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Comment Used to... (Score 2) 151

I used to get the fast track insider builds on my work machine, but I got tired of constantly having to troubleshoot stuff that got broken along the way. It became really annoying to constantly have to reinstall visual studio problems, troubleshoot vbox issues, etc.

Ultimately I just formatted the machine and went back to the standard production build.

Comment Re:This series has run its course anyway.. (Score 5, Interesting) 173

I gave up caring about the characters a couple seasons ago. It's devolved into a constant barrage of idiots making dumb decision after dumb decision. None of these people would be alive at this point after alienating every person they come across. They also haven't come up with a single new or inventive plot device since season 2.

Comment Re:Even if you force me, I won't Bing anything. (Score 1) 361

MS got itself in hot water last time over its browser integration and forcing users to have IE installed while discouraging use of competing browsers. This doesn't seem like a very big departure from that behavior. They just got out from under the antitrust watchdogs w/in the last couple years and this move looks like they're trying to earn them back.

Comment Re:$300 to read books? (Score 1) 171

I suppose. I have a kindle voyage. I used to have an ipad mini but the reading experience isn't as good so I replaced it with the voyage for e-reading. The ipad was harder on the eyes and required you to jump through hoops to buy books since apple's ecosystem would require amazon to destroy their book profit margin in order to fully integrate.

Ultimately I ended up giving the ipad away to a family member as I didn't use it anymore.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 0) 171

Honestly this seems like a significant step backwards from their current offerings. The lopsided design with page turn buttons on one side is a headscratcher. I read in bed before I sleep every night, laying down on my side, with the kindle aligned to my sight-line. I swap side to side and my hand rests on which ever side of the kindle is pointing at the ceiling and that's how I turn the pages.

This kindle wouldn't allow that convenience.

The button design is pretty clunky as well. The buttons should have been flush with the surface and larger.

Comment Re:Standard C library... (Score 5, Insightful) 334

That's really stretching things. If you use something as simple as microseconds on a clock as the seed for your "random" number generation, there's "pretty much" no way you can exploit that short of hacking the device itself. It's not like people are going to stand there with a stopwatch and tell the TSA guy " the button...Now!"

Comment Re:How well would it understand this? (Score 1) 32

I think it's still a very useful thing to be able to understand though. English is absolutely loaded with ill-formed utterances in order to impart humor, sarcasm, intent, etc. It'll be very important for artificial systems to be able to reproduce and understand things like these.

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