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Comment Re: Every minute is too much (Score 1) 87

Only every 4 hours ? Lol. What's the point of reading that kind of crap.

There were several news stories posted within an hour of the train crash this morning. 4 hours is plenty to write out the who-what-when-where. Not enough time to write a Rolling Stone expose but plenty of time to cover "news".

"A train crashed today into a crowded station. "It was awful," said Bob. At this time it's not believed to be a terrorist attack but investigators have only just begun piecing through the evidence. About 100 people were injured and as of writing there are no reports of fatalities although there were numerous seriously injured."

There, that's a reasonably insightful breaking news summary that took about 3 minutes to write. Give someone 80x as long and a couple hours to ask questions at a press conference and you've got a thorough reporting of the day's big news event.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 297

Plus, McCain's and Cruz's birthplaces only became an issue because of the precedent set by the birthers about Obama.

Actually McCain and Cruz birther issue came up because neither was born in the Continental United States (Cruz: Canada, McCain in a military base in central America) and that's public knowledge and not denied by either candidate. The Birther question of McCain and Cruz is whether or not their being born outside of the Continental United States still means they're "natural born citizens". It's a real constitutional question not a witch hunt to prove something based on the color of their skin.

It's the difference between someone coming into a job interview and saying "I smoked pot yesterday, is that a problem?" And some random black guy getting drug tested presumably because he's black.

Comment Re:Every minute is too much (Score 5, Insightful) 87

Except that people have different interests. If you have 30 categories of news then 1440 / 30 = a news story every half hour if you are only interested in say "Sports" or "Business". If you're interested in Linux and Programming I bet that only represents probably a story every couple hours at best.

Saying a story every 10 minutes is too much is like saying Netflix has too much content because nobody could ever watch 100,000 hours of television. It's true, but it ignores the fact that there isn't a perfect venn diagram of interest.

The WaPost has 740 staff writers. So that's only a story every 4 hours/writer. If they gave each writer 5 minutes to write a story I would worry about quality but 4 hours is plenty to make some calls and interview people.

Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 2) 448

The good old "you too" fallacy - why no one ever holds politicians accountable for their misdeeds and illegal activitites today.

If your politician does something and you say "That's perfectly moral and legal, I have no problem with that." and then someone else's preferred politician does the exact same thing you and you scream "EXECUTE THEM FOR TREASON THEN HANG THEM!" then it shows that either you're more than happy to play fast and loose with morality when it favors you which means your moral condemnation now is hypocritical and selective, or it shows that nothing bad actually took place in either instance and it's just a trumped up charge.

It's more like this. "My client's checking account was over drafted and they are being accused of bank theft. Millions of people overdraft their accounts every day and they aren't accused of bank theft. Why just yesterday the prosecutor themselves incurred an overdraft, paid a fine and carried on with their lives. Why is my client being charged with bank robbery for the same so-called crime? Why are you really prosecuting my client?"

Comment Re:Just rename windows 8 ... (Score 1) 153

They all run on the exact same kernel and have the same WinRT runtime. The only difference is ARM vs x86 compiler. They're as similar as Ubuntu for ARM and ubuntu for x86.

Xbox is a bit of a unique case in that it run's AAA titles in a stripped down VM and apps in another VM. But the Apps VM is effectively Windows 10 Desktop but with a different explorer.exe

Windows 10 Mobile isn't running something like WinRT Mobile, like Windows Mobile 6 ran .NET Mobile it's a full WinRT.NET implementation with the full API surface as the Desktop version. The only real difference between Mobile and Desktop is it lacks Win32 and has a different explorer.exe as well. In fact in a few beta builds the mouse cursor would inadvertantly pop up. And if you turn up the DPI sufficiently apps will think they're running on desktop and switch over to the Desktop UI.

Comment Re:... formerly most secure computer (Score 1) 126

I don't see how this would protect a bitcoin wallet since it would self destruct taking all of your money with it. I guess if you had redundant systems spread all over the place it would be ok but it's hard to maintain an offsite system and keep it powered and running perfectly.

Comment Re:Future warfare (Score 1) 193

We've been deploying autonomous attack vehicles for 70+ years. The V2 was autonomous. ICBMs are autonomous. Cruise missiles are autonomous. Barage balloons are autonomous. Even gps/laser guided bombs are autonomous. Radar/IR guided surface to air and AA missiles are autonomous

If you need a vehicle to fly to a place, dump a ton of munitions and fly back we can handle that pretty easily. Even Air to Air combat is now handled by AI. There are no sensors that a human pilot will have that aren't already provided by the aircraft or could be adequately processed entirely locally without any opportunity for jamming.

It will also be nearly impossible to completely jam communication. And laser based communication would be impossible to jam beyond the horizon from the ground if the aircraft was at altitude. Just setup a relay network of autonomous drones communicating by laser. It's not like you're risking a pilot. And if something manages to take a shot at a relay, you have a new target.

Comment Re:Not too surprising... (Score 1) 139

Yeah, the problem with this research is that you need a small dataset. Characters are pretty easy with just 26. With a small sunset of faces it should be easy to identify blurred faces but start adding variables and this attack vector gets absurd: Pixel blur radius, filter type, 6 billion people as options, lighting etc. If you are deciding "which of these hundred people" is this, I guess it's useful but I cant see this being useful to deanonymize a random person on Facebook.

Comment Re: Why do they not have (Score 2) 266

Extreme high speed cameras can usually only operate for brief periods due to buffers and heat and regular CCTV is probably too slow to get useful data. If it was shot by a bullet the act of penetrating the tank probably produces enough sparks to cause an instant explosion.

You don't need extreme highspeed cameras though. I have a camera that you could put together a sufficient package for under $20k that shoots 300fps at 1080p for a full hour. 300fps would give you 3ms.

I'm sure that Spacex right now would LOVE to have 3ms video precision from 3 angles. In fact I know SpaceX owns these cameras. They were probably all rigged up though on the drone ship and nobody started them for just a static fire.

Comment Re:This was stupid. (Score 1) 74

Upgrades haven't really made sense in the PC space either for a long time. It's a nice idea to upgrade one single part but generally when you upgrade CPU you need DDR+1 RAM, your SSD is absurdly small and slow by modern standards and your GPU can be replaced for $100.

I wouldn't want to upgrade my camera on my phone if it didn't come also with a faster processor so that the higher resolution sensor doesn't go 2x as slow.

Considering System On a Chip effectively dropped the price of every component to nearly $0 it's silly to only upgrade one tiny component at a time without considering the full performance bottlenecks of the system as a whole.

Comment Re:It's the other way around (Score 1) 585

Sticking it to their customers? You mean people running out of date software that they don't sell anymore? You stopped being a customer the moment you bought Windows 7. You became a past Customer and a potential future customer.

By refusing to upgrade to Windows 10 you're effectively saying you don't want to be a customer. You're like someone demanding a restaurant bring you bread and water but refusing to be seated and stating that you don't want to eat in the establishment. What incentive do they have to help you not give them money? Why should they devote dev resources to someone who is boycotting their company?

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 1) 532

Improvements in understanding this may become viable for flying car type energy/thrust requirements.

Except that we already have engines which are *more* efficient: photonic drives. But nobody is suggesting a photonic drive could ever achieve enough thrust to lift itself off the ground. You're talking about a technology which has so little thrust that we can barely *measure* its effect and saying that with refinement it will be capable of 100:1 lift ratios?! Sure but the distance between the current state of the art and what you're suggesting is so vast (literally +10,000,000,000x more efficient) that the speculation is absurd. For all we know we'll discover an anti-gravity drive tomorrow.

Maybe this drive works through some process we're unaware of. But if it does work the likelihood it'll be a path to flying car level is effectively equal to the infinite variety of unconceived technologies that could potentially be imagined or discovered since it's effectively starting as close to 0 as our technology is capable of measuring.

It would be like discovering a new form of solar panels with 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000001% efficiency and exclaiming "With further refinement it might beat our top panels which have 50%!" More likely, with further refinement you'll improve it to .0000000000000000000000000005%.

Comment Re:RAID is not backup... (Score 3, Interesting) 366

I have over 10TB on Backblaze for $5/mo. Works great and recovery is easy.

I would add though that if you want more control and more flexibility I've started using Backblaze's B2 API and SyncBack, Cloud Berry or whatever software backup solution you prefer. That costs about $5/month per TB but has the advantage of control over hash checks and retention.

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