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Comment: Re:Muricans find new way to kill innocent people (Score 1) 161

by Falos (#48038077) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
I can kill a school of toddlers with a $2 energy drink.

The drink is a snack for when I'm done.

People can kill each other, that's a reality and it's not going away no matter how many laws you write, books you burn, or tech you somehow uninvent. And that perpetual fact is only going to grow in scale over time.

Call me when the proletarian can enrich uranium with pancake batter and a hammer. Or don't; I'm still going to be apathetic, because we'll still have the futile idea that it's possible to unfact that "People have access to weapons." and we'll still be wasting effort on that angle, instead of saying "It's here and not leaving; what should we do now that we live with the fact?"

+ - Kids Reportedly Paid to Squat Overnight in Parking Spots at 'Fort Zuckerberg'

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Valleywag checks in on reports that squatters are being paid to hold parking spots for construction workers renovating Mark Zuckerberg's $10 million San Francisco "fixer-upper". People, usually in pairs, regularly sit in parked cars overnight near Zuckerberg's home on 21st street near Dolores Street, according to a neighbor of what has been dubbed 'Fort Zuckerberg.' CBS reports the young squatters, one of whom had what looked like a college textbook to study while they waited in the dark, claim they were hired by Zuckerberg to hold additional parking spots aside from the 4-5 allotted for construction vehicles during the morning. Zuckerberg's PAC, you may recall, has been meeting with the White House on labor issues, and helping the White House with their efforts to connect with the Young and the Rich."

Comment: Hype (Score 1) 1

by Falos (#47920769) Attached to: Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save
> robot makes choices for itself
The article clearly goes over how uniform and reliable code execution is, as it has been since the first logic gate. Robots and cars don't fret over jack shit, they do exactly what they're told, and that can include a weight cost on evaluation time.

It's the writers that are going to struggle with drawing boundaries and survival priority.

+ - We Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Information wants to be free? During the Second World War, it actually was. Publishers took advantage of new printing technologies to sell crates of cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars. The army and the navy shipped them to soldiers and sailors around the world, giving away nearly 123 million books for free. Many publishers feared the program would destroy their industry, by flooding the market with free books and destroying the willingness of consumers to pay for content. Instead, it fueled a postwar publishing boom, as millions of GIs got hooked on good books, and proved willing to pay for more. It's a freemium model, more than 70 years ago."
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Comment: True Scotsman found for cyberbullying (Score 1) 140

by Falos (#47882871) Attached to: Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes
I've been considering the long list of artists that would laugh themselves wet over an intern reporting with "Xx_DubMaster93_xX just posted 'your just a fail poser go kill urself youre music sux' on the Youtube of your latest hit."

"That's adorable. I'm gonna send an autographed photo signed 'To my number one fan'."

This guy though, this Campbell passed name-calling about nine thousand miles back.

Comment: Re:football can cause brain damage (Score 2) 405

by Falos (#47882119) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads
> A universal port? Why is that important?
For interfacing with Whatever The Fuck You Wants and the occasional Anything.

Apparently it's limited to things in this universe though, so there's a bit of Walled Garden going on, pigeonholing you out from connecting to devices in alternate dimensions or whatever.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 220

by Falos (#47810789) Attached to: Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media
There's an irony in the simple, baseless, cruel nature of your post.

Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy that flavor in the right time and place, it's an acquired taste and you've expressed that in it's most standard form, so standard that I think you were making a funny no one is going to get.

Comment: Re:does this mean.... (Score 1) 161

by Falos (#47810501) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster
TFA goes into more detail (hell, history) and it's code that decides what to download in advance, affects the pre-load phase AFAIK, not live. Though a derp webmaster might still try that.

Images are normally loaded even before the HTML, so it was hard to preempt. Had to work low-level code, petition the standards people, or whatever.

Comment: Too soon? (Score 1) 506

by Falos (#47758543) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
If this is an infancy thing, fine, but I don't think we need to reach Ultimate Endgame for these things to be ride'able (NOT "operable") by a child, or even unmanned for deliveries. It'll be the better choice long before we reach superduper polished and perfected.

Mind, I still expect them to come with some tucked away form of control access, even a clunky digital-only one. There's an endless number of possible edge cases that can't be scripted.

I assume code will mostly fail-safe into "Stop the car." for unexpected encounters, so that someone (incl remotely, ie support center or the owner) can help manually guide the derping sensors back to the clean, plainly marked road and resume automated driving, or summon a tow for really locked up/physical damage situations.

Comment: Old shit, shit article (Score 1) 257

by Falos (#47732367) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
TFA is just (1) relating generic "corporations skimp on trying for perfectly happy customers", with no data suggesting it's a more profitable model; and (2) some blog post whining about A/B data, which is really just observation of users in A/B situations then hypothesizing the effects of A/B.

So yeah, another "FACEBOOK FORCED ME TO BE HAPPY/SAD" post. Feel free to accuse me too, reading my post surely forced you to feel X.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.