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Comment Re:Why shop at Walmart (Score 1) 467

Walmart 2-day shipping is a lie. There. That is the difference. When you order from Amazon with a two-day delivery, you can reasonably expect Amazon will hit that goal, pretty much all the time.

I haven't ordered anything from Walmart, so I can't disagree. But when the last 5 out of 5 Amazon Prime shipments arrived late, that was the end of my Prime membership. I usually buy things off of Ebay, and the last Prime items I bought from Amazon were all available from Ebay significantly cheaper, I paid more because I actually needed them quickly. Now I just assume all fast shipping times are a lie.

Comment Maybe if I could still root my phone... (Score 1) 103

Since Google and the carriers record everything I do and are willing to sell it to anyone with a big enough pocketbook, it's hard to say I'm "protected" by having an up to date phone. My only real hope is to never patch and hope to root it some day so that I can actually protect it myself.

Comment Re:Proof was not given... (Score 1) 352

Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 percent, compared to other Mondays during the year, according to a new U.S. study released on Saturday.

And this could easily be explained by people being more active outdoors with the extra hour of sunlight. All of the other people who were more active, who didn't have heart attacks, actually reduced their overall risk of any type of heart disease, but not for any given day. Getting a full picture will require a great amount of research. Focusing on a single study with only four data points highlighted in a biased article is not going to convince anyone who doesn't already want to believe.

Comment Re:This seems really premature (Score 1) 292

it's kind of useless to have all that expensive gear in my car if no one else does

No need for it to be expensive. Search for Bluetooth ODBII Adapter. You can get one for $5 that transmits all of the needed info, and a lot more that you couldn't care less to know. Get an app for tour phone and be entertained for hours.

Comment Re:Embrace, extend, extinguish (Score 1) 280

Try Notepad++. It's a good, free, lightweight programmer's editor, in the style of Notepad.

Yep. I use notepad++ on pretty much every machine I work on, usually as a general text editor. And Sublime for actual programming.

    The difference is having on installed by default, like Powershell is. Sure I can install python, perl, or whatever. But there's a big difference in having something that's the same for everyone performing a similar task.

Comment Embrace, extend, extinguish (Score 1) 280

I can only assume this is Microsoft's final attempt at killing off the command line. So much for hoping one day they'd actually provide a usable one.

If they really wanted to provide an enhanced, programmable shell, then provding a good, lightweight programmer's editor would be the first step. As it stands, Notepad doesn't even recognize Unix style line endings.

Comment Re:Punish people that read your content? (Score 1) 114

The question is obviously whether a data feed added by the user is "commercial use"

The TFA is pretty one sided, only containing a partial quote of an email supplied by someone arguing against it. My bet is this is more about feeds added to an app by default. This would align with their claim that the maker of the app (or whoever provided the url)has visited their website and agreed with their TOS, as stated in the email.

I would imagine the courts would eventually side with app makers. But CBC does have a valid argument.

Comment I just cancelled "Prime" (Score 1) 110

I've been a Prime member since shortly after it started. Laley though, most packages arrive late. And they're no longer as competitive on price for small ticket (cheap) items. They still seem to be competitive on big ticket itmes, and even ship them on time, but I buy those seldom enough that Prime doesn't pay for itself.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 704

Not surprising. Dig into some of the emails and you will find discussions among DNC staffers about various articles they have received from journalists for approval before they are submitted to their editors! The media is complicit and circling the wagons around their own.

Can you post some links to some of those?

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.

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