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Comment: Re:Google is becoming useless (Score 1) 201

by JaredOfEuropa (#49161109) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
It seems to be particularly bad for electronic components. When I search for parts that are rare or hard to get from a local supplier, Google often returns lots of links to legitimate web shops and price comparison sites that claim to have the part in stock or have price info on it, but in fact haven't. Sometimes the first shop that actually has the part in its catalogue won't appear until page 3 of the search results.

I have my doubts about this new algorithm improving things though.

Comment: Re:New patent strategy (Score 1) 101

by JaredOfEuropa (#49128339) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks
3D printing is still in its infancy, so I will patent the more old school mobile manufactory. Load up a truck with a bunch of lumber and some carpenters, or a furnace and a glassblower, or an upholsterer. Design and order your furniture and accessories online, and these dedicated craftsmen will make it to spec while they drive to your home for delivery!

Comment: Re:Fridge door handle (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by JaredOfEuropa (#49127883) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
They do in Tokyo; I saw a vending machine there dispensing bottles of single malt whisky. The interesting comparison with my own country isn't that they have these and we don't, but that over here such a machine would not make it past the first Friday night before being trashed and robbed.

Comment: Re:Watches - Jewelry, Not Functionality (Score 2) 141

by JaredOfEuropa (#49125925) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter
That is the problem with a lot of these smart watches. The Pebble is awesome in terms of functionality and battery life (well, compared to other smart watches anyway), but it looks like a cheap digital watch from the 70s, and most other smart watches look like crap. There's a couple of ones that look at least halfway decent: the Moto 360 and LG Urbane are round (which I prefer) with a choice of metal bodies and metal or leather straps. I was disappointed by the appearance of the Apple Watch (square, but at least it's their patented rounded square), though the high-end models look like they might be acceptable.

But the real problem is that the expected life of these watches simply isn't that long; technology moves too fast for that. Who would spend a couple of thousand on a premium smart watch in a gold case, if you'll want to replace that watch in a few years' time? It would make sense to commit to a case design for a longer term, and allow owners to swap out the electronics every so often.

Comment: Re:Totallly reasonable ruling (Score 1) 149

These are claims; a judge would require proof of this. The hack and calls will be hard to prove (unless she recorded the calls), but presumably there is proof of the fraudulent purchase. Even so, she'd have to prove that the thieves got the CC details from the St. Joseph leak and not from elsewhere.

However I'd think that the bar for such proof wouldn't be all that high when the judge is merely determining if the plaintiff has standing; that definitive proof should wait until the case is actually tried. Then again I don;t know all that much about how this would work in courts in the US.

Comment: Re:Heads will roll? (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by JaredOfEuropa (#49093417) Attached to: Scotland's Police Lose Data Because of Programmer's Error
You would expect organisations like these to be held to a higher level accountability than us mere mortals, but sadly that is often not the case. Try tell an Internal Revenue inspector: "I am sorry but I have lost those records of my offshore savings account due to pressing a wrong button" and see what answer you get. Hell, as a kid I never got away with "the dog ate my homework". Yet what consequences will follow from losing hundreds of important police records during an investigation into police conduct?

If any one person, under orders, acting on their own initiative or simply making a mistake, is capable of irrevocably wiping important records like these, then there is something seriously wrong with your organisation. Someone is responsible for managing IT and keeping information/records at the police, start with them.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke