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Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 3, Interesting) 186

When you have a tablet, you can do things like punch in what defense the other team just used to provide statistical analysis of what the next best play is, or what kind of defense to run if your opponent is doing X often. These are things a coach can know, or have on paper, but the ability to quickly look things up for an effective response or plan is probably very beneficial.

What I just heard is "coaches shouldn't be allowed tablets". Or binders.

Seriously, it's game/sport. Chess grandmasters aren't allowed to consult Watson in between moves. The players play the games. The role of coach mid-game should be more or less limited to deciding when to swap players, and arguing with referees over decisions. Coaching should be happening in between games. During the games it's time for playing.

But that's just my opinion.

Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 3, Insightful) 186

Agreed. I get it that there are such a thing as "plays", which should really be called "gambits", but the game breaks down to: throw the ball, catch the ball, run. Less technology* getting in the way of throwing the ball, catching the ball, and running is a good thing.

Yes, yes, with the obvious exception of replay footage to double-check what refs can't necessarily see.

Comment Re:Drake Equation == 1 (Score 4, Insightful) 258

FTL travel might be impossible via acceleration

How do you get from a velocity of "a bit" to a velocity of "a fucking fucking bastard fucking lot" without accelerating?

Understand I do not believe the following to be true, but they are answers that fit...

1} We discover that the universe is a simulation and learn how to edit parts of it, like X/Y/Z coordinates.
2} We discover unforeseen properties of the universe below our current observable/theorized smallest qualities that allow bypassing conventional transit.
3} We discover access to what is best described as "parallel universes" and can step from one to another, selecting specific parameters as differences between them, such as "my location".

Again, I don't buy any of those as likely. And #2 is nebulous at best. But the point the OP was making is that our understanding of the universe is not yet complete and given a long period of time, the discoveries yet to be made may be very, very startling to someone of our time period. Things we currently think impossible may be possible, just because our understanding of possible is incomplete. This mindset isn't science-fiction... it's just being humble. Speculating precisely what discoveries will be made and how they will work... that's fiction. But believing that we don't have an exhaustive understanding of physics is just sensible.

Comment Re:It takes roughly 165 pounds... (Score 2) 145

" takes roughly 165 pounds of raw mined materials to make the average cell phone..."
In the meantime, it takes roughly 1996.3 pounds of labor-intensive grown food per year to grow the human brain that thought up this brainless argument.

Absolutely. Considering that of the 165 pounds of raw mined materials, 164.625 pounds were waste regardless. There's no way that a 6 ounce slab of plastic, copper, and rare earths is made out of 165 pounds of completely good stuff. Nobody's throwing out 164+ pounds of copper once they're done extracting a cell phone out of it, for instance.

No. Sorry. While the energy costs and dirty chemicals used in the process of creating the phones is a shame, fact is we're looking at 2 million times 6 ounces worth of useful materials. Or... a total of 750,000 pounds. 375 (US) tons. 256.7 Toyota Prius cars. A single (50-year-old model) Boeing 747.

That's right... the materials loss here is the equivalent of one jet airliner being lost/destroyed. Only without the presumed accompanying loss of human life.

Comment Re:Cable Packages, Duh (Score 3, Insightful) 198

That's kind of their business model. ESPN costs $7 a month (or whatever), and they give you 15 other channels for free along with it. If they didn't give you those channels, ESPN would still cost $7. Same deal with whatever channel you value.

If that was true, I'd still like an option for "pay $7 for just ESPN without the free channels", so I could express that I don't want them, free or not.

Comment Re:Dice, we get it you don't like Ms. Clinton (Score 0) 523

Since the sale to Dice, /. has continually gone down hill with an inexplicable hate on for Ms. Clinton.

Inexplicable? Really? As a non-American unbiased observer, I'd like to inform you that there's plenty to hate about Mrs. Clinton. (She is still married, right?) There's also a whole bunch to hate about Mr. Trump as well, but the word "inexplicable" exposes the suggestion that you can't see grounds for disliking the Democratic candidate.

In the past 24 hours, this is the third anti-Clinton story that has been featured here.

To be fair, most of Clinton's wrongdoings - alleged or not - have been technology-related. Deleting work-related e-mail from a server that isn't supposed to have work-related e-mail on it... technology. Not being able to remember what classified materials look like... sort of technology-related. Telling banks and tech companies one thing while telling the public another? Technology-related.

Keep that in mind; Trump's failings have been of a different nature. They're primarily related to social issues, not tech issues. So an imbalance in coverage - if there is one - actually makes sense.

Time to get off the soapbox and focus on what this site is about - it's not about attacking a political candidate.

Otherwise, I'll get my "News for nerds and stuff that matters" somewhere else.

Come on. Scott Adams stories are appropriate here because bloody Dilbert, man. Just because he's speaking out against Clinton doesn't make his speaking out any less funny, or newsworthy than if it were any other topic he was taking a shot at.

Oh, one last comment in closing. Could you Americans please not elect either of those horrendous leading candidates? Thank you.

Comment Re:Not much bias in this article (Score 1) 101

"Theft of secrets" seems correct to me, as once you divulge the information against their wishes it is no longer a secret. The information may still be there, but its secrecy is not.

Actually, that's an interesting point. By the same measure, the NSA stole the metadata of American citizens' communications for a few years.

