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Comment Re:Fail policy; fact checking is usually biased (Score 1) 117

This is simply another fail policy; fact checking of late has be shown to to be biased.

Of course it has. And Hilary Clinton is a Reptoid from the Hollow Earth and Donald Trump has been negotiating with gray aliens for the cure to cancer. Do not believe the people who tell you these are not facts. They're biased.

Comment Re:example (Score 1) 114

I didn't say it was right, I said it was on to something.

When prosecution doesn't work as a deterence - and it obviously doesn't in high-stakes white collar crimes - then prevention needs the be stronger.

This could very well take the form of pre-crime investigations. I'm against imprisoning someone for something they didn't (yet) do. But why is it that police has to wait until a crime has been committed before they can even begin looking?

I was in this position once. Someone tried to run a common scam on me and I went to the police so that they could catch them in flagranti. The answer pretty much was "well, no crime has been committed so far, so we can do nothing".

A bigger stress on the part where in many crimes the attempt is a crime would help out a lot, especially with corporate crime.

Comment example (Score 3, Interesting) 114

Uber is actually a good example of what's going wrong with the world: They are openly criminal and it works. It's Al Capone all over again. Everyone knows what they are doing, but they're too slippery to be nailed.

Same with the tax evasion of multinational cooperation, wars based on invented bullshit, election frauds done almost openly (like in Turkey), and so on.

Minority Report may have been on to something: The legal system working after the fact, and with a delay often measured in years, does not deter criminals. If you can take over a country, or become a billionaire, the threat that ten years from now they might file charges which your $1000/h lawyers will then simply drag through the courts for twenty years - well, that is not a very threatening thing especially for people trained to think primarily about next quarter.

Comment Re:Apple ][+ (Score 1) 857

Same. Only mine was later upgraded with a 16KB RAM card (for a total of 64KB, like the later //e), a Mockingboard sound card, an 80-column text board, and I even did a little hack where I connected a line from the shift key to one of the paddle buttons on the motherboard, so that you could use the shift key like it was meant to be used in AppleWriter.

Comment Re:"Oh crap, other browsers beat us at our own tes (Score 1) 88

The fact that you said "one of the best" instead of "the best" is the point here. Any company that makes a benchmark (or other test) for a product they make never intends for a competitor to come out as #1.

Dumb. Chrome goes through Canary, Developer, and Beta channels before the general public ever sees a new build. You can use Octane on any of those. By your reckoning, of course no version of Chrome ever comes out behind. But what actually happens is the benchmark score bounces up and down with ongoing development of the engine.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

You know ... I suppose one thing from my POV is that I can't remember ever staying at a hotel where I liked the room so much that I consciously booked the same hotel again, next time I was in town. And if I do repeat stays (ugggh, Las Vegas) it's usually because I have to stay at that hotel for reasons of proximity, and being made to stay there doesn't make me feel like their "honored guest" or anything. I guess I've just never bought into that culture of "premium service" at hotels. To me, my room's mostly there to sleep in, watch TV, and hold my travel bag while I'm away.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

But if I booked my travel with a site like Expedia (as per the topic), you already have all that information. No need to "enter it from scratch." It's always there on the computer when I show up at the front desk. A little hand-waving and they hand me my keys.

Yeah, the "by the hour" hotels you stay at don't ask for or keep any info, but have you ever checked into a Marriott?

I can't count how many hotels I've checked into using aggregate services like the ones described. Never once have I seen the poor, quivering guy at the front desk have to take down my personal details with a quill pen, and I've never had to fill them out either.

Comment Re:If you are coding around a performance benchmar (Score 2) 88

That Google feels the need to retire Octane over this is almost unbelievable... there must be some ulterior motivation.

Why that assumption? Google explained its reasons quite clearly:

Investigations into the execution profile of running Octane versus loading common websites (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia) revealed that the benchmark doesn’t exercise V8’s parser or the browser loading stack the way real-world code does. Moreover, the style of Octane’s JavaScript doesn’t match the idioms and patterns employed by most modern frameworks and libraries (not to mention transpiled code or newer ES2015+ language features). This means that using Octane to measure V8 performance didn’t capture important use cases for the modern web, such as loading frameworks quickly, supporting large applications with new patterns of state management, or ensuring that ES2015+ features are as fast as their ES5 equivalents.

