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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

steelfood Re:Why (251 comments)

Active Directory. For that, there is no competition.

about a week ago

Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

steelfood Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

You're mixing the three branches of the Feds with the "government." The government is everything from your DMV clerk to the NSA analyst who wrote the software that's automatically reading and categorizing this.

about a week ago

Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

steelfood Re:M.C. Escher (74 comments)

Once, the program somehow found itself in an infinite loop and had to be killed with -9. This despite it having been proved terminating.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

steelfood Re:Naming contest entries (426 comments)

Microsoft Bib. Bob for the Internet.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

steelfood Re:Phew. (179 comments)

That only works if you either 1) have a test system you can test patches on or 2) turn off automatic updates. Either way, you need to be savvier than your average Windows user.

Fortunately, the big corps that give Microsoft the majority of its sales tend to have sufficiently capable tech teams. It's the small businesses that really lose (the personal/home users can mostly hit the reboot button or hold the power button down for 5 seconds or whatever passes for a hard reset these days).

about three weeks ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

steelfood Re:Obvious (163 comments)

What's interesting is to learn what conditions it won't handle.

When there are poor or no lane markers, especially when there's no double yellow in a two-lane, two-way local highway. Or when construction's shifted the lanes away from their original positions and the old lane markers haven't been erased so cleanly. Or when there are periodic potholes the size of half-basketballs in the most-used tire lanes (tire lanes being the path your car's tires take). Or when the lane is both narrow with inches to spare on either side, and shifts suddenly, and there's a H2 up ahead in the other lane going at half the speed limit. Or when a 45MPH highway has a sudden 20MPH curve, and the lanes are narrow to boot.

This kind of autonomous driving may work when both road and weather conditions are ideal, but something a little smarter would be necessary for even slightly harsher situations. In the extreme case, a lot of driving under extremely limited visibility is basically a high-stakes game of follow the leader. Essentially, it's not enough to be able to perceive the environment; driving under those conditions requires perceiving the actions of other like actors (and relying on the assumption that those actors are sane).

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

steelfood Re:FUD much? (409 comments)

I dunno

The editors aren't even trying anymore.

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

steelfood Re:Going through Customs... (409 comments)

No, they're just going put him through the millimeter wave scanner and then claim that it cures ebola afterwards.

about a month ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

steelfood Re:Lessons for today's world (165 comments)

They didn't include property in the Declaration because they were seizing the assets of British sympathizers (Tories) at that very time.

The hypocrisy in the government goes way back.

about a month ago

Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

steelfood Re:Bad summary of two separate issues (200 comments)

The right answer is to disband the NSA and hand SIGINT over to the Military which tends to follow the US Constitution a bit more closely.

The NSA is run by a four-star admiral and a four-star general before that. It is a branch of the military already.

You're thinking of armed forces intelligence like the Military Intelligence and Naval Intelligence guys. I can't think that they'd be much better if tasked with the same mission.

What needs to change is the mission, not the agency.

about a month ago

Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

steelfood Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

Driving is a privilege not a right.

Emphasis mine. Driving is a privilege. It can be revoked at any time for any cause that the elected government deems reasonable.

But your inalienable rights are not privileges. They cannot be revoked.

Police checkpoints by themselves do not violate any rights. But the methods of selection and screening at the checkpoints may.

Of course, I agree that associating checkpoints with free speech zones is a rather broad leap. It is wrong in the same way that the airport security lines by themselves do not violate anybody's rights, but the (current) method of screening by the TSA does. Now free speech zones and say, the no-fly list are far closer. Speech is a right. Travel is also a right.

about a month ago

Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

steelfood Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

The party(ies) itself is a farce. There is no party in power. Only men.

about a month ago

More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

steelfood Re:Can we dumb it down some more? (144 comments)

Then they applied magnetic field on both paths.

They applied the magnetic field to each path separately. They saw no change when the magnetic field was applied to the upper path, but they saw a change when it was applied to the lower path.

The way you state it, it's a bit confusing as to what they actually did with the magnetic field.

about a month ago

Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

steelfood Re:Most of you have it... (100 comments)

But did you really have to capitalize the 'A'?

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

steelfood Re:Fuckin' C*nsorship (739 comments)

I see that was your two c*nts.

about a month ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

steelfood Re:FUD alert (212 comments)

Yeah, but this happens fairly quickly. Without a continuous source refilling it, the tanks go anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours, depending on the time of day (how many people are showering when the electricity cut).

about a month ago

Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

steelfood Re:First pass (44 comments)

It'll be much more real after the second pass. Why, you might feel as if you were there!

about a month ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

steelfood Re:no problem (342 comments)

Or to put it another way, the more uninformed, the more obvious things are.

about a month ago

Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

steelfood Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

Um, what? How will they lose their best people? Via layoffs? That's possible, but it's also possible they'll lose a chunk of dead weight in the middle layers.

A lot of the most talented people don't care who they work for, as long as the pay's good and the job's interesting. And Microsoft has a lot of cash.

Initiating a change to a stagnant or destructive corporate culture is a good thing. Whether the results will be beneficial or even more destructive remains to be seen.

about a month ago


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