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Comment Always switch the boss to BCC before replying. (Score 1) 148

This shows the boss you are responsive, but also sends a subtle message (to both your boss and the co-worker) that you are above that game. As a boss, my opinion of any subordinate would go down if they resort to such demoralizing behavior. I don't want people like that destroying the morale on my team.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 117

At work your job is to put ideology aside and to make your bosses happy

Bosses often don't know tech. Programmers often don't know business. Programmers who just wait for their bosses to tell them how and what to do are crappy employees who make the company lopsided toward the business side. The best employees push for their ideals, but also know when to back down.

Comment Great thinking! (Score 5, Insightful) 110

Let's throw out our current privacy protection because we might get a better one later. I think I'll quit my job now so I'll have plenty of time on my hands in case I find a better one. And would anyone like my car? I need to free up some space in my garage in case someone comes along and gives me a better one.

Comment what is "streaming", exactly? (Score 2) 70

Does "streaming" imply the use of some protocol that attempts to prevent the recipient from saving? What if we stream using a protocol with a known vulnerability? What if we develop a new streaming protocol and deliberately include a vulnerability? What if it is based on encryption with a password that is hard-coded to be "password" and cannot be changed? What if it merely requires the use to check a box that says, "I solemnly swear that I obey the law, mostly"?

Comment Re:Make SS cards real ID cards (Score 1) 60

Sure, smart people can easily solve the universal ID problem, but those same people mostly know that we are better of not solving that problem. I would personally like to thank all the other smart people for continuing to keep this problem complicated, messy, and unresolved.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 537

No, no! (Professor of computer science here.) My classes are already dragged down by students who see no value in learning, and whose parents are paying the full cost. When there is no direct cost even to the parents, the situation will be even worse! Those who care will have an even harder time learning because they will be surrounded by others who think they have some kind of right to pass because they are people too. College is already the new high school. Don't make it the new junior high.

Comment audio (Score 1) 122

The only pages that appear to be exempt from the throttling are those that play audio.

So pages that steal computing cycles will start playing inaudible sounds while they work. This will stop all the scripts except for those that really should be stopped, and annoy pet dogs around the world too.

Comment Re:The reason they keep raising money (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Is this the math you used? $92M (net assets) / $2M (internet hosting) = 46x, then round down to 45x. I think "net assets" includes things that are not easily spent, like servers, and is not the same as "cash savings". I also suspect that "internet hosting" is not equal to "operating costs". Therefore, I really have no idea how far off your figure may be. (Not your fault--the summary lacks the details necessary to support its claims.)

Comment Re:Already in the EU, hopefully soon in the US (Score 1) 88

How exactly do you plan to pull that off? Do you plan to hack into the music industry's auto-accuse bots and modify them so they no longer check their immunity lists before sending out accusations? Do you plan to hack into Comcast and poison their key cache so they will think all accusations originated from the music industry? Or, do you plan to hack into the minds of Congressmen and change them to want to make a law that gives equal respect to accusations from random citizens and those from industries that have paid for the laws? None of those are going to be particularly easy to pull off, but I'd love to help if you've got a real plan.

Comment Re:Time to Delete Linked In account (Score 2) 53

I have deleted my account multiple times, but they keep resurrecting it every time some random person wants to connect with me, and the only way to ask them to stop requires having an active account (and is very cumbersome, by the way). When I send or receive private e-mails to/from a new person (not using any web service), I often receive another e-mail soon thereafter from LinkedIn recommending that I connect with that person. Fortunately, this merger doesn't cross any lines regarding evil behavior.

Comment Re:And CPU and graphic chips (Score 1) 22

DeepMind is a great at what it does, but it's not intelligent, the way people are. It can what it's trained to do and do it faster than people but it's not going to make leaps into new ideas and concepts no one has thought of. It's no more "intelligent" than a rock.

Rocks cannot be trained to do what people do. And, being faster than people enables it to explore candidate possibilities much faster than people could. What is your definition of intelligence that completely excludes those things?

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