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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Wootery Re:Good, we're not trying to create more work (656 comments)

Sure, I guess I should've said: it's hardly self-evident that elimination of millions of jobs is by any means a good thing in, say, the current US economic system, in which the effect of such a shift is to funnel money away from the poor and toward the richer classes.

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Wootery Re:Depends... (166 comments)

Well, there is end-to-end crypto, technically speaking. They're 'just' deliberately misleading the customer as to its utility.

3 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Wootery Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

(I see that I was right: Windows Update is now telling me I'm required to reboot to install updates.)

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Wootery Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

I haven't shut down a laptop in 3 years

Guess you were rather behind on Windows Update patches, huh...

(As I understand it, some patches require a full reboot to install.)

4 days ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

Wootery Re:Infinity? (73 comments)

Indeed, I noticed that too. And strictly, the 's' should be an 'S'.

(The correct name is BioShock Infinite.)

about two weeks ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

Wootery Re:Remember guys... (73 comments)

it is understandable if Nvidia backs independent standards like OpenGL and Direct3D, rather than a vendor specific API that would always put them at a competitive disadvantage, because it is developed and controlled by a rival manufacturer.

I agree. From what I've seen, we're expecting Direct3D 12, and future OpenGL versions, to be such that they offer many of the benefits that Mantle and Metal offer now. Mantle seems to have been very effective in spurring innovation, but, as you say, there are legitimate reasons nVidia might not want to jump aboard.

If the tables were turned and nVidia were to make Physx available to AMD, AMD would always be playing catch-up: there's a conflict of interest if one party has total control. The frameworks from Khronos and Microsoft seem a better bet.

On top of all that, it's probably not great to have yet another graphics API, from either the driver-devs' perspective or the game-devs' perspective: devs already have to worry about Direct3D, OpenGL, OpenGL-ES, and console-specific APIs, without adding Metal and Mantle.

the difference rarely exceeds 10%, and is often just 5% or less. For developers that are not AMD "business partners", it might not be worth spending time on porting their engine to a 3D graphics API that makes only a minor improvement on the products of a single GPU vendor that has a market share of 29-30%.

Also good points. I don't know the numbers for the Metal API.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Wootery Re:C is primordial (641 comments)

If you mean machine-code, please just put machine-code. "ML" is taken.

exemple the Gobject API. This is clearly not the most elegant way to do OO but it works and it can be as efficient a true OO langage.

Indeed, and if you want elegant GObject, there's always Vala, a C#-like language which compiles to C.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Wootery Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

If it were, all prison sentences would be the same: stay in there until you've been rehabilitated.

So those best able to convince a psychologist, will be released earliest. And someone unable to convince a psychologist that they'll never smoke the wrong leaves again, will remain locked-up indefinitely. Great idea.

No, prison should be both rehabilitative, and punitive. I agree that the emphasis should generally be on the former.

about two weeks ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

Wootery Re:This is bothersome (109 comments)

This is something Eben Moglen discusses in his Freedom in the Cloud talks, which I strongly recommend.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

Wootery Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

I feel you're ignoring Mono, which exists and generally works. Microsoft doesn't have total control of all implementations.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

Wootery Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

I think AC is trying to say they dislike both Java and .Net because of lock-in.

But if everything's Open Source, you're just as free to fork Java or .Net as, say, Ruby on Rails. (Well, assuming you don't infringe trademarks... and ignoring copyright/patent lawsuits...)

about two weeks ago
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Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

Wootery Re:Games themselves are copyrighted (92 comments)

I think they mean something like Don't include a company emblem in your character customisation, but you're right, it's confusing.

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Wootery Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

I was alluding to the fact that Android is based on GNU/Linux, and Linux has permissions built into the core. Fair point though.

Aside: apparently there's not much GNU code in Android. Interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Wootery Re:Of course it's a prime... (51 comments)

Errr... is that meant to be funny?

Maybe I'm missing something, but stating mathematical falsities is not, in and of itself, funny.

It's a waste of my time every time I make an effort with you ACs, really...

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Wootery Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

If only there were a technology which enabled permissions to somehow be enforced by the operating-system itself...

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Wootery Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (234 comments)

The usual excuse is but what if we confuse someone!?

Mozilla, too, are a fan of this sort of reasoning.

about three weeks ago
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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Wootery Re:Of course it's a prime... (51 comments)

So... is that meant to be funny?

about three weeks ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Wootery Re:Web Searches For These Suck (127 comments)

Yes, that's what I meant, but I should've been clearer :P

about three weeks ago

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