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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Bite The Pillow Re:life in the U.S. (255 comments)

Can yo point to anything at all to support this assertion? Because I'm saying it won't happen like you expect, and I point to all the money given to ISPs to subsidize building out infrastructure, that apparently just disappeared.

They won't reduce prices without either competition, or a law. And they will beg for more subsidies to do a half added job at meeting the absolute minimum. More expensive, especially since you pay a second time in taxes that go into the subsidies.

4 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Bite The Pillow Re:Because everyone mono-tasks (255 comments)

How frequently does your scenario happen? That's the sticking point here, coming up with realistic use cases. I'm more concerned with covering most people with the current definition.

4 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

Bite The Pillow Re:Not news (126 comments)

Apparently you didn't read it at all. It was a bug in the application, not a compatibility issue. DOS did not advertise the use-after-free scenario as working, it just happened not to crash.

Do you define dis-allowing "use after free" to be breaking backwards compatibility? Because I don't think it should be allowed at all, and they inserted a whitelist to make sure new applications would not rely on the behavior.

This is a single example out of many, many, many special cases Microsoft implemented in order to keep things working. "Not break userspace", as I understand it, would apply both to API behavior, and not crashing a previously working application. The assumption is, however, that if you rely on undefined behavior, it's not the kernel team's responsibility to fix.

I really hope your post was just sarcasm that I did not detect, and not willful ignorance.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Bite The Pillow Re:I didn't even need HD ... (332 comments)

Ah the standard marginalization technique where you completely, often intentionally, misunderstand something to get your point across. Exactly like "I'm not going to play Fallout because you're just wandering around in a radioactive wasteland collecting bottlecaps."

They have make-up and post-processing and all kinds of things so you don't see pores. Unless you're looking at bad amateur porn, and then the camera is either poor quality, too jiggly, or out of focus.

I object on a more realistic argument - I don't need more pixels to see compression artifacts better. And I'm not confident that we have the content delivery problem solved. A new physical storage spec helps with the kind of thing people are going less frequently these days.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Bite The Pillow Re:I predict... (512 comments)

I predict that the tech industry will not contribute to someone who opposes their agenda.

If I owned any business that hired tech people, I would contribute a token amount to this dude, and more to his opponent. Unless his opponent were more against this whole thing.

This is on record, and unless I am a stupid Scientologist, it won't be deleted.

about a week ago
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The Camera That Changed the Universe

Bite The Pillow Re:Changed the Universe? (76 comments)

You are complaining about the headline, but didn't even read the summary?

For fuck's sake, please just tell your ISP that you are too stupid to afford their services.

Headlines are atrocious here, and summaries slightly less so. But the summary does not suck as much donkey cock as your reply does. I hope you are a hermaphrodite, because you really need to go fuck yourself.

about a week ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Bite The Pillow Re:Yes (162 comments)

And when money for non-destructive probing makes this concern irrelevant?

Or the corollary, when the internal structure cannot be replicated by the scanner? And perhaps it's not a corollary, because then you damaged the original.

The printer would need to be capable of printing whatever the scanner finds, and non-destructive methods incapable of the same discovery. I find this perhaps implausible for now.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Bite The Pillow Re:Choose a CMS you like (302 comments)

What "online adaptive solutions" OP saw will influence the answer.

From scratch, vs learn a framework CSS, is a huge savings, either way.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Bite The Pillow Re:Why is lack of male nurses not an issue? (479 comments)

RNs earn over $100K a year.

I know, that is nothing especially extraordinary these days

Median per capita income is about $30k, and households are about $65k. 6% are over $100k, so 94% are below.

I'd call that extraordinary, as in "not ordinary". And it's well more than "fairly decent".

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Bite The Pillow Re:I do not understand it.... (479 comments)

No one is complaining about sexism in nursing or daycare or maids because there is not a reasonable expectation of gender diversity there.

Until we understand what makes gender diversity impossible in tech, the expectation is that equality should be the norm, and inequality is evidence of discrimination.

The question is why are women not interested? You accept it as a fact, but can you say that it has nothing to do with men actively making tech actively disinteresting to women? Is it teaching, or the workplace environment, the expected hours, or something else?

Until we know the answer, the questions will be asked. Repeatedly, probably unnecessarily, and most likely with an agenda driving it. Despite the obvious agenda driving some parts of it, it's still an unknown.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Bite The Pillow Re:Only stand that makes sense is to increase supp (479 comments)

To me if a workplace is not welcoming to women, it's probably not very welcoming to men either, so simply making the workplace better for everyone is the right thing to do, and will attract better candidates of all genders.

Put down the bong.

