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Comment: Re:A rescue team (Score 1) 31

by Flavianoep (#49179417) Attached to: Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished.

Why is everyone so laid back about these archaeologists? We need to urgently send a rescue team.

I got that! I've been reading about the Oxford comma these days.

Comment: There will be no substitution (Score 1) 129

by Flavianoep (#49171117) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
In another decade, or two, "credit cards will be like checks (...)," except where there are already PIN pads and you don't have to show your ID.
It's very unlikely that one technology will substitute the other, like computer and printers substituted typewriters, but they will be concurrent, like TV, cinema, radio &c. The mobile payments will be very popular for a while, till people become aware of the association between smartphones and the rise of anxiety disorder and stop carrying them.

+ - So, site update huh? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Probably explains why I can't make any comments."

+ - Millennials distrust the government so much, they don't want to run for office->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to the Washington Post, millennials are so disgruntled with the current state of politics, they are not running for office and would recall all members of congress if given the option. Perception of politics grows more negative among young people who are appalled of fundraising and corruption and deterred by the lack of privacy in public service. Millennials who want to make a difference would rather do it outside of political office."
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Comment: Re:State Your Name (Score 2) 98

by Flavianoep (#49145933) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Any scammer worth his salt does his homework and already knows the victim's kids' / grandkids' names anyway, so this is kind of pointless. Best advice is to hang up and try to contact the supposed kidnapped person first.

Not really. It's too much work doing research, those scammers work by infusing a sense of urgency to situation and the ones capable of keeping calm in the face of an emergency are the less gullible.
However, Sharp's strategy may backfire, for a scammer, upon being intercepted by a scam prevention system, may perceive that the person who he is calling as more likely to be vulnerable, and so, worth more effort.

Comment: Re:Seriously, an Apple car? (Score 1) 196

by Flavianoep (#49094027) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

(...), you have to buy your gas only from Apple gas stations (...) On the plus side, the exhaust smells like a combination of vanilla and smug.

It's more like it will be an electric car---and the plug will only be compatible with Apple charging station outlets---so, there will be no exhaust, and therefore no "plus side".

+ - How Machine Learning Ate Microsoft

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Yesterday's announcement of Azure Machine Learning offers the latest sign of Microsoft's deep machine learning expertise — now available to developers everywhere, InfoWorld reports. 'Machine learning has infiltrated Microsoft products from Bing to Office to Windows 8 to Xbox games. Its flashiest vehicle may be the futuristic Skype Translator, which handles two-way voice conversations in different languages. Now, with machine learning available on the Azure cloud, developers can build learning capabilities into their own applications: recommendations, sentiment analysis, fraud detection, fault prediction, and more. The idea of the new Azure offering is to democratize machine learning, so you no longer need to hire someone with a doctorate to use a machine learning algorithm.'"

+ - When it comes to surveillance gear, many police ignore public records laws in fa->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "What should take precedence: State public records laws, or contractual agreements between local police, the FBI, and the privately owned Harris Corporation? That's the question being played out across the country, as agencies are strongly divided on releasing much information, if any, on how they're using Stingray technology to collect and monitor phone metadata without judicial oversight."
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