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Comment speaker with screen (Score 1) 84

So it will be a 7" tablet with a huge speaker bulging at its back :) great design choice :) So, just thinking here, if you were to release a 7" regular tablet with all Alexa functions that could connect to a bluetooth speaker, so you could put the tablet and the speaker wherever you please, now, by all means, that would be the most revolutionary product ever :)

Now the only thing left to try to decode is what the freaking hell "this time it is more premium" means. Maybe they will make a less premium, a premium, a more premium and a supremely premium version, and maybe the latter will have a 60" screen with speakers on it that you could watch from your couch.

Gee, so many possibilities for innovation here, your head just keeps spinning :P

Comment purest idiotism (Score 2) 54

"both states sued the FCC and in August won reinstatement of their laws that protect private ISPs from municipal competitors"

Competition at its finest, right, when the priority is to protect [i.e., give undeserved priority and undeserved advantage to] companies from municipal "competitors". Protecting companies by denying the people/communities to spend their own money to create their own services for their own benefit (which is basically, although indirectly, being done here). Dream come true, nicely done.

Comment Re:Some truth... (Score 1) 270

"However Google has been much more open with their data. Google's automated car was just past 1.3million miles before its first automated accident: a minor fender bender."

However, Google's algorithms are not Tesla's algorithms are not Volvo's algorithms are not Daimler's algorithms are not Toyota's algorithms and so on and so forth. My point is, one developer's miles driven and safety (or accident) reports have nothing to do with another's.

Also, number of accidents and/or resulting deaths don't mean much when the size of the actually deployed fleet of cars is so low. Yes, yes, I know, Tesla is churning out cars like mad, still, their numbers are close to insignificant. When they will have tens or hundreds of millions of cars out there, then their safety/accident numbers will mean something. But, they'll never ever be zero, there's just no chance, unless all cars just stand still in their garages.

My view on this issue is that until I don't see Volvo or Daimler selling cars with full autonomous driving capabilities, and until Google's car division doesn't say the algorithms are nearing applicability, I won't trust any company selling autonomy features. Why? Because Daimler has been working on this much longer and Google has been developing much longer, and until they don't say it's OK, it won't be OK, it's that simple.

Comment small numer? wtf? (Score 1) 133

"Microsoft received a small number of reports [...] a small fraction of users [...]"

F*ck it, these PR-morons never learn. When you have millions of users, no number is small, and no fraction is small, and when you say it is, you make yourself look like an idiot. And if you don't know that, then it's more than just the looks.

Comment "Seven Save Us All" (Score 1) 163

"[...] now doing a big chunk of the work that high-priced human talent used to do [...] people with little or no coding or software engineering background -- known in the business as "citizen developers" -- can create apps, both for use in-house and for clients."

And some people are wondering why general sw quality keeps getting lower. I have some popcorn set aside for the days when these citizen developers will "develop" with tools made by other citizen developers and we can all watch their house of cards rattle.

Here, a good source for getting goosebumps, some are genuinely proud of this feat, e.g.: "QuickBase prides itself in the extent to which business users can build applications all by themselves. "92% of QuickBase citizen developers have no coding background"" (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2016/05/16/citizen-developers-low-code-is-now-enterprise-class/#4a654381ecfb)

Comment TIOBE (Score 1) 232

"The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system."

While I think TIOBE is interesting, I'd never advise anyone to either take it too seriously, or base any of the above quoted decisions on it. Deciding on used languages based on search engine results - if you do that, I'd bet you don't advertise it during your interviews.

Comment Re:there no cure for morons (Score 1) 172

No, they are not great without content. But you can have all the best content of the world if nobody will find you, and unless you want to go back to the good old days, you need your content to be indexed by the greatest search engines. It's true that one can't function without the other, but taking the stance that the engines are only there to exploit you and steal your content feels really stupid. However, I can understand they'd really like to get a share of the engines' revenue, but if you think about it, they already have higher traffic - and thus revenue - because of the traffic coming from the search engines.

Comment there no cure for morons (Score 2) 172

"is planning reforms that would allow media outlets to request payment from search engines such as Google, for publishing snippets of their content in search results"

IMO they got that backwards. It's not the outlets that drive traffic to search engines, it's the search engines that help that traffic to reach the outlets.

If I were a search engine provider/developer, I just might happen to come up with the idea to require outlets to pay me for indexing their content in the first place.

There's nothing forcing search engines to index the idiots' contents. They should actually be either thankful that they can be found, or create a better search engine that they can control - and which noone will use.

Lots of content providers would never be found without the search engines. They should be a bit more humble and re-evaluate who's who in this relationship.

Comment Re:Would they believe (Score 2) 348

"that it's possible that someone doesn't have twitter and/or facebook?"

Well, it's possible, but whether they'd believe it or not, that's an interesting question.

It's also that someone has an account which they won't believe it's real, possibly causing problems - like my twitter acc, which I set up at the time of the Icelandic volcano eruptions 5-6 years ago to follow related news feeds and flight informations and never used it for anything else :)

Comment Re:SystemD? (Score 2) 541

"What ever happened to the principle of single responsibility? Where a tool does one thing and does it well, and you put tools together to do whatever?"

It does one thing [questionably] well, problem is that that one thing is called "everything" :P

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 2) 990

"BTW, IIRC, there are now places where "super-charges" can be done in 20-30 minutes"

Well, nice. The issue is that if 90% of cars would be electric, all those cars would need an always available overnight charging station, but not all people have their own garages and unless plugs for charging would be available _everywhere_ on the street - so you can plug the car in at every position on your street - this 90% is simply not viable. Even today there are cases where you have to wait for charging stations to become available, and the few stations in malls et al. are i). not enough for the 90% and ii). not an option for those who park on the street - and they make up the most of that 90% -, and iii). they won't be free/cheap anymore when 90% become electric (also, tax breaks will disappear well before that).

Well, all is good, and it's good to know 90% could theoretically become electric today (given the proper infrastructure), it will take a looong time for everything to align just well for that number to become real.

Also, batteries either will become much better by then, or the airlines will be really happy since we'll need to fly+rent for every trip longer than half-a-day (and that's how relaxed roadtrips become airport hassle filled expensive frustrations).

Comment extortion (Score 1) 26

It's just typical govt bullying, using their powers to get just enough money out of companies' pockets that they will consider paying for the idiots to go away.

"Google of forcing retailers to install and keep a suite of its app on mobile phones"

Well, Google could stop "forcing" (yeah, people are stupid, but in such cases it's on purpose) Android on others, even better, could stop giving it away, buy out some manufacturer, build their own Nexus lines and let all other phone makers die in pain. Imagine that :)

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