Are all tech workplaces just not attractive to women? What is different between a typical office, where people type spreadsheets and documents all day, and one where people type code all day?

Are efforts to help girls program going to be helpful if your workplace is just unwelcoming? So you increase the supply of people who for some reason you can't articulate don't want to be a part of tech?

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Bite The Pillow Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

We don't know the answer, so we don't know if there is a problem.

Most likely, it is a gender difference, and our society has built up a story of lack of differences. So we will have a lot of gnashing of teeth, followed by a very vocal minority of people who feel disadvantaged yelling about nothing.

Maybe it is a bunch of gender based discrimination. Maybe it's some other stuff. I'm pretty sure I understand it, but that doesn't mean the answer is known.

about two weeks ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

Bite The Pillow Re:All in the definitions (80 comments)

It is not explicit, but it is clear that they did not use Facebook friends, preferring real ones instead.

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Bite The Pillow Re:Umm, yes. (187 comments)

Good, let's reason instead of rhetoric. What specifically do you object to in the linked article? Because unless you point out verifiable issues, I'm using it next time I explain how stupid people can't stand information that contradicts their understanding.

Including your knee jerk response here as an exhibit, of course.

Ground rule, please keep to the specifics in the article, and not some straw man.

And please, don't start sentences with filler words. This may sound impossible, but it makes you sound less intelligent.

about three weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Bite The Pillow Re:Article is about computer vision (141 comments)

This article is about how computers see things, not people. Taking the expensive parts out of depth sensing and replacing them with a second camera, and processing the results instead of using expensive hardware. That's kind of a guess, reading into Intel's product announcements.

Having a second camera for 3D dick pics will be a side effect, not the point.

about three weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Bite The Pillow Re:Does Anyone Actually Want it? (141 comments)

Outside of a C-suite executive meeting, no one cares about the answer to your question other than other people who somehow dislike the technology and don't particularly want to see it.

The only people who need to be concerned are the producers of the product. That's literally their concern and no one else's

If nothing else, it will be a two-quarter spike in profits to report, and the related technologies may work they way into other applications.

Or another way to look at it: the people behind this project want it so yes, people apparently do.

You also misunderstood the point of this. "Intel is trying to one-up Microsoft by building Kinect-like 3D sensors that are small and cheap enough to integrate into mobile devices. Intel announced the technology, dubbed RealSense, last year. And it has been aggressively promoting it at CES this week."

Here's the original title: "3D cameras are about to go mainstream. Here's why that's a big deal." We missed the whole last half of it in the summary.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Bite The Pillow Re:no reasonable expectation of privacy (303 comments)

Law enforcement could decide tomorrow that they don't need a warrant to stuff cacti in your butt. The first case involving someone treated thusly would be adjudicated as such.

The law allows for terrible abuses in this way, and you have to be harmed in order to raise a complaint.

It is a terrible system, but it is the best one I know. If there is a better one, then show me and I will gladly move there. Something more than a link to "Oh, Europe" would be helpful - something that guarantees that the kind of abuses you object to cannot happen.

Cannot happen, and do not happen, and will not happen - these are all different. If it cannot happen, I want to live there.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Bite The Pillow Re:The devil is in the details... (303 comments)

Why the pessimism? I would think this has a really good chance of turning out in your favor.

It is well known that anyone making a call anywhere discloses information to a third party, so the third party doctrine applies. But the contents of that call, as far as I can tell, are considered private. It would be a difficult legal fight, and expensive.

The only question is, do you give up that easily? Or are you a patriot?

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Bite The Pillow Re:Have they ever? (303 comments)

Citation please. If you are correct, I need to re-evaluate some things.

And one link to one instance won't do, unless it is a supreme court ruling that sets the precedent for everyone.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Bite The Pillow Re:well its a good thing that... (303 comments)

Justice takes time. It also takes standing, or the right to sue. This is a difficult and slow process.

But assuming that you can overcome the restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court's interpretation, then the Constitution still stands everywhere, and your dismissive comment is not in any way helpful. If you want to fight, or inspire fighting, or in any way object, then you just basically sent a great bug "fuck you don't try" message. Was that your intent?

What the FBI decides is essentially irrelevant, until you are persecuted and have standing. If you don't have standing, you were not injured by this decision. If you were, then you do, and you can object via the legal system. This is the way the Constitution was supposed to work. It is slow, but it works out eventually, and finally. And that is the way it is supposed to work.

Not necessarily on your timescale, and certainly not on the internet's timescale. And nowhere near the news cycle's timescale. As good as it would be for everyone concerned, it does not work that quickly.

about three weeks ago

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