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Comment Almost all the Constitution applies to all (Score 1, Informative) 128

All of the US Constitution applies to citizens, resident non-citizens, and visiting non-resident non-citizens - except being able to vote or to become President. Those are the only parts of the Constitution (as amended) that limit to whom they apply based on citizenship. The rights, for example, of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, of freedom from lengthy detention or cruel and unusual punishment, of trial by jury only after indictment, protecting free speech, strictly defining treason, and so on apply to foreign residents and visitors as to citizens.

The current US President (Trump) and his administration are wilfully ignoring this fact. The previous US President (Obama) and his administration followed the Constitution on this matter in nearly all (but not every) case.

Therefore this bill should apply to Americans also, and it might well be deemed unconstitutional not to extend to visitors a protection afforded to citzens in line with a Constitutional right.

Comment Re:Tech companies can't use tech to collaborate? (Score 1) 303

There's no suggestion that the remote workers can't collaborate well or that IBM can't use the technology to do so. This move is stated to be based on an assertion by an upper manager that her people will work better in the same office, and that's an unsupported assertion. This stated reason may not even be the real reason (as noted in several comments here, this will cause people to leave the company, which may be convenient for her).

Comment Furby circle burble (Score 1) 254

Back when Furbies were new, several colleagues and I put several of them in a quiet meeting room in a circle, and waited for them to quieten down. We then said something to one of them, and left them to it. This was around 1997.

The chance of a Furby replying to another Furby signal, sound, etc, is not quite 1.0 so the loop gain of the circle was less than 1, but it still took hours for them to finally stop burbling at each other. Being nerds, we were amused.

Getting talking automata to talk to each other is not new :)

Comment Beijing city can't fix its pollution itself (Score 5, Informative) 95

Beijing itself is fairly clean for a developing economy capital. Most of the cars are pretty new, there are not too many two-stroke tuktuks or scooters, etc. There aren't that many factories within city limits, as most were all closed or moved for the 2008 Olympics. The pollution isn't generated in the city. That's why you see the dramatic video online of "smog sweeping in" - it arrives from elsewhere, you can see it at higher levels in the air already, it doesnt'tcome from the street level. It's actually uncanny being in Beijing when the smog is bad because you can't see any source, no "that truck is belching smoke" or "that chimney is putting out smoke". It arrives from out of sight.

The problem is the surrounding Hebei province which has many of the coal and iron ore mines of China, and much heavy industry and processing of the ores using coal. Beiing can't enforce pollution controls in Hebei and the industrialists in Hebei don't care at all while they make money. For a USA equivalent, imagine if if Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey were covered in dirty industrial plant while New York City was trying to improve its air quality. They wouldn't succeed.

It's nice to see Beijing trying to clean up its air, but it won't improve anything until Hebei province has a similar enforcement and it is effective.

Comment Keep precious things in the house (Score 5, Insightful) 303

Bear in mind that a smaller outdoor structure will not be as secure as a larger dwelling (and property insurance may not cover anything valuable in it, you should check). You will also need to keep it heated in winter, if you are anywhere it gets cold, or the equipment will suffer (from condensation, if nothing else).

I would not recommend working next to a rack of gear, it's noisy. There's a reason we have machine rooms and offices and they're not the same space.

So, what I suggest doing is to install insulation, heating, cooling, network cable, power, etc, as you have described. Then install whatever seating, desking, etc, that you might like. Then install basic networking gear (that you aren't going to be too upset with losing in case of a burglary). Then install a suitable display screen (when a 27" 4K display costs ~$600, perhaps you could cope with losing one to a burglary - depends how well off or how well insured you are, and what your local crime rate is). Use a laptop to compute with and take it indoors when you're not using it. Leave the rack of compute gear inside too, in a room you are not in most of the time. Don't leave any data storage out there, put that in your house also.

Obscure the windows in this outhouse while you are not using it; blinds, curtains, or shutters (locked or interior, so the burglar can't just open them and take a peek). Do not be seen loading the outhouse up with gear either, or someone may make a mental note and come back later, when you are out.

It sounds cool, but bear security in mind.

Comment Re:Can't accurately predict time left... (Score 1) 164

So they can even predict the time to charge the battery to full, when that varies by how you use the laptop? Try flogging the CPU and graphics as hard as you can, and you'll see how much longer it takes to charge from empty to full!

Nothing to see here, users, move along, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, listen only to the Great Wizard of Jobs.

Submission + - John Glenn dead at 95

nicolaiplum writes: John Glenn has died, aged 95, after a short illness. Obituary at the BBC, more coverage at The New York Times and Washington Post.

Glenn joined the US Navy in 1942, served as a Naval Aviator in World War 2 and the Korean War, then became a Navy test pilot. He joined NASA in 1959 as an astronaut and was the first person from the USA to travel in orbit the earth in 1962. He served as a US Senator for his native state of Ohio from 1974 to 1999 and returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a Payload Specialist in 1998. He remained active in public life and an advocate for space travel until his death.

Comment Certainly true for me (Score 2) 54

My smaller ISP (Zen Internet, zen.co.uk) certainly provide good service.

When you can create a trouble ticket with your ISP advising them that they have a likely link problem causing packet loss and resulting traffic congestion in their peering with another ISP, including route traces from several directions, and they respond within 2 hours thanking you for the report and having fixed the problem - then you know they're the ones to be with.

They're also more than averagely resistant to media industry intimidation pass-through (they demand a court order, instead of just giving up info at a whim) and government surveillance (they don't sign up to "voluntary" Government initiatives for more inept censorship).

Comment One step back, promises 2 steps forward later (Score 1) 186

From https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/bl... :

"Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience. While this is occurring, Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware, including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control. "

So if I buy a Tesla tomorrow, it will come with less features than another one bought last month when it arrives? In fact, it will come with less features than a well-specified competitor (BMW, Mercedes, etc) and no idea when it will catch up.

I don't want to go backwards. I want to go forwards. I want the features now and more, not less features now.

I want a car that does the same things as earlier cars and more. I don't want to be funding Tesla's product development and then beta test their code when it's rolled out.

Why do customers tolerate this from Tesla?

Comment Re:Too Little Too late.... (Score 1) 78

SLACK owns this market right now... Looks like Facebook is getting too slow in it's old age.

Slack is very expensive for a larger company, especially with a lot of part-time users. The cost is acceptable if it is only your engineers using it all the time, but when you want to put all your other staff on it to read an occasional update or swap some tips, then the $$$$ mount up.

Comment Re:How difficult can it be (Score 2) 96

to have as a policy and requirement, that adverts only come as still images, or movie sequences? Why the f*ck would you allow actual 3rd party code to run inside your own software, to display an advert?

This is often quite surprising to those who don't know how modern Internet advertising works, but that is what people do. To have advertising on your site, you load a JS library from the advertising network and call into it to display the advertisement, and it does what it wants to show an advert. You're trusting them not to do anything evil - and the advertising network maybe trusting the advertiser not to do anything malicious, but you are certainly trusting the advertising network to screen for bad content.

You can have the above policy, but who will enforce it? You cannot, only the advertising network can, as they provide the content how they will. If a malicious advertiser can manage to sneak something in that passes whatever automated testing the advertising network uses, or exploits a bug in the browser, then the website operator can't do much about it.

This is the Web (and apps) of today - this is the exchange you have all made for the "free" websites you like. All the users of websites, all the ones who don't want to pay, have made this advertising software backdoor surveillance monstrosity that is the WWW today.

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