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Comment Re:Just because you have access (Score 1) 85

The web page designers are pushing the test onto the client so 1) there is immediate response as the user types it in and he can fix it if it truly is a mistake before moving on, and 2) it puts the computation onto the client and doesn't waste a PUT and their server's time with what may be invalid data.

That's all kinds of dumb, given that the client can modify the javascript and tell it that an address is validated. So it must be verified at the server end too, anyhow.

I have had lengthy email exchanges with the support people at such websites, and it is always fun for them to tell me that "+" is not a valid character in an email address when they are happily conversing with someone who has a "+" in his email address. Obviously it is valid; obviously they are idiots.

Try using an e-mail address with @ in the local part...
Or having an e-mail address on a TLD, like hostmaster@museum.

It's not for the sender to decide what's valid. It should decide whether it's routeable, and leave it up to recipient to decide whether it's valid.
And it's certainly not up to a web page that isn't even the sender.

I'm also irritated with those who either capitalize or lowercase the local part. It's fine to do that with the remote part, but it's really up to the recipient server whether foo@bar, Foo@bar, FOO@bar and so on are different recipients.
(And while at it, don't mangle names either. MacKie is not the same name as Mackie.)

Comment Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 109

Sure, but unless you've developed a superconducting substrate, or come up with a reliable, efficient 3D cooling system, or are willing to run the 3D transistors only at very low speed/power, you're going to run into serious heat dissipation problems.

Back then I was proposing a diamond semiconductor - supported and powered by water-cooled silver busbars. Diamond is extremely conductive thermally. The bandgap is 5.5V, corresponding to the deep ultraviolet, so you can run it very hot without fouling the electrical properties (though you have to keep; it below 752 F or it will gradually degrade.) I'd want to put it in a bottle with an inert atmosphere so it wouldn't oxidize at high temperature, either.

The flip side of the big bandgap is that it consumes more energy - and generates more heat - when switching than current silicon designs which run at about a third that voltage.

These days I'd probably go for layers of graphine, which conducts heat even better than diamond.

With a rectangular solid you can get a LOT of transistors (and their interconnects) into a few cubic feet. The original proposal was for a six-foot cube - 216 cubic feet. Powering and cooling on two faces gives you 72 square feet of heat and power transfer serice, with 432 square feet on the other two faces for optical I/O fibers. Nowadays I'd take a page from Gene Amdahl and go a tad smaller: so, like the 1960s-era cabinets for IBM compter components, the block of logic and its supporting structures would fit into a standard elevator.

Comment Re:Wtf? (Score 1) 85

"Number," not "amount." "People" is a countable noun.

Is there a term for people trying to be pedants, but not being pedantic enough?

in short, you're wrong. While "people" is sometimes used as a substitute for "persons", that does not transform it into a countable. In its singular form, it is still a group noun, like "money" or "slime".

There is indeed an error in the sentence you criticized, but it's with using "are" instead of "is", and not using "amount" instead of "number".

Comment Re:Just because you have access (Score 1) 85

This is one of those areas where people assume the standards say one thing but actually don't. Like idiot web page designers who think they know the list of acceptable characters in an email address and yet they prohibit "+".

In those cases, I have always wondered why the devs try to do this in the first place. In almost all cases, you can ask the e-mail server whether it's a valid address. And even if the mail server isn't 100% standard, it will tell you whether it can parse the address, which is almost always what you want to know anyhow.
If the e-mail server accepts [10.20.30.40]!hub!node1!user as an e-mail address, why should the web app care? It's not doing the routing or delivery and has no business telling anyone what's valid e-mail or not.

Comment Re:companies always say the same thing (Score 1) 85

Every time. Every time there's some major leak of personal info, emails or credit cards or medical records, we hear the same refrain. "We take the privacy of our users seriously".

At this point, it's not even spin anymore, but etiquette. Much like after tragedies, politicians say that their thoughts are with the families. Or you saying "I'm fine, how are you" or "call me and let's have coffee". Everybody knows it's a lie, but you're supposed to go through with it anyhow, as etiquette greases the wheels and helps prevent escalations.

Comment Re:Wtf? (Score 1) 85

That just might be the case. Most of the names might be burner accounts. Or do I have too much faith in people?

You do.
A large amount of people are both lazy and ignorant. Which is probably why they posted at glassdoor in the first place, after being passed for promotions or bonuses, or being replaced by a very small shell script.

Chances are that a great many of these people not only used their real name in their e-mail, but posted from company computers, with the access and data logged. And the only reason they haven't been fired already is that IT doesn't have capacity to wade through all the crap that management told them to log.

Heck, anyone thinking that a site like glassdoor is going to make any positive difference is delusional. At best, it serves as a place to vent.

Comment What took them so long? (Score 1) 109

The report adds that processors could still continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density.

What took them so long?

I've been pointing out that a three-dimensional arrangement off components could continue FAR longer than an essentially single-layer arrangements since at least the 1970s.

Comment Re:Do not look into laser with remaining eye (Score 4, Interesting) 88

With the iris scanning, how about getting the person to follow a small dot around the scanner with their eye and an iris tracker can confirm it's doing so.

Any security solution that depends on technology can also be defeated by technology.

In this case, you would have to have a system for tracking the eye, which would be defeated by a system for tracking the dot. Plus, you'd need guards against feeding the system wrong data at multiple points, or bypassing the tracking altogether. You'd multiply complexities unnecessarily, and only end up with another system to keep honest people honest.

Executives[*] who base their "knowledge" on Hollywood movies and detective stories are to blame for big business buying into biometrics for authentication. It's the worst thinkable system possible, because once you have defeated it, you have defeated a living human person, who cannot change his compromised biometrics.

