* Posts by JLV

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Canadian govt snoops emit their own malware detection tool, eh

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Re: "automatically recognizes the various file formats.. and triggers the analysis of each file.”

>Sorry to sound paranoid

No worries, we understand, eh.

Just so you know, CSIS (Canada's CIA/NSA/FBI/GCHQ equiv) just got a big new HQ a few years ago. Very posh, very $$$$.

One of the motivations for the move was that its power draw was outstripping the capacity of the small-ish city in which it was located...

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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Re: Does Microsoft's approach not imply...

>You do know

I'll bite. I do know git, somewhat, as a git user, not admin.

So I'd read the OPs remark as valid, unless you can have a private work branch to a public github, which was asked on SO before: no. Remember too : that private "view" needs to be writeable by many, we're not talking about keeping local changes private on people's branches.

I get what the OP is saying, at least in terms of intent rather than git mechanics. From you, I see a one line snarky answer that may or may not be right but is certainly not informative. Enlighten us, if you can.

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well... if you're a Windows user, running Chrome and you get pwned through that browser, that still ends up on MS 's plate as insecure Windows, so makes sense to spend some time.

Plus, that poor MS pentest team probably is so tired of being ignored by the rest of their company...

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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Re: Mail held overseas probably belongs to a non-US citizen

a.k.a. killing the golden goose.

mind you, this particular goose is probably paying most of its taxes at special Republic of Ireland no-local-profits rates...

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0.025% even ;-)

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Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

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>If I send you an email, and you reply to me, we've created a trust relationship.

No, we haven't.

Or at least I don't see it that way to the point of wanting to chat with you, which I consider, socially, to be something else.

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uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

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Re: What's the point of CSP anyway?

CSP is a whitelist tech on the server side telling your browser where they _intend_ to serve scripts from.

Idea is that if someone's JS hacks in, your browser won't see it as part of the conversation.

It has zilch to do with your own whitelisting. Doesn't supersede it, interfere with it. The site's whitelist can be extremely restrictive or it can serve up Taboola, Zergnet and Facebook crud, just a site wo CSP can choose to pollute you or not. It also has zilch to do with a site serving up malicious content by choice.

Either way you still get to choose what you want to load so I am unsure about the point you're making, except that we both hate all the drivel that a typical website typically tries to foist on you.

Agressive NoScript user myself.

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How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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Re: FFS, it isn't AI ...

whoa. what's all the negging? no one is claiming strong AI / self aware/ general purpose here

yet, even given the very real limits to this type of research how long did it take to beat a human chessmaster? all those "we were doing this in the 60s..." didn't happen, did it? yeah, they thought it would be easy to beat humans but it wasn't.

then finally IBM did it, with years of effort. Go was next, challenging due to its nature. took a while but nowhere as long. still teams of experts assisting.

now, quite soon after the newly reigning Go AI is defeated by an auto-learning system using much less resources.

impressive. true, means nada in terms of general AI, but an impressive addition to what was a chosen subfield of endeavour for AI research.

HAL or equivalent? Doesn't seem like much is happening on that front, but idiots savants are starting to happen, slowly. at least in the field of boardgames.

a field that has flummoxed many in the past.

You're welcome to make your advances in the field if you're so dismissive of other folks'.

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Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

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Re: MDN? Never heard of it.

While back I stumbled onto some outdated html stuff on w3schools. googling up some more, I saw a thread with several devs (who seemed to have a clue), stating that they avoided w3schools because they sometimes were wrong and much preferred MDN for mostly being right.

My take on it is that MDN usually goes deeper and I don't have to worry as much about it being wrong 5% of the time. But, yes, w3schools often gets higher ranking on search, doesn't mean I have to follow it.

MDN was for example a big help getting my SSL up to snuff at an html headers and site configuration level - they are thorough, very well explained, and link to a lot of their own explanations as well as pointing to specialized scanner sites. I still had to do a ton of research but they were definitely my key goto.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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Re: Why would Chrome have the privileges required?

