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Comment Re:Can we just put her in now? (Score 1) 54

Damnit! Your data is solid (electrical college was a good laugh BTW, thank you).

I've called it that for so long I have to stop and think to say "Electoral"... ;-)

I hate People. Not you, not you. Just People with a capital P.

Yeah, well most people here hate me, too; so either way is ok, I guess!

But I hear ya. I generally hate "People" (Capital "P") as well...

Comment Re:Siri on Mac (Score 1) 54

Nevertheless, once turned on Siri is much the same privacy sucking nightmare Cortana and Google are.

Nope, sorry. That is incorrect.

Siri on MacOS (and also Siri on iOS 10) does its level-best to do as much as it can "client-side", directly on your Mac/iDevice. This is VERY different from Cortana an Google's "voice assist" stuff, which take every opportunity to send every utterance to their respective motherships.

If you would bothered to have watched the WWDC keynote, Apple talked at length about the lengths they have gone to make Siri, Dictation, and Spotlight do as much as they possibly can directly on the Mac itself, and when it is necessary to push something to their servers, they do it in an anonymized fashion using an technique known as "Differential Privacy". See the WWDC Keynote at Time Index 1:40:00 for a quick explanation of the measures that Apple is taking both on macOS and iOS 10 in the name of Privacy. Here's another article on Differential Privacy, and why it is pretty damned cool.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 305

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment Re:This will cost Microsoft a fortune (Score 1) 211

Well, due to a mishap in bureaucracy, accidentally two different offices ordered a license. The responsible official has been relocated to Sibiria for extended education.

Speaking of which, does anyone know what happened to the guys that Putin ordered about a month ago to decrypt the entire internet in 2 weeks or whatever that was?

Comment Re:Can we just put her in now? (Score 1) 54

People are more driven by television than reality, hence the reason advertising is structured the way it is

Actually, if history is any judge, Lyin' Trump will be the next President (Cthulu help us!) and instead of Lyin' Hillary (Cthulu help us!) because for the simple fact that Trump is the TALLER candidate. Plus, it doesn't help that he's a male, and even many females still believe that "President" is "man's work".

Seriously. Look it up (the height bias). Doesn't work as much for the Electrical College; but for the Popular Vote, it is true more than 2/3 of the time.

And if you watched the Debate, at the end when they are standing together side by side, you can clearly see that Trump (who is 6' 3") is a full "head" taller than Clinton.

Sad but true. We are not smart.

Comment Re: Siri on Mac (Score 1) 54

I'm sure if there is any proof of Apple spying on Users, You'll be the first to tell Us, right? Or are You saying You have that proof now? Or, is it more likely Apple has been completely above board knowing if They lie, even a little, it could destroy Their brand forever?

What lying? TFA stated that Apple had claimed something they really hadn't, and then excoriated them for somehow doing something they didn't say they didn't. Yes, that's a bunch of double-negatives; but it demonstrates the convoluted logic of TFA's claims.

Here: This commenter said it more clearly.

Comment Re:Siri on Mac (Score 1) 54

After you've had your morning, or noon, coffee you might realize what I was saying was that not only is your iPhone capable of spying on you, but now your Mac can too, all while Apple has been gettin up on stages and spouting how concerned they are about your privacy. After reading through the privacy notice about Siri I decided not to turn it on when I upgraded to Sierra.

So the warning was helpful to you. How is this news?

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 3, Funny) 305

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 305

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

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