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Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 343

by easyTree (#47772153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Doesn't really matter though, you can't charge somebody for bandwidth used to move data, only the bandwidth the end user used. Imagine if you went to buy milk and bought a gallon but were charged for 1.25 gallons because of spillage in the bottling plant. Not legal. Not even a little. You have to work that cost into what you charge for a gallon, and then charge for the gallon the end user buys.

I had a similar experience in Paris; upon arrival of an ordered taxi, the driver explained that she was going to charge twenty Euros for the drive from her previous drop-off location to our pick-up point in addition to any charge for *our* journey. Is this a one-off or systemic? In the UK, your milk-pricing model is in force for taxis.

Comment: Re:Land of insanity (Score 4, Interesting) 420

by easyTree (#47738391) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Putting aside that these people are retards for thinking he's serious and that they massively overreacted... if you recall, your whole culture (certainly, appears to) celebrate guns, killing etc (certainly movies/tv, film, youth culture). Your armed forces have been at war overseas for hundreds of years. Relatively recently there was video of two good old boys laughing it up whilst shooting news cameramen from an attach helicopter with a 50mm gun. Your own police are now paramilitary organizations quite happy to use armed troop carriers, rubber bullets, tear gas, etc... on civilians.

So, doesn't it seem pretty much like the horse has not only bolted but has evolved into an entirely new life-form and is on a beach somewhere drinking Piña coladas? Hint: yep, it does.

For moderation purposes, troll != you-have-inconveniently-reminded-me-that-I-live-in-a-police-state.

Google

Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation 172

Posted by timothy
from the do-you-want-to-be-a-virtual-pedestrian? dept.
An anonymous reader writes Google has been testing its autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads for a while now. In fact, they're required to, by law. "California's regulations stipulate autonomous vehicles must be tested under "controlled conditions" that mimic real-world driving as closely as possible. Usually, that has meant a private test track or temporarily closed public road." It's easy enough to test a few prototypes, but whenever autonomous cars start being produced by manufacturers, it'll become a lot more complicated. Now, Google is lobbying to change that law to allow testing via computer simulation. Safety director Ron Medford said, "Computer simulations are actually more valuable, as they allow manufacturers to test their software under far more conditions and stresses than could possibly be achieved on a test track." Google spokeswoman Katelin Jabbari said, "In a few hours, we can test thousands upon thousands of scenarios which in terms of driving all over again might take decades." Shee adds that simulator data can also easily provide information on how human behavior creeps into driving. "It's not just about the physics of avoiding a crash. It's also about the emotional expectation of passengers and other drivers." For example, when one of Google's computer-controlled cars is cut off, the software brakes harder than it needs to, because this makes the passengers feel safer. Critics say relying heavily on simulation data is flawed because it doesn't take into account how other cars react to the computer's driving.

+ - Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Via Gyroscope

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defence research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the 'Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals' study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones."

Comment: Galaxy S4 (Score 1) 215

by easyTree (#47705621) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

As a Galaxy S4 owner (yep, owned not leased on contract) I'm forced to have part of my phone taken over by HP's "Print Service Plugin" which may not be removed - this despite not owning (nor intending to) any HP devices.

Given this single data point, one can only speculate at the severity of crap-ware storm which rages when one willingly opts in to the HP universe.

*sigh* if only rants could fix problems.

Comment: Re: Women should earn more than men. (Score 1) 98

"Your ancestors treated them like shit" is a good excuse if those ancestors are still alive. If the ancestors paid no compensation then who does?

At the same time, the idea that persons A are made to suffer as recompense for their ancestors' actions, over which they had (literally) zero control so that persons B may benefit seems harsh.

Although, I guess suffering is relative when persons A have benefited greatly from the compound interest on the value of stolen land over the last few hundred years.

Piracy

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up 376

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the guilty-until-proven-guilty dept.
A few weeks ago, Rightscorp announced plans to have ISPs disconnect repeat copyright infringers. mpicpp (3454017) wrote in with news that Rightscorp announced during their latest earnings call further plans to require ISPs to block all web access (using a proxy system similar to hotel / college campus wifi logins) until users admit guilt and pay a settlement fine (replacing the current system of ISPs merely forwarding notices to users). Quoting TorrentFreak: [Rightscorp] says 75,000 cases have been settled so far with copyright holders picking up $10 from each. ... What is clear is that Rightscorp is determined to go after "Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cable Vision and one more" in order to "get all of them compliant" (i.e forwarding settlement demands). The company predicts that more details on the strategy will develop in the fall, but comments from COO & CTO Robert Steele hint on how that might be achieved. ... "[What] we really want to do is move away from termination and move to what's called a hard redirect, like, when you go into a hotel and you have to put your room number in order to get past the browser and get on to browsing the web." The idea that mere allegations from an anti-piracy company could bring a complete halt to an entire household or business Internet connection until a fine is paid is less like a "piracy speeding ticket" and more like a "piracy wheel clamp", one that costs $20 to have removed.

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