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Comment Re:Hello women at these companies, (Score 1) 80

So a word of advice to women in tech fields entering the workforce - stay away from companies that pander to you, you will be better off for it and have workers that treat you with real respect.

I'd rather work for a place that pays well, I'll work there for a few decades and retire. Besides, I'm pretty skeptical that anyone can earn respect from brogrammers, and I question why anyone would even bother trying.

Well I can see someone isn't going to be getting "Works well with others" on their performance review.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 342

I doubt that the NSA or other agency wants to do actions against one of the higher ups. They are designed to follow their commands, not to spy on them. If they hack the politicians, their practices will just be questioned far more likely. Of course, if there is a judicial order, they will act against them, as they should, but not without one.

That's funny, when the NSA gained the ability to hack the entire U.S. they became the real power.

Comment Re:from the five-days-too-late dept (Score 2) 41

Unfortunately it's the only two factor authentication system that's going to work for the public at large. It's a simple system that works with any and every cell phone on the market, with no need to (re)develop applications for multiple OSes, manage syncing those applications to a master server, and then handle user support issues when those applications break.

The problem with "proper" security is that it works against the user. Long passwords that you can't remember, SecurID tokens that you never have when you need them, and finicky fingerprint readers that are too easily fooled by fakes. And in the end, all of this just gets subverted by social engineering, calling the help desk and convincing the rube on the other end to reset the account password. Unbreakable security fails at being friendly when faced with the fallibility of users, and at the same time it's only as strong as the weakest human who has control over it.

The fact of the matter is that the only real threat to PSN users is going to be criminal gangs harvesting accounts en masse. A token two factor system, properly implemented, is going to be enough to stop that. It's security that's good enough. Otherwise you'll quickly discover first-hand how perfect can be the enemy of good.

Which is not to say I advocate poor security. But so far no one has come up with a better way to do it. It has to be universally compatible and it has to handle user failures gracefully, and there are very few ways to do that.

Comment Re:38,000 cubic meters of helium inside its hull (Score 1) 167

the real tragedy here is not the crash, but the fact that 38000 cubic meters of a very rare gas used for everything from advanced medical diagnostics to research into superconductors and even nuclear fusion is squandered into a single aircraft that cant be bothered to run through a computational fluid thermodynamics simulation before enjoying public humiliation.

im sure it sounds callous, but i hope this thing takes a life next time because clearly no ones thought through the ramifications of such a wasteful endeavour.

I am sure they were doing it to lower the carbon footprint of air travel and fight Global Warming,

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 301

"Libertarians believe you shouldn't go to prison for refusing to vaccinate your children."
  You will not go to jail they just can not go to public school. Unvaccinated children put others at risk and their is no reason to not vaccinate. Putting ideology over science == anti science crack pot.

"In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years."

See above plus she called nuclear power plants are, "Nuclear power plants = weapons of mass destruction waiting to be detonated.
Time to shut them down". And she calls trains hauling oil, "bomb trains" and also calls them "weapons of mass destruction"...
AKA crack pot extremist.

See seems to suffer from expert syndrome. She is a doctor so she thinks that she is an expert in everything.

Comment Re:it's a GPU (Score 3, Informative) 113

FFS, god damn kids.

it is NOTHING like a GPU.
it is an array of DSPs. boring old DSPs.. nothing new here at all.
quite a few of them on the same chip, but still, just DSPs. in fact quite standard DSPs.
Which is pretty much exactly what you would expect for this application.

Now please stop trying to impress people with 'I've looked over all the information' and go back to your madz gamerzing.

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 301

Yea well the US and the world has a big problem.
All 4 of the major candidates should not be elected as president.
Trump is a fat cat crack pot. I could list things like the way he talks about women, the crazy wall plan, or his wanting to ban people from coming to the US based on religion but the list is just too long. He is so bad that he makes Clinton look like a not that bad choice.
Clinton just can not be trusted. She still does not admit that she did anything wrong with her email server even after classified data was found on it. Throw in her not having Boko Haram classified as a terrorist group and you just have to say, "WHAT"!!!

Gary Johnson... Anti Vax.... AKA anti science crack pot.
Jill Stien.... Anti Vax ..... AKA anti science crack pot.

It is like we have a choice between the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Comment Re:or, maybe Google screwed up "ownership" (Score 1) 188

Google is sort of doing that now. Incase you have not read more and more new features are being rolled into Google Play services and the Google Now Launcher. Google controls the version of those two systems with the Google Play Store. It is not prefect but it is better than it was.

Yes you have a lot of different ARM chips but the instruction sets are not very different. Most Android devices use a Cortex A series SOC the wifi and cell radios are also limited in number. The big differences are going to be things like the display and camera. Some manufactures will add things like a custom sound system as well to try and make their device standout. The other issue is their custom skins which is probably a huge time sink.

IMHO if Google really wanted to push this they would have kept Motorola. The first fruits of Google running Motorola the MotoX and Moto G where/are really good phones. If Google had kept producing good phones with constant updates then other companies would have had to compete with that.

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