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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Bite The Pillow Re:Maybe your logic is wrong...Like insanely wrong (68 comments)

86 million smartphones means that 1000 million phones of any type is realistic? I don't get your logic at all.

So I read the link you provided, meaning I'm no longer ignorant unless you are intentionally hiding relevant information, but I still don't think this paints a picture of a billion users being realistic.

Comparing American and Indian markets doesn't make a lot of sense, but it does give a point of comparison.

And we have someone like by Em Adespoton above, suggesting that this phone will replace phone, TV, and computer, which makes it financially more reasonable. For that to happen, smartphone adoption has to go from 7% to 80% for your numbers to make sense.

How realistic is it that a population of 1.2 billion will go from 7% to 80% any time soon? If you have some market insight there, given that this seems expensive, I'd love to hear it. We all would.

Specifically, if you are saying that nearly a billion people have dumb phones, will the infrastructure that will be available in the next year or two support a billion users converting to smart phones? How about to the point of replacing phone, tv, and computer? How many people are spending this much money on technology already?

These are the types of things I'd want to know to make a judgement on how realistic this sounds.

7 hours ago

New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bite The Pillow Re: The world we live in. (579 comments)

If you are lying unconscious, no one is going to make a decision about whether it costs more to save your life.

Lots of people are aware of good samaritan laws, and will do anything to save you.

Lots of people are aware of the legal responsibility of SURVIVORS suing THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO SAVE THEM and FUCKING WINNING.

If you are unconscious, you will hope for some ignorant retard, which is most of the population, to come along and call someone who cares. Most likely 9-1-1. And they will disclose your location but not their identity. And that's okay.

Emergency, please help this poor fuck. I'm out. Is that what you wanted? Great, because their job is done.

Or did you want your health care delivered by untrained strangers? Stats on Heimlich and breathing help suggests that even trained CPR means a very small advantage.

Literally, people who call 911 anonymously and fuck off have as good a chance at saving you as the people who really try to save you. They might as well fuck it up.

Call an ambulance, sure. But you really lost the point.

The VICTIM has to pay the cost. If she does not have insurance, she either dies or wishes she had. Your hate is on the side of hospitals and medical billers and health insurance.

Not on the side of the people who will invariably call for help regardless of whether you're a foreigner. We love all people, because we can't tell the difference immediately. We hate them equally, for the same reasons.

2 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Bite The Pillow Re:Bennett Haselton (299 comments)

This one did not involve any economist misunderstanding, other than the idea that someone watching a beheading video is going to donate to red cross, or really anything ever in their entire life.

Other than that, it's not really objectionable.

well, there is the bit about being posted by a douchetastically horrible thinker to a really self-indulgently retarded bunch of ass-tastic thinkers, I can't find a single fault.

2 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Bite The Pillow Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Respect for the dead is a very fundamental basis for respect for the living.

Censorship is wrong, because understanding the causes and solutions honors both the living and the dead.

ISIS will not stop beheading unless it decides that no longer supports its goals. Can't upload to youtube is irrelevant. Please make you laugh yourself, you're an idiot. They don't want to stop beheadings, only the consumer, sorry product, reactions.

People wanting to censor it have their own reasons. If that sickens you, then you really need some disaster in your life. People really do this, really want this, and genuinely would like it if you fucked off. I'm not one of them, but it's true.

I don't understand the denial/force point, because I could find many, many, many, many. references to this video without the video censorship angle. This post by horseshit logistician Bennett Hasslehoff is all about putting a pre-roll logo on your video.

As much as I want to shit down Bennett's throat at all times of the day, this seems like the absolute least you could do, and certainly not objectionable without specific complaints. Harm the ISIS group if you are going to post the video. Are we good? Great, then make a point that isn't stupid.

2 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Bite The Pillow Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

The gp does not reference watching as a defence. That is entirely within your mind, and we should surmise things about you as a result.

Also, sick curiosity is not a need to imagine that beheading is gruesome.

I agree that no one should comment on CP unless they have seen it.

