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Comment: Re:But surely... (Score 3, Interesting) 309 309

Not so different...

As I understand Siri, the phone only activates the voice command function (and thus sends what the phone hears to Apple HQ) when the home button is long pressed (unless "hey Siri" or the older "raise to talk" IIRC is activated). If you want voice commands on a Smart TV, it seems they are eavesdropping all the time. Together with what seems to me to be a bit of a luke-warm statement on privacy of this data from Samsung, this seems to be qualitatively different, IMO.

Comment: Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (Score 2) 235 235

Sure fella, or your fucking epileptic ass can TRY A DIFFERENT PRODUCT.

I think it's pretty obvious he meant an epileptic would be driving a car and get a seizure due to passing by a biker with this. Use your brain, asshole.

In most online discussion of cyclists vs car drivers the use of brain seems to be frowned upon.

Comment: Re: What the fuck is a GPA? (Score 4, Funny) 441 441

calling them human is a bit much, there's at least a few billion bug people and then you have the indians (dot not feather) who are at best going to kindly ask you please sir to do their homework for them on stackoverflow.

Don't come to the UK (or many other civilised countries) because I think you've just committed a criminal offence here (under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006). Then again I'm guessing you don't get out of your trailer park often.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 267 267

Hear, hear. Also I suspect "Alcohol" would be the desired treat of choice of most of the "children" roaming the streets here. Hope it rains, Bah Humbug, bloody Yank import *, etc.

* Yes it is, regardless of what Wikipedia says. Trick or treating was vanishingly rare or unknown over here before Buffy and the other high school programmes popularised it (and High School Proms, gawd help us).

Comment: Negative tax bills.... (Score 2) 394 394

Can and do happen is in the UK, and other countries with schemes simimar to the UK's PAYE, where you pay a pre-assessed amount directly from your salary. As it's pre-assessed, and circumstances change, there may be an adjustment, either a bill or a repayment, at the end of the year. For most peoiple this is zero or small. The instance of these "end of year surprises" *should* reduce in the UK from next year, when RTI (Ral Time Information - sort of PAYE on steroids) is intrduced.

Comment: 1989... (Score 1) 92 92

In 1989 there was an earlier Malware scare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS_(trojan_horse) claiming to come from "PC Cyborg Corporation" and demanding money. I worked for a company called Cyborg Systems that made payroll software for IBM Mainframes and the like. PC Plod turned up, wondering if we were branching out...

Comment: Re:mirage (Score 3, Insightful) 272 272

Slashdot eats degree symbols, even if encoded as HTML entities. Alas we cannot poke fun at people for that particular typographical wandering.

Neither the SI temperature unit (K) nor the most common (C) require a pesky degree symbol. As the internets is supposed to be worldwide and modern, perhaps chosing one of those units might have been more appropriate?

Comment: Re:Singularity (Score 1) 202 202

It seems our technology continues to expand in all directions and then collapse into a single device. TVs, PCs, and phones are becoming part of the same thing.

You missed out the next step. The lawyers & marketing bods get involved, realise they are losing money, and split the hardware and software up into discrete items again, that they can sell to you individually. Rinse, and repeat.

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