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Comment: Re:OK let's get something straight here - (Score 2, Informative) 211 211

by Rude Turnip (#45386945) Attached to: LeVar Burton On Google Glass

"If you're tagged in a photo, you can exercise your privacy controls over it."

I take exception to this. Why should I ever have to interact with Facebook in the first place? It is entirely possible to tag someone's name into a photo that does not have a Facebook account.

My heart is warmed by the fact that kids are now moving away from Facebook and going back to private messaging like iMessage, Whatsapp, etc., to get away from compromising situations.

Comment: Re:Sooo.... (Score 2) 603 603

by Rude Turnip (#45325573) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Lest we forget that all firearms legislation has its roots in oppressing minorities. The problem is that the oppression has become democratized. Listen to the lyrics of rap groups like Public Enemy. 20 years ago they were speaking to a very specific audience; now their words have more universal appeal.

Comment: Re:Isn't this what the Taiwanese believe as well? (Score 3) 262 262

by Rude Turnip (#45280513) Attached to: Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

"My wife was born in Taiwan. She and anyone in her family gets extremely angry if you refer to them as "Chinese," despite being ethnically Chinese, speaking Mandarin, etc."

My dad's wife is from Taiwan and is exactly the opposite. Although I never asked what she thought about Taiwan being a part of China.

Comment: Re:I think... (Score 1) 530 530

My cats and dog know exactly when to eat and line up to get snacks. Those are all entropic measurements and knowing your circadian/metabolic rhythms. If you know your body well enough, you'll feel its different states and you can call it a time, but it's still boils down to entropy.

Comment: Re:I think... (Score 2) 530 530

by Rude Turnip (#45211615) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

That's entropy, not time.

It's very possible that the development of language in humans sort of locked us into the concept of time. For further reading, some of which sounds insane, look into pigeons and their homing instincts to see how other animals aren't necessarily perceiving time in the way that we do.

Comment: How does this compare to the way Israel does it? (Score 1) 437 437

by Rude Turnip (#45200703) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

I've always heard about Israeli-style airport security being top notch. That's to say that they apply a level of intelligence, instead of blindly molesting passengers. Can anyone comment on how this methodology compares to the way they do it in Israel? Thanks!

Comment: Re:RANT: it's not internet access (Score 1) 169 169

by Rude Turnip (#45132133) Attached to: Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

If I had a nickel for every time I've seen this statement on Slashdot over the last 15 years, I could buy myself a nice lunch.

They are offering internet access in the purest sense of the term. There are no technical barriers in place that prevent all the normal types of traffic you can have over an IP connection. Rather, it's a contractual agreement that Google is already admitting is behind the times.

Comment: Re:yep (Score 2) 671 671

by Rude Turnip (#44998077) Attached to: Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Privatized health care is costing my company hundreds of thousands of dollars in opportunity costs since our senior staff members are haggling over rising insurance costs instead of working billable hours. That's in addition to the rising cost of healthcare. Socialized medicine would save small businesses tons of money and headaches.

Comment: Re:Siri: Bad use case? (Score 5, Interesting) 172 172

by Rude Turnip (#44893847) Attached to: A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

One of my everyday rituals is walking out of my office building and across the parking lot. During my walk across the parking lot, I ask Siri to call my wife. At some varying point, the building's Wifi cuts out and 3G kicks in. As soon as I read this headline, I knew exactly how it would apply to my life.

This would also be good for Pandora. My home's Wifi reaches almost to my street corner, so I can be several hundred feet away from my house using Pandora and still on Wifi. When I turn the corner, 3G goes on and Pandora cuts out because it lost Wifi. Again, another very practical use of this technology.

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