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Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 2) 327

Though unlikely to change your opinion, Krugman has an interesting piece on how they're not so radical after all, but pretty much following textbook macro. Don't like Krugman? Well, he predicted the economic quagmire that we're in now. Bill Gross was so off he got kicked out of his own firm.

If you're reactionary, everything pretty much looks like radicalism,

Comment: Effort in policing is a a feature, not a bug (Score 4, Insightful) 392

The Constitution put in barriers to policing. It's a filter, making it cost a bit if you want to go after someone. This doesn't totally eliminate the threat of tyranny, but it slows it down quite a bit.

So, this clown is saying "hey, if you don't let us do this low effort illegal spying, we're gonna do high effort illegal spying". Even if he's right, this is still good news to me. You need to put shoes on the ground to go after folks. I can't do a blanket surveillance on everyone, no more LOVEINT illegal spying just because you can. I think this is better than even stronger laws. I can ignore the laws of man, but harder to ignore the laws of economics.

Comment: TMobile CellSpot routers are ASUS routers (Score 2) 68

So, i have a free-while-youre-with-tmobile router from TMobile. Its a NTAC68U with a custom firmware. The custom firmware IS vulnerable. But, the firmware is simplified, and doesn't have any way of getting a command line interface to run killall.

Im a geek, so I can reflash to Merlin or something like that. But most people with these routers will be non-technical folks. I hope the TMobile folks patch this quickly.

Comment: Pono Player? (Score 2, Interesting) 391

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48745361) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Neil Young already has the Pono Player. It plays FLAC.

Cooler name origin, just $400 (BKA one third the price), Kickstarter funded. And helps you keep on rockin' in the free world

My cube mate has a $300 bland iPod-ish thing with it's own FLAC capable firmware, and a true hardware amp. Did i mention $300, B.K.A. one fourth the price.

Methinks this is a non-starter. They will sell when heavily discounted, much like the HP Tablets finally sold (as Linux devices) when prices came down.

Comment: Re:They said that about cell phones (Score 1) 386

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48719721) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Depends. I think the docking and unloading may be one place where the programming to get this right may be more expensive than actual humans.

Think of restaurants. You can drop hundreds of thousands to build a robot to be a waiter.

Or you can throw iPads at every table for orders and payment, and dump all waiters and cashiers for a much smaller number of servers. Its not about tech, it's about cost. Externalize the feeling thinking humans to be just a cost and get rid of the suckers that dare ask for wages.

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 1) 420

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48705763) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

I remember StarOffice. Crazy ass hacked together Office Suite used to battle MS Office. Just one of many side projects that Scot McNealy did at Sun. If he dropped those, and actually worked on his SPARC processors so that the $10,000 workstation didn't get smacked by a $2000 Intel PC, he may still be CEO of Sun.

The irony of fighting the MS Evil Empire, waste so much resources doing so that he was swallowed by the Oracle Evil Empire.

Comment: Re:They said that about cell phones (Score 1) 386

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48699079) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Driverless cars? A better feature proposition (it'd make the commute much easier and enjoyable), but the feature is limited to certain roads/speeds, and after seeing the price hikes for a hybrid, one can only imagine what the driverless feature set will cost you as someone out shopping for a new car.

This will be a hit commercially. Think about all the drivers you need to pay. I see two huge holes to plug.

1) Taxis. Don't worry about Uber. A redesigned,small, driverless taxi, taking Google Pay, using Google maps.
Saves gas (no need to circle, wait for a page). Less space (two seat taxis can do much of what's needed for taxis).

2) Long haul trucking. Drivers have limits on to how long they can drive. To get their quotas they regularly violate them. Safety issues abound. What if you just drove to a highway (human) let the truck drive itself across country, then you drive it to dock it.

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