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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

grimmjeeper Artificial intelligence? (372 comments)

I just hope they're smarter than Rimmer and Kryten, that's all I have to say.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

grimmjeeper Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Exactly. On the one hand I'm surprised it took over 50 years to figure out the embargo wasn't going to work. Even more surprising is that it's over 20 years since the fall of the Soviet empire. But hey, when have politicians every been quick learners?

Sure, all of the Cuban refugees will be really pissed off for a while. But in the long term, I think this will be a good thing for both countries.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

grimmjeeper Re:STEM is a wide field... (279 comments)

I know several people with English degrees that got into technical writing jobs at engineering companies. They took advantage of the 100% tuition reimbursement offered by the company to get a second degree in comp sci or engineering and went on to become successful programmers/engineers. It was a lot of work to have a full time job and take classes but they did it and they didn't have to go deeper in debt while doing it.

4 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

grimmjeeper Re:Let's put Jews in virtual Palestinians in Gaza (447 comments)

Yeah, it would be interesting to see what happens if the residents of Gaza were turned into civilized people who were industrious and turned Gaza into an economically prosperous beachfront resort and started winning Nobel Prizes, just like regular Israel.

It would be a bit of a change from murdering their own children to dig tunnels underneath their neighbors for the sole purposes of indiscriminately murdering people they've never met.

The Israelites don't have to do that because they have an American backed and supplied military to do that for them.

4 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

grimmjeeper Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

I was not aware of the patents. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

I bet all of the other single serve machines that use the old design will continue to be sold and Keurig's attempt to "control" the single serve market will fail miserably. I think my analogy to the PS/2 (scroll down to find it) just makes that much more sense now.

about two weeks ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

grimmjeeper Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

Because the ability to make a single serving of exactly the coffee one wants and to then have someone else do the exact same thing for their particular tastes is worth something.

US Airways private lounges have these things. Friends of mine have one. Honestly, if there wasn't DRM, I'd be tempted to get one for work, so that I don't have to brew a lot of coffee when I only want one cup.

There are many other brands of brewers that make single serving coffee and none of them force you to use any particular brand of cup.

about two weeks ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

grimmjeeper Trying to control a market they no longer own... (270 comments)

This smacks of IBM and the PS/2. Long after they lost control of the market they created, they attempted to force their own propeitary expansion bus and other architecture on everyone. The end result is that the market took from them the few bits they liked and shoved them aside like yesterday's trash.

With so many alternatives out there, why on earth would anyone buy this idiotic machine that attempts to force you to use their cups yet fails miserably at doing do?

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

grimmjeeper A government app on my phone? (207 comments)

Hell, they don't even need to pull me over to search my phone. What could possibly go wrong?

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

grimmjeeper Re:I hate to say it but... (125 comments)

Having nothing in common besides some of the foundational kernel elements certainly qualifies them as "entirely different".

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

grimmjeeper Re:Tablet-like interface via the touchpad (125 comments)

They are porting some features. But in a way that makes sense and is usable in the other platform. They aren't putting the same UI on both operating systems.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

grimmjeeper Re:I hate to say it but... (125 comments)

So do you think that an iPhone has all of the code to do a PCIe bus walk? And what about all of the other device drivers that you need to run an x86 based desktop/laptop? And would the desktop OS incorporate all of the ARM architecture code into it?

Sure, Apple probably started with the core of the OS and there is some shared code between the two. But I can fairly confidently speculate that much of the kernel has been engineered towards the platform for which it is intended and much of the kernel source is independent between the two.

And let's not forget that everything built on top of the kernel, which is substantial, is vastly different. The entire UI layer that sits on top of the kernel may have bits of shared code here and there but it's largely independent between the two.

No, I think it's you that has no clue my friend.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

grimmjeeper Re:Tablet-like interface via the touchpad (125 comments)

Exactly. Apple took a useful feature like gestures and translated it in such a way that it became a useful feature in an intuitive way on the other platform. It's the same basic concept and works in a way that makes sense on one side and the other. And they did it without forcing one UI into an environment for which it is entirely inappropriate.

When I'm doing real work on a desktop, whether it's at work or when I'm doing my hobby programming, I want a real desktop with real tools to get real work done. On the other hand, when I'm doing simple tasks on a portable device, I find the desktop to be far too cumbersome. They are two entirely separate tasks with different needs. Forcing someone to use a tablet UI when doing real work is just as bad as forcing someone to use a desktop UI (or worse, a shell) on their phone.

The fundamental concept of the desktop windowing interface has not changed since the early X11/Mac/Windows days. It's a model that works and gets the job done. Sure, they were primitive back then and very many enhancements have been added to tweak the model to make it better over the decades. But the fundamental concept hasn't changed at all. And there's a good reason for that. When it comes to using a computer to do real work, the windowing model that has been in place for over 30 years is a very good model that works very well when it comes to doing "real work" on a computer.

There's a good reason why Apple and Android mobile devices don't use that model. It's a very cumbersome interface to use on a handheld device. It just doesn't work well for performing the tasks that you perform on a device like that. That's why they both were given an entirely different UI that has little or nothing to do with the classic windowing model. It's a completely different device with a mostly different set of tasks to perform. And even though some of the tasks like web surfing are similar, the way they are performed are different enough that the UI is justifiably different.

As tablets become more capable, will there some convergence between desktops and mobile devices? Sure. Will touch screens on desktops become useful? Almost certainly given time. But that's no reason to force the tablet UI onto the desktop. No. Instead, the two platforms should be kept separate. Where there is convergence, take from one side and interpret the feature in such a way that it makes sense and enhances the other side. But for the love of all that's holy, please stop trying to have a one size-fits-all UI for both mobile and desktop platforms. Because it just won't work. It can't. They are two separate kinds of devices with two entirely different modes of operation and the way they are operated cannot be merged into one single UI. There must be separate UIs for each. And as Apple has convincingly demonstrated, you can have synergy between the two without destroying the usability of either.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

grimmjeeper I hate to say it but... (125 comments)

Apple got it right. They made one operating system for their desktop. It's a "pure" desktop operating system. Their mobile device operating system is an entirely different operating system. The two can work together but they are entirely different operating systems for entirely different platforms that serve entirely different roles. This farcical attempt to make one operating system for every type of device leaves you with all of the compromises you don't need to make. It's fine if you want to make your tablet more flexible and expandable with a detatchable keyboard but it's still a tablet. It needs a "pure" tablet operating system. The last thing you want to do is take a desktop operating system and slap a tablet UI on it.

about two weeks ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

grimmjeeper Re:Mod parent up. (102 comments)

"Oh yeah, you want a seriously righteous hack, you score one of those Gibsons man. You know, supercomputers they use to like, do physics, and look for oil and stuff?"

about two weeks ago
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Feds Announce Test Sites For Drone Aircraft

grimmjeeper Texas? (78 comments)

I'm guessing that they chose Texas because they want to see how many people turn the test into a skeet shooting contest.

about a year ago
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EA Is the Game Company Disney Was Looking For

grimmjeeper Re:Mediocrity (254 comments)

Oh no, they will be very memorable. If they're anything like the latest Sim City, expect them to blow up like the Death Star.

about a year and a half ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

grimmjeeper Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

What does BMW stand for?

Big Money Waster.

I heard it was "Bought My Wife".

more than 2 years ago
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VA Governor Wants Military Drones For Police

grimmjeeper Threat to privacy? (183 comments)

What I want to know is how these drones are more of a threat to privacy than a manned helicopter flying around doing the same thing.

more than 2 years ago

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