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Comment: Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (Score 1) 136

by geekmux (#47946641) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

The creativity involved from my limited exposure seems close to nonexistant.

I don't really see any benefit from it, compared to any other game. Are parents just deluding themselves? Or is there some substantial creative benefit that I'm not seeing?

Speaking of delusions, I'm struggling to find the "benefit" you're looking for from the worlds most popular kill-em-all games...

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 4, Funny) 219

by geekmux (#47941375) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

It either can or can't be done. Almost impossible means it still can be done.

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)

Decades?

Wow.

You must live pretty damn far away from a big city or something.

Takes me like fifteen minutes to buy a $5 wrench. Tops.

Comment: Re:Keyboard (Score 1) 209

by geekmux (#47930295) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

For me, it's crappy because the autocorrect commonly changes what I intend into something that I don't intend. After several years, I gave up and turned off autocorrect, which is a partial solution- but the keyboard was really built with autocorrect in mind...

Perhaps you have extra-large thumbs, but how exactly is a keyboard "built" with the assumption that someone will be misspelling a word on a device that supports dozens of languages?

Oddly enough, I can't seem to find a definition for "QWERTY" that doesn't pertain the the very keyboard layout that birthed it's name in any dictionary...

Comment: Re:bullshit (Score 1) 326

by geekmux (#47910121) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

There's a reason people are this desperate for an answer, so don't sit here and trivialize it, or waive it off as if anything in use today is actually working.

In what way isn't it "working"? Deaths per vehicle mile are at an all time low.

When you have to word your defense this carefully, even you should question the validity of it.

I suppose we hardly have a gun problem in the US to argue about either. I mean after all, murders per bullet fired is at an all time low...

Comment: The next major city project (Score 4, Insightful) 46

by geekmux (#47909907) Attached to: Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

"...she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking."

Regardless of the original intent, if it is a device that allows human beings to ignore each other and stay tethered to social media with even greater efficiency, there will be no amount of money or time large enough to stand in the way of budgeting or building it.

What started out as a joke will become the next major city project.

Comment: Re:bullshit (Score 1) 326

by geekmux (#47901363) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

His "solution" is utter bullshit, trying to capitalize on "think of the children", helicopter parenting, and potential legislation.

It's usually easy to tell whether a driver involved in an accident was texting and the penalties can be stiff (including manslaughter or vehicular homicide).

There's a reason people are this desperate for an answer, so don't sit here and trivialize it, or waive it off as if anything in use today is actually working.

The only bullshit here is believing that it is.

Comment: A true fix for constant communication (Score 1) 326

by geekmux (#47901337) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

"The problem is that Tibbitts can't get anyone interested in setting up a system to make these devices ubiquitous. Consumers can't be sold on such a product: all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication."

Hrm. I wonder how that same consumer will feel about being "cut off" sitting in a jail cell for vehicular manslaughter.

I only list that here for reference. The electric chair isn't enough of a deterrent for people these days. After all, everyone thinks they are an excellent texter.

Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 288

by geekmux (#47896329) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Minicab companies.

They are not 'ride sharing' or 'car pooling' or anything even similar.

The business model is old and well established,at least in london.

You know, all this confusion over what these companies are is rather silly. If you've established anything that even remotely resembles a corporation (like filing for a business license, paying employees, taxes, etc.), then it's a business.

If Bob and Tom decide to share fuel costs by carpooling to the same building every day, that's a personal agreement and a "tax" system that doesn't need to go beyond each others wallets. If Bob picks up 2 other co-workers on the way, it doesn't change the dynamics much. And let's make this clear. THIS type of organic ride sharing has been going on far longer than anyone who decided to make a business out of it.

As far as what all of this is and means, let's not confuse that either. All of these companies like Lyft and Uber and encroaching on other companies business, and this is nothing more than the large (and corrupt) establishment trying to push them out.

And yes, I gladly label this as corrupt. One should not have to resort to making another companies practices illegal in order to ensure "competition".

Comment: Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (Score 1) 290

by geekmux (#47888243) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Communication is two way. Monologue is one way.

No! Communication *can* be two or one way. It is two way in this case.

...you'll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address...

Right?

Oh, please tell me society isn't ready to start labeling some automated fuck-you-very-much-and-have-a-nice-day response as "communication".

Sorry, but I don't consider out-of-office replies or a voicemail recording as "discussion". I've not talked to a person, I've talked to a machine. I have no confirmation that my monologue at that point will ever be seen or heard by another human ever.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 290

by geekmux (#47888207) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

The only difference between Google and most customer service today is that at least Google are honest about it and tell you that you will be ignored. Most other companies will just ignore your email and not tell you or leave you in a call queue for so long that you end up having to hang up and go do something else.

I'd rather Google even be more honest and not even provide a support email at all.

Trying to label a email address with a permanent piss-off-we're-busy auto-response as "support" is like trying to label a mannequin as human. Kinda looks like the real thing, but you're not fooling anyone here.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 2) 290

by geekmux (#47888151) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

from what i understand of the definition of "customer", a "customer" means "someone who is paying for a service". here, there's no payment involved, therefore there is no contract of sale. i would imagine that it's fairly safe to say that we're most definitely *not* quotes customers of google quotes.

if on the other hand these individuals are actually _paying_ google for service and are not receiving a response, _then_ i could understand.

From what I understand, no one actually pays for anything anymore.

No one.

Therefore, you will see this new generation of it-better-be-free demanding new reform to protect what will be known as a "customer", regardless of what you pay.

Believe me, you make perfect sense here. But we don't live in a world that makes sense anymore. We live in a world that makes money. Somehow that is accomplished by giving most services away for free to attract "customers".

Comment: And this makes things easier...how? (Score 2) 102

by geekmux (#47882569) Attached to: Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

I'm still struggling to understand how digitizing a library and then creating these kinds of restrictions around the use of the content somehow makes it easier to use said library.

Today, I can walk into a building called a library, and check out a book for several weeks, and not have to pay or communicate with a single person outside of that facility in order to do so.

Compare and contrast that with a "new and improved" digitized library saddled with legal loopholes and requests as you simply attempt to leave the building with information in the same manner as before.

Yup, seems legit. In a MAFIAA kind of way.

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