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Comment Re:Bashing Windows 10 (Score 1) 470

Telemetry isn't exclusive to Microsoft. Debian Linux has been doing telemetry since, uh, well since I started using it, in 1999 or 2000. True, it's completely optional and it asks you during installation if you'd like to participate. But somehow, because you can optout easily, its ok that Linux does Telemetry. Talk about double standard.

Did you just equate popcon to Microsoft Telemetry?


Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 427

Assange is the press. Unlike the MSM (which I assume, correct me if I am wrong, you call the "press"), which is nothing short of political democrats wrapped up in faux "Impartiality". The difference is, Wikileaks has a PERFECT record of reporting actual "Facts", while the MSM is still lying to us about "Russian Hacking" the election.

AT BEST, Russia hacked the DNC and Democrats, and they came out looking like the assholes they are. IF that influenced the election, the DNC and Democrats have nobody else to blame but themselves. And guess who is helping cover up the ineptitude of Hillary, the DNC, and the rest? The complicit MSM was also implicated in the massive collaboration to derail Bernie even before Trump got the nomination.

Wikileaks just published everything it had, didn't hold back info, and has a perfect record of not getting anything wrong on things it has "leaked". So, if you want to compare Wikileaks to the "press", I am sure you'll find the MSM press lacking. Unless you're a democrat douchebag bootlicker.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 0) 427

Lets deconstruct the terms, so that we have understanding.

Gender = Social constructs (societal roles). Not scientific.
Sex = Biological and Physiological reproduction characterizations (Scientific)

Manning was born Male (XY). Had functional Male parts (penis, testes).

Society said he was a Man, science said he was male. He participated in life as a Man, joined the Military as a Man. Only when his/her life went to shit did his mental state appear to change. Anything he said about how he "felt" growing up is irrelevant to any discussion, because there is NO way to verify any of it.

Science is about proof. There is NO proof that s/he is anything but a fucked up mentally ill man. You can blame it on Genetics or whatever. In nature (natural) there is no "fix" for this. Scientifically we can kind of sort of make things appear differently, but that doesn't really change what facts we have. Pretending that being Transgendered is some sort of hero state by default may be doing a HUGE disservice to someone that is mentally ill (if that is what it is). But being politically correct is more important than facts.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 5, Insightful) 427

One, Compelling a person to say things is kind of tyrannical, isn't it? We have completely disintegrated as a society by placing the "feelings" of everyone above everyone else's feelings. Sorry cupcake, but YOUR feelings do not trump (no pun intended) my feelings.

I have no respect for Manning, because he deserves none. She has got exactly what it wanted out of his surgery, sympathy from a sycophantic cult of "Gender Identity", who view her as some sort of "hero" for having some gender make believe surgery. I don't care if it wants to be called anything, traitor is what he is.

Snowden and Assange deserve the pardons.

Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 1) 229

Further advantages of watching content locally, either ripped or on physical media:

1. You're not relying on your Internet connection being available and able to keep up for the duration of the movie.
2. You're not at the mercy of the content provider deciding to close up shop, update their T&C or just block you for an arbitrary reson.
3. You're not a data point. The only one who knows what you're watching and how often is you and anyone you care to share it with.

Comment Re:Trust? (Score 1) 152

The word "courage" when applied to Apple means much the same as describing people in our community as "gifted" or "special".

For example, the decision to not release a Mac Mini or MacBook Pro that could take more than 16 GB RAM in 2016 was a very courageous move. As is sticking a fork in a power socket and licking it.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 229

Many younger individuals can't seem to get the concept that paying over and over for "borrowing" something is a bad deal.

We're talking about movies here, not music. I don't know about you, but there aren't very many movies I really care to watch over and over again. This is the whole reason that video rental stores (like the ill-fated Blockbuster) were such a success as soon as VCRs became commonplace; most of us just want to pay a fee and watch a movie *once*, and that's it. Once in a while we'll see a movie that's so great we might want to watch it multiple times (like Aliens from 1986), but that's rare, and even there it's not like I want to watch it that often.

Music is entirely different, and I agree with you on that: I really don't understand the current phenomenon where so many people want to pay for streaming music access, and my best guess is that it's mostly people who don't care that much about music and just want some crappy filler playing in the background all the time. Personally I have very specific music I want to listen to, so I keep it in Ogg form on all my devices (phone, laptop, car) and play from my library constantly. But I listen to music a fair amount: pretty much any time I'm in the car, for instance, plus frequently when I'm using my computer at home, plus frequently when I'm at work (with headphones). I don't watch movies that often, and it just isn't very often that I re-watch a movie.

Oh, and what if you wish to watch something that's older than last year? (Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow, Pacific Rim) or even within the last year (Star Wars 7) These are all available to me, to watch any time.

