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Comment from a design perspective (Score 1) 495

I have bluetooth headphones.

Just because *you* personally own bluetooth headphones means nothing to this discussion.

Bluetooth is not a permanent replacement for wired audio. It has a quality limit, and people need to be able to use their headphones longer than 5 hours without charging.

Removing compatibility and functionality is not 'innovation' nor is it good design.

Comment Why removing 1/8" port was wrong (Score 1) 217

Here's why the whole "headphone ports are obsolete" concept is wrong (I will address the 'just use a dongle' retort after):

1. It is a data port. Yes, it can be used for headphones, but it is very often used as a data port for all manner of key add-ons like a Square card reader. To force companies to make an Apple only version instead of a 1/8 port version compatable with everything, Apple is guaranteeing more cost and annoyance for consumers.

Also, they just removed a port without replacing it with anything...so a device with two data ports now only has one.

2. 100 years of backwards compatibility. Backward compatibility is a major feature that makes people's lives and jobs easier. Having a universal port shouldn't need to be defended in such a manner...it's clearly one of the most usable features of a device: being able to use it easily with other devices.

3. Bluetooth audio is lower quality No matter what, even if Bluetooth were 2x its current quality, it won't be as good as wired audio. Bluetooth reduces audio quality and power.

4. Bluetooth headphones are not a replacement for wired Many, many people in a number of different jobs use headphones for much, much longer than the 5 hour advertised batter life. Just the people who use it for phone calls alone is severely underrepresented in these discussions. Everyone from attorneys to field workers use headphones 8+ hours per day or more and *cannot recharge them during the day*

"just get a dongle" - This is not a valid response. It is half a valid response...much like "lower taxes" is not an actual tax policy. Inherently, using adapters reduces functionality for several reasons, and everyone understands this fact. Responding to critics of Apple's 'jackpocalypse' by saying "Just get a dongle" is inherently disingenuous because it ignores the truth we all agree upon: Using adapters/dongles is not a permanent solution.

Removing a feature is not evolutionary or courageous; it is doltish and stupid, revealing a marketing-driven design process that guarantees bad design. You'd think Apple would learn from Microsoft and Sony's failures....

Comment general poll suggestion (Score 2) 239

whipslash, thanks for keeping the flame...

so, I don't have a specific suggestion for a poll, but I am always interested in polls about what types of software, OS, and just general tech tools people use

I like hearing about what other /.'ers use for work and such...always get good ideas in the comments too

Comment Re:How does the algorithm decide? (Score 2) 76

Bias in algorithms is from human action...conscious or not.

There is no debate on the point above. All software is made by humans, even software generated by other software...humans originated the commands and instructions.

Let's just repeat that last part for you, guy: *humans originated the commands and instructions*

Here's an example you can understand: Which 'fact checking site' will you use?

Politifact.com - which is bullshit but has some factual information

or

Factcheck.org - not as flashy as Politifact and not quite as quickly updated but it's actual fact checking (Trump as melted their faces off).

So you make the call.

No matter what you do, someone will be able to rationally accuse you of "bias"

Comment Re:Humans still do it (Score 1) 76

as much as is technologically possible is automated

exactly...it gets "automated" by humans choosing methods and processes which define every aspect of what the automation produces

it boggles my mind that some people cannot comprehend this...humans made everything about this system including defining every aspect of how the system decides and learns

Comment Oligarchy SOP (Score 2) 57

This is Standard Operating Procedure for the English oligarchy/monarchy.

England is not a democracy...it has exactly as much democracy as will keep the subjects from rising up.

If you understand the truth of the statement above, a lot of history makes sense, and this move in TFA is completely predictable.

Comment long haul trucking is boring but you will love it (Score 1) 60

Yeah! If they don't go from standard taxis immediately to un-manned cars and firing their drivers in a weekend, then how can we possibly take them seriously?

sarcasm aside, the answer is using our critical thinking skills and technical knowledge

see, /. is still a place where tech people, the people who *actually* understand how this big new tech works, come to comment

AI-cars can't see in the weather. Even light rain. That's just the vision aspect...it might as well be a warp drive...we just don't have anywhere near what we need with LIDAR and nothing in development now is close.

2nd, the software to make the choices necessary in the time necessary is beyond what we are capable of programming. Our algorythms don't learn properly and we don't have a paradigm for one on the horizon.

Those are two problems, they require some technical knowledge to understand, but even someone with a high school education could comprehend.

Here's where this tech will actually be deployed regularly fully autonomously: long-haul trucking *with* a lead vehicle with a human pilot with drone followers.

Comment Total bunk conclusion! (Score 1) 323

Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expecting by the age of 20, compared with 4% of those who did not.

This doesn't prove anything. The research is missing the point...it's not to prevent pregnancy per se...

The program is to encourage birth control use, which is different than percentage who are pregnant at age 20.

Also, number of abortions is not a proper measure either!

One can argue more OR less abortions prove this program is successful...it depends on how you view abortions and their use.

Comment Taxis moving goalposts (Score 1) 60

with a human backup driver and co-pilot on board for the time being

Here we go....now that it's clear (as it has always been if you look) that "self-driving cars" are mostly hype we will start to see companies moving goalposts to claim they have done it.

Uber is doing this in Pittsburg.

This tech has amazing capabilities but it's not ever going to be able to do what they are claiming.

Comment No...the answer is 'no' (Score 1) 264

Can We Avoid Government Surveillance By Leaving The Grid?

No. Refusing to send emails, use credit cards, or social media doesn't mean your personal information isn't still in databases.

Take it further and you're crossing into a 'lifestyle' of infosec where staying 'off the grid' will basically consume all the time in your day and becomes your life. Maybe *comparatively* to others a dedicated infosec lifer could say "I am 'off the grid'"...from a functional perspective they are as far as a person can get, but no one is entirely 'off the grid' unless they were born without a birth record...born 'off the grid'

This is waaay older than Prism or Snowden or even the NSA itself, and it is inherent to any situation where information is being mediated by a 3rd party.

It's part of existence in the modern world for large entities to have information about what you do...whether you are a serf in Europe in the 1500s or today.

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