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Comment: Re:I love it when the IEEE... (Score 2) 37

by Em Adespoton (#47786035) Attached to: IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

It took me a while to parse your comment... as the IEEE is an international standards body. Then I realized that you weren't talking about nation states, but half of the party system in the US... and then was lost again figuring out how a standards body pushing a security standard for SAs related to political gerrymandering in the US. Did you mean that the Republican party of the US is intentionally trying to make the Internet less secure, and that an international standards body setting down guidelines for big business to follow when architecting new software designs would somehow annoy them because somehow people would suddenly be required to use such standards to develop software like SSL/LTSP/SSH/etc?

Comment: Re:Why is this treated differently (Score 1) 161

by MightyYar (#47785395) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Right, but you HAVE to take the new phone when you are up for it, or you leave money on the table. If you promptly re-sell the phone this might work out financially. (Or in the unlikely event that your phone wears out or breaks at exactly the same interval as your replacement schedule.) The payment plans are a much better deal (if the interest rate isn't too high), since the payment eventually stops. The subsidy in the old plans went on forever.

Comment: Re: Official Vehicles (Score 1) 256

by Em Adespoton (#47785015) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

If I'd stated that damage on impact was polynomial, I would have been technically correct, but would have drawn blank stares, even on slashdot. Plus, x^1 is polynomial technically. Squared would have been more accurate, but would have just made the sentence more complicated.

So I'll leave the pedantry up to the responses, and let people understand the implication based on what I originally said.

+ - Fraunhofer's Google Glass App Detects Human Emotions in Real Time->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Over a number of years, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed software to measure human emotion through face detection and analysis. Dubbed SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition), the technology has the potential to aid communication for those with disabilities. Now the team has repurposed the software as an app for Google Glass, with a view to bringing its emotion-detecting technology to the world."
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Comment: Re: Send in the drones! (Score 1) 783

by Teancum (#47780849) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Neville Chamberlain was in a tough position as the United Kingdom had pretty much disposed of their military in the aftermath of World War I. Their navy was certainly world-class, but the army and anything which could be used to stop Germany was basically non-existent. Ditto for the U.S. Army (which even had serious legislation going before Congress to completely disband the U.S. Army altogether and rely strictly on the state militias for national defense). The rest of the world was disarming at the time Germany was moving into the Rhineland and elsewhere.

Military intelligence was also miserable at the time, where Germany purposely inflated the numbers of their soldiers by marching the same units across prominent bridges (easily seen by observers)... only to ship them by train back to Germany to have them march again over the same bridge several times. Basically the UK & France thought Germany had many more soldiers involved in those early occupations than really was the case and something that might have been stopped simply by calling Germany's bluff.

I don't know if it is too late to do that with Putin's Russia or not... which I suppose is the question some are asking right now.

Comment: Re:I'm all for it... (Score 1) 3

by Em Adespoton (#47780457) Attached to: The downside of police having cameras

I'd put this slightly differently -- the same situations where you wouldn't want Google Glass are the ones where you probably wouldn't want a police officer looking around. However, I don't see the bodycam as violating any more rights than the officer already does -- we just give the officer an exemption in exchange for safety/security -- NOT in exchange for privacy; that's the realm of security guards.

So yeah; if a police officer is somewhere/doing something they don't have a reason to do, I want the bodycam. If they've got nothing to hide, the bodycam's not going to add much more to the equation.

Comment: Re:Depend on faith? (Score 1) 200

by Em Adespoton (#47780305) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

I think what the question really shows is that Canadians have a much stronger grasp of the English language, and don't see a few buzzwords and ignore the context. It's one thing to "walk by faith and not by sight" but quite another to think that we depend too much on knowledge (science = knowledge... scientific method or scientists are different kettles of poutine).

+ - The downside of police having cameras 3

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Why do we object to people wearing Google Glass but call for police to be equiped with cameras? True wearing a camera would make it more difficult for officers to lie (unless the camera accidentaly breaks). But just as Google Glass picks up everything — so would a police offier's camera. Do we want that?"

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 783

by Teancum (#47778179) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Afghanistan might as well be called the place where empires die. The last military force to successfully occupy and control Afghanistan was Mongolia under Gengis Kahn (and even that can be debated). That the USSR failed in nearly the same places where the British Empire failed earlier, and before them Alexander of Macedonia (aka "the Great"). Rome never even bothered to try (although they certainly knew about the place). The jury is still out on America, but it doesn't look pretty.

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