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Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 159

I'm afraid of what the new crop of tycoons will do to manage content. I'm imagining the following nightmare scenario:

Mr. McMoneypants: I know there are people out there watching my intellectual property for free and it frosts my balls!

Prof. Techflunky: You know, if we monitored everything everyone watched then we could send them a small bill every-time they enjoyed your IP. We could make the fee small enough for them to afford it, but have a huge penalty if they refused.

Mr. McMoneypants: Is that even possible?

Prof. Techflunky: It's all just engineering. The first step is to eliminate anonymity from the internet. Since this will lessen hacking and terrorism I'm sure we can get the necessary government backing.

Mr. McMoneypants: Holy Christmas! As it just so happens I own a few politicians! Here's a billions dollars! Put together a team!

Prof. Techflunky: As you wish master.

Comment Re:Spot on (Score 2) 189

The article describes intelligence as the ability to predict, but humans actually experience information, the mechanism of which is still a complete mystery. Another mysterious aspect of human intelligence is that it is able to experience information that is spatially located in different locations in the brain simultaneously. Until we understand how it is able to do these things we'll just be making more complicated Chinese rooms.

Comment Re:It might be good but it won't be MST3K (Score 1) 50

Oswalt's always come off to me as the nerdy kid who's just DYING to sit at the cool kids' table. Maybe you didn't see it that way, but I do.

The nerdy kids are the cool kids around here. Guess what, you don't get props from traditionally "cool" kids by starring in MST3K. By saying he comes off as the nerdy kid DYING to sit at the cool kids' table you just made him cooler.

Comment Re:About time really (Score 1) 104

Google shouldn't have bothered with ChromeOS in the first place. It just confused everyone that they shipped two mutually incompatible operating systems that overlapped over the same problem space.

Android wasn't ready to be run with a mouse and keyboard, so they didn't overlap over the same problem space. Look to Windows 8 to see how fubar an OS can be if it isn't really ready for both touch and mouse/keyboard.

Comment The name "Android" (Score 3, Funny) 104

I really hate the fact that the name of the dominant OS is "Android". This is going to be really confusing once we start building real androids.

Bob: Hey Mary, what OS do you run on your android?

Mary: Android.

Bob: Yeah, on your android, what OS?

Mary: Android!

Bob: Yes! I'm talking about your android! What OS is running on it?

Mary: Third base!

Comment Re:Novel Explores this Idea (Score 1) 41

Why not just have each device add an encrypted checksum using public key encryption. That way you don't have to send all the data to one source, the verification can be done by anyone and as long as the encryption isn't broken any tampering is detectable.

It also doesn't give a ton of power to one verification entity.

The company also provides the service of enforcing copyright laws.

Comment Re:Hopefully it can actually kill someone (Score 1) 469

back in the day everyone used to joke that the baretta's didn't have any stopping power and if you shot someone with it you would only make them angry

That's because it uses 9mm ammo, not the .45s of the old 1911s. My choice would be the Glock 21 which shoots .45s, but unfortunately it's not the best for small hands.

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