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Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

While others have already pointed you to the fourth amendment of the Constitution, I'd like to add the third:

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

But wait, you ask, what does that have to do with anything? Well, according to the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, this amendment upholds the individual's right to privacy by forbidding the government from forcing you to accept the prying eyes of its agents into your private home without due process.

Comment Will lower their budget? Nope (Score 5, Insightful) 483

The university's actions will ultimately lower their annual $5.83 billion budget by just 0.1%.

It doesn't take a fortune teller to see how this will end. Anyone with experience with low-cost offshore replacements knows that after the painful transition and a slow degradation of IT performance (with all the slowness, bugs, and embarrassing security breaches that come with it), the fallout of the university's decision will ultimately cost a hell of a lot more to fix than what is saved up front.

Comment Re:Solving an unsolvable problem (Score 1) 189

I don't think that's going to be a problem. From what I've read, humans treat sounds as simultaneous if they occur within 0-20ms of each other (depending on loudness, this can go up to as much as 100ms). Literature on audio-video simultaneity is much more complicated so it's harder to give solid numbers, especially since people's brains apparently quickly adapt to ignore the effect of slightly out-of-sync videos, but I'd say your average person would find it hard to notice any audio-video lag shorter than 80ms. In any case, a few dozen microseconds either way certainly won't be noticed by the user.

Instead, I'd say the problem that will plague most airpod users will be audio dropping out altogether from wireless congestion in crowded areas.

Comment Re: Bernie Wouldn't (Score 2) 235

OK, see, this attitude of yours is actually a large part of why Trump won. Imagine your average hypothetical swing voter:
  • On one side of the fence, the Trump supporters are shouting about all the perceived problems this country has that Trump will fix. The swing voter has major doubts about whether those problems are as bad as they are, or if they're even real, or if Trump could indeed fix them.
  • But on the other side of the fence, the only thing the Clinton supporters are shouting is "If you even think about joining those Trump bastards, you're a stupid racist bigoted backwoods redneck!"

Which group do you think the swing voter will feel more disposed to joining?

Comment Re: Are linux adverts still bad adverts? (Score 1) 535

Personally, if a laptop comes with fans, I like a little fan noise to reassure me that the fans aren't dead and are doing their job. Obviously, in a laptop without fans (a la most Chromebooks) I relish the silence, but powerful laptops need fans and I need to know they're working as expected.

Comment Re:Or is it self-justification? (Score 1) 126

I disagree. Cheap phones are slow, and trying to scroll through barely-responsive webpages at 10fps gradually frays one's mind. I'd pay a good sum to avoid going back to that again.

...Unfortunately, the phone makers know it, and keep releasing updates that suck away more resources right around the time a newer, faster, more expensive phone is released. Not naming names, but iHate it when companies do that and I wish they'd Think Different.

Comment Re: The screen buffer? Really? (Score 2, Insightful) 170

I don't buy that at all... the computer in this case is still learning through visual feedback only. If you replaced the screen buffer with a camera, the neural net would very quickly learn to ignore the areas outside of the monitor. Similarly, using a mouse and keyboard would be more of an accomplishment for the hardware engineers rigging up the appropriate servos than for the AI learning to use them.

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