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Comment: Better than a wtch (Score 1) 16

by Gonoff (#48199831) Attached to: Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

This seems so much more interesting than a watch.
I have not worn a watch for years. I can't at work because I work in a hospital. Outside work, I don't bother because I can get the time off my phone or a clock etc.
Augmented reality could be useful in all sorts of jobs and leisure activities.

So far, the only wearable technology I use is a stereo in-ear bluetooth headset.

Comment: Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (Score 1) 293

by Gonoff (#48199705) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Nothing makes me sadder than idiots who think that people who own guns all want to kill kids at school

That is what is called a Straw Man argument. Nobody said that.

What has been said and merits repeating is that the result of lots of guns is lots of dead innocents. The less guns around, the less people get shot.
The USA has many more armed civilians than, say, Japan or the UK. It has a lot more gun accidents per 1,000 head of population too. It is no freer than them. It just has a better sounding constitution that the moneyed ignore.

Comment: Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (Score 2) 293

by Gonoff (#48199679) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Buying another Glock has nothing to do with liberty. .

When the police are more militarized than the military, when the government listens in on your phone calls and literally reads your emails, arming yourself has EVERYTHING to do with liberty.

But you? Bow down to your masters.

Buying a handgun, will not defend you from an over militarised police. It won't even defend you from normal police. There are lots more of them around. You may shoot one but they will get you.The same could be said about any weapons system less than the maximum force your chosen foe can point back at you.

All carrying that nice Glock or AR15 will do for you is identify you as a potential hostile,
It will not remove your tax liabilities - It may mean that the IRS carries bigger guns when they talk to you. If they don't have big enough guns, they will ask the police for help. If they can't, there are plenty of uniforms, tanks, planes Aircraft Carriers and so on. You are a civilian. You will loose.
It will not protect you from the RedCoats either. They will just pass you back to the USA to get a free pass to Gitmo.
The Russians aren't worried by your right to arm bears either(1). Their military is not as gentle towards civilians as yours. Ask any Chechnyan.
If you are lucky, your toys will drive a debt collector away. That might give you a few days of respite but they will be back with help...

(1) Arming bears is a whole lot less dangerous than bearing arms.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 5, Insightful) 293

by Gonoff (#48180757) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Wrong. That may apply to your military with its huge budgets and tiny political oversight.

In the developed world, we do not feel obliged to be the worlds policeman and do not fund our services according to that idea.
Yes, they do tend to get a lot of money but it's not limitless.

Apple

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More 353

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
Many outlets are reporting on Apple's iPad event today. Highlights include:
  • Apple pay will launch Monday.
  • WatchKit -- a way for developers to make apps for the Apple Watch will launch next month.
  • iOS 8.1
  • Messages, iTunes, and iWork updated and many more new features in OS X Yosemite.
  • You can send and receive calls on your Mac if you have an iPhone with iOS 8 that's signed into the same FaceTime account.
  • iPad Air 2: New camera, 10 hour battery life, 12x faster than the original iPad.
  • iPad mini 3.
  • iMac with Retina display.
  • And a Mac mini update: Faster processors, Intel Iris graphics, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Comment: Not just export controls (Score 1) 138

by Gonoff (#47959863) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

I would hope that they need import permits for anything beyond a passive monitor.

As for all the idiots suggesting signal jammers and even GPS blockers, no chance. It's doubtful that you would get away with using them in most of your own country although big money is more effective there. In this country, even big money finds it harder. You would need some help from the police at least but would be a little more likely to succeed if you had military or spook help.

Comment: Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (Score 1) 363

by Gonoff (#47861053) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

The BBC is essentially a well-funded mouthpiece of the British Government.

They didn't use to be. During the run up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, they actually did their job well and royally p'ed off Tony Blair who muzzled them and did damage to their freedom that could take decades to recover from - if ever.

I find it best to ignore them and look for less-biased news sources.

Feel free to ignore them but they are about as unbiased and global as you are going to get.

(Or at least to counter-balance the news with sources that don't have British affiliations.)

When I was at school, I tried listening to some alternative news. The funniest one was from Russia. What I have seen of RT shows that little has changed. Their presentation is slicker but they still talk b******s.
Late at night, the BBC news channel pairs up with a US channel and it is so parochial and uninformed that it is sometimes funny. That is not a counterbalance.
Sometimes I have been known to turn to Al Jazeera. They have their own biases but the main reason I don't watch it the whole time is that it can be depressing. That probably means that it can be quite accurate at times.
I'm going the stick to the BBC for most news and No Agenda for editorials with a US slant.

Comment: Re:Ironic... (Score 1) 74

by Gonoff (#47763943) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

No. It's not illegal, or even remotely so,
In many business situations, it's pretty close to mandatory. For the rest of us, encryption has caught on because of dodgy newspapers and Nigerian street markets.

In a lecture, a couple of years ago, I was asked what the best way of removing data from old drives. My answer was "a 10 year old with a lump hammer". Once that has been done with gusto, no spook or criminal News International employee will get much out of your stuff!

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by Gonoff (#47742167) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

...Sadly, England would be able to do the most damage,..

The problem with that statement is that England does not have any armed forces. The Royal Air Force is British, The Royal Navy is British and even specifically regionally English army units are in the British army. It is uninformed statements like yours that has caused so many of my fellow Scots to want separation from the UK.
(Hopefully this will fail like their last attempt, despite the fiddling that has been done.)

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