>A bit like the prompt to allow SUDO on Linux.

beg to differ. UAC's not at all like sudo on mac or linux.

first, Windows prompts for elevation waaay more often. open ODBC including user sources - there you are: UAC. not to write, mind you, just to view. see "crying wolf".

second, it doesn't actually ask you for anything like your password. so, if you're in a hurry and not paying attention and you react too quickly by pressing "Enter" => :-(

MS is the king of pseudo-sec, like still prompting you to allow running macros on-your-own-effing Office docs, authored by you, in your own directories. yet,hardly a month goes by wo some Office sec blunders.

or Powershell scripting permissions, where you can't apparently trust the code you_ wrote yourself_ by default. unless you - alarm bells - loosen up.

sorry, while I am generally critical of MS, I can see some good points to some of what they do. Their nagware approach to sec, forcing you the user to constantly look after what should be open and shut system boundaries, is one of their most annoying traits however.

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Sounds painful: Audio code bug lets users, apps get root on Linux

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Re: Many eyes!

>here we were thinking you might have something original to say

Speak for yourself.

I was thinking no such thing ;-)

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

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Re: alternative to micropayments?

Well, one drawback I can see is that crypto-mining up is extremely energy intensive. That's not so much an issue wrt batteries, if you could opt out temporarily. But it would be an issue if it was massively scaled up - we need to find ways to reduce our energy footprint, not increase it.

Re. unexplained downvotes - worrying about that ain't hugely constructive, as any stroll through Stackoverflow meta will attest.

Though I won't claim my proposal has much practical merit - and hopefully its drawbacks motivate those downvotes - I will say that there is also a strong sense of entitlement threaded through many readers and users of internet publications and services - "don't charge, don't advertise, be grateful for my, non-paying, patronage and be wary of my vocal wrath or criticism should you ever want to monetize, fairly or not. Or change the service in a way that does not suit my, non-paying, use cases ".

That extends to many users of free software and music too. ;-)

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alternative to micropayments?

you know, if it was clearly announced, secure, and reasonably throttled, why not let mining happen to support a site you like? it's not like I am a good advertising target.

beats paying $60/year or the like for Washington Post. I already have a sub to one news mag, don't need another.

of course, not sure my criteria above would be met.

one thing the old French Minitel got right was a secure, low-friction, if very very pricey, way for publishers to make money.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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"Ga, Nederland"

i.e. Go Holland.

>most people don't care

I don't think people are that dumb. Outside of our profession, who would think MS would do this, at least to this extent?

A moderately intelligent person would expect just that from Google - they're an advertising company*.

But MS is not so its data collection is unexpected and doubly unwelcome. It's not like they are really making that much use of it anyway - the UI is not really improving and neither are the bugs. I've had a recurring sleep issue that's been there bothering folk since Win 7.

Arrogance and incompetence is doing MS no favors. With Win 8 the plan was to springboard from desktop dominance to mobile marketshare. They've reversed that - Instead their bungling has first kiled mobile and is gradually making their desktop uncool. Win 10 giveaway was a surprising and courageous attempt to gather goodwill but they effed it up with the telemetry and their very public abuse of forcing that upgrade.

You know how AV software can be subverted? wonder if the bad guys have managed to hook into Win's ready-made spyware?

I value IT ecosystem diversity, so I don't so much wish for disappearance of Windows as a gradual humbling of MS, IBM 90-'10 style. Consumer Windows is heading that way.

* you may or may not put up with Google's spying, but at least you know exactly what to expect.

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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Re: Obligatory XKCD

I wuz wonderin how far I'd have to scroll to see 927 mentioned... And lo and behold, also the chat Venn diagram one.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Local Generation and Storage FTW

that also assumes that these grid-storage-oriented cycles aren't causing wear and tear to the batteries. it's one thing to wear out your $$$$ battery driving, it's another to do so playing load-levelling games.

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been there, done that:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-transit-s-90m-hydrogen-bus-fleet-to-be-sold-off-converted-to-diesel-1.2861060

I'll save you the energy of pointing out that the H2 had to be shipped in from Quebec which certainly impacted the outcome. But hardly the kind of resounding success you claim. One extra aspect of hydrogen, along with helium, is that it is a pain to store - it's extremely good at leaking out of places.

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Re: Local Generation and Storage FTW

>EV owners have to have enough solar panels on their property

Hmmm, you don't live near Vancouver, Seattle or in the UK, do you? Aussie? California?

And maximizing home solar generation ain't necessarily the answer if you're trying to recharge a car during the day while it is out commuting its owner to work.

That's why I like my dam - solar and wind can pump water back up during high generation/low use periods. Hydro is an instant-on technology and is pretty clean once you've emitted CO2 during construction and allowed for methane from dead vegetation.

