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Comment Re:Maybe they just don't like the shows? (Score 1) 858

Exactly right. For the small percentage of women who did watch The League, Southpark, or Ballers, were their ratings equivalent to the males who watched them? Or how about my house where my wife loves "House Hunters International" but I'm ambivalent towards. She would give it an 8, myself a 4. Am I sabotaging the ratings? Perhaps men and women just like different programming? Perhaps blacks, Latinos, Persians, etc all have different tastes when it comes to pop culture?

Comment I hope this signals a change for local storage (Score 3, Interesting) 48

Right now, Chromebooks don't have large amounts of local storage ("It belongs in the cloud!"). Hopefully with Android support (with some games running into the gigs) this will push Chromebooks to offer large amounts of storage (64, 128, etc) and basically make these real laptops, instead of cloudy-laptops. This is great news though, especially for Chromebooks with touchscreens.

Comment Misplaced priorities... (Score 5, Insightful) 154

This seems to be a case of completely misplaced priorities. The goal should be that the customer/visitor not have to install or use non-free software (such as MS Office, Edge Browser, Acrobat, etc), not the libraries used to render the government website. It might make perfect sense for the government to use non-free software to develop a site, such as their choice of database, OS, etc. Why worry about which javascript libraries are used if they work across all browsers? This seems like something that should be 34,500th on the list of priorities when it comes to the Federal Government's IT priorities.

Comment And where is Snowden hanging out these days? (Score 2, Insightful) 177

He's living consequence-free in Putin's Russia, which the Panama Papers suggests has large number of government officials (including Putin himself) engaging in wholesale money-laundering of Russia's oil wealth. I'm sure we can expect him to criticize his hosts any tweet now.

Comment Story is lacking in any real details (Score 1) 218

I'm not calling this story out for half-truths, but I'm not sure about this article. Renewables to me suggest nuclear, wind, solar, thermal, and tidal power. I'm pretty sure they're not big nuclear fans in Scotland and I don't think solar would work well (since they're so far north). So is 57% of electricity production really coming from wind, therma and tidal power? That would be a HUGE story, but I don't think that's realistically possible. Might this be misleading? 57% of net new electricity production is coming from renewables, not 57% of total generation?

Comment Re:This is stupid ... (Score 1) 143

I agree that this is stupid, but I think the answer is "We should no longer care about calculating time with respect to the Earth's position around the sun down to the 1-second level". Who cares? Maybe once every 20,000 years we should add another leap day. But this constant fiddling with clocks for no reason just causes more problems than it solves.

Comment Figure out independent contractor vs employee? (Score 5, Interesting) 145

It'll be interesting to see if they solve Uber's problem in California, where their drivers existed in a grey area of employment, with courts deciding they were employees (and thus entitled to expenses) rather than independent contractors. Interesting that the list of cities mentioned so far avoids California, even though SF and LA would be ideal cities for this. I'm guessing they'll construct their driver contracts with extremely thoroughly reviewed legal definitions to avoid having these drivers classified as employees.

Comment Re:Net metering is unstustainable (Score 1) 374

That's exactly right, and couldn't have said it better myself. We (as in society) still need an electric grid even as we are trying to move towards more sustainable energy sources. Whether it's solar, wind, nuclear, tidal, etc, we still need energy companies to provide transmission cables, transformers, backup power sources (such as natural gas generators for when wind/solar isn't providing enough, etc). Net metering makes sense to incent folks to install solar, but it's not sustainable as more and more folks install solar.

Comment Re:Answer: They mostly can, but is it economical? (Score 1) 444

I completely agree with your comment (and disagree that someone marked it as "troll"). They're not using 100% renewable energy if they are hooked up to the grid receiving electricity that was generated by coal/gas/oil/etc. Like you said, if they gathered solar or wind energy during the day and stored it in batteries, that would be 100%. Also, in a factory or manufacturing facility, having a continuous and steady flow of electricity is extremely important and not everyone can rely on variations of solar activity. If I had to make a guess, I would say their solar panels are not directed connected to the factory, but are instead configured like: solar panels-> inverters -> electric grid -> factory. Meaning they're relying on grid-sourced electricity and the solar panels exist solely to have net metering. Finally, many manufacturers use exorbitant amounts of energy. Steel mills, car manufacturing, etc. It's not just a matter of putting a few solar panels on the roof.

Comment Mutant registration is a good idea, by the way (Score 1) 493

I know we're all supposed to buy into the mutants in X-Men as being corollaries for the civil rights movement, but actually registering mutants would be a very logical and beneficial step. A woman who can control the weather? A guy who can destroy buildings if his sunglasses fall off? A girl who can kill you by touching you briefly? People who can shape-shift, instantly teleport past security? People who can control your mind? Guess what? In the real world, having such people walking around controlling the weather on a whim wouldn't work. Gawker.com posted an editorial saying how the government should arrest Global Warming deniers. At the same time, shouldn't we arrest (or at least monitor) those that could actually make the the weather warmer? So yeah, the whole comparison in this story makes no sense. Mutants can (and in the comics are definitely) a menace and should be registered.
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

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