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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

ljw1004 Re:Women prefer male bosses (391 comments)

Statistically speaking, from the article you linked, most women and men DON'T CARE whether their boss is male or female. Not what you said at all.

2 days ago

More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

ljw1004 Re:form over function? (204 comments)

Seems to me like they have more to work on than animations - maybe they should focus on usability for a bit first.

You think they should focus first on the things where the desired user experience is well understood, so leaving the unknowns and exploratory experiments to be done much closer to ship time?

2 days ago

Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

ljw1004 Re:So I take it (247 comments)

Yes, married men with spouses at Apple will no longer have to share with their spouse the cost of egg freezing.*

* doesn't help men not in this position.

** Apple policy doesn't help women not in a particular position either.

about a week ago

If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

ljw1004 Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Your equation makes cloud backup seem much more appealing... $200 more expensive but likely to save me DAYS of work. I currently have three hard drives sitting in my electronics cupboard with offline backups (all slightly out of sync) waiting for me to recover and reconcile them. What a pain.

I'm using 1tb storage for $10/month from Microsoft that includes copies of Office for five devices, which I'm happy with. (and I work at MS so if my cloud provider fails then I'll have lots more worries as well :) )

about a week ago

Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

ljw1004 Re:Yes, it really is so different. (264 comments)

Yes, it really is so different.

With both the recent openssl and bash bugs, in addition to fixing the bug, careful investigation was done by the respective communities and additional problems were/are being addressed. I submit that this would likely not have been the case with closed source software.

Why do you submit that?

I work on the VB/C# compiler teams. These compilers used to be closed-source for ten years, and were made open-source earlier this year. Whenever we have a bug, we ALWAYS do careful investigation to look for all the related issues we can find. That's been no different between our closed- and open-source eras. We do it because "high quality software" is the number one driver of satisfaction, and if we make higher quality software then we get more sales. I think it works: you almost never hear people being bitten by VB/C# compiler bugs. We pay people full time to do careful investigations of stuff that (I reckon) most people would find too boring to do without a salary. None of this is affected by closed- vs open-source.

What I've enjoyed is "open-source language design". The language design decisions are still made by stewards of the language as before. But by opening up the process of language-design, we see a lot more viewpoints and ideas from everyone. Better to fix bugs at the design-stage rather than wait until after the thing's been implemented.

I'm willing to believe your submission is true -- but not without evidence, since your claim contradicts my own experience.

about a week ago

London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

ljw1004 more ads (127 comments)

I'm glad they'll now use dynamic electronic screens for ads! The old flat paper displays weren't just too restful for me to truly enjoy my underground trips...

about two weeks ago

Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

ljw1004 Re:Fermion that is its own antiparticle (99 comments)

You can build a quantum computer out of anything that BEHAVES like a Majorana particle, regardless of whether it's a "real" particle or not. Likewise current computers are built out of "hole/electron pairs" and work just fine even though the hole is a quasi particle.

about three weeks ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

ljw1004 Re:yeah, ok, whatever. (482 comments)

Dozens, or even hundreds of guys email a couple of women and almost none get any response at all; is it any wonder they escalate to crap?

Yes it is a wonder. If you don't get a response and your reaction is to escalate to stalking, harassment, gross pictures, that's not a normal or healthy response at all and shows that there's something wrong with you.

Otherwise: you get treated like shit, whichever side your on.

"Not getting a response to an unsolicited message" -- this isn't being treated like shit, not at all. If you send out an unsolicited message then you should have ZERO expectation or entitlement of getting a response.

(I'm male by the way, probably about a 6/10 on hot-or-not, and spent several years dating on

about three weeks ago

Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

ljw1004 Re:Data != knowledge (269 comments)

All start menu items are still there in win8. Swipe the start screen up. Advantage is that you can see more of them on screen now than you could in the past, so you should be able to scan quicker.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

ljw1004 Re:Data != knowledge (269 comments)

In both Win7 and Win8, the windows key (or Ctrl+Esc) has exactly the same functionality as Spotlight on iOS -- they let you type the first few characters of the name of an application, and it finds it. This is considerably easier and quicker than clicking on the Start menu and navigating through cruft and hierarchies from all the apps that install there messily.

