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Comment I can understand (Score 5, Insightful) 179

I have a CompSci degree from a few years back, and it was heavy coding/dev/math. There is no way you could have gotten through the degree and been unable to program. I have run into recent CompSci graduates who have a hard time or can't write code, and don't even like coding. What has changed in the curriculum? Has CompSci become the catchall for 'I want a computer degree'? With that sort of expectation, I can see why I'd rather hire someone excited about dev work, than someone who has it on paper but no urge or drive or skill.

Comment Annoying (Score 2) 205

As someone who's company has paid for his phone/plan for the last 15 years, we are in the middle of having our numbers released and will be in charge of selecting our own provider and coverage plans. We've had Verizon for years, and I haven't had any complaints with coverage (mostly suburban/metro area), although I'm probably in that low-hanging fruit area where everyone has coverage.

For me now, the biggest interest is in unlimited data, tethering/hotspot usage, and how much I get before I get dropped to lower speeds, although 10 GB for hotspots seems a default. AT&T slows speeds after 22GB of data; T-Mobile seems like they don't except if you fall into the >30GB a month and there is congestion (take that as you will). My new vehicle has a built in hotspot (cool or a WTF, I'm not sure yet), but I'm stuck with AT&T if I want to put it on a plan. So far T-Mobile seems to be the most cost effective, but as others have mentioned, rural coverage will be lacking. Right now, I expect I'll be negotiating with T-Mobile to see what my wife and I can get. If that is enough savings, I may then look at a separate plan for the vehicle to help offset coverage when I travel (I travel a good bit for work).

You need a matrix just to try and keep track of what you need/where, and how to connect to avoid issues or using the 'wrong' data.

Comment Good on Paper (Score 2) 337

This is one of those ideas that sounds great on paper, but in reality has these sorts of side effects. No one should be discriminated against, and I'm sure they had very good examples of where/why this should be done. But then you have this on the other end where a university was doing this gratis (or call it advertising/PR if you want), but to comply with the law is ridiculous so the result is they have to pull it all.

Comment Re:I realize this is bad for 'purists' but... (Score 2) 184

I feel the same way. I have a MAME cabinet running with an old 21" monitor (78+ pounds) which at the time was great. Now it just feels antiquated and like more of a hassle to deal with when I want to move the cabinet around. I'm sure I'm not a purist enough, and this is more about original cabinets. If I had a original game, I can see being disappointed that it may be hard/impossible to get original-stye replacement parts.

Comment Microsoft Hurt Themselves Early (Score 1) 136

I have generally purchased an Xbox first, then later on purchased the same gen PlayStation. But this last go around, MS really shot themselves in the foot when they announced all their 'features' that were going to limit owners and limit how/where games could be used. Then either because they were never going to do that, or they just seized on the moment, Sony said 'we aren't doing that' and basically many of us rushed to buy a PS4 instead of an Xbox One. I still haven't really seriously looked at getting one.

Comment Interesting, but not unexpected (Score 4, Insightful) 210

People running Firefox are users who are more aware than standard users. They have gone out and downloaded a non-standard (for not tech people) browser and are using it. It makes sense that they are more likely aware of their OS, and what they would want or not want; as well as able to avoid the forced Windows 10 upgrade many techies were forced into.

Comment Who is the game for? (Score 1) 221

I think the biggest problem is that I don't know who they are targeting. The casual gamer (generally using phones and tablets) aren't going to pay this, and me as a traditional gamer sees it as a waste of money for a 'Run' style game. I downloaded it and was hopeful since it was Mario/Nintendo, but really I don't think I need much more than the free levels. It's not engaging to me, and seems to be too expensive for people who find $1.99 a lot to pay at times.

Comment Re:Unfortunate (Score 2) 101

No I agree. I mean that people don't understand that cheap cables are a potential problem, regardless of if they say they are compatible or not. The lawsuit issue is that they are lying about packaging. My point is more that people have no idea that there is a real danger or problem, so they just think Apple is trying to gouge them. Which I'm sure the price is a huge profit margin, but there is a real benefit in this case outside of just the name on the package.

Comment Unfortunate (Score 2) 101

This is what happens when people don't understand tech. No one wants to care how their devices work, they just hear battery and equate it to their favorite AA and away they go. Not understanding that there is more involved than that, they just but cheap when they need a new or extra cable. I can understand that, but then we have these sorts of issues.

Comment Ransomeware Only (Score 1) 194

Looking at the links and white paper, this is really related to Ransomware and Defender only. In that regard, they are certainly getting better, which then makes it an easy marketing statement to make. But everyone is (generally) getting better over time. Reading between the lines, what this is really saying is that Windows Defender is most likely Good Enough for most home users, and realistically it probably is. Most signature based software is terrible and has a 40-something% efficacy rating. The free AV has been shown to be untrustworthy with adware or selling data or various unsavory activities.

Compared to enterprise/corporate options, it's really not a worthy comparison unless you have to implement it for compliance reasons. Some corporate solutions are not considered AV in the compliance sense, even if they perform the same role. And if you really are a geek and like to have better control this won't be what you want either. There are a lot of caveats in their claim, but it makes headlines.

Comment Re:Different targets (Score 1) 210

Yes. This is something I've noticed with friends who wear them. I hear how many steps they walked, but I don't know anyone that took a baseline of how many steps they walk normally. If you are already walking 8000 steps a day, then walking 10,000 isn't that big a deal (I'm making up numbers). They really need to build in a deficit to show 'you are below your daily average' vs just a raw total that may make you feel more productive than you really were.

Comment Re:Computer Power and Human Reasoning (Score 3, Informative) 428

Exactly. A person was not sitting there watching the news thinking 'Excellent, we can get some extra dollars from this.' The algorithm saw more people than normal were suddenly looking for a ride, and the prices went up. From what I see, when Uber realized _why_ they tried to make adjustments, but people still complained they weren't adjusting it enough or in all areas or such.

This isn't a company trying to profit from terrorism; this is a company who has a product that is not being accused because they probably haven't had to deal with this before. And accurate news coverage during these times isn't exactly spot on; I doubt it was clear who/what/where was going on so they could accurately make all changes that in hindsight would have made sense.

Comment The Pitch is the Problem (Score 4, Informative) 170

Most people see a tablet and know what they want to do with it, or are surprised when it's better than expected. Only tech reviewers and vendor marketing departments were planning on tablets replacing all those things listed. I bought mine because I wanted a tablet, not a phone replacement or a laptop replacement or an interactive dinner plate/hack du jour. I assume most of it is due to a need to generate sales and page views and all that, but mostly I found it was all fairly silly. I like my tablet because it's a tablet, stop trying to tell me why I _should_ like it.

Comment Wrong Example (Score 1) 951

I think he picked the wrong example. And it may just be me getting into the semantics of it, but he talks about how everything looks, not how everything thinks. Our versions of AI are not all that great in mass produced form. Current games and those MMORPG simulations that get referred to have terrible AI. Maybe not 'terrible', but compared to a human or real thought they are terrible. Just this morning I watched a companion in a video game attempt to run through a wall to get me, then ran the wrong way around the building. It looks really good, so I agree that before long we will be able to have photo realistic games, but I doubt they will think much better. Now on the galactic scale, I might be splitting hairs, in that it won't be 1000 years but maybe 10 or 100 thousand years before we can get AI to that level. And if the naysayers have anything to add, they'll tell you we'll blow ourselves up or poison ourselves or INSERTCATASTROPHYHERE.

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