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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

brantondaveperson Re:Meh (89 comments)

Troll? Joke? Fundamental mis-understanding regarding the nature of information?

Insufficient information to tell.


Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

brantondaveperson Re:Not surprised (143 comments)

perhaps by adding a "revoke right" option and an "always ask" option

You mean, just like iOS? Actually, Apple may very well have a patent on that which might explain why Google hasn't yet adopted this obvious paradigm.

2 days ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

brantondaveperson Re:Solar power? (260 comments)

But I don't get it - why convert DC to AC, when all you're likely to do in the end is convert that AC back to DC somewhere else to actually power something?

about a week ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

brantondaveperson Re:meh. (285 comments)

Not an argument pro or anti Apple per se, but standardising on a device means less time spent working out how to set up each device and worrying about app compatibility, and more time spent actually teaching. And a 'good' Android device that's robust enough to handle kids pugging in the USB charger (for instance...) isn't all that much cheaper than an iPad. In actual fact, I don't even know of one that's as solid as the iPad is.

Now, the role of eduction is the debate that's worth having here - Apple v.s Google is a distraction - is having these types of devices in schools a good thing? And if it is, exactly how ought it to be used? Hard questions - and ones that we're only now starting to look at. Ubiquitous tablet computing is very new - but it's not going away and we do need to teach our children how to use it well.

about a week ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

brantondaveperson Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

It astonishes me that you appear to actually be serious. Yes, I can see people sending their kids to Home Depot so they can hide amongst the shelves and do their homework. Good plan.

And yes of course homework might involve the internet, just as once homework may very well once have involved looking something up in an encyclopaedia.

about a week ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

brantondaveperson Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)

Pretty sure the replies to this are failing to notice that the AC is trying to make a joke. It's not a funny or a clever joke by any means - and it adds nothing to the conversation - but I don't think he's being serious.

about two weeks ago

Coming Soon(ish) From LG: Transparent, Rollup Display

brantondaveperson Can someone explain... (64 comments)

..the appeal of a transparent display?

So I can see what's behind the display? As if we don't have enough issues with sunlight reflecting from display surfaces, now we're going to let the light coming from *behind* the display further reduce its readability?

about two weeks ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

brantondaveperson Re:Problem solved. (231 comments)

You mean like an iPhone? (as stated several times elsewhere on this thread).

about three weeks ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

brantondaveperson Re:Well (564 comments)

I take your point, but "using programming tools that were higher quality than those today."? What tools were these?

about three weeks ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

brantondaveperson Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

"that can recognize your commands and search the internet for what you requested"

Unless you talk a little bit too fast, or don't have an American accent.

"or translate your statement into any of a dozen foreign languages"

Generally very badly, with no understanding of what you said and therefore isn't going to replace human translators anytime soon.

"has a camera that can recognize faces,"

Which is also quite a stretch, given how often it 'recognises' patches of lichen on a wall as a face.

"can connect to expert systems that can, for instance, diagnose diseases better than all but the very best doctors"

Really? First I've heard of this one. Citation needed I think.

"Oh, and your cellphone can also beat any grandmaster in the world at chess."

As above. And anyway, if the grandmaster followed the same instructions as the computer, it would win right back. Does that mean anything though?

about three weeks ago

3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

brantondaveperson Re:ROM (49 comments)

"A hippie guitarist who has visited your small town for years has gone rogue and launched ICBMs toward your town."

10/10 for completely whack game plot :)

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

brantondaveperson Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

PC's don't come with Adobe CC out of the box either, so it's no comparison. iPhoto blows the socks off any photo editing / management app that you can get for free for Windows. By miles. Quite apart from the fact that normal people can use it, it actually manages to organise your photo library in a sensible way without requiring you to dick around with folders.

Whether or not Lightroom is better or worse than Aperture is a matter of opinion. I've used both, and rather prefer Aperture, but Lightroom does have more features. Aperture's organisation of photos is far superior - but it depends on how you like to look after your photo library.

And of course, Photoshop is available for both Mac and Windows, so there's no argument there either.

about a month ago

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

brantondaveperson Re:Adding to the list... (240 comments)

Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as art.


about a month and a half ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

brantondaveperson Re:Containment by default (309 comments)

OS X has sandboxing by default out of the, er, box.

about a month and a half ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

Ha - awesome. You insulted me. Good job.

So the thing is this - the ease with which it's possible to fake your system's credentials to receive support for which you haven't paid is irrelevant. It simply doesn't matter how easy it is - the only thing that matters is whether or not you do it knowingly. If you, with intent and planning, put that number 9 into a registry key with the aim of extending the support beyond its legitimate date, then yes you have committed a crime (*)

Why is this not obvious?

* Now, to be clear, I don't know if it's a crime or just a civil matter or whatever - and it's highly unlikely that you will be pursued for committing this heinous act - but the point I'm trying to make is that intent is the issue, not that it being easy to do makes it ok.

about 2 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

brantondaveperson Re:As Jim Morrison said... (1198 comments)

Most women I've met fall under one of two categories,

Seriously? Most women you've met fall under two categories? For real? And let me guess, do those categories happen to be slut and not-slut? Let's read on...

... already taken ... or boyfriend hopping ...

Well I'll be. How about that. Your attitude to women is quite frankly pretty shocking, except of course it isn't because I hear it all the time. Listen carefully. Women do not fall into 'one of two categories'. Not even most women. There is no 'they'. I mean, are you trolling or something? Do you really believe this shit? How old are you?

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

Why do slashdotters find these issues so hard to understand. The law is all about intent. If you intend to access services to which you are not entitled, the ease with which you do so is entirely irrelevant to the discussion of whether or not your actions are legal.

You can type in eighteen "plain text" keystrokes (whatever that means - aren't all keystrokes plain text? Anyway) and log into the Attorney General's gmail account. Well, if you knew the password you could. But the action is trivially simple. And that doesn't matter. And why would it? Would you want the law to be based on how difficult an action is to undertake? It's pretty easy to pull a trigger you know...

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

brantondaveperson Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

OH come on - just because something is easy to do automatically makes it legal. Is that your argument?

If you're not authorized to receive upgrades and/or support, and you knowingly misrepresent your system in some way in order get those upgrades and/or support. Well of course that's illegal.

If they're so special and secret, they shouldn't be something you can update.

Do you really believe that? If your life is so special and precious, it shouldn't be something I can so trivially extinguish with this here handgun.
Oops - And I told myself I wasn't going to use analogies, which inevitably end up driving the conversation in the direction of whether or not the analogy holds.

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

brantondaveperson Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation (483 comments)

And they say that it's nothing to do with revenge...

about 2 months ago


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