Comment Re:It goes both ways... (Score 1) 332

Police don't want to be filmed doing dumb shit.

Granted. That's completely sensible.

Citizens stop acting like jackasses when they too are being filmed.

That I'm not so sure about. A rational citizen isn't likely to be voluntarily getting into an altercation with police to start with. They're naturally going to be intimidated and aware that they need to be on best behaviour regardless of cameras being present, to avoid unpleasant consequences. An irrational citizen (ie. one who is drunk, high, generally belligerent, angry, having medical/mental issues, or are just generally confrontational) isn't likely to suddenly become rational just because there's a camera present. They're still high, having a PTSD flashback, or livid because they got hit in the face with a frying pan by their significant other, who is busy screaming "he hit me".

Situations don't escalate as frequently.

Yup. But I suspect the majority of the change isn't on the side of criminals and normal citizens, which are who the police interact with most often.

Comment Re:"Fitness bands" are a fad (Score 2) 58

"Fitness bands" are a fad, anyway.

I agree. Remember when the Wii came out and there was sudden hype that I was going to get people up and physically active? Yeah. Didn't happen. Turns out people who want to do sweaty activities do sweaty activities.

The fitness band product has two places: as a tool for people who ultimately don't need them, and in the same room as the dusty treadmills and weight sets people buy and never use.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 222

I think if the patches are bundled together now - you basically have to treat them as one larger patch. In other words, nothing changes except any time you find you did one and it breaks something, you roll the whole collection back until it can be rectified.

To a certain degree, it's already that way.

This month, I have a customer with a Hyper-V cluster which one of the six patches screwed up iSCSI while backing up. And a customer with a Terminal Server which one of the six patches screwed up Terminal Services. And a customer with Exchange that one of the six patches broke Backup Exec being able to see inside the database to restore individual files.

Only in the case of the TS problem has it been tracked down to a single patch - by Microsoft. The other two batches, nobody knows which one is at fault. These are production machines and I don't have time to reapply patches one by one to help Microsoft isolate which one is bad. So yeah, after this unusually brutal month I'm okay with cumulative patches. I'm having to roll back batches anyway.

Comment Re:People tend to think others will behave as they (Score 4, Insightful) 134

Just as it is probably inconceivable to you that a lot of people, when given the opportunity to pay more for something than they consider it to be worth, just walk away and do without. No twisted justifications for stealing. They simply do without. Weird, eh?

Oh. I've heard this idea before. It's the "boycott X store by not shopping there" method of protest.

That's fine, but I have two responses (not arguments, just responses):

First, boycotting doesn't deliver any message to a place or business. If you just "do without", then there's no way for the business to be aware that the product they're selling is desired but that the packaging is offensive. Piracy is a long-standing issue that's been discussed and increasingly made known to be a symptom of a distribution and pricing model that is incompatible with obtaining maximized profits. Business will eventually learn, which wouldn't happen if people just "did without". Understand, I want to pay for digital stuff. Problem is the distribution model makes it artificially impractical to do so.

Second, just because a law is on the books doesn't make it moral, or even right to defend. There is a long history of lawmaking that is eventually viewed as silly or morally wrong. Being lawful isn't necessarily a good thing. In the case of digital piracy, depending on the individual involved and the product involved, it is in many, many cases a victim-less crime. Indeed, I'll admit to having pirated a few e-books which have then inspired me to spend ridiculous amounts of money tracking down physical copies of all of the author's works. Same for music. I "stole" a costless copy of a product I was never going to independently purchase, only to discover I liked it, and then spent lots of money doing so. So yeah, while it's an anecdote, keep in mind that digital piracy isn't theft because the copy we "steal" doesn't have a cost associated.

Comment Re:Barometer? (Score 1) 248

Barometers, Bluetooth and wifi are used to give more accurate location info.

And there we likely have the insight. The better Apple/Google/Microsoft/everyone can track your location, the better it is for them.

It can also be used as a health tracker, a pedometer, collecting more accurate local weather information to feed into forecast models. There's apps for all that stuff.

Yes, I'm sure that it's the missing spice in the recipe that will allow smartphones to finally stave off the tectonic-plate slide into obesity that is happening. I'm sure that "fitness tracking" applications are used entirely differently from home treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight sets. Surely people won't just buy them, try them, then lose discipline and abandon them. People just needed electronics to convince them that sweaty, tiring exercise is how they want to spend their time. Yup, unlike New Year's resolutions to eat properly, Apple's new barometer is the element that will get people to be fit.

Note: this is not intended to be critical of people who are not fit. I am speaking as someone that is at the very upper edge of their "healthy" weight-to-age-and-height measurements, and is happily sedentary. Instead, this is critical of the suggestion that a barometer is actually going to be useful to more people than a standards-compliant earphone jack. Because yeah, more people need to know their altitude so they can get thin than those who just like to listen to music.

Comment Re:why would anyone buy/sign-up for porn now? (Score 1) 48

unless ones tastes are very niche specific and peculiar, almost all the popular porn is freely available in quantities larger than anyone can consume. so if one is not a pirate freeing all that for others, no point in buying anything at all, or even giving info to obtain access.

Much like any other form of art, some people feel that compensating creators and participants is a decent and honorable thing to do. Availability isn't everything. Patronage is a thing, even in porn.

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