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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

IANAAC Re:Seems fine to me (209 comments)

I use G+ every day. I rarely post publicly in my own feed/timeline. It's almost always in a community, which I keep from being shown on mt profile.

That can't be an atypical way to use the service, and I don't know how they could realistically measure that.

about a week ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

IANAAC Re: Quebec Language Police (578 comments)

Television is télévision. Telephone is téléphone. Electricity is électricité. Etc.

I think in the case of words like these (and many other technology words), we have to consider when they came into being. When Telephones, TVs and electricity were invented (and more importantly, mass-marketed), the modern industrial world was heavily influenced by Western Europe, namely France - it was still the language of culture, and English due to the industrial revolution. It was only natural that these terms were coined from Latin and Greek. Greek had a lot of influence on Latin, which in turn had a lot of influence on Romance languages, which through French had quite a lot of influence on English vocabulary.

about a month ago
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Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

IANAAC Re: For wealthy gadabouts perhaps (129 comments)

Translation: translate.google.com works as well as anything. The only real limitation is that technical jargon in German doesn't pass through to an equivalent US English expression. But that is the same thing that happens when German people speak English. They have very good grammar and accent in English, but they are not taught our technical words or colloquialisms. So technical documents have a lot of instances of "Module", "Technology", etc. referring to different things using the same words when there were more specific words that meant something in German.

Disclaimer: I'm a translator by trade.

That said, I think for basic, oral communication, a lot can already be done, but for anything beyond that, anything out there right now fails miserably.

It's not just about translating words. Consider, say, translating a legal document from any language to English. Which English, exactly? Not only are legal terms different depending on country, but so are legal concepts. Even within the same region, you'll find variation of speech that currently can't be handled at all with automatic translation. Ever read the transcript of a message left on Google Voice by a non-standard American English speaker? It's laughable. Translation knows nothing about these differences.

We're going to need humans specialised in specific concepts and regions for a long time.

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

IANAAC Re: I hate it (420 comments)

So I take it your employer gives you equal time out of the office to accomplish this? If not, it doesn't sound like a solution, just more of a time-suck.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

IANAAC He didn't care enough to edit it, apparently (218 comments)

Did he not know that he could choose the background image? Or that he could edit it? It came out the way it did because he just clicked away without thinking.

Sorry for his daughter's death, but he could have influenced the final result or, better yet, elected to not participate in it at all.

about a month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

IANAAC Re: Oh yeah, it's "bombing" in the US alright... (288 comments)

I'm not sure how much "Selma" and "American Sniper" cost to produce/market/release, but there's been a lot of news blurbs stating that "The Interview" cost around 80 million to put out, around 30 million of that just on marketing.

They still have a long way to go to break even, even with Hollywood's underhanded accounting.

about a month ago
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Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

IANAAC Jolla (60 comments)

I'm much more interested in what Jolla may come out with. Their OS interests me, and for those android apps I'd need (none of them need Google Play), I'd imagine they'll have it ready to run them.

From their crowdfunding promo that I saw a month or so ago, it looks like it'll be expensive, though.

about a month ago
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US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

IANAAC Re: Can't wait to replace CenturyLink (110 comments)

I'm just over the border in Wisconsin and CenturyLink is my only wired choice too. They supposedly give us a 2M down/768K up connection, but I never have seen it. And they keep telling us that upgrades will be coming soon. They're actually not taking any more subscribers right now, due to saturation.

So I ended up getting rid of CL and just using a small hotspot for casual browsing. My neighbor does let me still use his CL connection via WiFi when I want to do anything big (like ISOs, and videos) though. Otherwise, my little 3G hotspot is actually faster than CenturyLink.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

IANAAC Re:Get a Zaurus... (110 comments)

Or better yet, get something like a Viliv or a BenQ. They have relatively modern Intel processors, so you can install most any Linux on them, provided you can find the drivers.

I have a BenQ. I have Opera 12 running on it, and just recently installed Softmaker Office (they recently released their 2012 suite as free) so I have a very capable office suite. With a foldable BT keyboard, it' s WAY more useful than any smartphone is, although if I could find a decent enough office suite for Android, I' d opt for a cheap tablet.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

IANAAC So I'll suggest something I've not seen yet... (720 comments)

in the comments.

Do you have an indian reservation nearby? I have two near me and I've seen the same IT positions (a DB admin and a sys admin) available for the last two years for one place.

Now, I can't speak with any authority, but reservations around here operate as sovereign territory and don't play by the same local/state/national rules. So it could be that a past felony might be OK. It's also entirely possible that they would reject you because of your felony, but it's an option worth checking.

about 2 months ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

IANAAC Re:Really? (161 comments)

The breed of crazy that will shoot you dead for walking home at night from a convenience store.

Or on a Bart platform.

about 3 months ago
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

IANAAC Re:Do any of us know how much we really use? (48 comments)

I try to keep a decent handle on what I use, at least when it comes to a cellular hotspot I use.

One tool I use with a laptop (but it could easily be installed on a Linux or BSD-based router, is VNStat - humdi.net/vnstat/

It can monitor and report hourly, daily, monthly, etc and you can easily chose what interface to report (it monitors all active interfaces). There's also some graphics reporting capability, too, but I just use the command line output and awk-parse what I need.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

IANAAC Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is

Have you actually been to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver? Very few industries or cities are more accepting of homosexuality. I bet the tech industry is very close to being "aligned with the general population."

I lived in SF for decades, most of my adult life, in fact.

I'm not talking about acceptance. I'm talking about actual leadership. It's quite rare that an open homosexual is a CEO of a successful multinational corporation. In fact, I don't know of another, certainly not in the tech world.

about 2 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

IANAAC Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

Gays are equal to straights and should have the same rights. I find it sad that announcements like this still make headlines. It shouldn't matter nor should anyone really care (unless they are looking to hook up).

True enough. But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is, it's good to point out that occasionally we have other possibilities.

It truly won't be an issue when the tech industry is more aligned with the general population. We're not there yet.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

IANAAC Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

But is there a single show that you can watch over the Internet for the rest of the month after you get to your 10 GB cap?

I don't watch video over the internet in HD. A gig will provide me with about 4-4/12 hours of standard definition shows.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

IANAAC Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

I would welcome alternatives to Cable in Rural areas.

I'm in an extremely rural area. Cable is not an option. It's either satellite or a huge antenna that's capable of getting signals from over 100 miles away.

While it's expensive, I rely on cellular internet for everything and wireless connect through a router. There's not a single show I can't watch (that I want to, anyway) over the internet. Plus, sine I don't have a remote, I'm sort of forced to actively choose what it is I want to watch, rather than mindlessly clicking from channel to channel.

I don't miss cable at all.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

IANAAC Re:StraighTalk (170 comments)

I am pretty sure speed is an issue

3G speeds are not bad. I use Straight Talk's 3G hockey puck hotspot (Umax U240C), which is 3G-only, and can do everything I need to on it, including stream Netflix.

Also, I usually get the 4Gig/40 dollar card, which is good for 60 days. It's about as good as it gets price-wise, for pre-paid at least.

about 3 months ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

IANAAC Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Yes, there's leeway, but depending on which English-speaking country is talking about them, their respective government (and to a lesser extent, media) have settled on an established spelling. In the US, it's usually defined by a three-letter organization.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

IANAAC Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

The sort of people who pay slave wages probably consider 6.8 hours of "free time" a day more than adequate for such self-catering needs as sustinance and rest.

Considering this was in Fremont, CA, figure an hour commute each way - even if the company were generous and provided transportation, so 4.8 hours "free" time.

about 3 months ago

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