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Comment Re: "quantum" computing (Score 1) 42

What is unclear is how useful this process will actually be in practice. Quantum speed-ups are not at all guaranteed with this design. That's were the focus should be. Not some rehashed conspiracy theory that D-Wave is faking their hardware.

you're hitting it here...

the controversy is about what "fake" is...actual quantum non-locality would be faster than light information and that would turn Einstein's theories, as well as many other theories on their head

critics are right to say that D-wave is not actual quantum computing and it just hurts us all to let marketing rule in this arena

now, is D-wave "faking their hardware"? in essence, no, it's real software on a machine that exists in reality...but it's not "quantum" like they are claiming

everyone wants to race to being able to say "quantum" and predictably people are cheating on how they define it to claim to be the first...it's not a new tactic, but we should still be critical of it!

Comment Re: "quantum" computing (Score 1) 42

simulated...it's all simulated

actual 'non-locality' would be faster-than-light travel and turn some core Einstein theories on their head...b?it would be transmitting information isntantaneously regardless of distance and that would be kind of a big deal

it's all simulated at some level...simulated or redefined in such a way to make it not actual non-locality

Comment Re:a little late, no? (Score 4, Insightful) 96

they could have chosen the 32 gb option and used a bigger battery, but it "has to be thin" so they went with the lpddr3.

this is indeed what happened...it's designing with marketing first instead of the user...

I'm fine with Apple having cheesey, trendy marketing, but they need to put the user first in their design decisions.

Marketing can figure out something...they pay them enough ffs...but they really need to change how they make design decisions.

One day, maybe far, far in the future, but some day Microsoft might figure out that if they avoid their garbage spyware/adware software they can ruin Apple due to their market penetration from government contracts....if Apple is still letting ad slogans guide design at that point, on that day Microsoft will kill Apple.

Comment Apple must put the user first again, not marketing (Score 4, Insightful) 96

This is a good step, but there's a greater fallacy at work at Apple here: The triumph of marketing demands over technical needs of the user.

Apple is great...they are better than Microsoft at making both hardware and software (especially software). Apple's OS is basically Unix with a candy coated shell and it is the best for basically anything except gaming (I know broad statement...I'm sure there are other applications that are better on Windoze but I'm speaking broadly...chill).

Apple's mistake, and it's a big one, is letting advertising phrases like "Our thinnest Macbook Pro yet!" override user centered design.

Same goes for their port nonsense...removing the headphone jack was a huge mistake, it's a *data port* that is backwards compatible with 100 year old tech. They wanted to advertise their phones as "waterproof" so instead of making the port waterproof like other companies, they just remove it and let marketing handle it. Disgusting.

Apple can easily regain their footing by putting the users first in their design decisions and stop their design hubris.

Comment Re:Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 68

his is like suing a software engineer's new company because he worked on GPS mapping software at his old and new company, it's just ridiculous.

I don't see this at all, and you're being a bit hyperbolic.

A company has a right to hire people to write software that belongs to said company...that's a thing that exists and it's not "slavery".

It seems like you're arguing that a comic character created by an artist for DC while working at DC isn't DC's IP and that character goes with the creator wherever they may work, which is just ridiculous.

I can't say the claims have merit, but you're saying it's *impossible* for them to have merit and that's just not so...

Comment Occulus built on hype (Score 1) 68

Palmer Luckey wasn't a "tech innovator"...he was a rich geek who frequented VR modding message boards, and just like everyone else took a smartphone screen and hooked it to community-made VR software

Occulus has always been more about hype than actual tech...that's fine as it goes...if I could start a hype driven company and get it purchased by Facebook for Billions I'd do it, but lets' not pretend or let marketing people write the history.

I'm not surprised at all that Occulus is being accused of doing this...doesn't mean it's true...but on the face of it, this fits with Occulus' modus operandi since it was just Palmer Luckey posting on message boards

Comment Snowden's info reported in 2006 (Score 0) 268

First, context of what Snowden actually did....

We knew about what Snowden released since 2006, read it and weep: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com...

From that article:

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Updated 5/11/2006 10:38 AM ET
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's see Snowden for what he is, an obtuse narcissist who was either blackmailed or duped into stealing a powerpoint presentation that gave names of programs we knew existed.

Today, Snowden is basically in prison in Russia.

I think he should come clean on what actually happened, admit the info was already available, and get pardoned. Same with Chelsea Manning and others who haven't gotten as much press coverage.

We need whistleblowers. Our government needs a safety valve for situations when the people who watch the watchers are not doing their job.

Comment "quantum" computing (Score 3, Interesting) 42

D-wave is not quantum computing. It's regular, non-quantum computing that uses software to simulate what we think using non-locality in computing would be.

Humans actually controlling quantum non-locality would be arguably the biggest feat since harnessing the atom...it amazes me how this blatant bs continues to be called "quantum"...

Comment Re:Not quite. (Score 1) 227

I just don't have the time or the inclination to fuck around with the current MBP products. I see a million roadblocks and stumbling points that I just don't want to deal with. I have other things to do.

imho you aren't an edge case...you should be the target user...sort of like how a pole vaulter aims *over* the bar...grandmas and sorority chicks who use their mac for email and facebook will be happy if you're happy, in that sense

but...switching to windoze?

Comment design hubris vs total garbage (Score 1) 227

Apple under Tim Cook seems to believe iOS devices are the "future" as the traditional computer dies out

Partially true.

Apple is the victim of their own design hubris...the port removals are the perfect example.

They think paper thin phones are "a few years away" and are pushing wireless everything, and it's horseshit.

Apple just needs to come back to reality and put usable ports on their devices...that's all...

Windows is still spyware/adware garbage, and even with Apple's port nonsense, Apple products are still miles better than Windows.

Mac's are Unix-like systems...basically they are Linux with a candy-coated shell. People do the most technical software development on Macs all the time and it works flawlessly.

Windows is...it's just garbage...Apple just needs to put the fucking ports back and all will be well.

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