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Comment: Re:Almost any car from the last 5-10 years should (Score 1) 194

by Sowelu (#48435561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Personally I'd be happy to hack my car's windows in the opposite direction. On the driver side only, if you tap "up", it rolls up all the way--you have to hold it down for it to not do that. Which means if you want to adjust it a quarter of an inch, you have to go down and then up, or up too far and then back down.

Comment: Re:what would be useful (Score 1) 29

by Sowelu (#48430661) Attached to: Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

If you had a program that could generate a scale invariant hash of an image, and given a command line tool that could tell you the resolution of an image (which exist, just don't know the names), I'm pretty sure you could do that in a single line in bash.

Wouldn't be surprised if there was a program that generated an image hash. Even better if it generates a value where stronger features are higher bits and smaller features (that could be lost in scaling) are lower bits, so you could truncate and compare? That might be too fiddly.

Comment: Re:Obedience is now a virtue? (Score 1) 66

by Sowelu (#48414357) Attached to: NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

Come on, use a little context. These are third graders. This isn't obedience like "march with your right arm up", this is behaving basic rules like "don't run in class, don't talk over the teacher, put your phone away, turn in your work on time". Intelligently questioning authority is a real virtue, blind disobedience is not. We live in a country where high schoolers can barely find their own country on a map. Obeying instructions in class is something we could use more of.

Comment: Re:Wait, what's the problem here? (Score 1) 66

by Sowelu (#48414283) Attached to: NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

If their entire business model is based on hosting the data themselves, providing it as a (probably subscription) service, then no it's not trivial to rectify. Maybe trivial technically, but since when have technical problems been the hardest part of life? Besides, your average school district's IT budget means that it's not even easy to host themselves if they wanted to and had the code. Who are you going to pay to keep the server up and running etc?

A big draw of a service like this is that it just works, because there's people far away somewhere magically maintaining it. If you force every school to maintain it themselves, the big benefits go away, and just tracking it on paper becomes way more attractive again.

Comment: Re:Cooled? (Score 1) 246

by Sowelu (#48356119) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Saying that Mars has an atmosphere, while true, is maybe a bit too generous. I could easily believe that it can't cool sufficiently. Besides, wearing big bulky suits here on Earth, even in cold weather, can give you overheating issues, and these ones would have to be very big and very bulky indeed to last for very long.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein