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Comment: Re:Atari 800 (Score 1) 690

by RJFerret (#46789615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sadly my digital alarm clock from that era just a few months ago started running fast. It was free with the digital watch I purchased back then (or vice-versa, the watch was $9 and the alarm clock was free, I don't remember which).

Longest lasting have been calculators, home stereo, and Amiga computers; but nothing is as long lasting and hard working as automotive electronics and sensors, ranging from sub-zero temperatures to hundreds of degrees (Fahrenheit), and lasting decades.

I'm surprised a Logitech mouse was listed, as any I've had, the buttons died within months.

Comment: Re:Medical doctor (Score 1, Interesting) 736

by RJFerret (#46740827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

This. I recently read remembrances from people living in post-Soviet countries after the USSR breakup. It was little like the fantasies most others are envisioning in responses here, and imagining from fiction.

They all talked about economic collapse, anyone who had savings, became destitute.

Muscle ruled, thugs obviously took whatever they wanted from those who could supply, starting with factories and businesses. Obviously thugs wouldn't harm those they needed to the point of those individuals not being able to provide.

However supply lines/travel were problematic. Someone spoke of a store that sold two things: salt, and vinegar.

Some posters are pointing out their wives have skills, completely forgetting that many wives might be taken into sexual slavery. Desirable women became commodities.

Which isn't to say there was complete lawlessness, but what would you do for protection from the gangs/law? They are younger, stronger, well-armed, more numerous, and don't respect intellectual debate. Their "tax" structure won't be logical, or necessarily sustaining.

I'm also amused at those imagining recovering information from libraries. Have you been to one recently? Many libraries won't cull books donated to their collections for fear of offense, but patrons don't check out resource books that many assume they'd find there, stuff that doesn't circulate gets culled. Older titles get culled all the time. Patrons check out DVDs. Particularly new releases. Shelf space has been yielding to computer workstations. There's a growing trend shifting from housing dead trees, to serving as community centers, particularly in more online services.

A lot of people have been suggesting they are capable of producing electricity from car alternators, as if electricity is valuable when there's a dearth of food. Not a single respondent remembering post-Soviet times mentioned electricity. A recurring theme was getting something from elsewhere as being hugely problematic--IE, transport.

On the idea of lawyers becoming irrelevant, who else will we turn to when we want to appeal to get our wife/daughter/son/sister back? Who else will we turn to point out that the amount of food left to us, won't be enough for us to survive and supply their wants? There will be need of objective arbiters who understand the "language" of the gangs/thugs/law, and can translate the needs of the common person to petition for "fair" judgment.

Society will continue to interact, move forward, and all the same existing needs will recur, including less base forms of entertainment. Here we are over a generation after the Soviet collapse, and society has rebounded. The people who came out ahead were the ones with connections, who saw opportunity and capitalized on it, exactly the same as the ones who come out ahead in any form of society.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 2) 496

by RJFerret (#46645701) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

When the power drops, and I need to get across X lanes of traffic to the breakdown lane, I'll be glad to have a mirror.

A driver certainly would want to be encased inside a protective shell if the windshield were replaced with a monitor blocking the view and bringing a whole new meaning to BSOD.

Of course once self-driving cars hit the successive generations/versions, all bets are off.

Comment: Yet another front which the terrorists won. (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by RJFerret (#46636225) Attached to: Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

Due to our own actions, the terrorists won yet another round...not a cry I'd championed previously.

The future, scratch that, the present is looking really bleak now that the average civilian can expect to be spied upon, searches and home invasions are being done without cause, due process is ignored, travel is restricted, "Homeland Security" are targeting civilians for desiring sexual contact with minors, and those declared enemies of the state are outright tortured, everything that was considered "evil" about the opposition when I was a child (be it the Third Reich or the Soviet Union) is currently taking place in the United States.

The only thing left is to disarm the populace to prevent revolt, and institute concentration or labor camps.

I never imagined I'd grow up to be embarrassed by my government and everything it stands for. Is fear next?

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 74

by RJFerret (#46568417) Attached to: Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

I don't have it personally (lack of compatible devices), but two gals I know both have had it tell them when it's time to head off for appointments; one flies a lot, and it's alerted her with the time to leave for flight #___ that it picked up from her email automatically.

However flying so much, she often changes flights last minute, and also doesn't bother getting to the airport that much ahead of time given pre-screening. She laughed one day having landed, turned on her phone and subsequently got an now erroneous alert for a later flight she'd previously switched from--then it was more Google Yesterday, than Google Now.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Decades ago my father liked to point out studies showed incarceration beyond a few years was meaningless, the first few years had all the impact, longer sentences provided no added deterrence.

So she's operating under a fallacy, longer sentences are not "more odious"--they are no different than short sentences to the recipient.

However the cost of lengthy incarceration IS significant to society, without added benefit. So ironically, if we could inflict seven years in seven months, there would be a cost savings. But how would you accelerate the learning process to turn someone with limited socially acceptable life skills into a contributing member of society?

Penal systems with the lowest rates of criminal recurrence don't just lock people away, but provide growth opportunities, which take time.

Comment: Takes longer... (Score 2) 47

by RJFerret (#46469973) Attached to: Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

Takes longer to consume a page, since normally you don't read each and every word, you glance across a page picking up critical words to glean the meaning.

Running it on their webpage, I got bored waiting for it, meanwhile in less time previously, I'd digested the entire page.

That being said, I passed the link on to a dyslexic friend, we'll see how she feels, presuming she can successfully read my G+ post to her. ;-)

+ - Service data mining photos shared online for brands.->

Submitted by RJFerret
RJFerret (1279530) writes "The company Ditto is pitching its service to data mine brands displayed in photos shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler, providing data on "who is using or wearing a brand and how influential they are within their network", where they use certain brands compared to competitors, and promises to reveal "an interest-graph for each person, and for the network of people who use your product. This interest-graph informs how to target and engage the most influential users of your product." Additionally, "social photos are like a 24/7 focus group. We found that Gatorade wasn’t just consumed during exercise, but by teens during meals." Singularity Hub indicates they are also using "emotion recognition algorithms to report what the people in the photograph are most likely feeling."

It makes me glad my various social spheres share discretely via Google+, does awareness of these types of activities alter your inclination to share or display brand items publicly?"

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Comment: Re:Age difference (Score 1) 256

Normally I'd agree, except this specifies non-consensual, and there's a societal desire to not produce child porn for the consumption of anyone, child, teen, or adult.

A 16-year old agreeing to such is apparently legal per this law.

Similarly, if it were permissible for children to photograph any age, then adults would simply coerce children to do the dirty work.

Comment: Re:But where are all the Androids? (Score 2) 487

by RJFerret (#46393799) Attached to: Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

The circle you associate in perhaps? I know one person with an ipad, from back when tablets were new novelties and a family member purchased it for her (she's disabled, easier to use than sit at a computer, although ridiculously heavy compared to other tablets). Everyone else I know with a device has an Android. I haven't counted since, who cares? All the families have them for their kids. Plenty of individuals too. I get handed plenty of tablets to see pics or stuff through the course of living.

Want to see a lot of Kindles? Take a flight. People leave them at home unless they expect to spend a lot of time reading. The airports are loaded with them, and tablets for the illiterate move watchers.

Anecdotes.

Data.

Case in point.

The first version always gets thrown away.

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