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Comment Normal for financial entities (Score 3, Informative) 70

Given the regulatory requirements this makes sense. At one major US financial institution, where I worked, this is the norm, because the risk of information leakage is an issue. You even need to use application such as Mobile Iron or Good for accessing company e-mail. Company issued iPhones had the the essentials an nothing more, with certificates limiting what you could do with the phone.

At the same time, there was a move towards BYOD, which does provide a bit of a chink in the wall, but still requires Mobile Iron or Good for accessing company e-mail and a certificate limiting certain operations. You can't copy/paste from Mobile Iron or Good, for example.

These companies need to show to regulators that they are meeting requirements and maybe even going slightly beyond. All e-mail in and out is recorded for 7 years.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 482

Yep. And if anything, it's getting worse.

At least modern PCs truly are better; they're almost always faster, cooler, quieter, consuming less energy, etc.

Whereas, I'm still using a Note 3 with CM13. While I am quite happy with the performance, I would like a better camera with manual controls and more RAM. But there's nothing I can upgrade to without sacrificing something.

As far as I can tell, the Note 3 was the last device made with a removable battery, MicroSD slot, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensors, AMOLED screen, 10,000mAH battery compatibility (ZeroLemon), GPS and a full 9dof IMU package. Some new phones came close (the v20 tempted me) but lacked a few of these features I use every day.

I fear that once this phone dies, I'll just have to find a used one on eBay to replace it with. The frustrating part is that I have no budget on this one; I'd pay $2000 to get a state of the art replacement that "does it all" and upgrades the CPU, camera, storage, etc.

Comment Dead packages (Score 1) 133

One challenge I have with npm are the dead projects and the apparent inability to take over the dead project, even if your project has become the accepted source of truth in GitHub. The workaround is to create a new package, but that just adds to the confusion.

It would be nice if there was a way for a project to either be flagged as possibly dead or require some other mechanism to red flag a project, either automated or via reporting.

Maybe I am alone in this feeling?

Comment Re:How's that different from open source software? (Score 1) 111

Open source is always better than closed source.

I mean, it's not even worth arguing. You have one more vector of insight into what's happening.

Compiled binaries can be corrupted, and you can end up with a compromised compiler, kernel, or even, theoretically, hardware.

Nevertheless, open source software is always more trustworthy (assuming equal stated functionality, of course).

Proprietary, closed source: score zero. You have literally no idea, and no way of investigating. You operate on total faith.

Open source software: score not-zero. You have a chance at achieving security. You operate on as much faith as you feel comfortable with.

Comment Re: Most depressing thing I've read all week (Score 1) 139

I am guessing most developers aren't that good at multi-threading. For most jobs it isn't necessary, and when it is someone will do a good enough job or find the developer or library that will take care of it.

If you ever do multi-core GPGPU you see there is a threshold below which just using the CPU is good enough and may be faster. Part of that is that you only really benefit from the GPGPU if the processing queue is kept full.

Then there are languages such as NodeJS which are single threaded and when you need to parralize it is via separate processes, so you really need to reduce the inter-process chatter.

Comment Re:Stopping processes of background tabs? (Score 1) 154

In this case, the browser design is likely to provide a hint to how the process are being used. The OS doesn't have that contextual information, so for it is just another process. While not perfect, there are likely to be hints that can be used. For example a browser that just relaunched with 30 tabs open (I have seen that), may want to default to only spawning processes, representing tab that have been visited by the user in the current session.

Comment Re:The Illusion of Capacity and Greed. (Score 1) 635

Blind people, through necessity, can develop mental abilities that seem superhuman like echolocation and rapid aural comprehension, being born blind doesn't seem to be a factor but losing your sight whilst still young is, which is in line with Neuroplasticity. Naturally this is in response to some kind of trauma that renders part of the brain useless without anything to do, and so it rewires itself.

The keyword you're missing here is some. Some blind people can develop mental abilities that seem "superhuman."

And therein lines the problem. Some is not all, and that is the OP's point. We need to find ways to accommodate those who cannot be trained to enter STEM careers.

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