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Is the threat itself not illegal? He's effectively threatening to file a patent suit solely to force Palm to spend money on legal fees. It doesn't feel like the kind of thing you should be allowed to do.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Steve Jobs threatened Palm’s CEO, plainly and directly, court documents reveal
It's going to be an enormous cock up. In the UK, most specialist IT teachers don't have computer science backgrounds, so from September, you'll have people who can't code teaching kids how to code. What could possibly go wrong?
3 weeks, 6 days ago on By September coding will be mandatory in British schools. What the hell, America?
@KevinChristner @jholyhead It's not stupidity, its barely even naivety. The dog-eat-dog world you seem to long for would suck for pretty much everyone. Restricting bad people from taking advantage of good people is not a terrible thing.
The DCA is taking a common sense approach here - they've basically said, 'behave and we'll leave you alone, but if you step out of line, we'll shut you down'. What is the downside to that? Who is affected in any way other than the scam artists? Are you a scam artist? Is that why you are so set against such lightweight regulation?
1 month ago on Last week in fear mongering: No, the state isn’t shutting down coding bootcamps
@KevinChristner To ensure that people aren't being ripped off. How would you feel if someone you knew went to one of these boot camps and came back talking about how they'd spent thousands of dollars to learn an awesome language called Visual Fox Pro and how they were promised interviews at Google and Facebook?
Regulations aren't a dirty word and when they are used sensibly (check that out for a caveat), they actually improve market conditions for everybody.
SQL injection is so 1998. You have to do something impressively stupid to leave a database open to that kind of attack nowadays.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Think your company’s information is safe? Well have you secured your databases?
@josephwachira It's about the trend.
If you assume that the number of people who search for facebook rather than direct addressing remains at a constant level proportionate to the total number of users then it is a perfectly valid measure.
The mobile app access issue is more interesting, but if you are sat in front of a computer, do you take your phone out of your pocket to access facebook or do you use a web interface whenever one is readily accessible? I don't know the answer to that, but without that answer you can't just assume that the mobile app is a highly significant factor in the experimental results.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bad science: No, Facebook won’t lose 80% of its users by 2017
"The only trouble is, the study’s pretty much full of shit."
No, it's full of science. They've proposed a model, they have validated that model using MySpace, they have applied that model to Facebook and have made a prediction based on the output of the model. The use of epidemiological models has been justified by their prior use in the literature when modelling the spread of ideas.
I see nothing particularly bad in there. I'm not sure one datapoint is enough to say anything categorically, but the author's don't say anything categorically. They simply present their work.
@JordanThaeler If the Jury is a group of 12 Fox News viewers, then they might still be out, but a Jury of 12 highly educated experts who have seen and understood the evidence - those guys have had a verdict ready for a long, long time.
There are two types of people who don't believe in anthropogenic climate change - those who aren't smart enough to draw conclusions based on the available data and those who are being paid to lie about those conclusions.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The newest climate change numbers are out and they’re not good
@thejohnmarc I'm going to be generous and assume that you didn't read the full clause that you quoted and not that you deliberately quoted only the part that supported your argument, omitting the context.
The copies he made using the bots were made within the restrictions of this clause. He made those copies in order to utilize the services made available through the website. That is 100% authorized. I can't see anywhere in those terms of service that forbid the use of bots. OKCupid tried to stop the bots because they believed the contents were being scraped for other reasons or because the bots were using an unacceptable high amount of system resources.
As for Weev - he's where thieves belong. In Prison.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Did the mathematician who hacked OKCupid violate federal computer laws?
@SJKopischke It's more than enough to identify a trend.
I think this is slightly different to the Auernheimer case because he was scraping information that he was authorised to access, he was just accessing it in a way that was (presumably) against the terms of service - that's not illegal (last I checked).
Auernheimer was not authorised to access the information he scraped from AT&T and that is why he is now in prison.
@JordanPosell @carmeldea less than 1%. Probably less than 0.1%. But that probably represents a majority of the smart thermostat market, which is going to explode in the next 10 years.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on While Nest and Google are popping champagne, plenty of others should be concerned
@elpollo @jholyhead @anon248 The percentage of salary SF tech workers spend on rent is already higher than other hubs with large startup communities. That gap will continue to close as rent increases - it has to. Your rent has no impact whatsoever on the revenue generation of your employer. No company in SF can afford to raise wages in line with living costs.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Awareness accomplished. Now let’s actually do something about San Francisco’s housing problem
@elpollo @anon248 @jholyhead If your rent was two, three times what it is now, would you consider moving somewhere else then? Would you at least concede that it would convince a lot of people to leave/refuse to relocate there?
"There’s no sign that the epicenter of Silicon Valley is ever going to move."
If nothing changes in the next few years, it will have to. The current rate of growth is unsustainable. More and more startups will do the maths and realise that the benefits of being at the center of the action are not worth having triple the wage bill of cities like Austin or Denver and employees will start balking at the idea of living in a city that is openly hostile to them.
2 months ago on Awareness accomplished. Now let’s actually do something about San Francisco’s housing problem
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all agree that not every 20-something tech worker in San Francisco was an invading parasite sucking the life out of the city and the surrounding area and that not every longtime San Francisco resident hates tech workers?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if those well adjusted people on both sides of the divide were able to come together to discuss and propose solutions to some of the problems that are harming the city and the people who live and work in her?
And wouldn't it be wonderful if the media refrained from hyperbolic and harmful rhetoric (no matter how tongue in cheek the delivery) that serves only to deepen those divides?
We can dream.
2 months ago on Young techies, know your place!
@thomas99 Hawk-Eye is never 100% sure of it's result.
I hear what you are saying and I think it would be reasonable that if Hawk-Eye claims the ball is within some small distance of the line (that reflects the accuracy of Hawk-Eye) the original call is respected, but I don't see how that would improve the game except to cast doubt on the usefulness of Hawk-Eye, which would inevitably lead to the McEnroe style tantrums of yesteryear - something the sport could do without.
2 months, 1 week ago on Out! Goal! The ball was in! But could Hawk-Eye get it wrong?
@davepaz @jholyhead 'Guesses' is not a fair description. They are estimates, as are pretty much any sensor reading. Hawk-Eye is upfront about the accuracy of the system (it's on Hawk-Eye's wikipedia page).
Professor Collins' findings are about the public's perception of technology - that in general they overestimate the performance of systems like Hawk-Eye. This is more useful when you are talking about things like medical systems, because Hawk-Eye does its job well enough and so an assumption of 100% accuracy, whilst incorrect, is equally inconsequential.
The technology doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be more reliable than the human line judges, which it is. Professor Collins' work on HawkEye deals with the public's understanding of technology, but from a practical and in this case sporting perspective, it is entirely irrelevant - the system uses the information at its disposal to identify the most likely landing position of the ball in relation to the line and so long as its decision is more accurate than a human could provide by eye, why would you choose not to use it?
It's sad that this post, brilliantly brutal as your take-downs always are, will send a pile of traffic to ValleyWag and reinforce Biddle's belief in this strategy. Of course he's unlikely to stay silent; I expect at least one rebuttal post that will attempt to stoke the flames of a clickgasm inducing feud.
2 months, 1 week ago on Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s phony, hypocritical class war against tech workers