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Comment Checksum and recheck (Score 1) 59

This is a solved problem. For performance, scan all system files with an MD5 checksum and flag all suspects (but don't do anything yet). Scan multiple files at once multithreaded for extra performance. Now, go back and rescanned all suspect files with SHA-1 or SHA-256 to validate any potential false-positives that may have been flagged from the previous MD5.

Comment Defining sports (Score 1) 246

Out of curiosity, how would you define 'sports', and what is it about, say, competitive LoL or StarCraft that doesn't meet that definition?

The answer is fairly straightforward though perhaps unsatisfyingly ambiguous. If you say you play sports to someone, nobody is going to ask which computer game you play. They are going to be thinking something involving gross motor skills 99.9999% of the time. Ergo it isn't a sport under commonly accepted uses of the term. That might change in time but ask 100 people today if computer gaming is a sport and the answer will overwhelmingly be no. QED it isn't a sport.

If you want to get pedantic about definitions you can make all sorts of activities that aren't widely regarded as sports fit a given definition but I think that serves little purpose. Poker is on ESPN but is it a sport? Few would say so. That's not to say poker or computer games aren't fully deserving of respect but calling them a sport is something most people will not agree with. So called eSports are their own thing but saying they are sports a bit of appropriation of a term that doesn't fit. Like how soy milk is marketed as "milk" when in fact it is actually a type of juice. It conflates two concepts in order to profit from the confusion. Getting overly pedantic about the definitions merely leads to pointless arguments. If you want to call competitive StarCraft a "sport" I'm not going to call you foolish and I get what you are saying but I still don't think of it as a sport and neither will most other people.

Of course there are differences between even the "traditional" sports. If you watch the Olympics you'll see two major categories. There are competitions with objective criteria (i.e. track) and those with subjective criteria (i.e. gymnastics). The former determines a winner through objectively measurable criteria such as who can run a course in the least amount of time. The later typically judges aesthetics and in practical terms are simply dance competitions. Nothing wrong with either one but in some important ways they aren't quite the same thing and one could argue they might be deserving of different labels.

Comment Altitude training (Score 1) 246

In other sports, runners who live at sea-level are disadvantaged in competition against runners who live high up in the mountains.

Actually not true. High altitude training is most effective when you aren't at high altitude all the time. It's the people who can train at altitude for periods of time and then return to low altitudes that see the best results.

The life of athletes is full of unfairness.

Which has what exactly to do with this conversation? I have mad respect for top gamers but they aren't athletes in any widely accepted use of the word.

Comment Homeless (Score 1) 246

Instead of homicide, you just have to deal with ridiculous amounts of homeless people that make Hawaii resemble a third world country, sleeping on sidewalks, defecating and peeing everywhere.

I've been to Hawaii a number of times and not in the tourist trap parts either. Doesn't remotely fit my anecdotal observations. There are more homeless people in Chicago than in Hawaii.

Comment Tiny minority (Score 0) 246

For an actual tournament with significant money on the table, if they need that improved ping they'll simply have to travel to attain it.

You do realize that describes a tiny minority of the people who actually play any given game, right? Most people just want to play and compete with their "friends". Less fun to do that if you are experiencing a significant handicap even for casual play.

Comment Easily impressed (Score 1) 163

Featureless except for a generic tablet screen in the middle. No awe-inspiring gauge cluster. No pleasing lines and curves.

You find gauge clusters "awe-inspiring"? You need to get out more my friend if that really impresses you.

What the hell were they thinking? This is Tesla, damnit. They should be making a car that blows you away when you sit behind the wheel.

Have you sat behind the wheel of one? How do you know it won't blow you away? Given that the car hasn't entered production yet you seem awfully quick to judge...

Comment Strained arguments (Score 1) 163

Yes, supercharging is much worse for the environment than regular charging.

That might be one of the most strained arguments I've ever heard. Talk about missing the big picture...

And supercharging isn't as energy efficient in itself either - the heat loss is larger than with slower charging.

Even if we stipulate that is true, it still better than burning fossil fuels to move a vehicle. A lot better. Just because the heat loss is some arbitrary amount larger when charging quickly doesn't make it a bad idea. Slow charging is only useful in a garage overnight when you aren't going to use the car for many hours. Any heat losses for rapid charging are more than made up for by not burning gasoline/diesel.

In countries that produce a good part of the electricity from coal and oil, that's not a good thing.

As opposed to burning the oil directly in a car? Weird logic you have there. An internal combustion engine is hugely inefficient and pollutes badly and you are arguing that a few supercharger stations are somehow a bad thing?

Comment Battery swaps are impractical (Score 2) 163

Instead of pulling into a supercharger and spending up to an hour recharging, couldn't they just pop my battery out and put a fully pre-charged on back in?

Technically possible but economically infeasible. Tesla's were designed to allow this and it proved to be economically not viable. They had a program and shut it down. For it to really work you would have to have a standard sized battery pack, widely used, with a customer base far larger than Tesla is likely to achieve in the near future to justify the cost of the infrastructure. To understate things greatly, swapping out a car battery pack is a wee bit harder than changing a laptop or cell phone battery. It requires significant and expensive automation to do quickly, not just a burly guy with a wrench and a lift. For it to make any kind of economic sense you need a critical mass of EV owning customers which we are in no danger of reaching in the next 5-10 years at minimum.

Realistically, fast recharging is a better solution in the long run due to network effects. It's going to be nigh-impossible to get car makers to agree on a standard sized battery pack and battery mounting system. Unless you have a substantial network of battery swap stations available (which we don't) there is no added value to swapping the batteries over existing infrastructure. It's comparatively easy to incrementally improve the charging infrastructure for fast charging. It's almost economically impossible to build a useful battery swap network incrementally. Worse, if fast (less than 20 min) recharging ever becomes viable any investment in a battery swap network would become instantly unprofitable.