Right, and how much did all those cost you? How many dozens of movies do you have to make a decent collection so you aren't watching the same 3 movies over and over? The total cost there is significant. With Netflix, you pay a cheap monthly fee (less than $10) and can watch all you want at any time, out of a truly enormous catalog. If you really like a particular movie a lot and want the higher quality (and lack of worries about problems with access) that a physical disc offers, you can certainly buy that too; it's not either-or.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 229

Exactly. Download it on BT, and now you have a reasonable-size file that you can just play in any decent media player at your convenience. No messing around with stupid easily-scratched optical discs, no messing around with your Blu-Ray player needing a firmware update because of some encryption keys on the disc, no messing around with slow internet connections and streaming problems (esp. with FF/REW), it "just works". The main problem with the BT stuff is that a lot of it is transcoded to smaller resolutions or bitrates to save space, so it won't have the ultimate quality of a true Blu-Ray. But it's still a lot better than DVD quality usually, thanks to much more modern codecs. The h265 stuff is great.

Comment Re:Make the banks take the risk when an driver hit (Score 1) 136

No, that's not an open question at all. Sanders would have won, easily.

Hillary wasn't that far behind Trump, she won the popular vote, but she screwed up (among other ways) by not campaigning in key states like PA that the DNC thought were "safe". Bernie was always much better about campaigning in places like that. Hillary's campaign was totally full of hubris; they really thought they couldn't possibly lose, especially to Trump. Her campaign was also full of condescension, esp. to the Bernie voters, and of course to anyone on the right. A lot of Trump voters were just sick of mainstream, incumbent politicians and voted for him out of spite for that and her. Many would have actually voted for Bernie. Bernie brought a lot of enthusiasm from the under-30 crowd. Obama himself won largely because he got young people to get out and vote. Hillary didn't: young people didn't like her, and her campaign didn't care much to court them either. It didn't help that she and her followers specifically told the Bernie crowd that "we don't need you". It also didn't help that she and the DNC were seen by the Bernie voters as having knifed his campaign in the back with dirty tricks, as shown in the leaked Podesta emails.

Hillary lost an election to the 2nd-most unpopular candidate in history. That's because she was the most unpopular candidate ever. There's really no way Bernie could have done worse. People actually *liked* Bernie, he had the support of the youth, and he wasn't hamstruck by scandal after scandal. The only arguments against Bernie were from Hillary supporters inventing nonsense to try to back their queen (like, "the Republicans would have found dirt on him too!" Except that they didn't.).

Just look at the election numbers. There were millions more votes in the 2008 election than in November's, even though the population is a little bigger now. Lots of people simply sat at home. Obama was famous and acknowledged for getting a lot of people out to vote, particularly younger people who are infamous for not turning out to vote; Bernie had the same effect, but Hillary had the opposite effect. Assume that Bernie would get those several million people out to vote unlike Hillary, add in all of Hillary's voters (because they sure as hell aren't going to vote for Trump, and they're generally older so they're more reliable about both turning out and voting along party lines even if they aren't enthused about the candidate), plus definitely more swing voters since he didn't have Hillary's baggage, and it's quite clear that Bernie would have won.

It's just too bad the DNC and their lapdogs in the media will never admit to itself that this is the case, and Trump being president is really all their fault for doing everything they could to keep Bernie from winning their nomination. (Remember the day when Washington Post published almost 20 hit pieces on Bernie in a single day?)

Comment Re:Well there is a little problem (Score 1) 146

You seem to think the recession started just before Obama took office, I'd argue that it actually started on 9/11. The economy was rough all through GWB's tenure and his polices are part of the reason why the economy sucks to this day. Obama didn't help any, and quite frankly, didn't do anything useful. People are tired of 16 years of crappy economy after Reagan - Clinton's economy (20 years).

Comment This. (Score 1) 146

I have close knowledge of one project in which a codebase performs an action using an initial human-supplied table of data, then records the result as either a positive or negative outcome and adds that result back into the table. Then it performs another action based on the table data, records the result as a positive or negative, and adds that back into the table. Over time, of course, the table entries with the highest positive rate rise to the top and influence the actions that are chosen. It's CS101 stuff on a fairly mundane dataset.

But the codebase is hosted on Amazon and it's a marketing-led company, so they went to press with "Our innovative new artificial intelligence system uses a deep machine learning algorithm running on new exascale computing platforms to determine the best course of action to take in each case."

The engineers in the room were not happy about this. The marketing person said, "Don't sell yourself short. You developed a system that records data about what has already happened, remembers it, then makes decisions about what to do next based on what has already happened. I call that artificial intelligence."

One of the engineers shot back with, "When I was in college, we just called that 'computation.'"

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

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