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Comment Re:Facebook lies: shocker (Score 1) 49

+1. The article is light on details but the fact that facebook just apologized rather than trying to explain it does suggest perhaps that the 3-second rule wasn't applied across the board. Given that facebook autoplays videos by default, as an advertiser I would definitely want to filter out people who scroll past the video, or at least categorize them separately.

Comment Re:So long, Netflix, it was good while it lasted (Score 1) 187

Netflix is turning into just another cable TV channel.

In terms of producing their own content, but in most other ways their business model is far more consumer friendly than most of the incumbent cable channels and providers. Just the fact that their original content is globally licensed puts them miles ahead of HBO, which I cannot get in Canada without a $70 cable package. Netflix's existence has been a huge disturbance to the market in a very good way for consumers - just because they don't fix all the problems doesn't make them a bad thing.

Comment Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 1) 395

So your alternative is as described by other commenters - buy a pre-paid SIM/phone using cash only and don't let the cameras see you at the store and never use it from a location that might be traced to you. Alternatively if the man assumes you are where your phone is, that can make a great alibi. Leave the phone at home while you drive about committing murder. "Yes your honour, as my phone data will clearly indicate, on the evening in question I was at home playing Pokemon Go while walking in circles around my record player."

Comment Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 395

After one of the more recent OS updates I noticed that my android phone would now tell me every morning just before I left for work how long my commute would be. Even though I've never identified my work address as "work", it has (probably easily) figured out where I work and tries to be helpful by doing a quick route lookup just before the usual time it detects that I leave the house. Honestly when I first noticed it I was a bit put off that they would go so far as to do that without any opt-in, but then I realized that it's kind of handy and frankly isn't really that concerning overall. If I actually had a need to suppress my whereabouts, just having a cell phone that is paid with a credit card pretty much defeats that.

Comment Re:they should be teching real skills not outsourc (Score 1) 618

+1. I went to university for 5 years for a CS degree and it cost me $25k for tuition alone (it's closer to $40k today). As far as being a prerequisite for my current job goes, I'd say maybe 5% of the overall content was useful, another 5% provides a nice background, but otherwise 90% was wasted time on unnecessary specialization (AI, search engine algorithms, heuristic search, advanced maths). But 100% was required to get the piece of paper which is a requirement for my position.

Comment Re:Illusions (Score 1) 177

Maybe the only difference here is that it may be hard to understand afterwards what happened.

I don't know about that. When a serious accident occurs and you see a large group of nerds in lab coats hurriedly packing up strange equipment into briefcases, piling into a van, and speeding away, we can safely assume there was outside interference.

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