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Comment Re:None of this solves real world problems (Score 2) 82

Live training is (theoretically) more expensive than sim training. Just saying dump simulators because they aren't true to life means you will probably have more realistic training time but a whole lot less training overall. The people in charge of training should be trained to understand the limitations of all the training measures available and plan training accordingly to provide the largest benefit possible...again theoretically.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:DSL is my only option (Score 1) 141

We only had video artifacts during primetime. If it were simple over-compression then shouldn't we have seen a steady rate of artifacts across the day? Towards the end we eventually had to give up watching TV during primetime. We'd have minutes of blockiness or missing audio. During the daytime, the picture never had artifacts.

Comment Re:DSL is my only option (Score 1) 141

I went to DSL and DirecTV at my previous residence because the cable company oversubscribed the street and I would have useful bandwidth anytime except for between 5pm and midnight on weekdays. This not only ruined normal internet use but cause all sorts of digital signal artifacts during primetime TV.

Comment Re:Bing It (Score 2) 256

I've been doing my daily number of required searches for the Bing rewards program for a while. I can usually get fairly helpful answers for everyday things, but when I start diving deep into technical problems it is beyond useless. As for me being the product, what major search engine can I use that isn't mining my searches for profit?

Comment Re:People getting too illiterate for email? (Score 1) 290

Well voice messages fail to convey information properly because you can't gauge emotion without non-verbal cues.
Video messages fails because it is difficult to communicate emotion without emotional feedback from your audience.
Face to face communications fail because human language is not very precise.
My prediction is if she got her way, then they'd sequentially replace their services until they get to the last one and find out in many cases you need written communication with language conventions defined in a fairly precise way. Either that or she is an extrovert and won't even see the failings of her "solution."

Comment fear (Score 1) 290

Well I guess this is correct: "the fear that emails, texts and instant messaging rob conversation of emotional nuance, leading to endless misunderstandings and social blunders." But a bigger fear for me is engaging in verbal communication which absolutely leads to endless misunderstanding and social blunders. Verbal communication can't be endlessly revised to convey actual meaning without sounding like a jarring mess or having to reencode the entire message.

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