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Comment One of the issues of this law (Score 2) 137

... is that people who adopted it don't understand really how things work. The moment one installs a backdoor into a program, that can be found and accessed by anyone. And usually the people looking for those are either working for security companies (case in which it isn't that much of a problem, provided those people's ethics are intact) or not - and it's the latter that carries some issues with it.

I can understand the concern for security, however this exposes everybody, not only people with malicious intent, and it can have effects that ripple beyond getting law enforcement new tools. It can put everybody's data at risk and this means everybody, from large corporations who are using backdoored software to individuals trying to protect their naughty (or not) private pictures.

I suppose it all boils down to stopping usage of the cloud, storing everything locally with drawer HD and/or optical medium backups, middle fingering iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and so on. Losing convenience over gaining safety and security is one way of dealing with the whole issue.

As for browsing histories and what not, I don't really think people who wish to do harm are googling incriminating stuff or accessing suspect websites, so it's all looking rather pointless. Then again, people give up their data rather easily e.g. to Google for convenience, so the issue lies with educating people. I fear though that when it will become apparent to everybody, it will be too late. People don't realise it now, in the 11th hour, albeit there are strong warnings out there - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:God. Damnnit. (Score 1) 328

You can't do proper computing on a tablet, no matter how much you'd like to do it. Yes, maybe on an Android tablet, but it's still a diluted experience compared to a proper computer.

Tablet-like devices are simply consumers' devices. You can't create properly on them. Yes, there's Raspberry Pi, but that's not really an option. For people who grew up with computers in their exposive evolution days starting with the first x86 processors I think it's quite sad to look upon the current times where kids are exhilarated to tap tap tap on a tablet instead of trying to look behind the shinies directly at the source.

Comment Re:However (Score 1) 542

Fully agree with this, the issue I see though is reach. Their first price point was ~300$, then the launch price was almost double. This limited their reach immensely, people will shell out 300, but 5-600 is already way too much for something that is v1 (no, DK don't count). If you want to fix stuff, you make it affordable so more people buy it, thus you have a solid base of customers to do surveys on.

And no, I don't buy the R&D shit. It's just Facebook trying to cash in on their 2-3bil cow when they paid 19 bil for Whatsapp. Top lols.

Comment Re: Dr. McCoy would be pleased. (Score 1) 91

I am sorry about your losses and the things your brother went through, but taking the blood out of your body to mix it with oxygen and then reintroducing it back is really an immense risk added to the patient. Look up the risks associated with extracorporeal circulation, look up acquired von Willebrand deficit, look up venous thrombosis.

You can say whatever you feel like, however it doesn't change the fact that external ventilation (look up NIV as well) is still the best way to get oxygen in the body who needs it. Same with canullas for getting iv medication as opposed to more long term solutions like picc or hickman lines which are associated with huge infection risks, thrombosis, etc.

Comment Re: As a diabetic (Score 1) 91

As a doctor I would never consider safer a thing that is continually piercing your skin, or worse, is perpetually indwelling in a blood vessel. The danger of infection, thrombosis, autoimmune response and a lot of other nasty stuff is just too high. Not to mention that long term iv lines are also subject to the danger of abuse or misuse (albeit this only applies to some people).

Genetic therapy for diabetes holds a lot of promise, restoring the pancreas' ability to secrete insulin is the only cure, anything else is just treatment.

And I do disagree with the big pharma tendencies of looking into treatments mainly rather than cures, although there is a fine line here between being wary and tinfoiling stuff.

Comment This should be preventable (Score 1) 229

There should be extension cables that would have a trip switch for voltages that are that high. Trip switches should really be included in the computing device itself, really. Since when people connect light bulbs or any appliance directly to the main generator without anything inbetween?

Comment Re:Jpeg 2000 dead? No. (Score 1) 311

I didn't know that, however I fail to see how that is in any way relevant to the home users. I haven't seen _any_ photographer use JPEG2000. At all. Anywhere in their process flow. Nor have I seen any regular user use this format. There is even a good piece on here http://petapixel.com/2015/09/1...

I understand what you are trying to say, however it still is a niche that it's used in. And unfortunately the compatibility is as widespread as the popularity of a file format. If PNG was only used in a handful of niche applications you wouldn't have all the photo editors being taught how to read it and process it.

Comment Re:New Standard, obligatory... (Score 1) 311

Makes me want to think, really, are new standards really necessary?

Also, JPEG2000 is dead and buried and I'm using PNG for photography editing. It goes without saying that if you can process the raw file from the camera, you can also use PNG to save it/resize it and then export it to JPEG for web or other formats as required for printing.

Comment Reading data/decrypting (Score 1) 113

I suppose it was bound to come to this, but even if they intercepted petabytes of data, how are they going to decrypt it uber fast when storage media is slow even by today's computers' standards?

It would be an incredibly fast process, but first you have to find the needle in the hay field and then splice it open, and whilst the latter would be solved by quantum computers, the former is still in the works.

Comment yes, but... (Score 4, Informative) 241

... there's still a long-ish way to go until Windows 10 is out. And I'm afraid it'll come with surprises that we don't want (more bloatware? Advertising?).

I'm impressed by the performance boosts Windows got through 8, 8.1 and now 10, but unfortunately that is not enough for an OS. I'm uncomfortable with navigating the OS, something which should be seamless, logical and extremely easy to do; imagine if you had to think about every step you take whilst you go shopping.

I've also installed Windows 7, 8, 8.1 on a Macbook Pro and it's terrible. Oh, it is fast, trouble is the energy management is so poor the processor is overheating so the fans go turbo-mode. Not a pleasant experience.

I'll stick to 7 for the moment and OS X, they do the job properly without the hassle of a sad smilie BSOD.

Comment Re:it isn't the best thing for your health, but... (Score 1) 365

I agree with you in part, but stigmatised != outlawed. It isn't outlawed to drink. It is outlawed to drink and drive. Smoking is slowly outlawed - in most civilised countries it is illegal to smoke in public places, illegal to smoke in restaurants, cafes, bars, you name it. In some countries it is outlawed to drink in certain areas, but not a lot. Soon, it'll be illegal to smoke in one's own home or on its balcony/in the garden, which to me spells complete bollocks. And the worst part of this is that it's extended to electronic cigarettes extremely fast. Which is completely dumb.

Smoking makes people look down on you. At least it does in the last 15 years or so. Drinking - not so much. At all I'd say. I do make a difference between binge drinking, regular drinking and casual drinking, obviously. I also know for a fact that alcohol tolerances vary a lot and I also know that regular alcohol consumption sometimes leads to alcohol problems. You don't need to get drunk for that, not every time anyway. But then some people notice their hands are shaking without a drink and they're irritable without a drink and they can't go to sleep at night without a drink.

What I'm trying to say is that at the end of the day the sum of all vices is equal in all of us. Some prefer smoking, some prefer a drink, some both, others are serial daters, etc. But vices can do damage, damage that we've yet to quantify. It isn't easy, because studies are inherently flawed by the way they're conducted, low participants' numbers, etc. But overall, the media is blowing stuff out of proportion and instead of publishing neutral articles and let people draw some conclusions, they spoon feed sensational titles and conclusions that aren't always correct.

A balanced approach to life is key, so not being disgusted by somebody who smokes should be as common as not being disgusted by somebody who has a glass of scotch with their evening meal or (should they prefer) their tea time cigar. Bans against alcohol and tobacco aren't going to be efficient, what would be efficient is educating the consumers, the people - to think for themselves and be able to make an informed decision when deciding whether to have another drink, another cigarette or another jaegerbomb.

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