Thing is, as you can see with both my snark and my preferred, local, solution, a lot of renewable solutions are specific to the particular geographic circumstances of your location - the UK has limited hydro potential for example.

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>people actively objecting to building any practical scale power generation

Which is why our provincial Greens - BC, Canada here - are so insistent on nuking the construction of our first major dam in 20+ years. Even managed to rope in Amnesty International to oppose it on the basis of human rights abuse vs the local Indian tribe whose claimed territory would be flooded. Never mind that said tribe had no access while it was commercial farmland. First time AI actually formally criticized Canadian govt for mishandling native affairs.

Funny, given crap like reserves having boil-water advisories stretching over decades and tying tax-free status to not only Indian ancestry, but income being generated on-reserve.

With morons like that, and the Greens in Germany insisting on switching nukes over to lignite, it'll take a while, and lots of taxpayer $$$, before CO2 emissions actually get reduced.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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An interesting take, but are you really implying that Apple will reduce price later, once they've ramped up their manufacturing??? That's about as likely to happen as Kim Jong-Un looking less fat in his starving country, IMHO.

I think a different explanation for the costs is that we've been conditioned to pay $800-900+ for phones already. Witness the Samsung flagships or the jump up from the old Nexus lineup, there's been a definite jump even as core functionality has stabilized - the only notable feature I really see is water-resistance.

Apple's always been premium-priced, so why stick around at the same price point? Goes against Veblen goods positioning too.

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BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

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Re: Dubai

not the only issue w Dubai. they have solid form at exploiting their migrant workers from 3rd world countries. of course, migrants often are contentious and/or vulnerable even in the West, but Dubai goes way beyond low level mistreatment.

probably not quite Saudi level abuse, but then this is a place trying to convince us they're not Saudi Arabia.

best of luck to the gentleman in question getting out of that s***hole.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Plenty to show!

>Microsoft left the mobile market, with nothing to show for it

Totally disagree. The Windows 8 UI <sarcasm>we all love and cherish</sarcasm> is a massive legacy of that little adventure.

As to there not being a spot for a, well-executed, #3 spot in mobile I disagree with the theory. Yes, in practice it would be fiendishly difficult to carry out - everyone wants all their apps. And online know-how and howtos make it very hard for a new arrival to gain traction and get new users up to speed when they don't know how to do something - Android and iOS have millions of pages telling you how to do things.

Still considering how many people loathe either Apple or Android, or both, a 3rd choice would eventually find a good niche.

It's easy to rewrite history and argue that it was inevitable that MS would fail at mobile. I don't think it was - their screw ups were all their own.

Hubris - incompetence - lack of commitment : Metro - general software on their phone* - recurring tech dead ends between Winphone versions and Winphone models.

In 3 decades of MS dominance in desktop and office software, we've witnessed umpteen attempts by MS to use its cashflow to diversify out of those 2 fields. Most have been failures. Most have been without even a clear business rationale for the intent to enter those fields. Until Azure, the only marginal win here has been the XBOX.

The first time entering a new market did matter, with mobile, MS managed to eff it up massively, despite having the cashflow and, one would hope, operating system knowledge, to pull it off. To top it off, foisting Metro onto Win desktop drove people to Macs. Yes, it was Ballmer's stupidity that launched the whole fiasco, but methink Nadella is protesting too much that it was inevitable and not his fault.

I still respect what Nadella's doing on Azure**, but abandoning mobile may very well cost MS dearly in the long term. Esp if you think that cloud + mobile == mainframe + terminals, giving up the user endpoints may end up a deadly mistake.

At the end of the day, abandoning Winphone is just another example of MS's inability to commit meaningfully to new product lines.

* On my son's Lumia 640, using Win 10, you need to install extra, non-MS, apps for mp3 playback, that's not included in the base install 8/(

** not so much on Win 10 telemetry, that's again his personal leadership failure to put an end to it.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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beg to differ

+1 for PC ubermenschen

...but not all mobile games are Candy Crush or Angry Birds.

XCOM is fairly hard on an iPad and Slitherine Studios (they're Brits), make some pretty good WW2 turn-based wargames. Bit like Panzer General in complexity, i.e. more beer and pretzel wargames than Squad Leader, but still fun.

Ditto Carcassone.

