* Posts by Greywolf40

14 posts • joined 17 Jul 2016

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Projection much?

Actually, no. You inherit half your genes from each parent. So do your siblings, but becauseof genetic mixing, their halves are different from yours. Eg, you version of gene X came from your Dad and your brother's version came from your Mum. Same for the 1/8th of genes derived from your grandparents. So, no, there is no such thing as patrenal/maternal extinction. You have a different genetic mix from all other descendants of your great-great-grandparents, is all. The differenc depends also on whether or not your ancestors were cousins. In smaller settlements, most marriages were between 2nd and 3rd cousins. Even in larger settlements, social barriers reduced genetic mixing. Still does. And then there's spontaneous mutations. Since you're alive, those mutations weren't lethal, but it means some fo your genes do not derive from your more remote ancestors. And...

"It's all rather coinfusing, really."

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Re: Projection much?

Flaws, if any, would have been selected against. The reason so few Neanderthal genes appear in modern genomes is that, statistically, they either confer some advantage, or they have zero net effect, in which case genetic drift has conserved them.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: IF Apple price-matched your Windows or 'Droid, which would you prefer?

'Droid. A few years ago, I'd've said iPhone, but the 'droid phones have surpassed iPhone.

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iPhones are catch-up devices

Apple has relied on its mystique to keep its prices high. This applies to its other products as well. Jobs' design philosopphy was simple: make the product easy to use, and make it appeal to the users' desire for elegance. He understood the cool factor. In the early days of personal devices, those two principles made Apple superior to its competitors. Eg, I bought a Powerbook G4 because it had plug'n'play internet capability, which mattered in the days of internet cafes. The Windows-based machines caught up within a year or so, which is why I didn't stay with Apple. The cool factor doesn't work with me.

Ditto for Android vs iPhone. iPhone cameras began to lag behind Samsung etc. My daughter bought a new iPhone this year _only_ because her old iPhone had a poorer camera than my Samsung G5. Both phones were of the same vintage. The latest Samsung phones are being sold as "cameras with other stuff", which is IMO an indicator of where personal devices are going.

Apple could leapfrog, but I doubt that it will. In any case, the Apple mystique is fading. As consumers become more comfortable with the technology, they rely less on style and more on substance. Apple can longer claim that its elegance is an index of technical superiority.

Destroying the city to save the robocar

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We already have a system that moves people around without their having to drive. It's called a streetcar (tram in the UK). And of course buses. Autonomous cars are one of the moste wasteful boondoggles ever conceived.

US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Yawn - space-filler news here

The "consumer users" that I know prefer portables. Sure, many families may still have one box, but everyone has at least one device, which they use most of the time. For 'serious" work, a laptop is more convenient than a box. The ad-flyers push the "laptop PC", just to drive the point home.

So, what's the important news here?

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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I expect this has become a case history for MBA students to mull over.

On second thought, probably not.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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We have a Surface 4 Pro, it's our travel computer, handy to have a desktop computer in the carry-on. :-) Would like the newer Surface, but not until the promise of LTE/SIM card is fulfilled. IMO the price/quality ratio of the Surface compres favourably with its competition, including Apple products

AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

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AI now, metal-based life forms soon

AI will always have blind spots, but the really scary part is that we can't tell how they do whatever it is they do, so we can't tell where the blind spots are. It looks like metal-based life forms will be as error-prone as carbon based ones. Star Trek's Data is impossible.

The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Re: Still no.

I have a Surface Pro 2, with keyboard, it's our perferred travel computer. Like having a PC in your bag. Lighter and more powerful than the Win7 laptop we had at the time. Bought a BlueTooth mouse for it, Only reason we haven't bought a newer one is that it does everything we want, so there's no need.

Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader

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Reading vs listening

For immediate info such as news, I prefer reading to listening. Much faster. However, on road trips I like in-depth discussions, interviews, fiction, etc.

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Headline topic not nmentioned

Nowhere in the topic list is the headline topic mentioned. I don't want to wade through what's irrelevant to me in order to find it.

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Podcasts vs transcripts

I prefer to read.

Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

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Salesforce limits bugfixes by OS

Well, OK, I hadn't heard of Salesforce before this news, so my question is, how much does it matter? I looked them up, and infer that most smartphone and tablet users aren't in their prospective customer base anyhow. Those whom this news affects won't have any problems limiting their purchases to supported hardware. For the rest of us, it doesn't matter, since it's not bugs or hardware glitches but design flaws that cause inconvenience.

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