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Comment: Troglodytes? (Score 1, Troll) 163

by briancox2 (#47898251) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World
This and the "Automatic Lip Reading" story both approach the attitude of technophobia. I get it. People are affraid that new technologies will encroach on personal freedoms. But it's a futile attitude. One thing is certain --
progress will occur!

The only solution is for freedom lovers to co-opt the technology itself. Camera's everywhere are a problem? Then pass laws that require all government owned camera's to be publicly accessible on the web to everyone all the time. Drones are encroaching on personal property? Then develop technology for property owners to take over any drone entering private property. And legalize it nationwide.

You can't stop technological progress. You can only take control of the rules that make it unfair. That's what self-government is for -- to empower the populatioon to solve all of the new problems that the society encounters.

Comment: Re: best to do the time in Poland (Score 3, Informative) 110

Apparently none of you have ever tried to do business is Russia, Mexico or Poland. The politicians are corrupt ones. Business just does whatever it can to be free to sell product. And in many countries...this is the result. I consider this a story about Russia and Mexico. Not of HP.

+ - Amazon Instant Video now available on Android->

Submitted by briancox2
briancox2 (2417470) writes "Amazon has avoided releasing the Amazon Instant Video app that is on Fire and Kindle to the general Android market, even though the app has been available for some time on iOS. Now, after a workaround had allowed some users to install the app on Android by fiddling with permissions, Amazon has released the app to many devices calling it "Amazon Instant Video for Google TV". It's not clear yet which devices can run this app. Currently it is not available for older Samsung Galaxy lines, however the Nexus, a major competitor of Amazon's devices, can run the new app."
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+ - Comcast apologizes to man harassed for cancelling service->

Submitted by briancox2
briancox2 (2417470) writes "Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult — breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible.

Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone.

Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud."

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Comment: Re:One word. (Score 1) 483

by briancox2 (#47077549) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny
Can you demonstrate that being unconscious is a more pleasant death than being conscious.

Just because people have convinced themselves that something is better doesn't make it so. Experience belongs to those that have it. Studying blood and brainwaves and chemicals may make the observer feel better about the experience. But it doesn't tell you anything about how the actual act was experienced.