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Comment: Technical questions (Score 1) 167

by Cunk (#32418742) Attached to: My Location the Next Google Privacy Controversy?

Is this system actually relying on MAC addresses rather than SSID's? Otherwise how can a system like this rely on a property that is often left set to the factory default or could change at any time?

Also, I guess this relies on the Google Toolbar to work since I assume there's no way for a browser to collect information about nearby SSID's (or even your SSID), right?

By the way, the above questions aren't me being worried about any of this. I'm just curious about how the system works.

Comment: Re:Geroge Carlin (Score 2, Insightful) 367

by Cunk (#30989444) Attached to: Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

That sounds more like a phobia than common sense precautions. Sure, some of the things you mention you do while driving are just good common sense but saying in on holidays or making sure you live near your job seem a little excessive. So if someone invites you to a New Years Eve party you actually say no because you're worried about getting in an accident? Sounds paranoid to me and your letting your desire for a perfect driving record interfere with your social life.

Not that I wish any harm on you but wouldn't it be ironic if a drunk driver crashed into your living room on New Years Eve while you were home alone watching the ball drop?

Comment: What this fuck is this? (Score 1) 79

by Cunk (#27122699) Attached to: Intel Envisions Shape-Shifting Smartphones

Is this some bullshit attempt by Intel at a viral marketing campaign? There is ZERO science behind this and the other "shape-shifting" video they released. Glass spheres manipulated by electric fields? What? That makes no sense at all.

First the guy waves some rather mundane-looking actuators in front of the camera like they're somehow related to this idea. Then he wows the audience by holding up two different blocks of material and making the controversial statement that each has the same amount of material in them. HOLY SHIT!! WHAT!?!

Seriously, what is going on here? Why are they pushing this silly concept so hard?

Sorry, but this stuff angers me because so many people are eating it up like it's real science.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown