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Comment Re:Standards (Score 1) 55

On the third hand, it's really freakin' annoying that I don't use any of the apps you've listed, and yet I've got three messenger apps open at all times (BBM, Hangouts, Slack), with Signal on there as well (although texts are rare for me).

At least I can run Hangouts and Slack on my laptop too, but man, I miss the days of being able to communicate with "everyone" using one app, even if it needed several connections.

Laptop's got Adium running for IRC and XMPP as well. At least those are the open standards, but it's still at least three messenger apps going.

Get off my lawn, etc. but I remember how irritating this was the first time around with MSN, GTalk, AIM, and all the others.

Comment Re:It's heartbreaking that politicians don't do sh (Score 4, Insightful) 482

I don't have any evidence of Trump naming or implying any race at any time with any of his various immigration comments.

His focus has been on
- stopping _illegal_ immigration
- stopping the legal immigration of people that are at an increased risk of becoming terrorists
- reducing immigration that appears to have a negative effect on American jobs

There is a tremendous amount of racial confirmation bias about Trump, in part because that's what the left always resorts to, and because he hasn't adopted SJW phrases and talking points.

Contrastingly, there is historical evidence of him breaking _down_ racial and other bigotry barriers in his personal and business life.

Comment Re:It's heartbreaking that politicians don't do sh (Score 3, Insightful) 482

Perhaps Mrs. Clinton has observed that discussing any aspect of immigration in a negative way makes her more like Donald Trump -- a man whom she very often implies is pretty much the worst thing ever.

It's a bit interesting that when Mrs. Clinton talks negatively about immigration, she's described as empathetic for Americans.

Contrastingly, when Donald Trump talks about immigration, he's described as a racist.

I think people are wise to be suspicious of anyone running for public office. But, of Clinton, Johnson, and Trump, Trump is the only one that has ever said he wants to limit and reform immigration for the benefit of Americans who are seeking American jobs. He's also the one talking about punishing American companies who engage in behaviors that subvert American workers and jobs so replace them with foreign workers and jobs.

If you are upset with companies abusing immigration law to the detriment of American workers, and you wish someone would finally do something about it, Trump would seem like your candidate.

This election promises to be another "hold your nose" affair, but there do seem to be legitimate differences in what the candidates want to accomplish and how they want to do it.

Comment Re: Unsurprising (Score 1) 441

How does $2k USD strike you?

example in use:

my post isn't really a new or novel idea:

It occurred to me that you could adapt the airframe and application from cruise missile (the blog post), to ultra-low cost, man-deployable SAM.

A 350mph SAM isn't going to go very high, or chase down aircraft that have flown past. It won't work like a big expensive fixed SAM installation.

The current US application of airpower is flying low, slow, over and over, in repeatable patterns, because total air superiority is assumed.

And so if you watch US airpower fly over your burnt-out city, and then you see them turning to make another pass, you pull out your low-buck SAM, get it fired up, and, when the aircraft has heading back towards you, you fire at it, head on, from a field or building rooftop or whatever.

A 350mph object coming straight at an aircraft that is used to assuming air space dominance, and which is giving off no radar emissions, is going to catch at least a few super-power aircraft off guard and take them down.

This only needs to succeed once or twice. That will cause a significant change in the use of theater air-power..

Comment Re: Unsurprising (Score 1) 441

There has been very little air-to-air combat in a long time. The majority of combat has been developed super powers against 2nd or 3rd world states, or against entities that aren't even states at all.

The only fighter air power requirement is a few hours of work to make sure that there is total airspace superiority, and then every other attack/recon aircraft in the super-power's arsenal loiters over its targets unopposed.

The software & silicon revolution is going to throw a wrench in all of this very soon.

Suppose you are ISIS. You cannot build all the infrastructure to have an airbase with fighter jets and trained humans to operate and maintain them, etc, and even if you could, the super powers would just stroll by and put a crater in your runway.

So what you need is an assymetric response to air power.

In the Soviet/Afghan war, the US funneled stinger missiles and other man-launched AA and AT weapons to the jihadists, and they were able to cripple the Soviet war machine.

The folks in the middle east are already plenty good at making IEDs - they have the "warhead" part figured out.

What's to stop them from putting ArduoPlane brains inside of RC powered jets and putting IEDs on them, and then using optical seekers (e.g. no active emissions, so the big jets never know its coming), and then shooting down low flying aircraft of all types and configurations?

The per-unit cost for something like this would be under $10k per copy. The impact of shooting down just one super-powers aircraft would be tremendous. It would cause an operational re-think and might even change the balance of air-power in the theater.

The Superpowers are going to need to stop playing the manned-aircraft one-ups-man-ship game, and embrace low cost swarms.

For each ISIS fighter that launches a home-made SAM, the super-power will need to respond with a swarm of airbone hunter/killer drones... already nearby, on station.

I think battles between various super-powers competing 5th gen manned fighters are unlikely and will hopefully never happen. I desperately want to avoid a shooting war with Russia or China...

Comment Re:Goes to show you (Score 1) 141

This is exactly why I keep using the 'Desktop' version of Wunderlist, and why I bailed on Win 10's Mail app after a couple of hours.

Open my laptop, and suddenly part of the UI for the running UWP doesn't work anymore... just a white strip along the left-hand side. That never goes away.

Exactly the same symptom in both cases, so I'm thinking it's the UWP side-bar of useless icons part of the UI. Very irritating.

Comment Re:Can I download my files as a .zip archive yet? (Score 1) 45

Former Info-ZIP maintainer here!

Classic zip files are limited to ~2GB (or ~4GB if your implementation is using 32-bit unsigned int). I can't remember 100% but it might also be limited to ~65,000 files per archive, too.

If Dropbox attempts to build the entire .zip in memory before sending it over the wire, you could be hitting RAM limitations on the server. If Dropbox builds the .zip on disk before sending it, you might be running into a connection timeout.

A tarball would be a better solution in this use case, but Windows is the problem there; it can't cope with them by default. Be nice if they had a "No, really, I can deal with a tarball." setting.

GP's best option is probably just to install Dropbox (maybe in a VM if they don't have a supported OS handy) and let it download the files. Or attempt to mirror the download page with recursive wget or something.

Comment Hey GNU, we need open data, not code (Score 1) 95

Machine learning is software generated by statistical algorithms fit to lots of data. Without the training data, the algorithms alone are quite useless. Pre-trained networks are essentially closed source, because the source is the training data.

There's lots of open source code for this work already. It boils down to who has access to the data. Tesla can turn on autopilot to collect data from its entire fleet for millions of miles traveled. Google doesn't have a fleet, so it wants to collect so much data with Android Auto, automakers are walking away.

GNU, well, they've got some algorithms, just like everyone else.

Comment Re:Why is everybody drawing a line at their phones (Score 1) 546

I don't see anybody protesting that if I lock my house, government can't come in, even with a warrant

That's not an accurate analogy. It would be more accurate to say the government wants a copy of the key to your house. Not only that, but they're not responsible for what happens to your stuff and your family if that key is stolen, copied from them, or misused by someone working for them. They also plan to use it, in secret, without your knowledge. A government agent will be in your house planting cameras and microphones, using the key you provided.

Still okay with that?

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