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Comment Re:3D printers don't jail people (Score 1) 311

I figure the solution is simple. All you need to do is hack the government officials computers and drop the files then make some concerned citizen phone calls. All the officials go to jail for a decade and we can move on with some more intelligent replacements (hopefully).

Of course, in reality your phone calls about questionable contents on govt official computers would go ignored and nothing would change. You'd probably get caught and go to jail for computer crimes. But one can dream.

Comment Re:Autonomous "Driving" needs to be truly driverle (Score 1) 247

The issue here is informing the public. Being a non-pilot myself I have no idea how the "system" notifies the pilot that he needs to take control. Then how does the pilot indicate that he's is ready to take control?

The last thing I want is the car "I don't know what to do. You take it" and giving up control. If there's a buzzer and/or light indicating "I want you to take control" while it continues so I can grab the wheel and hit a button or tap the brakes (like turning off cruise control) would work fine in my opinion. I think manual mode is necessary for places that an autonomous car just won't know how to handle. Some service vehicle need to go down a service road (essentially a dirt road, perhaps overgrown some). I don't think an autonomous car will gladly go driving through the woods. The service roads along train tracks would also be places you don't want "user" vehicles, but service vehicles need to go on. Service vehicles also have arbitrary destinations, or "stop here" moments.

Your regular user vehicle is a much simpler "take me to the mall" use case. An autonomous car might even be able to drop you off and go park itself. How nice would that be at Christmas time?

Comment Re:Black Boxes??? (Score 1) 247

I don't agree with the "shared roads" argument. It feels like a "if you want to use this you need to use it this way" policy. I'm more of a "once I bought it I'll use it how I'd like to" kind of guy.

That said you can feel free to remove your black box, but when my black box does not demonstrate that I'm at fault and you don't have a black box - guess who's at fault? You are. At least that's how the law should be worded.

A black box doesn't transmit data anywhere so there is no tracking/spying. Unless someone's coming to your car an regularly downloading the last X minutes of activity (all the black box records) then you're safe. The only time it's data comes into play is when they read that data after an accident.

Comment Re:Geofences (Score 1) 165

Yea. I was thinking that both examples given are temporary no-fly locations. The woods (where the forest fire is) would normally be a fine place to fly. A police manhunt is "right now in this location", but certainly not a fixed area like "the airport".

So you can't expect something like a car navigation system or a tom tom to have a clue about those areas, because they probably never get updated.

It would have to be a live "tell me no-fly zones near me" web-like or continuous broadcast radio/satellite style system.

Cell data built in would raise the cost quite a bit. If they built a radio system and dedicated some channel to it then airports/fixed locations could have dedicated hardware broadcasting and police could have mobile broadcasters. Just like cell phone jammers and stingrays they have now. Firefighters could do likewise.

Comment Re:Don't overthink it (Score 1) 174

This is the gist of what I came to say. I have an older Canon camera that takes nice pictures and can do video, but when my daughter was born I looked around for a true video camera and all that jazz. I never truly found anything I was into, but cell phones are smaller, always around, have longer battery life, etc. So you can get a dedicated device if you want, but don't blow the budget on it because it's likely to find a spot on a shelf to live out its days.

As far as formats I usually just transfer the pics and vids to the computer and leave them in native format. I have Handbrake on their so I can shuffle the format if I desire, but don't usually need to bother.

Comment Re:Define Your Acronyms (Score 1) 240

If I hit Start - All then hit N it does not take me to N (read "the first program/folder that starts with N"). The Windows 7 start menu does.
The way to do that now is to click on any letter/heading, which takes you to an alphabet, then click the letter you want to jump to. To my knowledge there is no keyboard way to do that other than paging down.

You can drag, delete, pin tiles. So my tiles are pretty trim. It does take me longer than finding a program that had been pinned to the top of the Windows 7 start menu, but that will resolve with time. I feel that they take more space, but when I'm in the start menu I'm not using the desktop so I really don't care that it's being chewed up.

The dark color scheme is a way to save battery on mobile devices. It also uses less power in plugged in PCs, so we're burning less coal to generate power. I'm fine with that. If anyone thinks it doesn't make a difference, any tiny change made over a billion PCs adds up pretty damn fast.

Comment Re:I find this mostly true, some mixed causation.. (Score 1) 86

But it's good advice for a healthy person.

If you sat in your office chair all day, then went home and binge watched Game of Thrones and tried to go to sleep you may not get good rest. But if you put of that last episode to go for a 30 minute jog, took a shower, then went to bed your body is much happier to get a good night's rest.

We're not meant to be sedentary creatures. That's what he was trying to say.

A sick person is supposed to get plenty of rest, however.

Comment Re:You just don't get it. (Score 1) 106

I would be somewhat interested in seeing some charts done. How many IPs fall into ARIN, LACNIC, APNIC, etc? In the US how many fall into Comcast, Time Warner, business ranges? Just out of curiosity.

I also wonder if the list keeps track of a First Received On and Last Received On date, maybe a counter of Mails Received.

Comment Re: "There are no comments." (Score 1) 389

Except that it was Denali long before it was Mt McKinley. It simply had 2 names during the time McKinley got slapped on it.
McKinley never visited the mountain, so his name being attached to it was pomp theater to begin with. What's ridiculous is how long the indigenous people who named it in the first place had to fight to get his name removed.

Comment George Carlin said it best (Score 2) 197

Like George Carlin said, you are aware that there are two knobs on the tv - one to change the channel and one to turn it off. If you don't like it go F yourself.

I may have paraphrased that a bit. And I'm aware that your TV likely has no knobs. So if you were going to whine about that you can definitely F off.

The Theon scenes were disturbing, and they were meant to be. Nothing about torture should be appealing. Nothing from those scenes was simply made up or sensationalized, those were all torture or psychological warfare that people have done in the past. History is filled with cruel things that people have done to each other. History also shows redeeming factors that can restore faith in humanity.

Nothing in GoT should make anyone say to themselves "Hey, let's go rape/torture/poison/etc someone today." If you're claiming that a show is sensationalizing something, you would think that the show was making it seem OK or at least less bad. I don't think GoT is doing that at all.

I notice they're not complaining about GoT's depiction of homosexuality as buggery and bad.


Comment Re:What is really happening (Score 1) 318

It would be interesting if you could filter everything with the windows firewall installed on the box. Most of it you can turn off by selecting the right options at various points of the install or later in the control panel / settings. Those are at least somewhat clear on what they are going to affect.

The tough part is figuring out what things you do or don't want and how to block the various things piecemeal. For instance I want windows update to do it's thing, but I don't want every keystroke sent to the mother ship.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce