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Comment: "First movie," srsly? (Score 1) 44

by mick129 (#47379067) Attached to: First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity
Neuroscience is a whole field dedicated to learning how the brain works. Do you really think that there has never been a video made of whole-brain neuronal activity? Ever heard of fMRI? That's the most common way to track activity over time, which - guess what - makes a video. There are many other imaging modalities which can be used to measure activity over time.

It's the first time this method was used to make a whole-brain record of activity. And it's cute that it uses visible light instead of magnetism or radioactive decay, but that certainly doesn't make it the only video.

Comment: Re:Killswitch is Turn Key Tyranny (Score 1) 137

by mick129 (#47276341) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
Apple IDs can be set to require two-factor authentication. Microsoft and Google may implement their killswitches and authentication differently. We'll have to wait and see.

You don't want a killswitch because you think the cost of an unauthorized use outweighs the benefit of an authorized use. Other people have other opinions. Many businesses, for example, require such features on devices they supply to their employees. So... perhaps your estimation of the likelihood of getting mis-used could be a little off?

Computing devices lend themselves to such features. Pants, wallets and whiskey do not. I'm not sure where you're going with this part. Also, the politician mentioned in the article is a local district attorney discussing local thefts and prosecutions, not a federal politician. You seem to think this is a government mandate, but don't provide any support for this.

I was wondering about the trolling because of the strangely aggressive tone towards victims of theft, not your purchasing preferences. I no longer think you're trolling, just sharing your verbose ill-informed opinions. Have a nice day.

Comment: Re:Killswitch is Turn Key Tyranny (Score 1) 137

by mick129 (#47274911) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
> What's to prevent ... (the wrong person using a killswitch)?

Well, on an iPhone, you have to log in using your Apple ID. So there's that.
Find My iPhone: http://www.apple.com/ios/featu...

As for the Google & Microsoft implementations that the story is discussing, you'll have to wait and see, I guess.

> don't use them in sketchy places

Another option is using an app that will automatically call 911 when needed:
SafeTrek: https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...

> do you usually flaunt valuable possessions?

My car is highly visible in public. It's not unreasonable to have a smart phone. Why are you blaming the victims? "It's your fault if you get robbed, not only because you were flaunting it / asking for it, but also because only fools buy smart phones in the first place." Are you just trolling?

Comment: Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 1) 272

by mick129 (#46993661) Attached to: Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress
My pet issue is changing our voting system from "pick your favorite" to "choose all acceptable to you". It would instantly make every third party viable and reward reasonable middle ground positions instead of the extremism we have in Congress now. Pass it on. (Not that I expect it to ever happen.)

Comment: Re:Dumb bitch. (Score 1) 464

Personally i'd ban the use of cellphones while the car is in motion. Most of them now have accelerometers. Use it. Disable the phone if the car is moving. Less distracted morons on the road is good for everyone. Oh you're a passenger? We'll have passenger mode. Get caught driving with your phone in passenger mode? $10,000 fine and a month in jail. We'll put a stop to driving while distracted real quick. At least for phones. Is it perfect? Nope. But it's a good start.

Why do you include all the accelerometer/disabling/passenger mode steps and not just skip to "Get caught driving with your phone? Huge fine & jail time."? It would require a lot less hurdles.

Personally, I'd prefer taking the device out of the equation, and just stick to "Driving badly? Heavy consequences." Much simpler.

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