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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

jbengt Re:This synopsis (125 comments)

Calculus is a good example, That's why everyone knows the name Newton more than three centuries after his death . . .

Then how come so few know the name Liebniz?

yesterday
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Attorney Yasir Billoo Explains NDA Law (Video)

jbengt Re:Who was forced to sign an NDA? (35 comments)

I've had plenty of clients requiring an NDA, and had no problem signing them. One employer I had wanted to me sign an updated employment agreement. I didn't mind the NDA portions of it, but there were some unappealing non-compete provisions, like whatever I did for myself on my own times was theirs. I quietly avoided signing it until my manager forgot about it and worked there for another few years.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

jbengt Re:Just to be clear ... (184 comments)

Now compare the amount of money that the government makes at the pump, compared to what the oil companies make. You know, the guys who find, extract, move, refine and ultimately sell it to us. In the US the ratio is 7:1*; in Europe it's much worse.

First, "the guys who find, extract, move, refine and ultimately sell it to us" are typically several different companies, only the biggest companies have that kind of vertical integration, and they rely on third parties for a lot of those tasks, anyway. Second, show us the numbers.
*Citation Needed

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

jbengt Re:Unbelievable! (184 comments)

The country ranking of per capita CO2 emissions that was linked seems highly correlated to the per capita economic output of the countries. By that measure, Denmark seems pretty low on emissions.

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

jbengt Re:The beaks won (137 comments)

I think it has more to do with being light weight since birds fly.

RFTA

Flying mammals like bats have the ability to fly without forgoing teeth for a beak.

Archaeopteryx, widely considered the "first bird." . . . flew, and sported plumes and chompers.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

jbengt Re:Can do this without logging off (228 comments)

Yes, all that fetching and swapping is one of the reasons I shut down my laptop every night, otherwise my, admittedly under-resourced, work laptop slows to a crawl, especially when I'm doing a lot of multi-tasking.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

jbengt Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

You shut down your laptop? What year is this? 2002?

It's another one of those years when MS Windows tells me it's going to automatically shut down my laptop in a minute, unless I'm looking at it at the time the dialog box pops up letting me delay the shutdown for 10 minutes or 4 hours.

4 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

jbengt Re:Welcome news (232 comments)

7) Sometimes the physical buttons don't work and it will stop responding while my music is playing. Then suddenly it will catch up and all the times I hit forward or back on the track suddenly occur.

Sounds very similar to the gripes I have about the Microsoft GUI on my Uverse "cable" box / DVR.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

jbengt Re:100% Agree (566 comments)

Personally, I disagree.
I seldom need only one document open at a time, and landscape works much better for viewing multiple documents, especially when they have "standard" 8-1/2"x11" pages.
In addition, most of the documents I work on are in landscape mode already (typically 17"x11", 36"x24", 42"x30", or bigger), so why try to squeeze them into portrait mode?

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

jbengt Re:More examples? (566 comments)

I find the exact opposite for the spreadsheets I typically work on. Much more useful to show more of the the columns than to show more of the rows.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

jbengt Re:two is better than one (566 comments)

That may be what you need, but what I need is two large monitors in portrait mode arranged top to bottom.
Most of what I work on (construction drawings, spreadsheets, photos, etc.) is in landscape mode. Documents in portrait mode work great side-by-side on a single monitor.
Unfortunately, all I have is a medium sized monitor and a laptop screen.

about a week ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

jbengt Re:Here come the certificate flaw deniers....... (80 comments)

No matter how hard you try to fail-safe the use of software made by someone other than yourself, the entire thing boils down to trust of the user in the vendor, anyway.
The problem exists that this entire chain depends on trust in each and every one of the links, and if any one of them becomes compromised, (or even compromise themselves on purpose - NSA?), it becomes a trusted attack vector.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

jbengt What that subscription will get you (415 comments)

The question is, what will subscription get you.

From the COO's talk to investors:

But, we're able to have coopetition, a new word that we're continuing to learn the exactly what it means and how we are able to create swim lane clarity around.

Zero-royalty on nine-inch and below devices . . . You're seeing $99 Windows tablets, embracing and extending the ecosystem by lighting up some of these new business model scenarios, allowing us to monetize the lifetime of that customer through services and different add-ons that we're able to be able to incorporate with that solution.

Office and .NET going cross-platform, very important for us, again, to embrace and extend and I'm excited about those changes, being able to run on iOS and Android, as well as our own platform.

So, what you'll get is the "Embrace & Extend" treatment.
Extinguish is on hold for now, I guess, until they see how Embrace & Extend goes.

about two weeks ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

jbengt Re:new mexico (36 comments)

Really?
Why would they need to give Mexico back to South Americans?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

jbengt Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

Worse than that, there's a value in not having that capped connection, as any significant length of dead-end pipe full of water will eventually grow microbes that can potentially contaminate the potable water you drink.

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

jbengt Re:Why Pluto matters most? (91 comments)

Reminds me of a T-shirt my son has with hundreds of identical stick-figure people drawn on it and a caption that says:
I'm Unique
just like everybody else

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

jbengt Re:I am Pluto? (91 comments)

That is hilarious.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

jbengt Re:The Ribbon is a better cut (110 comments)

only you are complaining about ribbon.

No, I'm complaining about the ribbon, too, even though I've gotten used to it.

about two weeks ago

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