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Comment Re:Curious (Score 3, Informative) 389

Efforts to change the peak's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The Washington Post reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently added language in a spending bill that would reestablish the mountain's original name.

C'mon, anon, at least elevate yourself to the type of anon who RTFA.

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 1) 258

It is invasive, because it allows the wholesale collection of information on people without any effort

Hold up... it's the collection of information on cars. More specifically, it's the collection of information in license plates.

Every time somebody tries to argue that a speed ticket is not for them because they cannot be identified in a photo as having been the driver, a lot of people are ready to accept that license plate != person(s) for the same reasons that they would argue that IP address != person(s).

By the logic they employ, the same should extend to situations which are less favorable to them.

If we really want to start picking and choosing when something invades a person's privacy (drones taking pictures of your house even when not over your property), and when something is totally okay (google streetview), we better start making one hell of a database of exceptions to exceptions to exceptions to the rules.

Comment Re:*shrugs* (Score 2) 25

The court will allow the studio to send invoices to downloaders if it only charges downloaders for the cost of a legitimate copy of the film, and if it pays the bond.

Now the judge just has to argue that the cost of a legitimate copy of the film is $0.smidgens (based on downloaded film duration as a fraction of a Netflix subscription, say) and there's truly no reason to ever buy a movie in Australia... other than for that fuzzy warm feeling of sending money to the media conglomerates.

Comment Re:Russian-made, not Russian (Score 4, Insightful) 249

This is indeed the problem. The Russian government (and tbh, all others involved) can - and will - continue to shift the blame. First it's a Ukrainian fighter jet, then it's not a Russian-made rocket, then it's Ukrainian 'rebels', then it's pro-Russian separatists they have no control over, then it's not their fault the recently-dismissed-from-Russian-army people shot down the wrong plane, and finally what were commercial planes doing there anyway?
( Hint: That's already the debate in various lawsuits against companies and governments other than the Russian one - as even the family members of victims realize Russia's covering their ass all too well. )

So the report's conclusions - which apparently need political debate to finalize - really don't matter much.

In the mean time, Russia imposes sanctions against countries involved in investigations leading to bankruptcies left right and center (oh right, that's why the conclusions need political debate), vetoes any U.N. proposal they dislike (the U.S. does much the same in other matters.. can't blame them for that one - too bad there isn't a cap on the number of vetoes votes one can cast per given time period), and happily go about business as usual knowing that in the end, this is barely even a blip on the radar in their history - much the same as Korean Air Lines 007, Iranian Air 655, Pan Am 103 (might ring a bell under 'Lockerbie ') and many others.

Comment Re:Yeah 22 seconds? (Score 1) 664

So the shooter was already outside in his own backyard with an appropriately loaded shotgun* just waiting for any old drone he had never seen to come by at random??

From the article:

During its first flight, the Phantom apparently gave an error message and could not fly past this road without a setting change. So, Boggs brought it home, fixed the settings and swapped its battery -- giving time for Merideth to go inside, retrieve his shotgun and wait for the drone to return

( emphasis mine )

Comment Re:The moral of the story... (Score 4, Insightful) 59

While the general sentiment of your statement is correct - given the plurality of services they have discontinued in the past - do note that this autocomplete API wasn't particularly "offered to the public"; it was never official or particularly supported.

Relying on undocumented / unofficial APIs always carries such a risk.

Comment Re:Easy way out for Uber (Score 1) 193

How long would they last if every 2nd or every 3rd vehicle you called was a rusted heap with smoke billowing out the hood and the exhaust pipe?

You're taking a jab at the taxi industry in some locations, and that tickles me some.

But... isn't prevening that exactly the sort of thing - via user reviews and such - that is part of Uber's appeal?

Every rusted heap with smoke billowing out the hood would quickly garner negative reviews (for that particular car, for the company that sent it, maybe both), and people would no longer order that taxi / from that company through Uber.
Alternatively, people see the price as being super low and think that a little bit of smoke isn't so bad when they can save a few bucks, and people would order it regardless.

Either which way, Uber's system would be working.

Comment three cargo aircraft crashes [citation needed] (Score 1) 69

lithium battery fires have caused at least three cargo aircraft crashes

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

2? 3? Not sure - plenty of "implicated but not proven" or "something caught fire, landed safely, nobody hurt but extensive damage".

This is an interesting read, though - lengthy report of incidents, including minor (e.g. smoking bag before being loaded) between March 1991 and April 2015:

Comment Re:Arent botnets (Score 1) 56

No, he's probably right. Don't forget that things like a Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black and TiVos and smartphones and so forth and so on all run some flavor of Linux as well. It could very well easily be billions when you include all of the platforms from the simplest device (that could have done with a simpler microcontroller but using a more beefy chip meant cost savings on not having to use a separate display driver and running a lightweight Linux distro on there seemed like a perfect fit) to supercomputer clusters.

What GP should have said was 'desktop share'. Where people use the computers more directly. Where people are fallible. Where people will click "Yes" when they're asked if they really, really want to run a program after they downloaded it from a site that kind of looked like their bank's so it must have been legit, etc. There's little to no defense against botnet type behavior in any operating system when the attack vector is human ignorance, gullibility, or straight out stupidity

Comment Not just monetization of data (Score 1) 151

It's not just about monetization of data. It's also about trying to keep some things under relative wraps. Imagine if not just garages and enthusiasts could get the occasional read-out from e.g. the ODB-II, but that everybody with an in-dash Google/Apple unit or even just a smartphone communicating with a pre-installed dongle would have that information at any time. Worse, imagine if this information starts getting collected 'publicly' (under Google/Apple's control) and people (G/A) start noticing trends about certain models or brands. Marketing spin can only do so much in the face of widely collected data.

Comment Re:Compromised by not being wearable (Score 1) 97

The battery is just a battery. Those who are into wearables likely find no practical issue with grabbing an existing coin cell holder with leads and JST connector (or just solder one on themselves) and plugging that in - or with using a small lipo pouch (presuming the circuitry is tolerant to the voltage).

It is a shame that the slot (itself a holder) was removed mainly because of the fear that little children will eat absolutely anything, but I can understand the decision given that it is targeted to (slightly older) children in the first place and engineering e.g. a screw-fastened lid on top of it would be rather expensive.

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked." -- John Gall, _Systemantics_