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Comment: Re:Good move. (Score 2) 124

by Clifton Beach (#41651497) Attached to: Google May Soon Scan Your Android Apps For Malware

It's not Google's fault as such, but it is their problem

Yes it is Google's fault for implementing a take-it-or-leave-it approach to permissions. Eg if I install a flashlight app, I should be able to agree to permission to keep the device awake, but not to access my location and SD card or have full internet access.

Comment: iRobot is missing an opportunity (Score 1) 88

by Clifton Beach (#41318551) Attached to: What's Next For iRobot?

iRobot has gained a lot of experience in robots, but they are missing an opportunity to make it big because they do not have focus. They produce such a wide range of products - Military and domestic - none of which has the "Wow factor". I think if they focussed on building something which did a useful job really well, they could become the Apple of robotics. The time is really ripe for it and if they don't fill this gap someone else will.

+ - How do you conduct an on-going Google search?

Submitted by ZipK
ZipK (1051658) writes "If you want to compile a list of resources, say car shows that disallow billet, you'd Google "no billet car show." But if the results are too long to read in one sitting, or you want to check each week for new shows, how do you bookmark your place in a Google search so you can pick up where you left off? How do you mark or filter out the results you've already considered, so that each renewal of your search provides new material?"

Comment: Future-proof (Score 1) 123

by Clifton Beach (#37249038) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Makes an API For Human Intelligence
An interesting aspect of this concept is that it is fairly future-proof. Without changing the API, the company can change seamlessly the internal processes:
First getting humans to do tasks that are difficult for computers (like audio transcripts).
As computers improve in capability the humans can check the transcripts performed by computers, and use the feedback to improve further the capability of the computers.
And finally let the computers do the task without supervision and/or sell the software that has been developed to do it.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- Karl, as he stepped behind the computer to reboot it, during a FAT