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Comment Headline is bullshit (Score 2) 177

The headline is completely wrong. They can predict the NAO with much more accuracy, and as that has such a big effect on the winter weather in the UK, that lets them say (with only 62% accuracy) whether it'll be mild winter or a cold one. That's all. They can NOT, of course, predict the weather anything like that in advance. They didn't claim to, either - lazy new editors and "journalists" have mangled it into the bullshit we read here.

Comment Re:Outlawing Cash (Score 1) 121

Your 'informative' citation says zero about the EU banning anything. It talks about a PROPOSAL, to ban them IN GERMANY, which has (again from your citation) met with large reactions, none of them positive. Germany != EU. Proposal != ban. Clearly you have an EU axe to grind.

They (the people that run the Euro, who again are not the EU) are thinking of phasing out EU 500 notes as they are rarely used for legitimate purposes (like a worse version of £100 notes in Scotland or £50 notes in England, which no cash machines dispense and most shops refuse to take). Banning that hardly affects legitimate cash transactions - I've sold cars, bought computers, and do most of my transactions in cash. I've only every used the above-mentioned UK notes a handful of times in my life, and nothing I did would have been different if I'd had to use twenties instead. I've never even seen a EU 500 note.

Comment Re:Easy to explain, it's a rational plan (Score 2) 149

Yes, it does. He doesn't have to satisfy the ENTIRE potential market in the first year, or the second, or the tenth. But there's not much doubt it will be a market that will not be outgrown by supply for a good long while, and that makes it profitable. It also is a key part, as others have said of Musk's over all strategy to make electric cars much more feasible for many more people - more profit for him again. All power to him, no pun intended.

When Ford started churning out the Model T, the factory could only make 11 per month. Eleven. That then grew thanks to demand to 12,000 produced over 15 months, and that paid for the new plant which churned out 15 million over the following years. There are now over 250 million cars on the road just in the USA, and Ford is a MUCH bigger company than it was in 1908.

Did Henry Ford think like you? No. Will Elon Musk? Never.

Comment Re:Cheap pilot (Score 1) 149

Some of that is already done for a few years in some cities in England, a QR code sticker on bus stops, street lamps, bins. Brings up a web page with exactly what you describe as big buttons. It works well... The one bit of yours I haven't seen done is the street signs, that makes a lot of sense.

Comment Re:No! Faster laptops, please. (Score 1) 48

No, not really. You are currently able to get more powerful laptops than ever before. Sure, the high-end of the range gets no coverage because the mall retailers don't sell them, and Intel are now focusing their 14nm capacity on where it's most needed, on low-end laptops, tablet, phones and so on. But if you, like me, need more power (actual quad core, high clock speeds, etc) they have plenty to choose from such as these Core i7s. Personally I use an i7-4712HQ, and it does everything I need with great speed - a few VMs, lots of office/browsing applications, SQL development. The 14nm versions of these will come at some point soon which will be as about as fast but have better battery life (or more likely allow smaller/thinner laptops). But they always have and always will provide a higher-power set of processors for those with the need for mobile power. If you need more than that, then there are laptop options with desktop processors, even Xeons such as these. Fiill your boots!

Comment Re:Null experiment for the 21st century (Score 2) 62

It's true, physically it's a very different experiment. However, I think what the poster was referring to was what Michelson-Morley led to, which was huge. From Wikipedia:

It attempted to detect the relative motion of matter through the stationary luminiferous aether ("aether wind"). The negative results are generally considered to be the first strong evidence against the then prevalent aether theory, and initiated a line of research that eventually led to special relativity, in which the stationary aether concept has no role. The experiment has been referred to as "the moving-off point for the theoretical aspects of the Second Scientific Revolution".

In other words, although the aims of Michelson-Morley were proved wrong, what they did find eventually led to big new science - and the same might apply here once hindsight is brought to bear.

Comment Re:No it is not (Score 1) 101

Read what I said in GP. I didn't say it wouldn't go away, and I didn't say it couldn't. I said that it's harder for it to go away because it has critical mass. There are several ways it could go away - the management might fuck it up and scare people away (AltaVista). Something better might come along - but it will have to be a LOT better and get a huge user-base REALLY quickly, or it just won't succeed (look at Google+). Or the things it does might be done by something higher up the stack - iOS, Android etc.

Comment Re:No it is not (Score 2) 101

I didn't make my point clearly. AOL was popular (certainly not "most people" in the Internet, even back then), but importantly in terms of total numbers relative to the world population, it never made so much as a blip. And as for GeoCities, same applies even more so. Facebook also, unlike all the others, has a really powerful thing in its favour - many people (including me) use it as a way of keeping in very occasional touch with others - at a glance I can contact them, see what they've been up to recently, and let them know news about me.

Comment Re:No it is not (Score 2) 101

I disagree. Maybe those you named failed because they didn't achieve critical mass. I would argue that Facebook and Twitter have done that, which makes it much harder for them to fade. Not impossible, but much harder. Flickr - maybe, maybe not. Picasa online was a decent contender before it got mashed into Google+...

Comment Total Bullshit Article. (Score 3, Informative) 489

The "Windows SmartScreen" referenced in TFA is nothing of the sort.

This is an IE9 feature, which would not be a huge surprise to find is still there in IE10. TFS links to an 18-month-old article talking about it in IE9. Not Windows 8. There is nothing to back up the wording used in TFS or TFA. It's a good feature I have enabled on my parent's machines for their protection, as it's one more layer against malware downloads.

The ONLY things this feature touches is executables which are downloaded from the Internet using IE. Install from a DVD? Download using Chrome/Firefox? USB drive? Copied from another disk? Compiled yourself? None of those things gets "sent to Microsoft".

Just someone (successfully) using a combination of inflammatory wording and gullible/lazy /. editors to generate traffic to their blog.

Comment This is very much an American cultural thing (Score 5, Interesting) 263

I hate to bring up something like Americal Idol (and its predecessor Pop Idol) in somewhere like Slashdot, but I think it's relevant.

In the UK Pop Idol, the judges were always honest - if they found someone who couldn't sing, they told them they couldn't sing. They told them to not give up the day job, to abandon their dream of being a pop star. On the flip side, if they were good, the judges said so - and because of that it really meant something.

In the few bits of American Idol I've seen, it's totally different. The judges (I seem to remember Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson in particular) when presented with someone who clearly didn't have a hope in hell of becoming a star of any kind, tied themselves in knots trying to say something positive. They just didn't ahve it in them to say "You're not a singer, forget about it". They'd say "You need to work hard to improve your rhythm" or " You're great but you're just not what we're looking for", and so on. Simon Cowell gave much more honest opinions and built a huge business out of doing it - but he was seen as Captain Negativity, the joke one, with the other two encouraging the no-hopers to keep their dream.

The result? People in the UK who got that negative feedback accept (sometimes reluctantly) that they won't ever be a star and go back to singing in the shower and leading a normal life. People in the US don't have that reality check, so keep on trying, making themselves look more and more ridiculous, desperate and above all untalented.

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