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Comment: Re:PROOF (Score 3, Informative) 275

by badboy_tw2002 (#47968509) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

No, they demonstrated that the conspiracy theorists claims that the photograph was fake because there wasn't enough illumination given the position of the sun and lunar module are incorrect. The additional "light source" is the reflection off Armstrong's suit, and not some sound stage. The claim is "there's no possible way this could have happened", and they showed one plausible way, thus negating the assertion.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 1) 730

by badboy_tw2002 (#47865417) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Most banks can already notify you by text. I have all my cards set up this way - any activity (charge, check, atm, anything) tosses a text to my phone. Most of the time if its run through one of those terminals I'll get the text in under 5s. Any payment I don't recognize I can instantly call the card company about, so there's no need to wait for a statement, you can do it in real time.

Comment: Re:does this need refactoring (Score 5, Funny) 260

by badboy_tw2002 (#47183685) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Most taxi services have an "anti-serial killer" clause in their contracts. If you are a serial killer, they won't hire you. This is accomplished by swearing on the job application form that you are, in fact, NOT a serial killer. If they find out later on that you ARE a serial killer, they will terminate the contract and you will no longer be able to drive the cab, thus keeping the taxi industry 100% serial killer free. As far as I know, niether Lyft nor Uber have taken any steps whatsoever to prevent serial killers from working for them, which means that as a rider you have no idea if your driver is going to murder you, after having already murdered someone else. (It takes more than one murder to be a serial killer).

So yeah, this is a good thing.

Facebook

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations 304

Posted by timothy
from the beacon-of-tolerance-and-privacy dept.
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "An Iranian judge has summoned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer allegations that his company's apps have breached people's privacy, it was reported Tuesday. The court in Fars province ordered that Zuckerberg address unspecified 'violation of privacy' claims made by Iranians over the reach of Facebook-owned apps, ISNA news agency reported. 'Based on the judge's verdict, the Zionist manager of Facebook... should report to the prosecutor's office to defend himself and make compensation for damages,' Rouhollah Momen-Nasab, a senior Iranian Internet security official, told ISNA. Access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, are routinely blocked by Iranian authorities, as are other websites considered un-Islamic or detrimental to the regime."

Comment: Re:Kind of a problem ... (Score 1) 626

by badboy_tw2002 (#47052447) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

I love the thought as much as the next guy, but there's some serious stuff we'll have to get used to. Like not being able to control when our car gets maintenance. Otherwise if you ignore that break warning and your car smashes in to the back of someone else on the way to the airport you're still got responsibility. Liability laws aren't going to go away just because the cars are autonomous. My furnace is "autonomous" because it exists while I'm not there, but I'm still liable if it explodes and catches the neighbors house on fire. Liability insurance is going nowhere with this stuff.

Cellphones

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts? 482

Posted by timothy
from the be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: "It's not trivial to explain why cell phone companies find it profitable to sell phones at a deep up-front discount and make it back over a two-year contract. Why don't other companies sell similarly-priced goods the same way? (And why, for that matter, has T-Mobile found it more profitable to do the opposite, selling the phone and the service separately?) I'm trying to come up with an explanation that makes realistic and consistent assumptions about the stupidity of the buying public, and still makes sense." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

Comment: Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 5, Insightful) 481

by badboy_tw2002 (#46868209) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

Its not security via obscurity because the real security doesn't rely on the lack of 8" floppies. The real protection is a) not being hooked up to the internet, b) lots of doors & guys with weapons standing between you and the control station. But I guess if some airforce commander throws a few bones to a dumb journalist and has a laugh about it back at the club with the boys, is that obscuring the real security?

Comment: Re:Titanfall's pros and cons (Score 3, Funny) 117

I've played both and I'm actually partial to the XOne version. The game "feels" better designed for a game pad vs mouse/keyboard, and it has the pacing that's better suited to relaxing on the couch. WIth the titans, the fast twitch you get with the mouse isn't as big a deal, and the wall running stuff lend's itself better to a controller situation. I think a lot of FPS stuff fails to translate to console, but some of them can be quite good if the dev's think about it beyond "right stick == mouse look".

Google

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-see-you-with dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Starting at 9 a.m. ET on April 15 anyone in the US will be able to buy Google Glass for one day. From the article: 'This is the first time the device has been available to the general public. So far, the face-mounted computers have been sold only to Google "Explorers," the company's name for early adopters. At first only developers could buy Glass, but Google slowly expanded the program to include regular people. Some were hand-picked, others applied to be Explorers through Google contests by sharing what cool projects they would do if they had Glass.'"

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