* Posts by ZeiXi

17 posts • joined 30 May 2014

Apple sues iPhone CPU design ace after he quits to run data-center chip upstart Nuvia

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Theft of Intelligence

"The paperwork states Apple's employment contract provisions in this case are not enforceable under California law: they argue the language amounts to a non-compete clause, which is, generally speaking, a no-no in the Golden State." - when you sign a contract you should honor the contract. Does not matter whether it is enforceable or not. Especially in a business where theft of intelligence is a very serious matter.

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"The paperwork states Apple's employment contract provisions in this case are not enforceable under California law: they argue the language amounts to a non-compete clause, which is, generally speaking, a no-no in the Golden State." - when you sign a contract you should honor the contract. Does not matter whether it is enforceable or not. Especially in a business where theft of intelligence is a very serious matter.

Here we go: Uncle Sam launches antitrust probe into *cough* Facebook, Google *cough* Amazon *splutter* Twitter...

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Apolitical

As long as these tech giants are apolitical, it should be fine. But easier said than done.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

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Artificial intelligence

Human intelligence can never be replicated in a machine, simply because no machines can be built to be like a human. A human driver takes in a lot of information in a glance. Pedestrians, other vehicles and their movements, people seen through windows of other vehicles, people engrossed in their devices, etc. All the little details that trigger our reactions. Many programmers are like teenagers- they learnt to code a few lines and they believe they can do wonders. You need to be intelligent enough to know you’re not intelligent enough.

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well

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Works Well!

A teenager, in similar fashion, knows everything in a span of 13 years, more than everyone else above the age of 40. I am particularly amazed how good researchers are at patting each other’s back.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: "Likely to be useful"

True. Drivers who ride know the potential hazards of riding and would be considerate towards motorcyclists. Cyclists, on the other hand,...

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Normal Person -> Terrorist

No one is born a terrorist. Every terrorist is a product of influence and gullibility. No law can prevent the influence of those living in an environment of persistent radicalism. But laws can be effective if they can prevent gullible people from accessing influential materials. Abuse can only happen if enforcement personnel choose to abuse the law. That should not be a basis to criticise the law. All laws can be abused. Abolish them all?

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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The clear difference is the spirit.

'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: quality..

Well, it would not be useful to compare vinyl and CD. Also, being an owner of expensive turntables and amps does not entitle one to use phrases like "only people with a very limited experience of audio storage mediums". Vinyls are analog media and good vinyls played through a good system would give very good reproductions. CDs, as well as other digital media, require sound to be chopped up and stored, and on playback they are re-assembled into little rectangular bits, then smoothed over to resemble analog. In theory, therefore, there must be differences in their sounds. Furthermore, vinyls requires a magnetic pickup that sits in a groove. Like it or not there is no such thing as a perfect vinyl on a perfect turntable such that the pickup does not pick up some wobble. As such, the overall sound differs from CD. Some love it and some, based strictly on technicalities, find it hard to embrace. But it certainly is not due to a lack of experience in any area for one to prefer vinyl sounds.

Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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Pay Me Now...

Every time my view gets imposed by objects put up by these artists without my permission, I must be paid for the eyesore I suffered. So there!

Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Re: Snide remarks

"nonessential items" - let's face, almost everything on the tech news these days has to do with nonessential items. If you organize your work and life accordingly, even the cellphone is not essential. Incidentally, if you were to ask Phil Shiller to elaborate, I am pretty sure he can fill you in on the ways "those people" can benefit from an iPad Pro. As you know, an item is only as useful as the competency, knowledge and need of the user. Did I distort the world view further?

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Where's Trump on the iPhone?

I came here hoping to see Trump etched onto the iPhone or something. If such a phone exists, I am sure hundreds of thousands of people will buy it just to upload videos of how they put a hammer to the phone.

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Cramps from Keeping my fingers crossed

Been using W7 computers for a couple of years now connected to X-ray machines. Disabled updates since day one and have been working perfectly since then. Really dreading the day I have to move over to W10. Sure hate to have to deal with problems that are created by Microsoft. And hate to have my limited bandwidth chewed up by Windows stuff running secretly in the background.

Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Old Habits die Hard except When it comes to MS

Being a pretty involved user of Microsoft since the days of 2.1, 3.1, 95, XP, NT, 2000, Vista right up to 7, I have stopped buying PCs with Windows since my last 4 PCs with Windows 7. Reason? I abhor finding out how to do things I used to do without a moment's thought. If MS had retained the UI of 7 and make it a lot more intuitive, my last eight Mac purchases could easily have been PCs running Windows. Now that Office is 365, I am happy I switched over to Mac.

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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I am one of those 'supposed IT people' who had never resorted to hitting that Windows key since everything I needed are usually placed somewhere on the desktop. Those programs I use frequently sit on the task bar. Someone else WILL squirm if they see me hitting the Windows key and type in the beginnings of the program when I could just do a single click on the icon sitting at the task bar. Together with judiciously placed shortcuts, I get my work done with minimum fuss.

Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Simplicity

After years of using Microsoft's products, starting with DOS 2.1 right up to now using Windows 7, I recently went to a store to try out the Microsoft Surface running 8. After standing there and groping around for over 15 minutes, I gave up. There is very little I am familiar with, and there is also very little in terms of intuitive use. I was actually prepared to buy one there and then as I like the stylus and how it allows fine drawing as compared to the use of fingers in iPad. Strangely enough, when I got an iPad, within a couple of minutes it feels like an old friend.

How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Wait a minute -- what??

"Copyright infringement is not theft"

The person taking what doesn't belong to him is stealing. For the copyright holder, his work is of value and hence a price is placed on it for revenues expected in payment for his equipment and time. His work is obviously of value to the person who infringes on his copyright and if no money was paid in appropriation of the work, the amount in question is then stolen from the copyright holder. The use of words should always strive to clarify issues, not to obfuscate.

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