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Comment Google despises backward compatibility. (Score 1) 52

Anyone who has ever worked with the Google WebService APIs should know that Google absolutely has zero concern for backward compatibility or supporting old versions of APIs. They would often deprecate old versions of the Adwords API and make radical changes to it every few months. This was a constant headache for developers who had to work with these things. It's funny now that they are involved with hardware that they think they can be so flippant.

Comment Paper Ballots Counted At The Precinct Level (Score 4, Insightful) 360

You want to prevent all hacking? Just use paper ballots counted at the precinct level. India has a billion people and it works just fine. Our election is important enough that it's foolish to trust it to unauditable, easily hacked voting machines when the alternative of hand counting is not that hard.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 2) 562

Sorry for replying to my own post, but I just came up with THE PERFECT paragraph justifying Thiel's board seat.

" We incorporate hegemonic values such as pure meritocracy regardless of race, as represented by Thiel, but also the values of inclusion and diversity through our more progressive board members. By including both these perspectives we can selectively choose between these values where appropriate in order to maximize shareholder value effectively, which of course remains our highest and most important goal as a corporation".

^ This incorporates the most perfect essence of corporate America: We do and believe whatever it takes to make more money.

Comment Technology is slowing down. (Score 1) 536

I think this is a symptom of technology slowing down. They can't make the phone go faster or have a better screen or have a new sensor, so they start doing crap like this. I think now we are at a point with computer technology where we were in 1970 with space technology. We have had decades of rapid progress and we think it will continue into the future indefinitely, but things are about to stagnate in a major way. There is no clear path forward for CPU technology from 14nm. Intel missed a technology generation, extreme ultraviolet lithography is not ready for prime time yet. PC sales are slowing down, phone makers aren't able to come out with anything new or exciting. Winter is coming.

Comment Re:Serves them right (Score 2) 104

I worked for a company that had similar scam problems. These scammers are able to pull off these scams at absolutely massive scale and they've been doing it for years against everyone and anyone. They find any little rinky dink offer and exploit the living crap out of it. They have so much talent that you wonder why they don't conduct actual legitimate business.

Comment Re:Can I make one rob a bank as it's win win (Score 4, Interesting) 64

This is actually going to be the biggest problem with robots that actually work in the way that sci-fi envisioned. If people can train them to do illegal acts, there's going to be a heck of a lot of government regulation and only the government and only the specially licensed and vetted who will be allowed to train them.

Comment Why do rich people obsess about population growth? (Score 1) 306

It seems that the number one issue rich people with lots of money want to solve as they get older is population growth. It's kind of disturbing. That's why Elon Musk is such a breath of fresh air. He actually wants to do something to save the human race that doesn't involve negative population growth.

Comment Memresistors are going to make this all obsolete (Score 2) 77

HP's memresistor project "The machine" is going to so thrash this technology to hell and back. They are talking about petabytes of data as fast as ram. You won't need to have a separation between ram and disk anymore. They already have prototype and they should show up in a few years.

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