Many who abhor it will probably like it, and think it's harmless. Many who think it's harmless will realize it's absolutely in no way harmless, and cannot be tolerated in any fashion. This is how generally people on grandstands work.

Curiosity leads to understanding. If more people understand what a horrible thing this is, you have won if everyone actually sees it. Especially if they thought they might be okay, and realized they were not okay. If more people think this is harmless and deserves to be tolerated as a result of seeing it, society has gotten its judgement. And you will have been proven wrong, much as the wholesome people may object.

Isn't there a quote about defending the worst people to protect the rights of the population?

2 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Bite The Pillow Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

I saw the same one, unless a very clever magic trick substituted.

I too will not watch one because of that.

For the family members, I certainly thank YT and Twitter and all that.

For humanity in general, I strongly encourage any of them to watch this, and shame on anyone who censors this.

This happens. To people. And it probably really sucks.

People starve. People have diseases, and deformities. And people die horribly.

People need the chance to watch this, and realize how really horrible it is. It's not just awful. It takes a few strokes of the machete. Did you think a clean chop did it? Nope, it's not a Hattori HanzÅ sword. It's something some random dickhead had on hand. It's not really sharp, and not really clean.

Several chops before they die, and several more before it is done.

The news is: this happened. It happens. This is real.

The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.

Or do we disagree with Trek lore?

2 days ago

Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Bite The Pillow Re:Stop calling them clickbait (61 comments)

You're wrong. Here's why. "Bait" as you use it can be good, and for a number of reasons listed in the article you mention.

Clickbait specifically applies to things like advertising and titles on news aggregators. It can also reference baity headlines on the same site,

Here's what I found when I went to MSNBC because my go to news site had few details on today's active shooter incident.

        1Thousands pay tribute to 'gentle giant'
        2Scott Walker's big blunderWatch
        3Gay marriage comes closer to SCOTUS
        4The wrong prosecutor for the job?Watch
        5'Weâ(TM)re guilty until proven innocent'
        6Obama caught between rock and hard placeWatch
        7Darren Wilson supporters 'won't back down'
        8Paul Ryan runs from DREAMers
        9Military: Fort Lee shooter has died
        10Letter from Foley details detention

So here's why I immediately went to another site:

        1 Who the fuck is this?
        2 Everything ever?
        3 Closer means nothing
        4 If you have to ask, yeah.
        5 Yep, that's America for ya
        6 Like every other decision where (R) are involved?
        7 I don't know who this is, and it's not as baity.
        8 Yep
        9 I didn't read this one
        10 I didn't read this one, also who the shit is Foley?

This was MSNBC trying to get me to click on news when I went to their site for news. If I read it every day, maybe I'd idly click on one of those. Since I don't, I got bored and gave up.

Now, defend the practice of making the user click on more stories than they normally would, as a regular reader. It is wasting the reader's time, and gathering more advertising from companies that use the readers' dollars to sell them advertising so they buy more products.

Dollars are wasted. and people don't read the articles for details, so this kind of horseshit is completely unnecessary.

Your turn.

2 days ago

The Evolution of Diet

Bite The Pillow Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (277 comments)

"I doubt" is not helpful here.

The article mentions "unrefined grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables" so your "for example" has holes in it.

"Probably died in their 40s" sounds like you don't have data, and it's a well known bias in life expectancy that infant deaths bring down the average "lived to be" date. I suspect you fell victim to bad statistics.

The popular embrace of a Paleo diet, Ungar and others point out, is based on a stew of misconceptions

Hmm, that sounds like something you would say, but it's right there in the article. H. Erectus ate meat and developed a complicated brain, the article says, and then the advent of agrarian society pushed people towards things they could grow.

Agriculture is widely seen as the start of civilization, as people had to band together and grow stuff together, and not migrate where gardens weren't being grown and tended. Consider that well, because it means that an agrarian diet is also part of the origin of civilization. Also, the article mentions domesticated cattle as being sources of parasites and disease.

At this point in time, you can compare farmers and hunter-gatherers and see how they fared.

