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Comment Re:Who watches the watchers.... (Score 1) 508

You do realize that recording public officials, law enforcement and the like is going to land you in jail, right? Actually, it's already been demonstrated, when a black teen recorded a police officer publicly harassing and beating another black teen. So the one who got 8 months in jail and is facing 7 YEARS in prison? Not the 15 year old behind the police officer's baton, but the one who RECORDED the event with his camera phone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1e9Htc6FMY

When it becomes legal and admissible evidence for an officer to bring in his dash camera footage, but ILLEGAL for a citizen to record an officer breaking the law, what have we become as a society? Seriously. This stuff is happening NOW.

And it scares the bejezzus out of me, and thousands of my compatriots.

Here's another of a fan running on a field, the cops chase him down, start beating him up ON THE FIELD in front of thousands of fans, when the fans storm onto the field and beat the crap out of the cops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBfEh4aBt1g

With Google Glass, how soon before cops start smashing your $1,500 device, or shatter your phone, to prevent any evidence of their wrongdoing?

Comment Re:Chips implanted in our brain? (Score 1) 198

Maybe "The Final Cut", almost 10 years ago wasn't so far off:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364343/

"A Zoë Chip is chip placed in your brain at birth to record your entire life. When you die, the footage from your life is edited into a “Rememory”-- a film shown at your funeral pieced together by an editor. A toy for the privileged, Zoë Chips are changing the face of human interaction, but there are those who are against this emerging technology, and believe that memories are meant to fade."

Comment Log into Google, obscure your face and audio (Score 1) 198

As much as I object to an "Opt Out" mentality, we could make this easier, by ensuring that all Google Glass users adhere to the "Obscuring" policy (does not exist yet).

Basically if you're in a coffee shop and wearing your Google Glass, anyone in that shop who is signed into Google would get an alert that they are in proximity to Glass, and could then "opt out" of monitoring video and audio. The Google Glass wearer's device would then just blur our the faces of those who have opted out (easy, Google already does it for Maps), and subtract the audio from those users (harder to do, me thinks).

Anyone using Glass with an active monitoring device in-play (video, audio) SHOULD be notifying the people around them that they're actively recording them. Not only is this illegal in most states, if you're in on private property (i.e. Panera, Starbucks, coffee shop, McDonalds, etc.), you can be ejected and asked to leave.

Additionally, if someone near you objects to you recording them, or their surroundings with your Glass device and asks you to stop recording, you have to comply, or you can be slapped with fines and arrest for "Unauthorized Recording" (i.e. recording laws of the state in question). You can't record someone nor take photos of them without their consent. Do people do it? Sure, but if everyone starts wearing Glass, you'll see more people banned from public spaces (i.e. private property businesses) for doing so.

Also, since you can't use these devices anywhere near government buildings, public transportation systems (trains, planes, airports, bus stations, bridges, highways), it's really going to be a pain to take the device on and off hundreds of times a day.

As one of my colleagues once said: "This is an example of a good idea, poorly implemented."

Comment Re:Smokin' (Score 1) 357

The material I've linked to doesn't automatically link back. Instead, I could make a link using his system which includes the text from the version of the document I look at, and provides a two-way link.

It's a nice idea, but unless you can make it easy to create documents with all these links (and ensure they don't need any maintenance) I don't see how it would catch on.

That's the rub.. How do I guarantee that the text I've linked to never changes, nor goes away? I don't want someone changing the content or context of my citations to "rewrite history" as it were, or to sell their own advertisement space inside my website (think iframes), or any one of two dozen different, malicious ways to abuse this mechanism.

Comment Re:Full Article (site is /.'ed) (Score 1) 168

Dropbox offers a few advantages over rsync: It runs in real time and detects changed files, syncing them instantly without polling the filesystem. (using services like inotify). It has iPhone and Android clients. It's easy to install and doesn't carry other requirements like cygwin, and doesn't break in all kinds of odd corner cases like rsync on windows does. It offers central management of which computers sync which files and folders (well, SugarSync does this much better). It offers a web based view of your synced files for when you don't have your own computer. (This can be a plus or minus depending on your viewpoint). It keeps backup copies of your deleted and changed files.

You do know that Dropbox is already using rsync, right? Look at the code... it's available. They wrapped some service logic around it, but it's rsync (librsync) under the hood.

Comment Re:My Face (Score 1) 344

Don't worry, your friends and family will upload pictures of you and tag them for you so Facebook has photos of you to draw from.

One of the biggest flaws in the design of Facebook, was allowing other people to tag you in photos, without your approval.

What should happen, is you get tagged in photos, and for each photo you're tagged in, you have to approve it, before it goes live. Just like someone "friending" you on FB.

I'm shocked they let blind tagging of people happen like that.

Comment What about those that don't USE titlebars? (Score 1, Flamebait) 537

I haven't used titlebars on any app in almost a decade (sawfish). I also don't use icons, docks, wharfs or menubars. I prefer my environment to be clean, fast, functional and uncluttered.

As long as the browser's default behavior remains the same, and the 'tabs-on-titlebar' is an optional feature that can be enabled, that's fine.

Changing the default behavior is always bad. Always.

Comment Five Simple Words (Score 1) 204

You Can't Jailbreak the Cloud... at least that's what they think.

How do you run their CloudOS while on an airplane? In a train tunnel? While disconnected from the Internet itself?

There's a growing, ignorant view that everyone has access to Internet all the time, and that's simply not true, and in fact, is growing in the opposite direction. Many people are taking their devices with them more and more, and finding that they have less connectivity than they thought they did.

Home? Yes. Work? Yes. Friend's house? Yes. But all the touch points in-between? No, not likely... so what then?

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