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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Funny) 42

by L1mewater (#46305049) Attached to: First Liquid Machines Presage Soft Robots
Oh, hi KentuckyFC! Or perhaps Soulskill.

You probably did not notice it when you were composing or editing the submission, but you wrote that the technology behind the T-1000 "might as well be science fiction." The T-1000 is indeed science fiction.

Since the phrase "might as well be" is used to describe a situation that is not actually true, but is used in the summary to describe a situation that actually is true, it reads as a quite silly.

In fact, the first line of your post, "yes, 'really,'" reads as similarly comical because you are also claiming that something that is widely known to be true not actually true, but "might as well be."

I hope that "clearly delineates" what I was trying to say. I apologize that it was "not obvious" to you, because, in fact, my original intent in posting was in the hopes that those who did not take the time to read the first sixteen words of the summary might notice the humorous mistake.


Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat 131

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the reading-this-violates-0-to-999-laws dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google, Yahoo, and other tech firms are offering some updated statistics about government requests for data. There's just one problem: under revised guidelines issued by the federal government, those companies can still only report a range, rather than a definitive number, for those requests. If that wasn't fuzzy enough, the range can only be reported after a six-month lag. Between January and June 2013, Google received between 0-999 FISA 'non-content' requests on 0-999 user accounts; it also fielded between 0-999 'content' requests for between 9000 and 9999 user accounts.Yahoo actually received a larger number of FISA queries than Google: for the first six months of 2013, the federal government made between 0-999 requests on between 30,000 and 30,999 user accounts hosted by the company. ... These companies have little choice but to advocate this new information release as a huge step forward for transparency. Unfortunately, restricting government data requests to a broad range isn't very helpful: for example, a range (rather than a single numerical value) makes it difficult to determine trends, such as whether government requests are gradually increasing over the long term."

Comment: Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (Score 2) 322

by L1mewater (#44445037) Attached to: Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year

They set the retail price for the safety razor at $78!!! I'm pretty sure that for $78 in the store you'll get razors included, but the rep-rap certainly won't print any.

They're probably talking about actual, old-fashioned double-edge safety razors, not a Gillette Mach 3 Turbo or whatever. And yes, a very nice one can cost $78 and does not come with blades. The $78 razor would also be a heck of a lot nicer and shave a lot better than anything you could print, and would last for decades. I use one, and it's older than I am. I didn't pay anywhere near $78 for it. More like $10.

Comment: Re:This is stupid. (Score 1) 306

by L1mewater (#44032473) Attached to: Google Aims To Cull Child Porn By Algorithm, Not Human Review
Yes, this is the most likely route they're taking. My fear is that this may actually promote the creation of new child porn. Google only knows to filter for hashes of images they already have, so this would add more value to the having the newest, latest stuff that is not in the database yet.

Comment: Re:Are you serious? (Score 1) 282

by L1mewater (#43936665) Attached to: It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously
Those "find my iphone" things are actually quite often pretty inaccurate. They'll get you within a couple hundred yards, but that's not much help in a densely-populated area. You can find stories of folks who are constantly harassed because folks keep showing up on their doorstep because that's where their little dot tells them their phone is. That's a big part of the reason cops don't want to deal with it. For what it's worth, I'm not actually usually much of a defender of the police.

Comment: Re:Are you serious? (Score 2) 282

by L1mewater (#43936627) Attached to: It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously
Those "find my iphone" things actually often have pretty poor accuracy. They'll get you within two hundred yards or something pretty reliably, but that's not all that helpful in a densely populated area. There are lots of stories of innocent people having folks show up at their door all hours of the day or night falsely accusing them of stealing their phones due to this. I'm not generally a big fan of police officers, but I think their (in)action in such cases is actually warranted here.

Comment: Re:And why not ? (Score 1) 196

by L1mewater (#43232915) Attached to: Jedi May Be Allowed To Perform Marriage Ceremonies In Scotland

People had been getting married years before the churches brought the idea of religion into it.

I don't think this is fair or accurate. For most of human history as far as we know, church and state were the same thing. Any sort of marriage recognized by a government or tribal group or whatever was de facto religious.

Comment: Why is this special? (Score 1) 262

by L1mewater (#43149787) Attached to: Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario
I'm sure someone above has already asked this, but I'm surprised it wasn't the first post. People have been easily hacking NES roms to switch around or replace sprites for about fifteen years or so. There is already a HUGE body of Donkey Kong rom hacks that change the game graphics, and there is no doubt in my mind that a version of this exact hack has been around about that long. You can find even more hacks of the original Super Mario Bros, replacing Mario with a woman, a klansman, Mike from MST3K, or just about anyone. Why is this particular hack suddenly news?

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton