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Comment normalization (Score 3, Insightful) 33

Once we have been desensitized to mass surveillance of this sort, it will become commonplace.

First they use it for sporting events, then all events with police presence,.then all the time because its cheaper to keep the system active than risk missing something and getting sued.

And thus continues the fall. However with the generations now who love to watch themselves on internet tv, I am not sure if anyone will be left who remembers a world where everything wasn't recorded and archived. If you haven't used an advanced camera system lately, they are approaching zoom, enhance, track, television style skills that was nothing but a CSI joke 10 years ago.

Comment 80mph = 128.747km/h (Score 1) 600

"Freeway speed limits should be 80."

80mph = 128.747km/h. That's so bad for fuel efficiency, there should be no other reason as to make it illegal!

I agree what you say that everyone drives 10 km/h over the speed limit and that immediately jumped out at me as the most flimsy part of the obviously premature faulting of the driver.
However, as that holds true, many roads in the country are 100km/h, or 110, so if everyone drives 10km/h over that then we get to your number of 128 anyways. The point is people will just drive 140 in an elevated speed limit, because hey, 10km over.

(this also serves the police of course, they can pull over whomever they want if everyone is breaking the law)

If what people are saying, that the autopilot didnt "see" the car, is true, then they very well should disable that shit until they fix it!
That's a real issue, a bit of speeding is not.

Comment Re:Unlikely...maybe (Score 2) 410

That was a downright 'friendly' approach. MS could start shipping in a mode that forbids anything but UWP by default, under some claim of improving the security of the platform.

They can (credibly) point to both Apple and Android as examples of platforms that have locked application delivery to their respective platform by default. Yes in Android you can enable sideloading (but you get shown a very 'scary' dialog about how risky it is and you really shouldn't do it), but as an application developer, you really have to let Google distribute it for you or else miss out on the market.

Comment Re:Steam should stop modifying perms (Score 1) 410

IIRC, recent versions of Windows have a mechanism to make applications *think* they are writing to that applications directory but are instead writing to an overlay layer (VirtualStore).

This should mean a user need not have permission to modify it, but older applications (and only older applications *should* be messing with it, like 15 years old at newest) should be none the wiser.

Steam however acts in many ways like a mid 90s windows application. Providing it's own concepts of user directories and divorcing it from the system separation and producing a very weird thing.

Comment Still original content (Score 5, Insightful) 192

The article briefly mentions original content like it was their last smart move and they'll have to do something else to survive. I would disagree with that assessment.

The media cartels (MPAA etc) are trying to starve out Netflix by jacking up their licensing fees, onerous international distribution agreements, etc etc.

The Netflix back catalog of old movies has actually been shrinking. The focus on original content is to bring control to their programming so that they aren't 100% at the mercy of the cartels who want nothing more than for Netflix to die. The goal of the cartels is that Hulu or some other godforsaken corp-owned property can retain their dominance of the public eyeball.

That's why Netflix has gone all in on their original programming. I just finished watching Stranger Things and it is really good. Because Netflix developed it themselves, they don't have to negotiate an international distribution agreement and they can release it simultaneously in all the markets they offer subscriptions. That's huge. I watched past the credits and there were translation teams for about 8 languages - I think I saw French, Spanish, Japanese, German among them.

So I think their play is what they are already doing - pour money into original programming, build their own back catalog so they aren't at the mercy of greedy content providers, and keep providing great customer service.

Comment Re:Gets the history wrong (Score 1) 533

" still in common use today"

I for one have never once seen that connector. And I see ALOT of different connectors.

Looks like coax, but with a large RCA type centre post? looks like RCA but with a weird circle on the (female? trans?) end? On the other hand, you got BNC which provides a lock and already merges RCA and f-type. Why does your connector exist?

Comment Re:Meanwhile in ARM's Cambridge HQ (Score 1) 153

I'm fully aware of the value, but investors gravitate toward the do-nothing companies that sell licenses to people who do real stuff.

Hell, I've even seen a sentiment of 'oh, that's just a hardware company, all the hard work was done by their software partner' in discussions among customers.

Capital expense is considered horrible, everything must be leased/rented. Don't own your buildings, lease them. Don't own servers, rent cloud capacity. Don't make processors, design them.

All the hard work in actually bringing these things to reality is considered by the market to be boring, and attention gravitates toward the 'idea' companies.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in ARM's Cambridge HQ (Score 4, Insightful) 153

The sad things is that businesses by and large *hate* any hardware portion of a business. So they're perfectly happy to have a pure IP company that licenses out to companies that in turn are generally *also* fabless. The more they 'saddle' some other sap with the capital intensive business of building and moving real physical goods, the happier they are.

Comment Re: Where are big pharma's recreational drugs? (Score 1) 416

Firstly yes, grand parent has never heard of pheonix tears, oil caps, and other eatables. You don't have to smoke at all.

Secondly, saying you cant OD is BS. As a regular user i have OD'ed a few times. Eating too many eatables and not getting the right dose is very easy to do. Basically you "feel" like you cant breathe and "feel" like there is a heavy weight on your chest for 30 minutes or so. All you can do is lie on the floor, try not to completely pass out and watch your breathing. NOt fun.

My tolerance is very high and i can easily OD on eatables. You probably cant OD just smoking it, but times have changed and there are so many more options available now. For instance pheonix tears which i do quite regularly needs to be dosed about the size of a grain of rice. Double that as i have by accident, and its a similar comatose feeling, heart rate slows, etc. Now i'm pretty sure that I have never almost died or anything like that, but i really don't know. There are many new untested products out there these days, and its all "buyer beware" when it comes to dosing. In canada there is no regulation, so you don't even necessarily know the percent of substances in the product. Some of the products, like phoenix tears, is in the 80%-90+% of thc. Incredibly potent!

Comment This story is garbage (Score 1, Insightful) 109

The accusation was that the app had "full access" to google account data. Hence Slashdot's previous headline, PSA: Pokemon Go Has Full Access To Your Google Account Data

This previous story was accurate and true, because by the developers own admission,

"[Pokemon Go] erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account"

They are fixing it, and kudos for fixing it, and they've confirmed with Google that they didn't access any additional information, but they still fucked up and have admitted they fucked up.

Perhaps people should be more careful about the accusations they make.

Go to hell

Comment 1 + 1 = youre fired (Score 1) 224

"Computer-memory specialist Seagate announced that its Q4 revenue would be $2.65 billion, beating expectations of $2.34 billion, and up from the $2.3 billion guidance given previously,"

Firings seem to have little to do with profits in corporate america. Profits up? Youre fired!, Profits down? Gotta downsize! Profits neutral? We need to trim the fat!
I'm sure they have their reasons in the long run, but let it not be said that corporations behave rationally. You can't really, when profits is the goal.

I would boycott them, but segate has such a bad reputation for longevity already, I stopped buying them years ago.

Comment Re:This is like asking "Verite 3D or 3DFX Voodoo?" (Score 1) 185

In my experience, gamepad has been the main input favored by the games. VR games are by and large not interested in making people use keyboard blind (many can't do it) and since real-look replaces mouse-look, the downsides of a gamepad are mitigated.

Yes, there's lot's of hype around using motion controls, but I think ultimately the lazy will mostly win out and gamepad will dominate. It's cool and novel to use your hands really, but I suspect that'll get old real fast, since there's plenty of opportunity to use your real hands in real life.

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