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Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 4, Insightful) 182

Sounds horrible to me. Why bother?

Not sure what MS' motivation is, but it's good news for a lot of scientific software developers. Small teams or single researchers rarely have enough time to even keep the main development going, never mind keeping up with multiple OS targets. With this everybody can simply focus on Linux, and tell Windows users to just run it under the Linux layer and stop asking about a native port.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 119

This is why when strangers photograph me, I flip them the bird, not a peace sign. Then they don't get my fingerprint, since it is not facing them.

Most parts of your skin has distinctive, unique patterns. You can get a unique print from your elbow, wrist, knuckles, knees... And you tend to leave such marks around too, if less commonly than fingers.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 119

Finger prints are fine for identification, not verification. They're your username, not your password. If you do use them like that they are not dangerous.

But of course nobody does; US, Japan and other countries all use fingerprints to verify the password identity for instance. And as a result they catch multiple people here in Japan every year that entered the country with fake fingerprints. And since they just catch people that happen to get arrested for some other reason, it probably means there's hundreds entering the country using other peoples' ID and fingerprints each year.

Comment Re:First rule of journalism. (Score 2) 240

The only real option, baring some fundamental breakthrough [...] is massively more and simpler cores

The problem with that approach is that most problems are not infinitely paralleliseable, and some important problems fundamentally do not parallelise at all. You rapidly hit diminishing returns for more cores, and that's before you consider that you need to go beyond a shared-memory architecture beyond a dozen cores or so.

The newest generation of supercomputers already have big problems finding jobs that actually use all the hardware, and for the next generation people have more or less thrown their hands in the air already and say that except for a few very specialized workloads, the machines will be shared systems, not used for single jobs at a time.

Comment Re: Sweet (Score 1) 360

Actually my wife bought the S7 for me - mainly because she knew I was interested in getting into VR - it came with a Gear VR. She knew I would prefer a Note, and if I didn't care about using it for that, I would have just bought a Note 4, which still has a removable battery. Unfortunately the NOte 4 is not compatable with Gear VR. Because of the battery problems the Note 7 was having, she got me an S7. I haven't had the heart to tell her how I really feel about the phone -
I thought I would get used to it, but that hasn't happened yet.

On a side note, the Gear VR has been interesting - and has a lot of potential to be really fun but I wouldn't recommend it for developing on - you have to keep unplugging the phone from the GearVR and plugging it back into USB to PC every time you want to do a build / upload - which is also pretty annoying - and even though the Gear VR has a USB port, it can't be used to passs data through to the phone - it's for recharging only. If they just corrected that, so that you could keep it plugged in and connected to the PC via USB, it'd greatly improve the whole development cycle and stop my USB port wearing out prematurely.

Comment Re: Sweet (Score 2) 360

I hate my S7 Edge - but the thing was too expensive to justify replacing it yet.
I also have a Note 2 which I love and would have bought an Note 7 except for the battery fiasco. I got an S7 edge instead and really regret it. The curved screen edge feature is bloody annoying - I constantly accidentally hit keys on the side when using the keyboard, from holding it, and yet find it really hard to hit the 1 key when trying to - it ends up miustyping as 2 - though that might be partly the fault of the curved screen protector I have on it. I also miss having the larger screen of a Note - it's harder to text on smaller screens. Wish I had gotten just a flat screen or mabey even another brand with a large screen.
It's bad enough they took the replaceable battery away.
If the jack goes, I'll never buy another Samsung.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 541

It's time to start thinking about how a society which want a social safety net can incentivize people people to not have children they can't afford.

Because we have such a problem with criminal lawlessness and uncontrolled breeding among trust-fund kids?

You already have a segment of people with, effectively, no need to ever provide for themselves. They don't seem to be causing any more trouble overall than anybody else, and most of them seem to manage to find something worthwhile to do with their lives.

Comment Re:Another example (Score 1) 126

Maybe it's due to higher quality cameras being used more than the resolution.

So true. The source matters so much more than the end resolution. I've seem some really good 144p videos and some really atrocious 1080p videos on YT. If the source sucks the higher resolution isn't going to help and at the same time a low resolution can still look great if the source is pristine and clean, just don't stretch the video out too much.

Comment Toyota already has it (Score 4, Insightful) 361

At least Toyota already has this in their hybrid vehicles. And in Japan you have a toggle to temporarily turn it off (for when you arrive home late, for instance, and want to minimise noise). The "whine" you hear from a Prius or Aqua at low speed is actually the speaker; with it turned off they're almost completely silent.

Comment Re:Just what we need (Score 2) 107

Uber's whole business plan is based on people using ther own capital (ie. car) to drive customers from point A to point B for a low fee of which Ubse gets a cut without having to spend anything on maintenance and repair, - without Uber having to spend capital on buying, or committing to fixed cost leasing of vehicles.

Unless everyone starts buying flying cars, they will have to majorly restructure their business. Same goes for them having fleets of self driving cars. They lose their greatest business advantage - the lack of need to tie capital up in depreciating assets.

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