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Comment: Re:Fridge door handle (Score 1) 156

by geekmux (#49129789) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

is the robot supposed to tell the difference and not serve the fat human too much food? its doesn't it does what its told

What happens when the diabetic is served too much sugar? Who's liable? the diabetic for telling the robot to server them sugar. have some personal responsibility. If a diabetic told the robot to bring it an apple and it instead brought and apple shaped sugar ball that was hard to discern from an actual apple then sure we can blame the robot or the manufacturer. but when the robot does what its told the liability should be on the person who told it what to do.

I'm sorry, but you seem to be speaking the language of common sense.

As you know, this language is no longer spoken in US courtrooms, and has all but been outlawed altogether in the legal community.

Comment: Re:Fridge door handle (Score 4, Interesting) 156

by geekmux (#49127831) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

The robot shouldn't be tasked with this judgment any more that the latch on a fridge door should be asked to keep you an your diet.

Yes, slippery slope indeed. If we humans have a hard time discerning if a person is technically "obese" (as rated by the ever-popular BMI scale), how exactly is the robot supposed to tell the difference and not serve the fat human too much food? What happens when the diabetic is served too much sugar? Who's liable? Far too much sue-the-manufacturer bullshit going on to eliminate that risk altogether. We have a long way to go with liability reform before this ever comes to light, which is sad. Yet again technology stifled by greed and politics.

Comment: The problem here is simple. Proper use. (Score 1) 399

by geekmux (#49121643) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

The real issue here seems to be defining proper use of said back doors.

Mr. Rogers, you claim that you need to be able to have access to encrypted data when you "need to".

The problem is you seemingly "need to" have 100% full access, 100% of the time, and you want to capture 100% of the traffic.

Sounds like the only real thing you "need" here is to come up with an excuse to allow your legal transgressions to continue.

Sounds like the only thing the People to do in response to that is to remind you that you're breaking the fucking law.

Comment: Re:I think I speak for everyone when I say (Score 1) 155

by geekmux (#49112739) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

jesus fucking christ.

You speak for everyone?

Please. You speak for 5% of the planet. The other 95% is far too apathetic to give a shit.

Tough to believe the IDGAF factor is that high when it comes to privacy? OK, let me know how many millions of people around the planet refuse to carry a cell phone next month when this hits the evening news.

Comment: Greed kills. (Score 5, Insightful) 531

by geekmux (#49096199) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

I fear we will need to conquer greed and corruption first.

We don't make millions of guns and bombs because it's really fun to shoot them. We make weapons of mass destruction because it's profitable for someone to do so.

And we don't make just a few nukes, or a handful of bullets. No, we make enough to destroy the entire planet several times over, and stockpile ammo for decades while watching the government claim they're running low and order a few more billion rounds on the taxpayer.


Because it's profitable for someone to do so.

Greed kills. Corruption enables it.

Comment: Price matters. (Score 3, Informative) 25

by geekmux (#49095471) Attached to: Tim O'Reilly On Big Data, CS Education, and the Future of Print

"I think that the willingness of people to pay for things that delight them will not go away."

That's an interesting theory.

Tell everyone that ad-supported hardware will be going away, and that new fancy cell phone will cost $900 on top of the contract.

App stores will no longer subsidize with advertising, so you will pay for every app that delights you.

Yes, let's just see how much willingness is still out there.

Comment: Re:The lesson here (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by geekmux (#49095161) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

I have a lenovo laptop, it does serious work just fine. Obviously they care about people like me, because they're taking steps to fix the situation rather than ignoring it.

"Our reputation is everything"

They care about saving face because they were caught which can directly impact sales. It doesn't mean they're going to uninstall the other crapware you're not bitching about right now. When that goes viral, they might remove it then, but make no mistake as to their overall intent of ensuring as many revenue streams as possible.

Comment: Looking for noise? Start at the mic. (Score 4, Insightful) 213

by geekmux (#49094007) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

So, let me get this straight. A "professional" pop artist today walks into a studio to drop a track, which is then Autotuned, excited, boosted, compressed, and otherwise destroyed by post-processing...

...and we're now worried about macro-levels of electrical noise coming from the memory card?

