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Comment Inevitable (Score 1) 106

War is all about winning at virtually all cost. In today's world that will increasingly mean autonomous weaponry. Aircraft in particular have passed the ability of a human pilot to control. The biggest limiting factor in warplane development is the pilot.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 4, Interesting) 355

I think most people are okay with ads. The shit that assaults your computer isn't advertising. I've been using adblock for a while now. So long that when I recently did a fresh install of Linux on an old laptop I picked up I forgot to set up adblock on Firefox. I was stunned at how aggressive ads are now. Unbelievable.

Comment Subservient? (Score 5, Insightful) 506

The damn thing better be subservient. It's my phone and I can abuse it if I want to. Honestly I can't see myself propositioning my phone but the first time the thing comes back at me with a put down it's not long for this world. As an aside I remember a guy that came into my shop TDY and he had just gotten a new iPhone with Siri when all that started at Apple. One of our guys asked it where the nearest whorehouse was as a joke and it brought up a list of escort services. We all laughed but 3 of the guys came in the next week with new iPhones. An accurate answer to any question should be the standard.

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 1) 167

It's a sad fact that you are correct. It applies in fact to almost everything in life. Most people, as long as you let them alone to do pretty much as they please, care little about anything going on under the surface. We see this with things like the "Patriot Act" and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Nobody cares unless they can't see their favorite show.

Comment Re:Cats & dogs living together (Score 1) 167

People don't mind ads until they take over your phone. I hate when viewing a site having an ad pop up to cover what I'm trying to read. That doesn't inspire me to buy anything. I tend to hate the people doing it to the point that if I note what they're selling I vow never to buy it. Getting in my face is the wrong way to sell me anything and I wonder what kind of people actually buy stuff from those shitstains using that kind of method.

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