exploit the small amount of time they had before the takedown.

Comment Re:Fuse (Score 1) 128

In Europe, legal warranty (which is 2 years) protects you against hidden defects no matter what you do with your phone.
So you can blow all the fuses you want, if, say, the SoC fails because it was defective, they have to repair it. What the manufacturer doesn't have to do is to restore the KNOX features you disabled by blowing that fuse, because it is your fault and not a defect.

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