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Comment Re:Moronic Subject for an Article (Score 2) 159

BLAS and LINPACK are used everywhere in Engineering tools. Numpy, Scipy, Matlab, Mathematica, et al are all just pretty wrappers on top of the FORTRAN that does the heavy lifting. It's why compiling from source also requires a Fortran compiler.

They've been vetted, tested, vetted more, and been running Engineering applications since the 70s.

Comment Because everyone driving has a license. (Score 4, Insightful) 85

its use is vital in making our roads safer

and New York says their new system also "removes high-risk drivers from the road," stressing that new licenses will no longer be issued until a photo clears their database.

Because no one has ever driven without a license. Especially those 'high risk drivers'.

Comment What a terrible design. /s (Score 2) 33

The rechargeable battery for the built-in clock/calendar can be seen above with the 'bubbles'. It is glued down and soldered in, thus difficult to replace once it goes bad.

Clearly they intentionally did that just so you'd have to buy a whole new laptop if ONE part went bad. I hate it when OEMs don't make anything replaceable.

Comment Re:But is the pay gap real? (Score 0) 287

The pay gap comes down to personal decisions:

I left the workforce to stay at home with our son. I dropped down to making "80%" of my peers that didn't leave industry. Not because of my gender but because of a personal decision I made.

If you want to address the wage gap paying lip service to actual salaries isn't going to do anything.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 2) 560

Because of who the 'security' was against and when it was applied.

The server was insecure to the Russians, Iranians, and any 16 year old that figured out how to get in.

The server's data was secure against being used against her.

Had she had a secure server but never wiped it but just kept the hard drives in her basement I doubt that the Russians or Iranians would have been able to get to it.

It's like wearing a condom while tight rope walking. You're protected against *one* thing that may happen during the tight rope walk but it's not what you need to be worrying about.

Comment Re:My Instagram feed is nonexistent (Score 1) 84

It means that to diagnose you they would need a different set of inputs to feed the algorithms. You could apply the same methodology to Slashdot posts, Usenet posts, hand written letters or any other output generated by you.

"Those people that used the word nihlist were 40% more likely to be depressed while those people that made less negative comments tended to be less of a dick."

Or is it indicative of me not basing my worth on what random people think about my every waking moment?

Yeah, because Slashdot provides no feedback mechanisms. It's only since Facebook and Instagram have people ever known what others on the internet think of them and what they post.

Comment Worked for Amazon. (Score 4, Insightful) 156

"It's hardly rare for companies to lose large sums of money as they try to build significant markets and battle for market share,"

How long did Amazon lose money? Uber's just collecting data until they can get rid of the drivers and their cars and move to their own self driven vehicles using the infrastructure they're building now.

Comment Re:My Instagram feed is nonexistent (Score 1) 84

Or you're intelligent to have accounts but not give away everything.

I take pictures of college club sporting events for fun and upload to all of the above. If they (the sites) want my birth day it's the same birthday I've had since I was 16, sometime in the 1920s. If they want a picture of "Me" it's my company's logo.

Facebook, Instagram, et al are not that different from Usenet and IRC. They only have the information you give them. It's not Usenet's fault if I decide to upload my home address to the service.

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