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Comment Re:App issues (Score 1) 278

2. Horrid permission requirements. Granted, most people don't even give a fuck

I wouldn't say people don't care, it's just that Google and Apple make it too difficult to find apps that don't require unnessesary permissions. There have been many times I've been searching for a simple app (like sun/moon rise times, weather, tap and drill chart, etc) where I found it faster to just write my own than to try to find one that wasn't spyware.

Comment AI is not getting better, it's just cheaper (Score 1) 311

I can see how the lay person would think AI is getting better by leaps and bounds because it's becoming more common. But things like self driving cars date back at least to the 1950's. And the main idea behind it (epipolar geometry) predates computers. They're just now becoming more practical and affordable due to Moore's law. And the recent accident caused by Google's car merging into traffic shows they're still not that good at it, usually driving much slower than all other traffic, and yielding the right of way at all times. If all cars on the road behaved that way, there'd be a lot more problems, maybe not wrecks, but a lot more congestion and much longer travel times.

So, it might look like AI is getting better just because things like assisted driving are becoming more popular, and at some point might actually affect jobs where people are paid to drive. But any other jobs that would benefit from automation using AI were likely replaced long ago because the cost of paying someone $30k/yr likely exceeded the cost of automation way before Moore's law brought it down to today's level.

Comment Re:Why the fuck did this get a downmod? Study is B (Score 1) 795

Science doesn't operate on consensus. Science operates on the scientific method, hypotheses, theories, and laws. We don't advance science by taking votes on which hypothesis or theory is correct.

Which is fine because this study isn't about declaring global warming as true or false. It's about applying the scientific method to determine if a consensus exists.

Comment Re:Typical obfuscation journalism (Score 1) 381

Apple could have a point that using third party hardware can compromise security.

"Security" would be a good reason to not trust a third party component and refuse to all that piece to opperate. But "security" is not an excuse for bricking an entire device, even the parts that haven't been altered, months after the other alteration was done. If someone is going through the trouble to replace the fingerprint scanner to access data on the phone, the damage would be done long before the device would be bricked. This is about making money, plain and simple.

Comment Re:It really is about security, not repair (Score 1) 381

Everything's microsoldered to a circuit board the size of a credit card, and the tiniest slip of your all-too-human hands and you've ruined a trace on a different circuit.

You might want to try giving surface mount soldering a try, it isn't really that hard. When there's several components, people usually use a reflow oven and solder paste, which is well within the realm of home hobby skill and equipment. But it can also be done pretty easily by hand. It takes a lot longer, so people only usually do it when there's just a few components. The key to it working is the solder mask on the board which won't let solder stick to it. It seems like magic the first few times you see it, so I recommend everyone give it a try at least once.

Comment Re:Comcast offices built like fortresses (Score 1) 176

The reason for the security is that it's a payment center. Think tens of thousands in cash on hand, with a LOT less of a law enforcement response than if you rob the local bank.

There's lots of places that deal with a lot more money with less security. E.g. Walmart, casinos, et . And those places are a lot more likely to deal in cash and with a lot more people than a cable tv provider where most people mail their checks in.

Comment Short answer: No (Score 1) 78

Robotics is the conglomoration of many different diciplines including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, fabrication, and more. You can learn the computer science part using simulators, but just knowing that doesn't mean you've "learned robotics". There are plenty of pure theoretical areas you can explore in robotics without access to anything, not even a computer. So, it's really important to be very specific about what it is when you say you want to learn robotics.

Comment If only they applied the same rules to words (Score 1) 206

I cannot fathom any explanation as to why they press so hard on presenting photos and video as is, but feel free to be as creative as possible with the text and words. My guess is that cameramen are considered second class citizens as opposed to the anchors, and they actively want to prevent them from doing anything creative.

Comment Do what advertisers hate: click on ads (Score 2) 398

Back when I rand ads on my website, the click through rate was horribly low, and that's what the advertising agencies used to demand very low rates for displaying ads.

The strategy everyone who hates ads has adopted is to never click on ads, and as a result, a website displaying 10000 ads will probably only get a handful of clicks.

So the strategy I've adopted is to click on evry ad I can. Especially on websites I like. With such low click through rates, just one user can double or tripple a site's revenue, and by the same virtue double or tripple an ad agency's costs.

It only takes a few seconds to open every ad in a new background tab that I'll never see. And I get the benefit of helping a website I like, while costing the advertisers money.

I'd think it wouldn't take an incredible number of people adopting the same strategy before advertisers have to change their game.

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