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Comment Re:FINALLY!! (Score 1) 38

They already do this. Some news organization did an expose on it. They went through a building that was simply corridors full of one-room offices, a company nameplate on the door, and no one ever went in or out.

And there were lots of those buildings too - all one-room offices all dark because no one was there. But the office was there to show presence. It was really quite a depressing scene - all around the courthouse are dozens of office buildings which are fully occupied, but whose population was zero as there was no one actually in there.

You sorta wonder why they bother running air conditioning or lights.

Comment Re:benefit for attorney? (Score 1) 320

Sounds like as an individual you would be better off just using small claims court or whatever your local equivalent is, rather than joining the class action. Then you can get your specific loss covered, which is likely to be more than a $10 coupon.

Yes, you COULD do that, and every class action has an option to opt-out so you can do exactly that..

The reason most people don't is because instead of a $10 coupon, you get a cheque for $20. This... after filing a small claims court fee of $40 or more, taking a day off work, parking, etc. In the end, it's just not worth pursuing. Better to get that $10 coupon for doing nothing than be in the hole for $200+ in time and fees just to get back what actual harm happened.

Comment Re:Well blame Hollywood for creating their own ene (Score 4, Interesting) 220

The only reason Netflix makes their own content is they were being squeezed by Hollywood for higher and higher licensing fees.

Exactly so. The Law of Unintended Consequences in a nutshell. The networks and studios decided to shut down Netflix and monetize their old movies and TV shows on their own. And for a while, it worked. Netflix lost subscribers, and their movie selection was absolutely abysmal. But unlike the networks and studios, Netflix was able to adapt, and it became exactly the type of company that the networks and studios could no longer hurt.

It's such a pleasure to watch Hollywood being devoured by the monster it created.

Comment Re:As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 1) 153

SAS always wanted to kill R, since forever, and Dr. Goodnight hung on to the goal way past the point when it was clear that this was a losing battle.

As somebody who used to work at SAS, I can attest that their older core products are rock solid but the new stuff is often (if not always) over-burdened with issues, and released too early. I used to work with some R&D teams, and my impression was that they are spread to thin, over too many products.

Don't get me wrong, they are committed to fixing things and getting it right. Their customer orientation is a real strong suit of the company, but early adopters nevertheless should expect some pain.

With FOSS you can can get a much better picture, early on, about the maturity of a product. Yes, it's not magic pixy dust, but it is much more transparent what you get yourself into.

Comment Re:Sounds a lot like USB-Câ power delivery (Score 1) 74

I haven't been keeping up with the latest USB spec but this direction of power flow sounds like it would have been in breach of earlier USB specs for everything except USB-OTG which turning a device into a host necessitates the reverse of the normal power flow.

I believe USB-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specs had this specifically in mind. They changed the fixed concept of one device being the host/master and one being the guest/slave in lieu of the devices being able to negotiate roles as needed.

In "classic' USB, you had two roles - a host, and a slave (or device). Power flows from the host to the slave, regulated and monitored so the slave does not draw too much power. The host also interrogates the slave to figure out what kind of device it is and all that other good stuff.

With USB-C and USB-PD, the roles are more flexible. First, the direction of power flow is no longer obvious. Something like a monitor may dock a laptop over USB-C, so the monitor is the device (and thunderbolt target too) but power is flowing from the monitor to the laptop to charge it. In classic USB, this can't happen - the laptop is forced to power the screen instead.

In USB-OTG, no power flows at all, though the present host will supply up to 100mA at 5V in case there's any circuits needing powering. If the roles switch, then the old host switches off its power and the new host turns on its power.lh

Comment Re:Wrong hole (Score 0) 137

No, the fact that you can unlock a phone with the finger of someone unconscious...

The phone only checks for liveness. If you're unconscious, then you're alive, and thus the fingerprint sensor sees it has a real living finger.

If you're dead, then it probably wouldn't unlock.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 394

In the dark ages (before www), I used to religiously read two or three movie reviewers in my area. After 5 or 6 reviews the lights clicked.

Back in the dark ages, I religiously watched "At The Movies" when Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were partnered together. Ebert by himself was extremely inconsistent, but when he worked with Gene Siskel, the two of them together usually hit it on the mark. A "two thumbs up" film was almost always worth watching.

It was a real shame with Siskel passed away. Ebert's other partners never matched up to Siskel.

Submission + - SPAM: Modified Gravity vies with Planet9 to explain Solar system structure- and fails.

