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Comment: What do you get the agency that has everything? (Score 1) 26

by Dr. Spork (#48672337) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk
Maybe it's the season, but doesn't this sound like like a bunch of overindulged, adult children in uniforms, sitting around a table trying to figure out what toys they don't yet have, which might be fun to play with? Like, they're so bored with quadcopters now, they want a fucking hawk. Because fuck yeah, hawk. Taxpayers should buy them a mechanical hawk.

Comment: Re:OK Google? (Score 1) 35

by squiggleslash (#48651785) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

Basically the idea is you walk up to your Chromebook, and without touching anything you say "OK Google what are my appointments today?"

The Chromebook will then say "About 15,700,000 results (0.39 seconds) "Ok Google" and voice search - Search Help - Google Help support.google.com â ... â How to use the app Google For example, say "Ok Google" do I need an umbrella tomorrow" to see if ... Note: You need to have Google Now turned on for some of these examples to ... Create a Google Calendar event: "Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM." See your upcoming bills: "My bills" or "My Comcast bills 2013. Google now https://www.google.com/landing... Google Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it. Ok Google now, what's my next appointment no longer working ... forums.androidcentral.com â Motorola Android Phones â Moto X (2013) Aug 26, 2014 - 9 posts - âZ3 authors Anyone else having trouble with "Okay Google Now, what's my next appointment?" It stopped working for me about a week ago. It was one of ... Google Now - Show me appointments for this week and ... 25 posts Oct 13, 2013 Assist - Meetings not working? - Android Forums at ... 21 posts Aug 21, 2013 More results from forums.androidcentral.com How to get the best out of Google Now - Digital Trends www.digitaltrends.com â Mobile Jul 28, 2014 - If you'd like to know how to properly set up Google Now and learn about ... If you have a Nexus 5 or you install the Google Now Launcher then you can simply say âoeOk Googleâ on your home ... When is my next appointment? [Q] Why is Google Now not telling me "w⦠| Samsung Galaxy S III ... forum.xda-developers.com/.../google-telling-whats-appointment-t18880... Sep 15, 2012 - 10 posts - âZ7 authors I have been trying to get Google Now to tell me what my next appointment is but all it ever seems to do is web search and not actually look at ... 6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Now - Gizmodo gizmodo.com/6-tips-for-getting-started-with-google-now-1634... Gizmodo Sep 20, 2014 - Here are seven simple steps you can take to turn Google Now into your personal ... to remind you that you're about to be late for an appointment. ... Voice allows you to turn your tablet into a hands-free device: with OK Google Detection, you ... Commands like "Show me all of my photos from Kalamazoo" or ... The Ultimate Guide to Using Google Now as Your Personal ... nexus5.wonderhowto.com/.../ultimate-guide-using-google-now-as-your-... Dec 6, 2013 - Google Now is more expansive and feature rich than ever before, and it's built ... Next Appointment - Info for nearing Google Calender Events. ..... off my HTC One, the first thing I do is unlock my device and say, "OK Google". Google Now tip: say "Show me my calendar" : Android - Reddit www.reddit.com/r/.../google_now_tip_say_show_me_my_calendar... reddit Nov 25, 2013 - I got a card displaying a lot of my upcoming events and it read off the date, time, ... "ok google, show me a list of everything i can tell you to do.". Google Now nearly on your computer with Google's voice ... https://gigaom.com/.../google-...... Nov 27, 2013 - In Android 4.4, you can speak the âoeOK Googleâ hotword and perform a ... I was also able to get Google to recite my next scheduled appointment, ... Why it's time for Google to fix Google Now â" Tech News ... https://gigaom.com/2014/03/......... Mar 29, 2014 - (I told Google Now about my actual place of work many moons ago, .... Thus, when I book an appointment outside of work, I would expect Google Now to .... constant false positives GN gives when it thinks ive said âoeok google.â.:

And afer showing you an ad for OK Google it will then let you go to the next page of links.

