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Comment Re:Peace of mind and easier sleep (Score 1) 118

Perhaps he meant co-sleep as in parents sleeping in the same room as the baby. Sleeping with the infant in a crib next to the parents bed is actually shown to be beneficial in a number of ways. In comparison, sleeping in the same bed with the baby is what you are referring to that poses a significant danger.

Comment Re:Then it shouldn't take a lawsuit (Score 1) 152

It wouldn't surprise me if the lawsuits were primarily intended for (a) cases where the owners could not be found and (b) cases where the owners keep ignoring messages that seemed to be from fraudsters. (If you randomly received a call that somebody wanted to offer you money to sign over a piece of land that you never knew you owned, would you really believe it to not to be a scam of some sort?). There are also likely a few cases of (c) owners that have zero interest in ever using the land, but knowing who the buyer is are trying to extort an unreasonable premium.

Actually, reading the article (shocking, I know) it sounds like most of the cases are for parcels that have no clear owners, often due to inheritances splitting ownership multiple times. The land in question was granted to native Hawaiians in the mid-1800s, and apparently most of the grantees never chose to use/develop said land.

In other words, this is a non-story taking something that is apparently typical in local real estate law and making it news because it's weird on first glance and involves a celebrity.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

To be more effective, it should be:

If employee != student (meaning going to school and still a dependent of their parents/guardians) then living wage == minimum wage Else minimum wage == some lesser amount. Perhaps even combine with some ratio (no more than 3 part-time student employees for each full-time living-wage employee per shift).

Comment Re:Why 8k? (Score 1) 192

Standard theaters don't need higher resolution in part because nobody likes sitting close enough to the screen (first few rows) that the resolution is readily noticeable, and outside of the large IMAX theaters, the average screen distance to seat ratio isn't big enough to justify the cost of higher resolution projectors.

Possible 8K Uses:
* Large, High Resolution Desktop monitors for artists, as well as for developers that like densely packed screens. I'd gladly trade my current multi-display setup for something like a 50" curved 8K display.
* 3D Movies at full resolution and frame rate
* Virtual Reality (even with fancy lens blurring at the edges, current resolutions don't come close to matching the 'resolution' of the human eye)
* Large (full field of view) TV screens at closer distances. Admittedly 4K is good enough for most standard TV sizes, but 8K becomes noticeable if you want to get up close with a 120"+ screens without seeing the pixels). Of course, home projectors at even the 4K resolution are still quite costly ... 8K is likely still several years away.
* 8K in anything smaller than say 100" is likely useless, just as 4K is a waste in screens smaller than say 40" outside the desktop environment.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 70

FedEx is definitely among the worst.

Twice in the past year or so I've had a large-ish packages arrive that required a signature. FedEx left a note and required that I go to their office (about 20 minutes away) to pick up the package. There was no option to schedule re-delivery for a time that I'd be home (without paying extra) or to sign to let them leave it at the front door or with a neighbor (I work during the day, like most of us). UPS in comparison has multiple pickup places within minutes of my house, and never has a problem leaving a signature-required package with a neighbor or on the front door if I sign the notice for them (and sometimes even if I don't...).

Another fun experience with FedEx, though this was over 10 years ago (I feel old saying that ...) I had ordered a bunch of parts for a new computer. Tracking number showed that it was delivered and left with the super (I was living in an apt building at the time). That normally would be fine and normal behavior. Except for the fact that they left it with the super of the WRONG BUILDING. Two weeks later, getting nowhere with either the retailer or FedEx's claim process, my package magically showed up on the door (and yes, the address was correct on the box). I was lucky that the super from a block away was a nice, honest guy otherwise I would've been out a lot of money (and this was back when I was still in HS).

USPS isn't perfect either ... or at least my postman lacks common sense. They love sticking small-ish packages in the regular mailbox (I don't blame them...it's closer than the dedicated package box). The problem is that they ALWAYS try sticking it in the mailbox first. Even if it requires stuffing the rest of my mail into a messy ball. Even if the package just barely fits into the box from the postman's side. On occassion I've had to wait several days to get my package because it wouldn't fit out the front, and it took several days of pulling out all other mail and replacing with a sticky note before the postman realized that the package was stuck and removed it for me. On several other occasions I've actually resorted to cutting the box open inside the mailbox so that I could get the contents out without waiting...

I guess USPS and FedEx have annoyed me more than I thought given how much I just wrote . . .

Comment Re:Custom firmware (Score 1) 229

The encryption does not necessarily need to happen on the fly. You can save the images and videos as usual, and then pipe it for the camera to process slowly, even when it's been turned off. Making it use little power is more important than speed IMHO. Although I see no reason why encryption cannot be added to the ASIC.

For that matter, encryption doesn't necessarily even need to be in the camera. There are already SD cards out there with wifi builtin. It should be almost trivial to setup the receiving computer (or smartphone/tablet for mobile use) to encrypt the received images upon receipt and optionally delete the original files. The use cases they are describing don't require instant encryption ... just as long as the files are secured before they reach the next security checkpoint.

