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Comment: Re:Apples, meet oranges. (Score 1) 23

by Etherwalk (#49626845) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

New York City is probably more productive than most of the other cities cited in the article based solely on their raw populations.

It depends how you define productive. Tokyo and New York are the most productive cities in the world by GDP by a wide margin, each being more productive than about 90% of the countries in the world.

As to waste, what percentage of that was paper? NYC has more law firms than you can imagine. Although you know all the little food places where you can grab a sandwich by wall street? They don't tend to have recycling bins...

Comment: Re:Why QWERTY? (Score 1) 135

Nah, just go to a pictograph alphabet. Draw the characters. Easy, simple. I don't know why it isn't used. All my friends use pinyin on QWERTY for input of Chinese characters. But I've never seen one have a draw system. Shouldn't be that hard, the number and types of strokes are pretty consistent. Perhaps it's that Chinese printing is easy, but most don't print. Chinese cursive is inconsistent and confusing.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 2) 141

by AK Marc (#49625607) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant
The analogy I come up with is:

Would the government need a warrant to compel your mother to turn over all the letters she's sent to you over the years, so they can retro-actively track your location in an attempt to link you to crimes?

I worked for a telco (still do, but outside the US now), and the official policy was to comply, without question, to all court orders (warrants being a subset of court orders). Without a court order, we would be breaking the law (both state and federal) to even confirm Bob Smith was a customer, whether it's the local police, sherrif, state cops, or US President asking. But a court order to turn over records (if any), releases us from from any and all legal liability. It might not be able to stand up in court, but that's not our problem.

Comment: Re:...eventually put people on butt (Score 2) 100

by Greyfox (#49624429) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission
Well another problem is that we actually know what conditions are like there. It's one thing to ask a bunch of religious fanatics who are being persecuted in their current setting to move to someplace nominally more rustic where they'd be free to practice their heathen rituals. It's another to ask someone to leave their gravity well for a long trip to a much crappier gravity well. It's kind of a hard sell. "Yeah, Mars is a shithole with nothing but dust and more dust, but we'd like you to move there so you can scrape out a subsistence living that we'll probably lose interest in the next time the budgets come up." At least in the new world you could live off the land hunting beavers in the event the budget for new world colonization ever got cut.

Comment: Re:Single shop most likely (Score 1) 295

by arth1 (#49623311) Attached to: Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations

You put too much faith in the accuracy of the geographical guess of where the IP is. My static IP address is listed being in a shed around two blocks away from where my ISP is, and around 40 miles away from where I actually am. My dynamic IP address is listed around 5 miles away from where I am.

(But thanks for the correction of the IP address to .30 instead of .20)

Comment: Re:No suprise. Comcast TV is poor value for money (Score 1) 121

by AK Marc (#49623163) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast
I've never lived in Comcast's or TWC's coverage areas. I've never had cable.

The issue wasn't that I had to send a letter, but that ATT lied to me for almost a year. They claimed something was "impossible" then did it in a few hours, when I stopped asking nicely. It was a small technical tweak on my line that didn't even need a truck roll. And it was to change it back to the original config. It worked great when I signed up, then they broke it and refused to acknowledge they broke it, until they fixed it. They violated the contract (and law) by changing my service, and lied for months about it, then lied for months after that in reasons why they wouldn't fix it.

I can't compare to Comcast. Never had them. I can tell you what my experience with ATT was. If yours was worse, share it. Otherwise, I don't understand why you are posting just to whine.

Comment: Re:It doesn't require perfection (Score 1) 146

by Greyfox (#49622935) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
It's really not that much of a problem. You just replace any words you don't recognize with "Jihad!" Like "Hey Alex! You want to go to jihad later and get some burgers?" Clearly there's some sort of terrorist activity going on there which justifies an increase to the budget next jihad!

Comment: does this really surprise anyone? (Score 1) 146

by CAIMLAS (#49622601) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Think about this for a second. Why is this surprising?

I don't know about other people here, but I don't even check my voicemail anymore. Google handles that, and has for years. The voicemail transcription I get through Google Voice is almost always good enough that I can determine who called, what they want, and where to call them back to talk further.

Keep in mind, this is a 'free' service to me, I don't pay anything. Due to the volume of people they do it for, I'm certain they they're trying to meet economies of scale and reducing the overhead. Who do you think funds the storage, equipment, etc. for all of this? Adsense?

And it's no secret that the NSA had early involvement with Google.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"