Comment: Re:false summary is false (Score 2) 35

by squiggleslash (#48651761) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

I've read your reponse three times and it looks like you're responding to an entirely different claim:

Their claim: Chromebooks out-sold iPads.

Your apparent rebuttle: Apple's combined laptops and tablets outsold laptops and tablets running Google platforms in one sector, education, according to an Apple advocacy site.

Their claim may be easy to knock down, I don't know: it's unsourced, and it certainly sounds a little odd (the iPad is a remarkably popular platform, for it to be beaten by something most people seem to have never heard of seems strange and is either wrong, or we've severely underestimated the Chromebook's widespread appeal), but you don't appear to address it in any way whatsoever, and the argument you do make lacks a credible source.

Comment: Re: Sorry, not corporate enough. (Score 3, Informative) 69

You're probably unaware that the GP specifically used 'HSBC' because they were caught laundering trillions of dollars of drug money and nobody was indicted.

He probably isn't unaware of that. He may well have actually read the indictment itself or a detailed summary of it, which made clear that the US case was very weak to the point of hardly working at all. In particular, not only did they fail to clearly establish that drug money was really moving (their case was "there is so much cash, some of it must be from cartels") but in particular they failed to show intent by HSBC execs to help drug cartels. Actually their case boiled down to HSBC didn't try hard enough, they weren't suspicious enough, etc. (I'm ignoring the Iranian transactions here which gets into issues of international jurisdiction, as you only brought up drugs).

The reason you think the are guilty is twofold. Firstly US anti money laundering laws are unbelievably extreme. The PATRIOT Act removed the need to have intent to be found guilty of money laundering. Bankers can now be found guilty of AML violations even if they genuinely tried hard and had no intent to break the law. Hence the accusations from the DoJ that were of the form "HSBC should have designated Mexico as high risk", etc. Secondly as part of the plea agreement HSBC had to act guilty and accept whatever the DoJ said about them. So you only heard one side of the story, the prosecutions side (except there was no court case). No surprises that you think the whole thing is cut and dried.

It's no crime to be ignorant of such things, but just try not to hold any policy positions on the subject.

Given that there was never any court case and HSBC was never able to defend themselves, pretty much everyone is ignorant in this case because we never heard the full story. But I'm pretty sure if DoJ had emails from HSBC execs that looked like the ones from BitInstant there would indeed have been prosecutions.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 418

Funny thing is C# isn't where .NET is and isn't where its popularity comes from. VB.net is why .NET is popular, and unfortunately why the GP is wrong.

Shame, but I'm hoping an influx of interest now the platform is open source will move .NET more towards C#. And I hope the superiority of C# to tJPL will, ultimately, move Enterprises to the platform. Java has stagnated in large part because its real competition - that nobody wants to admit - are PHP and Visual BASIC. And, ironically given Oracle's actions against Google, Android is the only thing giving non-Enterprise developers exposure to the language and keeping it in the public eye.

A sudden popularity in C# may push Java to be more relevant, and if Java fails, we might see some interesting moves in areas that have traditionally been Java based.

Comment: Re:Nice! I was one of the ones hit by these charge (Score 1) 51

by squiggleslash (#48640867) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

At least you got some unsolicited text messages ;-) Most victims of this scheme, my wife included, never even got that. There was literally no connection between activity on our accounts and the unauthorized charges.

To this day I find it unfathomable T-Mobile would allow any company to add charges to one of their customer's bills on their say-so. At the very least, I'd expect a "Show an example of a text message FROM customer TO creditor" requirement, something T-Mobile (and apparently the other companies to, according to Legere) never bothered to require.

Insanity.

Comment: What about that stupid book is worth US$244? (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by Dr. Spork (#48639385) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

I really fucking hate this about academia. It's absolutely shameless to charge college students $244 for a single dumb textbook. It's not even that good. It's just that when a department chooses to standardize on a textbook, the move has inertia and is basically impossible to reverse. Then, the publisher can charge something absurd, and everybody pays it, because it is a required text. It's so dirty, because it's profiteering from people who are often barely making ends meet, and typically buying the book with debt.

