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Comment 30 year nuisance (Score 3, Interesting) 174

I don't know why I seem to be different, but since ICQ launched almost 20 years ago I have been shunning messaging. Sure, it seemed useful for a short period of time, but anyone who needs to contact me has my cell number, office number, email, and text. This constant chatter and noise that pops up from messaging apps simply distracts me from whatever I am focused on. I will admit I have a discuss account, but it's mostly as a message board to see when a release has been posted. I simply am not "chatty".
Yep, you guessed it. I don't have social media either.

Comment Re:DMOZ was awful (Score 1) 60

Sadly I must agree. Initially I was able to get a site or two listed but as time drew on, everything became impossible at DMOZ. It was easier just to do SEO and let Google rank the pages based on an algorithm rather than hoping someone at DMOZ saw your site as being worthy of indexing. I once read an article about the politics of being an editor, which far outweighed any original interest to serve the public good. It's been trash for over 10 years and although it is sad to see another chapter in the web close, its relevance faded long ago.

Comment Re:surprise surprise (Score 1) 469

If there was something malicious going on, do you think they would really be out advertising it? Idiot.

Of course Russia is going to want to reach out to the likely president-elect of the United States of America in order to start a working relationship.

Except that it could be a violation of the Logan Act.
"The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. 953, enacted January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments having a dispute with the U.S."

Submission + - AI-Powered Judge Can Accurately Predict Trial Outcomes

Mickeycaskill writes: British computer scientists have devised an artificial intelligence capable of reaching the same decisions as human judges in nearly 80 percent of the cases studied.

Researchers at the University College London (UCL) said their study is the first of its kind and that the technology could be used to improve efficiency at top courts and help lawyers identify patterns.

“We don’t see AI replacing judges or lawyers, but we think they’d find it useful for rapidly identifying patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes,” stated Dr Nikolaos Aletras of UCL’s department of computer science, the paper’s lead researcher.

“It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting which cases are most likely to be violations of the European convention on human rights.”

The study used an algorithm to analyse English-language data for 584 cases presented to the European Court of Human Rights involving torture, degrading treatment and privacy, including equal numbers of cases found to be violations and non-violations.

In 79 percent of the cases assessed, the software reached the same verdict as that delivered by the court.

Submission + - How the Web Became Unreadable (

mirandakatz writes: If you've found yourself squinting at your computer and wondering if your eyesight is starting to go, fear not: you're probably just suffering from a design trend. As computer screens have achieved higher resolution, web design has trended toward paler, lighter-weight type that often doesn't meet accessibility requirements. At Backchannel, web developer Kevin Marks breaks down the history of this trend, and offers an impassioned plea for designers to go back to the typographic principles of print: keeping type black, and varying weight and font instead of grayness.

Comment Insightful (Score 2, Interesting) 182

Elon Musk said "We've eliminated all of the obvious possibilities for what occurred there. So what remains are the less probable answers."

Solving a rocket failure is a complex task, on the order of magnitude of building a rocket from scratch.
Generating theories that pseudo-government entities utilize sabotage devices from a mile away seems a bit John Nash.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 5, Insightful) 332

Just like gun sales have never been better. A lack of calming from leaders has led to a self survival mentality. If ISIS doesn't get to you, North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, or aliens will. The one thing President Obama has done to feed the hysteria is a lack of ability to be calming in a crisis. He seems to say all the wrong things, and do all the wrong things to instill confidence for people. The next President will at least have to be better at fixing the problem at home if not abroad. You at least have to instill a false sense of confidence if nothing else. Otherwise the fear in people comes out, and it's usually not good.

I think what the rich fear is the poor, coming to their homes to reclaim what was lost.

Submission + - Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers (

turkeydance writes: Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it's no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show "preppers" — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events.

Comment Just Another Symptom (Score 2, Funny) 80

Of the "I'm too cool to respond to you" generation, and the "we're too cool to panic about your status" management style.
Normal employment policy is credentials are immediately revoked when any employee does not respond to login/status requests for over 3 business days. But don't let the cool kids tell you that's reasonable to enforce on important people.

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