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Comment: IMO, The biggest problem with fingerprint.... (Score 2) 59

... authentication is that even if all of the security measures associated with storing and authenticating your fingerprint were utterly unbreachable, your fingerprints can still be taken without your consent, while if you do not want someone accessing data that is guarded by a a secure password, however, then barring vulnerabilities in the security facilities associated with it (which would apply equally to fingerprint security as well anyways), then that information can only be obtained by you voluntarily surrendering it.

Comment: Re:Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 171

by mark-t (#48685933) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

I'm not saying that Sony shouldn't have to pay for their mistake... of course there should be punitive damages. My point is that Sony is rich enough to afford it unless the punitive damages were to exceed the net worth of the company, which they don't.

But for what it's worth, shoplifters don't typically go to jail either. They generally just pay a large fine, and that's it. Of course, they also get stuck with a criminal record that will typically stay with them for years to come.

Comment: Re:Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 171

by mark-t (#48685891) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

...a film that treats North Korea as a whipping boy.

You know it was a comedy, right? (and not an overly good one, from what I've heard). You realize that the only reason NK is claiming that the film is insulting is because they seem to always want to find any reason they can that garners sympathy for them, right? The only thing this movie makes fun of is not North Korea, or its leader, but rather, it really only satirizes the popular mindset that people have about NK and its position with respect to the United States and the rest of the Western world.

In reality, from what I understand, there's nothing more insulting or offensive about this film than any other Seth Rogen film (which based on the films of his that I have seen, I admit may not be saying much in its favor)... but there's certainly no reason that NK should be take any kind of real offense because it for any reason other than that they just seem to want any excuse they can find to continue to have a mad-on at the Western world.

Comment: Okay.... so what? (Score 3, Interesting) 171

by mark-t (#48684709) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

It's not like Sony doesn't have money.... they can pay for the song's inclusion and all is good.

I don't defend Sony here, but it's also entirely possible that this was just a mistake... someone at Sony might have thought they had already secured permission, because it was something they intended to do, and they just put in the sound track without thinking about it, and afterwards, nobody else thought to double-check. It's a really stupid mistake, and one they should most definitely pay for, certainly, but it's not like Sony can't reasonably afford to pay for permission to include the work unless the artist was never willing to give Sony permission in the first place, at any price.

Comment: Re:Missing Items (Score 1) 331

by mark-t (#48684605) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Personally, I think the whole notion of "legally sober" is absurd, and should be abandoned.... it would simplify things tremendously if they just moved to zero-tolerance system, so the issue of trying to judge how impaired one might be wouldn't arise in the first place.

Life becomes a whole lot simpler where if you drink, you don't drive.


I dunno... maybe it's because I've lost 3 family members to vehicle accidents where alcohol was determined to have been a contributing factor (one of the drivers, the one who killed my niece, and the incident with which I had the greatest level of direct personal involvement, had evidently only had one glass of wine that evening, only further exemplifying the notion that no truly objective standard exists for one to decide if they should be okay to drive or not anyways, so if they moved to a zero tolerance system, nobody should ever be confused on whether it is safe or not for them to drive).

Comment: Hand-eye coordination is not atheltic (Score 1) 232

by mark-t (#48672635) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?
Certainly it's a respectable skill, and it's no disrespect to people who work very hard at some tasks to improve that, but at its core, good video game playing is ultimately about having good mental reflexes and strongly developed hand-eye coordination. To excel, this can require no less time than it takes for an Olympic athlete to train, but that doesn't mean it should be an Olympic event any more than a spelling bee should be.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 292

by mark-t (#48662507) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
Your examples are illustrations of people living nearby, but who are still not actually *on* the property.... if all of the signal jamming they want to do of third-party wifi were somehow restricted to only being within the confines of their own buildings, would they be breaking any FCC rules?

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 1) 178

by mark-t (#48662421) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep
I don't know if you noticed or not, but my comment was a response to a particular question that was the parent of my own above post, and was not simply posted as commentary upon the article itself. That poster asked about using epaper, and I simply explained why epaper might not always be adequate. If my post is offtopic, then so is asking questions about the viability of alternative technologies in the first place.

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 3, Informative) 178

by mark-t (#48658091) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

1. e-paper has a positively abysmal screen update time

I use my tablet a lot for reading highly technical articles, and I often end up flipping back and forth between different pages of the text while I am reading, usually between a page with a figure or code listing and an explanation that follows or precedes it. I'd rather not add an easily perceptible delay between the time that I slide my finger one way or the other to advance or go back a page and the time it takes to actually show it.

2. e-paper's full color support is poor.

Many of the articles that I read come with slides which I also view on the tablet, and color is very useful at conveying information. Some progress has been made on this front, but for most practical purposes, epaper is generally monochrome.

But certainly, if they ever get around to making a non-emissive display technology with a fast enough screen update time that you can't notice any delay between your actions and when the screen update is complete, and they provide respectable full color support, I'll be all over it. The only reason I use a tablet instead of hard copy at all is portability.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 1) 185

by mark-t (#48657841) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"
I don't dispute that point.. my argument is only that it may be less about hating captivity specifically, and more about simply not having enough to do. This should be alleviated somewhat in the wildlife sanctuary the creature is going to be relocated to, depending on how large a region she has to explore.

Modeling paged and segmented memories is tricky business. -- P.J. Denning