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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

stoborrobots Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

What revenue stream does the App store have?

Taking 30% commission out of everything you sell via the app store and in-app?

about a week ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

stoborrobots Re:Er, what? (191 comments)

I can see them doing this, rather than the much simpler solution of having two ports: a Micro-B port for charging only, and a C port for data/charging.

Compliant with all regulations, simpler for the consumer (no adapter required), minimal outlay (one extra trace on the PCB, one extra component costing fractions of a cent), no questions about cables.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

stoborrobots Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)


Or the fragment might be part of a statement like "following the issues with the Enron case, we've put in some additional measures to prevent any irregularities in the pension fund" or even "Did you see that episode of the IT Crowd where the new boss was asking the IT department for help deleting the files which showed the irregularities in the pension fund? What a classic..."

about two weeks ago

Mozilla Dumps Info of 76,000 Developers To Public Web Server

stoborrobots Re:They don't deserve to be commended. (80 comments)

Why should we commend them...?

We shouldn't. They fucked up. We should call them out for fucking up.

What the GP said was not "we should commend them", but "in their defense".

It's a valid defense: they fucked up, they noticed, they cleaned up what they could, and they admitted their mistake and advised people appropriately. That doesn't make their mistake go away, but it changes it from Badness Level 50 (eBay) to Badness Level 30 (Target).

about two weeks ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

stoborrobots Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

Ditto, from my WinMob-based Dopod 838pro which I had from 2006 to 2010, vs every touchscreen phone I've owned since then. I send fewer and shorter emails from the phone nowadays, and even my sms messages have gotten shorter (from comfortably typing ~8 unit/1200 character messages on the Dopod to now usually staying below ~3 unit/450 character messages).

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

stoborrobots Re:Simple (509 comments)

Even the 1% aren't completely and totally financially secure, as the French Revolution demonstrated.

Except that they were financially secure...

Exactly. They were financially secure, they just weren't physically secure...

about a month ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

stoborrobots Or the converse... (710 comments)

Is a possible interpretation of the data that "people who don't use much energy, don't feel the need to worry about climate change"?

about a month ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

stoborrobots Re:666 (753 comments)

Surely if they are writing cheques, then that is already cashless? Sounds like they've beaten the rest of us to it...

about a month ago

Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

stoborrobots Re:Kinda minimizes "consensus", doesn't it? (123 comments)

... attempt to falsify any claims...

Falsifying claims is the worst thing a scientist can do. Once they're caught their career is over.

This a misunderstanding of the the term "falsify". Unfortunately, there are two well-understood meanings for the word:

In the sciences, we use the second meaning of the word a lot. It is considered a good thing. We propose an idea, or make a claim, then find ways to test the idea/claim. A useful idea in science is one which is said to be "falsifiable", that is, one which it is theoretically possible to disprove. If you can find a way to test your claim, and state beforehand which results will prove that your claim is wrong, then your claim is falsifiable, and is now a scientific claim. Then you run the test, and see what results it gives. If you get any results which don't falslify your claim, then the claim stands for a little longer. If you get results which falsify your claim, you throw the claim away and come up with a new claim. So science moves forward when we make claims and attempt to falsify them.

Using the first meaning of the word, you might say that someone "falsified some data". That would be a bad thing. This is not the common usage of the word in the scientific community, but is a popular understanding of the word elsewhere, so the distinction is worth calling out.

Notably, you can lie about data, but you generally can't lie about a claim; so context is essential in determining whether the verb "falsify": lying about data/evidence/results is bad, but attempting to disprove claims/ideas/hypothesis is good.

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

stoborrobots Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

Speakers or piezos... Interesting... Most of the ones I've seen, I've assumed had some sort of solenoid flicking back and forth to make the clicks.... Although some of the newer ones seem to have speaker grills on them, so maybe they've been switching over to electronic noise rather than mechanical...

about a month and a half ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

stoborrobots Re:Email is expensive? (130 comments)

Are your email addresses hosted with services like hotmail, gmail, or managed by competent admins who use services like spamtitan or mailcleaner? It's very likely you're seeing the results of a large number of people working very hard to keep the spam you receive away from your inbox...

about a month and a half ago

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

stoborrobots Re:This isn't going to do much (68 comments)

Educational programming has also aimed to elevate knowledge of texts and literacy as in the programmes Barney and Friends (Guofang, 1999) and Reading Rainbow (Wood and Duke, 1997), which offer content on reading books and raising childrenâ(TM)s knowledge of books. This is important since researchers at the University of Sheffield have also suggested that pre-schoolers who develop an ability to talk about texts become familiar with literacy and have greater success with learning to read once they enter school (Hannon, 2000; Hannon, Weinberger and Nutbrown, 1991). "

about a month and a half ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

stoborrobots Re:Solar roadway? (448 comments)

Yeah, my take on the difference is that the solar roadways idea is technically possible, but it's a stupid idea when you think through the details.

But the iFind is a great idea, but technically impossible when you think through the details...

about 2 months ago



GAO finds inadequate planning and oversight caused cost blowout

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  5 days ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are:
  • CMS undertook the development of and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices...
  • [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders ... when key technical requirements were unknown...
  • CMS identified major performance issues ... but took only limited steps to hold the contractor accountable.
  • CMS awarded a new contract to another firm [and the new contract's cost has doubled] due to changes such as new requirements and other enhancements...

Larry Seltzer has more over at ZDNet."
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Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched.

When [retired Army lieutenant colonel Greg Alderete] realized he had driven a van onto a runway tarmac at Sea-Tac airport — and that no one had asked his name, checked his ID or searched his vehicle — well, he just about lost it."I was appalled," Alderete says. "If you go in the airport's front door, they take away your tube of toothpaste. But the back door? That's the weakest security of any critical facility I've ever seen."

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