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Comment Matter of time (Score 2) 145

Do not give too much control over a single industry to a single corporate interest. I am a netflix subscriber splitting a 4k account 4-ways, but I have absolutely no doubt when they have the market they want, the only way they are gonna keep investors interested, the 3rd-party studios low-balling prices, or their own production assets happy with their salaries is by breaking the current service in some way. It surely won't be ads, but I'm betting 4k or even HD will at some point increase to become prohibitively expensive for a big chunk of their user base that currently has those and people will have to compromise. (it already increased in the past). Either that or the account-sharing capability will be cut-off.

Subscription services have flat rates, and when the user-base stops growing and also becomes flat while you have already optimized your entire business process, the company freezes financially, which is also known as stagnation. If you look at other industries that have peaked, such as ISP and other communication providers, you know exactly what happens: they increase prices, decrease quality, or bundle useless services to artificially raise prices. And these guys have competition to cope with, while Netflix is like Apple and Android ecosystems together, while Hulu, HBO Go and whatever else are like Windows Phone. It's not gonna be pretty when it happens.

And... Spotify is gonna be just the same, with the difference the music industry provides a infinitesimally cheaper product (music production is almost free when compared to film/tv) at a much higher end-user cost. Spotify knows they have a high-margin, "premium" feeling product and they don't sell it cheap. There's a reason they are so restrictive with family plans as opposed to Netflix account sharing.

Different industry example: Console games - just launched prices have risen from around 40bucks to 70 in less than a decade. Another industry: smartphones - top-tier flagships now cost more than 1000 dollars unlocked. The first iPhone fully spec'd out cost 599$ while top of the line 7 Plus costs 969$. 370 bucks is no joke my friends, apple needs cash to build that UFO.

Comment Did Whatsapp go open source yet? (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Some disclaimer:
I have moderate IT Security experience. I'm admittedly not the ITSec convention-going type, but I've developed for solid security, done successful penetration testing on people's code and the likes... From the guardian's article, and from my POV, the major issue here is one of wording: a Backdoor is a feature, one intentionally added by developers and hidden from the end user-facing stuff such as UI and (R)TFM. This is definitely not a backdoor - it looks like a flaw, probably associated with different use cases of whatsapp vs the original API, considering it happens on verbose conditions, and it surely seems tricky to replicate without very explicit user behavior. Apparently even a change in defaults by whatsapp can solve this.

Now for the real issue:
How can anyone even start arguing about an article's guilt on this or Whatsapp intentions without tackling the subject that: every closed source app claiming privacy (such as whatsapp), however you paint it, can never do so as guaranteed without being open source. There is one way, and one way only, that privacy can be achieved without having to trust on privacy policies, disclosures, public legal action or even secretive court orders and it is to open source the damn thing and providing a way of building that outputs the same without the branding (think Chromium or the Mozilla suite in Debian).

Here's the deal: Whatsapp states it uses the Whisper API but they might as well not use it. Whisper and Signal might state they collaborate and trusts they do use it, but who is to say they aren't being paid for this, lying or even chain-trusting blindly in Whatsapp statements of use? Oh wait, so there's a legal binding document saying Whatsapp actually does this... BIG DEAL. There are also constitutions being RAPED EVERY DAY by US, Chinese, Russian, (every country?) security services.

Snowden advises on using Signal for two essential reasons that cannot be taken apart:
1. he has access to the shyt going on inside and...
2. he actually understands that shyt.

Number one is the big deal here, and number 2 is the reason he publicly admits his support for Signal - people trust his technical judgement. Granted, no.1 won't make much sense to 99% of the world at which point you have to start trusting on someone's technical ability, reputation and honor, and for fuck sake Whatsapp is a commercial application based in the US - they HAVE to lie about such things, they don't even get a choice. Just having no.1 is like placing your neck under the sword of the entire world community. It's a lot better than a feature list, and advert, a legal document, someone's word. it's everybody's word.

This is no conspiration theory, but logic beats trust, and most here, as engineers should be very aware of that. Even the trust in one's own actions isn't fallible - some people lie to themselves, some people don't know better than to believe they have failed at something and will trust blindly on their own ability. But sooner or later everybody finds out we are only as perfects as what we are made of. SHOW ME WHAT YOUR APP IS MADE OF and you will have the right for my complete blind trust (because it just isn't blind anymore). It can even be coded in esperanto (intentional bullshit here). It's the only way it is honestly submitted for scrutiny of your own statements of privacy and security.

Comment Re:There are other chipsets for AM4 boards (Score 1) 71

As a non-native english speaker, I have trouble understanding stuff like "on tap" so I might sound stupid over-analyzing it. SORRY

About the tracking prey argument, tea leave, and the innocent filth-proof cape, I honestly have no fucking idea what you're talking about. If it's some sort of fallacy, I should mention that the last time I studied "hard" philosophy was some good 12 years ago. If it's not the case, its also good to note that, since Real Life (tm) caught up to me, my depths-of-the-web dictionary pretty much stopped expanding at or around stuff like SJW or troll, maybe pundit? I have no idea what kappa is but it really sounds post-millenial.

