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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

NoImNotNineVolt Re:But snooped on with what? (94 comments)

You're both partly wrong.

There are six degrees of freedom here. Three linear, and three angular. Tilting a phone is synonymous with applying angular acceleration to it. A phone existing in a tilted state relative to the ground is experiencing no angular acceleration, but its angle of tilt can be determined by combining the three linear acceleration readings into one vector (assuming the phone is stationary relative to the Earth). The word "tilt" here is ambiguous in that it could relate to either angular or linear acceleration, so you probably shouldn't be using it.

That being said, I don't know if the sensors in phones actually measure angular acceleration (which is what a gyroscope would do). When you "play a racing game" on your phone, can you fool it into thinking you're tilting the phone merely by translating (in the geometric sense) the phone from side to side without rotating it? If so, your sensor is inferring orientation from linear acceleration measurements. If not, it actually has a gyroscope (and is capable of direct angular acceleration measurements).

yesterday
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

NoImNotNineVolt Re:"We'll just re-flash it" (159 comments)

Off-topic: Are you or your employer hiring in the NY/NJ area?

yesterday
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

NoImNotNineVolt Logged in to email? (115 comments)

The research revealed that consumers are not only sharing passwords but also potentially putting their personal and sensitive information at risk by leaving themselves logged in to applications on their mobile devices, with over half of those using social media applications and email admitting that they leave themselves logged in on their mobile device.

Yes, god forbid people "leave themselves logged in" to their email accounts on their mobile device. I guess we're not supposed to use push email but instead enter our email passwords into our phones every few seconds to get timely email alerts?

It's too bad that the cell network itself lacks any meaningful security mechanisms. I mean, if someone gets a hold of your phone, they can just start texting and calling without having to "log in" on the network at all. It's amazing that the world hasn't collapsed as a result.

yesterday
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Playing with the stereotypes (557 comments)

The false perception that women are less valuable economically

I realize that's a popular position, but I don't think you've demonstrated that this assumption (that the perception is false) has any basis in reality. You may say that I'm some sort of misogynist for not assuming equal economic value between the sexes, and I'm okay with that. I don't adopt popular positions due to their popularity alone, so I withhold judgement on the economic equality of the sexes.

By (perhaps wrongly) assuming this equality, you logically conclude that women don't get paid less than men, because if they did some savy entrepreneur would snap them up for cheap labor. Since this hasn't happened, your conclusion holds.

By (perhaps wrongly) assuming that women are indeed underpaid, I logically conclude that women as employees have less economic worth than men, because if they weren't some savy entrepreneur would snap them up for cheap labor. Since this hasn't happened, my conclusion holds.

It comes down to the fact that nobody is creating a highly competitive women-only company with cheap female labor. It's possible that you're right and that this is because, contrary to all available statistics, women aren't actually any cheaper. I just think that it's more likely that women are really underpaid for various social and biological reasons (some valid, some not). If you insist on ignoring any data that compares pay between the sexes, then this is just a rhetorical debate.

5 days ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Playing with the stereotypes (557 comments)

So you do understand that this thread is about women being paid less... but you fail to see how giving women a raise could still result in them being paid less? Think about the X/2% idea above, then get back to me.

Perhaps it didn't occur to you that maybe on average women are perceived to only be 70% as valuable as men (consistent with salary statistics) and that this perception discourages employers from being willing to pay them 85% of a typical male salary (effectively overpaying them by 21%). You seem to be assuming that women are perceived to have comparable value to men, which is literally begging the question.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Mostly useless (254 comments)

But the fact that there's people like Bill Gates who have so ridiculously much more money than I'll ever have doesn't really bother me. I have good place to live, a working car, food and drink on my table and sure I could have fun with a billion dollars, but I'm not hurting myself either.

I too have all those things, but Bill's money does bother me. Because I'm aware that there are plenty of people who have no job, no money, who are short on food, shelter, and healthcare for them and their families. Bill's money would go a long way towards helping them in their plight, but that'll never happen because it's perpetually tied up in a trust so that the Gates family name will live on in a positive light.

Killing the ten richest Americans and redistributing their wealth would amount to a stimulus package of $1000 per American. It would also discourage people from exploiting the economy so badly that they end up in the top 10. To me, $1000 isn't going to change my life, but there are millions of people in this country whose lives would be totally different with that kind of money.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Intellectually dishonest (254 comments)

So what's the difference?

It's a joke/quote.

if you're a guy, no matter what age, and a young hot kitty like Lewinsky rubs up against you purring

I just vomited a little. If you find Lewinsky to be "hot", all hope is lost for you my friend.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Or... (254 comments)

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re: Now it's unfair.... (557 comments)

Referring to people in this group as "whitey" and "crackers" is bigotry and inappropriate.

I'm a white male. I'm an extremely white male. I have long hair and sit at a computer all day. I ski and drink craft beer. I play Risk and listen to grunge. I wear socks with sandals and read Fark. I will continue to call people 'whitey' and 'cracker', but it's not bigotry nor is it inappropriate.

The remainder of your comment is agreeable to me. Cheers!

about a week ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

NoImNotNineVolt Re:So misleading. (161 comments)

It's possible, but I think it's a bit premature to suggest that. We've gotten a rather good grasp on human-scale physics. Since we have been able to successfully replace a small section of the human brain with an artificial circuit for some time now, I think it's safe to say that there's no as-yet-undiscovered "magic" going on in there.

Although, I grant that it is at least possible that there are some unknown laws of physics that are relevant as well. I just wouldn't assume that to be the case at this point. Look at it this way: if we pursue this course of inquiry, we'll either end up with a functioning artificial human brain or we'll come up with some groundbreaking discovery in the field of physics. Booya!

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Playing with the stereotypes (557 comments)

That's irrelevant to the view of a single company. Let's say 10% of the tech workforce is female. It would be impossible to achieve 100% female employment across the entire industry, but certainly possible for a single company. You'll have to interview 10x more people to go 100% female with your workforce.

Not at 30% below male salary, no. It is not possible for a single company to scoop up all the women and underpay them. That's how the market works. When demand for something (female techies) goes up, and the supply remains constant (training people takes a long time), the cost goes up.

Well, you don't even have to interview the guys if you know you're going after women, so you'll interview the same number of people, it'll just take longer to get those applications.

So now you're agreeing with my statement "And then ten years later, after you finally get your second female applicant, you'll agree that there is a dearth of women in tech."

When you advertise something like "We pay 15% better than Google" I would imagine you'd get at least a few takers, including female Googlers who are tired of being underpaid.

The entire premise was that some company could hire only women to reap the "underpaid women" bonus. Now you're suggesting that if you pay the women more, you'll get them to come work for you. I'm not sure how you're supposed to pay the women more while also underpaying them.

Yea, I should've read your whole post before I even started typing. You're suggesting that companies pay women more to steal them away from the competition. You seem to have forgotten that the entire context of this discussion was women being paid less. I thought it was obvious that paying them more would both attract them as employees and decrease their "low pay" appeal.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

NoImNotNineVolt Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Neither of those things see any appreciable improvement by going from 3G to 4G. The limiting factor when loading webpages is very rarely available bandwidth (measure how big a particular webpage is and how long it takes to load and you'll find that it's nowhere near your pipe's capacity). 4G would help Youtube only if you could somehow fast-forward through each video.

4G LTE provides download speeds up to 299.6Mbps.
The size of the average web page is 1.3MB.
Youtube pushes at most 6Mbps (and that's for 1080p video).

Are you suggesting people should be hopping onto 4G LTE networks not to torrent, but to watch fifty 1080p Youtube streams simultaneously? Or maybe because they can't afford to wait 371ms for the average web page to load over a 3G link (if bandwidth was the limiting factor)?

4G LTE is no measurable benefit in either of the two scenarios you set forth. Therefore, that's not what 4G LTE data plans are for. Unfortunately, we don't all know that.

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Playing with the stereotypes (557 comments)

You would be right if suddenly every company tried to hire women exclusively. But they don't.

They do. Go through the comments on this story. Everyone claims that they hire virtually all women that apply. The fact that they don't hire women exclusively is a testament to the fact that there are not enough women applicants to fill all open positions. And so, despite the fact that every company [in tech] tries to hire women exclusively, there's insufficient women applicants to do so.

In that context, understaffing is not an issue. Google alone has thousands of highly qualified female tech workers, showing that the labor market has the capacity to supply many thousands of women for tech jobs.

And how many highly qualified male tech workers? Many thousands of women won't be able to fill many hundreds of thousands of jobs.

You can hire either 10 guys for a year, or 10 women and give yourself a raise, or 14 women. All with the same budget. What kind of idiot would say "Oh gee I'll take the 10 guys please." That's the worst option.

