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Comment: Re:Drive-throughs (Score 1) 435

by LessThanObvious (#49677913) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

How about having windows so if your autonomous car stops due to a stalled car ahead you don't just sit there for 30 minutes wondering why traffic is at a standstill. This mythical future where drivers will have no need to pay attention to anything, ever, is idiotic. Sure we'd all rather be able to take a nap, watch television, eat pizza, drink beer and masturbate, but that is not going to be part of responsible vehicle operation in the next 30 years.

Comment: Lacking a security model (Score 1) 131

by LessThanObvious (#49677683) Attached to: Beware the Ticking Internet of Things Security Time Bomb

The primary issue as I see it with IoT is the lack of a good security model that ordinary people can reference. You wouldn't stick an unmanaged Windows desktop out on the internet, expose a service and expect it not to be vulnerable. Why would we treat an inexpensive gadget any different? Security happens in layers, so if the device is going to be out on the internet then it needs a firewall protecting it, it needs some intelligent filtering so private data doesn't leak out (even to the device vendor) and malicious exploit attempts don't get in, it needs to know how to allow only your devices like your phone inbound and not just anyone on the internet. It needs a serious password and it needs encryption where appropriate. I'm not sure what products exist at a reasonable cost in the market today that are up to the task. The products at a reasonable cost that don't take high level network expertise may not exist at this point. Another concern that will come out of the lack of a good security model is that many services may not go from your phone or laptop to the device directly, they may place the service provider in between, in which case it becomes very hard to allow only authorized users to attempt to connect and to treat the provider or vendor as an untrusted entity. In short, allowing the IoT device itself to be solely responsible for it's own security is a flawed model that will be certain to fail time and time again.

Comment: Re:Privacy? (Score 1) 776

Agreeing to waive your civil rights should never be a condition of employment. Many desperate people agree privately to work for less than minimum wage, it doesn't make it an acceptable practice. Consent to violation by someone without a suitable alternative doesn't automatically negate the violation.

Comment: Re:Political correctness (Score 1) 186

Sure, be we can't call it that anymore. We'll have to call it Obsessive Non-Offensive Disorder. A condition that be easily diagnosed by presenting the patient with a series of mildly racist or sexist jokes and observing their reaction. If the results are inconclusive, then work midget or retard into casual conversation and judge reaction level. It is important to ensure the test criterion should not cause direct personal offense to a category of which the patient is a member. Obsessive Non-Offensive Disorder is caused by hyper-sensitivity of empathy receptors or irrational self-righteousness. Scores are 1-5.

1= Laughs at everything and tells more offensive joke in return. Possible asshole, but not afflicted.
2= Laughs at 4 out of five with no negative reactions. patient not afflicted.
3= Laughs at at least 2 out of five and makes jovial comment like "Dude, that's wrong", patient normal.
4= Doesn't laugh at anything and body language suggests discomfort, or patient comments calmly that jokes are inappropriate. Patient suffers mild Obsessive Non-Offensive Disorder.
5= Patient does not laugh and threatens to sue, sends obnoxious self righteous Tweet, or subjects medical staff to unpleasant lecture. Patient suffers full blown Obsessive Non-Offensive Disorder.

Comment: WTF (Score 1) 60

Wasn't getting a patent pretty hard in the past? I don't get how so many ideas seem to be patentable when they are obvious and vague. These patent lawyers are going to destroy innovation in America. Software patents pretending to be something else, patenting vague ideas, patenting processes that aren't really proprietary, this shit needs to stop. The USPTO needs to get a fucking backbone and preserve the integrity of the free market and we should create a fast track process for patent invalidation. A little guy that gets sued over one of the BS patents issued in the last 25 years should be able to challenge its validity for small fee before the suit can move forward.

Comment: Re:Wanted (Score 1) 216

by LessThanObvious (#49581951) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

I'll correct myself on that one. There goes my idiot points for the day. It still wouldn't curve. For an object in flight to take an arced path something has to continue to act on it. The bullet fired from a train would simply travel at an angle except where affected by wind and air resistance, not a curve.

Comment: Re:Wanted (Score 1) 216

by LessThanObvious (#49581287) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

That Wanted thing was spectacular nonsense. I do think there is a scenario where a bullet could fly in an arc. The gun itself would have to be traveling laterally at say 650fps while it's fired, then if the bullet leaves the muzzle at 960fps the combined velocity on X and Y axis would create an arched path. Even with super powers, the motion of the arm doesn't create this very well since centrifugal force doesn't help, only the lateral motion. This would be like firing a .45 ACP handgun from a train going about 443 miles per hour and firing it perpendicular to the tracks. As superhuman abilities go, being able to accelerate an object to 650fps with your arm, in and of itself would be much more useful than arcing bullets.

Comment: Re:I was looking up my name to see what would come (Score 2) 62

It's not illegal, but it should be. Spokeo, I think actually has opt-outs, but others don't. Exactly how in America you don't have the right to say no to having your address published is beyond me. Don't make any enemies in this world, they sure won't have any trouble finding you. There is way too much personal info available through public records. This 1970s era pseudo honor system we have is unprepared for the age of the internet, big data and sophisticated cyber crime.

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Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 686

by LessThanObvious (#49547733) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

It's not secret how much I support Snowden, even if his actions were not legal. I hate supposed surveys where they don't show you the actual text of the questions asked. If I don't know how the survey asks the question, it's impossible to know how much to trust the responses. Sorry mister Snowden, your worst fears are realized. You sacrificed your own freedom to give us the chance to protect ours and most people are too ignorant to give a damn. If the ACLU actually sponsored this, they should have thrown it out. We don't need this shit in the press months before the expiration of Patriot Act Sect. 215.

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