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Comment Re:Already behind (Score 2) 13

To paraphrase a quote from Miyamoto, a delayed project is eventually good, but a rushed project is forever bad.

Not everyone who buys Apple products is some kind of crazed zealot, but they do have a small fan base that will give them a lot of slack while they iron out the kinks. I don't believe that Google really has anything like that, and if they ever did it's probably not as prominent after releasing half-baked products like Glass or killing off popular platforms like Google Reader so they can't afford to push a sloppy response out the door unless they want to be taken as seriously as Microsoft when it comes to future products.

Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 2) 406

The whole system and a large part of the government is corrupt to the point where nothing will be done. As much as the Republicans want to sling mud at Clinton so they can gain more power, they don't want to actually prosecute her, merely just destroy her reputation. They're not really any better than she is, and I would imagine that if she goes on trial, a lot of inconvenient information starts to come out and she nor her party are the only ones who wind up in serious trouble. At this point it's mutually assured destruction so nothing will ultimately come of it.

Comment Re:no "Russian Hackers", that's B.S. (Score 2, Interesting) 107

Makes a certain amount of sense that they would favor Trump, if only because he's far more likely to get into bed with them than Clinton, but they could be going after the Democrats out of spite for opposing them in Ukraine/Syria. You have to wonder how much they have, because as much as been leaked so far, it hasn't amounted to anything, so either they've used up everything and are trying to find more or they're just waiting for the right moment before dropping it all so that there's no possible way for the Democrats to respond in time.

Comment Re:Pepe is a scam (Score 1) 391

I think the association comes for Trump supporters using the meme to shitpost on the internet and using it in conjunction with Trump talking points or Trump memes (e.g. building a wall, etc.) and eventually some of Trump's campaign starting to use it, though whether they really understood what it was or why people were using it is another question entirely. I can kind of see where the thinking came from, but it's pretty fucking stupid and I have to believe 4chan is probably responsible for trolling some reporter who doesn't have a clue, otherwise it's just some clickbait-level journalism that went viral itself and no one wants to back down because they think they'd look more stupid than if they just kept pushing it.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 147

You should probably hope that those studies are correct as there's a lot of conflicting evidence, because if health trackers are at all beneficial other companies are going to start pushing them as well. You won't *have* to use one, but if you want the lower rates you will. The only nice thing about Apple is that they're generally not interested in selling your information to third parties, but I have a feeling that if their stock slides enough the share holders won't give a flying fuck about whatever culture or brand Apple had been trying to cultivate and they'll find a CEO who can do what it takes to get the numbers of next quarter to look good.

Comment Re:What about the NBA? (Score 1) 461

This assumes that the two populations produce an equal number of top tier basketball players, which is highly unlikely to be true so with the assumption being false, the rest of the argument doesn't logically follow. But me simply saying it's unlikely to be true isn't really much better in terms of logical reasoning so consider the following argument as well:

In a sport like basketball where there are only a few players on the court at any one time, a single star player can vastly improve a team's success. If white people were being unfairly excluded, one or two teams that weren't discriminating would have access to an immense amount of talent that should allow them to dominate the league simply because other teams wouldn't acquire those players.

That we don't see something like this happening suggests that your assumption is wrong, unless you'd like to claim some kind of mass conspiracy. Also, we already know that teams are willing to take the best players as we've seen from history that many sports leagues excluded black players in the past, but quickly started to hire black athletes when those rules changed because there was a lot of untapped talent available and the teams that continued to discriminate missed out on those players and likely faired less well than those teams who went for the most talented individuals regardless of race.

Comment Re:Bottom line... (Score 4, Insightful) 183

If valuable information wasn't being stored in plain-text or otherwise easily accessible it wouldn't matter. The ideal solution is to avoid storing sensitive user information that isn't needed whenever possible and encrypt if you absolutely must store something sensitive (medical records, etc.) because the reality is that no matter how much you spend on defense, it only takes one successful attack to render it all pointless. Further, even with exceptionally secure software, it's often a weakness in the humans maintaining it or overseeing it that leads to a successful attack.

