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Comment Re:Plot line (Score 2) 238 238

Who's to say the super-computer or robot can't be the good guy? Or the hero's ally? Conflict has two sides, and technology could just as easily be placed on either. If movies place it more often on the bad side, that says something about, if not culture in general, at least the culture of people making movies.

Comment Phone requirement (Score 1) 471 471

"They want to be able to ignore the notifications every 5 seconds that someone posted a new tweet or your grandma sent you a hilarious forward. "

IMO it's better to cut down on the notifications in the first place. I only get audio notifications on my phone for a few classes of messages, and the rest are silent. I can imagine using a later generation of smartwatch to filter those even further so that the ones that are most important - let's say a text from someone I'm trying to meet at a crowded event, or an appointment reminder -- notify me in a way that's harder to miss than a beep in a noisy room or a buzz while I'm walking.

Comment Re:But the ONE thing I want... (Score 1) 141 141

Do you actually need that question *every* time, or do you just want to build a list of sites that are allowed to persist cookies and let the rest drop off at the end of your browsing session?

Chrome doesn't have the ask-every-time option, but you can set it to only keep cookies until you close your browser, then add exceptions for the sites you want to persist. It's a bit clunkier to build up the list, but unless you're adding to it frequently, once you have the list it'll just stay out of your way and work.

Comment Re:lobbying is bullshit (Score 2) 65 65

Problem is, if Google doesn't spend the money, then the other companies that are spending the money are going to be heard, not Google.

Exactly. One of the big things to come out of the fight against SOPA was the realization that Silicon Valley needed to step up the lobbying if they were going to avoid being stepped on by Hollywood's lobbying.

Comment Re:Can someone please explain ... (Score 3, Informative) 658 658

California has a bi-annual smog inspection. Smog inspections have been shown to be very effective at reducing smog.

Hybrids and electric cars are exempt though, along with several other alternative fuels, really old cars (older than 1975 and still running), and new cars less than six years old. So CA only gets the data on older cars that are using the "usual" amount of gas.

If California were to implement the plan that Oregon is looking at, they wouldn't be able to use the smog inspections, because the segment they want to add is the same segment that's exempt from inspections.

Comment Re:USB OTG (Score 1) 87 87

There's at least one app out there that give you read access to USB drives without rooting. It's called Nexus Media Importer and runs $3. Obviously it doesn't apply to anyone installing Ubuntu, but for those who want to stick with Android & don't want to root their device, it can take care of simple use cases like loading photos from a camera, pulling audio files from a thumb drive, etc.

Comment Incredible sight (Score 5, Interesting) 87 87

I work near LAX, so I was able to watch the landing last month and walk out to see it on the ground today. They let the crowd get a lot closer to the shuttle than I was expecting: just one parking lot aisle away.

My own photos from both events:

Comment Re:WHERE?!? (Score 4, Informative) 43 43

Anywhere with clear skies, though as I understand it you can see more in the Northern hemisphere.

This is an event that takes place over several days and is based on the Earth's path through the solar system, so it doesn't matter what time zone you're in. Wherever you are, your patch of land will rotate into the right position at the same local time.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_