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Comment Re:Won't work everywhere, or really anywhere else (Score 0) 181

They're already having problems. I looked into what this company does, and among other eclectic things, they produce film titles. Here is one of their productions, and as you can see, they were sacked and replaced by another company (at great expense - and then that company was replaced by yet another company) before the project was completed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Cost (Score 1) 401

The plan has a $500 billion price tag, but that's pocket change compared to the cost of dealing with an ice-free Arctic.

Wouldn't billions be saved in shipping and transportation expenses if the Arctic was ice-free? That shortens the distance to Asia right?

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 47

That still makes no sense. If it's "games like Angry Birds" then why aren't all "games like Angry Birds" banned? Why do you single out and ban one game? This is specific to Angry Birds. Unless this list uses the term "Angry Birds" to mean "Any blacklisted game". Either way the article still does not explain what is going on here.

Comment Makes no sense (Score 3, Insightful) 47

This article makes no sense at all. It clearly comes at this from the security angle, and says these apps that are blacklisted for that reason. That is why Dropbox is #2 on the list, for example, because it makes it too easy to move files in and out of the company. This is not about loss of productivity, but one of data security. The article gives no explanation whatsoever why Angry Birds is blacklisted for security. Does it record audio in the background? Take pictures? Report location? There is more to this than what the article discusses.

Angry Birds is the only entertainment / game app in the top 10 of any of those countries. So again, there is more to this than it being a popular game, otherwise the list would be just that - the 10 most popular games.

Comment Not optimal (Score 1) 359

While this might be "optimal" from a static, pre-planned routing scenario, even greater time / fuel savings can be achieved by dynamically routing based on the immediate traffic. It's funny this concept has resurfaced, because after reading about this years ago I've thought about several times while driving. There is a better way, which I call "opportunistic left turns". If I know I must make a left turn, and I have 5 blocks to travel before that intersection, then I simply make the left turn at the first available opportunity. That gives me up to 5 chances to make a left turn when oncoming traffic or the state of the traffic light is best. Just think for a moment of a UPS truck driving around an entire extra block when they could have made a single left turn without any delay due to traffic allowing it at that moment in time.

Comment Forums are dying (Score 5, Insightful) 168

As a former sysadmin of a popular forum back in the late 90s, I can say that this form of social networking is definitely dying. Killed, as should be obvious, by the likes of Facebook. Basically the progression over time has been...

Usenet (for those select few with internet access back in the day)
Stand-alone BBS - the first real online social networking available to the public
Networked BBSs / online services (AOL, Prodigy, Compuserve, GEnie, etc)
More general use of Usenet (around which time it became filled with spam and binaries, making it nearly unusable except for moderated groups)
The advent of the WWW brought the HTML based discussion forum, which ruled (and is still very much applicable) for the greater part of 20 years.
Hybrid, topic based discussion (Slashdot, reddit, etc)
Facebook and its various constructs (celeb pages, groups, and the totally unorganized comment discussion that originates based off of random posts created or shared by users).

The thing that concerns me in the Facebook era are the lack of organization, clear moderation (who is even in charge of which group?), searchability, etc, of anything on FB. Let me give you an example. If I want to work on my vehicle, I can search for the topic online, and find a discussion forum where owners of that vehicle discuss in great detail the problem I've encountered and how to repair it. That's not even possible with FB.

Anyway, after all that semi-offtopic rambling, I'll say this is not a good thing in my opinion that IMDB is shutting down their forums, because there is no adequate replacement.

Comment Re:It's not about risk... (Score 1) 437

You're forgetting automation. Automation currently is not as cheap for some things as the non-sustainable dirt-cheap labor in countries like China, but we would automate production of many, many things as soon is it was cost effective. MBCST production could be quite an automated process. Then we'd have big factories in the US, the roofs of which would be covered in solar panels generating the power to operate the equipment, churning out products that no normal human would want to spend mind-numbing, totally unfulfilling hours doing.

Isn't that what we want as a society? What percentage of our population was involved in food production (as in farming / agricultural) a mere 100 years ago compared to today? That portion of the population now has a better education and (hopefully) better jobs doing more fulfilling and rewarding work, than the brute force manual labor that is now done by machine.

Why would we want Americans doing the kinds of jobs done in China right now, regardless of how much money they make ($18 an hour or whatever)? Imagine if most of the money going to China in trade deficit was instead invested back into this country, for more education, better healthcare, higher wages in the existing jobs... We have the technology to make the world a much better place, but due to the low-cost (and essentially slave-labor) production in some foreign countries, we don't bother investing in it. How in the world is that a good thing? Let's pay the price now and absolve ourselves of our reliance on a propped up world economy based on large masses of repressed people earning next to nothing to perform mundane tasks.

Comment Re: Nefarious uses? (Score 1) 118

I also wish to point out that there have been far greater "unfair" influences in past elections. When Obama was first elected he was absolutely the media darling. Since most all of the news organizations are very left leaning (http://www.pewresearch.org/pj_14-10-21_mediapolarization-08-2/), one can claim there is an imbalance and unfair advantage to one political party. This was amplified even more in Obama's favor.

Trump managed to win despite being hated by the vast majority of news organizations. I like to think that the leaked truths about the DNC's behavior offset that to some small degree, however in the whole, I think Trump had far more unfair bias against him than Hillary by players that should have no say so in the outcomes of our election.

And don't even get me started on Hollywood. It's unfortunate that those with the microphones and biggest distribution channels are the only ones who get to be heard, just because of some silly celebrity status.

Comment One bus... (Score 1) 71

USB charging ports on one bus in Japan. What will they think of next? Devices attached to the seats on which a person can rest their arms? Texturing on the floor to prevent a person from slipping if their shoes are wet? Electrically operated devices affixed to the interior of the bus that emit photons so people can see when it's night time?

Slashdot, please keep us abreast of such groundbreaking advancements!

Comment Here's a secret... (Score 1) 399

I'll let you in on a secret... people (as in the vast majority) don't want 3D in theaters either. The reason it's there is because it's an excuse for even higher ticket prices. Raise your hand if you actually believe people would not see a movie because it wasn't showing in 3D. Anyone? Would you? Would you walk into a theater, and find out that the movie was not playing in 3D, and turn around and leave? Checking my local cinema's showings for tomorrow (it has 8 screens), there is only one movie being shown in 3D tomorrow: XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (PG-13). And that's with a 2D showing mixed in with the two 3D showings.

So when the article says "Despite enthusiasm at the box office", I think that should really say "Despite not utterly failing at the box office".

Comment Google News mobile (Score 2) 56

They've been using it on Google News for mobile now for a while, I can't stand it. Mainly for the exact reason stated in the blurb, which is that you cannot share news stories. Plus it wastes screen real estate with the Google header at the top. Didn't we go through something like this over a decade ago when iframe came out and everyone was wanting to embed everyone else's content in their web page to show ads and otherwise maintain control over the user? Thanks for taking us back to the dark ages, Google.

Comment Illegal? (Score 5, Insightful) 181

I'm curious what aspect of this was illegal. The keylogging itself isn't illegal. If someone buys and installs keylogger software on devices they own, that's not illegal. If someone installs software of that kind on someone else's device, without the owner's permission, then the person who did the installation broke the law. Not the author of the software.

Both articles are vague in that regard, but one states,

intentionally cause damage without authorization

,
Which may mean the software had the capability to erase files or do something harmful besides capturing data.

Unless the software actively multiplied and installed itself without permission somehow, it would seem to me that the customers are (in some specific cases) the guilty parties.

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