What really bothers me is that nobody seems willing to do anything about it. If a big, publicly funded university system set aside some money to create and regularly update their core STEM curriculum textbooks - let's start with Calculus, Physics, GenChem, GenBio - it would certainly cost less than the almost $1000 per student that the textbook purchases cost. These universities have Nobel Prize winners among their faculty, surely they have the in-house resources to create excellent textbooks and distribute them on some sort of open license like CC. Arranging sabbaticals for the authors might cost at most a million dollars, or roughly 4000 Stewart Calculus books. That might be about the number of Calc 1, Phys 1, GenChem and GenBio books that are sold on a single campus in a single year.

But this move would help everybody, not just within the entire UC system that funded the effort, but across the globe. And the costs of updating and embellishing future editions would be far less. I'm so mad that a large university system doesn't just make this happen. And yes, raise fucking tuition by $200 to pay for it, if you absolutely have to. In exchange for textbooks you can have for free (or for printing cost if you don't like digital), everybody will recognize that's a great deal. The courses can explicitly invite students to devise problems for future editions, or to suggest changes and clarifications. And it will bring prestige to the colleges and to the authors, which is worth something too.

Comment: Re:How naive... (Score 4, Insightful) 89

Your use of the term "naive" suggests you think it's designed that way due to conspiracy.

SS7 is a protocol designed to do all these things because it's designed to manage the phone network. That's it's job. If it didn't do those things, it couldn't be used to route phone calls.

Does it have poor security? Yes in the 2014 world, but at the time it was developed virtually every phone company was a monopoly, and it was just assumed only a small handful of easily accountable giant telcos, usually only one in each nation, would ever use it directly. You might just as well criticize non-networked single-user circa-1977 CP/M for not having logins and user/group ownership of files.

Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 553

by squiggleslash (#48633937) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Most of the people I've seen speaking out against GG seem to be the politcally correct thought police

Or... the loudest voices against GG have been those targetted by GG, who by and large are people seen by GG to be Feminists and widely misrepresented as a thought police rather than people sharing concerns they have about sexism.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 553

by squiggleslash (#48633881) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

You've just proven it's easy to convince yourself of something that's obviously not true simply by creating a narrative and tying some minor details into it.

Sarkeesian needs to screenshot a Twitter user who over the last few minutes is sending her death threats. She's getting notifications every few seconds from Twitter on her mobile device, presumably her phone. She knows how to make a screenshot on a computer, and it'll capture more tweets than the four or five you can typically see on a mobile phone, so she fires up a web browser, goes to the Twitter URL of the harasser who's still in the process of sending her death threats, hits Ctrl-PtSc, and then sends the screenshot somewhere.

Completely normal. Exactly what you'd expect someone to do (I know it's technically possible to take a screenshot on your phone, but (1) you won't get many tweets and (2) personally I don't actually know how to do it, if I were in the same situation I'd have to Google for the information.)

Your idiot evidence tries to make every element of this suspicious. They... *gasp* went to a PC they weren't logged into to make the screenshot. They *horror* didn't wait until the death threat stream had finished before making the screenshot, meaning some were coming in seconds before she took it! Because you've decided she must be making this up, you've had to invent a ridiculous narrative involving tablets and logging out of PCs that has Sarkeesian apparently unaware she can have two browsers on the PC that has a keyboard.

What's even more bizarre is you make these allegations while GamerGate simultaneously acknowledges that Sarkeesian does, actually, get death threats all the time. The GG "Anti-Harassment Patrol" even trumpeted it's "success" at finding a certain Brazillian journalist who is one source of anti-Sarkeesian death threats, and got terribly upset when Sarkeesian said "Yes, I know, I've already reported him" and spun it as "Sarkeesian refuses to report harasser we found!!!1!!"

