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Comment Re:I'm sorry... Can that really be called research (Score 1) 74

The first three seconds of the (longer) trailer of the first season lost me with:



What the hell is this? TI-RTOS? Nope. CP/M, or its bastardized cousin, PC/DOS? Nope. Sorry - with a name like "Halt and Catch Fire", I'd have expected something better than stupid TV writer gibberish.

hell Yah. Star Trek lost me at the whole faster than light space travel thing, Firefly with English and Chinese speaking human beings in a distant solar system... That whole "Willing suspension of disbelief" thing is overrated...

Comment Re:Maybe VR would work better? (Score 1) 82

The issue is not VR but how to combine the real equipment (the tactile) with the environment (the visual). Ideally a simulator allows someone to operate the "real" equipment while providing a visual display similar to what they see in real life, A flight simulator, for example, provides a real cockpit with 3 degrees of movement and provides a visual display of the environment they would see if they were actually flying so they "move" throughout the environment as if it were real by combining tactile and visual feedback in response to their actions. The advantage a simulator has is you can stop and replay the results to teach the person and show them what went well or wrong immediately without adverse results. It doesn't replace doing it for real but allows for making mistakes without adverse results. It also, if done right, can provide realistic training at a lower cost. I've come out of control room and fire control simulator seasons in such environments as sweaty and with as much a pucker factor as if it were real. For a less stressful example, a while back I got to play with a simulation that used fake bullets to allow you to fire hand held weapons at a target to practice shooting. While it wasn't a perfect simulation of say an M16, it let you fire a lot more rounds to gain proficiency which coupled with real rounds at a range, helped maintain your skill. You didn't have to get range time and fire expensive, and thus limited, rounds, compared to the simulator bullets, so you could practice a lot more and at more convenient times than at a range. The Army's problem is they have to many simulators without thinking how to integrate simulation with real world experience and in some cases replaced the tactile feedback with virtual simulations, at least that's what I got from the article, and at a higher cost in some cases based on actual use.

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 1) 225

No kidding, the days of Gopher were the peak of internet usefulness. Imagine what could have been achieved if images, videos, and the Army of Lamers had never come! The dystopia we got is now requiring us to watch 5 minutes of inarticulate video just to get information we could have skimmed in 15 seconds. And when there is no video, we have to get that same text spread across 3 pages full of ads that each take 15 seconds to load regardless of your ISP speed.

I blame it on AOL for creating eternal September...

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 4, Interesting) 225

I remember it, at 65, actually I remember huge batch only mainframes. On a more serious note, I have a lot of time for Gopher, Lynx and all the 'simpifiers', I'd prefer everyone to have knowledge and communication at a low bandwidth rather than adverts, emojiis (whatever they are) and pictures of cats. My vision, going forward is goodbye port 80 and port 443, let's start again.

It was pretty amazing how useful and fast, even at 1200 baud, the Internet was back in the pre-graphics days. Gopher, Fetch, FTP, Whois an Usenet, and Lynx as a browser that focused on information, not self loading videos, animated ads, and other bandwidth and resource hogs.

Comment Re:Nice propaganda piece (Score 1) 472

Side note: A few years ago when I was doing my PhD, we did a nice little experiment when we found a floor-plan of an CS institute at Berkeley: We tried to identify which PhD students were American and which were not. We ended up with something like 1 in 10 US and 1 in 10 unsure. The rest were from abroad. So my take is the insult here is not by the people saying the truth about the US education system, the insult is to those going through that defective system.

Unless you want to do research or teach, a PhD, even an MS, adds little to your income vs a BS; as a result many graduates forgo further formal education for making money. You are often better of, financially, getting an MBA and forgoing tech work than spending the time and money to get a PhD. Anecdotally, several PhD's I worked with that were foreign born said they did a PhD simply because it made getting a green card easier and they could make more in the US than back home. Another issue the tech world has is they are competing for talent with non-tech firms, such as banks, that will pay a lot more for talent; so the tech firms turn to cheaper labor sources rather than compete for home grown talent; especially if all they are really looking for is cheap coding labor and not research talent.

Comment Re:Actually, in this case... (Score 1) 118

The NS Savannah was a mixed cargo passenger ship. It had 30 staterooms and looked like it would have have been a very interesting way to travel.

correct, but cargo ships that have a passenger carrying capacity are not that unusual, but AFAIK no passenger liners were nukes. I knew someone who was a reactor operator on the Savannah, you're right it was an interesting vessel.

Comment Does it work? (Score 2) 472

Is it reliable and do what you need it to do? Can you afford it? If the answer is yes, leave the measurbating to the tech nerds and buy what meets your needs. if its OS X, get a Mac, if Windows does it buy a machine that runs it. If OSS is your thing get a machine that runs Linux. I have several Macs 5 or more years old nah are still in daily use and do what I need just fine. I don't care if some hipster at Starbucks thinks it déclassé. YMMV.

As for MacRumors, they seem to be of the opinion that a major update is on the way and it is worth waiting to see before buying. I agree with that sentiment if you do not absolutely need one now or want the free Beats...

Comment Re:Dumb on two counts (Score 1) 116

1. If he asks for your password, and you provide it... there's really no unlawful action there. He didn't force you to give it to him, and you had all the power and right in the world to not be an idiot and toss it out there. I wonder how long before somebody hacks Jack's email and scoops up all those yummy accounts. 2. You fucking gave the guy your password. That's not hacking. He needs to change his hashtag to #PostedByJohnson or #ThisUserWasDumbEnoughToGiveMeTheirPassword

While I agree with your common sense approach, the law may see things differently. If Twitter decided it was an unauthorized use, as they define unauthorized based on their TOS, someone could be charged. It would be a stupid waste of time and one would hope a judge, after he or she stopped laughing, tossed the case. It does illustrate how something that would be considered normal in the physical world, i.e. I give you the key to my diary to let you write in it, could be illegal in cloud space where you don't own the diary and thus someone else controls how you may use it and who may use it.

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 163

Then hope that they decide to implement there limited-capacity safe-mode feature rather than completely refusing to boot the phone. If they do that then you won't have a problem dialing in the first place.

I would think that thy would still allow 911 calling and possibly other numbers as well. They could even boot into a special phone only OS that is sandboxed from all the apps et on the normal OS so at minimum you have a working phone. Of course, you won't be able to do a minute by minute twitter feed of you bleeding out...

Comment Re:Interesting quote in article (Score 1) 237

“You’d have to be an idiot to get up in front of people and say, ‘I’m now going to trash $5 billion even though we’re that close to the finish line, and I’m going to quit human spaceflight.’

Sunk cost fallacy. How much was spent is irrelevant to the decision to stop or continue. It's spent and you aren't getting it back, so the only question is "can we afford the cost to make Shuttle viable as a spacecraft?"

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Informative) 118

"decrypting encrypted data fundamentally alters it" What? If the decrypted data doesn't match the data that was encrypted, you failed to decrypt it properly. On a purely technical level I guess he's correct. Encrypted, the data is just a bunch of jazz and whirly bangs. Once decrypted it's actual data, so on a purely superficial level, with no understanding of encryption, I guess he's right. Damnit

This a typical /. summary that mistakes what was actually said to make it sound more interesting. The agent said decrypted data is different from what was taking by the warrant, and thus you are not turning using the actual information taken in the search (i.e. the encrypted data) but that it still is forensically sound; he never said that's "contaminating it as forensic evidence" just it may still be less forensically sound than the actual encrypted data. /. seems to imply somehow that makes the decrypted data not valid as evidence which clearly is BS.

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