It's safest to assume that no matter how good your security, someone will eventually break through. As such, any sensitive user data should be encrypted so that it's not feasible for it to be exploited or used nefariously by the hackers who broke in. Everything else is just mitigating risk or delaying attackers. A locked door or alarm system won't stop a truly dedicated burglar, but it will make most look for another target or make it easier for them to slip up during the process in some way that leads to finding them.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2) 436

I always find it amusing when some of the biggest opponents of second amendment rights complain about the government infringing on their fourth amendment rights. I don't know what moral ground they claim to stand on, but even if they had one, what the fuck are they going to do about it.

3D printers make gun control legislation pointless. Unless you also ban 3D printers, you can't stop anyone from getting a gun. Rather than trying to fight the inevitable we should work to create a society where no one has cause or need to harm another with a gun or any other weapon. Of course the people who tend to be in favor of gun ownership are usually the same that think any government policies towards such a goal are evil.

The Drake equation vastly underestimated the propensity for civilizations to destroy themselves.

Comment Re:Transformation (Score 4, Insightful) 187

I think to a certain extent this is a response to existing TV networks or content creators souring on giving streaming deals to Netflix in preference of trying to build their own platforms or outright shunning the internet to keep their existing business model in place.

If the movie studios or television networks aren't willing to license their content to Netflix either because they don't want people to stop watching TV or because they want to sell ads through their own streaming platform, what choice does Netflix have at that point beyond only being able to provide older less popular TV shows and B movies that don't appear to most of their audience?

This leaves Netflix with the only real choice to start producing their own content so that they can sell subscriptions. In that way they're not that much different than HBO that started out as a movie channel and then got into making their own television series and a few original movies, only Netflix didn't start as a cable channel first. Now that HBO has done more to embrace internet streaming without requiring a cable subscription, they're almost in the same business.

If you thought Netflix was going to ever become a one stop shop for all shows and movies you're out of your mind. The film industry saw exactly what happened when iTunes became the far and away dominant platform and how it meant an end to DRM in order to break Apple's hold.

Comment Sounds like a design patent (Score 1) 202

Sounds like a design patent, which as the name suggests is pretty much about the look and feel of a common item. I doubt the "8-stitch circular-knit pattern" or the 6.5mm handle gain any particular utility beyond anything else, but it's basically just a way of Apple saying if you make a bag that looks too much like theirs, they can successfully sue you. Similarly, having been granted a patent would be a good defense against anyone trying to sue them over their shopping bags.

Comment Re:Kindergarten ? (Score 2) 228

Neglect for music and art has more to do with funding than any desire to cram more stuff in. There are schools where they can't even afford basic supplies like paper. How are they going to have instruments that students can use (as most can't afford a personal instrument) or art supplies such as canvas and paint if they can't afford even more basic supplies?

The educational system is fucked for a variety of reasons (far-off bureaucrats as you've alluded to) and it seems like no one is really interested in fixing it, more so just applying their own solutions that are at best unproven or just a way of selling something to be picked up at the expense of the tax payers.

Comment Re:Stick a fork in.... (Score 3, Insightful) 612

Let's just get rid of both the Republican and Democrat candidates this year. The Green and Libertarian parties are a good enough substitute for both and as much as you might disagree with some of their stances, their candidates aren't morally bankrupt idiots. Otherwise I think I'm just going to write in Caligula's horse this year.

Comment Re:Manning? Really? (Score 1) 401

I doubt they do anything to Manning at all. Isolation and deprivation of human contact is quite enough to drive a person absolutely mad on its own. I wouldn't be surprised if the guards are under strict orders not to talk to her at all. That she tried to commit suicide earlier this year doesn't surprise me at all. One of the former wardens of the United State's supermax prison which has similar isolation for all inmates described it as something like hell. About the only thing worse than that without physically assaulting a person is sleep deprivation for extended periods, which will get you to own-shit-as-crayon levels of crazy in under a week.

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