The implementations fly in the face of ADA and similar measures too, directly discriminating against people who cannot use the systems. Some don't have fingerprints. Others cannot stand and look into the iris scanner. Or don't have eyes to look into them with. So you must have a backup system anyhow. That prompts the question: If the backup system is trustworthy, why not use it instead?

[*]: And unfortunately not just business execs. As late as last week, a police superintendent was quoted in a big newspaper saying that DNA evidence is 100% trustworthy and (I kid you not) we should never question it. The newspaper didn't even question that statement or ask an expert for opinion.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 476

To my dispointment, a number of my live sound colleagues have blown up iphones by plugging in via mini jack to XLR, and forgetting to switch of phantom power. They should know better, luckily they play dumb and tell Apple it just stopped working, and get replacements.

That should be the least of their worries. Plugging pre-amped headphone level output into mic level inputs isn't good for the mixer either. At least use a passive direct box that can match impedance and attenuate the signal. Better ones do re-amp, balun and 48V stripping, but even a $25 direct box is better than blowing your mackie/motu/whatever, and having to software gate a horribly clipped signal.

Comment Re:When will VideoCards peak? (Score 1) 88

Fidelity to what? You still have to store the visual information digitally if it's coming from a computer.

You sound like one of those vinyl purists who romanticizes the 'golden age' before digital, and forgets how crappy it actually used to sound.

You sound like a kid that has never worked with compression algorithms, vectors and interpolation.
Why do you think you can stream an MP4 and get it to look good in 1080p? It's certainly not because they stream the full digital signal, tailored to your pixel resolution.

The tyranny of pixels is falling. With high resolution displays, it becomes a problem and not a solution. Scalable graphics with physical and relative measurements is the future. Including protocols for sending this type of information to a display. Something analogue signals are good for, because they scale without staircasing and other artifacts.

Comment Re:How Much? (Score 1) 71

I thought that much was obvious, but for those who have not been paying attention, we are close to using up our hydrocarbons.

Maybe four centuries for all sources of fossil carbon, hydrogenated or otherwise, depending on usage rate.

Remember that "reserves" means "the stuff we already found while exploring". Nobody with a financial clue spends today's private money exploring for stuff they won't be digging up and selling for decades. So you only have more than about 20 years of "reserves" when there have been giant finds, the known reserves are too expensive to exploit and there might be easier stuff out there, or too much of the known reserves are unexploitable due to things like government intervention. There's no doubt quite a lot more out there, though it's still finite.

Running out is not a disaster. We can easily make all the stuff that's made from oil and there are other energy sources - including more coming down the pipeline. We're only digging/pumping up most of our energy and much of our chemical feedstocks right now because it's CHEAPER than the alternatives.

But it's not cheaper by much. (Photovoltaic is now becoming competitive with grid power in many areas, even without government market distortions, and the tech just keeps improving.)

By the time the fossil fuels run out we'll have lots of alternatives, and they'll run out by gradually getting more expensive, so people will smoothly transition to alternatives (thanks to Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand"). The main problem (if the CO2->global warming conjecture is true and substantial) will be keeping the Earth from crashing into the next orbital-mechanics driven Ice Age (as humans MAY have been doing for about the last 10,000 years or so, as the orbital climate-forcing has been curving down steadily.)

Comment Caller id spoofing already broke that. (Score 1) 120

The real way to handle it is to create an open source shared black list, have people sign up for a service, and vote when they answer a call on whether or not it is a telemarketer or robo-call.

Caller ID spoofing already broke block lists. By the time a call gets to your local telco there is no way even for them to tell where it really came from. They regularly spoof their identity - often as others they're robo-calling, or even as the phone they are calling.

IMHO the only way available currently is to trace back a particular call, from telco to telco, to see where it DID come from - then go after the actual robocaller. (Good luck getting that implemented, though. Or getting it to work across all countries, rather than letting the spammers run from safe havens.)

Comment Re:FFS Beau skip adding the additional links (Score 0) 252

I have to ask... what?

More ads, more attempts at thwarting adblock, more submissions that are just blatant copies from reddit/ars, more submissions that have absolutely nothing to do with "News for nerds, stuff that matters". "Slow down, Cowboy" is worse than before, blocking legitimate users from posting for hours. "It has been 11 hours since your last post, please slow down to give others a chance to post" is not constructive.
Moderator points are worse than before, with points handed out at a way too high rate. This causes polarization, with more +5 articles and more -1, but fewer in-between.

And I don't see much fixed either.
Unicode is still broken despite what you say -- even if some ISO-8859-1 characters are now unfiltered, they're not unicode.
Back button / backspace still doesn't return you to where you were -- when you try to navigate back, javascript reloads and relocates you at the top (in order to display more ads). This makes following links a big pain.
Lists (which are listed under "Allowed HTML") are still broken.
apk is still posting his spam.

Comment Re:Short sighted twats! (Score 1) 186

I'm sure whoever suggested that idea is now being reassigned somewhere else in the corp.. as a burger flipper.

You have no experience with corporations, I see.
There's this principle called "success by fiat". The experiment will be declared a success, and that it's now time to move on.

The guys who did the actual implementation work against their objections get no bonuses this year, while their bosses get their quota too.

Comment Re:Rethink (Score 1) 186

As opposed to the corporate connected felon who will CERTAINLY get us nuked, and nuke a few countries of her own just to show she can?

You guys say that as if it were a bad thing.

Wiping out a substantial part of the top of the food chain is an evolutionary good thing, long term. Similar for regional mutation spikes.

Water in particular has been neglected and shielded for catastrophes, and we still have ancient stagnant species like shark and crocodiles at the top. With more cataclysmic events, we might have had shark and crocs with intelligence to stalk you and arms to hold you. Or perhaps octopodes might crawl to the top again. Who knows! The possibilities are endless!

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