Touch screens are a closer fit to boardgames than mice, IMHO.

p.s. no ads seen on any of these ;-)

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407000 words? A transparent farce

How about passing a law that voids any EULA over 1000 words, about 3 pages, on the theory that it's vanishingly unlikely that any normal person would provide "informed consent" on the use of software with terms that complex. And that pretending otherwise is dishonest.

OK, maybe not outright voiding, but at least a legal presumption/ doctrine of preponderance of evidence that the EULA was not consented to in any meaningful sense under those conditions.

I'd even support installation procedures that enforced actual reading (somehow) more aggressively, if that limit was adhered to, so that our rights and obligations would be more transparent.

Alternatively, I wonder if a lawyer could not cross-examine defense witnesses about their knowledge of their own devices' EULAs?

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: Looking forward to the demise of the deniers getting steam rolled by a hurricane

>Toxic waste all over the place from the refineries. And you numbskulls are all for it.

Eh, fuck you too. I suppose you don't drive so therefore your holiness doesn't need any fossil fuel. Go back to your hair shirt and candlelight, you're not achieving anything by wasting oxygen. Except as a foil that almost makes Bombastic Bob and Big John look clever in comparison.

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Re: Skepticism

>we see how the Green movement has adapted their strategies, successfully saving that CO2 theory from the dustbin, polishing it up good, and presenting it to a new generation of suckers

>In fact a lot of them don't WANT it replaced.

First things first, I agree with you. Many Greens have an entirely different viewpoint on how we should go about living our life (or how many humans should be here) and would love to impose their views on everyone else. I'll add that, as time goes on, I find Greens have outlived their usefulness as canaries as in the coalmine and are massively messing things up when they decide on policy. Witness the mess that $100B+ of electricity subsidies have made to German CO2 emissions actually increasing.

In short, I don't like Greens very much.

What I am curious about, in your version of the "big sell" is why other people, including people who do not share the green viewpoint, are suckered in and go along? Why are they buying into the sell? Especially if the findings are inconvenient and annoying, such as limiting their air travel? These are rational people, able to look at data just as well as yourself.

It's a bit like Holocaust denial (a subject on which debate should _not_ be suppressed). Why did the Germans willingly accept the role of scapegoats? What's in it for them, in this big conspiracy? It might have been imposed on them in 1945, but now??? Occam's razor argues for it actually happening rather a massive cover-up.

Second, let's dig into the oft-repeated argument that climate scientists have a vested argument in promoting spending on climate change research.

Granted.

But, why is it that very little serious, peer-reviewed science has debunked the AGW alarmists? There would be no lack of funding for someone with solid science to back up that humans are not causing a problem. Any oil company would love to throw money at them (and probably do). Yes, riding the AGW is a gravy train, but credible science against it would make any scientist into a top earner in that field. Take Bjørn Lomborg. He may not be popular (I actually respect his views), but you can't argue that his positions have resulted in professional failure and obscurity. Quite the opposite.

Scientists do often display a herd mentality, make mistakes and block out dissenting views. But science also has in-built mechanisms to correct for that - most scientists are willing to look at data that conflicts with their worldview and adjust. For examples of that, you can look at the early reception for the prion hypothesis in the mad cow disease scare. Or for the notion that bacteria cause stomach ulcers.

Why has that not happened?

Some folks insist on perfect climate science models. Guess what - not gonna happen. Science is most effective when working with either perfect equations (ex: physics), you have masses of standalone data or can repeat the same experiment multiple times. Either your equations are elegant or you can have statistics do the work for you. Faced with a one data-point system - we only have 1 Earth's weather to look at, looking at phenomena that is way beyond simple mathematics and lacking any way to re-run repeatable full-scale experiments, scientists have a fuzzier and harder time proving their hypotheses.

It won't be perfect first time and it might never be perfect at all. It'll be fuzzy, open to interpretation and based on consensus rather than certainties. That shouldn't be too hard to understand, should it?

What I am wondering about, if people like yourself and Bombastic Bob, are reasoning in good faith, is what would it take to change your mind? At what point would you look at the scientific consensus and say "you know what, this is happening, I've changed my mind".

Short of that, at what point would you be willing to say "geez, I dunno, but the risks if I am wrong are pretty big, so I'll just err on the side of caution"?

Is there such a point? More than anything else here, I am curious about that.

For me, I'd love to learn that we were wrong and we can go back to business as usual. CO2 is not a traditional pollutant, it's natural and it is not a toxic chemical. If it turns out not to cause warming, then why not enjoy life and go back to emitting lots of it? I certainly wouldn't mind and I believe that, on other aspects, we are less polluting now than in the 50s.

