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Comment Re:woooh technology is out to git ya (Score 1) 214

Mostly because he's assuming that an autonomous car will be exactly like a current car + driver ... but with a really stupid robot driver that will do anything you tell it to do. Don't assume that.

I won't assume anything, but I question how autonomous cars are going to negotiate with other cars, something I do on a daily basis. And I'm not just talking about the famous one-fingered salute. For example, to get out of my driveway I need to make a right hand turn on to a busy street that often has a long line of cars stopped at a light. I've found through trial and error that the quickest way to get moving is to roll my window down, stick my arm out the window, give the next car in line a jaunty wave, a toothsome grin, then I clearly mouth the words "Thank You!". Even if they previously had no intention of letting me in, since I've preemptively thanked them, 98% of the time they'll let me go (the other 2% are clearly sociopaths.)

Now with autonomous cars on the road how are such interactions going to be handled?

Comment Re:You Can't prove Nothing (Score 3, Interesting) 150

So I guess it's open season for murder, then.

I recently learned that necrophilic acts are not illegal in Massachusetts. So if you murder someone there is no downside (legally) to molesting the corpse.

Not quite sure what to do with this information, but I thought it was interesting.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 4, Insightful) 456

From TFA:

"Several people in the UK have been diagnosed with electrosensitivity and received help for the disability but any financial allowance usually refers to a different name for the condition or a related condition," it [the court] said in a statement.

I'll bet the judge decided she was so delusional as to be unfit to work, and gave her benefits based on that. The "different name for the condition" could be delusional thinking (or whatever the correct psychiatric term for that is - IANAP). Mental illness certainly can be debilitating.

Comment Re:Start me up (Score 1) 284

Edie Brickell had a much more philosophical view in the cross-promotional video sample that came with the Windows 95 installation CD-ROM. "Good times, bad times, gimme some of that."

In retrospect, instead of the BSOD, Miscrosoft should have popped up the phrase in a little text bubble and had that song sweetly playing in the background ...

Comment Re: I'm OK without privacy. (Score 1) 83

Didn't the FBI, less than a year ago, declare that people who know, or talk about VPNS or encryption potential terrorists that should immediately be reported as such to their local law enforcement...?

No, that's complete bullshit. VPNs and encryption are perfectly legal to use and considered to be essential security tools. Especially useful if you live under a repressive anti-privacy government like the US.

Comment Re:Secret Laws and Rules are the Threat to Securit (Score 1) 264

We can NOT have freedom when we have secret laws & courts.

To make matters worse, ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law does not excuse) is a fundamental legal principle in this country. Coupled with secret laws, no one can claim with certainty that they are a law-abiding citizen. That's probably what's driving the total surveillance state - we're all criminals that just haven't realized it yet.

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

Because voting is a right reserved for citizens of the US and the political subdivision holding the election. Stopping people who aren't citizens from voting is a good thing for all of us.

Ahem. You have to register to vote. This already stops people show aren't citizens from voting. Let's stop all this nonsense involving made up scenarios and recognize the real reason behind voter ID laws are to keep poor and minority populations from voting for the democratic party.

The funny thing is, despite these shenanigans and the ridiculous gerrymandering and faux news shows, the GOP is destined to fail. It just a matter of time now. You cannot keep the majority of people voting against their own interests indefinitely. It's just not sustainable.

Comment Re:With those figures ? (Score 2) 131

I've been hearing criticism of the academic publishers for about 20 years by people who are directly impacted and who also have the ability to do something about it. They choose not to.

Aaron Schwartz did choose to change the system. I likely don't need to remind you how that turned out.

Comment Re: He's got company (Score 4, Insightful) 442

Trump is also the most likely of the candidates to start World War III. Big ego, a propensity for insulting others, and access to nukes is probably not a good combination to have in a leader. Just look to North Korea to see the possibilities.

Comment Re:Free alternatives? (Score 3) 90

A hacker can really screw with someone without elevating to admin. All the juicy stuff is in the user accounts anyway. In a few seconds they can get your financial information, passwords, email contacts, the screenplay you're working on, any photos of an adult nature that happen to be there...

In contrast, the admin account is quite dull. You already know what's on that. I get the point that once you get admin you can install your badware and stick around for a while, but once you've got all the really good stuff is in the user accounts why bother.

Comment Re:It's the base assumption that its invalid (Score 1) 392

Is a process that takes 2^64 years possible or impossible?

By definition it is possible. It just will take a while. When a figure like that is used to describe an encryption algorithm, it is meant to estimate the average (or sometimes maximum) time it would take to brute force the algorithm for a given key length. It is highly improbable, but far from impossible, to crack strong encryption in much less time than the figure given.

One time pad encryption is another story. That is actually impossible to decrypt give any length of time as each possible output of the decryption process is equally likely. The attacker can never know when they've got it right.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 5, Funny) 663

No no no, thyroids are mythical.

I assure you thyroid glands are real. When you go to the doctor and he palpates the base of your neck he is checking your thyroid.

If you don't believe in prostate glands either, you're in for a big surprise when your doctor decides to check it.

Comment Re:Apples vs Oranges (Score 1) 56

The article also talks of how IoT isn't very lucrative, not too surprising since its not even standardized across vendors (afaik) and needs more public awareness.

IoT is a solution in search of a problem, IMO. I don't necessarily want my toaster posting on Facebook every time I make me a sandwich. I know what's in my fridge without looking. I have no need to adjust the temperature in my home when I'm not there.

You can probably tell that I'm a late adopter of technology. This is one I can't fathom ever getting. I just don't get it.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?