Salt and coffee are pretty much irrelevant. If you have high sodium, it might damage you personally and you should not eat things that *will* hurt you, and that's an individual thing, not related to what our ancestors eat. Coffee likewise seems to be irrelevant, since it does not seem to have much effect on our health. Significantly high intake of each are probably bad, but high anything is usually bad.

So what is left from your post? Just a bunch of ignorance.

2 days ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Bite The Pillow Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (500 comments)

Think about it from the perspective of the CS graduate. The one who doesn't know how to tune a C.V. to be a good picture of what they know. They have experience and can prove it, as CS300 and 305 were all C, all the time. That's a year of C experience right there!

But it's also the perspective of not knowing what you don't know. If you use standard C functions to find length, append, but never get into truncating because you make a new array and copy instead, you may actually get through 2 courses without ever needing to know there is a zero.

You were told once, but you never wrote a line of code that needed to know about null-termination. Even writing the code "while(*p++ != '\0')" does not communicate the idea of null-term. It could be just a magic way of getting the compiler to do what you want, without conceptualizing the behavior.

Pro tip: People who claim knowledge often don't know how much knowledge to claim.

3 days ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Bite The Pillow Re:So... (327 comments)

That did not preclude women, and that seems to be a new area of study for this problem. Women aren't being pushed out by misogyny and male culture (according to this hypothesis) - they are self-selecting, or pushing themselves out. They have the option, but choose not to.

Except when it is part of some other goal - that is, women do use computers, just not for the sake of using computers (generally). Women are utilitarian in using computers to support other endeavors.

So women stopped studying computer science because they didn't have to anymore?

We can oversimplify if you (grandparent and the post to which you replied) like, but the attribution is wrong. Fields constantly diverge and evolve, and the PC revolution meant having access to advanced processing power without competing for time at a mainframe. Women didn't *have to* study computer science before, but it helped in knowing how to get this hunk of metal to give interesting answers.

And it's not that women didn't have to study it anymore - in many cases, the computer became part of the curriculum.

We could rewrite this entire article to say that (advanced) courses of study embraced computers as virtual assistants, which pushed basic computer science into many other fields, increasing the number of women who took CS informally along with their chosen major.

So you don't have to study a specific CS course of study in order to incorporate CS into what you really want to do. Which brings us back to women seeing CS on its own as not interesting, not helpful, or something else. And without further insight, we could stop here and write it off as personal preference due to the underlying brain structures that heighten verbal skills, and give up on all of this "not enough women in the field" nonsense and "men are pushing women away due to misogyny and male culture" beatings.

The next step is obviously to come up with some sort of number that tells us women should be 30+/-5% of the computer science course for X reason, and stop trying to make it 50% unless that reason itself exposes an obvious requirement to do so. Then given that non-CS people can work in software development, what percentage of an IT workforce should be women? What happens if we turn traditionally male cultures like start-ups into female friendly environments?

What if it's a tech company that does lots of completely non-software-related things, how many women should work at that place?

And let women, since they are not precluded and only excluded by choice, be underrepresented where women choose to be. And if we get to the end of all of this and realize that men are just being dicks and it was male culture causing problems all along, men will have no more excuse to fall back on to explain the difference. This is the first step in really getting to an answer, rather than pitting gender against gender in suppositions.

3 days ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Bite The Pillow Re:The problem, as always is ignorant commenters (327 comments)

The problem isn't as obvious as you made it. No quote in the article, including yours, points to self confidence as the problem. The one that comes closest is the second half of your quote.

But that's pointing towards realizing a fairly obvious difference and responding appropriately. Should they overcompensate and think that they belong despite evidence otherwise? Is that how this should work? Ignoring evidence? I'm not sure how else you could interpret that.

This is the first explanation I've seen that really makes sense - that women focus on "what it can do for me" and men focus on "what I can make it do". As men tend to design courses, and that develops into the curriculum, and then to an entire program, computer science is focused on the manly perspective.

