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I am looking for a new email provider as I want to divorce myself from the Goolag. They know way to much about everyone and everything. I also don't like their politics and censorships. Thanks but its time to kick them to the curb. Its out of control. Cannot be any of the following:

Yahoo
MSN
Hotmail
AOL
Apple

I have seen lots of suggestions on the web but would like to hear first hand experiences from others.

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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:50:34 AM »
I had an iPhone 4 up until this summer so dont feel bad. It still works even now. The only reason I stopped using it as I could not install anything and the OS could not be upgraded. It was retired in place. Went to a Samsung S7 Galaxy Edge, hated it and went back to the iPhone. I have now have an iPhone 7. If I get 4 years out of it I will be happy.

As for the spam numbers there really is nothing you can do. Generally speaking if you are not in my contacts I wont answer the phone. On an iPhone one tap of the power button silences the phone, two taps send it right to voice mail.

I have found something that seems to help. I answer the phone but dont talk and put it on speaker and mute. Than I just leave the line open. Computers hang up eventually and users just go hello, hello, hello. Some go nuts. I just leave em hanging till they hang up.

I have noticed that if you do this enough and they remove you from their dial patterns as you are tying up the line.

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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:06:54 AM »
We'll have to clean up talk like referring to offshore labor as tards in the new site...

 :D :D :D :D :D

Kidding!

Just like any boom time economy, the Indians thought the gravy train would run on forever. That's as simple an analysis as it gets. Capitalist economies all experience booms and busts.

I'm personally happy the sector is experiencing pain.  It's well deserved for ruining and then nepotistically running IT in the US.

I could have easily just put Replaceable IT Tards :) . LOL.

I have a background in AI as I did it in college and than in defense. I know way to much about it. Device intelligence like what unix posted about fridge, security, your car and other household appliances is not really true AI. Early AI was glorified rule patterns that were like this:

If ABC = XYZ than
   Do  DEF
Else
    If GHI than
        Do DEF

This is mostly what these devices are doing. What has held AI back in the past was computing power and cost. The computing power was not there and even it was the cost was astronomical. On top of this the languages used for AI tended to be quite bloated and required tons of computing power. You couldnt really have one or the other. Where AI starts to shine is software that learns patterns as it goes and starts building out its own rules. Over time it just keeps learning different patterns and putting in more and more rules. The problem in the past was the rule structure keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Eventually it becomes far larger than the hardware can handle.

This is not really the case now. Hardware is dirt cheap so all kinds of things are possible that werent before. The end result is you are starting to see device intelligence that wasnt possible before. Now you can just keep scaling the computing power.

All this stuff now of being able to control the lights, heating, fridge and whatever else in your house remotely IMO is quite dangerous. I have seen locks you can unlock via your iPhone. Do you honestly want your house remotely controlled so that a hacker can lock you out of your house and take control of everything in it? No thanks. The same thing applies to cars - do you really want a car that the hackers can come visiting when they want. Again, no thanks.

Now true AI intelligence where the machine makes its own decisions about things it can do is a ways off. I have read quite about the chess computers that have beat the chess masters. Those machines have beat the masters via brute computing power, its not that they are actually intelligent. They just have huge lists of rules. Stuff like the movie Colussus is a long way off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRq7Muf6CKg

As far as AI being the next big thing for IT tards, I would not take that bet. They said solar and 3D printing was going to be the next big thing for IT as well. All the solar is now being made in China now, 3D printing - eh I dont know.

If you want to stay in IT I am of the opinion you need to find a niche that the H1B hoards have not invaded or cant invade.  I have read that functional programming is a growing thing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_programming

But its very difficult to learn which should keep the script kiddies and idiots out of it. Or you can focus on something they cant do, I took the latter approach and focused on human skills that cant be easily learned from a book and there is no cert for it.

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I had a Samsung Galaxy Edge S7. I sold it after a month.

The hardware was mostly good and it had an amazing screen. Battery life was crap. Had to constantly charge it. I didnt care for the whole edge thing, it was more a gimmick and it was way to easy to trigger stuff. It would though get as hot as frying pan while charging it or talking on the phone.

The software blew it hard. Android OS is not refined, no matter what they say. There was a million things running sucking power and you had to go in one by one and turn them off. It was hard to ascertain what it was all doing. One thing that really annoyed me is the voicemail was a separate app from the telelphone app? WHAT? RETARDED. As for both the Samsung and Google email apps - they both sucked. When it imported all my stuff from my iPhone it hosed it all. All my contacts had to be rebuilt and the music ended up in some bizarre folder that the default music app could not find. I installed alternate music apps and they couldnt find it either.

After a month I couldnt deal with it anymore and walked into an Apple store and got an iPhone 7. Asked me when my old iPhone took its last backup, said about a month ago. They said plug it in and leave it alone for about an hour. I plugged it in and 1 hour later I was back in business. All my contacts were there, my music was there and so were all my apps. It was brain dead.

