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Comment: No keychain, only one key (Score 1) 278

by Mycroft-X (#49701679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?

I have no keychain -- I use my car key when I drive, it has lock and unlock on it. No housekey, I use Schlage keypad locks on all doors. I carry a flashlight and leatherman in my left pants pocket and a folder clipped to my right. I rarely have need of a memory stick.

I also don't use a wallet -- cards, license, cash, etc. just live in my front right pocket.

Comment: Which way is it? (Score 2) 170

by Mycroft-X (#49572863) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

He fired up 10 concurrent streams of a Game of Thrones episode and found only 29Mbps of connection being used

Yet 25Mbps is the MINIMUM standard of broadband -- because being able to stream only 8 streams of Game of Thrones at one time is indistinguishable from dial up, from a regulatory perspective.

Comment: Easy and misleading (Score 1) 482

by Mycroft-X (#49485269) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

This isn't hard to do -- it simply means that the company will eliminate all jobs making less than $70k and supplement with contracted individuals and companies. It's easy to say that you would pay janitors $70k a year if you don't actually employ any janitors (and wouldn't employ any janitors because you don't want to pay $70k for them).

Comment: No new treatments? (Score 5, Informative) 23

by Mycroft-X (#49481051) Attached to: How Brain Pacemakers Treat Parkinson's Disease

Pharmaceutical research for neuropsychiatric disorders hasn't produced many breakthroughs lately,

What, you mean like this Parkinson's treatment just approved in January?

I've seen patients with it and without it and it's a stunning difference.

Comment: Re:Since when are spies registerd as such? (Score 1) 104

by Mycroft-X (#49430097) Attached to: Biometrics Are Making Espionage Harder

You are a bad country if you were doing it that way. Most spies are not registerd as such. They are people who have a job in an other country and do the spying on the side.

But they do use multiple identities. Grab a new ID and hop a border to a scientific conference, ditch the ID after you get back, and Mr. Bond the consular attache never left the country. Except that Mr. Bond and Dr. Science both happen to have the same...eyeballs? Hmm...

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 4, Interesting) 194

by Mycroft-X (#47884155) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Along the same lines, it doesn't seem difficult to take control of the system while it's actively driving. It's not hard to disengage cruise controls or stop a car using Park Assist or Lane Assist from turning into something not seen by the sensor system. Why is it hard for me to grab the wheel from the "hands" of the auto-pilot in the Google car?

...just my thoughts.

Here's the best example I can think of -- let's say you are the understudy for a radio actor with narcolepsy. You both have the script, you the understudy are following along word for word as the actor is performing. Suddenly the actor falls asleep and the words stop. How many seconds pass before you pick up where he left off? You are as aware and able as you can possibly be without actually anticipating something you can't anticipate, and I believe it would still take me a few seconds to switch myself from simply paying attention to audibly reading words.

Second scenario is the same except that you are both in sound booths reading the words and the actor is the only one with a hot mic. I believe it would be faster for me to be reading aloud with the actor and trigger my mic to go live at the necessary time -- however in doing so I am saving no effort over doing all the reading myself in the first place, so the application to automated vehicles is somewhat limited.

Comment: [Citation Needed] (Score 5, Informative) 158

by Mycroft-X (#47757051) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

United States is shown as:

But they don't say what these things are and which ones are violated. Without the context and citations the results are meaningless -- I could create the same thing in Paint.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?