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Comment Meh. Smart guys will avoid. (Score 0) 97

Back in the day, when i travelled regularly to Russia, I would take a handful of blackberrys activated with western SIMS and secure emails; sold them as a nice sideline. Not to organised crime, but to middle-class friends who were active in pro-democracy groups or were just concerned about their privacy. Was "tribal knowledge" (I thought it paranoid at the time, but turns out was true, there but also in Saudi and India) that BB - who had built their reputation on security - had sold out to the Govt. Foreign devices were reputed still secure.
So, avoid anything "Govt. approved" like the plague: these days I hear the privacy tool of choice is a rooted android device with cyanogen, secure messenger and (still) a foreign sim. Expensive, but hey, what price freedom?

Comment Re: A nice contrast to all the AI doom-mongering (Score 1) 80

Please read the fine article; it's a better hit rate than a human.
Sure, as a BSD neckbeard I don't like Google or Apple and their "Siri is always listening" (spying) bullshit.
But you know what? If my Gran could have continued to interact with her family in a comfortable way, I guess she'd have signed that Faustian pact happily.

Comment A nice contrast to all the AI doom-mongering (Score 4, Interesting) 80

My beloved grand-mother went deaf after years working in a factory; (in those days - especially during WW2; she helped build tanks - HSE did not exists).
It was really painful to see how it penalised her in daily life, family gatherings etc.
She ended up talking all the time, and then getting paranoid about "what people were saying about her".
So, if this can be used with some kind of (better-resolved implementation) of Google glass to help the hard of hearing then, great!

Comment Re: it estimates will be worth 250 billion euros (Score 1) 68

Whilst it's depressing that this is the typical European cluster-fuck in implementation, (they've been working on it since 2005; first test launch and won't be fully operational until 2020 earliest) it actually may not be the waste of resources it seems.
Yes, the US, Russia and China (India too, maybe) have established systems, but the way the world and its established alliances is going to shit recently, (will Trump really eviscerate NATO?), its looks like a smart decision.
Don't forget, pretty much everything that moves these days uses some form of GPS. Kids and truck drivers can't read maps any more, even if you could still find them in shops and gas stations.
It also adds some useful functionality for "only" $5Bn.

Comment Re: Sonic Boom (Score 4, Informative) 202

Not true; in fact the reverse! In its later years, (once BA and Air France had figured out that people did not actually care how expensive the tickets were, and racked up the prices), Concorde flight were very profitable.
Of course, this ignored the massive R&D costs that were written-off by the UK and French governments and could not be recovered due to the small number of units produced.
Concorde was retired mainly because Airbus decided to stop offering maintenance...understandable because it was 1960s technology.

Comment and who would have kept the data, I wonder? (Score 1) 418


"The key is the development of a single record for a voter that aggregates all that is known about them." Yeah, right. Not privacy red flags there, bubba...

I'm guessing that somewhere in the plan was buried a phrase something like "in consideration of providing technical advise on technology blah blah we get to keep all the data" gathered by these "millions of volunteers.

Comment Team facilitation and project management skills (Score 3, Interesting) 435

Based on my observation of "older", (I'd prefer to use "senior" or "experienced") programmers, I'd say they fall into two camps:

(a) The guys with 20+ years of experience, who is comfortable with his technical competence and does not want to move into management. They stay current on what they need automatically, and get the job done.
(b) The guys with 1 years experience 20 times. They stopping learning a long time ago, and you cannot help them.

So the first group is your target; what I've often observed is that their meeting and PM skills could be improved; hence their contributions (direct and indirect : how often have you seen a "senior guy" make a quiet suggestion that headed-off disaster?) are persistently under-estimated...

Comment Re:Aren't they too power-hungry? (Score 1) 68

From TFA:

"the launch of the Atom E3900 series brings with it Intel’s first custom silicon targeting the roughly 6W to 12W market of more powerful IoT devices... ...As relatively high power processors these aren’t meant for wearables and such, but rather primarily devices on mains power where additional intelligence is needed. In Intel terminology, the E3900 is focused on “edge” devices as opposed to “core” devices. The idea being that Intel wants to move out data processing to the edge of an IoT network – into sensors and such devices – as opposed to having to use a dumb sensor that sends data back for processing...."

For the ultra-low power, they offer this:

Different applications, different requirements, different configurations and hence power needed...

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