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Submission + - Essay: Has Apple abandoned the Creative Professional in favour of uploaders? (

sandbagger writes: Creative professionals who needed to produce digital art of all kinds were the backbone of the Macintosh market for many years. As many of us wait to see what will happen with the next Mac tower, this essay takes a look at what Apple may be thinking: Most young people are creating content on their smart phones with little to no thought on workflow, backup or what hardware is best...What's important to them is getting it online fast. Put most young people in front of traditional PC tower and they're lost'.

Submission + - What will privacy be like with Trump in charge of the US intelligence network? (

sandbagger writes: On the campaign trail, Trump made an ambiguous remark about wishing he had access to surveillance powers. “I wish I had that power,” he said while talking about the hack of Democratic National Committee emails. “Man, that would be power.” He shortly will, and the privacy implications may well be considerable. The Obama administration introduced a few concessions to the privacy lobby following Snowden’s revelations, he left the rest of the surveillance apparatus untouched. His approach has been to offer a modicum of transparency, much of it forced on him by the courts, in place of reform. Will that trend continue under the incoming US president?

Submission + - Study Finds "Lurking Malice" in Cloud Hosting Services (

sandbagger writes: A study of 20 major cloud hosting services has found that as many as 10 percent of the repositories hosted by them had been compromised – with several hundred of the “buckets” actively providing malware. Such bad content could be challenging to find, however, because it can be rapidly assembled from stored components that individually may not appear to be malicious. Many of the bad actors had redundant repositories connected by specific kinds of redirection schemes that allowed attacks to continue if one bucket were lost. The bad buckets also usually had “gatekeepers” designed to keep scanners out of the repositories, and where webpages were served, they had simple structures that were easy to propagate.

Comment They're sprain (Score 1) 675

First off, the professional grade photo cameras which use Compact Flash/CFast or QXD aren't going to be a huge portion of the market. In fact, I doubt that that most people know of their existence. Journalists often send the Jpegs from their cameras to their phones (using WI-Fi adaptors in their camera SD slots) so it's not like Apple's doing them any favours.

SD is fine and great for large transfers so you don't have to congest your WiFi. This explanation that there are a lot of options 'creating confusion' is a non-explanation. Basically they cheaped out.

While I do like the idea of being able to power the laptop from any port, I think an intermediate step was needed. When wireless charging at a distance is here is the time to get rid of MagSafe not before. Parents who have kids running around absolutely love it!

With respect to the RAM, I see both sides of it. They wanted to get overdue machines out the door and with the processor chosen, they got limited to 16 Gigs however since the machines are marked 'Pro' and not consumer, I was expecting one with expandable memory slots. 'Cause that's what pros do. Gluing everything down and soldering the RAM simplifies the engineering no end and makes your machine slimmer but it also makes the machine a disposable one piece unit that is neither reparable or expandable.

As for the price -- I'll be giving it a big pass and hoping they bring back the Mac tower.

Comment In other words, what's happened to farming (Score 5, Interesting) 231

The biggest change to labour -- probably -- has been the early 20th century creation of the tractor and its attendant grain handling machines to agriculture. It wiped out the largest employee type in the world - agricultural labour. Of course there are plenty of people picking produce today but it's a fraction of the population compared to our grandparents' era.

That mines have become automated with pneumatic diggers happened in a generation ago and those of us who are old enough to remember the miner's strikes of the 1970s and 1980s watched entire communities vanish from the map. (Watch the film Brassed Off as an example with the amazing Pete Posthewait.) That digitization and robotics have now matured enough to finish the job is really an end game, not anything new.

I was up north when GPSs came in and guides were an ancient and honoured profession that got wiped out in ten years at the lumber camps.

Comment Fortunately nothing of value was lost (Score 4, Insightful) 169

Yahoo never recovered from Google. (Who has?) This makes all of their side bets into creating a social media network out of Flickr, Tumblr starting with their purchase of EGroups ten or more years ago so interesting. They had enough stuff to make a critical mass of a social media platform but never had the vision to unify those disparate products into one single space.

My guess is that there were a layer of vice presidents who each wanted to keep their own fifedoms and years of low level resistance prevented the 'Okay, let's turn this all into a single experience for the user'. They had a broad demographic spread over their different products but failed to reach ignition.


Comment What data will it use, and what assumptions? (Score 2) 321

I am thinking of that recent Twitter AI that turned into a bigot in less than a day because -- lo and behold -- GIGO. If the output must be that all films must look like the demographic national survey rather than how people tend to cluster, you could end up with no end of weird conclusions and data skews. For example, a film with a minority person in a wheel chair in a leadership role may skew the data more than a gay man. Moreover, let us say for instance, the first film is crap and the second one is good, but because he's beaten up as the film's about gay bashing, then might the latter score worse because he's a portrayed as a victim?

Submission + - The timing of error messages contributes to them being ignored (

sandbagger writes: A new study from BYU, in collaboration with Google Chrome engineers, finds the status quo of warning messages appearing haphazardly — while people are typing, watching a video, uploading files, etc. — results in up to 90 percent of users disregarding them.

Researchers found these times are less effective because of "dual task interference," a neural limitation where even simple tasks can't be simultaneously performed without significant performance loss. Or, in human terms, multitasking.

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