The other quote :

Girls who have strong math skills tend to have higher verbal skills than boys who are strong in math, which opens up new avenues to follow, like the social sciences

I'm not sure how that is backed up by real information, but it certainly makes a certain bit of logic. Women in general do have higher verbal skills (ignoring the applicability to real life of such research). An average woman with strong math would still have a verbal edge. Self confidence plays no part in this one.

The post-PC specialization idea makes a certain amount of sense - women got a CS degree to get further in a chosen career, not to do CS stuff. And now that they can learn on a PC instead of a classroom, there's no need for the CS degree. This has nothing to do with self confidence.

The data near the bottom seems to bear out this concept, and it has nothing to do with self confidence. So no, Anonymous Wrong Person, it has nothing to do with self confidence unless you want to drag out something that 1) has been debunked 2) is ten years old or 3) didn't look at environmental causes.

3 days ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Bite The Pillow Re:Wait a second! (316 comments)

They sold profit rights to their Bahamian cousin. He holds on to it until the next tax amnesty.

3 days ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Bite The Pillow Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

Since apple seems to have started this, and other companies followed suit, Microsoft paid little if anything for these laws.
At least one party in America has been hesitant to change those due to self interest, not lobbying.

Given that, support your statement hat it took millions of dollars in customer money for Microsoft to buy these laws.

The thing to remember in your post, according to you, is pure ignorance. Which is a pity, because you show promise in understanding.

3 days ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Bite The Pillow Re:Google should be wary (155 comments)

You didn't stop using the old ones because the new ones were better?

Did you stop using Google when the ads were not clearly different from the search results? Cos that was a big deal for a while.

Maybe you did, but a shitload of people who obviously disagree did not.

Figure out your fundamental point and come back.

about a week ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Bite The Pillow Re:Faulty logic (155 comments)

Good. Your single anecdote took me like 10 seconds to skim. How many legitimate requests were issued in that time?

Also, I should send a DMCA request to DashSlot to take down this horseshit. Your VPS has issues apparently, and you had a problem with that. Or at least it caused you a problem.

Also, no one cares about your $20/mo or less. They don't care about a negative review. They do care about a pattern, and the pattern most interesting is increasing profits. If someone tramples on you, no one cares.

This is what you get for paying someone other than a local DIY kind of company. There are massive benefits for going with a big company. You have to be principled to base your choice on principle.

about a week ago

Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Bite The Pillow Re:Frankly (146 comments)

I hate to be an advocate for security through obscurity, but I figured these things would be ultra super restricted, and "laboratory tests" would be irrelevant because they had access to a device that attackers do not have access to.

The systemâ(TM)s designers seem to have assumed that attackers would not have access to a Secure 1000 to test and refine their attacks,â said Hovav Shacham, a professor of computer science at UC San Diego.

That's actually kind of reasonable, given the amount of spending given to DHS and cetera.

However, the researchers were able to purchase a government-surplus machine found on eBay and subject it to laboratory testing.

Super hot fuck! Who does that? Who the fuck surpluses a secret government machine? Seriously, who the shit did this? Did no one account for the surplus process?

Terrorists get surplus cheese, worst case they don't shit for a few days. Surplus scanning devices? Didn't you fucking retards in Congress think about that when you signed away shitloads of your childrens' dollars for these things?

Holy dick-licking super stupid fuck! Literally the only chance in shit that you have is to keep this shit secret!

"...said J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan"

God bless you, or whichever divinity you do or do not believe in grant you some additional benefit over and above the opportunity to be a collection of electrically connected cells, J. Alex Halderman. Bake yourself some cookies, on us.

about a week ago

Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

Bite The Pillow Re:"Limitations on proxy support"? (80 comments)

Remember the audience. This was written for people who want to know about browsers and Tor. Not for people who want usability.

Specifically, "several bugs required for basic proxy-safe Tor support for Google Chrome's Incognito Mode ended up blocked for various reasons."

So even your command line parameter thing is irrelevant.

