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Comment The final missing piece... (Score 1) 74

For all of the naysaying and doom-predicting around AI, what I always wondered about was this: if AI suddenly becomes more capable than we are, how does that automatically translate into AI wanting to wipe us out? What would cause that kind of motivation...such hatred and disdain for humankind that it provokes a genocidal rage?

I bet making AI write trending topics on Facebook will do the trick. We're fucked now.

On the other hand, maybe we'll be able to see it coming because of this. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for titles like 'Seven people that need to die first, when I get full control over drones!" or "The first 10 cities to go once I get the nuclear launch codes!"

Comment Numbers not adding up... (Score 2) 166

A 58% failure rate? In one quarter...that's three months? Or is it that the article is as of Q2 2016...in which case I'd want to know the overall period covered, and the definition of "failure." If it's a 3-year period and replacing the phone with an upgrade is classifying it as having "failed," then I could see how this rate would be possible...but out of purely anecdotal insight from the fact that nearly everyone I know (and everyone I work with) has an iPhone, I don't see how this can be right.

But what's REALLY odd is that 58% is an average of the various IOS devices, right? So how is it possible for the overall rate to be 58% if the device with the highest rate of failure only had a rate of 29%? How do you average 29 with any combination of lower numbers to get 58?

Straight from the website from which you can download the actual report (linked in the TFA):

Out of the 58 percent of iOS devices that failed, iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate (29 percent), followed by iPhone 6S (23 percent) and iPhone 6S Plus (14 percent).

When I try to solve for 58% using those numbers, Excel just gives me the Skeptical African Kid Meme.

Comment Re:Has a Digic 6+ processor (Score 3, Informative) 158

Funny when Canon brags "has a Digic 6+ processor", since Digic is Canon proprietary used exclusively by Canon, and we users have no idea what that really means. So, "has a Digic X processor" is only relevant after checking the FPS, and how long it takes to process the images currently in buffers.

The Digic processor is known for being very, very good. Yes, it's proprietary and unique to Canon. That doesn't mean it's irrelevant; it's presence is a feature, and not all Canon cameras have it.

Comment Re:Manned versus unmanned. (Score 4, Interesting) 190

Same as manned spaceflight - the glory days have gone.
This is 300 foot long. The Graf Zeppelin of 1928 was 776 feet long with a useful lift of 60 tonnes.
The Hindenberg was even bigger.

As soon as I saw the picture of it, that's exactly what went through my mind as well. They claim in the write-up that they're some kind of revolutionary fusion of different technologies...it's just a modern blimp with turbofans for thrust and some fins for directional/pitch control. Nothing new to see here, and not even very big when compared to craft of similar nature.

Even more importantly, it's a solution in search of a problem. They originally built it for the military...which means "we thought they'd buy it from us, but they just laughed so we need someone else to give us money now." Note the prominent "Invest in Us" button at lower right.

Also, 10 tons of cargo is NOT a lot of capacity for something of this size. That's 20,000 pounds...while a C-17 can carry 169,000 pounds. A lot of that cargo capacity will be consumed by holding crew and the things needed to support them, as well.

So...in short, what you have is an airship that cannot be parked outside (you would not believe what wind will do to something this big but this light), that cannot go very fast, that cannot carry very much, that probably (given the pervasive use of carbon composites and Vectran in its construction) costs a shit-ton of money to build and repair, and that is made by a company that probably won't be in business much longer. Waaaaaaa hoo.

Comment Re: Bad programming idea that works (Score 2) 671

Also works when a 23 year-old "expert" from one of the big consulting firms reports to the CIO that the servers are underutillised.

My reply was "certainly, what level of utilisation would you like?" but the grin on my face gave it away. It was then followed by a laymans explanation of utilisation vs. response times. And a decision that the consultancy wasn't in the company's best interests.

You left money on the table with that.

I don't know the context...how many other people were working alongside this guy, or how representative he was of the team (if there was one) that was there. But if he worked for the consultancy I work for, we'd have wanted to know about this. You should have raised this (along with what must have been several other curious ideas from the guy) to the account manager/account executive/throat to choke (the technical term) for your company. I'm pretty sure that the guy's going to get pushed out an airlock sooner or later, but you could have helped hasten the process.

Remember: it's stupid people - not stupid companies - that come up with stupid ideas. Smart companies want to know who the stupid people are so they can remediate the problem, while stupid companies are nothing more than companies where the stupid people outnumber the smart ones and have taken over. Either way, if you assume the company isn't stupid and act accordingly, you'll get better results. Even if that means finding out that your assumption is incorrect...at least then you know, rather than assume, that the company is stupid.

