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Comment Re:They are not reimbursing costs (Score 2) 179

If you can't find a phone you want in 2016 then you may be a bit too picky. Hard to have real feels for such people.

It isn't about finding a phone you want, its about finding a phone you are willing to pay $600-$800 for. If the Note 4 and the Note 5 were the same price, I would pick the Note 5. But it certainly isn't worth $200-$300 more than the Note 4, in my opinion at least. IMO the Note 7 wasn't worth the upgrade either, which is why only my wife upgraded and not me.

There aren't any flagship phones with a stylus and 5.7"+ screen, so right now there aren't any real competitors to the Note line for those who care about those specs.

Comment Better Algorithms Moore's Law (Score 4, Interesting) 109

There is a good argument for better software design being more important than Moore's Law when it comes to complex breakthroughs in computing. It can be hard to quantify how algorithm improvements compare to hardware improvements, but the field of numerical algorithms gives some insight.

In the field of numerical algorithms, however, the improvement can be quantified. Here is just one example, provided by Professor Martin Grötschel of Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin. Grötschel, an expert in optimization, observes that a benchmark production planning model solved using linear programming would have taken 82 years to solve in 1988, using the computers and the linear programming algorithms of the day. Fifteen years later – in 2003 – this same model could be solved in roughly 1 minute, an improvement by a factor of roughly 43 million. Of this, a factor of roughly 1,000 was due to increased processor speed, whereas a factor of roughly 43,000 was due to improvements in algorithms! Grötschel also cites an algorithmic improvement of roughly 30,000 for mixed integer programming between 1991 and 2008.

My guess is we have plenty of room for improvement as we find ways to live within the confines of physics. Even if we don't find a better alternative to silicon based computing, advances in computer science has the potential to improve our computational ability by a factor of millions without needing Moore's law.

Comment Re:you no longer own your devices (Score 2, Insightful) 179

They should be forced to reimburse you the full price of the item they damaged. That will teach them. Oh wait...

And reimburse you for any cancellation fees for any carrier plans you may have signed up for, and replace your old phone for the same price you traded it in for. Lets not pretend Samsung fully reimbursed their Note 7 customers.

Comment Re:They are not reimbursing costs (Score 2) 179

In the US many people still buy phones as part of a contract and Samsung has not even offered to buy out the new contracts that were bought as part of the purchase. What Samsung has offered is only partial reimbursement of the costs incurred.

On top of this, many people trade in their old phones and were forced to either buy a new phone they didn't want or buy a refurbished version of their old phone at likely $100 more than they traded in the old one. That is what happened to my wife.

Comment Re: Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTu (Score 1) 51

Except if people know they can own a movie in just two short weeks and be able to watch it in the comfort of their home, they will not pay the $30+ to go to the movie theater.

You are assuming the movie rental would be under $30. I remember recently reading an article on a similar topic which estimated the cost of an in-home rental for a major movie still in theaters could be around $40-50. This is primarily to ensure going to the theater is still the cheapest option, and only those who really need the convenience would view from home.

Comment Re: A new golden age (Score 1) 322

Hmmm fed backed student loans are now thought to contribute to spiraling education costs.

Only by those who haven't researched the topic. Read Why Does College Cost So Much? for a good run down of the actual evidence, and student loans barely register. It basically all comes down to every labor intensive service which requires highly educated and difficult to automate practitioners, whether they be doctors or professors, has grown in cost much faster than inflation.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 2) 322

And how exactly do you expect our average 100 IQ worker to do that shit? That's all fine for me...I'm an electrical engineer. But what about my less gifted countrymen? What should they do?

100 IQ workers are the least of our problems. How about the approximately 34% of people who fall between 85-100? That question is essentially what led me to become more progressive in my late 20's. There is no answer for the majority of these people other than public assistance. We cannot wish ourselves back to a world where manufacturing work had enough economic value to support $30/hour jobs with good pensions. At least not tens of millions of these jobs anyway.

The answer is ensuring everyone is able to have a good quality of life regardless of their economic value (income redistribution), and that the main avenues to future economic prosperity (education) are as open and available to the working class as they are to the upper class. That is much harder to implement than it is to propose, but they are the heart of most progressive economic policies.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 3, Insightful) 322

Have you been to the rust belt? The financial elite are doing great, yes. The middle and working class? Not so much.

I grew up in the rust belt on my dad's farm (which he rented). And then I did what the majority of people leaving the middle class have done, I moved to the upper middle class. A combination of public school funding, supportive parents, publically funded colleges, and federally backed student loans made it possible for someone who even screwed up enough to drop out of college his first time (very immature) to move up in stature in society. And far from this being a rare success story, it is what has happened to two thirds of the people who are moving out of the middle class.

What is true is that the gap between the upper classes of society and the lower classes is widening. This is a product of many factors, but mostly because the economy is doing so well and those with more resources and/or more capability are better able to take advantage of that opportunity. The widening gap at its root can be summed up with the old saying "it takes money to make money". While obviously not entirely true, overall it explains most of our country's problem with the left-behind working class.