The only thing I wanted with my post was to state that the OP might have been mislead (keyword might), but even then he actually made sense, and so did the products AMD brought to the CES booth (if they were, in effect, only those 2 chipset variants).

AMD wants, like any other CPU manufacturer these days (which aren't that many other than Intel and the [unrelated] ARM bandwagon), to "tap" hard into the PC market (like they once did). AMD just knows full well it isn't going to compete in the premium corporate, small-biz or even semi-pro segments (read: workstations) anytime soon, so it targeted the segment where, pun incoming, it's game is at (verbose: the super-cheap gaming rig), and took a baby steps consumer-level approach into a segment they are closely-related with lately (the small, efficient and cost-effective machine that might even game like a big boy). I think I already mentioned consoles right? I can see these mini-itx chips powering the next gen steam machines or similarly flavored AIO PCs, or even cool new stuff like dedicated VR-headset drivers (think PSVR Processing units) for "people that will never pay >300 bucks for such a thing - if anyone can do it, it's likely AMD.

Comment Re:There are other chipsets for AM4 boards (Score 3, Informative) 71

But the same original article stated it verbatim: "All 16 AM4 motherboards that are on tap are built around two desktop chipsts for Ryzen, X370 and X300." so OP has an excuse for being mislead (he did omit the "on tap" part though).

My interpretation is that what they meant by "on tap" is what was being displayed at CES. OP failed to quote an important part, but at the same time, what they display at CES is likely what's coming to market first (it's what they prototyped easier), so if the market starts with those 2 chipsets, you will likely see them first on retail.

I also believe that, unlike Intel's chips and chipsets, you will see more of the enthusiast stuff from AMD's CPU in the wild simply because the target market is gonna be the cost-saving enthusiast, so you will either have the "cheap-o gaming rig" type enthusiasts going for the x350 or the the "small gaming rig " type enthusiasts for the x300. You will rarely see the IT admin type going for the stable, "unoverclockable" B350 - those guys will still favor Intel for some years, they favor stability that goes beyond the first batch of reviews. I'm guessing the B350 is more for pre-built, run-off-the-mill, low-cost machines from OEMs like Dell, HP, Asus and whatnot. These sell a lot but they also make pay less to individual parts makers (margins go mostly to the assembler OEM). A good example is AMD having the golden share of the latest gen console CPU/GPU (both xbox one and ps4 sport AMD chips all around), yet Intel AND Nvidia both are miles ahead of profit from single part sales (notebook hegemony also helps).

Comment Dubious opinion (Score 1) 261

Most answers here are right to some degree, yet highly context-dependent, such as better or worse regions for IT professionals or a high personal bias on whats's better or worse for them, and what their connections say about company X or Y.

My own personal bias favors big data and the finance/security/energy consulting sectors as the most prolific, salary-wise, but I am inclined to say the place where you will get he most satisfaction is one where you do what you like making what you need. For instance, startups are a great place for having some leverage on the workload, while not being a great source of income (but in some narrow cases, you do get what you're worth and the fact the startup might explode financially are great incentives to be on them, but they're always hit or miss).

I started in finance consulting, and didn't enjoy myself the least, but some similar peers who got luckier on their projects/teams managed to stay longer (some didn't even leave) and now they're making big bucks without the exhaustive, burnout-inducive hours they had at the beginning. Health, medical, public sector and energy consulting are like that, especially big-data oriented positions, yet still very demanding.

I'd say, look at your own opinion of how hard you want to focus on the kick-start of your professional life - do you want to "live" more before you're 35-40 or do you want to make the big bucks no matter the hours and be comfortable in your 40's? In the case of the former, risk yourself into some startups or some broadly popular, employee-centric companies that give perks such as a short schedule, long holidays and are big on team-building and freebies. In the later case, just find the best salary in an established, big revenue name and accept the fact your time and mind space can (will) be syphonned out to the point of exhaustion.

Comment Re:Details (Score 1) 154

Yeah, I didn't read the article, but I did get first post :D (read my answer to someone else here where I explain myself). Obviously one can conclude that car companies in Europe are making a lot of money from marketeering their vehicles with a lot of power while following VERY FLAWED regulations (and they get to say "we're clean as sh*t"), but I'm guessing this is easily solvable through awareness like this study (and VW-like scandals) and the consequent harder restrictions.

OTOH I disagree with that electric/hydrogen public transportation argument - there are a lot, but they are not remotely significant and exist just for show. I happen to live in a populated city that brags about having a ton of electric/hydrogen fueled vehicles (Porto, Portugal), but I find that these are a small fraction of it's fleet, and further find these represent a minuscule part of all the heavy duty vehicles roaming the city. You have to take into account around half, if not more (although highly speculative by my POV) of large public transportation you find in big cities are from peripheral companies that service the suburban areas yet still make a big chunk of its route in the middle of the city. These rarely have any sort of clean energy vehicles on their fleet because they don't get the refueling facilities as available as fleets that roam around the city alone.