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

> nothing more than an article of faith

Don't be an ass. We're experiencing gradually increasing climate events in many parts of the world. BC for one has had driest weather on record, broken several temp records and suffered massive fires that have blanketed us in smoke. Irma is showing up as pretty much the strongest Caribbean storm on record.

None of this _proves_ climate change but it dovetails quite nicely with what we might expect if what so many experts are claiming was true. Unpleasantly too, these are early days, so if the experts are right, this is gonna suck. It might therefore be time to consider that perhaps all those scientists aren't merely wrong.

Now we have to take your word for it that you know better? Based on what? What, exactly, are _your_ qualifications? You're not a layman, are you?

Personally I can chip that a lake I hike to every so often had a glacier all the way down to the shore in the summer. A glacier, not just snowpack. 20 years later, that glacier never reaches it anymore.

If you're gonna naysay, fine. At least propose alternative explanations for increasing temps, don't just make claims without any backing. Is it the solar cycles this time? Something beyond your personal dislikes?

Enlighten us.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: Dual accounts?

Tinder

requires a FB account. But who wants to look like a lame-o by being seen to be on Tinder? No one, hence 2nd FB. Conveniently for FB demographics, age also tends to drop on those...

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Re: Dead Space

Dead Calm too.

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involuntary manslaughter?

That seems rather tame at this point. I'd go my with non-premeditated murder, murder two, unless that nutjob can explain what actually happened and why she ended up cut to pieces.

Not usually given to running with the "tough on crime" crowd but that poor lady shouldn't have been killed and he looks very, very, guilty. 10 years or so seems lenient.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: Isn't slower navigation BETTER for web site owners?

>That's what she never said.

Sometimes, she's just happy the whole sorry thing is over with.

My coat, yes.

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Re: Isn't slower navigation BETTER for web site owners?

@BB

While pondering usability why not read up on ALL CAPS vs normal case legibility and perception?

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Well, you're not wrong on doubting marketing numbers in general. But given the magnitude of the web economy, even small effects can add up dramatically. So, in this instance, I'd give it somewhat the benefit of the doubt.

Keep in mind: a huge web metric is a user abandoning at a landing page for whatever reason - this is something a pretty, but inefficient, UI could easily worsen even while it made all the deciders salivate. (think no further than Windows' 8 UI for example).

Honestly, I'd be more doubtful of the 22% efficiency loss claim. That's a big number, pretty easy to game and likely to motivate much spending on remedies and white paper purchases. On the other hand Nielsen lives and dies by its reputation for truthfulness.

If you're aware you're being glib, just as I am aware I am BS-ing some back-of-envelope numbers out of thin air, then, yes, we are on the same wavelength.

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>Yes. But Billions in lost revenue?

I am really not sure what your point is. For example, Google/Alphabet reports ~$25B USD revenue per quarter. I'll use that rather than some breathless "size of Web economy" stat. Halving that, to remove non-web Google stuff, then taking the remainder as a rough proxy for the order of magnitude of the web economy*, if there is a 22% loss in navigational efficiency on web pages due to flat design, then yes, revenue on things like ad-clicking or purchasing may very well drop in the billions.

Assuming of course the 22% drop is real and not just something to sell more Nielsen services.

There is a difference between calling BS on some made up marketing numbers and just being cantankerous for no particular reason. The UI-expertise commentards already called you out on your dismissal due to methodology and sample size. I am calling you out for not realizing that "1-2% of very big numbers in the triple digits range of $ billions" may very well equate to "billions in lost revenue".

>This is the new world APP rapid design, 'fail forward' and all those wonderful terms that mean half arsed conclusions are used to make grandiose decisions.

Glibness <> insight.

* Assume Google has 5-10% market share of web revenues: $24B * .5 (a hypothetical share of their web vs non-web revenue) * 4 (quarters) * 10 (the inverse of their market share if at 10%) => $480B/year.

1%, not 22%, of 480B$ is already $4.8B.

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question for you Brits

Can you de-Sir Jony Ive now? It's all his fault, innit? No one pays any attention to MS design anymore, except to avoid it.

Hate the stupid look-so-cool flatty UIs. And not too keen on recently accelerating form-over-function Apple trends either.