In addition, we began to notice that JavaScript optimizations which eked out higher Octane scores often had a detrimental effect on real-world scenarios.

If you think about the above, consider also that every JavaScript engine in use today that I can think of is open source. That means the projects accept contributions from independent developers all over the world. Many of those developers may be submitting patches designed to improve the performance of the engine. It may even be that most of the patches are designed to improve performance. But if the "proof" that the patches increase performance is the Octane benchmark suite, and the Octane suite doesn't model real-world web scenarios, then some of those performance "enhancements" may actually decrease real-world performance.

Google is retiring the benchmark suite so that good-intentioned open source developers will not be able to use it as a proof point for why their patches improve performance, when in fact they don't.

P.S. It seems one other group is disappointed that the benchmark is going away, though, and that's Chromebook fans. They've been using Octane to benchmark the performance of hardware from different vendors running the same version of Chrome OS. That still seems like a legit use case to me.

Comment Re:criminals (Score 1) 755

The Pentagon wants money, Hollywood wants to make movies.

If you think this is primarily about money, you need to stop smoking that shit man, it's bad for your brain. Every, literally (not figuratively) *every* article that described the relationship between Hollywood and the Pentagon points out the PR, recruitment and image benefits for the Pentagon long before the monetary aspect, which seems to about cover the costs and thats it.

Yes, there are kooks who will develop conspiracy theories about anything,

Really.

So why are your evening news full of news about Syria, and when is the last time they mentioned Jemen?

t's a statement of reality that much of the world recognises that Russia is the biggest threat to world peace right now as demonstrated through real actual seizure of sovereign foreign territory - I was against the 2003 Iraq war, but at least there was never a plan to seize it permanently and claim it as actual American soil.

As the Iraqi if the difference matters much for them. Oh wait, a lot of them are dead.

You need to stop restricting yourself to pro-Russian propaganda like RT, when that propaganda is such a tiny minority of the global media landscape.

I actually watched RT maybe 3 times in my life. I am grateful to the plurality of media in the western world because most of my information about how the echo chamber works (long before that word was popular) I got from there. And if you really think the mainstream media, you know, the one that 95% of the people watch and draw their opinions from, is completely unbiased, independent and presents all points of view and all newsworthy news, then I'll end this discussion here because it's pointless to discuss with deluded people.

Comment Re:criminals (Score 1) 755

Given that this is the premise of your whole argument and is demonstrably untrue then I don't know what the point in responding to the rest is.

It is not the premise of everything, and cutting the argument short with another cheap trick is dishonest.

Are you really suggesting the US, UK, Europe et. al. have a secret great firewall like China, and have the same lack of plurality of media?

I suggested nothing of the kind. Western propaganda is fundamentally different and much less obvious than Chinese or Russian propaganda. For example, almost every Hollywood action movie portraits the US military in generally good terms (even if there are individual villains), and quite often they are the ones who save the world. The Pentagon, meanwhile, supports such movies generously with vehicles, equipment and other support. Coincidence?

There are literally books about how the western propaganda system works, who is connected to whom how, who owns the media and why, for examples, there are wars and genocides that you don't find on the evening news even though the body count far exceeds other wars that do get reported.

Now stop the russiophobic bullshit talk to a person who's not telling you that Russia is right, but that you should worry about being lied to by your own media before you worry about other countries telling lies to their people.

Comment Re:Just what we need.... (Score 1) 104

You are correct, but so is the GGP's point ... it's RH's influence that's concerning. It's not that RH is "evil," it's that it's just so big. Being big in itself is no crime, but if major applications start relying on stuff that's standard on RHEL and its derivatives but might not be standard on other distros (let's say systemd, just for argument's sake), then those other distros are pretty much forced to follow RH's lead or start slipping into irrelevancy. Their only other choice would be to pony up the resources to maintain forks of those projects for their own distros, but that's asking a lot.

The people that bitch about systemd wouldn't care so much if they weren't worried that Linux is becoming a monoculture where there's no real choice but to run things you don't want to run because other things won't run without them. It doesn't matter if competing distros aren't direct forks of the RHEL codebase if the components in those distros are the same as RHEL's because they have to be.

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