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Comment: Re:Eat me, Apple (Score 1) 309

by ShaunC (#47947731) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

How does Apple and Bono's new magical DRM know the difference between me putting the song I bought on my Nexus and copying it for a friend?

They don't! So please, buy an iPhone! That way we can make sure you get Bono's new music. Then we know you like it, because your iPhone automatically downloaded it over your expensive cellular data plan without your authorization, er, um, I mean, you intentionally downloaded it! On purpose, because you like it! There are hundreds of millions of fans of U2 and iTunes!



Comment: Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (Score 1) 318

by ShaunC (#47941785) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

It's even that way in some parts of the US, but only the very few places where municipalities got the ball rolling before Comcast and friends could lobby for laws making it illegal. Chattanooga has awesome municipal fiber, for example. In most states, the ISPs have bought and paid for legislation or entered into heavy-handed agreements that prevent other cities from implementing a similar network. Washington DC has miles of fiber sitting around dark because their agreements with ISPs don't allow them to sell service to residents. A 100 gigabit network is already there, it would cost very little to turn it up, but no, Verizon might lose some FiOS money and we can't have that.

Comment: Re:No new iPod Touch, no update (Score 1) 211

by ShaunC (#47930859) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Without a mobile phone, how would you go about reaching roadside assistance or emergency services?

Any shitty old mobile with no service plan will work to call 911, as long as the battery's charged. A few people you know are probably tossing their old phones in the garbage every year, or you can get an old LG flip phone and a car charger for $20 on eBay.

As for roadside assistance, just take off your pants and stand in traffic! Someone will stop sooner or later.


FBI Completes New Face Recognition System 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the they-know-what-you-did-last-summer dept.
Advocatus Diaboli writes: According to a report from Gizmodo, "After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of tens of millions of U.S. citizen's faces will be captured by the national system on a daily basis. The Next Generation Identification (NGI) program will logs all of those faces, and will reference them against its growing database in the event of a crime. It's not just faces, though. Thanks to the shared database dubbed the Interstate Photo System (IPS), everything from tattoos to scars to a person's irises could be enough to secure an ID. What's more, the FBI is estimating that NGI will include as many as 52 million individual faces by next year, collecting identified faces from mug shots and some job applications." Techdirt points out that an assessment of how this system affects privacy was supposed to have preceded the actual rollout. Unfortunately, that assessment is nowhere to be found.

Two recent news items are related. First, at a music festival in Boston last year, face recognition software was tested on festival-goers. Boston police denied involvement, but were seen using the software, and much of the data was carelessly made available online. Second, both Ford and GM are working on bringing face recognition software to cars. It's intended for safety and security — it can act as authentication and to make sure the driver is paying attention to the road.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 5, Insightful) 154

by ShaunC (#47914439) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

This highlights one of the benefits of the dealer model, there are almost always a *lot* of dealers to choose from and try to get a better deal/experience/vehicle from.

I'm of the opinion that it highlights one of the disadvantages of the dealer model, you often have to go from one dealer to another, haggling and bullshitting, before finally settling on the car you want at a price you feel comfortable with. I'd rather have one place in town that sells what I want, with a clearly marked price, skip the haggling, and do a transaction. Maybe some people enjoy the car buying "experience" but I look at it like any other purchase. I want to do some research ahead of time, walk into the store, buy the product I came for, and leave. It's 2014, it's no longer reasonable to expect consumers to waste an entire weekend trying to buy a car.

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 1) 609

If you live in the region that I suspect you do, 911 was down because massive amounts of rain flooded utility easements and fucked up some copper that AT&T is replacing. If you have any modicum of evidence tying an Apple software update to the problem, take it to the media, I'd sure love to see that story.

Comment: Re:If I was in the NFL I'd be pissed (Score 1) 405

by ShaunC (#47881265) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

I'd be wanting to work at 110% of my ability 24/7, if I was forced to learn/use a device foreign to me I'd be pissed. I don't care if it's a surface, iPad, or chalkboard, let me work in a way that's most productive for me.

Would you look at that differently if you were making an NFL player's salary? I'd happily toss my Android phone and my iPod Touch and replace them with whatever shitty Microsoft devices my boss wanted me to use, if he started paying me a million bucks a year.

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