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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Jack9 Re: where's the money?! (204 comments)

If it's within a factor of 10 it's close to me. Again, you can't really convince me otherwise by redefining what YOU want "close" to mean.

1 hour ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Jack9 Re: where's the money?! (204 comments)

> No. Not even close. At that rate, we would be adding a billion people every 6.8 years.

Yeah, that sounds about right. So I'm going to disagree, hundreds of thousands is close, regardless of what numbers you want to pick from.

yesterday
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Jack9 Re:Useless without measure of lossiness/distortion (133 comments)

> so MP3 would fail.

That's correct. So what?

MP3 was never a good compression algorithm. It's an audio format that uses a normalization that cause SOME audio to be lossy. It's a great demonstration on how a negligible loss across a wide range of audio could result in a more useful algorithm for sound (it's quite compact). MP3 is not a good compression algorithm and doesn't see a lot of use outside of commodity audio, where you can afford to throw away data.

4 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Jack9 Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

> The summary can be both accurate and incendiary. Being flamebait does not mean it is inaccurate.

I didn't characterize it in any other way. Quit your kneejerk.

> =There is no situation in which there isn't a filed issue?

Apple doesn't seem to care (as per the summary) would be a situation. Apple certainly would take the opportunity to say "Nuh uh" as any corporate entity loves the PR blame game. Information isn't perfect, but it's not a case where it's really necessary. Maybe something will come out tomorrow. Today, nothing.

> Citation needed.

Apple didn't claim one. You're using "Citation needed" to ask for the assertion of something that doesn't exist? Until Apple makes a statement to that effect, none has been made. Citation needed for where you can find out? You can't.

> I have issues with the way Apple's App Store works. Your mind reading leaves something to be desired.

"Mind reading", yet calling the story flamebait...ironic. Flamebait implies that it was to provoke a response. Most readers don't take offense at the subtle distinction between "nothing" and "nothing yet" or even "nothing to satisfy the EC". You chose to interpret it and characterize it as flamebait, from your own imagination.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Jack9 Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

> it hasn't agreed to any specific actions or any time line. This is much to the commission's disapproval, but Apple doesn't seem particular concerned. In a statement to the BBC, Apple actually says that it's doing "more than others" to protect consumers from in-app purchases, pointing specifically to the upcoming iOS 8 feature Ask to Buy, which prevents children from making purchases and instead allows them to send that purchase to a parent for approval.

Lots of talk and a different approach that's specific to apple, for what apple thinks is appropriate.

> The EC notes that Apple has not yet done anything to address these concerns.

> The summary is flamebait.

The summary is accurate. If it wasn't, there would be a filed issue with the EC. You WANT Apple to be in the right...which it may be. That's irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Jack9 Future Proof Employment (509 comments)

Welding. It's great money, a specialized skill, transferable to almost any local/regional economy, stable technology, and you get a union.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Jack9 Re:The GISS adjusted^^^ dataset (552 comments)

> a great many people take me very seriously indeed.

I don't believe that, based on evidence ... starting with: it's the Slashdot forums.

about two weeks ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Jack9 Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Reducing alcohol-related (or soda-related) deaths simply spreads certain death among other factors. Some other cause will take it's place as the 4th leader. What's the point? Trying to get accidents and natural causes to the top, doesn't seem like a worthy goal for humanity, to me.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Jack9 Re:"an industry luminary" (205 comments)

> an opinion

An opinion doesn't require a solution, especially since it doesn't provide any facts to characterize.

There's no evidence that the security industry has been failing by adopting tools and methods that quite a few people use. The fact that there are few critical systems (that I use daily) which use username/password as the sole security credentials is a huge win over my experiences in '00. I think the security industry has pushed hard and made a serious dent.

about a month ago
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Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

Jack9 Like supermechanical.com ? (21 comments)

I participated in the Supermechanical/Twine kickstarter. Apparently lots of people are making this stuff.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Jack9 Cisco and Self-interest (337 comments)

Wait, Cisco wants to support a new network paradigm that would result in a market for new hardware, worldwide? This is America where lobbying new product lines into existence, is routine.

about 2 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Jack9 Re:You make it... (519 comments)

> In other words, the education system is about to get a whole lot more one-size-fits-all in California.