I sold my Samsung on Ebay for more than I paid for it :) as I got it at Walmart at close out prices.

One thing I wont ever be doing again is moving from Apple to Android. Its way too aggravating.


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So what. The US is lost. Just another Goddamned plutocrat cashing in on the stored wealth of America before we collapse.

That about sums it up.

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There is also a Twitter clone called Quitter.

I have read excellent things about Pale Moon, a fork of Firefox. Leaner, much faster, and more secure, and retaining compatibility.

I used Pale Moon for a while even at work. Had problems with the firewall so I stopped using it. It is fast.

I will give Brave a try for sure. I am always looking for a faster browser.

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Discussions - Public / Re: A nostalgic look at 1991 computers
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:07:14 AM »
1991 was the first year I started using a NeXT. It was pretty similar to what I have now in OSX since it is actually the same OS...

16MHz but it wasn't any slower than a 3.5GHz quad core now.

NeXT was way ahead at that time. I had one at ma bell.

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Video:
I switched from Mac to Windows and I'm never going back — here's why

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-windows-10-vs-apple-mac-os-x-2017-3



The final showdown: The 30 day MacBook Pro challenge week 4 - did a Windows user become a Mac convert?

Side by side, I have to come to the conclusion that both Windows and Mac are good at what they need to do. Mac is let down by a rigid build that lacks customisation; Windows is let down by its ongoing  Windows 10 saga and security issues.

Both have ethical murky waters (as has been highlighted in the media recently) and both are massive tech giants.

So have I converted to a Mac lover? Not really. I think I can now navigate between Mac and Windows after years of one-sided exposure; but in the end they’re just operating systems that both allow me to work - and play.

https://netguide.co.nz/story/final-showdown-30-day-macbook-pro-challenge-week-4-did-windows-user-become-mac-convert/




The whole 'Mac vs. PC' thing is so over, and 'Android vs. iPhone' is close behind

Because so much of what we do these days is based in the browser and in the cloud, Mac versus PC is no longer a lifestyle decision like it was back when boxed software ruled all.

It's just a matter of taste. Even Microsoft knows it.

And in the exact same way, because of the rise of the App Store model, iPhone versus Android is barely a thing anymore to most people. That's why analysts now believe that iPhone versus Android is "stable" — nobody cares anymore.

The operating system wars are over.
After many years of being a Mac faithful, I've been using Windows 10 for the past year

They can both win. Windows and Apple have their die-hard fans, sure, but they can happily coexist.

The same goes for the mobile platforms, too.

Apple and Google both won. Apple's iPhone is ridiculously profitable, while Android dominates with something like 87% of the market. Each of them got exactly what it wanted from the smartphone business. Apple is selling a lot of profitable iPhones; Google gets its web services and search engine in front of more people.

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-mac-vs-microsoft-windows-pc-is-over-2016-12



Why I like Windows 10 a lot more than the latest, greatest Apple MacOS

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-macos-sierra-vs-windows-10-2016-11/



FWIW -- I'm a Mac person.

Interesting articles but frankly I have seen these Windows articles for years talking about how Windows is better than the Mac because they have an inferiority complex. Microsoft has finally gotten around to making good hardware despite saying for decades that their business model is superior to Apple's business model of controlling everything.

I am skilled in Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. I can go between any of them with ease. Despite all these fanboy articles Windows is a lot more work to maintain than either the Mac or Linux. The Windows rot along with the endless patching and tweaking to keep it running. If you make the mistake of turning on the automatic updates you have no idea what the machine is doing usually to your detriment. Stuff just stops working and than you spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out why it no longer works. Anyone who says they never have these problems is full of crap. Frankly who has time for that.

What it comes down to is this - what is the value of your time?

Do you want to spend your time fiddling with settings, tweaks and other stuff or you do you just want it to work?

I choose the latter, I just want it to work. In my experience the Mac or Linux is far less labor intensive than a comparable Windows machine. They just freaking work - day after day, week after week.

As for those comments about how the OS is irrelevant. I guess that might be true if you are 100% in on Google running everything. Google already knows way to much about everyone, they dont need to know any more.

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https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html

Very detailed and explains everything about why it sucks.

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Discussions - Public / Re: Back up
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:15:00 AM »
I dislike Windows10 Mail.

What do you guys use?

Apple's Mail app on OS X/Mac OS. Admit it, you knew that was coming  >:D

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http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-five-reasons-to-avoid-microsofts-flagship-os/

Thanks Microshaft but I will stick with Apple and Ubuntu.

I went through an Apple hate phase but am over it. The alternative of Windows is much worse. Yes you pay the Apple tax but who needs this kind of nonsense.

I made the mistake of turning on automatic updates and it jammed up my pc. They can eat it.

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