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Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 2) 85 85

I'm at work. The plumber shows up at my house at 10 a.m. I verify his identity and arrival with my front of house cameras. I talk to him remotely via the door intercom, disable the security alarm, and unlock the front door for him. I monitor his work and actions with my internal cameras and watch him leave. I remotely lock the door behind him and re-arm the security system. All the video is watched in a small window in the corner of one of my monitors, while I still get real work done. All without having to take time off from work.

Doesn't everybody do this kind of thing? Or do you still actually wait for the Comcast guy between the hours 8 and 2?

BTW, the reported vulnerability has already been fixed.

Comment Re:It's not so easy (Score 2) 217 217

Easy enough for a Trust fund to retrieve the payout, deposited into an account in the Cayman's.

Then all your stooge has to do is, when asked, agree that he was the original purchaser of the ticket. The trust fund manager is the one who will receive the money and manage any payouts from the trust. He's the one you have to rely on not to screw things up, so you should go with a good, experienced trust manager, most of whom would find $14M (payout probably only $6-8M) as small potatoes.

If you're really paranoid, use a double blind trust, where the manager of the first trust creates the second trust, so the trust manager retrieving the payout doesn't know who the original trust has behind it, and the trust manager of the original trust doesn't know where the money from the second trust came from.

Comment Re:Can we maybe fix the memory leaks? (Score 3, Insightful) 67 67

Well, that's just because you don't use Firefox any more. I just switched to Chrome from Firefox because it had become absolutely unusable due to memory leaks.

Opening Firefox in the morning, it loads into ~250,000 K (!) on open. After a day of browsing, and closing back to my single home tab (, it would be using ~350,000 K. Leave it overnight, with just that home tab open, in the morning it would be using 800,000 K - 1,200,000 K and the entire OS would be at a crawl until I closed the process.

BTW, Chrome always seems to use about 200,000 K - 250,000 K no matter what I'm doing.

Comment Re:What an idea (Score 1) 114 114

BINGO. That will be the trick. Although, supposedly, they have made great progress dealing with fog and heavy rain in the Oakland / SF Bay area, which I was skeptical about. Of course, guessing where the curbs and pavement markings are under the snow may need a lot more processing power.

Google is still keeping things very quiet, but from the couple of presentations I've been to, it also still looks like the driverless cars need always on access to the cloud. In Oakland and Austin that's not necessarily a big deal, but I'd like to hear how the car does driving Oakland to San Diego or Austin to Houston.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 114 114

Having driven extensively in both states, I'll say the drivers in Texas are more clueless and likely to do stupid things by mistake. The drivers in California aren't necessarily bad, but they are much more aggressive and more likely to do something stupid out of impatience.

As always, YMMV on any particular drive in either state, this is just my general impression over several hundred thousand miles of driving.

Comment Re:Drones on the ground (Score 1) 55 55

Airliners, especially Fedex and UPS, are already almost drones. Pilots rarely need to touch the controls, even for take-off and landing. They are mostly there for FAA reasons.

The first ground autonomous vehicles you are likely to actually see on the road will probably be either taxi cabs or big rig trucks. Both have economics that make absolute sense for autonomous vehicles, even at relatively expensive "first adopter" prices.

Comment's the LAW! (Score 1) 423 423

Um, AT&T, Verizon, Google, Time Warner, (Comcast charges for providing access, but really can't say they DO it.), etc.

I can't say that I know of any Federal provided public access to the Internet, and they certainly don't own or operate any of the major backbones any more.

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't have a fix. -- Rhett Buggler