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Comment: Re:40 people shot and at least 4 killed in a week? (Score 1) 385

by smd75 (#31725116) Attached to: Chicago Debates Merits of ShotSpotter Technology

I read an article yesterday about 6 people being shot in the same location in two separate incidents. The second time the shooters came by, the ambulances and fire trucks had just left, it was the police and some bystanders at the scene. No police returned fire even though being fired on.

Id believe the 40 people shot in a week thing.

Comment: Re:Jurisdiction and other issues (Score 1) 776

by smd75 (#31514112) Attached to: ACLU Sues Over Legality of "Targeted Killing" By Drones

It doesnt matter if it gets invented or not, im sure someone is already working on it. It is an ethics problem, regardless of how awesome a technology is at recognizing the actual targets, an object of war will never be able to decide for itsself whether a target is friendly or enemy. It will always be a human pressing the button to engage the target. At least with the US Military.

Comment: Re:Jurisdiction and other issues (Score 1) 776

by smd75 (#31509656) Attached to: ACLU Sues Over Legality of "Targeted Killing" By Drones

I'm not entirely sure they can sue this due to jurisdiction issues.
Plus they are the American Civil Liberties Union, Not only are the targets NOT american, the dont really have Civil Liberties either.

Im assuming the pilots behind the UAVs have target criteria, and need to provide evidence of said criteria to receive permission to eliminate the target.

Excuse me for the muslims to not respect the geneva convention, not be uniformed, and the fact they take pleasure in hiding behind their families or neighbors, sick, injured or children. When a few individuals fire at you from a crowded market, you want me to just sit there and deal with being shot at and possibly die, FU ACLU.

Also, whats the word we can take from those countries that they were actually civilians? Someone carrying a gun is militia, someone who died carrying a gun was a soldier, but in the time it takes to get a team in there to confirm kills, those guns disappear and now proof of militia is gone and so they are just civilians now. I doubt the Civilian casualties are actually as high as they are perceived. I think it usually is militia, but someone else picks up the gun and takes their place.

UAVs will never be automated when it comes to killing. That is something that has too much potential for snafu, the military would never allow it. They are autonomous as far as flying a pattern, as any plane is (yes even commercial flights are mostly automated now). Firing control will never be a non-human decision.

Comment: Jurisdiction and other issues (Score 1, Troll) 776

by smd75 (#31509598) Attached to: ACLU Sues Over Legality of "Targeted Killing" By Drones

I'm not entirely sure they can sue this due to jurisdiction issues.
Plus they are the American Civil Liberties Union, Not only are the targets NOT american, the dont really have Civil Liberties either.

Im assuming the pilots behind the UAVs have target criteria, and need to provide evidence of said criteria to receive permission to eliminate the target.

Excuse me for the muslims to not respect the geneva convention, not be uniformed, and the fact they take pleasure in hiding behind their families or neighbors, sick, injured or children. When a few individuals fire at you from a crowded market, you want me to just sit there and deal with being shot at and possibly die, FU ACLU.

Also, whats the word we can take from those countries that they were actually civilians? Someone carrying a gun is militia, someone who died carrying a gun was a soldier, but in the time it takes to get a team in there to confirm kills, those guns disappear and now proof of militia is gone and so they are just civilians now. I doubt the Civilian casualties are actually as high as they are perceived. I think it usually is militia, but someone else picks up the gun and takes their place.

Comment: Not over wifi? (Score 2, Informative) 454

by smd75 (#31452100) Attached to: FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds

Im seeing a problem with this. As most people aren't going to think to not test it over Wifi. Why would this be a problem? Wifi running at 54mbps is much slower than wired connections at 1gbps. Theyre not going to get accurate data unless people are taking advantage of all the fastest connections to the internet.

I tested this, over wifi, im only getting about 10% of my connection speed, while over ethernet, Im getting what I am paying for if not a bit higher

Comment: Ahh, tables have turned (Score 1) 601

by smd75 (#31443394) Attached to: EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs

I feel like this is an argument of which the labels were fighting. And now they are using it as an excuse. Contract law my friend, if it states the album cannot be partially distributed, tough shit EMI, it can't be distributed in pieces. I dont care if it is physical means or digital download, it is still being distributed, and being distributed in violation of contract.

Comment: Re:Cliff Stoll? (Score 1) 259

by smd75 (#31406572) Attached to: How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted

Quote from Liberty Journal on Amazon re: Silicon Snake Oil

"Stoll, a Berkeley astronomer who chronicled how he broke a computer spy ring in The Cuckoo's Egg (LJ 9/15/89) and who has been netsurfing for 15 years, does an apparent about-face here, warning that the technophiles are trying to sell us a bill of goods on the promise of the Internet"

I dont think this was a tactic to help the internet develop

Comment: Cliff Stoll? (Score 3, Informative) 259

by smd75 (#31402704) Attached to: How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted

For someone with worthy experience to talk about the internet, Im quite surprised he wrote A) That article from 1995 and B) Silicon Snake Oil. His book The Cuckoo's Egg was excellent. I felt he had a firm grasp as to where the internet could go. I admired the guy for his work. I guess all those Berkeley kids aren't on top of their game. The guy _was_ an astronomer after all.

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