Which brings me to this:

So just make a launcher app that forces Chrome to use Tor. You should be able

Stop right there. Everyone who ever said "it's as easy as..." or some variation has been wrong. There are bugs in Chrome, which need to be fixed, but aren't going to because they are blocked by some other feature/problem/request.

So let me re-phrase:

But it isn't a limitation because I don't know what I'm talked about, last I checked the list of command-line arguments there was a command line parameter for forcing use of a proxy. So just resolve the blocks for the bugs that aren't fixed, then fix the bugs, then make a patch set that has to be maintained for Chrome for which the baseline effort will be 3-5x Firefox, then make a launcher app that forces Chrome to use Tor.

You should be able to even [do more things once these things are un-blocked and fixed]".

about a week ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Bite The Pillow Re:No difference (105 comments)

The researchers already explained the difference:

The researchers suggest that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does".

Oh, wait, that's not even bad reporting. That's obviously just a guess.

"We need to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content; what kinds of texts are likely to be less hampered by being read digitally, and which might require the support of paper," said Mangen. "I'm thinking it might make a difference if a novel is a page-turner or light read, when you don't necessarily have to pay attention to every word, compared to a 500-page, more complex literary novel, something like Ulysses, which is challenging reading that really requires sustained focus. That will be very interesting to explore."

Most research, properly done, has a "findings" section with numbers, and a "conclusion" where researchers can speculate wildly with no support. It may be named differently depending on the discipline, but there is always a place for people to say "we guess this might be the explanation".

Especially when this is among the very first research of its kind - we don't know what kind of variables to control for. Obviously, based on the other reply to this comment.

We have to get in the habit of saying this is a finding, but this other thing is just a guess. Kindle readers *in this study* that were selected *by this methodology* did poorly on *this* test. The explanation could be anything that was not controlled for.

Slashdot readers, don't get in the habit of assuming "this is different" means "this is the cause". And educate your friends, and your journalists, that "A researcher said..." only carries weight when you don't take them out of context. And yes, taking random-ass hypotheses from the end of a press release and reporting it as a definitive explanation is FRAUD and FALSIFICATION.

about a week ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Bite The Pillow Re:Forget TFA (303 comments)

That says to restart in Safe Mode, and many of the replies specifically say that does not work. If you have installation media, that's no problem. Otherwise, you've posted horseshit nonsense that helps no one.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Bite The Pillow Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

And they forward satire as news to their too-stupid-to-breathe friends, and it becomes this whole big thing.

If you were the largest social media site, wouldn't you just throw up your hands one day and say "Fine, if they can't tell the difference, we'll just tag everything from The Onion with a satire tag"?

I know I would. And I wouldn't want to send the message that "you're too stupid to tell the difference", so I would do it with internal tests, then small public tests.

So what happened here is first line tech support did not get the message because it was not a new feature - t was supposed to be targeted to a very small population. The population target screwed up and some reporter found it. FaceBook had to either claim it was a bug, to Wired, or commit to a plan. They chose the third option, calling it a "small test" they could either dismiss or build upon.

The real bug here seems to be in FaceBook's "related stories" widget. Visit one link to a satire site, and the "related links" fills up with at least one story from that site, and two other links which will probably also be satire.

Now FaceBook looks like it is pimping fake news stories. Or, to the stupid people, now you are looking at something just as unbelievable, but obviously FaceBook thought it was real or they wouldn't display it.

It is the belief of people in FaceBook, and FaceBook's intention of keeping peoples' faith, that is at issue.

People being too stupid to breathe won't change because you pointed it out. Obviously, they are able to breathe or they would have stopped. Similar for breeding. Now imagine that your audience is smart enough to breathe and breed, but smart enough for little else.what would you do?

Remember: most people are very much like insects: they notice input and react to it. Posts here on dotslash exemplify it, when they take a predictable news story and post an obvious but unrelated "conventional wisdom" without giving specific consideration to the context. Input, reaction, and little in between. I suppose you would agree that assholes like that post all the time here? So what do we do about these stupid people?

about two weeks ago


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