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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Kingkaid Re:It DOES have permission (234 comments)

Agreed. I have the windows app of Uber and its permissions are significantly more limited.

about three weeks ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Kingkaid Re:That's how we CS people roll (175 comments)

You can tell it was a REAL computer scientist because there was no "test first", just pure perfect action.

I don't know about that. I heard he was caught in a catch loop for the first two hours until he managed to use a throw command.

about 2 months ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Kingkaid Re:Recognition (150 comments)

I am glad you're not in marketing then. Marketing 101 says don't use names you aren't legally allowed to use. Microsoft purchased part of Nokia, not Nokia, and so doesn't own the rights for the Nokia name (at least in the long term). Part of the deal was the transfer of the Lumia brand from Nokia to Microsoft for exactly this purpose.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Kingkaid Re:Cake and eat it too (365 comments)

Canada is much more business friendly than the US, believe it or not. The corporate tax rate is even lower :)

about 3 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Kingkaid Re:2 GB of RAM (215 comments)

IE uses less RAM than Chrome... so given the freak out of 2GBs of RAM it makes sense.

about 3 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Kingkaid Re:They need to match more than price (215 comments)

Try to be a bit impartial. You are comparing the two saying they are equivalent in terms of functionality. Let's say that is the case - why wouldn't a chromebook need antivirus? It is a computer system that has vulnerabilities, like any OS. Maybe nothing has been written for it (that we know of at least), but your comparison isn't reasonable. The boot time from shutdown on a Windows 8 machine has always been under 10 seconds. I have an old PC with a mechanical hdd and it boots up in 8 seconds. From sleep the boot is basically instant. So why did they come out with this? Well it does about the same thing, it is good enough for most people and most people still use a windows machine. Because of that most people will stick with it. This machine will meet most people's needs entirely.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Kingkaid Better math facts please :) (272 comments)

The Nokia aquisition added 25k to their roster and they are cutting 18k. So why all the big hupla?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Kingkaid Depends on your other skillsets (158 comments)

I moved from IT into business development and now product management. My ability to use a computer and know the underpinnings of systems allows me to translate how it should work for everyone else has proven to be exceedingly valuable. It is nice to be able to talk to the IT department, speak their language and understand how/why they have concerns, and translate those into something the bosses on the business end can understand. It puts you in a really neat role, bridging the gaps between fields. It can also provide huge value to a company as it stops them from developing stupid crap, or taking approaches to development that minimize errors or redundancy. This of course assumes that you can speak to people and can understand the more business-side of things.

about 7 months ago
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Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

Kingkaid Re:... because physicians are all always up to dat (200 comments)

Amen to that. This is why you ask the appropriate person the question. I ask my pharmacist about drugs, the nurse about practical elements, dietician about food, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Kingkaid Just those 3? (130 comments)

Why oh why is it just Apple, Google and Amazon battling it out? Honestly Sony and Microsoft have a huge leg up on these guys already. And then there are the other 'small' companies out there that tried and failed, like Samsung. Sorry but why is this crap being posted? It's barely an article.

about 8 months ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Kingkaid Re:Gates foundation: not good for education (273 comments)

Well you can look at the OECD reports for one thing, specifically around math and science. There are other peer-reviewed journals out there.

about 9 months ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Kingkaid Re:Gates foundation: not good for education (273 comments)

Because the current education system is working -so- well right now. Evidence based is good, but only if you have good evidence. The current teaching methods in the US are falling further and further behind other countries. Many teachers are teaching to the test, which is what the evidence has decided is "the best way to see how they are learning". So while a "my way or the highway" approach isn't ideal, tell me when the last time you heard a group of educators get together and make a decision that was positive, controvertial and complex... all in a timely manner. Hell the current system is allowing for creationism and is still debating evolution.

about 9 months ago
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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Kingkaid Why now? (105 comments)

