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Comment Re:Call me when (Score 1) 126

I guess that means you didn't like "God Emperor" much. It was ok by me, and I liked where Herbert was going in the new series with "Heretics" and "Chapterhouse" (different, but it grew on me), but then death interfered, and now we must rely on Herbert's son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson to imagine what would have happened next. I haven't read any of those, but it seems reviews are decidedly mixed.

Comment Re:Has he been invited to the white house? (Score 5, Insightful) 892

There's a saying in Texas: "All hat and no cattle." And yet, "all hat" keeps winning, even when it's losing. Because the Twitter/Youtube economy is about clicks and views, regardless if you find the content compelling or appalling. Trump got the White House in part because his Tweets got him so much free publicity - news media making his Tweets into front-page stuff while his GOP opponents wasted their time and money trying to go it old-school. Now, people like me who'd never heard or cared about PewDiePie are all reading about him on for the first time, amazed at his epic rise and fall as a juvenile asshole, doing on the Internet what would otherwise get him smacked in the face until he learns his lesson and stops... all that really matters is how every click records something about you on a server somewhere, and makes somebody a buck.

This is fucking ridiculous. We are all getting Played, and the Players are studying all this carefully and perfecting the craft... for pay.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 5, Insightful) 353

Linus' point is there's too much attention spent on hype (the "innovation"), and too little spent on actually getting something built. Having built something himself, and maintained it longer than the lifespans of countless tech companies, he's in an excellent position to say what he's saying. The weak link in the chain is where you start raising money with your idea and your salesmanship, and it becomes time to start hiring engineers, leasing office and factory space, and building prototypes that have a shot at becoming real products. All that costs money, a lot of it, and some "entrepreneurs" and their benefactors simply can't handle seeing all that money they raised just slip away. Easier to keep it, brag about how much you've raised, keep shaking hands with billionaires, and keep on partying on the fund-raising circuit, kicking the whole build-it thing down the road for as long as you can (it's better than bankruptcy in the event your product fails). Human-nature can creep in and fuck-up any good idea with fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Seems to me lately only weird guys with personality disorders like Jobs, Musk, Bezos, and Zuckerberg can both raise the money and push the right people just the right way to get a product out the door. Wasn't it Jobs who said "Real artists ship"? That's what Linus was talking about.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 1) 640

So, let's institute a graduated system of licensing where in order to get access to more powerful cars.

I basically agree. But it's gonna be hell to enforce apart from fleets of cops in speed-traps, because you start putting shit-loads of electronic EZ-Pass type shit (breathalyzers?) at the entrances and exits of all twisty roads, we can expect all the "I should be free to do whatever I want, so long as I think it's cool" nut-people foaming about gubmint interference, 'cause if Big Brother is gonna come after my self-built replica of Dominic's car in the Fast the and Furious movies, just because the steering it a little tricky (okay, so I went with a sketchy front-end and some used tires to save a buck), surely they'll start demanding I have a license for my hella collection of guns!

Slippery slope, man. Just sayin'.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 2, Insightful) 640

There's a point where cars become too powerful. When Paul Walker died , it was discussed that the Porsche Carrera GT he was in (as a passenger) has three times the horsepower of the average car [and is] notoriously difficult to handle, even for professional drivers. Porsche was exonerated from blame in the crash, but when you put a car on the road that can blast to 80 at the slip of a shoe, then there's an accident waiting to happen.

In the instant case, if the driver had been in a base Ford Escort or Chevy Cruz, they'd probably be alive today.

I'm all for high-performance cars, and I love the pickup in my street-legal ride, but on the street there's a limit to what's practical and safe. Think real hard how you got your license... not that hard, right? All sorts of people you wonder whether they can tie their own shoes walking out with brand new licenses, thinking "great! now I can legally get alcohol!"

Now consider how tech is going to continue to advance until Tesla and those electric motors puts the power of a Veyron into the hands of anyone who can sign for a car loan but doesn't know that that kind of speed belongs only on the track. A 1979 Toyota Tercel has no business with a modern 5.2 L Flat Plane Crank V8 bolted onto it, particularly because the suspension and steering can't handle the power and the driver of such an abomination is probably a goddam fool, likely to pound down a few six-packs before heading out for Zombie night at Applebees. The only razor-thin silver-lining in the article reported by the OP is they didn't mow down a sidewalk-full of bystanders before the smeared themselves.

If tech advances until torque and horsepower become trivial, we will have to have governors built-in to cars because the road has to be shared and driving like an idiot will become not a matter of a broken leg but something a lot more permanent. On the track or the salt flats, do what you want. On the streets there's a point where basic transportation becomes a suicide machine, and I don't want to share those streets with overpowered idiots.

