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Comment Re:heh (Score 1) 131

That was pretty much my response. Why even bother with the lock when most things secured by padlock can be quite quickly unsecured by taking 3 foot long boltcutters to the hasp. Ever notice rental storage places never have any problem getting into the units that don't pay? I suspect they replace a lot of hasps, but they are pretty used to cutting locks off.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 259

They have nouns and verbs. I'm not well versed in the emoji kung-fu (I'm too old), but I've seen strings on them on Facebook that have meaning. Like a cow followed by a turd. A birthday cake for happy birthday. That sort of thing. The character set is less than 1000 - and as you point out, has a totally different origin. When it hits 8,000 it will be up to a literate Chinese level, 20,000 or so to meet parity.

(I'm not suggesting emoji will ever become a full-blown language. I'm just pointing out that an ad-hoc collection of little glyphs with no alphabet can in fact become one. Dismissing glyphs as "stupid little graphics" is arbitrary since they are clearly filling a communications need.)

Comment Re:Studios probably push it (Score 1) 155

Then what non-ridiculous method of conditional access to video would be acceptable to the companies that fund production of feature films?

What makes flash acceptable now? The DRM as a supposed protector of their content?

Challenge: find an example of a show/movie on Netflix that is also not available as a torrent or on usenet DRM free. Anyone willing to "record" Netflix is not going to be terribly bothered by running Popcorn Time.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 259

I think you are stretching. Chinese writing has been around a very long time and has an extensive collection of glyphs. While what you say is true, my basic premise still holds - the concept between Chinese glyphs and emoji is not just similar, but the same. Emojis are just more realistic because they are not limited by writing implements of 3000 years ago, or the need to "write" them at all.

Real-life example: I work with Hong Kong (Cantonese) and Taiwan (Mandarin-ish) Chinese guys. We're all sitting at a restaurant in Taiwan with Koreans. Everyone at the table can speak English except for the Cantonese speakers. The solution? They would write in Chinese, the writing could be read by the Mandarin speakers and then translated to English for everyone else. When we needed to speak to the Hong Kong guys, the process was reversed and they would read the glyphs written by the Taiwanese guys. It kind of blew my mind, that these guys could communicate without speaking a common language - but that's the reality.

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 481

Doesn't Tesla have an undercar robot that will do a battery swap in a few minutes now? Yeah, replacing the batteries in the trunk takes a while, and Honda won't even let me replace my own batteries in my hybrid, despite explaining to them that I have a degree in Electronics Engineering and experience as an electronics technician.

Comment There is a valid reason for some of these (Score 1) 259

Dominoes now allows you to order pizza by texting them a pizza emoji; presumably other delivery services would like to get in on the action. (Sounds to me like this would require setting up a lot of information associated with your phone number ahead of time for it to work, and useless for any company that doesn't do delivery or internet orders)

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz