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Comment Stupid... (Score 1) 301

How hard is it for google to hire a few dozen people to whitelist and manually tag videos for political/religious/profanity/etc before allowing sensitive corp advertising?

Yah, sure I get it, google has a trillion videos and picking trending ones, or whatever for human validation before they pump sensitive advertising money at is hard... So instead they spend hundreds of millions to create algorithms/etc to do it for them, and said algorithms frequently fail because context is a lot harder than detecting a short list of profane words.

I used to work at a company that resold a (robotic) solution that cost seven figures. One day it dawned on me, that at the prices being paid, someone could literally hire a 4 shift rotation of humans in a "cheap labor" country train them for 5 minutes to follow the instructions on a screen and the labor/etc was 1/10th our annual support plan. So, why did anyone every buy it? I guess its because we had far less expensive/capable products too. Those products weren't expensive enough and far easier to deal with than similarly capable humans, its only because the price went up exponentially with capability. Sure at some point a customer could have kicked out our robotic solution but by then they were sold on the concept and even considered that there was a crossover point where our markup made the product less desirable. They simply called up the salesman asked for the next larger configuration, gulped at the price and paid up (possibly after calling one of our competitors).

Comment Hmm the screen shot (Score 1) 161

Doesn't really make me want to buy it. Simply sharpening up the graphics doesn't really do it for me. You have to fill all those extra pixels with more detail.

Do a full rewrite against the newer engine with the exact same behavior and it might be more interesting.

As it is, I have a couple old laptops with 10" screens that I play these old games on. At those sizes the games tend to look pretty good, its only when I fire them up an a 27"+ monitor that they really look terrible.

Comment Re:Still too expensive... (Score 1) 161

I''ve got a couple original starcraft disks. I'm pretty sure I didn't pay more than $10 for them (I was pretty cheap back then, I pirated most stuff, only picking up real copies as "payback" when I found them on discount racks). One of them is even in a blizzard game of the year collection I purchased at warlmart for $19 (sticker is still on it) that comes with warcraft 2, startcraft and diablo (the original). Looks like the original msrp was $50 but it was discounted by the time I purchased it (probably in the 2000s).

Comment Re:I'm pissed too (Score 1) 347

Yah, I have the same problem. The approved win10 wifi driver is buggy, It frequently goes into a state that can only be recovered by disabling the device via device manager, or rebooting. None of the windows 10 self repair/diagnosis options can recover it, instead frequently leaving me with a message to the affect that the problem is likely my wifi AP. Rolling back the driver to a win8 era option fixes it for the month or so it takes M$ to decide to "upgrade" it.

The general consensus between a few sysadmin friends of mine is that win10 has a core wifi bug, because they claim it periodically has problem connecting across a wide range of devices/wifi adapters with similar sounding problems (aka the machine needs to be rebooted).

Comment Re:Gloves off! (Score 1) 236

Well emacs has regularly consumed 100% of my CPU syntax highlighting. Which I always excused it of (its lisp what are you going to do (shrug)), but looking at those editor benchmarks I had no idea that vim and a bunch of other editors are actually worse.

Wow, if your editor consumes more ram and is slower than emacs then you are _REALLY_ doing something wrong.

Comment Re:Intel dropping the ball (Score 2) 59

100% Agreement. Their failures to penetrate the mobile market could be understood for a few years as their technology was behind (SOC integration, power consumption, lack of modem/etc). But, over the last couple of years they have come out with some pretty good products. For most measurements, their stuff is actually better than pretty much everything but apple products.

Yet, what does Intel management do late last year? Cancel the entire business! Which is so short sighted its not even funny. I have no doubt that long term they are done for because of it. ARM's partners will continue to make subpar servers, until they don't, and the fat margins will evaporate and its game over for Intel..

Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 1) 162

I've gotten bluray's that looked like someone tried to sand them down. Its darn near impossible to scratch bluray (and some DVDs like the imation forcefield ones, but I've never seen a commercial DVD with a coating) yet netflix still ships them out...

More on topic, the whole point for making "backups" is to survive loss of the original media. Why isn't it legal to replace a damaged disk with a copy?

Comment Re:Unless we know the number of non-dupes. (Score 1) 488

Which is what I've been saying. What I really want to know is if this is true, because in theory her email server _SHOULD_ have a complete record. So a 3rd party machine should be able to verify if any emails were "deleted" from the server...

(although exchange recalls and all that might complicate things, but one assumes that her staffers had their own email accounts not on her server?).

Comment Re:Missing golden opportunity... (Score 1) 174

When I'm on a long road trip, I don't usually want to stop for more than the time it takes to fill my tank. Hanging around some highway intersection/rest area isn't really high on my list of fun. I usually want to get to my destination as soon as possible.

Frequently that means, starting the pump, running inside for a bio break, and to pick up more caffeine or some terrible food to go. Frequently, I can get in/out in ~5 minutes.

Of course I'm apparently strange and drive 12+ hour legs on my road trips (welcome to the midwest US), so spending an hour filling up, can easy move a 12 hour trip into the 15 hour range..I can easily see this moving a two day trip into three.

Comment Lots of other stuff too.. (Score 4, Insightful) 112

Housing, schooling, medical. It may not have gone up each year but averaged over any length of time their numbers are significant. Which makes one question the fundamental weighting of the inflation indexes.

My own personal inflation indexes are probably 3x what the published one is. Particularly if one breaks out the "wants" vs "needs". In the US its basically impossible to be a nomad or farm public/common land. So, I need a house, I need gas to drive to work, and I need to eat something that isn't McDonalds. If it weren't for the fact that I'm now one of the "privileged computer engineers" I would be living paycheck to paycheck unable to afford a new dishwasher when the old one broke. The particularly damming thing, is that because of this basic cost of labor/etc many things in the US have become so expensive that hiring someone to fix a car/reroof a house/etc can easily cost days of my inflated pay rates. (A new root installed by 4 guys on my house in two days can cost more than 2 months of net salary). Retail rents in front the wamart in the not so great part of town can easily exceed $15 a square foot.

There are people getting insanely rich from all this, its just none of us actually working for a living.

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