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Comment Re: Security expert? (Score 1) 319

"Locking a door costs nothing" - yeah, right. Ever lose your keys or lock yourself out accidentally? Have fun getting in. A locksmith visit is over $100.00. And alarm systems don't discourage thieves. Even those that are centrally monitored, you know you have a MINIMUM of 3 to 5 minutes before the police show up, especially since calls from alarm companies about residential alarms going off are really low priority, and if there have been 3 false alarms at the same address, they will simply not respond to a call from an alarm company because your address has been blacklisted - and you have no civil recourse because each response to a false alarm puts people at risk, so not responding to a place with a history of false alarms is perfectly acceptable to the courts.

Comment Re:Where's the president (Score 1) 37

They better watch it - Foxconn is thinking of opening a $7 Billion display screen factory in the USA, on top of $50 Billion, and you know darned well that fear of Trump putting duties on them is part of it.

Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is considering setting up a display-making plant in the United States in an investment that would exceed $7 billion, company chairman and chief executive Terry Gou said on Sunday.

The plans come after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America First" in his inauguration speech on Friday, prompting Gou to warn about the rise of protectionism and a trend for politics to underpin economic development.

You really have to admit that 30-50k new jobs is significant.

Gou said he told Son that the United States has no panel-making industry but it is the second-largest market for televisions. An investment for a display plant would exceed $7 billion and could create about 30,000-50,000 jobs, Gou told Son.

You can hate on him all you want, but if fear of Trump can bring manufacturing jobs back, the people whose livelihood depended on manufacturing jobs and who voted for him are going to be happy they did. As for the rest, you should all wish for more success stories, despite your personal opinions. It's not like any other president hasn't been an asshole. Why? "It's the economy, stupid!"

Comment Re:I reckon (Score 1) 222

The destructor is called when the code goes out of scope. YOU can't determine that since you don't determine when there are no more references to the code, unlike a call to free(), where it doesn't matter what code owns it, it's gonna happen - so you'd better know when it's no longer being used anywhere. Also, if UI frameworks are a mess, blame the authors. It should always be possible to know with 100% certainty which piece of code "owns" the resource. There should never be a question of "dangling pointers".

And you SHOULD write free() every time you write malloc(). Allocate it in one place, use it, free it. Anything else is just begging for problems. As I said, if you take something, put it back when you're done. Even Java runs faster if you expressly call the garbage collector when you're done and have only thousands of objects to check to see if they can be deleted rather than waiting for the GC to pile up a million objects and then decide that "oops, I need to free up some space, lets walk those million objects, oh wait, let's lock up the whole UI for 30 seconds because this sucker is running on a computer with a YUGE amount of ram and we took it all .."

Submission + - Avaya Filed for Bankruptcy Thursday January 19.

skidv writes: I was surprised to discover that the US Subsidiary of Avaya, spun off from Lucent in 2000, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization of their debt.

ZDNet breaks down the deal in part:

Avaya noted that its foreign affiliates aren't included in the filing and will operate as normal. Avaya said the $725 million in debtor-in-possession financing, via Citibank, is enough to minimize disruption and continue business operations.

Not surprising, Avaya has canceled the planned IPO.

Submission + - Trump Withdraws from TPP (newsmax.com)

LeftCoastThinker writes: Making good on a campaign promise, moments ago, Trump signed an order to withdraw from TPP. After years of Obama support and Hillarys reference to TPP as the "Gold Standard" Trump is killing US support for TPP.

Submission + - IRS To Delay Tax Refunds As A Security Precaution (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: The IRS starts processing tax returns today, but early filers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, won't receive their refunds until Feb. 15. The delay gives the IRS extra time to spot fraud, but it also hurts lower income Americans for whom, the "refund check is the largest payment they’ll see all year," notes CSO's Steve Ragan. A USA Today article points out that the maximum annual income to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2016 is $50,198 for married couples who file jointly and have two children. 'Early filers who don't claim the EITC or ACTC should receive refunds in less than 21 days after their returns are accepted for processing,' writes Kevin McCoy.

Comment Re:AI does what AI is programmed to do (Score 1) 156

The "DANGER of AI" is that the AI will be somebody's bitch. Whose?

AI is "merely" another form of power, and adversaries-who-have-power are always a threat. Don't worry about AI; you should worry about $THEM getting AI, thereby causing $THEM to have an edge over you.

100.0% of techs are just like this. When you're pointing your nuclear missile at someone else, it's good. When someone else is pointing one at you, it's bad.

Comment Another bad investment (Score 2) 49

This is the same Jay Z whose Tidal streaming music company is now accused of grossly inflated subscriber counts - using their own numbers. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a proviso for either refunding the majority of the "investment" in one form or another, or for clawback terms. In other words, buy it for $200 million, get rebated $175 million. Even Sprint can't be that stupid ... or can they?

Comment Re:Social gender values (Score 1) 146

Since the subject is medical doctors and cancer research, you should know that studies show you'll probably live longer if your doctor is a woman. And that male doctors have been proven to discriminate against female patients in terms of pain management, not taking their complaints as seriously (and pain management is part of cancer treatment, and the biases are there in the research as well, big time. For example, early breast cancer studies excluded women because "women have too many variables to make good test subjects").

Comment Re:I reckon (Score 1) 222

It's not excessive work if you just remember what your mother told you - if you take it, put it back when you're finished with it. Memory management isn't that hard once you keep that in mind. Programs should be deterministic. You don't need valgrind if you know what you're doing. Then again, the same people who think that it's okay to write random shit and then test it in the hope of detecting leaks would freak out if they ever had to write in assembler.

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