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Comment Re:Write software after work (Score 1) 140

Then, there is getting the VCs to even -look- at you. Want to know what VCs want for an ideal startup? The Meitu app. If it does not slurp up data/telemetry/tracking and push out ads, VCs won't even give you the time of day.

Want to have an app? Make it yourself. VCs don't want ideas, they want the business around the idea that is working and ideally "poised for growth".

Comment Re:Just the start (Score 1) 119

GameStop used to survive when one paid $50 for a game, sold the game for $5, and the used game had the same content as the original. However, with the combination of DLC, having to have the CD and have the game registered under your account, and so on, a game might cost $250, all said and done. There isn't any real point for a used buyer to buy it, since the used media will be at $45.00, the new game will be $50, and there is still $150 of DLC that has to be purchased before the game is anywhere usable, much less playable with others.

There is also the fact that people are PC gaming more often. PCs may not have the ability to just plug and play like a console, but GOG, Steam, and MS Store games are relatively cheap, one can back them up fairly easily, and there is a wide selection. Why go to a used game store to pick up a game when you can order it and be playing at home?

Comment Re:Catch? (Score 1) 191

I will say that APFS is a must have update from HFS+. It has copy-on-write functionality, snapshots, and other stuff that make sense. It has a very interesting facility for encryption to allow for volume, file, and almost anything in between, with keys for everything able to be different.

However, it doesn't have the good bit-rot detection that ZFS, ReFS + Storage Spaces, and btrfs have. In fact, it doesn't have any real robust drive scrubbing type facility to find and (even better) repair ECC errors. I read that Apple is assuming that all data is stored on "premium" storage media, so they didn't add CRC checking to the code. Or, this could be not included due to performance reasons.

In any case, this is much needed upgrade. However, it still is behind everyone else, especially when it comes to bit rot.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 2) 418

In which case, we reject the idea that we live in a simulation. I see no proof that the world was created last Thursday. I can't disprove that either, so in lack of an ability to do anything either way, I take the simpler approach and reject the notion until further data becomes available. The burden of proof is on those making the extraordinary claim, not those asking for evidence, and anything said without sufficient proving evidence can be rejected without disproving evidence.

Comment Re:Nothing like fudging the number (Score 5, Insightful) 97

Could be. I'm playing a game I got on Steam right now. It is thoroughly mediocre. I want to rate it, but Steam has only a positive/negative system as well, and this game deserves neither. So which do I give it? If I round up, it makes the game look better than it is. If I round down, I am being giving an inaccurate portray of how I really feel. I either am inaccurate, or I make tht game look better than it actually is in the rating aggregate, which will increase the likelihood of Steam making a sale.

In Netflix's case though, seeing as how you've already bought the subscription, I don't see how this will help them, but maybe that is their angle. Either way, as someone who gives far more 2-4 stars for things than 1 and 5 stars (because most things tend to fll somewhere between total crap and absolutely amazing), I do not welcome this change.

Comment Re:Republicans are anti-science (Score 3, Funny) 649

What you say about GMOs is incorrect. There is no kill switch; you are either thinking of terminator seeds, which were never implemented, or the nature of hybrid biology, which a more of a fact of genetics than any corporate money making plot. Your lawsuit your linked is about actuallyl says the exact opposite of what you claim. The judge asked the prosecuting organic group to prove their claim that farmers are sued for unintended cross pollination; they could not. Sure, farmers have been sued by Monsanto for knowingly and intentionally selecting for and mass propagating transgenic seed which were the result of cross pollination, but at that is very different from the anti-GMO narrative (which is ironic since the farmers who were sued were trying to get GMOs without paying for them). To use an analogy, if I throw a DVD on your lawn, you cannot be sued for that, but if you take that DVD, mass copy it, and use it in a for profit manner, you can be. Simple as that. Rule of thumb: if an article portrays genetic engineering as injecting an ear of corn with blue stuff, it's probably sensationalist nonsense.

If there's evidence that radio waves are damaging, it certainty hasn't made much in the way of a splash in any scientific circles I'm familiar with.

If you want to claim a scientific high ground, you've chosen some bad examples.

Comment The US actually leads in robotics... (Score 4, Informative) 297

The ironic thing is that the US is actually known as a leader in robotics. Car assembly lines are almost completely automated, for example. Chip making, pick and pull machinery is a common staple. CAD/CAM is a part of everything and anything in the US. Want to be able to design a new widget? Better know Solidworks, AutoCAD, or similar.

The talk about the US losing the robotics race is unfounded. In fact, contrary to what a lot of people believe, the US still doing manufacturing, and is definitely not going anywhere. Robotics will definitely be a part of how new plants are done, period.

Comment Re:Why do you believe that? (Score 3, Insightful) 456

People have been trying to fix E-mail so often that it became common for a pre-printed form to be copied and pasted when someone had another solution. SMTP is so entrenched that there is no real replacing it.

What might be the ideal message app is one that can use multiple channels to send a message. SMS present? Great. Signal, Telegram, or another protocol? Useful. SMTP to a specialized E-mail address with the server autodumping any spam not signed with a proof of work token or being part of a contact list? A thought. Perhaps send the same message (with a unique ID) via several different protocols, with the receiving app validate, check if any copies were damaged in transit, and dump the dumplicates?

We have a shitload of existing protocols. The ideal would be to have the messaging program use those. However, the message format should use existing standards. OpenPGP comes to mind as a good way of encoding packets that is cross platform and can be accessed on almost any platform.

Now that we have a message standard and the ability to use multiple transport protocols, from there it is making contacts, using public keys in a user friendly way without giving up security (perhaps having selectable levels of security), and doing UI work. The crypto infrastructure is the hard part that needs to be done -right- with auditors. The UI work is pretty much commodity stuff.

tl;dr, why replace existing protocols... Use multiples of them.

Comment Re:Dont use lastpass (Score 1) 415

1Password also does something unique. It is able to store your Google Authenticator 2FA keys. That, and allow export in a text format, so you can input them into another authentication app if needed. There are other apps which can back up the 2FA keys like Authy, but the backups are only accessible to the app itself.

Yes, 1Password has had flaws, which were corrected, but it works well, and allows one to store the PW data on a cloud provider of choice.

Comment Re: It'll never work (Score 1) 142

Put it in space? The James Webb Space Telescope has a 6.5 meter mirror and is projected to cost something like $10 billion; the proposed telescope on Maunakea has a 30 meter mirror. Putting a telescope like that in space would be great but it just is not a feasible option.

And while aesthetics are in the eye of the beholder, personally I don't think the telescopes already up there look all that bad. Besides that, the site was chosen to minimize visibility to onlookers. To be fair it will still be visible, but IIRC that was still considered.

Comment Re: It'll never work (Score 1) 142

It's even better than that; that funding included some very generous local educational programs. The astronomers were not the ones in the wrong. The fault lies in how the state handled things, and the protesters who have been all sorts of wrong. Though to be honest I don't think the leaders of that movement care much about being wrong, as long as they've got a controversy to shout about give them some local political clout. In fact, it's probably better to be wrong than to be right, because then you can drag things out longer.

I do hope it stays in Hawai'i and does not go to the Canary Islands, which are the runner up candidate location, though I certainty would not blame them if they said to hell with it and moved there. The absolute bullshit they've had to deal with is absurd.

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