Sure. Go the 14 women route. And then ten years later, after you finally get your second female applicant, you'll agree that there is a dearth of women in tech. The reason you'll get 10 guys instead is because those are the people applying. You can't hire women that don't apply. You can't just abduct them off the street and sit them in front of a computer.

The reason you have no answer is because it's just wrong.

False premise, argument not sound.

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

NoImNotNineVolt Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

What they're trying to say is that you don't need to watch a meter when you're checking your email and surfing the web on your phone. But come on, torrenting movies over your phone data plan? Really? You think the network can handle that?

What the fuck is the point of paying for 4G speeds just to browse the web or check email? I thought video was the reason to pay more for speed. You're saying that's not true, and that we should be paying more so that we can get each email a few milliseconds sooner?

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

NoImNotNineVolt Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

So running the bittorrent client on the phone and then copying the downloaded data to a separate computer is okay?

I'm not sure I follow the reasoning there. The impact on the T-Mobile network is no different doing it this way than the "douche" way. The only difference is that the end user is inconvenienced. QOS-by-annoyance?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Stupid (557 comments)

If not a white guy, who is supposed to be the one complaining about white guys being excluded from all the special programs?

Nobody. It's like people in Sweden complaining about living in Sweden. First world problems, white people problems. Yes, everyone has some legitimate shit to complain about. However, it's a matter of proportion. It's in poor taste to complain about problems that a vast majority of others wish they had. In your case, boo hoo, your SAT scores didn't get you a free ride, but at least you weren't born into a ghetto where getting a high SAT score would get you stabbed. It's all a matter of perspective.

If it makes you feel any better, I didn't get to walk with my graduating class in high school because I failed second year calculus. Idiots that barely passed fourth-year basic math (where you learn to deal with fractions and percentages) were graduating, but the bar for whitey was a bit higher there. I literally had to get a B or higher in second-semester calculus at the local county college (paid out of my own pocket) to get my high school diploma (since nobody had ever failed the class before, it wasn't offered in summer school). But you know what? The world is too fucked for me to dwell on some miniscule injustice like that. It doesn't take much to see that anyone posting on slashdot is actually quite privileged, regardless of the shit we bitch and moan about.

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re: Now it's unfair.... (557 comments)

That's fine, let's go with your line of reasoning: reverse racism is wrong. So then, now that we've ruled out affirmative action, what alternative method do you propose to 1) make up for the generations of racism that oppressed minorities in this country and 2) get minorities to the point where they can compete against crackers on equal footing? What's that? You have no better ideas of your own? You think things are just fine the way they are, with whitey enjoying vast advantages over minorities? Because that's not racist at all, eh?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Playing with the stereotypes (557 comments)

why would they hire men?

To avoid being understaffed. Any other questions?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:How about some real number? (557 comments)

If women really made less than men for doing the same job, why would any company ever hire men?

Because otherwise they would be understaffed. Any other questions?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Stupid (557 comments)

And yet here you are. I'll go out on a limb and guess that you ended up getting that higher education and a well-paying job in the tech sector despite all this. Look at your colleagues and peers, though. How many of them are from various minority groups? How many are females? And how many are white males born to middle income parents?

I myself "suffered" this same "injustice" as you. And yet here we are, doing alright for ourselves. Meanwhile people that belong to disadvantaged groups, despite all we did for them, still aren't there yet. Yes, it's unfair for us crackers to be skipped over when all these handouts come around. However, it's also unfair that minorities and women are, statistically speaking, still getting a raw deal. If you ask me, it's in poor taste to complain about this issue as a white guy.

about a week ago

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All-in-one Digital Credit Card

NoImNotNineVolt NoImNotNineVolt writes  |  about 9 months ago

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) writes "Coin, a Y Combinator-backed startup, has started accepting pre-orders for a device as slim as a standard piece of payment plastic that can hold eight credit, debit, and gift cards in its dynamic magnetic stripe. Paired with the Coin smartphone app via Bluetooth low energy, card details can easily be swapped in and out of the device. A minimalist user interface on the device itself allows the owner to toggle between the loaded cards and then swipe just as they would their ordinary card. All card details are encrypted (both on the device and in the smartphone app), and the device's on-board battery is expected to last for two years of typical usage. No support for chip&pin (EMV) yet, so this may have limited utility outside of the USA. They expect to start shipping in summer of 2014."
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