That's all.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Re: Maxing out the CPU

Depends on your game type. First person shooters, like Quake or Arma, would really suck with a controller, you need a mouse. Ditto complex menu/interface stuff like Civilization or Total War and most hardcore wargames. Real Time Strategy games like Starcraft mostly need very fast unit/resource placement => mice again.

On the flip side, sword/combat games like Dark Souls live for console controllers and limp with mice. It's really the nature of the game, not just the horsepower it needs.

Macs generally don't get much respect wrt non-casual games. I assume Valve has made life a lot better on Linux (and OSX) for gamers. But Windows still gets a lot of attention from the gamer side.

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Re: Promises, promises

I'd also be happy if they got their sleep/hibernate crap sorted out.

I mostly use my win10 laptop to host VirtualBoxes, or run databases. My dev is done elsewhere. As a result, it often runs into extended inactivity.

I've pretty much disabled all the sleep/hibernate settings that I could find, as long as it is plugged in. Nevertheless, at random times, for no apparent reason, it decides its sleep entry time is now 3-5 minutes. EventViewer shows the trigger was Idle Time. Once sorted that out with a GPU driver refresh (???) but it came back a bit later.

powercfg -h off, possibly after a reboot, is the only way I've found to kinda get that sorted out. At least until the next time it starts acting up. Doesn't exactly inspire much confidence in the system.

All the stuff about photos, AR, etc...? Fiddling while Rome burns, instead of fixing core stability and security issues (turn off AntiVirus for IE11 to work???), stabilizing/simplifying configuration mechanisms and actually listening to its customers by turning off telemetry and returning menus, at least as optional alternatives to ribbons.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Re: Trump is so popular

Dude, wtf you going on about??? I was responding to TheElder's "our asshole". Where do you fit in?

No, actually, I don't see everything in terms of race. I happen to think white identity politics is not a good long term sell point for the GOP , simply due to more Hispanics, Asians, etc voters coming in. That and many younger whites are less likely interested. Didnt work well for California Reps did it?

Am I heavily concerned about racism? Most of the time, not really. Unless there isnsomething egregious like police shootings of unarmed black men or the like. But it's hard to argue that race isn't front and center of many of Trump fans concerns. Have no idea if it's your concern or not, dont care.

Bottom line: Trump is pretty useless now, whether or not racism enters into it. Partially because I think the Tea Party twats (like you) totally fucked up Republicanism and are gradually making it inelectable, which is regrettable for democratic alternance. And long term, that type of marketing is gonna bite the Reps.

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Re: Trump is so popular

>"He's an asshole, but he's our asshole."

That's in fact one of the main problems w Trump from the pragmatic Rep viewpoint. He's an asshole, but he's most certainly not their asshole. Witness frequent Twits and press confs that leaves everyone, including his staff, explaining that he didn't really think mean what he said. The poor man has no idea on conscensus or getting actual political work done and risks inflicting lasting brand/schism damage. Remember: whatever opinion you have of America For Whites First, long term demographics do not support its prospects overmuch.

An loose cannon anchor thrown overboard, with the chain snagged onto the mainstream Rep's (does such a thing exist anymore?) foot.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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While I don't disagree with the request being carried out

I can't help thinking of Kafka.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Get out the popcorn

A market stool with a $470B stock market valuation then ;-)

I don't mean that in the sense "deep pockets, go after them". Though maybe the plaintiffs do.

I mean that as "reputable".

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

I am a happy customer of Amazon's.

However...there are way too many dodgy products being sold. From invalid license key Windows disks to obviously faked book reviews. I've reported the latter and saw no action. Forcing Amazon to exercise more due diligence on products it sells, even via 3rd party, does not seem unreasonable hardship. Especially when they've previously been notified of issues.

A brick and mortar would be liable if they knowingly sold dodgy crap from dodgy sources. No one would say "dumb customer didn't research". Why should Amazon be any different?

Esp when it comes to products with health impact. In the case of your eyes getting screwed up, I can't think of too many things with a worse outcome for people in our line of work, this ain't frivolous. In the specific case of eclipse glasses, I can see where Amazon might struggle to establish the bona fides of sellers of such temporary products though.

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Re: Probably the software was bought by Hollywood....

>spin-off potential

FTW: A Boy and His Dog

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Remember when...

>peaceful protests

It's also interesting how Intifada 1, which was mostly non-violent, would have fared wrt Israeli policy of mostly no meaningful dialog, settlement extension and occasional violence. Would the world have veered towards South African style boycotts and divestment? Would Israelis have realized that their current military dominance and perhaps fleeting US superpowerdom makes this the ideal time to cut a deal?

