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Comment: Stupid (Score 1) 197

I am 100% in favor of privacy, but there are places you shouldn't expect privacy. For example if you have your lights on and the windows open you can't expect the right to privacy from the street. If you want to get it on with your partner in your backyard without cover, that does entail a privacy risk. You don't have the right to the airspace of all angles to your home. I mean with adequate zoom you could be filmed or watched from an airplane or satellite too. The way I see it, if I have the right to be someplace, I also have the right to record what I see.

Comment: Re:Thank GOD (Score 1) 96

by backslashdot (#47651463) Attached to: Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

I guess you need your eyes checked, because I can easily tell the difference between a 1080p tablet versus higher resolution tablets because the pixels are visible even at standard viewing distance.

Anyway, looking at Intel's published die area cost, it adds probably a few pennies to the cost of the CPU to add a 4K decoder. Also, the 4K decoder algorithm didn't have to get developed, it was designed years ago. Once the algorithm is designed most of the process shrink work is done automagically in software. It also has virtually no effect on power consumption to include it, the inclusion of 4K costs very very little per cpu so I am not sure what you are complaining about.

All you luddites do is complain when new technology comes out.

Comment: Duh (Score 5, Insightful) 176

by backslashdot (#47520127) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Dropbox has Condoleeza Rice on its board of directors. If anyone remembers, she was Secretary of State and also the president's National Security Advisor during the Bush administration. She basically allowed torture, and is responsible for Guantanamo. She had no problem with torturing people without even doing a basic check to see if the person being tortured was guilty of the crime he was being tortured for. And you want to talk about spying? She was part of the administration that developed the PATRIOT Act. The justification being "it's ok to spy on foreigners" .. Oh and we can DECLARE you a foreigner without any due process by making you prove your Americanness. She was cool with torturing foreigners without giving them any sort of due process, so why would you assume that she wont torture citizens if she was scared into doing so? We already know she doesn't think people need privacy.

Comment: LHC (Score 3) 91

by backslashdot (#47468533) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Everytime the LHC makes the news ... I think congratulations to the EU and then I think about the Superconducting Super Collider being built in Texas which was cancelled in 1993. We should have had these breakthroughs come out 15 years ago. In the United States. Thanks Congress for slowing down the pace of physics. Much appreciated .. NOT.

Comment: FBI crime prediction (Score 1) 435

by backslashdot (#47468069) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Wow, the FBI is so awesome, they can predict exactly what a criminal is gonna do in advance. How about they actually solve a murder, rape, or kidnapping once in a while? 35% of murders don't get solved .. maybe when they get that number down to like 5% I'll start believing the feds when they say it's gonna rain tomorrow. Meanwhile anything to reduce the 30,000 highway deaths per year will be appreciated. If automated cars are illegal, only the federales will have automated cars with a dummy driver.

Comment: Re:Betteridge answers (Score 1) 381

by backslashdot (#47441455) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

But very soon smartwatches will require no charging at all. My guess is they will work off whole room chargers at first and in a few years they'll be so low power that they'll be automatic off movement kinetics -- this would require the display to be ultra low power OLED or e-ink or something like that.Still, at first they can work off whole room charger systems like the one produced by Ossia (google it). Ultimately of course we need new battery technology.

Comment: Re:No voice control? (Score 1) 88

by backslashdot (#47405705) Attached to: Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

It would be trivial for a computer to realize something is being said mid-sentence by measuring the time between your previous word and when you say "computer, adjust the volume".. AS for a demo playing in the background .. yeah that is an issue but i try not to play demos of voice UI interaction in the car. If I did, I would make sure the trigger word to activate a voice command is not "computer" but some name that is rarely used like "Cthulu of the Netherworld".

Comment: You think? (Score 1) 385

Well we have known this for a long long time. Problem is how do we get the government to stop subsidizing fossil fuel?
Voting against the tea party nutcases might be a good start. They are they ones forcing these subsidies:

Land Area that is needed to power the whole world with solar panels using existing technology:

Comment: Re:Extremely scary (Score 1) 211

As an aside, I think I figured out why you never use the "quote parent" button. It's because you absolutely refuse to answer questions or admit when you're wrong. Accordingly, you're just wasting my time.

And again, I should point out that (i) you failed to use the 'quote parent' button or otherwise quote me; (ii) failed to answer any questions from me to you; and (iii) changed the topic yet again, once I pointed out you were wrong. This is just pathetic.

i) I did quote you (using " " rather than quote parent) in my response at
ii) I did answer the ones worth answering. If you have specific ones ask them again I will answer.
iii) I may have been wrong about 35 USC 135 or 35 USC 156 being abused. However my main point is that patent attorneys (probably ones more competent than you) know how to manipulate the patent system such that their patent applications get delayed for long periods. I admit I am very likely wrong about the details of the process in which that is achieved. I thought it was by getting the patent appeal to respond to various issues raised in the application. For example, after you respond to an RCE .. doesn't it throw the clock back onto the USPTO such that the delay extends the term (if it goes over 3 years)? I know that the USPTO delays are not random .. there is something about the patent application that causes it to get into delay hell .. and that's being manipulated. Why is it that the HDTV patents are still unissued? When they do get issued it means (for example) Sony will be able to continue to collect royalties for 17 years from that date. That means HDTV technology will not enter public domain for a very long time.

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