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Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 1) 214

Terrorist: "Hi, Bob's business freight courier service? I've got a lead on some test petroleum product I need shipped from the seller's address in Indiana to my office here in Fort Worth, TX. It's all packaged up and ready to ship. Just arrive at the loading dock and use the dock phone to call my number and I'll be down to accept delivery."

Petroleum product meaning standard fertilizer/petroleum mixture so favored for explosives. Office being the target building. And the number he calls from the dock phone will be a call to the trigger.

The point of this is to say that there are so many ways that this can be accomplished today, that it is kind of silly to worry about AVs when the potential exists in a billion different ways today. The key is to catch them before they are ready to call Bob's Courier Service. Once it reaches that level of maturity, from a counterterror perspective, you've failed.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 502

Solider: "You see that that little hut next to the big tree two klicks from our smoke?"
Target disappears in a cloud of smoke, debris, and body parts.
A-10 Pilot: "You mean that one?"

Soldier: "Yes. We saw a family take refuge there after telling us about the guys on the ridge."

Comment Re:One USB port? (Score 1) 435

Ok, so I use a MacBook Pro for my laptop, but Thunderbolt peripherals are sorely lacking last I checked. Anything out there was expensive, or very niche. I'd much rather have 2+ USB ports on one side of my mac than my unused Thunderbolt ports.

The specs are great, but I can't use anything with it.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

The only thing the MacBook has is 256GB of SSD storage, to the XPS 13's 128GB...i5, i3, to a notebook, they are mostly the same thing...

So the only thing is the storage... and the processor....

the mbp has more ports (hdmi & 2x thunderbolt/mini display port), a more than 50% larger battery, slightly lower screen resolution, but a faster gpu to go with it

the ports... the battery... the GPU...

Don't get me wrong, Macs do have a price premium, but it's not nearly as drastic as you are portraying. I hated macs, until windows 8 came around, and handling/using the machines on display at my local microcenter just sold me on the build quality of the Macs. So I bought a mac, setup a dualboot of windows 8 (I wish I could have done otherwise) and it's the best windows laptop I've ever owned. Check my post history prior to 2013 I was an absolute anti-mac standard PC fanboy. It's just that now that I focused a bit more on the quality of the hardware over individual specs the Mac turned out to be a good choice (Not the best for all) but for me .

Comment Re:Fembots (Score 2) 114

Cooking dinner? I'd rather do that my self for the moment as I like variety, which I don't think a robot would be as good at compared to extremely repetitive cleaning tasks.

Invert it. Robots prepare the food and you cook it. It's pretty damn near what I do now for my dinner. When I lived in DC, I got used to a place called "Let's Dish" it's one of those places where you prepare your meals from a list of recipes each month. You then stick them in your freezer for when you need them. Later the 'cooking' is basically just adding heat/sautéing/baking and you have a full meal in 30 minutes or so. It ends up being cheaper for me because even with the overhead of "Let's Dish" they buy their ingredients in bulk and my meals end up being about $3-5 per serving. I'm not careful enough in my meal planning to beat that.

So what do I mean by invert it? Robots in the preparation, humans do the final cooking. The early work such as chopping, slicing, packing, marinating, sorting are the kinds of mindless timeconsuming portions which seem to be right in line with the type of work a robot could do. The final cooking and cleanup requires much more subjective actions which are suited to humans. Thus invert it and you could have robots prepare your meals except for the final steps.

(Personally I love the make and take places because I always know that a meal has 6 servings, will take 30 minutes from freezer to plate, and keeps me from impulse purchases when in the grocery store)

Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 1) 153

To add to that, I'm frustrated with the generic names for products. I'm sure you realize how frustrating it can be to troubleshoot issues via search when the product names are: "Google Play Music", "Google Books", "Google Play Store", "Google Voice", "Google Photos"...

Comment Investigating if laws were broken (Score 5, Insightful) 312

It bothers me when I hear of regulatory organizations "investigating" to determine if a law has been broken. If the agency directly responsible for the enforcement of a law cannot immediately decide if an action is illegal how can anyone reasonably expect a regular citizen to know if they are breaking the law?

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 830

Also, if you measure only in 1 degree increments, Fahrenheit degrees are smaller and provide better resolution, though I suppose I can't tell the difference between 69 degrees and 70 degrees anyway.

For me I like the precision when dealing with fevers. You have 6-7 degrees between healthy and ER.

Comment Evidence is evidence no matter how small. (Score 2) 308

Just because it is trivial to delete a browsing history doesn't mean you aren't destroying evidence by doing so. If you find yourself the subject of a police investigation, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer and figure out what you should and should not be doing.

Comment Re:Close to owning (Score 1) 374

If I cut off my foot and preserve it in such a manner as it can be re-attached at a later time. Would someone who took that foot and threw it in a dumpster commit battery, or just destruction of property?

In the US, detached bodyparts/material are considered to be property and do not receive any special protection. There have been several cases regarding this when it comes to 'Medical/surgical waste'.

Comment It's not just about lockin, it's about the brand (Score 1) 649

This isn't just about lock-in. Car manufacturers have a huge risk in the form of damage to the brand if something happens. Unfortunately with the way our media works these days, the outrage and damage occurs first, and only later do we find out if it was justified.

No company wants their brand to be the one involved in a sudden news story where they become the punching bag (justified or not), it's extremely costly.

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