Comment Re:But... But... (Score -1) 154

In my defense, I had seen this article somewhere else first, and it didn't come with that first-line summary that made it clear heavy duty vehicles had such superior restrictions. At the point I stopped reading that article, I hadn't reached that part, so when I commented here on ./ I didn't really read anything but the title. There's too much news these days to read more than first sentences (unless it's very interesting), and this is worse when you see the same news over and over across your sources of choice.

But you know what? FIRST COMMENT F*CKERS :D

Comment All of the above and one more (Score 1) 435

People have said most:
- filter glass requirement, bad quality, and the fact most don't work well with prescription glasses;
- even when such glasses aren't physically hampering, a significative no. of people report headaches, dizziness and/or blurriness, especially after extended use;
- to prejudice of the above reasons, 3D that works without glasses is very position-sensitive thus only being usable by a single, centered observer. And people still report discomfort while/after usage;
- there is loss of immersion when the 3D illusion is blended in a real, non-illuminated (and physically tri-dimensional) background - this induces that the only real, immersive experiences you can have with 3D picture, is by dimming all other light sources, effectively "flattening" the real world through darkness. And this is obviously a very narrow use-case except for non-casual movie-watching. This is why 3D in VR headsets is actually usable - the use-case is always sensory-deprivation-like and this helps a lot with making sense of simulated 3D.

But my personal opinion for 3D failure is the same one that makes most movie theatres have dual sessions: some people just never found it beneficial. The implementation is never flawless: tech and quality is highly variable, and rarely above "good". I doubt there will ever be perfect 3D perception that doesn't involve some sort of brain interface other than the eye - the physics of light and space needed for actual 3D-simulation through the eye are a bit more than we can handle with the current universe we live in :P

Comment Capitalism done right (Score 2) 531

How do you solve the problem of seniority in a democratic state? You use legal means of breaking seniority. And why were these passed as law in the first place? Because democracy, as it is implemented, is nothing more than a technocratic elite making decisions for everyone, i.e. for themselves. How can you allow staffers to replace permanent workers with the sole purpose of the company remaining profitable for the owners? Or in other words, how can you allow small-time individuals' long-term plans to be destroyed immediately just because the top guys need a new summer house. Capitalism has triumphed in ways everyone else predicted but nobody cared about - an american dream of sorts, but really ubiquitous, even in Europe. "I would rather be exploited my entire life than be denied the chance to exploit everyone else to be uber rich". We allowed such things and we are reaping what those before us seow. Never before has the People been so powerless against established governing bodies as today, not even in the Ancient Egypt - you have a vote all right, but there are those who play dirty with the votes of everyone else. Control of statistics, the media and even of communication platforms have become much more powerful than a royal bloodline as a claim for power. Lobbying is a tool made for companies, and the individual rights have eroded deeper than the Grand Canyon. In the US people will claim they still got the 2nd. Tell that to the Malheur guys. Or better - they're en route to being dominated by one of the greatest capitalists there is, who is seriously gonna ignore all individual rights for the needy, and I see no militia forming in any way.

This guy's letter - nothing but a swan song to a time where the human being took precedence over inhuman greed.

Comment Everybody calm you peepees (Score 1) 113

It's Christmas, so take that Christmas chill pill and relax. There will always be free ROMs as long as Google doesn't shut off AOSP completely. And unlike the article says, you don't need an Android system most people can build from scratch: what you do need is Android free as it is today, OEMs providing open drivers or at least driver packages that can be bundle with custom ROMs, and the dedicated developers on XDA that will have your back because they love what they do and they have the time. I know how selfish that sounds, but I have been spoiled and I know the official CM team has long done nothing different than what other non-CM based ROMs have.

Comment Re:Slower than a smartphone? (Score 1) 105

I would too. 2 screens are better than one and the DS and Wii U should be proof of that (even if the former didn't sell as much). Nintendo is going backwards, and worse, it's probably gonna kill it's portable market by committing to a portable that can "talk" to a TV but brings nothing new other than the larger screen and a wireless controller. Imagine a world where Nintendo releases a dedicated portable (the 3DS replacement) alongside the Switch - one won't make sense with the other by then, and it is known that Nintendo fans are the ones more likely to buy both portable and static systems making a bigger profit. Now imagine a world where only the Switch will be released for 2 years and 3ds is eventually outdated by then - will the switch deliver as much as the 3ds to gamers? Or to put it in other words, will it ship enough units to be as relevant as a 3ds? To me, with the investment made with their proprietary, wonderfully working Miracast-clone, it's mesmerizing to force people to dock the console... Why not just make it more expensive and double up on hardware, while making a miles-better experience?

Comment Re:Slower than a smartphone? (Score 1) 105

Enough people (from Nintendo's perspective) buy 3ds's to supplement their mobiles, because their mobiles don't run the big Nintendo exclusives. So it's fair to say enough people will buy these too, unless the Nintendo Run trend picks up a fair share of market (it needs that Android version out to be proven true first though).

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