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Comment Re:Zero Tolerance (Score 1) 453

If you weren't intentionally attempting to sabotage your corporation's relations, you might have already been assigned that secretary--or at least an intern--who would type up those business cards for you. Christ, if you do anything that requires work with corporate clients, regardless how minor, you should have had one already. This is precisely the sort of representative that would get his company blacklisted five minutes into the first meeting by anyone who is not complete desperate and has nowhere else to go, i.e. people you probably don't want to be doing business with to begin with.

Comment Re:Fooling body sensory and temp regulation system (Score 1) 86

Who knows? On one hand, one immediately thinks about all those people who are close to dying in the heat without knowing about it, because they've reached the stage when they no longer feel hot. Yet then again, if this is more like the heat regulation that dogs do with their tongues, it's not such a bad thing. I'm certain that at least the EU will make sure that thing doesn't accidentally kill people if it were to be launched on our markets.

Submission + - Let The Cars Drive Themselves, We'll Save Money And Lives 1

cartechboy writes: Autonomous cars are coming even if tech companies have to produce them. The biggest hurdles are the technology (very expensive and often still surprisingly rudimentary) and how vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication happens (one car anticipates or sees an accident, it should tell nearby cars). So what are the benefits to self-driving cars? They may save us thousands of lives and not a small amount of cash. A new study from the Eno Center for Transportation (PDF) suggests that if just 10 percent of vehicles on the road were autonomous, the U.S. could see 1,000 fewer highway fatalities annually and save $38 billion in lost productivity (due to congestion and other traffic problems). Right off the bat you can imagine autonomous driving easily topping your average intoxicated drivers' ability behind the wheel. At a 90 percent adoption mark those same numbers in theory would become: 21,700 lives spared, and a whopping $447 billion saved. If that's the case, bring on robot drivers.

Submission + - How FBI caught Ross Ulbricht, alleged creator of criminal marketplace Silk Road (

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: CNN reports that the FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today" — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents.
It appears he was nailed by not completely covering his own tracks as opposed to any failure of the technology.

Comment Re:Long Overdue (Score 1) 620

Well, no, he doesn't. If you read his post, which is most likely trolling to begin with, he specifically refers to the "evildoers" from SR as discussed in this post and not to all who break any kind of laws, a la highly moral, romanticised tax evasion through Robert of Locksley. If you do not think that the individuals trafficking drugs are harming the society for personal benefit and are thus what most people would consider to be "doing evil", that is your personal opinion. Claiming that any dissenting view is a result of brainwashing only hints at your own dogmatic attitude regarding the matter.

Comment Re:Anonymous & Unpopular (Score 1) 95

See, I've never had an issue with CCTV. Essentially it's little more than just replacing some guard standing on a wall and watching his surroundings with a different guard who has a few additional pairs of eyes sitting in a room a bit further away. He's always vigilant outside and doesn't enter my room, like a policeman that doesn't enter my room unless I specifically call for help. We had an attempted kidnapping with the intent to rape at my university a year or so ago and eventually the guy got arrested by being caught on CCTV, having his photograph posted all over Facebook and eventually being identified by no one other than his own girlfriend. It's little more than having increased police presence and I've never had any issues with the police in my country, so that's that. Of course other people and people in countries with the police being a bit less friendly would have a different attitude towards the whole issue.

Having the photographs you send specifically to your friends scanned for your facial features, your emails checked for keywords, your call history recorded and the information that you've specifically sent privately to a person or anonymously to the modern variant of reader's column recorded and traced back to you is none of that. It's more like having the same guard standing over you and watching whatever you do, regardless of where you are, which is essentially little different from the level of surveillance you have in a prison.

Comment Re:Is it me? (Score 1) 89

You seem knowledgeable on the subject. Could you point me to some article that discusses specific what advantages BB10 has over the latest Android variants from the end user's perspective? I would be interested in giving it a shot, but as it stands, I am so satisfied with Android--in particular with the fact that I can run ROMs of the latest versions of the OS on a three-year-old phone--that I am somewhat weary of giving the competition a shot. It's not a rhetorical question. I would genuinely like to know.

Comment Re:Legitimate reasons? (Score 1) 491

To be fair, if you represent an unpopular opinion and even if you're civil about it, this sort of system isn't really going to work. Slashdot is still a very technology focused site, although you can slowly see technology unrelated political topics seeping through (e.g. Bradley Manning deciding to have a sex change), but this is far from being the case everywhere else.

Comment Re:The really interesting part (Score 1) 534

Going outside, getting exercise, feeling the wind, sunshine and rain, meeting people and generally challenging yourself physically, socially and mentally are all good for you.

How exactly does technology stop you from doing any of that? If I jog, I can listen to music that I actually like and in good quality, as opposed to listening to the scratches on the cassette tape of my walkman or mediocre radio broadcasts dispersed with some equally mediocre jokes made by local radio hosts. More importantly, I can do that in the two hours I don't have to waste on going to the local bank with the sole purpose of putting a check in some box.

If you're wasting too much time on Facebook, the issue is you and not the fibre optic cable. Quite frankly, considering that the woman in that video was a big fan of Big Brother out of all things, I would be hardly surprised to find out that the books she's reading isn't exactly Dostoevsky either.

Comment Re:Lots of tech addicts posted (Score 1) 534

There was going to be a post like this and it's hardly surprising that someone would vote for it. It's not a problem though. It's just intentionally making your life more inconvenient for no good reason. If you want to go to a park and read a good novel or have a picnic with your girlfriend, nothing is stopping you from doing that.

Right now I'm doing an internship abroad. I don't have internet at home, no mobile internet and there's no one really here to call me. It's been like this for two months now. How does it feel? Inconvenient. If I want to listen to some song, I have to dedicate several perfectly good hours to buying a CD with a whole bunch of songs I don't want to listen to. If I want to watch a film, I have to wait until eight o'clock and hope that there will be something that vaguely interests me while showing me the same yoghurt advert every twenty minutes. If I want to find out what the weather is going to be like before doing laundry, I need to catch the exact time of the weather broadcast or waste money on buying a paper half of which is going to be completely useless to me. While I do all that, the experience will always be fairly mediocre. Most things will be aimed at general audience. The music won't be the music I like listening to, the films are only marginally interesting and any news are so lacking in both both scientific and political detail that they're hardly worth reading. Not to mention that if you're interested in something very specific, e.g. I recently wanted to know more about Leos Janacek, your hands are basically tied. Most libraries won't have the information you're looking for--again, libraries you have to waste time going to--leaving you with two options: go to an internet café or just lean back and watch another episode of "British Cops Kicking Drunk People".

Quite frankly, if you want to compare this to anything, it's less akin to alcoholism than to riding a horse to work instead of using any modern means of transportation, including something as simple as a bicycle. Expensive, inconvenient and completely counterproductive for anything other than novelty value.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine