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Submission + - SPAM: Navy Unveils First Active Laser Weapon In Persian Gulf

schwit1 writes: The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.

It costs “about a dollar a shot” to fire.

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Submission + - SPAM: EFF: Large ISPs Lying to Californians to Kill New Privacy Law

simkel writes: California is considering new broadband privacy protections after the GOP and President Trump voted to dismantle the FCC's consumer broadband privacy protections earlier this year at the behest of giant broadband providers. On June 19, California Assemblymember Ed Chau introduced AB 375 (pdf), which, like the FCC rules it's intended to replace, requires that large ISPs are very clear about what consumer data is being collected and sold to third parties.
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Submission + - Beloved Pippi Longstocking Books Charged With Racism ( 7

cdreimer writes: According to The Guardian: "Astrid Lindgren's much-loved books about Pippi Longstocking, she of the red hair, incredible strength and impossible lies, have been described as racist by a German theologian. Dr Eske Wollrad, a feminist theologian from Germany's Federal Association of Evangelical Women, has claimed that Lindgren's classic children's novels "have colonial racist stereotypes". In Pippi in the South Seas, "the black children throw themselves into the sand in front of the white children in the book," she told German paper the Local. "When reading the book to my nephew, who is black, I simply left that passage out." Wollrad neglected to mention that Pippi goes on to mock white children for their obsession with school. "If you come across a white child crying you can be pretty sure that the school has either gone up in flames, or that a half-term holiday has broken out, or that the teacher has forgotten to set homework for the children in pluttification," she says. The Pippi Longstocking books were written by Lindgren in the 1940s, covering the adventures of Pippi, an inveterate liar and eccentric whose parents are dead and who shares her house with a monkey and a horse who lives on the porch."

Submission + - Microsoft launches amazing AI-powered iPhone app (

William Philips writes: Arthur C Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology was indistinguishable from magic, and Microsoft’s Seeing AI app gets pretty close to qualifying. It’s an app designed to ‘narrate the world’ to people who are blind or visually impaired, and the video demo (below) shows off some incredibly impressive capabilities.

It can, for example, recognize friends, guess the emotions of people from their facial expressions, read text, identify bank notes, identify products from their bar-codes, and even recognize images in apps like Twitter

Submission + - State of California EV and PHEV car buyer rebates 'neglected to be funded' (

neilah writes: Whoops. Despite California Governor Jerry Brown signing off on the state's new budget, funds for the EV and PHEV state-level rebate program were 'neglected to be funded'. EV and PHEV vehicle purchasers are being placed in a queue, since June 30, 2017, to " ...ensure [California] only issue[s] rebates up to the amount currently funded."

Comment Re:No rock large enough to hide under.. (Score 2) 35

>He is personally liable here.

That's all well and good, but the sucker should be held to answer criminally. He should do five years or so in prison with the kind of people that actually use payday loans and such not some Club Fed with his fellow embezzlement artists and the like.

Comment Re:This is sort of sad. (Score 1) 92

Seconding pecosdave here. I used Jawbone earpieces for years and they were great. They even gave acceptable performance in my sports car with the top down. They last one I bought two years ago was a piece shit, however. It was allegedly the sam model as the one i lost, but it had a reduced feature set, the audio sucked, and the bluetooth connectivity was troublesome. Frustration pushed me to be an early adopter of AirPods, which are greatly superior to Jawbone. They were the top of the heap in their market niche, but they tried to jump into a different segment and neglected their core business success. The end was inevitable.

Comment Swimmers watch (Score 1) 109

I have a series 2 watch, and I love it. I bought it for one reason only, I'm a serious swimmer. It's waterproof at shallow depths, and I can load complex workouts on it. I live in rural area without a masters' swim program, so it works great for me. The only real alternative is a Garmin device that costs twice as much.

Comment Talk To The Drivers (Score 4, Interesting) 145

When I started using these rides, I talked to the drivers about how they liked their job. All of them that had driven for both preferred working for Lyft. Universally, they said that it was easier to make more money working for Lyft. As a consequence, I only use Lyft now. From the passengers point of view there is little difference in cost.

Comment Destroy the Doll (Score 1) 142

This will be great. Your daughter can practice having her own little auto da fe. She and her friends can dress up as Inquisitors, subject the dolls to the Question using Mommy's kitchen knives, then tie the doll to a little stake in the back yard. Pile some twigs around the base and light it off chanting Death to Technology. Post the video to You Tube. OK, maybe that's a bit over the top. How about just return the doll to where you bought it and demand a refund. If they give you any guff, start asking them why they're trying to spy on your little girl's bedroom. Loudly.

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