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Comment Re:So far the phone mfg with a public problem.. (Score 1) 51

Publicising their QA process now serves to help defend against current and future litigation.

It doesn't do squat against current litigation. Litigation already in progress related to a past event isn't going to be helped by what you started doing today to prevent said event in the future.

Submission + - Microsoft Posts 'No Boys Allowed' Signs at State of RI High School CS Event 3

theodp writes: "Girls and women are half of the world's population," Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told hundreds of high school girls gathered behind doors with signs that read "[Microsoft] DigiGirlz: No Boys Allowed". "They are half of the world’s brains, problem-solvers, leaders. This world cannot solve problems unless they are at the table. That’s why I started programs like CS4RI, partnering with Microsoft and other leaders [including Microsoft-backed] to offer computer science in every Rhode Island school." Raimondo also noted she was dismayed to learn that only 12 of Rhode Island's 42 students who took the AP Computer Science test were girls (RI has 43,000+ enrolled HS students). The best way to make girls feel welcome in K-12 CS education, some influence-wielding tech giants, politicians, and educators seem to agree, is by making boys even more unwelcome via things like gender-based federal K-12 CS education funding; girls-only learn-to-code initiatives, STEM schools and summer computer camps; and gender-weighted teacher incentive programs from Google and tech-backed (Google and the U.S. Government even sought to exclude boys from programming White House Christmas tree lights in 2014).

Comment Re: 4 billion years before the earth existed ... (Score 1) 59

We're not referring to their clock, we use our own since that's where we are. It's 8 billion light years away (our clock). Earth is 4.5 billion years old (our clock). Still roughly 4 billion years before the earth existed and we are now seeing it...

There you use that word again, "before". It makes no sense at relativistic distances. There will be frames of reference that disagree on what is "before" and what is "after". You cannot apply our frame of reference and clock to their location, which is what you do here.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 35

Scanning & handling paper - 0.004 cents per page

Per month. A million pages will be $4,000 per month, or $52,000 per year at this introductory rate.

The risk seems great that a corporate manager will fall for the temptation of saving the company a chunk of reoccurring expenses, and at the same time erasing its historical records.

Comment Longevity (Score 1) 35

They're charging .004 cents per page -- for every month that it's stored in the cloud.

And that's why I am worried about approaches like this. Documents that were maturing for posterity in a basement are now subject to a rental fee, and once a bean counter decides not to pay that, they're gone.
That may be okay for documents that aren't of any value to future document diggers, but I fear that much of future history will be lost if subject to a rent troll.

Comment So many questions (Score 2) 35

1) Can your robots read bad handwriting? Because a lot of paper documents have handwritten info.
2) What kind of security/privacy guarantees can your offer, and do you have adequate insurance to cover claims from a major hack or data breach?
3) Can I offload my documents from your cloud service to a different service or to my own servers?

Comment Re:4 billion years before the earth existed ... (Score 2) 59

OK, so 4 billion years before the earth existed, we're finally seeing what happened. But it's cool that we can see that far :)

"4 billion years before" doesn't make any sense for relativistic distances where we don't have a common clock that ticks for both places - that galaxy, and ours.

In our frame of reference, it happens now. In their frame of reference, we have no idea, because we can't apply our time frame to theirs.

Comment For profit prison industry ... (Score 3, Insightful) 76

Remember we are talking about "innovation" coming from for-profit prisons.

They operate on cost plus contracts, with practically unlimited access to tax payer funds. If some court somewhere rules "inmates must have access to gym equipment", they could build a 2 million dollar gym in the prison and mop up 20% of it or build 20K gym and get 20% of that. Which one would they choose?

These prison companies charge 2 $ a minute for a phone call. Yes, in this day and age of unlimited voice and data, voice calls out of prison costs the inmates or their families 2$ a minute. Do you think this new fangled tablets are going to provided to them at reasonable costs you and I pay outside the prisons? You have not seen the twinkling dollar signs in the eyes of prison management executives.

The prison companies pressure judges to use harsh prison sentences using social media and slanted local news coverage. Lobby the legislators for minimum sentencing guidelines. Encourage law suites that will increase the cost of incarceration. More it costs, more is their margin! They also actually bribe judges to be harsh. Only a few judges like the one in Wilkes-Barry PA got caught, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

We have to outlaw private sector prisons. It is a crying shame USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world and adding insult to injury we are paying through our noses for it.

Comment I am going to start classifying ripples. (Score 2) 23

I suddenly realize there is a huge lacuna in scientific world. When I am describing the ripples, eddies, whorls and vortices of a babbling brook, I am not able to clearly communicate a vivid description of a particularly interesting eddy using a single term. All these years when the only way we exchanged information quickly was using words we did not feel the need for it. Now that cameras are ubiquitous and images worth 1000 words are easy to capture and easier to share, suddenly I feel the need to be extraordinarily precise in the descriptions.

So wait for a few days, I will upload the first batch of 100,000 types of named eddies, whirls, whorls, ripples, waves, wavelets...

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