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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

asmkm22 Re:Illegal (179 comments)

Except what will happen is Uber will come out and say that after an internal investigation, they found a few rogue employees had the program up on their own time, and Uber has now put a stop to it, etc.. It's how these things work. It's really no different than getting cut off while driving, tracking the plate number through the DMV for a physical address, and then setting up your stripper friend to show up while during their family dinner.

We've all done that.

yesterday
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

asmkm22 typical slashdot responses (126 comments)

Leave it to the Armchair Slashdot Scientist crows dismiss a study and throw in their own contrary opinion.

2 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

asmkm22 Re:not so fast (126 comments)

You assume the body can process as much glucose as you can feed it, which simply isn't true. There's a point where any glucose beyond this threshold is "wasted" for the purpose of positive development, but it does still get processed (into fat). Put another way, the a child's body is a machine that can process 100 units of glucose (arbitrary number) at any given time, 80 of which go to the brain. If you feed it 120 units of glucose during that time, it still only processes 100. Again, 80 goes to the brain, 20 goes to other uses, and the excess 20 probably goes to the gut.

2 days ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

asmkm22 Re:Hye, how about this... (112 comments)

Not quite what's happening here. These aren't people just copying designs. They're usually trying to pose as the original work, including the developer name, to trick people into installing their version.

2 days ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

asmkm22 Re:This doesn't compute...or does it (112 comments)

What generally happens is a developer might spend "years" on several different games/apps, with each probably benefiting from lessons learned from the previous ones. Eventually, one of the games finally breaks out gets popular. Since we're talking about very simplistic games here, it's not at all difficult for someone else to just copy what they see working.

The problem here is that these knockoffs aren't even trying to pass for unique games. Most even try and copy the developer name, counting on a certain percentage of people to download and install it thinking it's the "real" version.

2 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

asmkm22 Re:good (358 comments)

Just wait to see if the cast members are replaced or not.

4 days ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

asmkm22 Re:I love competition. (112 comments)

That you've been dreaming of for the last ten years. I personally want my console to play games very well, not do lots of media stuff OK. I have a PC for a reason.

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

asmkm22 Re:Its nonsense (391 comments)

He also invented "Artificial Intelligence engines" whatever the hell that means.

about two weeks ago
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Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

asmkm22 some "problems" (111 comments)

Having blobs of liquid metal flowing to the heart seems like a show stopper to me. I'm intrigued by the old-school-mad-scientist aspect of this idea, but the potential risks seem a bit serious.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

asmkm22 Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (294 comments)

Just because you can doesn't mean you should. 30 years ago, applications were built with long life-spans in mind, so dropping into very low-level code could make financial sense. Today, programs are generally designed for adaptability and compatibility. The target is constantly moving for the vast majority of applications out there. Dropping into assembly rarely makes sense anymore, because the mantra is "good enough" rather than "best" because even the "best" won't stay that way for long.

Of course, different industries will have different mileage. If you do most of your work for embedded devices or industry-niche things like robotics or satellites, then by all means dive into the 1's and 0's.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

asmkm22 Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

No, Jobs alienated himself from his peers and spent the next few decades doing acid while Apple ran itself into the ground. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley was already establishing their reputation for pushing boundaries, engaging in barely-legal business practices, and working to change the industry as fast as possible.

Jobs came back from his acid trip and turned Apple around, but the industry's attitudes and culture were well-established by that point.

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

asmkm22 Re:That's a garbage lawsuit (286 comments)

If it outputs to 1080p, then sure. Rendering and displaying are two very different things.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

asmkm22 Re:You go girl (286 comments)

If you read closely, monitors and TV's usually word the size in the form of a "class" rather than an exact measurement.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

asmkm22 Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

Unfortunately for Sony, the box clearly states 1080p.

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

asmkm22 Re:Lack of ability to challenge bad debt (570 comments)

Assuming you are talking to me, I did consider it. The lawyers I spoke with, however, said the courts generally won't side the plaintiff on this stuff unless identity theft or mistake identity is involved. He did say the fact that I wasn't contacted for 3 years should theoretically swing things into my favor, however the collections agency would simply claim they tried and it would be a he-said-she-said scenario where, again, the courts rarely side with the plaintiff.

All in all, I just decided to wait for it to drop from my credit. Amazingly, I've never had the collections agency call me, so I'm not having to deal with phones calls or anything, and at this point it is set to expire next year. It's still very annoying with just how stacked against the people this system is. Oh, and I filed a 3 page complaint with the FTC after TransUnion basically did nothing, complete with supporting documentation and everything (which I had at the time), but I never did hear anything of it.

about three weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

asmkm22 Jump start the US space industry again? (252 comments)

Maybe we'll finally stop relying on Russia for access to space...

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

asmkm22 Re:Are the *sure* they got the right guy? (790 comments)

I think you are overestimating the extend that google influenced this guys' arrest. They found child porn on his gmail account, and forwarded the info (not the email, just the fact that something was found) to the police, who then received a warrant to officially search his email, probably due in large part to both the claim that google found stuff and that the guy was a registered sex offender.

Google basically provided an anonymous tip; that's it. I had to do something similar a few years ago, although it wasn't automated. While doing a routine virus removal for a (former) client, I found a few pictures that were pretty obviously child porn. I called the police to let them know, they quickly received a warrant to pick the computer up and that was it. I wasn't looking for shit, or snooping around, or trying to start trouble. But I'm pretty sure it's actually illegal for me NOT to report something like that.

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

asmkm22 Re:Others?? (790 comments)

You are blind. Google has scanned email content for the purpose of serving adds for years. It's also no secret that they have a vast database of picture sigs/hashse for examples of known child porn, for the purpose of keeping the stuff off their search engine. It's really not that much of a stretch to think they combine the two if it furthers a well-documented company goal/policy...

http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/...

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

asmkm22 Re:Others?? (790 comments)

http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/...

This is hardly a new company stance or anything, but it looks to me like the program started up last year and is only now starting to "come online" for email scanning. Maybe we'll see more cases like this. Or maybe they've been sending tips to police for years, and the police have simply been able to nab the guy without having to request access to his email first. Anyway, I think it's weird that people are all freaked out something that's been in place for a year, officially, and has been a company focus for at least 8.

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

asmkm22 Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

I think google is just actively searching for specific things (child porn) for this purpose. They've actually advertised the fact that they have a vast database of known child porn pictures, originally as a method of keeping them out of search results. That info is at least a few years old, even if it wasn't advertised very well.

about three weeks ago

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