The only thing we know nearly for certain is that the working class success stories of the last century are a thing of the past. When manufacturing and other low skill industries come back to the US, it will be because automation has reached a level where few unskilled labor is required. The working class will not be able to provide their children the same opportunity I can provide mine. That is why I made the switch to a more progressive view in my late 20's. We can still have a similar level of opportunity, but it will come from income redistribution.

Taxes and public aid, like my federally backed student loans, are how we can fix this imbalance. It won't come from bringing high paying rust belt jobs back to this country. That part of human history is over. We just need to find a way to fight against demagogues who prey on struggling citizens' broken pride and tell them what they want to hear. Especially when those leaders fight against the same progressive policies which could help them most.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1) 322

For the past 30 years we've been rolling over and playing dead. Maybe try something else for a bit?

What you call rolling over and playing dead, would be more accurately called leading the world at the end of the second industrial revolution and setting the stage to lead in the next revolution. There is no economy which compares to the USA. The European Union as a whole is the closest comparison, with 71% of the US's GDP per capita (PPP). The USA is undeniably the leader of this generation's technological revolution. Anyone who looks at the last 30 years of the USA and sees a nation rolling over and playing dead needs to read a book sometime.

None of this guarantees the US will remain the world economy's leader over the next century. In fact it is nearly impossible we can lead with the same level of authority especially as Asia continues to develop. But if our nation's leaders look at the last 30 years of the USA as anything but something to replicate then we have little chance of keeping up as the world evolves.

Comment Re:Lie or not, you are still off-base. (Score 1) 533

So... do you actually believe there are 60 million (25% of the US adult population) "delusional" people who can't find jobs? If so, what does that say about the current state of America and how well these "highly educated elite" have been running things?

No, just a large enough portion to push him over the edge. And I was implicitly referring to the AC when I singled out people who cannot find jobs, there is a much larger subset of people who are generally disillusioned by the job market but are still employed who make up most of the voting bloc I was describing.

As for how the elite has been running things, no political group has any idea how to help these people, since in many cases they won't even help themselves. The worst message they can be given is that they don't have to change but some white knight will fix all of their problems are return the world to the 1960's.

Comment Re:Fake News (Score 1) 410

You, of course, fell for the fake news. But your side was saying it, so it's true. Trump has never been anti-immigration. He realize the difference between legal and illegal immigration.

Not caring what happens to millions of children of immigrants is anti-immigrant. Saying an American born Hispanic judge is not qualified to do his job is anti-immigrant. Fueling a populist narrative that immigrants are the cause of working class problems is anti-immigrant.

If you want to see the effect of politicians' rhetoric, instead of their strategically crafted phrases meant to hide their implications, just look at the politicians' voters. Trump is very proud that he was able to target voters better than Hillary, as evidenced by winning the electoral college but not the popular vote, so take a look at the voters he targeted. They carry his true message. And they create the atmosphere other nations see when they form their view of the US.

There was a time when some people, especially on the left, thought all of his success was just an accident. Or that he was simply taking advantage of a small segment of angry voters instead of helping create enough of them to win a general election. But that is certainly a stretch now. The anti-immigrant message he was sending both explicitly and implicitly was heard loud and clear. Both here and around the world.

Comment Re:I'm sure that'll work (Score 1) 113

What strikes me is that Facebook is asking the very people that believe the fake news to point out it's fake news.

While this statement is true, it is very misleading. Facebook is asking a random sampling of everyone to point out news is fake (or misleading). Sure there will be people who believe the stories clouding the survey results, but that is what clustering algorithms are for, among other techniques. The work of relatively few paid meta-moderators could be multiplied a thousand time over by easily identifying the Facebook users who are overly biased and/or unable to read news critically.

In a very short period of time Facebook would know which sites and which users are propagating this garbage, and will have an army of millions of moderators who can police the content going forward.

Anyone who thinks Facebook couldn't identify partisan BS needs to look at Congress voting records. Partisan hacks are very easy to identify in even very basic clustering techniques. It wouldn't take many paid fact checkers to identify a large number of biased Facebook users, and then even a student in his first machine learning class could cluster these with millions of other biased users. The main reason to be mad that Facebook isn't already doing this is just how easy it would be to do this well.

Comment Re:"people largely irrelevant" (Score 1) 535

I'll ask this question, which has come up before: If nobody has a job, then where the [bad language redacted] will they find CUSTOMERS?

That is not the job of individual companies. Their job is to compete with other companies to provide goods and services. This study makes a good argument that corporate leaders should put more value on their human resources, but not for some lofty goals like improving society. It is because doing so will improve their company.

It is the job of society, aka government, to improve how corporate well being affects societal well being. Corporations simply live within the regulatory world created by society and will act accordingly.

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