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Comment "vetting 10,000-plus athletes" (Score 1) 105

I wonder how many of them got denied credentials to participate in the olympics as a result of this vetting. Which is not necessarily bad, except whenever someone wins at any of the competitions, they don't get to say they're the best in the world anymore, they get to say they're the best best out of a hand picked group that was selected for reasons that may or may not be related to their athletic abilities.

Comment But it wasn't the russians who compromised your (Score 3, Insightful) 204

it wasn't the russians who compromised your elections, it was one of the political parties, by sabotaging itself, and "the russians" (yet to be clear if it was actually the government) are the ones who exposed it. This is a pretty bizarre spin on the actual facts. If anything failed you, it was the FEC and the journalists whose job was to investigate and expose this, the foreign actors actually helped you out.

Comment The hub was great (Score 1) 92

The Blackberry Hub was the best feature of the BB10 phones, and by switching to Android they lost it (going by the reviews the app gets on the Android store). Good news is you can buy a Z30 for $200 now, but it'll die pretty soon, Facebook doesn't work anymore, and WhatsApp will stop supporting it in the next few months. They got too distracted with the weird hardware stuff (like the physical keyboard, old people would have gotten used to the touchscreen), BB10 is a great OS.

Comment Why are we reading an article about a website (Score 1) 55

Why are we reading an article about a website instead of just going to the goddamn website to see for ourselves? This was typical of the off-line media about 20 years ago, "let me tell you about these crazy internet kids (but never provide any URL)", now even the internet news sites are doing it, what's the point of your article if I can't experience the source for myself? Do they really think I'm going to experience the world only through their description of it and be grateful about it? That may have been what journalism was 100 years ago, not anymore.

Comment Re:AI could with by cheating with insane micro (Score 1) 173

"cheating"? They're not cheating, anymore than you're cheating by using your hands and eyes to play the game. It's an AI vs Humans contest, you don't get to set the rules, especially you don't get to transfer the rules of the Humans vs Humans contest into this. The AI has special abilities, just like humans, they should be allowed to use them. I've seen the AI controlled marines escape swarms of banelings or ultralisks, they already beat humans, and it has nothing to do with "intelligence"

Comment Skip this ad in 5... (Score 4, Insightful) 97

Not another bullshit "this generation has no attention span" article, that's not it and you know it. The 5 second intro is there because some ads (primarily on youtube) are skippable after 5 seconds. If it was 6 seconds, it would be 6 seconds long. This generation doesn't have a "shorter attention span", they just don't like your boring ad, because nobody ever in history liked your ad. The only thing that's different for this generation is that they have the technology to avoid your ad, because it's crap.

Comment The hub, and the native environment (Score 1) 138

2 reasons why I still use the z10 (and just bought a z30 for $200):

- it runs native apps, meaning it has a normal development environment, you write your C/C++ program with a main() entry point and go into a loop that runs your app. No objc or java bullshit. The menu is not running on a virtual machine, which means it doesn't drop frames while scrolling the icons, and it doesn't shit all over your ram.

- The blackberry hub is amazing. It's not just a "notification center", all your emails and texts and chats are integrated with it, which means they are searchable, they open very fast, and you can scroll back and easily find messages from previous days, among other things. On my android, I see the little led blinking, but I've no idea what's happening. I have to check 5 different apps to find a message. I haven't seen anything equivalent in android or ios. It's too bad whatsapp and Facebook are dropping support, they'll still work as android apps, but their real value was the integration with the hub. I had some hopes about the hub for Android, but apparently the android version sucks, and it's not even available to install in non BlackBerry android phones.

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