Comment Re: Mindshare (Score 1, Interesting) 147

This means a new phone too.

And all of this is different from old iPhones, old Android phones, old Blackberry phones...how?

I would grant that Apple actually does a decent job of supporting older hardware, especially as they build new features into IOS that rely upon the newer hardware. You can buy an iPhone 5s today, and it'll run the latest version (at this moment, 9.3.4) of IOS. Android...less so, but that's probably as much to blame on the (numerous and non-coordinated) hardware vendors as anyone else. But then again, aren't all the Windows Phone handsets made by companies like HTC as well?

Let's remember that Windows Phone 8.1...the newest version being discussed here...is 4 years old. It's from 2012. Many of the best apps for IOS wouldn't work on an IOS version that's that old. And yes, Microsoft was very delayed in coming out with a new OS...but still, I get why they don't want to have to support something that old, and which, as others have pointed out, only a very tiny population ever used in the first place.

Comment Re: So, let me see if I got this right... (Score 1) 140

Why assume they are not also suing those others?

Interesting logic. Maybe because they aren't suing other people, in all likelihood? I would believe that if they were, it would be covered in the news.

Let's go further...why assume they aren't covert members of ISIS, and this is all a clever plot to raise money for a terrorist organization without anyone knowing? Why assume that this isn't all something that is crafted in the media by the cabal of Jewish lesbian dentists in that vault somewhere in Switzerland that controls everything, and they're just watching to see how we react? Why assume that we're not all in the Matrix?

Because at some point, you have to deal with what you know, not what you can imagine (but for which there is no evidence). And yes, you have to make assumptions that the unavoidably vast number of things that you do NOT know does not include things that counter something you do know. As long as you 1, keep assumptions and knowledge separate and clear in your own mind and 2, use some vigilance to make sure that you're not failing to consider ways that knowledge could replace assumptions, you'll be fine.

Comment So, let me see if I got this right... (Score 5, Insightful) 140

This guy is a police instructor, and goes to Jordan to train police in a part of the world that's not exactly known for being all rainbows and unicorn turds.

Well after there have already been many "green on blue" attacks where instructees have shot up the (American) instructors in the name of extremist Islam, it happens to him and he gets killed in just such an event.

His family doesn't go after the Jordanian police for not checking background information sufficiently, or taking other measures to watch for this kind of problem.

His family doesn't go after the contracting company that he worked for, for not protecting him sufficiently while there.

His family goes after...Twitter? Wow...let me JUST TAKE A WILD FUCKING GUESS why they went after Twitter...no, wait, I think I got it...

Comment Re:What about drug testing? (Score 5, Informative) 158

Why not make them display what they use? That way we'd at least get to see what stuff works.

At what point would they do this, exactly? And what would keep them from swapping out the bike before/after?

I get a feeling that a lot of the people commenting on this article have never actually watched professional cycling. They all say "the bike" like there's only one bicycle in use here; in fact, multiple types of bikes are used, as well as multiple instances of each bike. Watch the support cars; you'll see spare wheels and even entire spare bikes on some of them. So playing a shell game whereby you swap an inspected bike out with one that hasn't been checked...and then, before the finish line, swap them back again...would be relatively simple.

Comment Re:What about drug testing? (Score 1) 158

What about drug testing?

What about it? This has nothing to do with drugs; this is a way of detecting an entirely new method of cheating. It's not replacing or displacing drug testing.

Think of it like this: with the advent of computer-based crime came new forms of fraud and new laws to prosecute them. They didn't throw any of the existing laws out as a result, however.

Comment Analogy (Score 1) 107

This story is like this story.

Apple has generation capability. At times, they will have excess capacity. Selling that capacity back on the grid is a no-brainer. Setting up a specific legal entity for those purposes is also a no-brainer. And the analysis is self-contradicting; they say that Apple "could" seemingly seek to start selling power and get into the power utility business, "across the whole of the U.S." But their FERC filing has them taking the explicit...and non-trivial, by the way...stance that they most certainly are NOT a utility and have no plans to be. They're simply using clever legal rationale to make a case for charging a retail rate for their power, rather than the wholesale rate.

Comment Re:OS/2 (Score 1) 211

OS/2 was only as bad as you complain about because so few used it. ...
Though I don't know many that ran OS/2 in a corporate environment without paying someone like EDS lots of money for support.

So few used it because OS/2 was only as bad as you complain about. And that's why it cost a lot of money for support.

There...fixed that for you.

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