It isn't a secret that Nokia was working on this phone for a while and their exclusive deal with Microsoft prevented them from releasing it until now. Part of the reason why MS likely acquired Nokia now was because the contract was set to expire and they could lose their largest handset manufacturer. From Nokia's POV, they've been making this for a while and why not show off the hard work? I am sure it is a bit of an ego thing on their part. And with the timing, in the event the regulatory stuff prevented the purchase from Microsoft, it is a good idea for Nokia to keep proceeding as usual and go ahead with the release. Remember that Nokia is only selling their handset side of the business to Microsoft, with a 5 year use of the name. After that time Nokia may consider getting back into the mobile space and what a nice way to come back by having a product that may wet a few appetites (it worked with their N9 and Meego, look at the diehards for those on /.).

about 10 months ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

Kingkaid Re:Be Afraid, be very very afraid. (453 comments)

I don't personally think economic analysis is an effective way to do look at this. But if you insist... The supply side - it is a bit more complicated than making a widget. In the 1980s scientists came up with a brand new antibiotic class that the world had never seen before. It turned out to be a matter of months before the bacteria figured out how to become resistant to it. That is how life goes, and why diversity in populations is awesome for survivability. ROI isn't the complete factor, but spending money into this is not exactly effective. Most antibiotics fall into a few specific classes, each class was found in nature and modified to have different effects. Making new drugs is not as easy as you think it is (I majored in it). Our understanding of the internal workings of a bacteria are still... I think infantile best describes it. The best analogy I can think of for /.ers would be imagine the internet as one giant organism, and each computer on it as a piece of that organism. Now have a team understand how each program on each computer works and how they all interact in such detail you can actually predict roughly how things will work. Then, try to boot the NSA off the net completely. :) Good luck.

1 year,27 days
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

Kingkaid Re:Hypocritical (453 comments)

Much more than $0.20. And the transition to get to a system to grow the amount of food we do without antibiotics would require a long and very costly transition.

1 year,27 days
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

Kingkaid Re:terrorism! ha! (453 comments)

It is a bit more complex than having a scrape and then you die, but how things are now it is virtually impossible to die from a scrape now. If you look at Survivor, a few contestants have been taken off the show due to infections from broken skin. The probably is fairly low, but the consequences are high (death). It is fear mongering to a degree, but most people do not appreciate how good we have it now. And most cuts and scrapes are treated with antibiotics. You know the polysporin cream and those ointments your parents used on you? Antibiotic creams.

1 year,27 days
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Kingkaid Re:Take it from an MBA expert (343 comments)

Maybe it is a country thing (I am a Canadian and did my degree here), or a program thing, but my program did not emphasize cost cutting in the slightest. We actually spent most of the time dealing with resolving problems, and other human-like interactions as well as learning enough in a subject so we could actually converse and analyse data with regards to it.

1 year,28 days
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Kingkaid Re:There is not much to an MBA (343 comments)

Years ago I read a book called The 12 Hour MBA Program. I have never met an MBA who knew something important about business that wasn't in that book.

I read a book once about the alphabet. I too have yet to meet someone that speaks English that knew something important that didn't use the pieces found in that book.

1 year,28 days
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Kingkaid Re:couldnt agree more (343 comments)

I am an MBA and I agree with him comments to a degree. A lot of my classmates did not think. As a graduate myself I question how anyone thinks they can run a company entirely with numbers and figures - it just doesn't work. There is a personal aspect to things since humans are not machines (at least not yet ;). I am of the belief that it is my job to manage people, and by that I mean shield them from the crap above so that they can do their job. Then again I am humble enough to know when I am over my head and ask the people that actually know their shit or have to deal with it on the daily basis. Then again, this could be said for ANY degree or practice. I knew many pharmacists who were huge on always giving a drug to treat when sometimes removing drugs was a better solution. I also know many self proclaimed IT gurus who think they know best but have never actually sat down with an end user to figure out how to enable them to work better.

1 year,28 days

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