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Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 455

Well, it hasn't happened yet. That said, why would you cancel your cable Internet for this? Yes, cellular Internet will be useful for your Chromebook when you're away from home, but in the same way it is today - a useful supplementary service that fills in the gaps, not as your primary system.

As for how you'd connect to a server at home, there are two options: VPN, or IPv6. The latter tends to get forgotten, but I connect to machines at home directly via IPv6 from my (T-Mobile) cellular connection without any problems. This sounds horrifying in terms of security, but if you imagine the development server being as locked down as a Chromebook or iDevice, without the back doors associated with too many modern IoT devices, it should be fine.

I'm more bothered about having to develop using a web interface, especially in an era in which leaving Firefox open for a day with 20 or so tabs open seems to result in it eating 4+Gb of memory, not the connectivity part. The connectivity part is actually the nice part.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 455

Maybe...

I bought a consumer NAS a year or so ago, which is a collection of servers (software, from Samba to various video streaming DLNA type things) running over GNU/Linux, connected to a big hard drive. It's still a little bit of a nerds thing, but I can totally see people wanting to use things like this to ensure they have control over their own content.

And after I got a Chromebook, I started to wonder how far off we are having similar devices that host IDEs (don't laugh, there are quite a few web based IDEs out there, Eclipse has two such projects, though in my view they're not ready for prime time.) You could, in theory, use your Chromebook as-is in the future, with a third party, locked down, server that has an IDE on it, to develop Android apps. Hell (and I mean hell), if Google gets involved, that might become the recommended development environment.

Comment Re:Tipping point (Score 1) 521

It's the opposite of humanitarian to tell poor people in other countries that our government has decided they shouldn't be able to have a job if it involves making stuff to import into the U.S.

It's always amazing to me how some people figure it's ok to force people not to trade with poor folks and improve their lives if those poor people happen to live outside their country.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 2) 266

Obama has only said he can't. He's never said why. Those claiming he said he can't because of legal reasons related to admissions of guilt or trials are lying (or unwittingly repeating lies) - he's never made any such assertion.

In all honesty, the reason he "can't" probably has to do with setting a precedent. Hopefully the same principle doesn't apply to commuting a sentence, and Obama can commute Manning's before he leaves office.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 474

You've completely missed the point. They're only comparing 29-34 year-olds with the same age.

Someone who has a degree will on average out-earn someone who doesn't over their lifetime (depending on major, as someone equally intelligent will actually out earn someone with a degree in something stupid. You have to also account for reason for not having a degree, with not smart enough not explaining them all). However, the most significant differences in salaries come from someone's first year in a job to about 5-10 years, after which increases tend to level off more until the difference between 15 years experience and 20 years experience may be virtually nothing, percentage-wise.

As a result, if your first year in the job market 4-10 years later (i.e. post-degree, including advanced degrees), while you may make more money in the long term, you are unlikely to start at your entry-level-fresh-from-college job making much more than someone who has those years actually doing a job. If you dropped out of college, then your start is likely to be even worse. At the bottom end, if you were 29 and still in college (which some are), then it should be obvious that you are likely earning much less at that age than someone who has been working full time for up to 10 years already.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 474

If they are comparing salaries for the same age, then if more people are spending longer in college, that will delay their entrance into the workforce, putting them close to entry level salaries and thus drive the average down.

In other words, there is no mystery about this, the answer is in the rest of the summary where they say they're staying in school longer. Just replace "even though" with "because" towards the end.

Also, as you imply, it's not like they're graduating after those extra years with more knowledge to get paid for at their entry level job which now requires a degree (but probably didn't years before), so the net effect is to just delay the start of their earnings.

A better comparison would be to compare "just left college" people to each other, or "just started working", rather than using age.

Comment Re:It's the media's fault (Score 1) 21

I'm just glad that it appears people are starting to wake up and realize it. Part of it is the rise of the internet and alternative sources like Breitbart.

...And the fact that so much of the media's lies recently are being proven as such -- Michael Brown's "Hands Up Don't Shoot" was a complete lie, the Orlando shooter used an AR-15 was a complete lie (it was a SigSauer carbine, and NOT an AR-15)...

Now look at how the media is largely ignoring the fact that the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter converted to Islam...

I think the tide is finally turning against these left wing propagandists...
Government

Obama Changed Rules Regarding Raw Intelligence, Allowing NSA To Share Raw Data With US's Other 16 Intelligence Agencies (schneier.com) 200

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Schneier on Security: President Obama has changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, allowing the NSA to share raw data with the U.S.'s other 16 intelligence agencies. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people. Here are the new procedures. This rule change has been in the works for a while. Here are two blog posts from April discussing the then-proposed changes.
User Journal

Journal Journal: "Don't be rude. YOU ARE FAKE NEWS" 21

I honestly don't think I'll get tired of watching President Trump smack the MSM over the next 8 years.

And "fake news" has been a huge problem ever since the days of Dan Rather's "fake, but accurate" George W. Bush AWOL fake memo.

Comment Re:All the best research is done in Europe (Score 1) 130

I seriously doubt there's any body of research that says that exercise, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with weight, and the only times I've successfully lost significant amounts of weight (more than 20lbs) were when I combined a more controlled diet with exercise. Simply trying to control my diet has never helped, and I know nobody who successfully lost a lot of weight without either going on a relatively dangerous starvation diet (sometimes necessary) or combining exercise with something more reasonable.

But note that I also pointed out that urban vs suburban living also determines diet.

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