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Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 165

I could send you an email, and just by clicking on it, it shows in the preview pane and BAM you're owned.

And how many people do you know that still open emails from unrecognised strangers? Before you can get people to open a malicious email you have to get past their spam filters (or, at least the filters their mail server uses) and make the recipient think it's a valid email. (Yes, I know that there are people who just open everything that comes in, but I think you get my point.) However, from what I can tell, if you're running Windows and you open it, you're toast. I'm not saying that that Macs and Linux are safe because I don't know enough, but I'm fairly sure that this is not only Windows specific, it's aimed more at Outlook than anything else simply because of its market share.

Comment Re: Not the leaks (Score 2) 304

The Disease is the PATRIOT act...

No, that's another symptom.

The disease is a far too large & powerful US Federal government that barely even pays lip-service to the Constitution and it's limits on government powers, if it's not outright publicly and blatantly mocked by those in office.

Large enough to build such a hugely expensive monstrosity, too powerful to be stopped by laws or Constitutional limitations, and able to use it's data to destroy anyone, including politicians supposedly in oversight, that don't "play along".

It's Big Brother powered by the data collection & computer analysis panopticon instead of a telescreen.

This can only result in a lot of blood and lives lost, no matter if the population revolts against or accepts it's new self-appointed masters and new societal paradigms or not. And, no matter who finally triumphs.

Either way, the camps and the mass graves will be filled. If history is any indicator, I think it's far too late at this point to walk this back without a fight. It's also a sure bet that huge numbers of people will be imprisoned/killed if the government keeps going in this direction.

It's whether or not the camps and mass graves last for weeks/months/years with an eventual victory for the people, or decades/centuries/millennia of suffering & death that will be historic in size and scope, that will be decided by whether or not people now decide to stand up and remove the criminals by whatever means necessary and strip the government of a large portion of it's power and wealth, and scrap the panopticon.



Robots Can Learn To Hold Knives — and Not Stab Humans 104

aurtherdent2000 writes "We humans enjoy not having knives inside of us. Robots don't know this (Three Laws be damned). Therefore, it's important for humans to explain this information to robots using careful training. Researchers at Cornell University are developing a co-active learning method, where humans can correct a robot's motions, showing it how to properly use objects such as knives. They use it for a robot performing grocery checkout tasks."

Comment Re: ..and mouse scroll. (Score 1) 326

Uh huh, that is why its selling so well and folks have so much "fun" with it is because they really wanted a sailphone for a PC, right.

Look its REALLY simple, Ballmer lost his shit because Apple became the largest company and instead of accepting that PCs had gotten "good enough" for most folks and that he should be trying to sell value add to the OS he instead....makes a sailphone OS. A sailphone OS that admins don't want, and gamers don't want and to top it off OEMs don't want it either.

Ya wanna know the REAL reason Android is selling? Its NOT because of mobility, its because Android IS WINDOWS, its Windows as it USED to be. Its simple to use,yet still easy to get to the system settings. It has an appstore sure, but it takes a single click to allow programs from anywhere. Its as easy to customize for Joe and Jane Average as changing a Windows wallpaper was, and it runs quite well on a multitude of devices. At the same time Android was rising MSFT was putting out the bloated piggie that was Vista and while 7 did well instead of learning and listening somebody decided that they could just "be Apple" and put out locked down high priced hardware...nope, I got better odds of winning the powerball.

You give folks what they want and they buy, give them shit and tell them "you don't need that" and watch them walk away...what is so hard to understand?

Comment Re:Why would you want to? (Score 1) 92

If it's to help the phone survive drops, then that's what they should talk about.

I can't imagine a reason I would ever want to bend my phone.

Now if I were planning on going to prison, I could see how a bendable phone might make it easier to smuggle one into my cell, but it's still not going to be very comfortable, going in or coming out. And god forbid I get a call while my phone is hidden in a body cavity. I keep my phone on vibrate and it could get very embarrassing.

Comment Re:Am I imagining it? (Score 1) 230

I have little at risk if anyone but financial institutions gets this stuff wrong. Taking the time to contest a fraudulent CC charge is really the risk. Financial institutions worry me less as they get proper auditing, and I use a separate password for those, but that's about it.

Or at least to not expect any more smarts than you're willing to invest yourself.

That's a terrible life strategy. You can't be an expert in much, and depending on experts in everything else (but holding them accountable if they screw up) is appropriate.

Comment Re:OK, so what's new in it? (Score 1) 147

A sub-$100 price is about it, since they took out Gamecube backwards compatibility and Internet connectivity. It's really just aimed at the people buying Wii Fit and Wii Sports, not at anyone who's even mildly serious about gaming.

Well duh, it's a mini version of a last-gen console released in 2006 so that's the only people who you could sell it to. Even if anyone needed Gamecube compatibility there's now 100 million regular Wiis on the market to 20 million Gamecubes sold. And Nintendo probably looked at the stats and found extremely many Wiis are never online, the only system updates they get are through game discs. Add in a few clueless parents who think anything involving the Internet is a scary place and you got a $99 guaranteed safe kids/family console. No matter how old and boring you think it is, it's always new to some new kids.

Comment Re:NOT posted as AC. (Score 1) 603

Comment Re:The numbers (Score 1) 545

It isn't entrapment. No solicitation from the "girl" of any sort, implied or explicit. Is it entrapment to leave a car unlocked in a parking lot with a package in it at Christmas time and wait for someone to take it?

This kind of logic leads to "blame the victim" mentality. "She was asking for it, where that short skirt".

Please understand what entrapment is. It includes ENTICING someone to commit a crime they normally wouldn't commit. Normal people would NOT steal a package out of a car, and NORMAL people won't solicit sexual acts to or from a ten year old.

Comment Re:The numbers (Score 1) 545

Humans are both "not rational" and "highly rational" often minutes apart from each other. The "not rational" side is almost always emotionally tied "reaction" (fear, happiness, horny) and tied to uncontrolled impulses. The rational side is much more cerebral and happens once a person has gained a good grasp of their emotions.

Some people let their lives be ruled by their emotions, without any forethought into anything "I want _________" and then they rationalize any reason why later. And by rationalize, I have seen humans rationalize some really horrific acts because it gets the results they are looking for.

People who live by acting on their emotions scare the crap out of me.

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