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Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 519

Yeah, I must admit I'm on the impulsive side though. The entire conspiracy theory that, for example, he tweets to draw attention away from the crap he's doing has two fatal flaws: he's always tweeted like that, and he doesn't actually apparently give a rat's ass if anyone knows he's corrupt and racist.

He's essentially had some luck in his life, but doesn't strike me as particularly smart or calculating. He apparently based his election campaign by studying Mussolini, apparently oblivious to the long term damage such a strategy will cause to, well, pretty much everyone.

I'm not seeing it. I see someone impulsive and thin skinned, who takes the easy route when offered, and has little imagination or understanding of people.

Comment Re:Sad end to a great operating system (Score 1) 103

Focusing on the Alpha was also a mistake. People learned UNIX by running it on cheap machines. Even during the heyday of proprietary UNIX systems, people were learning BSD on the Amiga and then going to work on SunOS, AIX, or whatever. In the i386, Intel added the 4-ring protection model to x86 because DEC said that they needed it for VMS. Instead of porting from VAX to i386, they ported to Alpha (which only had two rings). If they'd made a cheaper uniprocessor VMS (maybe missing some of the clustering features), they'd have had an entry-level system for people to learn about the system. Instead, you had 100 people who knew UNIX for every one who knew VMS and this made it a no brainer to use UNIX.

Comment Re:Sad end to a great operating system (Score 1) 103

No, but more importantly it was never ported to the PDP-11. The Multics process and library model required a lot more from the memory management unit than most modern commodity hardware provides, whereas UNIX ran on systems with no MMU at all. You could run UNIX on a toy computer, even if you couldn't afford something that could run Multics. That's a key lesson for tech companies: watch out for competitors eating the low end of your market because economies of scale matter.

Comment Re:HBO needs to get its head back in the game (Score 1) 145

I found that once I stopped having a TV, I also stopped being bombarded with adverts for TV shows and movies, and I stopped caring about whether I was watching something new or something 5-10 years after release. I wonder how much this will become the norm as more people switch from broadcast TV to other media.

Comment Re:BBC iPlayer for the UK Only (Score 1) 56

I'm not sure. I know they've been under pressure, as in because they're making a profit therefore funding should be cut. It's free in UK (after tv tax), but not free elsewhere. There's the issue of iplayer not being usable outside of UK, whereas their plan for streaming their own stuff seems to be iplayer based. But since Doctor Who was yanked from netflix and hulu I haven't seen any updates to making content available for streaming.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 56

The spoilers are in the news media. It's ridiculous. They're still stuck in the mode of thinking that of course everyone in the world has already seen the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones finales. So then the talk shows will advertise themselves loudly, as in "See Your Favorite Actor talk about this infamous death scene from yesterday's finale of Your Favorite Show!" Even avoiding that you see the spoilers in just the titles of uploaded youtube videos, spoiled even if you don't watch them, or sometimes an misjudged piece in a newspaper (which quips like "not to give any spoilers but it seems that the entire nation is talking about Your Favorite Actor's infamous death scene from Your Favorite Show.").

Comment Re:*Up to* mumble-mumble bps (Score 2) 136

Agreed. Mobile data is overpriced and overrated. I get along just fine with wifi the few times that I need to do something on my phone instead of a computer. Nevermind that phones and tablets are designed for people to consume advertisements with and not to get work done. Getting work done means getting input to the device and not just passively viewing information coming out of the device.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 297

There's also some self selecting. I know I didn't even bother to apply to Stanford because I assumed that somewhere along the line we wouldn't have money for it unless there was a 4 or 5 year long complete scholarship. Others thought I was crazy. But it is a scary thought to think that you might have to change schools halfway through.

The math part is important too. I was probably first or second in my class, especially in math and science, but we didn't have calculus. I had pre-calculus but nothing to do the next year without spending half the day at a nearby junior college, which was only offered every other year. Neighboring schools did offer this. I know at least for Cal-tech that I know I would not be admitted without transferring from another college after catching up. So combine that with financial worries, and that means sticking to the state universities (which are top rated of course). Also Stanford didn't have an undergraduate computer science program at the time, oddly enough.

The irony though is that I knew a lot of students at my univerisity from one of the top high schools in the country who all tested out of beginning calculus class because their elite high schools offered it. But every single one of them struggled with diving straight into the later class without any buffering. None of them graduated sooner than other students. So my feeing is that advanced placement is highly overrated and does nothing but maybe get you an extra scholarship if you're lucky.

Comment Re:Another patent blocking technology (Score 1) 28

1995 called, they want their description of Amazon.com back.

(You should visit their website one day, they sell pretty much everything these days, and have quite a few interesting products and projects that have little to do with retail, such as AWS. But as a reader of Slashdot.org, I'm sure you've never heard of this whole "cloud computing" thing they're famous for in some circles...)

Comment Re:I'm missing something crucial (Score 1) 92

For a lot of us, choosing between Google Now (or Hey Google or whatever the kids call it these days) and Cortana is a choice like that between having your left big toe removed, or your right.

To be fair, at least Google (and thus by implication Android) lets you turn it off. I wish Windows 10 AE had a way to replace Cortana with regular old search.

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