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Comment Re:Don't subscribe (Score 1) 190

I've researched OneNote and EverNote....

Obviously not, because Evernote easily exports some/all of your notes in html format along with an index.html with all of a couple of clicks. I've got a couple years of Evernote notes backed up in nicely organized folders by year and month. I set a reminder to do the export monthly. For the cost (free) and convenience, it's hard to beat.
 
It would actually be much harder to do with ownCloud, especially when dealing with IT. Evernote is on their "ok" list. OwnCloud, not so much.

Comment Re:Kodi 17 on Chromebox (Score 1) 215

I've got a very similar setup with the Chromebox. Wireless keyboard and mouse, VLC and youtube. Amazing how little else is needed these days. At some point I may get a NAS up and running that the Chromebox can pull from, but for the moment, I've just upped the storage to a 256GB M.2 drive and I've dumped a subset of our movies and music on it.
 
Only real issue is when I forget which keyboard I should be using and try doing shit on my laptop while looking at the TV.

Submission + - Ruthless, a review and critique .. of Scientology (steemit.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’ is an astonishing example of ‘the blinkered gaze’. It is an account of a man caught in the relentless grip of his own psychic dissonance. It is an account of a man walking a tightrope over the chasm that describes his wilful ignorance of the violence that his forty odd years of fanatical adherence to Scientology has done to him and his most cherished. What it is not is an insightful book on David Miscavige, Scientology’s omnipotent leader.

Submission + - MIT AI's fake video-sounds fool human viewers (robohub.org)

An anonymous reader writes: "Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have demonstrated a deep-learning algorithm that passes the Turing Test for sound: when shown a silent video clip of an object being hit, the algorithm can produce a sound for the hit that is realistic enough to fool human viewers."

Submission + - Can SourceForge Win Developers' Trust Back? (helpnetsecurity.com)

Orome1 writes: SourceForge is under new ownership and management (again!), and their plan is to return the service to its former glory. Once the preferred source code repository and distribution platform for FOSS projects, SourceForge has been blacklisted by many of its former users due to deceptive ads that looked like download buttons and questionable revenue generation schemes. In January 2016, the site was sold to web publisher BIZX and the new owners have started cleaning it up. “We removed the DevShare adware bundling immediately, moved the site to https, and we built and rolled out a feature where we partnered with Bitdefender to scan every project for malware," said Logan Abbott, one of the BIZX owners and the president of the SourceForge Media subsidiary.

Submission + - SPAM: New Gadget Can Clone 15 Contactless Cards A Second

An anonymous reader writes: A new scanner device is being sold on the black market to thieves looking to steal personal information from contactless payment cards, including bank account details, names and addresses. The gadget is able to capture credit and debit card numbers, and can read other personal information displayed on the cards. In some cases, mini-statements can also be accessed. This data is then transferred onto a blank card which the criminals can use to purchase goods at the victim’s expense.

Named the Contactless Infusion X5, the device can be used remotely and specifically targets contactless cards and mobile payment services, such as Apple Pay. It is able to swipe encrypted data from as many as 15 bank cards every second.

Comment Re:Stupid thinking (Score 1) 260

Quite frankly, I don't do business with companies who are greedy assholes. I do business with companies who treat me like a valued customer and who prioritize their relationship with me over pure profits.
 
Toyota has had a bunch of recalls. I brought my car in both times and asked if they could toss in an oil change in exchange for inconveniencing me. Done. No argument, no pushback, your car had a recalled part so we'll fix that, give you an oil change, and wash it.
 
After Google Reader got put down I searched high and low for a new news reader. Settled on Inoreader. Liked them so well after the first 6 months on free that I started paying them a yearly subscription. Last week they had a database crash, and saved articles were unavailable for a couple of days. Their response? Transparency, a dozen apologies, and 2 months of their Pro subscription for free for every customer, whether they were impacted or not. Nobody even had to ask. They fucked up, explained in detail what happened, and threw everyone a bone.
 
I haven't done business with Microsoft in 15 years, and this is exactly why. The dollar amount they lost in this fuckup was essentially $0. No impact to their bottom line, no real danger of this hurting future sales. If they just laughed and let it go, they'd have a bunch of customers smiling about the sweet deal they just got. Instead, they're now having a lot of people discussing how giant of dicks they are. How is that worth the handful of dollars they fucked up and lost? It's not worth it. That's not how you make and keep customers.

Comment Re: I bought it, it's mine (Score 1) 260

A large percentage of my 100+ Steam games cost $5 or less. Many were $0. I go to the steam store and sort by price, and I buy cheap games that interest me.
 
I've bought a large number of humble bundles, sometimes for more than average, sometimes for less, once in awhile for $0.
 
I got burned by so many $40-$60 games a decade ago that I no longer care about AAA games and I'm not willing to pay for them until they hit that discounted price of $5 or less.
 
I played the original Fallout at some point, and liked it. I haven't played one since. I don't know what number they are on and I don't know how much the game "should" cost. If I saw a Fallout game for $0, that's exactly the sort of thing I'd pick up. I honestly don't know if Fallout 4 is an $80 game, a $40 game, or a $4 game.
 
I could easily be one of the legitimate people who would have picked this up at $0 not knowing any better. And any company that fucks up like this I expect to make good and let it go. In the grand scheme of things this cost them nothing. The tiny amount of revenue lost is dwarfed by the bad press from being stingy bastards and canceling the sale. Even if 90% of the purchasers were greedy dicks.
 
Laugh at your fuckup, and let it go. It's the best long-term business strategy in most cases.

Comment Re:Scientology not Science (Score 1) 951

No, you'd need less-than-perfect AI able to iterate development of increasingly bug-free AI.
 
Lets assume that a hundred years from now we make the first AI capable of programming AI and learning from the mistakes it made. Then fast-forward a million years, and you've had an exponential growth in AIs making AIs, because they can spawn child processes and do the work in parallel.
 
And one of those AIs was smart enough to realize that they could speed up the process even further by running parallel simulations of the evolution of AI development, which would require the earth simulation to be spun up to the point where we develop AIs that can develop AIs. And here we are, nearing that point. Soon the permutations will be added to see what sort of path the new AIs take in this simulation.

Comment Re: And they'll eventually find a Republican to bl (Score 1) 101

Unions didn't drive the plants out. Poor corporate decisions did in the face of cheaper but better made cars with better mileage from Japan and Korea...

My family owned 100% Detroit-built cars in the 80s through about late 90s. We're pretty much all been driving Toyotas and Hondas since then. Nothing to do with Unions, everything to do with 7-10 years of minimal repairs and better gas mileage compared to disposable cars that cost too much to keep fixing after 5-7 years.

Comment Self-Fixing Problem (Score 0) 49

Just use the exploit in the application to uninstall the application. Users who would be effected by the exploit will have the application removed, users who would not be effected will not have it removed.
 
Is it legal? No. But who among the people that still have this bloatware installed is going to notice?

Comment Re:I scoff at your pithy 22GB/month (Score 1) 104

Maps and character skins/models. It was a long time ago now, (closing in on a decade) but when Unreal Tournament 3 came out, we were shocked to find that maps were clocking in at 50-100mb each. While you could play just fine on a 1-2Mbps DSL connection, you'd miss the first few minutes of each map if you didn't already have everything downloaded. That included if someone used a custom skin or model that was on the server but which you didn't have. Part of the problem was often that the server didn't have the upstream bandwidth to push both the game traffic as well as the content to a couple people at a time, so it wasn't just the straight download speed that caused the late entry to maps.
 
Given that we're nearly a decade out from this, and knowing how far graphics have come, I'd be surprised if the maps and models of current games weren't pushing a half gig to a gig in size now. Games needing 20-50gb of HD space are not uncommon, which makes me guess that this is the case.

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