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Submission + - Peaceful protesters burn Berkely campus over speech (sfgate.com) 3

mi writes: A protest at UC Berkeley turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, shutting down a scheduled speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The Berkeley Police Department said people threw bricks, smoking objects, and fireworks at police officers. Protesters argued that hate speech isn’t free speech.

Submission + - Customer Feedback Surveys Considered Harmful (easydns.org)

Stunt Pope writes: Customer Feedback surveys are now near-ubiquitous, subjecting us all to near-Black Mirror-esque pursuit to "rate your experience" for everything from going to the bank to ordering a pizza.

Thanks to The Curse of Goodhart's Law, all of these surveys are beyond useless and even damaging.

Submission + - Verizon might buy Charter, which just bought Time Warner Cable (theverge.com)

jriding writes: if Verizon decided to go through with it, and Charter agreed, it would create a telecom behemoth with a wide reach in both wired and wireless communications: Verizon is the largest wireless provider in the US. And with its acquisition of Time Warner Cable complete, Charter is now the second-largest provider of cable, behind Comcast.

Submission + - Schneier: Obama Changes Rules, Allows NSA To Share Raw Data With 16 Agencies (schneier.com)

An anonymous reader writes: President Obama has changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, allowing the NSA to share raw data with the U.S.'s other 16 intelligence agencies. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people. Here are the new procedures. This rule change has been in the works for a while. Here are two blog posts from April discussing the then-proposed changes.

Comment I Know Where The 22,000 Went! (Score 5, Funny) 474

They are all walking my neighborhood playing Pokenmon Go. Every freaking one of them.

But really, 22,000 humans making Twinkies and Ding Dongs is a major waste of humanity. I could justify having like 13,500 making Snowballs, cuzz those rocked.

I get really strange results in 2016 when I Google twinkie, snowball, ding dong, and cupcake. Mom!!!!!

Comment Fold-able is NOT Bendable (Score 4, Informative) 65

The idea that Samsung is trying is fold-able screens which have a curved separate display in the middle of the fold. Much like the S7 Edge has curved separate displays at the edges that are really separate. It looks like one screen but is not. Same here, they will have multiple screens joined in the middle at the fold by a curved screen. So, no part of the screen actually moves. Sort of an illusion combined with marketing-speak.

Nothing new to see here. Please move along....

Comment Dear Everyone Else: (Score -1) 135

I will work as much as I like, and work when I want to work. I am competing with you for work and cash. I am better, faster, stronger, and have more will and skills to get the job done. I plan on crushing you in the job marketplace. I am an email Ninja and can name maybe 2 days in the past year when my inboxes did not end the day completely empty and taken care of. I respond to text messages and Slack almost before you have a chance to hit Send. Communication is a massive part of succeeding in almost any job and always has been.

Good luck with your Netflix, craft beer, and mortgages (like you can afford a house!). My house is paid for, I don't drink, and, yeah, HOC and TMaM work for me on the treadmill.

So sorry that modern life is proving so tragically complex for you, and you want the government to "level the playing field". Get off my field!

Sincerely,
Successful People

Comment Do Something! (Score 1, Insightful) 254

It is productive human effort that CREATES wealth. I agree that there are an awful lot of people who simply don't know what to do, don't want to learn how to do something new, feel entitled, or need someone to tell them exactly what to do. To all those excuses, I say "tough poop." DO SOMETHING!

And Amazon isn't going to be flying packages to a world of people who were unemployed by robots. Nor is the drone farmer going to sell much food to unemployed field workers. All those people WILL find something to do after a brief period of adjustment because that has happened since the beginning of civilization.

Comment That's a Long Time!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 66

18 free months of credit protection! Awesome. Home Depot really took it on the chin there, just like all the other leakers!!!

Doesn't everyone's SSN and mother's maiden name change every year or so? 18 months should totally cover that. Why just last week I got my new SSN! I think my mother's maiden name is up for renewal pretty soon as well as my address, address history, bank account numbers, and mortgage. 18 months? No sweat. I'm protected!

Submission + - The Tamagochi Singularity Made Real: Infinite Tamagochi Living on the Internet (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Everyone loves Tamagochi, little electronic keychains spawned in the 90's let you raise your digital pets. Some time ago, XKCD made a quip about an internet based matrix of thousands of these digital entities. That quip is now a reality thanks to elite hardware hacker Jeroen Domburg (aka Sprite_TM). In his recent talk called The Tamagochi Singularity at the Hackaday SuperConference he revealed that he had built an infinite network of virtual Tamagochi by implementing the original hardware as a virtual machine. This included developing AI to keep them happy, and developing a protocol to emulate their IR interactions. But he went even further, hacking an original keychain to use wirelessly as a console which can look in on any of the virtual Tamagochi living on his underground network. This full-stack process is unparalleled in just about every facet: complexity, speed of implementation, awesome factor, and will surely spark legions of other Tamagochi Matrices.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton campaign bullies comedians mocking her (judicialwatch.org)

mi writes: A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Comment Re:The general consensus amongst many Americans (Score 5, Interesting) 488

Well, we already did enjoy nice bottles of English wine. In the medieval warming period, vineyards were all over northern England. Today, many street names still have names of grape varieties as a result of those times.

Oh, crap. We can't talk about that. Nevermind.

Submission + - Let's Not Go to Mars

HughPickens.com writes: Ed Regis write in the NYT that today we an witnessing an outburst of enthusiasm over the literally outlandish notion that in the relatively near future, some of us are going to be living, working, thriving and dying on Mars. But unfortunately Mars mania reflects an excessively optimistic view of what it actually takes to travel to and live on Mars, papering over many of the harsh realities and bitter truths that underlie the dream. "First, there is the tedious business of getting there. Using current technology and conventional chemical rockets, a trip to Mars would be a grueling, eight- to nine-month-long nightmare for the crew," writes Regis. "Tears, sweat, urine and perhaps even solid waste will be recycled, your personal space is reduced to the size of an SUV., and you and your crewmates are floating around sideways, upside down and at other nauseating angles." According to Regis every source of interpersonal conflict, and emotional and psychological stress that we experience in ordinary, day-to-day life on Earth will be magnified exponentially by restriction to a tiny, hermetically sealed, pressure-cooker capsule hurtling through deep space and to top it off, despite these constraints, the crew must operate within an exceptionally slim margin of error with continuous threats of equipment failures, computer malfunctions, power interruptions and software glitches.

But getting there is the easy part says Regis. "Mars is a dead, cold, barren planet on which no living thing is known to have evolved, and which harbors no breathable air or oxygen, no liquid water and no sources of food, nor conditions favorable for producing any. For these and other reasons it would be accurate to call Mars a veritable hell for living things, were it not for the fact that the planet’s average surface temperature is minus 81 degrees Fahrenheit." These are only a few of the many serious challenges that must be overcome before anyone can put human beings on Mars and expect them to live for more than five minutes says Regis. "The notion that we can start colonizing Mars within the next 10 years or so is an overoptimistic, delusory idea that falls just short of being a joke."

Comment Re:Not the first time... (Score 3, Insightful) 282

Microsoft had XENIX back in the late '80s and early '90s. And, it was available to anyone. I supported many customers on it with our software and really enjoyed working with it. PC people couldn't believe that you could run a 386 or 486 and support multiple users at the same time with cheap dump terminals. And as I type this from a Linux-based Chromebook, I couldn't be happier that *NIX is not only eating Microsoft's lunch, but it is also being served for lunch at Microsoft.

We all saw this coming. And we know where it is all going...

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