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Comment Permanent Batteries Suck (Score 1) 86

My Samsung SG S5 was the last Galaxy to have a user removable battery and will be the last Galaxy that I buy. Even today's top of the line phones only last about 4 hours when under heavy load like video calls and 3D gaming. And there's the fact that every charge cycles reduces the battery's capacity. The extra 1mm that having a permanent battery may shave off the thickness is not worth it. Never mind the fact that nearly everyone that drops $800 for a phone puts it in a fat protective case totally negating the slim argument.

So am I alone in taking pleasure from watching Samsung have to recall millions of phones for this idiotic move? I hope this serves as a reminder to Samsung that this was a terrible trade off for us consumers. And I hope it costs them more than the "planned obsolescence" will bring then in future profits.

Comment So in other words, "GitHub is a Terrible Metric" (Score 2, Informative) 118

If you want an accurate measure of the number of open source contributors, don't limit yourself to github. Google opened sourced their own source code management system, Monorail. Many of there projects are hosted there such as Chromium and Android. There also huge contributors to LLVM/Clang, which uses SVN and of course the Linux kernel which is also not hosted on github.

So basically BS click bait article.

Comment Why no link to the catalog? How to access this? (Score 2) 60

The article says"Prime members will now able to stream a rotating selection of more than 50 audiobooks." and proceeds to self-link to another prime fortune article . That's a blog spam trick and terrible reporting. As a prime member, I want to know what is available and how to stream it?

Comment Why did they "cut them a break"? (Score 4, Insightful) 77

I don't know how much valid information has been wrongfully censored, but when I was doing school research for a movie, I noticed that some of my results had been blocked. So I followed the 'Chilling Effects' link and there was relevant, non-infringing content that had been blocked there. I was angry enough to start to file a counter complaint only to get stonewalled because I wasn't the original copyright holder.

The system is broken. The only fix is higher penalties and lower bar for enforcement on invalid DMCA requests.

Comment Nice job humanity! (Score 4, Insightful) 203

Total Failure of Government and Society and not a good sign for the future of the human race. I personally have been well aware of the risks of Antibiotic-Resistant for over 20 years. This was the text book example of natural selection in my High School Biology class.

Instead of listening to the scientists and public health officals on the risks, we have let the greed and money in big ag run make our laws. We let them dump antibiotics in our livestock food in so we could have cheap meat and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

Welcome back to the pre-antibiotic era where a cut can be deadly and hospitals can kill you. Nice job humanity!

Comment Cyanogenmod Support and It'll Be My Next Phone (Score 1) 54

In my life, I've replaced 2 cracked smartphone screens and multiple batteries, so this is a big deal for me. If I don't have to worry about the manufacture support this will be a likely candidate for my next phone upgrade.

Looking at the specs, the only thing that bothers me is the resolution. I have 20/20 vision and I can't see the pixels on my current 720p smartphone. I'd much rather use the extra GPU power for gaming and gain the extra battery life that a lower rez screen would afford. Too bad people care more about a spec sheet number than gaming performance and battery life.

Comment Good News, Good Use of Public Funding (Score 1) 110

Nice to hear the government is doing some good with my taxes instead of wasting them bombing wedding on the other side of world. When I was in school, I took some AI classes and my prof had no interest in the biological neurons. Machine Learning has made some great progress, but it's still just a bag of specialized tricks. They're too brittle and don't generalize well. If we're going to ever develop a true artificial general intelligence, we're going to have to model it after our neocortex. This is a good start.

Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 0) 249

You mean the Microsoft that thinks it owns the users computer and can force spying and updates on people unwittingly and or against their will? Yea real swell...

Or you could just turn off both telemetry and updates, but that wouldn't give you anything to rant about. And by the way, if you turn it off, turn it off correctly. Please don't reply with some bullshit, tin foil hat wearing, MS hating blogger who can't follow basic MSDN documentation.

Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 2) 249

Remote shells for Windows have been available for decades. Hell I remember telnet server was included with NT net tools a lifetime ago. A lifetime before that directing command interpreter thru modem ports.... Anyone who really wanted one would already have one.

Remote shells? Yes! But SECURE, Remote shells? They have never had that built-in. I don't think you realize what a bad idea it is to communicate with you company's servers over plain text. And VPNs aren't always an option. I can always get ssh through, but I've been on plenty of networks that block VPNs. Not to mention needing additional VPN software and hardware key fobs. Give me pure ssh any day!

Comment Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 4, Interesting) 249

For those of us that have no choice but to manage Windows and *nix boxes, it's a pain in the ass to have to context switch between RDP and ssh'ing. This will make our job much easier. Between all the open source software, github, and stuff like this, I love the new MS. Of course our real servers will always run FreeBSD.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 65

I just don't understand what the purpose is, and it isn't stated in the thread linked -- other than a few ... (maybe) benchmarks that don't cover many real-world use cases.

How can you complain that you don't have any benchmarks to judge it by and then claim that if those benchmarks existed they do not cover real-world use cases? If your claim is true, this sounds unnecessary. But my gut trusts the kernel devs more than some close-minded Slashdot commenter afraid of change.

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