GamerGate is about harassment. Stop trying to cover it up.

Comment: Re:Hardware keyboards not the issue with Blackberr (Score 1) 132

by squiggleslash (#48633733) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Android phone makers experimented with physical keyboards for a while, and lately seem to have decided to just issue the same bland iPhone-but-with-Android form factors and forget about being innovative in that area.

I hope BlackBerry stays relevent enough to undo that and get manufacturers looking at text input again. The current situation may suit many, but I see a 50/50 split between people who are happy with Swype-like text input, and people who really prefer the accuracy of physical push buttons. Me, I'm generally OK with the former, but want to have the latter to fall back on.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 553

by squiggleslash (#48633409) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

What's happening here is the standard (especially in GG) circle-j where GamerGaters theorize that something is a "false flag", then someone digs out some minor coincidence, KIA has a field day and declares that the case has been proven, and nobody there revisits the issue, usually genuinely shocked that anyone would disagree.

I'm _still_ arguing with people who think (or claim to think) that Nathan Grayson wrote anything at all as a result of his fling with "LW1" [the GamerGate term for their primary target, who isn't a journalist FWIW. The women herself has suffered enough harassment, so I'll subvert this term to actually avoid mentioning her by name respecting her wish she be kept out of it.] They read Grayson did, they've only listened to people who said he did, as far as they're concerned it's true, and no amount of "OK, point me at the articles he supposedly wrote" will change that. Given this is the original attempt to redefine GamerGate as an "ethics" campaign, something even this story has fallen for, that's a pretty bad thing.

Another example:

1. Eron Gjoni initially tried to post his revenge-ex "tell all" about "LW1", to the forums of Something Awful. SA deleted it immediately and banned Gjoni.
2. Gjoni shops around, finally finding 4chan tolerates it long enough to stir up support from various anti-women trolls (well, it's 4chan, of course they're trolls.) Yadayadayada Adam Baldwin yadayadayadayada front page of New York Times, article about GamerGate's harassment and death threat campaign.
3. Goons (SA's term for forum members) discussing the trainwreck on Something Awful's forums notice the New York Times is covering a controversy that started at... Something Awful and post words to the effect of "What started here ended up on the NYT!"

So what happened then? Well, GamerGate developed a consensus, immediately, without any evidence whatsoever beyond forgetting, somehow, that SA was where Gjoni started trying to destroy "LW1", that Something Awful was behind all the death threats and was making them to make GamerGate look bad.

Because that totally makes sense. One, out of context, forum comment, with no actual quotes from SA members organizing this shadow campaign.

I mention this because it's one case where you specifically see the mindset. Something is "proven" because it gets repeated within KIA enough that it becomes an unquestioned fact. This is how GG holds on to its useful idiots long enough for them to make idiots of themselves.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 4, Insightful) 586

by squiggleslash (#48622985) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Yes, I'd go to the mall. And if I didn't, it'd solely be because I'd turn back if I saw over-zealous TSA-style "security" at all entrances. That's right, I'm more afraid of the TSA (guaranteed to cause misery) than a terrorist (can only cause misery if extremely lucky.)

I lived the first 25 years of my life in a county regularly attacked by real terrorists - not cartoonish villains wearing head dresses, but the sociopathic extreme of a (rightly, in my view, but that's another story) angry Irish Catholic community. I can honestly say I never changed anything I did based upon fear of being killed by terrorists. You don't live your life that way.

In this case, Sony and various theater chains are pissing their pants over a group that has no record of terrorism and which, having "warned" us, is highly unlikely to get away with an attack anyway. And whose justification for an attack anyway is absurd and highly improbable to drive anyone into a murderous rampage.

Wusses.

This is the logical continuation of the Bush response to terrorism: show the entire world we're terrified and lashing out at everyone, because somehow that's helpful, moral, and not going to encourage more terror.

It's time this nation stood up, and stopped pissing its pants every time someone phones in a bomb threat.

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