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Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 3, Insightful) 556

Seems to me that the problem is people wanting to complain over nothing. So what if an album (and it's not like it's something offensive) gets added to your iTunes account as a 'purchased' product?

Maybe Apple could have added a new category with a separate list of "Free Media" or something, but seriously? I'm no fan of Apple but this is a storm in a molehill.

Comment: Re:HAL 9000 (Score 1) 119

by fractoid (#47906107) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading
In addition to the other suggestions made here, one use case for machine lip reading is tracking multiple simultaneous conversations in a crowd. You could theoretically have searchable index of anything anyone said in view of a particular camera (whereas once more than 2-3 people are talking at once, it becomes almost impossible to separate out their individual speech.)

Comment: Re:And it looks abysmal too (Score 1) 130

by fractoid (#47905587) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Exactly. I hate seeing 3D printing touted as a mass production technique when in fact it's terrible for that. Traditional mass production methods like injection molding, vacuum forming, milling, etc. are intrinsically better in most cases and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

3D printing is great for prototyping and very short production runs, not for mass production.

Comment: Re:it's over: the media (in the US) have moved on. (Score 0) 237

You think it started with this? US media didn't even want to report on the issues with Obama, rather all they wanted to do was sing about his racial background without doing any digging. Media in the US has long since moved from "providing information and letting you make a choice" to "telling you their point of view, framed as news." This is why Journolist existed.

As for cultural attention span being exhausted? Hah no. Rather the media is doing it's best to try and change the viewpoint on anything that happens especially when it becomes too "hot in the kitchen."

Comment: Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (Score 1) 319

by Mashiki (#47903633) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Well, they're close, anyway. In the real world, around 8 and 4, or even 7:30 and 4:30 is a better choice when you're using two hands.

It has nothing to do with power steering, it has all to do with the ability to make a turn without removing your hands from the wheel.

Comment: Machine intelligence (Score 1) 1

by mcgrew (#47901717) Attached to: Turing "Test" was Really Alan's Attempt at a Joke

I had an idea that might not be so dangerous and pulled out my fone. âoeComputer,â I said, âoewhat's the best way to knock that bitch out?â
        The fone said âoeParse error, there are no female dogs on board and âknockâ(TM) is not in context. Please rephrase.â
        Who programs these God damned stupid things, anyway? Back when computers were new, science fiction movies had computers that could think. These stupid computers sure can't. God damn it, I was going to have to talk like I went to college... only I ain't went to college, damn it.

Comment: Re:above, below, and at the same level. ZFS is eve (Score 1) 366

by badkarmadayaccount (#47900825) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux
Except that LVM is a PITA, mixing with RAID makes it even more so, and the RAID is unaware of the actual used space, making RAID 5 or 6 very expensive, not to mention it cant assist FS level checksumming with restoring individual blocks, you need to fail the whole drive. Implementing network transparency at the block level is inefficient, but no other FS has ZFS connect functionality.

Comment: Re:Good episode of Frontline (Score 0, Flamebait) 119

by Mashiki (#47898935) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

There's a simple solution then, we go back to doing what we had every time there was a serious outbreak of some disease. Quarantine and cutting that area off, eventually it'll simply kill the stupid people off. Something that most people don't realize is that many places outside of the western world, the understanding of the spread of infectious disease is where Europe was in the 900-1200's.

Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 4, Interesting) 205

by jon3k (#47896763) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8
It's why I never understand comparing Android and iOS benchmarks. We run benchmark software on them, compare the two, then run completely different operating systems and applications on top of them. Android benchmarks routinely show better performance than IOS. But everytime I use an Apple iPhone it "feels faster" and is completely stutter free.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 211

by Tuidjy (#47896015) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

I cannot decide whether you lack comprehension of your own native language, or whether you are deliberately obtuse. Or maybe you believe that North America's civilization, which I do not dispute, means that your property is magically safe because the people around you are a different breed from the ones populating the rest of the world.

Let me recap.

You said: I don't see how that is different from what happens on earth (aside from the space fairy dust). Whoever digs the hole generally owns the minerals extracted.

This is completely incorrect everywhere I have been, and that certainly includes the United States, where I currently work. (BTW, the countries you call 'tiny' include six of the eight largest economies in the world)

In general, oil, gas and minerals in the US belong not to whoever digs the hole, but to whoever owns the land directly above them. That is different from most other countries in the world, where they belong to the State, period. Even in the US, the resource rights can be separated from surface ownership by an explicit deed, and there are provisions according to which land owners can be forced to sell their rights, even if they are already exploiting the resources, or even if the extraction of the resources will detrimentally affect their use of their property.

Familiarize yourself with the laws of your own country! They vary from state to state, but they have a few things in common. The most important thing, of which you are clearly unaware, is that you own fuck all. The deeds, titles, etc. which allow you to use land or resources are granted by the State, and the State can unilaterally break the contract if it deems it necessary. People living on lands needed for malls, people farming above oil deposits, people raising livestock on 'frackable' terrain... those have all learned exactly how much their deeds and titles are worth. Because the US is civilized, they will be reimbursed by their losses... exactly as much as those who matter think that they should be paid.

I explicitly said: the one holding a contract with the entity able to use violence to overwhelm anyone else. Who the hell do you think I was referring to? Who do you think has its monopoly on using violence enshrined in law?

Space will be no different. Resources will belong to whoever has come to an agreement with the entity that can enforce its will (project force, has monopoly on violence, blah blah blah) Right now, there is no entity that can do this in space, which means that if you could extract the resources, you could pretend you own them as long as you stay away from Earth. Once you enter the sphere of influence of various States, things will be different.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 211

by Tuidjy (#47894441) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

I don't see how that is different from what happens on earth (aside from the space fairy dust). Whoever digs the hole generally owns the minerals extracted.

Where are you from? Because I have lived in a dozen countries, on three continents, and the minerals have either belonged to the one being able to use violence to overwhelm anyone else who wants them, or to the one holding a contract an the entity able to use violence to overwhelm anyone else. (Also know as the State. The contract often has a name like deed, title, etc...)

There is no property, and I doubt there has ever been property, without the means to protect it. In the past, and in some shitty places in the present, that means the owner being able to protect it himself. But we, as a society, have decided that it is more efficient (for those who matter) to actually have a mechanism that allows property to be protected by a larger group than the owner.

I doubt space will be any different. When it is in the interest of those who matter, they will get together and come up with a mechanism that will allow people who matter to exploit space resources. By definition, if a group can keep other groups out, that's the only group that matters.

Now, everyone has his own opinion on who matters... I will not bother arguing about that.

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John and Destiny left the houseboat parked on a space port pad they had rented at the spaceport at the Meridian Bay dome and got in a cab. Destiny said "I don't want to shop on an empty stomach. Taxi, take us to a restaurant that serves eggs and pork sausage this time of day."
"Wow," John said. "That's going to be an expensive place."
"Well, I'm buying. You said you never tried pork sa

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