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Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 3, Insightful) 409

"If you are carrying an illegal substance that a dog can detect without invading your privacy, that's your problem."

Is it really though?

Say dogs didn't exist. That we had to invent a tool that acts as a dog's nose. Say this tool had limited mobility, you couldn't bring it everywhere, only to where it was needed.

What then? Could you not argue that dogs and this invented tool are the same thing?

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 1) 222

by TFlan91 (#49488067) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

By my count I see - logged into Google+ - 14 buttons.

1 Button for the search (depending on what you do, you get many more)
5 Buttons for Google+ Integration
1 Button for View Type (Earth / Map)
1 Button for Help
1 Button for Settings
1 Button for Street View
1 Button for Nearby Imagery ("Explore")
1 Button for Zoom Out
1 Button for Zoom In
1 Button for Current Location

>> there's all of these buttons that do things that the vast majority of users are never going to want to do, and the functionality that people do all the time is buried

I don't see this at all. Seems pretty damn clear cut to me.

Stop yelling "Get off my lawn" and get over it, or use another service.

Comment: Re:why do we continue to do research.. (Score 4, Insightful) 90

by TFlan91 (#49293165) Attached to: Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best

Scientists and engineers are by definition not supposed to be ethical.

You and I, as private citizens, take what they produce, determine if it's ethical/profitable/whatever, and act accordingly. Whether that is enacting a law banning said product, regulating it, or saying let the market do with it as it pleases.

As a programmer, I applaud their skill, and even more so that they were able to complete what they set out to do. As a programmer, I understand why we celebrate these type of stories.

As a private citizen, I do fear for my privacy.

But do not confuse the two perspectives.

Comment: Re:The Rules (Score 1) 347

by TFlan91 (#49243795) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

How does this:

3) No Paid Prioritization - An ISP can't tell a website that the website will be slowed down unless they pay for "fast lane access." (Note: This doesn't mean the ISP can't sell users faster speeds for more money. Just that ISPs can't try to double-dip by charging web content providers to allow/speed up their traffic through the ISP's network as well as charging users for the Internet access to get the web content.)

Affect Netflix and that whole deal, if at all

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young