That was the whole point of the suit.

about 2 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Jack9 Re:1-600 kilotons (172 comments)

+1 insightful answer.

about 3 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Jack9 Re:1-600 kilotons (172 comments)

Nothing landed at 600 kilotons. That event would have been noticed, so I'm not sure about the purpose of the hyperbole.

about 3 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Jack9 Re:WTF? (277 comments)

> The downside of the method is that after a server reboot you will have to wait for three trusted people to log in before you can authenticate any of them

Or automate 3+X system-known accounts that the system randomly logs into, as part of the bootup process?

about 4 months ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Jack9 Re:Big Government (405 comments)

> I don't know why Republicans are so blind to the black and white numbers

I'm not a Rep or a Dem. I did vote for Clinton and Obama. That's irrelevant, so get your panties unbunched.

The sources you cited are about as credible as the CBO, which I can confidently say, hasn't been credible since Clinton came to office (maybe before, but I wasn't able to cross reference facts earlier). Bush and Obama have also had their way with it, so it's no big deal anymore. While everyone in finance is very much aware (despite the feeble talk about job or spending or any CBO report influencing the stock market), somehow political bulls seem to keep relying arguing over fiction. This is the American way of socialization. Repeat the same myths until a generation has passed and the lies become truth.

about 4 months ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Jack9 Re:Big Government (405 comments)

I'm not sure why people can't remember or don't actually comprehend one of the most obvious lies made by a Democrat (before Obama).

> Clinton actually got us to a budget *SURPLUS* briefly, but GW Bush took care of that!

Clinton laid out a plan toward a surplus, given the government made specific budgetary changes, including not increasing spending for 7 years. I can give the government a surplus too. Cut government spending by 100% There I just did it with the same optimism and power as he had to enact it (at the end of his second term).

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Jack9 Re:Too bad. (250 comments)

> he was talking complete bollocks, but continue to talk bollocks. That doesn't change the reality.

That's right, it doesn't change the reality. Please present ANY evidence to the assertion that CCTV is used (even selectively) to apprehend criminals based on Citizen reports and requests for review. I would be very interested in what doesn't exist, because that is not what the CCTV is used for. CCTV is largely run by private contract, so there are fees associated with obtaining footage for investigatory purposes. It's not in the budget to chase down personal property theft...outside of vehicles and government property and vicious crimes where they are obligated to remit the relatively bad recordings by existing policy.

Studies conducted on CCTV after 2000, when there was data to be had:

Assessing the impact of CCTV (2005)
Data on London crime figures vs. number of cameras (2007 and the rehash Effects of Closed Circuit
Television Surveillance on
Crime - 2008)
CCTV and its effectiveness in tackling crime (2009 and rehashed in the aggregate review A review of recent published evidence
regarding the impact of CCTV on crime - 2009)
took about 10 minutes to find. The personal crime statistics, where they are referenced or exist, are of specific interest. Not that these show directly that there is a policy in ignoring citizen reports, but that there's evidence they are not acted upon.

Reliance on CCTV has led to falling numbers of arrests while crime rates have not changed significantly. The UK government is notorious for lying to it's own people (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-birth-rate-leaps-by-18-in-a-decade-9107483.html - magical!), so it's to be expected that some are so indoctrinated they actually believe any statistics now. You've supposedly lived in the UK through the period that CCTV has not been used for pursuing personal crime, so you're a liar or ignorant. Good luck.

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Jack9 Re:Too bad. (250 comments)

> But lying about the uses it's put to isn't helpful.

> (Those personal crimes are not considered "important enough" to justify checking the video records.

He was specific and correct based on my experience in the UK of 2007.

Continue to troll away. That doesn't change the reality.

about 5 months ago

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