Intifada 2 fucked that up and current Hamas and internal Palestinian terrorism makes it unlikely that Israel will face any significant international pressure until too late.

To go back to the OPs point: violent protest is unjustified against the Nazis at this place and time. They are not about to take power and they would likely face prosecution if they turned violent themselves, much as certain toupee-wearing fools feel ambivalent. If you want to brawl, don't cloak yourself in false civil virtues - you are not representing too many of us.

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Not particularily into Nazis...

but this is fucking gross and stupid. I doubt they'll be very good at cleaning it up either.

Police should be at hand to fine all these morons for littering. They can then stick around the next day to fine the Nazis for wasting oxygen.

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Re: Fucking law enforcement.

hum, you must have missed the part where the OP was the one who found the image. no need to call him lucky.

seems like common sense not to unduly screw over people reporting child porn, no? if you want to keep on getting infractions reported, that is.

maybe a quick forensic imaging of their electronics to make sure they're not setting someone up, but definitely make it painless as possible.

glad Hutchins didn't follow advice, cited here, to roll over and plead guilty to lesser charges. he's either proved guilty of Kronos (and should burn if so). or he should walk entirely free. this trial deserves all the sunlight it can get - both for his sake and the FBIs behavior and reputation. best of luck to him.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Google Need Them To

>>then Google can update literally everything

>Ah, but what can they practically update?

Ah, but what _will_ they _factually_ update? Not their own late 2013 Nexus 5, that's fer sure. Abandonware for a year already.

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Re: Go Samsung!

>What people are failing to understand is the removal of Youtube is down to the Tv's specs.

That's not, strictly speaking, true.

The old-style YT app is Flash-based for this TV, believe it or not. Google retired it, but Sammy did not bother replacing it. I find it really hard to believe that, if a $40 Chromecast could 1080p YT in 2015 then Sammy's devs could not possibly fit that functionality onto their $1500 (new) 2013 TV. The cynical (not me!) might suspect they just want you to buy new stuff.

>only a moron enables auto-updates on anything

Thanks! As Win 10 users are well-aware, you don't always have a choice. I don't recall a setting to disable auto-updates, but I'll take a closer look. It does have dialog that allows you to cancel the update, which is what I do every time. Though one time I had to plug in a USB stick to update the firmware after I got too far behind in my updates and it wouldn't connect anymore.

While I don't disagree with reasoning of the "keep TVs dumb" crowd, that doesn't work for everyone: I don't have cable anymore, so it's all either Netflix or my DVDs. And, having an auxiliary PC under Linux or the like to handle the internet seems like a massive electricity drain to my parsimonious energy self as well as paying double for the functionality that's already included on modern TVs.

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Go Samsung!

My 4-5 year old Sammy TV constantly wants to update itself when you turn it on. Is it too intellectually challenging for them to give you an option to update it at shutoff time instead?

When it first came out, it had a really good iOS remote - it did everything. About a year in, they "updated" the iOS to v3 and the only thing it now did was to switch channels and control the volume. Note that searching for "remote Samsung" in the Google Play isn't all that useful either... there were least 2 or 3 _demo_ apps (by Samsung) for a Sammy TV, but no remote apps for them.

The only apps I've ever used on it are the Netflix and YouTube, but I guess they need to update their unremovable bloatware apps.

Sammy decided to yank out the YouTube app about 3 months ago, leaving me with the need to get a Chromecast to watch YouTube. Not really expensive, but running out of HDMI ports with this kinda crap.

Next TV? Next anything electronic? Not a chance in hell to be a Samsung. Too bad, it's actually pretty good except for the software.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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Supply and demand

darn things sold out in Vancouver. Managed to Craiglist 2 for an arm and a leg before leaving for Madras, OR.

Madras got slightly less people than expected so they were going for $2 and ended up giving them away too.

Big shout out to the lovely locals who were really friendly and almost no one tried to gouge the tourists, except for the jackass hawking camping spots (wo loos) for $100. Sheriff was handing out water, people sleeping in cars were left alone, a garage fixed my flat for free and would not accept a tip.

2AM at a popup beergarten the DJ concluded his set with a "Fuck Trump" which, surprisingly for deep rural Oregon, no one really objected to ; - )

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