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Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 657

Nope. Just racist, misogynistic, hateful messages. Go discuss small government, interventionist vs isolationist policies, or financial policy all you want. But if you're going to spend the millions you got from a product I supported on turning political debate into 4chan, I'm going to stop supporting that product.

Comment Re:"Conspiracy theory" (Score 5, Informative) 251

I'm afraid none of that addresses the suspicious way in which these buildings collapsed. That's why anti-conspiracy theorists are often even worse. They extrapolate their own ideas out of it so they can have a comfort blanket to hold on to and stop looking at what is in front of them.

The buildings collapsed exactly how you'd expect a building with strong center and shell supports would collapse, thus there's not much to explain there. Fuel heats cross-beams, steel loses half its strength at those temperatures and they bend in the center, one floor falls down to the next and cascades. The outer shell and inner shell hold it all together as its going down. Every single thing that happened to all three buildings and the field in PA is easily explained by physics, and doesn't need the conspiracy. Nothing that happened that day is "comforting," and insulting people doesn't help your case.

Comment Re:Why is it troubling? (Score 0) 499

Someone didn't actually read the article, let alone the study, I guess.

Lerner dug into her data and came up with her own guess for the cause of the surprising results: women were leaving the platform after having one or two bad interviews. In other words, women, feeling discouraged, seemed to be just giving up on interviewing altogether. “Once you factor out interview data from both men and women who quit after one or two bad interviews,” she writes, “the disparity goes away entirely.”

In this light, your reply I think highlights the problem, not the reason. Your attitude, and those of the ones who marked you "Insightful" (when you obviously weren't very), are probably the reason women are more likely to just give up.

Comment Re:Don't do it (Score 1) 180

Agreed, never do this. We had a problem with our cable company in the 90's (before online bill pay) who kept claiming our checks arrived late and billing us late fees. So we set up automatic bank deduction. The next month, they deducted the amount 3 days late WITH the late fee! They were pretty much caught in the act, but they just refunded the late fee and we dropped it...

Comment Re:Prototype as far as I can see (Score 1) 81

This is all very interesting. However, there is no indication of when the sticks will become generally available. Their website indicates that they intend to create 1000 sticks shortly for use by selected customers. It is difficult to know how real this is, actually.

Wouldn't be surprised if this is a "please buy us out!" advertisement-product. I could see Apple buying them and integrating their chip into the next A-series processor to do client-side Siri among other things.

Comment Re: The longer you wait... (Score 3, Interesting) 176

Yes, keyboard controls are problematic. Yes, it's possible to type with your eyes closed, but if your hands lose the keyboard entirely it really brings you out of the experience to find it again and reposition. And many times the movement keys are not necessarily on the "home row" so you end up hunting around a bit. Plus, oftentimes the experiences work better if you're a bit back from your desk with some space to lean forward or shift a bit. Keyboards really detract from the experience.

Comment Re:When it ends in PORN... (Score 1) 372

I have this problem sometimes. My kids have my last name, Kass, and several of the new interactive things at Disney World a few years ago refused to accept their names, or later refused to accept my email address as a place to email their creations.


IBM Researchers Propose Device To Dramatically Speed Up Neural-Net Learning ( 87

skywire writes: We've all followed the recent story of AlphaGo beating a top Go master. Now IBM researchers Tayfun Gokmen and Yurii Vlasov have described what could be a game changer for machine learning — an array of resistive processing units that would use stochastic techniques to dramatically accelerate the backpropagation algorithm, speeding up neural network training by a factor of 30,000. They argue that such an array would be reliable, low in power use, and buildable with current CMOS fabrication technology. "Even Google's AlphaGo still needed thousands of chips to achieve its level of intelligence," adds Tom's Hardware. "IBM researchers are now working to power that level of intelligence with a single chip, which means thousands of them put together could lead to even more breakthroughs in AI capabilities in the future."

Comment Re: Linux ransomware torments Mac users? (Score 3, Informative) 77

In this case, by someone hacking the installer to a BitTorrent client, hacking the server that distributes it, and signing it with a valid Apple developer cert and swapping their version in. Then hoping no one notices until the few days pass before it does its job and triggers. That last part didn't happen. Apple patched the built-in anti-malware, the company released a new version that removes the malware, and it was only downloaded about 6,500 times before disappearing. Unless any of those machines stayed completely off the internet in that time, it probably didn't strike anyone in the wild. That's what bein "tormented" by a Trojan Horse looks like on the Mac.

Comment Re:But the license does NOT ban profit (Score 5, Informative) 138

As I type this, the license link on the product's page leads to the variant of the Creative Commons License, that explicitly allows commercial use:

You are free to:

        Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

        Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

        The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

What's the problem? Did the author pick wrong license by mistake — and will they apologize to the folks now harmed by eBay's overreaction?

You forgot the "Under the Following Terms" bit, which is the whole point!

Under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Comment Re: Report + Judgment (Score 5, Informative) 174

You mean a 5' 7" 12-year-old who had a toy gun tucked into his belt while sitting on a swing, and which never left his belt in the 4 seconds it took the cops to fire on him after arriving on the scene nor the four minutes they allowed him to bleed out before the first officer attempted any sort of first aid? Who was shot by a rookie police officer whose weapons training was rated "dismal", was said to be unable to follow "basic functions as instructed", and showed a "dangerous loss of composure" in his previous assignment before being fired?

Let's at least get the facts straight.

Comment Re:Ubuntu (Score 1) 86

But in practice the applications don't update this base OS, so the copy of openssl that is loaded into memory when the app launches will be vulnerable since there is no practical way to automatically keep them updated. The app vendor would have to basically rebuild the image every time a single package would have to be updated.

First of all, there's often little reason to even include OpenSSL in your container. You can attach to it through Docker. And only expose ports your app uses. The attack vector is reduced. Secondly, practices around containers are definitely evolving, so what is "in practice" now isn't necessarily the way it will always be.

Comment Re:Doesn't exist yet (Score 3, Interesting) 165

This is true-- there is no home 3D printer that can print a reasonable LEGO brick.

However, LEGO makes a lot of other ancillary pieces that you CAN print. Replacement heads for mini-figs, clip-on attachments to things, little flowers, buckets, etc. In addition, the LEGO Technic straight brackets (the long ones with the holes and plusses) are not too hard to print, and you can create your own configuration of those holes. (I have a customizable one up on ThingiVerse here:

So a 3D printer is not going to keep you from buying LEGO, but it might make playing and building with LEGO more fun.

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