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Comment Re:Use Shut Up Windows 10 (Score 1) 175

You use what you need to. Sometimes I use Windows, sometimes I use BSD, sometimes I use MacOS, sometimes I use Debian, sometimes CentOS yadda yadda yadda. The craftsman skill is to know the strengths and weaknesses of each one and how to fix them. They're all sgreat in various ways and all shit in various ways and they can all be redeemed if you know how.

Or you can just hold your nose and be RMS tootling his recorder while dancing in a tutu.

Comment ASUS ZenBook series (Score 1) 315

They've got a whole range of laptops that are generally sane - for instance ctrl key is on the outside left not the f@#!$ing Fn key. Last time I looked, which was 8 months ago, I got one with a 17" 4k screen, 16 gigs RAM, 512 gb PCIe SSD, 3 usb3 ports for $1100 and I'm sure that's cheaper now. And it'll be much cheaper if you want a smaller screen - but I have to do real coding and design work on this on the road so went as large as possible.

Note - like Lenovo or Dell their autoupdate stuff is poop.

Comment Pwnage Guarantees (Score 4, Funny) 110

It's about time - I keep running into issues with my IoT botnets, car overrides, and industrial process control malware where I just can't guarantee that I can get into these hideously insecure systems on a fixed time budget.

This is a serious concern, because when I can only deliver 500,000 insecure baby monitors to my Russian masters instead of the 800,000 they demanded, that's a polonium-210 desert!

(Seriously, this is actually a real issue that needs to be fixed- you want real-time ethernet for some things like you want a real-time kernel, but I can't help picturing this as working on how reliably you can get across a flaming bridge).

Comment Re:NASA isn't reputable?? (Score 1) 711

Eagleworks has a $50K budget. It's a couple guys puttering around in their spare time, and NASA's stance is 'We don't know what the hell they're doing' and refuses to comment on whatever it is that they are doing. It's good department to have, because stuff can get weird, but this is like finding a bump in LHC's data. It's a decent first step, and if positive hopefully the next step will be someone with some serious lab equipment taking a stab at it and trying to make it fail. And if it still works then it's time to dance in the streets.

Hell, I hope this works, it's just something you need a super high standard of proof on, especially with all the high profile scammers.

Comment What is this, Omnidot? (Score 0, Flamebait) 711

The reason they leaked this is that nobody will touch Eagleworks's papers, not just this one. This is softening up the reception via gullible 'journalists' and bloggers who have had shit for science education.

It could still be real, but you'd be absolutely crazy to even worry this before someone reputable looks at the final paper and goes 'wow, guess we should look at this.'

Comment It's instrumental or data analysis effects (Score 4, Informative) 128

> the paper which argues that the signals "cannot be caused by instrumental or data analysis effects."

It can. Their methodology is completely full of holes and willfully insufficiently paranoid considering what they're claiming.

Go read the PDF - it's hard to say 100% without having the original data, but it sure looks like they're torturing the data till it confesses what they want - what they predicted in their previous paper.

Hell, there might even be a signal, by all means keep looking harder. But when you jump right to History Channel 'I Don't Know - Therefore Aliens.' And then add 'HUNDREDS of Aliens Civilizations' on such tenuous evidence you start the race with a self-inflicted foot wound.

Comment 'Quality' research (Score 1) 97

Oh come on, the quality measure here is just ludicrous. China is certainly on the way up, but also leads in number of bad papers and circle jerks for paper cites . That's a common tactic in boiler room publish or perish science and not just in China. Anyone can get cited once or even twice; people often cite themselves just to drive their numbers up. If you read Nature this is a common subject, as is China's magnificent drive to game the numbers.

What matters are results, and here are some countries that have demonstrated more talent in AI than China has so far. In no particular order, and I've definitely missed some:
- UK
- Canada
- United States
- Israel
- Germany

Again, don't count them out in the long run - but right now, no.

Comment This goes back to at least 2001 (Score 2) 104

I know I've said it before, but customer complaints about the phantom accounts go back to at least 2001.

The big thing here is that we now have a certified letter from a high ranking Wells Fargo employee that the crooks in charge of the illegal program were notified as early as 2006.

Comment Oh god dammit - there go some great printers (Score 3, Insightful) 111

Samsung laser printers are cheap and just work. The ones at work (and the ones I have at home) just WORK, the only time they don't work is when they're out of paper. You can always print to them, and it's reliable.

On the other hand, the HP printers on the same work network are pieces of crap that get 'lost' all the time ('Printer is not online'), probably because of how terrible the HP drivers are. And those HP drivers nag you all the f@$ing time to install the rest of the HP bloatware.

So now they're going to slap their shitty drivers on the Samsungs and they'll be completely terrible too, and cartridge prices will skyrocket. There's no upside on this for consumers.

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