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Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 405

Automation can free humanity from having to work for basic needs such as food, clothing and housing.

The question, however, is how the benefits of automation will be distributed.
If the "owners" don't want to share, we'll have a dystopian future.
They can produce so cheap, but noone will buy what they produce.
The "1%" could make life miserable for the rest of us, use a robotized force to keep us under the thumb and bathe in luxury and wellbeing themselves.
Sooner or later infighting will come and the 1% will also destroy themselves (helped by the robots used for crowd control).

If we as humans can find a mechanism to share the benefits, we could have a good future.
We'll have to do with current ideologies and economic systems, and invent something new.

Comment So? (Score 2) 110

If Russia has any clue, the LinkedIn domains are already blacklisted. Removing the apps shouldn't be much more than adding insult to injury.

And since Android users could sideload it, it's practically ineffective unless Apple owns a much larger chunk of the Russian market than they did last time I looked.

Comment Re:ftdi? sigh ;( (Score 1) 83

You've got a microcontroller that is ostensibly open-source hardware, but it's using a component from a company that most definitely swings hard in the other direction.

Microcontroller != development board.

The chip itself is (I assume) open source. The implementation of this specific development board was created using proprietary software and includes a proprietary component, but that's about it.

If the MCU is of any interest to people, there will be other more or less open dev boards created. Most obviously would be things like the STM32 ARM boards that are all over the place now having just the minimum voltage regulation, resistors, capacitors, pin headers, crystals and jumpers to be usable with an external USB-to-TTL conversion module.

Comment Re:FBI has an image problem (Score 2) 161

That people believe such "warnings" in large enough numbers to make it worthwhile for the crooks to make them, is a sign, that FBI has an image problem.

Ironically, the same people that fall for these scams usually think nothing of ignoring the FBI warnings that play at the beginning of movies...

Comment Re:Creative solution to patent trolls (Score 1) 455

It seems to me that if more people sued when patents were not implemented, we might have less patents out there making every developers life worse. Patent trolls might think twice before setting up shop.

That's one theory.

Or maybe patent trolls will just include the threat of legal action for not including the technology from their new "safety patent" as leverage when they go after companies making real products which have a potential to hurt people.

"That's a real nice widget you got there... Be a real shame if someone lost an eye and some ambulance chasers somehow discovered you refused to license our patented anti-eye-gouging technology..."

Comment Re:what, wait a second (Score 1) 164

So, ... this system reduces the number of rear end collisions by slamming on the breaks after it hits something?

A stopped out-of-control vehicle is a shitload safer than a moving out-of-control vehicle.

It's not exactly a novel concept; RV's and pretty much any towable trailer containing a battery and braking system have had automatic brakes in case of hitch failure for ages (I had a 1979 RV with a stock system).

Comment Re:"Lightly customized" (Score 1) 85

So what North Korea has done is perfectly legal both by its own laws and by international law.

It's worth noting that North Korea doesn't even get a mention in the USTR Special 301 Report, so obviously they're not doing anything wrong or dodgy as far as copyright goes. Unless that report is a load of crap or something.

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