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Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 4, Insightful) 153

Sounds horrible to me. Why bother?

Not sure what MS' motivation is, but it's good news for a lot of scientific software developers. Small teams or single researchers rarely have enough time to even keep the main development going, never mind keeping up with multiple OS targets. With this everybody can simply focus on Linux, and tell Windows users to just run it under the Linux layer and stop asking about a native port.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 5, Insightful) 562

Oh gods this is so true.

I grew up in the 80s and 90s and cassettes were my main music format at the time.

The hiss. The tape becoming damaged now and then resulting in parts of your songs being screwed up. The poor speed regulation on many tape decks. The felt pad under the tape becoming damaged or falling out and having to replace it, hoping not to damage the tape in the process. The tape getting "eaten" by the deck. The fact that almost all prerecorded tapes were made with the lowest quality tape possible (low bias, non-metal), so you didn't even get the best quality tape could provided from your music purchases.

Heck, the technology itself was a hack. Cassettes were originally meant for low fidelity voice dictation.

Cassettes have literally NOTHING to offer except the nostalgia. If you want a physical copy of your music, CDs are the way to go. If you want to be retro-hipster, vinyl is far better in audio quality and durability. Tapes are a clusterfuck and I remember RELISHING the day I got a CD player and didn't have to deal with them for my new music purchases.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 119

This is why when strangers photograph me, I flip them the bird, not a peace sign. Then they don't get my fingerprint, since it is not facing them.

Most parts of your skin has distinctive, unique patterns. You can get a unique print from your elbow, wrist, knuckles, knees... And you tend to leave such marks around too, if less commonly than fingers.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 119

Finger prints are fine for identification, not verification. They're your username, not your password. If you do use them like that they are not dangerous.

But of course nobody does; US, Japan and other countries all use fingerprints to verify the password identity for instance. And as a result they catch multiple people here in Japan every year that entered the country with fake fingerprints. And since they just catch people that happen to get arrested for some other reason, it probably means there's hundreds entering the country using other peoples' ID and fingerprints each year.

Comment 200GB per month on a cellular connection? (Score 1) 196

How are people even doing this? Are they running their entire house through hotspot tethering or something? I rarely use that much on my hardline cable modem, the idea of using it over cellular boggles the mind!

Maybe people in rural areas who can't get better Internet are taking advantage of this...but then rural areas don't have high contention for cellular access, so Verizon really shouldn't be dicks to them.

Comment Well for one thing, don't persecute them!! (Score 4, Insightful) 128

I've heard many cases of somebody reporting a security issue, then getting fired, sued, or arrested as a result. In the case of kids in school, suspended or expelled.

They were HONEST here! They found a security problem and rather than exploit it for personal gain, they reported it, and then get in TROUBLE for it??

It's absurd. It means when people hear of this and find security problems in the future, they'll keep quiet about them because they don't want to get in trouble too.

Comment Re:First rule of journalism. (Score 2) 240

The only real option, baring some fundamental breakthrough [...] is massively more and simpler cores

The problem with that approach is that most problems are not infinitely paralleliseable, and some important problems fundamentally do not parallelise at all. You rapidly hit diminishing returns for more cores, and that's before you consider that you need to go beyond a shared-memory architecture beyond a dozen cores or so.

The newest generation of supercomputers already have big problems finding jobs that actually use all the hardware, and for the next generation people have more or less thrown their hands in the air already and say that except for a few very specialized workloads, the machines will be shared systems, not used for single jobs at a time.

Comment Re:Tried it YEARS ago. (Score 1) 42

I should upload such footage to my Facebook account. Let them threaten to delete the account, and upload some more.

When they delete my account I can finally tell people that I don't have Facebook because it was deleted by copyright nazis. I'll have something legitimate to say after the inevitable "I don't use Facebook." "Why?" conversation!

Comment There needs to be a time limit, and "Edited" flag. (Score 5, Insightful) 75

There needs to be a time limit for editing tweets. Five minutes is good. This keeps someone from going back and changing what they said long after they said it.

There also needs to be a flag that tells people that the tweet was edited. This prevents modifying a tweet after people have already agreed with it, etc.

Comment Re:What does this have to do with tech? (Score 4, Insightful) 120

You don't have to cull anyone. Just encourage people to have less kids.

And STOP SOCIALLY OSTRACIZING PEOPLE WHO DECIDE NOT TO HAVE KIDS. Especially women. They're doing the world a favor and you have people calling them "selfish" or treating them as second class citizens for not joining the parental cult.

My girlfriend and are voluntarily childfree and get bullshit like this from time to time.

And no offense to parents who don't behave this way. Ya'll are awesome. There's just way too many who do.

Comment Re:Cultural sickness. (Score 5, Insightful) 297

>all those fields have been fenced in

It's really sad how fear of lawsuits has forced property owners to fence in fields that would otherwise serve as open space for kids to play in urban areas. I so often see a nice field of grass fenced in with nothing on it, that no one can use. The property owner probably doesn't care if kids play on his land, he's just worried about a lawsuit if those kids get hurt on that land.

Same thing with school athletic fields. When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s the fields were open to the public. There was usually a gate with some posts to keep vehicles out, but us kids could go in and play ball or do whatever on the field when school was out. Now it's all locked down because the school is afraid of lawsuits.

Paranoia has made life less fun for kids. :(

Comment Re:It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

Why are modern gas pumps so slow anyway?

I was a kid at the time, but I remember my mother pumping gas in the 80s and those old analog pumps with the rotating numbers were about twice as fast as the modern ones. You'd think the technology to move a liquid at a higher rate wouldn't be complicated.

Comment Re:Oh please... (Score 1) 98

A well designed site would detect that someone is giving nothing but 1-star reviews, and determine that maybe this person is a problem customer, or has standards set unrealistically way too high, rather than a legitimate reviewer. Especially if the same restaurants have otherwise average reviews.

There's a lot of algorithms that can be used to find this issue and give serial negative reviewers less weight in the overall rating.

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