RockDoctor writes: One of the serious contenders to the majority opinion Matter/ Dark Matter/ Dark Energy hypothesis for explaining the structure of the universe is the "MOdified Newtonian Dynamics" or MOND hypothesis in which the gravity field strength decreases not according to a 1/(radius^2) factor, but according to some other function of (radius), which would then explain the movements ("Dynamics") of galaxy-scale structures — the original evidence for postulating the existence of Dark Matter. This hypothesis dates back to 1983 — before the observations that prompt the Dark Energy hypothesis — and has been championed mainly (but not only) by physicist Mordehai Milgrom. While it is definitely not "mainstream" physics, it is certainly a respectable hypothesis.

One way to look for MOND effects is to look closely at the outer Solar system, where distances are larger than can be examined on Earth, but things are close enough for small effects to be measurable from Earth. And in a new paper published on Arxiv, people have done just that. The known "Extreme Trans-Neptunian Objects" ("ETNO"s — closest separation from Sol outside Neptune's orbit ; furthest separation 150 ~ 1500 AU) are closely clustered in direction — the evidence that Batygin, Brown, Sheppard and Trujillo have used in the last five years as evidence for a ninth planet in the Solar system. (No, Pluto is not a planet. Unless you want it to be about 10th or 11th in a 100+ planetary system.) It was possible that the MOND hypothesis might explain the orientation of the ETNOs, so the idea has been examined in detail (paper) — and found it less than 1% likely to explain the observations.

MOND remains an attractive type of hypothesis to explain the observational evidence of the universe's structure without postulating major changes in our understanding of physics. But again, it has failed at the test of new data types. Which still leaves physics with no viable alternative to the Matter / Dark Matter/ Dark Energy hypothesis.

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Comment When (did) change happen ? (Score 1) 1

They [telephone customer service staff] required a full bank account number to identify the customer. When this information was refused and a supervisor was requested, no supervisor was available. Although the phone number called was correct and I made several tries (reaching the same person each time), I could not clearly verify that the party reached was actually a Metavante employee, as the security process breach observed would be unusual for a banking company.

Are you implying that this procedure is a change from previous (Intuit) procedures? (I've never knowingly used any such service, so wouldn't know SOPs).

Comment Re:Big dig (Score 1) 138

So the boston big dig is 3.5miles so about 3 times the length.

The Boston big dig has to avoid collapsing buildings above and beside the dig. That is somewhat less of a problem on any random hillside in Norway.

Is that dig still going on? I remember it being a thorough-going row last time I was in America - '90 or '91.

Comment Re:seems cheap (Score 1) 138

Unless, of course, it cost more to move the aggregate (gravel/ sand mix, for mixing with cement to make concrete) to it's destination than the stuff is worth. And there are a *lot* of aggregate deposits in Norway, thanks to all those glaciers and their nice efficient water flows for sorting the aggregate by size. Blasting debris typically has a very wide range of grain sizes - from boulders to dust - which hinders it's use for making concrete.

Comment Re:Nothing to worry about (Score 2) 71

It seems to be the same in the the USA (Arizona at least). The police seem to view burglary as an unavoidable fact of life, and burglars seem to never get caught and even if they are, hardly prosecuted (presumably because most of them are actually druggies that just need to steal something to sell, in order to get their next fix).

It's the same in every medium to large city in the entire U.S. Past a certain population size, the police cease to treat property crime as a crime anymore. Burglars have broken into homes in my neighborhood and taken thousands of dollars worth of items, and the police only show up long enough to give the homeowner a report to file with his insurance company. Your stuff is gone, and you'll never see it again. There are well-known serial burglars (generally vagrants and druggies) wandering around my neighborhood who have been arrested dozens of times, and residents are helpless to stop them. Their descriptions and names are common knowledge - nothing is done. They know that as long as they don't assault a resident or use a weapon, they are untouchable. It is a constant source of frustrated discussion on the neighborhood Nextdoor site.

But the problem with tolerating property crime as part of the "cost of living" is that occasionally it leads to something far worse. Case in point: about three weeks ago, a woman living in a recently gentrified neighborhood was stabbed to death by a homeless guy when she woke up to find him burglarizing her condo (she had forgotten to lock her door). Security footage showed the guy looking for unlocked car doors along the street, and then trying out doors in the condo complex. A police precinct station was less than half a mile away, but it might as well have been 50 miles away as far as police patrols were concerned.

Comment Re:What the fuck is FMA? (Score 3, Informative) 112

FMA are most commonly used to compute dot product, and are therefore very helpful in linear algebra. (And so they are useful in a ton of data mining algorithms.)

Also known as the Multiply-Accumulate (MAC) instruction in DSPs. MAC is an extremely common instruction in signal processing kernels (the inner loop that does the calculations). It is vital to be able to do a lot of them per clock cycle. In fact, it's often why DSPs have special looping registers so you can do zero-overhead loops and thus doing a sequence of MACs without incurring branch (and branch prediction) times thus being able to do nothing but this instruction for very little overhead

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