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Comment FUD at least sort of. (Score 4, Interesting) 199

From the piece: "With that said, when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings." .
So whether its camera is all the way off or in warm standby isn't very relevant to privacy if no information is being sent out. For instance if I wanted a unit to act only as a movement tracker this would be a good thing to have a camera for but no sending information out. Now the question is why does it need to send video from in my home to the cloud at all? Why can't I just store video locally if I am interested in that or see out of its camera live? I am not sure I understand the use cases of this device.

United States

US Navy Is Planning To Launch a Squadron of Underwater Drones By 2020 ( 38

Hallie Siegel writes: According to the non-profit Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center, there are over 250 different configurations of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) in service today. That number is likely to grow in the coming years as the technology improves — note that the US Navy has made UUVs a priority and is planning to launch a whole squadron of them by 2020. Dan Gettinger from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College gives an overview of this technology.

Comment well, sort of in reverse order.. (Score 1) 47

If you had put it out in open source on github and then posted this you would instantly get the attention of at least a few people. :) Put in general if you open source something you thing may be generally useful or in an important area and use some social media to get the word out about why you think it is important or asking for assistance then that is likely to be more effective than just putting it on github and hoping someone notices. When you do put it on github please in the readme say why you think it is important, what you think could be better and asking for feedback. For specific areas you think can/should be better you can post code snippets or plunkr etc to stackoverflow.

Comment Old English (Score 1) 171

I loved the old Dragon Warrior games on NES. However, when they remade Dragon Quest III they changed all the old english dialog to modern english. Everything also got all cutesy and I sort of remember a new integrated collectible item deal. All that crap they added on just annoyed me and took away from the core experience of the game. I'd love to play more remakes but stay true to the originals!

Comment Re:This Is Very Important (Score 1) 80

Then why bother to draw attention to themselves by declaring outright that they will do it? Or is the point to make it after the fact legal? Or is it more of a trial balloon as to their progress in selling the BIG LIE that anything and everything the government does is for our own good to "keep us safe".

Comment Advertising is DEAD. Find another business model (Score 5, Insightful) 398

The unfortunate truth is that once someone experiences the speed and cleanliness of adblocking, they simply won't go back. Not ever.

And, as explained in a previous post, the second thing they do is show their friends. And their relatives. And their social contacts.

And so it expands, like neutrons in a nuclear warhead; the chain-reaction gain is greater than 1 and the constraint of business models
("we don't take your word for the claim that the ad was shown") will either have to break down, or the whole business is "game over".

My advice to webvertizers: update your resume and find another line of work.

Social Networks

Live-Streaming Florida Woman Charged With Drunken Driving 327 writes: Christine Hauser writes in the NY Times that police in Lakeland, Florida say 911 dispatchers started receiving calls Saturday from viewers who were watching a woman broadcasting herself while apparently driving drunk, using the live-streaming app Periscope. Despite the tip being generated in the virtual world, it took some traditional police sleuthing to find the woman and, ultimately, arrest and charge her. The woman first invited her viewers to follow her as she went bar-hopping in downtown Lakeland. During the live stream, Beall repeatedly said that she was drunk and appeared to be asking viewers for directions. She noticed that there were at least 57 people watching and asked, "So where am I right now, people?" One 911 caller said Beall was driving a Toyota in the north Lakeland area. "I just saw a girl on Periscope driving drunk. She doesn't know where she is and she's driving really fast," said the caller. As officers pulled Beall over, her 2015 Toyota Corolla, which already had a flat right front tire, rammed into a curb. Beall failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and she refused the breathalyzer test.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.