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Comment Re:When a business hates feedback .... (Score 1) 395

Every once in a while I come across a comment on slashdot that tells me something I did not know or think about, but is immediately obvious and clear the moment I have read it. This is such a gem: yes, he does not want insight in what his customers want, which is ridiculous on one hand and signals that this is not a free market.

Submission + - Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 5, Can Survive Drops 'Up To 80% of the Time' (

An anonymous reader writes: Corning has unveiled their new Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which should make its way to high-end smartphones and other electronic devices later this year and into 2017. Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to improve drop performance from devices that are dropped onto rough surfaces from waist heigh to shoulder height. Corning says it can survive up to 80 percent of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters. For comparison, Gorilla Glass 4, which was released in the fall of 2014, was marketed as being twice as tough as the previous version and twice as likely to survive drops onto uneven surfaces from about a meter high. Some things to note include the fact that in Corning's tests, the 80 percent survival rate was with pieces of glass that were 0.6mm thick — Corning now makes glass as thin as 0.4mm. Depending on how thin manufacturers want the glass in their devices, the durability results may vary. Also, most of demos consisted of dropping the glass face down, rather than on its side or corner. Corning's vice president and general manger John Bayne said if the glass is dropped in such a way, it's going to depend on the overall design of the phone, not just the glass. Gorilla Glass 5 is currently in production, though the company says we'll hear more about it "in the next few months." There's no word as to whether or not the glass will be ready in time for the wave of devices expected this fall.

Submission + - Milo Yiannopoulos Permanently Suspended from Twitter

Raenex writes: Breitbart writer and conservative provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos, was permanently suspended from Twitter amid a dust-up with Ghostbusters (2016) actress Leslie Jones. Trolls had been harassing Jones with racist tweets after the movie's opening, prompting agitated responses from Jones. Milo entered the fray with, "If at first you don't succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim" and "EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS". After some back and forth, Milo was eventually blocked by Jones and banned by Twitter after CEO Jack Dorsey became involved.

While outlets such as TechCrunch signaled their approval, Milo summed up his banning with the following: "Twitter is intent on protecting free speech, as long as you are a Hollywood actress who bravely tweets about white people, or a New York globalist advocating for violence against Donald Trump. They’ve made it clear that being gay and conservative doesn’t get me past the velvet rope into their free speech club, which is looking more and more like the same liberal echo chamber the mainstream media turned into decades ago."

Submission + - ASN.1 Flaw Threatens Mobile Networks

Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have identified a serious flaw that could allow an attacker to compromise a number of different devices and networks, including telecommunications networks and mobile phones, as well as a number of other embedded devices.

The vulnerability is in a specific compiler that’s used for software in several programming languages in a number of industries, including aviation, telecom, defense, and networking. The compiler, sold by Objective Systems, is for the ASN.1 standard, and one of the code libraries in the compiler contains a heap overflow vulnerability that could allow a high-level attacker to execute arbitrary code remotely on vulnerable systems. Discovered by researcher Lucas Molas, the vulnerability could affect products from a wide range of vendors who use the compiler. Right now, only products from Qualcomm are known to be affected.

Iván Arce, who leads the research team at Programa STIC of Fundación Sadosky in Argentina, of which Molas is a member, said that any exploitation of the vulnerability would need to be specific to a given target.

“In practice, aka the real world, an exploit would be highly dependent and custom-built for the actual target. Target here should be understood as an specific device brand, model and vulnerable software version. I use ‘software’ a generic term that includes embedded software, firmware, baseband, etc.,” Arce said by email.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Movie Written By Algorithm Turns Out To Be Hilarious and Intense ( 160

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of Sunspring, a short science fiction film that's not entirely what it seems. It's about three people living in a weird future, possibly on a space station, probably in a love triangle. You know it's the future because H (played with neurotic gravity by Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) is wearing a shiny gold jacket, H2 (Elisabeth Gray) is playing with computers, and C (Humphrey Ker) announces that he has to "go to the skull" before sticking his face into a bunch of green lights. It sounds like your typical sci-fi B-movie, complete with an incoherent plot. Except Sunspring isn't the product of Hollywood hacks -- it was written entirely by an AI. To be specific, it was authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory, or LSTM for short. At least, that's what we'd call it. The AI named itself Benjamin. The report goes on to mention that the movie was made by Oscar Sharp for the annual film festival Sci-Fi London. You can watch the short film (~10 min) on The Scene here.

Comment in Apple machines? (Score 1) 86

I would be very happy if these would end up in the next iteration of the MacBook Pro. Having the Oculus Rift work on an Apple machine (when Oculus resumes its work on an OS X and releases an SDK) would spare me the extra cost of buying a PC. I hope to set up a VR rig within 12 months and my 2011 MacBook Pro is eligible for replacement; I hope to combine these two.

Comment Not like that has never been done before... (Score 1) 72

Not like that has never been done before, or better. Mind the date:

How do the two compare? I know this Google attempt will not qualify as 'composed by Bach', so is there something special in the way the Google AI came to this awful sequence of notes? If the Google folk except it to do better, why did they not wait a few learn-iterations and publish that result?

Comment Re:clean slate (Score 1) 122

Interesting point of view. However...

For some reason, society has developed a notion of "proper" behavior which deviates substantially from how people actually behave.

Yes. For me this is called 'civilized'. When someone cuts me off in traffic, my instinct tells me to hit him or her. Nasty, but it is my ancient primate genes talking. I may or may not think about hitting, depending on my mood. That is the more human part of my brain. Do I actually hit someone for cutting me off in traffic? No. There is a big difference in what I 'feel', 'think' and what I do.

I know you mentioned 'behaviour/behaviour' and not 'though/behaviour', but the first is analog to the latter. For instance, I do not communicate about what I do sexually. I do not do anything illegal, or even weird, but that is just something between me and my girl. Putting our intimate details in the public domain is not civilized behaviour for me. Likewise for a night out: I do not go on a vandalizing spree or whatever, but posting pictures about my night out? No, that is private.

This line of reasoning pretty much continues all the way up to (but not included) posts like this one: I consider this to be a civilized exchange of ideas, so that is why I write these lines.

As the saying goes, good judgement comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgement. If "everyone" has their incidents of bad judgement made public for all to see, maybe we'll all start to be more honest with ourselves, admit that we all screw up from time to time, and be more forgiving of other people's innocent mistakes. Then maybe we can actually get some honest politicians elected to run the country.

I am Dutch, so I might have less to complain about in politics... I do want my children to learn from their bad judgement, and I know that they will make mistakes, but I see no use in having their mistakes out there forever. It is not civilized and serves them no purpose. It is probably best said by jareth-0205 in 52078783 :

Privacy is what prevents flawed judgemental people from harming us.

Comment clean slate (Score 5, Insightful) 122

I grew up in a world where the internet did not really exist for most people. My first direct contact with it was in 1989. This means I have had the opportunity (although at the time I was not fully aware of that) to influence what pieces of information about me were put online.

When I became a father it seemed only logical to extend this same opportunity to our offspring. And my girlfriend feels the same on this issue, so it is very difficult to find anything on our children online.

My hope is that they will see the value in this and abstain from putting things online that might work against them in their future life. Puberty for them is still some odd years in the future, so I hope there is time enough to get this into their firmware.

Comment Re:Can anyone explain to me why... (Score 1) 180

Why do you dodge the 'most of the terror in the world today' part with a disingenious 'some others do it too'? You dodge the main point and then claim gp should be ashamed? Disingouity followed by an ad hominem? Why do moderators fall for these tricks?

If most acts of X are committed by Y and someone asks why this is so, claiming discrimination is effectively telling the one who asks the question to shut up because you say he is a bigot. You are wilfully distorting the discussion.

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