Comment Re:Stop calling them apps! (Score 1) 65

Eh? There are more developers than ever.

But developers are not where the money is. Unless you're a Mac or iOS developer, you're probably looking at a PC anyway. Right now, Tim Cook and company want to sell Macs to people who are ogling at iPhones and iWatches, and they think that means smaller and lighter, rather than beefy and powerful.

I don't like this trend. But people getting paid a lot more than I am believe that this is where the money is (read: market-share growth). There's some truth to this, as for a long time the quality of PC laptops have sucked and sucked more, with a few recent notable exceptions like the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre . But there appears to be little profit in desktops like what a developer would want, and if you're a developer or gamer, you're often better-off rolling your own anyway. All that results in the Apple marketing-gods believing that there are lots more casual users open to buying a Macbook than there are developers considering an iMac or Mac Pro. For better or worse, Apple puts their mouths where they think the money is, and so far, compared to HP, Dell, and Lenovo, that strategy has worked, even while power users and their Mac Pros feel screwed, year after year.

Comment Re:Stop calling them apps! (Score 1) 65

You mean like Linux distros have had for decades?

Yeah, but no. In short, dependency hell. PC-BSD and MacOS largely avoid this by keeping apps in their own containers. In the Linux world, RPM and dpkg depend too much on particular repositories (and their maintainers) to keep things just right, which often means the mainstream repo doesn't have the latest releases and you find yourself jonezing for the experimental repository or some off-site, you're-on-your-own repo to get what you need, and then shit starts to happen. It's gotten a lot better, for real, but it's not so perfect that your grandmother can find a game of Breakout and not wind up in some sort of trouble.

Comment Re:Yellow Journalism (Score 2) 251

The actual quote is

"Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem," Musk explained.

Beware of anything in a news article without quotation marks, or is attributed with "according to..." as paraphrasing, which is fair-warning, for good or ill, that the writer is putting his own spin on things.

and "high bandwidth interface to the brain"? Many examples already happening in the field of medicine.

Comment Re:Elon Musk: What's this guy smoking? (Score 1) 251

Wow..these super rich types much be smoking some killer, killer shit.....

I'm guessing it's not all that extraordinary shit. Decent college-dorm shit is quite good enough. There's always that one guy/girl at the party who says some crazy "I wanna machine that taps into my MIND, man!" and everyone paying attention says "Oh yeah! That'd be sooooooo grrrrrreat!" as Santanna's "Black Magic Woman" starts rolling on the sound machine.

The only difference is nobody from mainstream media is picking it up and putting it out as killer clickbait, 'cause some editor thinks it's Musk and what if he's REALLY DONE IT? we HAVE to be FIRST with the SCOOP!!!

Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 1) 626

This. I immediately thought the CPB officer was on Putin's payroll, instructed specifically to seek out a brown-skinned man who will claim he is with NASA.

Mission accomplished. Well-done, comrade. Pick up your new Camaro at the pre-arranged location, and your family in the motherland will be rewarded with TWO loaves of bread plus a signed poster of Putin shirtless (and a dollar "finder's fee" goes to Trump).

Comment Re:Stop calling them apps! (Score 1) 65

which actually makes sense, if you want to keep selling Macs. The demographics of computer buyers are changing away from power-users to casual users scratching heads over whether a tablet is enough. And with malware slowly but steadily on the rise for MacOS, there is a reason why a lot of people from a high-school kid to your grandmother would be better off with a software depot that is safe and proven and offers automatic updates.

It ain't for me, but more and more even I get twitchy downloading something from softpedia or Sourceforge, wondering if someone's messed with the app I want. Tim Cook is trying to maintain the reputation that Macs "just work", and some sort of safe playroom may be the only way to ensure that for the potential buyers he is seeking to grow the line. I feel this... I spent hundreds, really hundreds, of hours cleaning malware junk off people's PC's back in the XP days ("I just downloaded this new bubble game, so why's my laptop so slow?") so I feel entitled to say I'm completely sick of malware.

I know this is a touchy subject for Slashdotters, and damn I don't want my Mac closed off from "sideloading" any more than on my Windows PC or Linux box. But there are too many stories (google them yourself) about Android apps being fouled, and even one or two evil apps squeak through Apple's app store. It's a hostile world, and Cook would be a fool not to try and do something about it because a malware infested machine, no matter what platform, sucks for everyone. I am confident that Apple needs it's power users enough they will never lock-down macs like in like iOS, but a warning that you're about to run an app from an unknown source, require an admin password, is a price I'm willing to pay. Might lead to a few less infected macs overheating and crashing in weird ways.

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