So does Tesla follow Apple on the battery replacement issue?

Are you seriously comparing the $12000+ battery pack on a car designed to last the better part of a decade to the one in your cell phone? No, Tesla is not following Apple's lead on batteries. That would not be wise of them nor practical.

Comment Sound bite philosophy (Score 1) 165

Actually he does: opt out. It won't kill you to only buy entertainment which is DRM-free

True but a bit of a dodge really. That's like arguing that I always have the option to leave the US if I don't like the president. Technically true but highly unrealistic for all but the most severe cases of oppression. DRM is a problem (whether they realize it or not) but for most people it isn't something that they care about on a deep level so long as it doesn't conspicuously interfere with their daily lives. It's one of many little bits of friction in our daily lives which we have to work around. Fortunately we have some people fighting the good fight so there is hope.

This is not anticipated to be tolerable by 99% of the population. They don't actually know, because they'll never try it

I'm not about to try all sorts of things that I'm pretty sure I won't enjoy. To be sure I'm probably wrong about some of them but I am quite certain I've got a better idea about what I am willing to tolerate than anyone else.

This is how powerful corporations control people: by manipulating their unexamined assumptions of what they can tolerably live with.

Where do you get the idea that people do not examine what matters to them? People do this all the time.

They reasoned more or less thus: if happiness is having all your wants satisfied, the surest path to happiness is to want less.

Argument from a false premise. Happiness demonstrably does not arise from having all your wants satisfied and it's not automatic that wanting less will result in having more of your wants fulfilled.

If we want to do sound bite philosophy I think a better version is thus: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Comment More specificity (Score 1) 165

Free software is winning.

Too broad a brush unless you specify where it is winning. Some places it very much is succeeding, others not so much. Some types of software are absolutely dominated by free software and in some other categories it is, near as makes no difference, non-existent. Good luck finding any company with accounting software or CAD software that is free (speech or beer) and better than the closed source options. (spoiler: none exist) Proprietary software is in no danger of extinction any time soon no matter how much we all might wish for such a state of affairs.

Is there a modern computer or mobile device that doesn't run GNU software?

Pretty sure there is basically no GNU software on an iPhone. I'm sure you can hack/jailbreak the device to get it to run but a good approximation of nobody actually bothers to do that.

Comment Re: But Windows surveillance (Score 1) 84

Microsoft makes their money in commercial software and services all other experiments notwithstanding. Google make some money advertising to people and building profiles and people to better Target than advertising all the other experiments notwithstanding. Can you see the difference?

Not really, no. Sorry.

Microsoft makes really complete profiles on individual persons.
Google makes really complete profiles in aggregate for demographic markets.

Microsoft makes business decisions based on profile data telling them how many people they can reach with a given product.
Google makes business decisions based on profile data telling them the size of each demographic their advertiser can reach with their product.

Microsoft makes a lot of products that fail, when they try to do something new.
Google makes a lot of software and services with the intent of delivering advertising that fail, when they try something new.

Microsoft makes a lot of money, when they stick to their core competencies (a small range of OS and office productivity products).
Google makes a lot of money when they stick to their core competencies (a small range of advertising services, search, and mail).

Microsoft loses money when they step outside their core competency, and try "charge for service" models.
Google loses money when they step outside their core competency, and try "charge for service" models.

Kinda not seeing the difference, Bruno...

Comment Sour the milk (Score 2, Interesting) 216

Fuck you Microsoft. Fuck you for allowing OEM copies of Office to be purchased with a machine, but require it to be activated against an email address!!

Pro Tip: create an email distribution group of say software@domain.com and make IT staff members of it.

Fuck you for now allowing us to mix Office365 apps with OEM!

And Fuck you for making this such a miserable experience to deploy across the network as needed.

Oh, and FUCK YOU...just because for good measure!!!

Comment Steve Case is high. (Score 2) 35

Steve Case is high.

The article starts out claiming AOL was there at the start of the Internet, and helped pave the way -- but really, "MeTooLand" (AOL) only connected itself to the Internet through a number of large VAX machines, in a last ditch attempt at to maintain relevance, in the face of educated kids asking their parents why they are paying so much money to AOL for what amounts to Internet access. AOL was the sugary cereal "adjacent to this complete breakfast".

He states that "innovation can happen anywhere" (it can) and that "we should be funding outside traditional central areas" (debatable).

And then his three examples are Sweetgreen, Framebridge, and OrderUp, which are all within one hour driving distance of each other in the DC/Baltimore metroplex.

In other words: he's funding outside of "traditional central areas" by declaring a new central area, and then claiming it's not central.

My interpretation of this, and the specific mention of these there portfolio companies for Revolution Growth, where Steve Case works, is that the VC is starting to see that a VC needs multiple VC's when it invests in a risk company, in order to spread the risk, and that no one is coming to their party.

Comment Re:But Windows surveillance (Score 2) 84

This is a nice reminder of who and what the REAL threat is. Windows 10 data collection is not the problem. Microsoft doesn't define it's existence on profiling and targeting people, but Google does.

Microsoft doesn't do it because they can't make a cell phone that people want to buy, to save their lives.

It's not like they haven't tried, many times, including buying most of a company that was capable of making cell phones, only to have the parts drift through their fingers, like sand at a beach.

Microsoft would definitely do it if they could work it out, or buy a company that doesn't dissolve as a result of being bought by them.

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