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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Jaime2 Re:About time (179 comments)

I'd believe you, but computer monitor resolution was on an upward trajectory until 2005, when consumer HD took off. Since then, it's been nearly stagnant for nine years. This is simply the progress we should have seen a long time ago.

5 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Jaime2 Re:fight it out in court (481 comments)

That's way more depressing than it is useful. Just cooperate to the extent you are required to by law, and no more, and the amount of hassle will be kept to a minimum. Even a psychopath won't shoot you for being too quiet.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Jaime2 Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

Their first concern is to not get shot in the head.

That's a bit paranoid. Cop isn't even in the top 10 jobs for on the job fatalities. Also, most cop fatalities are from car accidents - yet they refuse to wear seat belts. old citation to show this has been known for a long time newer citation to show that nothing has changed. If they wore seat belts at the rate the general public did, being a police officer would be a pretty safe job. Police don't need to violate the fourth amendment to be safe.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:Subaru Impreza (195 comments)

If you really want to have fun with a Subaru, do this to it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:liability? (195 comments)

why would any automobile manufacturer in their right minds allow the customer to flash their own firmware?

Because that has nothing to do with their liability. As long as they make the lamest attempt to prevent modifications, their PR department and legal team will both simply say "the customer had made unauthorized modifications to the car". The most common reason to lock stuff down is to create a captive market that they can sell to. Tens of thousands of people are driving with tweaked computers in their cars, yet all of the "car software bugs" you see on the news are on unmodified vehicles.

My first 2014 Mazda 3 was so buggy that they gave me a new one. Some of the bugs had safety implications - it caused me to be unable to see the speedometer and gave me false GO TO THE DEALER NOW, YOUR CAR IS HORRIBLY BROKEN messages.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Mazda (195 comments)

Current Mazdas use OpenCar for their infotainment system. Wireless is enabled by default and the root password is out there on the Internet.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Jaime2 Re:Which part? (195 comments)

Unfortunately, most of the stuff mention in the OP aren't controlled by the ECU. Windows, lights, starter, really anything other than the engine aren't controlled by the ECU. The climate system is wired to it, but only so that the ECU can adjust the radiator fans to handle A/C load.

BTW, I'm certain of this because I just used the ECU/engine from a WRX to build a custom car.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Jaime2 Re:I prefer this rewrite (561 comments)

So, she replaced one set of unfortunate characters that shouldn't be used as role models with another set of unfortunate characters that shouldn't be used as role models. The new book's subtitle looks like it should read "Don't become a computer engineer because you'll have to put up with this crap for the rest of your life".

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Jaime2 Re:Bad Headline as Usual (335 comments)

The first robot is just a module in the "other possible robot". If a hypothetical "infinite memory and infinite time" robot can't do it, what chance does a real robot have? An answer of "yes" wouldn't be all that useful because you would still be left with the question "how hard would it be?". An answer of "no" is useful because that answer will apply to any real robot of any capability.

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Jaime2 Bad Headline as Usual (335 comments)

What the paper said is that computers can't provably always make the right choice. Neither can we. I'll bet computers are capable of doing a lot better than humans, especially given the rate of the increase in the number of things a computer can do compared to the rate that humans are (aren't) gaining new abilities.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Jaime2 Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

The calculations are simple when you assume the cloud will fail and your infrastructure will not. A real tradeoff calculation has to include estimates of the reliability of both scenarios. The answer to "Is it really a good trade off?" will be entirely based on estimates and opinions. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying that the math does not spit out "no-brainer".

Some cloud providers will even give you SLAs with real money behind them. So, they could conceivably come up with a no-brainer deal where the cloud provider guarantees your $80,000 every day, whether it's from having your business up and running or writing you a check.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Jaime2 Re:Write your Congressman/Senator (159 comments)

I worked at a call center with an analog PBX and a whopping staff of fifty, with four T1's for connectivity. One day I was testing some telephony integration of the software I maintained and had the system call my cell phone. The caller ID came up with the four-digit extension of the caller. It turned out that we could set anything as the caller id number.

about 1 month ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

What you are asking for is the pre-Civil Rights Act south to be brought back. The right for restaurants to not server blacks, separate drinking fountains, blacks on the back of the bus. All of those were private companies deciding to not treat black the same as whites.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

No. The point is that Affirmative Action never was and never is a quota. If someone is enforcing a quota, then they're doing some that both isn't Affirmative Action, and isn't legal. Stop blaming Affirmative Action for it.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

Being ugly isn't a protected class. If it were, then the modeling industry would collapse. Feel free to discriminate on the basis of beauty.

If you want to only hire whites, why? There is no justification for it that doesn't trace back to blatant racism. Same with hiring only blacks. You already live in a country where you can't "do whatever you want". From the obvious big stuff like you can't kill people, to smaller but pretty universal things like you can't take other people's stuff (under most circumstances). Then you get down to more touchy subjects like you can't kick out a tenant that doesn't pay without a certain period of notice. All the way to things that many people disagree with, like you can't legally quote a poem in an email without attribution and royalties

A lot of people agree with what you said in the above post, but most don't. To paraphrase your point - our country, our choice, if you don't like the laws that are on the books, feel free to lobby against them or leave. But don't feel that you are automatically right because you own the company. That attitude is likely to get you into a lot of trouble (environmental laws, employment laws, sexual harassment, etc.).

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

But thanks to Affirmative Action, I must now toss, say, 50 of those resumes because we have too many of the particular gender/race combos from those resumes

Doing this is illegal. It's not what Affirmative Action means, it's how other racists want it implemented. I have no idea why people still think this way since it was over thirty years ago when the courts clearly stated that a racial quota is illegal.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Jaime2 Re:It's Man's Fault (695 comments)

What if there is no damage coming?

Then the answer to the question "The real question has always been how much do we spend in order to prevent the damage that is coming" is "nothing". That doesn't make the statement false. It's wasted effort to determine of it was man made in either case.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Jaime2 Re:It's Man's Fault (695 comments)

That's just slightly tweaking my statement to "The real question has always been how much do we spend in order to deal with the future.". If the answer is "nothing", then so be it. My post was about the man made part of the statement, I intentionally tried to stay away from a general debate on global warming.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

There are a lot of schools that are misinterpreting AA. The Supreme Court is even slapping some of them down. So, no, I don't think a school doing something that isn't a legal implementation of Affirmative Action says anything bad at all about Affirmative Action itself.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Jaime2 Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

I think that should be the first thing to investigate: is the diversity of resumes diferent from the makeup of the community?

Good point. Amazon didn't disclose enough information to infer this.

If the job seekers of that particular ethnicity/gender just aren't there, what are they going to do?

Make a good faith effort. All that Affirmative Action has ever required of anyone is to try. They may even be doing it. If so, they should disclose the data to put the argument to rest.

about a month and a half ago

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