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Comment Odds (Score 4, Insightful) 260

The odds of a cosmic ray hitting your memory at the exact right spot to flip a bit are one in hundreds of millions. There are just enough computers out there that it happens from time to time. The odds of FIVE rays hitting just the right locations to flip four bits and a parity bit are, pardon the pun, astronomical.

Comment Basic Physics (Score 3, Insightful) 68

It seems most conspiracy theories of this sort involve a lack of understanding of basic physics. Usually it involves assuming that, because light and sound and radio energy all travel in waves that they all behave the same. I see the term "frequencies" thrown around a lot, even when describing non-oscillating direct current circuits and static electricity.

Comment Galaxy? (Score 0) 505

"The device President Trump insists on using -- most likely the Samsung Galaxy S3 -- has particularly well documented vulnerabilities,"

Is it an S3 or not? That's a weird way of saying that you're guessing.

He should probably be reprimanded for not using a secure phone, if he's using it for official business, but Lieu would hold more water if he didn't give Hilary a pass for doing, roughly, the same thing he's ripping Trump for doing:

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

At least he's able to get things started and then bring in the people to see his projects to fruition.

And that's what a serial entrepreneur does. Building a business is one skill set. Running a business is another skill set. Not everyone has both, or the desire to have both.

It's not necessarily a bad thing, however, sometimes the older businesses flounder if the president is more interested in the new thing.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 626

This guy works on image analysis for telescopes in other words spy satellites which just happen to be large telescopes pointed downwards.

The NRO runs the spy satellites and the Air Force launches them. NASA has nothing to do with them besides providing rockets and launch platforms.

Comment The FUTURE! (Score 4, Insightful) 311

First, steam engines were going to kill off everyone's job. Then it was power tools. Then cars. Then computers. Cassette tapes were going to kill the music market. VHS was going to kill movies and TV.

People always think the next advance is going to make humans obsolete and there will be no jobs left. There won't be old jobs, there will be new kinds of jobs. If you can figure out what those jobs will be you'll be a very rich person.

Comment Re:Stick with iOS (Score 1) 215

Should you trust your handset vendor/(and telco, if it's a phone that they've had a hand in)/Google? No, very probably not. The vendors do seem to care slightly more about bugs that might cause customer support calls or returns; and a lot less about security patches or providing vaguely recent versions of anything;

Well, if you're talking Apple - if the FBI has to call in for help to crack an iPhone, I'd say Apple cares about device security, at least. Sure they turned over iCloud data due to a subpoena, but anyone would have to do that.

Comment Saturation (Score 1) 130

Isn't that what everyone said when Netflix started making shows? Turned out OK for them.

There is a lot of content out there. A lot of it is garbage. A lot of shows are canned because they aren't popular *enough* for a particular demographic. Or because a network head doesn't like a producer, or production company, or director.

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