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Comment Exasperating (Score 2) 361

I went from being a researcher and developer to being in technical management. I also spend much of my time on the road and on the go. I switched to Mac from dual-boot PC's shortly after OSX. It had everything I needed. It just worked. I closed the lid when the plane was about to land, and an hour later, voila. I could be in a terminal running screen on multiple servers, and 'alt-tab' to MS-Outlook to accept a meeting invite. I could go from coding in vim and compiling in a Unix environment to, *gasp*, editing a power point. I even run multiple VM's, and with a simple USB hub could have a complete office on the go. Even iTunes didn't use to be all that terrible. I'd laugh at all those PC people enslaved to the one bank of power outlets at the airport, while I was smugly charging both phones from my computer, confident I'd still have juice for the next flight. And it didn't hurt that the thing looked like a luxury car, and didn't feel like something that looked like it was trying to be a luxury car. Oh and lasted more than a year under substantial use. And lastly that my whole setup weighed less than the power brick for many other machines (I'm looking at you, HP).

Sadly, I feel those days coming to an end, and I'm honestly not sure what will be next.

Comment Re: Its not just an IT guy, its cops and lawyers t (Score 1) 186

This. Additionally, many of the public records laws in place across the country establish standards and procedures that often involve curation of records before release -- which in turn can involve multiple agencies/bureaus/jurisdictions beyond the PD that "owns" the video. The various policies and procedures that have evolved to meet these often myriad and byzantine policy frameworks are often barely able to scale to textual, digital records. When you expand them to accommodate frame-by-frame review and redaction of video prior to release, the issue becomes far less black-and-white than many of the comments make it out to be (in either direction.)

As a fun exercise, extrapolate this to the data that will be created once mass sensor data becomes 'public record' as the IoT becomes adopted by governments.

Comment Re:Attractive proposition (Score 1) 288

And as far as a universe with no beginning or end is concerned, what's the problem? I was dealing with infinite open shapes (lines, planes) in grade school, unending closed shapes are trivial (a circle, a sphere), and if you assume our universe is a 4-dimensional "slice" of an n-dimensional space it's not that hard to construct an arrangement where you can travel forever in any "direction"

Sort of like a world in Minecraft, well, at least in the XZ coordinates.

Comment Re:Easier for denialists (Score 1) 895

Do you accept the theory of evolution? If so, then would you subscribe to the assertion that the ("rich") Miami Millionaire was just naturally selected to survive AGW, whereas the poor Bangladeshi Farmer was not? I find it ironic that we can accept evolution as the mechanism that produced the complexity of humanity, but then disregard it in the face of AGW. Maybe the Miami Millionaire was just spawned in the better petri dish. He lives.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a creationist (you insensitive clods), and believe in helping out the downtrodden whenever I can. I just find it ironic that we'll accept the geologic timescales and probabilities required of evolution theory, but then get worked up over AGW, which on the x-axis of the accepted geologic time-scale isn't even of sufficient duration to stand out as it's own data point. If geologically abrupt, cataclysmic events (e.g., dinosaur extinction, ice ages, etc.) served to evolve us to the point we're at now, then won't AGW just serve to 'advance' us via natural selection to the next level? Or have we just beaten entropy all these millions of years to only now succumb to it?

Comment Re:I dont need it. (Score 1) 602

I'm a nerd. Chess club. Picked on. Etc. And I found that I really enjoyed American Football in high school. I wasn't any good at it. I was third string. I got flattened a lot. But what intrigued me was the complexity. Sure, there's some mindless violence at local levels, but above that, incredible sophistication and elegance at the macro and global levels. The plays and counter-plays themselves are incredibly complicated, and when you watch college and pro games live or on TV, you really are seeing two coaches playing a game of chess against one another. Spend some time in a college sports forum and watch with what detailed analysis sports nerds pick apart the plays, the strategies, etc.

And I found that the same was true for just about any competitive sport. I spent four years as the statistician for a basketball team -- the coaches were nerds when it came to things like shot groupings, trends, etc., and the players were always looking for ways to squeeze out just a little more performance -- kind of like overclockers, only athletic.

Your point about the 'tidy conclusion' is pertinent as well, imho. As an example of a violent civil-war rivalry turned athletic-sportsmanship competitive, consider the KU-Missouri rivalry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_War_(Kansas%E2%80%93Missouri_rivalry).

Now, do I prefer spending my spare time playing MW2 over playing club sports these days. Yup. But I think that's just my medium of choice.

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