The Start Menu as you describe it was basically there for people who like shiny buttons and haven't figured out the easier+faster way to launch apps.

about three weeks ago

State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

ljw1004 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

That will work up until it gets before a judge who's an intelligent human rather than a letter-following law robot...

about three weeks ago

Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

ljw1004 Re:Not Brute Force (93 comments)

20,000 is not a brute force attack. That will only succeed if your password was 3 characters long.

I find it hard to believe anyone was actually vulnerable to this.

20,000 not brute force?!! Would you call it "subtle and refined"?

about a month ago

Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

ljw1004 Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

You're conflating "succinct" with "terse"...

F#, Swift and other functional inspired languages let you omit the wordy boilerplate that gets in the way of readability.

For instance algebraic data types (a.k.a. discriminated unions, or enums in Swift) are less wordy than declaring an inheritance tree like you would in Java/C#, and pattern matching us a shorter more readable way to deconstruct the data than virtual methods.

about a month ago

Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

ljw1004 Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

You'd save 5-30% on your heating+cooling bill if you had a smart thermostat that detected+learnt when you would be away and didn't bother during those times.

(You said you adjusted the thermostat four times a year, i.e. not on days when you're just out late, or your family takes a weekend trip away, ...)

about a month ago

How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

ljw1004 Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (180 comments)

Does anyone give two shits what the UN says, I mean really?

You misunderstand the way the UN works. It is a collection of the world's states. The UN blinding-laser protocol is a protocol authored by various states, and signed by various states. In this case the protocol on blinding weapons was co-authored by the US, and was signed by the US in 2009.

Does anyone care what the "UN says"? In this case, yes, in 2009 the US consented to be bound by that protocol, so it becomes part of the body of US federal law, so yes everyone in the US cares about it.

Hint: whenever you say a sentence with phrase "the UN says", replace it with "the collective nations of the world say", and see if it makes sense. If it doesn't (as in this case) then don't bother posting.

about a month ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ljw1004 Re:One day battery life in Apple Watch too? (730 comments)

One of my primary use cases for my watch is looking at it bleary eyed in the middle of the night when I've been woken up by my cosleeping baby and neither brain nor muscles have booted up enough yet to look at a bedside clock... nor to do anything, in fact, other than look at my watch and groan!

about a month and a half ago

Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

ljw1004 Re:Simple is good (94 comments)

OCaml. JavaScript.

about a month and a half ago

Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

ljw1004 Re:It could be illegal. (136 comments)

Total bullshit on the part of the media... The first version of the bill was the one that the news picked up and, well, just plain made up bald-faced lies about.
Here it is:

"Historic rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios
of accelerated rates of sea-level rise unless such rates are from statistically significant,
peer-reviewed data and are consistent with historic trends."

Clovis, how do you reconcile the "first version" text you quoted with this one?

These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time
period following the year 1900. Rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate
future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise.

This version of the text totally reverses your conclusions. Was this "linear-only" text earlier than the one you quoted? Or did it come afterwards, indicating that the legislative draft actually got worse over time?

about a month and a half ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

ljw1004 Re:Never gonna work ... (506 comments)

You're thinking of the wrong half of the scenario.

The other half is a driver who decides to take control of his/her own volition, for whatever reason.

Like many manual overrides, it's user-initiated, not computer-initiated.

about 2 months ago



What's up with no-ip?

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  about 4 months ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "In April 2013, the OpenDNS blog reported that no-ip was the second most popular dynamic-DNS site for malicious software. No-IP responded that they have a very strict abuse "policy", and they want other people to help by reporting violations of the TOS to them. They also scan daily and filter by keyword. In February 2014, the Cisco blog reported that no-ip had risen to be the worst offender, and no-ip again responded that they have a strict abuse policy, and they want other people to report violations of the TOS to them, and they scan daily and filter by keyword. ... Were no-ip doing a good enough job at policing themselves?"

Drug halts decline in Alzheimer's disease

ljw1004 ljw1004 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ljw1004 (764174) writes "Alzheimer's disease: researchers are divided on whether it's caused by "beta amyloid" (a peptide found in alzheimer brains) or by "tau protein" (normally used for cellular scaffolding, but can aggregate of control and destroy neurons). Today in Chicago a new drug has been anounced which stops tau aggregation and appears to have halted alzheimer-related decline in 300 clinical trial patients. Do you have friends or family who appear to be dementing? Here is an online questionnaire, part of one used in the clinical trial to diagnose dementia. (disclosure: I made the online questionnaire, and my father is one of the scientists behind the drug.)"
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