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Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 0) 860 860

It's a fucking scam to lure people into the store and buy shit.

How exactly is it a scam? It didn't lie to you. It didn't say it was broken, out of paper, etc. It just said "please see register for receipt".

Heaven forbid a company does something in an attempt to get you to buy something. Next thing you'll know, stores will put convenience items within easy reach of the checkout, price things at a odd dollar amount, or sell things BOGO instead of half off in an attempt to get you to buy more.

Comment Re:Uncontrollable? (Score 1) 66 66

What's to fix?

Too windy? A 3d printed drone won't be applicable for that mission, much the same way a Zodiac-based landing party wouldn't be suitable during a hurricane.

Need to launch? Toss in air. It's launched.

Need to land? Land. If it falls in the water, oh well. Your disposable drone is disposed of. It's not like these are $4m Predators being made. The military spends more on consumables to flush a toilet than what these cost to make.

Comment Re:Department of Homeland Security (Score 2) 218 218

You do realize that the TSA is only about 1/4 of DHS by number of employees and 12% of the budget, right? I think you're really selling short the amount of damage they excel at if you only go with stealing cameras and groping underage genitalia.

Comment Re:Raising questions about freedom of speech? (Score 1) 298 298

Criminals, incarcerated or released, do lose some liberties. However they do no automatically lose all 1st Amendment rights. The Supreme Court case Turner v. Safley created the "Turner Standard" that asks "whether a prison regulation that impinges on inmates' constitutional rights is 'reasonably related' to legitimate penological interests."

For instance, prisoners are generally allowed to practice their choice religion, send as well as receive communications from the outside world, or seek redress of grievances from the government. Prisons may limit some aspects of these as they fall under penological interests such as maintaining order and security.

In Chief Keef case, yeah, he looks to be generally to be a piece of filth. However he's currently not convicted of a crime that he has not served his sentence for. Being a piece of filth also doesn't revoke your constitutional rights.


Windows 10 Launches 314 314

An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft officially released Windows 10 in 190 countries as a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 7 or later. Major features include Continuum (which brings back the start menu and lets you switch between a keyboard/mouse UI and a touch UI without forcing you into one or the other), the Cortana digital assistant, the Edge browser, virtual desktops, DirectX 12 support, universal apps, an Xbox app, and security improvements. Reviews of the operating system generally consider it an improvement over Windows 8.1, despite launch-day bugs. Peter Bright writes, "Windows 8 felt unfinished, but it was an unfinished thought. ... Windows 10 feels unfinished, but in a different way. The concept of the operating system is a great deal better than its predecessor. It's better in fact than all of its predecessors. ... For all my gripes, it's the right idea, and it's implemented in more or less the right way. But I think it's also buggier than Windows 8.1, 8, 7, or Vista were on their respective launch days." Tom Warren draws similar conclusions: "During my testing on a variety of hardware, I've run into a lot of bugs and issues — even with the version that will be released to consumers on launch day. ... Everything about Windows 10 feels like a new approach for Microsoft, and I'm confident these early bugs and issues will be addressed fairly quickly."

MPEG LA Announces Call For DASH Patents 66 66

An anonymous reader writes: The MPEG LA has announced a call for patents essential to the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (or DASH) standard. According to the MPEG LA's press release, "Market adoption of DASH technology standards has increased to the point where the market would benefit from the availability of a convenient nondiscriminatory, nonexclusive worldwide one-stop patent pool license." The newly formed MPEG-DASH patent pool's licensing program will allegedly offer the market "efficient access to this important technology."

NVIDIA Tegra X1 Performance Exceeds Intel Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs 57 57

An anonymous reader writes: A NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV modified to run Ubuntu Linux is providing interesting data on how NVIDIA's latest "Tegra X1" 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC compares to various Intel/AMD/MIPS systems of varying form factors. Tegra X1 benchmarks on Ubuntu show strong performance with the X1 SoC in this $200 Android TV device, beating out low-power Intel Atom/Celeron Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs, and in some workloads is even getting close to an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" NUC. The Tegra X1 features Maxwell "GM20B" graphics and the total power consumption is less than 10 Watts.

Comment Re:Just in time to phase it out (Score 1) 92 92

A good patent troll wouldn't explicitly state a particular algorithm. Rather they would word it so that ANY algorithm would apply.

A method to send something from something via something after applying something so that someone can unapplying something to read the something on something.


Hacker Set To Demonstrate 60 Second Brinks Safe Hack At DEFCON 147 147

darthcamaro writes: Ok so we know that Chrysler cars will be hacked at Black Hat, Android will be hacked at DEFCON with Stagefright, and now word has come out that a pair of security researchers plan on bringing a Brinks safe onstage at DEFCON to demonstrate how it can be digitally hacked. No this isn't some kind of lockpick, but rather a digital hack, abusing the safe's exposed USB port. And oh yeah, it doesn't hurt that the new safe is running Windows XP either.

Comment Re:Unregulated speech, must stop at all costs! (Score 1) 298 298

But did he perform there? He was half way across the country at the time of the performance. You don't perform a movie, you show it. I'd say a hologram is just as much a movie that you show then it is a physical presence of a concert that your perform.

Laws and ordinances are all about very specific wording, just look at the recent Obamacare Supreme Court decision where they argued about a single word and what it really meant.


Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Revealed In MPAA Emails 255 255

vivaoporto writes: Techdirt reports on a plan to run an anti-Google smear campaign via the Today Show and the WSJ discovered in MPAA emails. Despite the resistance of the Hollywood studios to comply with the subpoenas obtained by Google concerning their relationship with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (whose investigation of the company appeared to actually be run by the MPAA and the studios themselves) one of the few emails that Google have been able to get access to so far was revealed this Thursday in a filling. It's an email between the MPAA and two of Jim Hood's top lawyers in the Mississippi AG's office, discussing the big plan to "hurt" Google.

The lawyers from Hood's office flat out admit that they're expecting the MPAA and the major studios to have its media arms run a coordinated propaganda campaign of bogus anti-Google stories. One email reads: "Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see about working with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The "live buys" should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed."

As Google notes in its legal filing about this email, the "plan" states that if this effort fails, then the next step will be to file the subpoena (technically a CID or "civil investigatory demand") on Google, written by the MPAA but signed by Hood. This makes it pretty clear that the MPAA, studios and Hood were working hand in hand in all of this and that the subpoena had no legitimate purpose behind it, but rather was the final step in a coordinated media campaign to pressure Google to change the way its search engine works.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982