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Comment Re:Echo (Score 1) 129

The theory about Echo and such is that those are not disguised eavesdropping devices.

Which, of course, is only partially true, as 99.99% of all adults will not have the slightest clue (or ability to verify) when Echo records something, and whether or not that recording goes to some remote 3rd-party.

Well, they wouldn't in Europe since reselling collected personal data is illegal. Amazon can use it themselves, but they can't send it on or resell it.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 356

He may be honest, but he's also wrong. Yes, of course "real work" needs to be done to turn ideas into reality, but those ideas are at least as important as the work themselves. "Real work" in service of bad ideas is entirely wasted, and there are plenty of Silicon Valley companies turning out useless apps and software products that won't go anywhere that talented people have spent a lot of time making.

No, ideas are a dime a dozen. You probably come up with a dozen ideas every hour, from the mundane to fantasy.

Execution is key. An idea is just that, abstract. It doesn't mean anything, and millions of individuals will have that same idea.

Not only that. Even a suboptimal idea or even bad ones, can and will win if executed better than a good idea. They really don't matter 99% of the time. We celebrate them because once in a while ideas come that are so powerful they change the balance, but what most people don't realise is that those ideas are celebrated for being exceptionally rare. Most ideas good or bad, doesn't fucking matter. Execution is key.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 356

Seems to me lately only weird guys with personality disorders like Jobs, Musk, Bezos, and Zuckerberg can both raise the money

I don't think it is their wierdness that made them succesful It is that they were BORN rich. They went from being very rich to being super rich. Being born rich is the key qualifier for success.

Comment Re:How are these sandboxes different (Score 1) 103

substantially, as a patentable idea that is, than java applet sandboxes of 1995 vintage?

It is sandboxing a "web browser process", that is what the patent is for. Sandboxing ... a ... Web Browser (Process).

The process at the end is just added to make it sound more technical, and make lawyers and 80 year old judges think it is complicated tech stuff.

Comment Re:Knowledge about the age of the rainforest is kn (Score 1) 147

Just for reference, population estimates for all of Europe (where it hasn't been inflated by agendas) at the dawn of the bronze age was about 100,000. Estimates of 10s of millions of natives living in the Americas is simply politicised nonsense. The land couldn't support that many people at their technology level.

Which bronze age? Antique Europe had millions of people, and while antiquity was iron age at its height, it started in the bronze age and "only" spanned a couple of hundred years.

Comment Re: Translation... (Score 1) 78

Aren't there more improvements like more lanes and other shit like that. Buss speed? Fuck, other shit beside 'ghz'.

People tend to focus on single, simplistic things. Kinda show a very shallow understanding of the subject matter. Like the new MacBook.

Maybe, but that is more in the integrated chipset. It was the only thing upgraded in Kaby Lake, so they will probably upgrade it in minor ways again.

Comment Re:Translation... (Score 1) 78

8th gen will suck as bad as 7th gen, so that means the 4th gen stuff will STILL outperform it.

Except it will have 6 cores. I assume they are talking about the old news of Coffee Lake which is a Skylake achitecture with 6 cores and will be the desktop and high-end laptop CPU of the "8th gen", where cannonlake would only be on ultrabooks.

Comment Re:Only 86%? I would have expected it to be 100%+ (Score 1) 191

Only if you have adequate storage to overcome any temporary lack of generation.

Not that big a problem with wind actually. We can store for that long. The bigger problem is hydros. Given a bad season rain or mild winter, the dams can have an entire year with under projected energy. That is when Sweden. normally a net exporter, needs to import massive amounts of energy because they don't have coal plants anymore.

Comment Re:Isn't this illegal? (Score 5, Insightful) 325

Aren't they required to conduct all government business on government systems? Didn't Hilary got a whole lot of crap (and lose an election) over this?

Welp, they're in charge so I guess they get to make the rules, but did they even bother to change the laws first?

Yes, it is. And what Hillary was accused of by the Republicans.

But.. Hillary's emails.

Encryption

Republicans Are Reportedly Using a Self-Destructing Message App To Avoid Leaks (theverge.com) 325

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Trump administration members and other Republicans are using the encrypted, self-destructing messaging app Confide to keep conversations private in the wake of hacks and leaks, according to Jonathan Swan and David McCabe at Axios. Axios writes that "numerous senior GOP operatives and several members of the Trump administration" have downloaded Confide, which automatically wipes messages after they're read. One operative told Axios that the app "provides some cover" for people in the party. He ties it to last year's hack of the Democratic National Committee, which led to huge and damaging information dumps of DNC emails leading up to the 2016 election. But besides outright hacks, the source also said he liked the fact that Confide makes it difficult to screenshot messages, because only a few words are shown at a time. That suggests that it's useful not just for reducing paper trails, but for stopping insiders from preserving individual messages -- especially given the steady flow of leaks that have come out since Trump took office. As Axios notes, official White House business is subject to preservation rules, although we don't know much about who's allegedly using Confide and what they're doing with it, so it's not clear whether this might run afoul of those laws. It's also difficult to say how much this is a specifically Republican phenomenon, and how much is a general move toward encryption.

Comment Re:An insanely clever solution, Microsoft-style. (Score 1) 236

Yeah, this is a hideous workaround. Apple's design is much saner, providing a default probe score based on how many properties were matched, then calling a probe method in the driver to give it an opportunity to dynamically change its probe scores for even more control. So with that scheme, the generic Windows driver would match based on something generic like vendor and device subclass, the NVidia reference driver would match with vendor + product (and optionally add bcdDevice), and the custom driver from the OEM would presumably return a higher probe score dynamically so that it always wins.

Version numbers and release dates have no legitimate place in driver matching behavior, IMO.

You mean to say Apple solved it by not having 3rd party drivers...

Comment Re:Clearly (Score 2) 191

it's already happened. China, Germany and Japan already have more solar generation capacity than USA. China, Canada, Brazil have more hydroelectric installed capacity and production than USA. China also has surpassed USA for installed wind generation capacity.

with regards to the actual R&D, German companies can take credit for industry standard wind turbine, PV, and inverter technology.

It would be nice for a change....

Danish companies.Germany also has one of the largest wind-mill maker, but the technology was mainly developed in Denmark and Danish companies are still leading in tech and number of installation. In no small part due to earlier focus and subsidies on wind energy by _former_ Danish governments. German has a much bigger investment in solar energy that while started off not that great is hitting great strides right now.

Communications

FBI Will Revert To Using Fax Machines, Snail Mail For FOIA Requests (dailydot.com) 245

blottsie writes: Starting next month, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests via email. Instead, the U.S. agency will largely require requests be made via fax machine or the U.S. Postal Service. [The FBI will also accept a small number of requests via an online portal, "provided users agree to a terms-of-service agreement and are willing to provide the FBI with personal information, including a phone number and physical address."] The Daily Dot reports: "It's a huge step backwards for the FBI to switch from a proven, ubiquitous, user-friendly technology like email to a portal that has consistently shown problems, ranging from restricting how often citizens can access their right to government oversight to legitimate privacy concerns," says Michael Morisy, co-founder of MuckRock, a nonprofit that has helped people file over 28,271 public records requests at more than 6,690 state, federal, and local agencies. "Given that email has worked well for millions of requests over the years, this seems like a move designed to reduce participation and transparency, and we hope that the FBI will reverse course," Morisy added.

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