Perhaps we should worry more about what we define as an "artist" these days.

Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 0) 126

by geekmux (#49091333) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?

It's ironic: The existence of a completely untrustable cryptocurrency will dramatically improve the credibility of more trustworthy cryptocurrencies.

Yes because the ability for a currency to jump in value 10x from one month to the next and then .5x the month after that has the hallmarks of "trustworthy"

I'm sorry what instability are you referring to again here? The US Stock Market? 2008 financial meltdown? Precious metals?

Surely you're not just being ignorant here and assuming that value cannot be vaporized damn near instantly in any currency due to greed and corruption, as if we've never seen that shit before...

Comment: Re:The headlne and the text say different things (Score 1) 114

The headlne says different things than the text and the original article.

The headline says that they "were found"... but they weren't.

The headline that they are "tied to NSA"... but TFA says that "researchers stopped short of saying Equation Group was the handiwork of the NSA."

Tell me something, when you find a hack of this magnitude, how quickly are you going to be willing to jump up and down screaming "they did it! they did it!"?

"stopped short" is politically correct speak for we-know-who-not-to-fuck-with.

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 4, Interesting) 246

by geekmux (#49087723) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

Which is fine for you and me and everyone else reading /. but no so much for the majority of people buying an off-the-shelf Laptop from Lenovo.

Seriously, how dumbed down does a Linux installer need to get in order for the average moron to wipe and re-install their YouTube/Netflix binge box?

We've already turned the right-clicking, mouse-wielding user into a drooling baby that just points at the large colorful tiles on the touchscreen to make it "go".

I'm really starting to wonder if the Year of the Linux Desktop is directly tied to reducing the average consumer IQ level to that of a goat. Better start working on the voice recognition interfaces now, since our future appears to be an idiot yelling at a server to make it reboot.

Comment: Re:Are you freaking serious? (Score 1) 83

by geekmux (#49082231) Attached to: Building a Procedural Dungeon Generator In C#

Have we slipped so far down the performance-orientated slide that we are impressed by *how well a dungeon generator runs on an i7 with 16GB of RAM*.

I am genuinely curious. That is an outrageously high spec for a dungeon generator.

You're genuinely curious? Well, OK. The recommended specs for a dungeon generator are what exactly?

I get your point, this is akin to measuring graphics cards by how fast they can render a Solitaire win, but it was more a comment reflecting how fast ancient programs run on today's hardware.

Or in other words, targeted at us old farts who do remember when computers used to actually strain themselves.

Comment: Re:Impossible! (Score 1) 42

by geekmux (#49081425) Attached to: One Year of Data Shows the Hacker Community Is Tight-knit and Welcoming

The hacker community is primarily a male dominated space, therefore it must be hostile and problematic, shitlord!

Perhaps we should start marketing the term "hackette", and include a pen-test ISO image with every Barbie Thumb Drive.

Seems to be the desperate approach in CS-land.

Comment: Re:Glassholes weren't geeky looking enough... (Score 1) 76

by geekmux (#49081073) Attached to: Sony To Release Google Glass Competitor

>So Sony added a wired controller?! Because, yeah, nothing is sexier than wearing something on your head with wires coming off it.

Not sexy, but healthy! You see, eyeglasses are worn on the head. (Most) human heads house a brain, which is a delicate and (usually) very complicated biological computer that runs on extremely low voltages. A radio frequency emitter in close promixity of brain acts like a kind of neuron-jammer and possibly a potent source for migraines. I think BT headspeaker users are silly for that very reason and I use IR based wireless headphones for TV, but of course IR is not good for faster data comms.

So, a consumer who chooses to use a newer more robust wireless technology (BT) and suffers zero side effects from it's usage (even over years of use), they are somehow deemed "silly" to you?

Perhaps the only thing that is silly is the amount of FUD you're trying to spread here. Even if it held some level of valid concern for public health, it's going to be one hell of an effort to convince the FCC to start banning wireless protocols that are as prevalent as BT/WiFi are today.

Hell, your damn toaster and microwave will soon have BT, WiFi, 4G, and NFC as IoT takes over, so it would be some interesting fashion designs to attempt to wear a Faraday cage around your body all day every day to shield you from everyone else.

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