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Comment Totally normal. Everything is fine. (Score 1) 17

It's not just the USDA.

It's also the EPA and the Department of the Interior. Tweets containing non-controversial scientific facts were deleted this afternoon.

Don't be alarmed, it is for your own good. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 38

Keep your $50 dumbphone turned off or in Airplane Mode when you're not actively using it, and the ability to track you dwindles to essentially zero.

No. The only way to absolutely stop a tracking system from following you via your phone is to take the battery out. When it's "off", that doesn't mean it can't listen or use the radio. That "off" button is a softkey. Not a power switch. You think "I'm turning it off", it's going "hey, user pressed a button... now, what shall I do in response..."

However, no electrons available is a complete show-stopper.

Comment Re:But does it... (Score 1) 40

I don't think those were teletype noises, but rather mechanical relays. If I remember correctly, the audio staff recorded sounds from different actual systems, and the newer ones didn't make enough interesting noises to use on the show, so they mixed in sounds from an older mechanical relay system, perhaps used for telephone signal switching.

Comment Star Trek has a lot to recommend it (Score 1) 40

Just because shit looks good on TV doesn't mean it will work in real life.

Doesn't mean it won't, either. Because, you know, it's TV. But it does mean there's an interest in it when it's pervasive and repeated. As those things are. And if there's a way, and there's interest...

And the holodeck, at least, doesn't have any particular physics laws standing in the way.

Warp drive, well, there's that whole Alcubierre thing. It looks not actually impossible, so there's that.

Comment Better: NO cloud (Score 1) 38

This is google.
Their AI offering don't have any installable component, not even on clusters.
They only provide APIs.

Keep your eye on the open efforts for TTS and STT. Those are where our best hopes lie.

Not in fixing ourselves to the rear bumper of some corporation with a bloody chain made of links of extracted personal information.

C'mon, people. If we're smart (I know, I know) we will wrest back control of our own destinies.

(Oh, and BTW, Google, that survey was incredibly lame. Who wrote that? A fourth grader?)

Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 1) 369

That's pretty bad, considering there are only 50 states.

It's not that bad. States have multiple state universities. Here in Texas, you have University of Texas, Texas State, Texas A&M and then individual branches of those schools in various places, all which rank independently.

Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 1) 369

UTD for instance has some top 1-2% graduate programs of ALL out there

I can't take your word for that. Do you have some citation for that? Which UTD grad programs are in the top 1-2%? I know for sure it's none of their STEM programs. The MBA program is good, but MBA is kind of "grad school lite", if you know what I mean.

Comment Re:Not available for streaming at the moment (Score 1) 34

I don't think Amazon even thinks what it's doing that way.

Amazon's corporate philosophy I think can be summed up this way: Bezos wants Amazon to do everything and win at it. It wants to sell books. It wants to publish books. It wants to stream video and produce the content it is streaming, and provide infrastructure for its competitors like Netflix -- and devices upon which consumers play that content. It's only a matter of time before it becomes a virtual manufacturer of things like cars -- it already sells them.

So a win here wouldn't be a win for Amazon as a streaming service; it'd be a win in its quest to play a role in everything people consume.

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