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Comment Re:Uhhh, Judge is an idiot (Score 1) 620

I recall the original story was the police returned the drone's wreckage directly to the owners without copying its data, so any data provided by the drone owners is suspect, an even then you have to bring into question the accuracy of the drones sensors.

It sounds like the judge went with the testimony of two witnesses that can be cross-examined rather than trusting unverifiable data.

Comment Re:Government monopolies are not fair competition (Score 1) 239

The government doesn't charge $1M for the medallion; that is the private-party sale price. Its the artificial scarcity that makes them worth that much. I wonder why they weren't made non-transferable (at the time they were implemented) and implement something like a waitlist to get one.

Comment Re:This is nonsense, written for page views..... (Score 2) 233

where again, your mass storage is local, on site -- but it works like the cloud in the sense you can upload to it from anywhere.

One of the prime benefits of backing to a cloud-provider instead of a local storage appliance is that a fire that takes out most of your desktops / laptops is is not also going to take out your backup storage farm.

Comment Re:backdoor versus sidedoor. (Score 2) 102

Your safe deposit box is vulnerable to one person with a good drill.

Any system that hobbles wide-spread encryption tools with a backdoor key will eventually be subverted by loss / discovery of the key(s), rendering the entire system worse then useless. Multiple keys is also difficult as the NSA/FBI is going to regularly use this facility, so the keys have to be online / available. Not so much the 'break glass in case of fire' but more of 'press button to open door'.

Keys that subvert an entire countries infrastructure would be one of the worlds most sought-after secrets. Thats a lot of resources to bring to bear to defeat a small number of keys.

Comment Re:The future of console games (Score 1) 249

Isn't that equivalent to music companies having no obligation to supply a replacement if your CD is damaged? The theory as I understand it is the license is part of the media, in this case the 'media' is Steam -- I suspect they will not be moved if 'Steam' is damaged.

I recall the old floppy-based copy-protected games would sometimes offer to replace media if it failed, but not always.

Comment Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 213

I suspect it'll require some sort of signup and beacon placement for the drone to know where to place the package; say by placing multiple beacons in your yard / on your building roof (for larger buildings) that designate the boundaries where the objects can be placed. The beacons could also transmit the destination GPS coordinates for en-route navigation, but gps is probably not enough for the final drop. That would have to rely on a signal from the beacons themselves.

The beacons can also act as warnings that a flight is incoming (lights / sounds, etc) and be able to do some sort of sweep if anything is blocking the landing pad.

Or perhaps a 'landing tarp' that has a pattern on it that the drone computer vision can use to determine if anything is in the way (such as expect a regular grid pattern); if any of the grid is obscured then abort.

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).