Comment Re:UCC (Score 1) 333

Exactly, companies are sued for false advertising all the time. Now that the game has been exposed, I'm sure the lawyers are running in circles to be the first to file such a lawsuit and up it to class-action status. Of course, at best the average customer will end up getting a coupon to exchange any partly used bottle of false Aloe Vera for a free bottle of "real" Aloe Vera while the lawyers get another mountain of $$$ and the manufacturers continue milking consumers on other undetected falsehoods.

(I sure am optimistic today, aren't I?)

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

OTOH, to play devil's advocate, if customers can't tell the difference and the product on the shelves serves the advertised purposes, is it really fraud?

I predict that the manufacturer (I bet CVS/Walmart/Walgreens all rebrand the stuff from the same company) will come back and say "maybe we didn't use real Aloe Vera, but XYZ is an equivalent substitute" followed by updated packaging adding in fine-print the words "or equivalent". Step two will be legitimate manufacturers adding the word 'real' and upping their prices in exchange for claiming that their ingredients are verified by a so-called independent third-party lab.

Comment Re:Besides the obvious informmercial (Score 1) 45

The article is admittedly useless in giving details of the hack, or what he managed to do.

Assuming though that the exploit gave him full access to the router's configuration (which the article seems to imply), that would make it trivial to add a sniffer to intercept unencrypted traffic, alter DNS settings to point to a compromised database, or otherwise instigate man-in-the-middle attacks of unencrypted traffic. The article specifically says that we should encrypt all of our traffic over public Wifi, which (combined with not ignoring bad certificate errors) is the only way to avoid/detect such MITM attacks.

Comment Re:You don't understand what "can't" means. (Score 1, Insightful) 534

When you say "I can't pardon someone..." that doesn't necessarily mean you are prohibited by law. It can also mean you have a moral or practical objection that prevents you from pardoning the person.

Just because Slashdot is heavily Snowden-sympathetic doesn't mean we should be deliberately misunderstanding the position of people opposed to pardoning him. You cannot have national security if individual people outside the chain of command decide to buck the classification system. We need better whistleblowing systems and better oversight, but you can't have every college grad deciding he knows better than everyone else. Because while sometimes he does, other times he gets lots of people killed over something stupid.

Exactly. Obama knows full well the difference between what he can legally do, and what he can justify (to himself and to the nation) doing.

Snowden broke the law. There is no avoiding that fact. He may have done it for moral reasons, but he still broke the law and didn't even attempt to go down any of several legitimate roads of objection available within our national security framework for so-called 'whistle-blowing.'

If Obama were to outright pardon him for his crimes, he would be implicitly condoning those actions and inviting chaos.

Now, if Snowden were to turn himself in, and be formally convicted and sentenced in court it would be a different matter. At that point the President could use the power of pardon to commute his sentence on moral grounds without actually condoning or encouraging the original crime.

Comment Re:Adoption? (Score 1) 203

Agreed.

I do believe, however, that those with the resources and need to conceive a child through artificial means should also have the responsibility to adopt a child in need (for when they are ready to care for a second child), or at a minimum to make a generous donation to help children in need.

Comment Re:Mobileye understands lit. Musk doesn't. (Score 2) 218

Not that again: Once again, the only stats that show Tesla safer than human drivers compares Tesla divided highway driving (the safest kind of driving) with human driving in general.

And that is also the only stat that matters for the Tesla Autopilot. The system was only designed to be used on divided highway driving. Any other usage is not supported or encouraged. Just because early versions of the system didn't prohibit the driver from engaging it on unsupported roads, doesn't mean that those use cases are supported. They clearly state that the driver is responsible for paying attention, and that it should only be used for highway driving.

Comment Re:Did it occur to them that no one wants them? (Score 1) 86

Don't forget that the current demo of the HoloLens is for *developers only*. Think of how much the Occulus Rift has improved from the tolerable-for-short-periods DK1 vs the first commercial release. Not that I generally like defending MS, but the ad campaigns reflect what MS hopes to achieve for the final product, not the current prototype. They need to up the FOV and resolution significantly before that device is ready for market ... and when it is it looks like MS is ensuring that there will be plenty of software available from the start.

Anonymics is right about the 'uncanny valley' problem to, at least to a degree. The HoloLens' AR is a much different beast than full immersion VR. They need to achieve a high enough resolution/optics to display text clearly, but they aren't creating a virtual world so simple charts and cartoonish characters (which even a modest GPU can generate at very high resolutions) will be sufficient for intended uses. (Intended meaning the HoloLens is not designed for immersive virtual reality games, though I'm sure people will try using it that way anyway and be confused of why VR and AR are not the same thing).

Comment Re:Great! (Score 0) 266

Exactly. The entire premise of this is control of people. Time to block the IR port, kids.

I don't envy younger people; the world is turning into a liberties hellhole on them.

This is an IR signal that would be picked up by the camera itself, not necessarily a dedicated IR port.

In any case, the solution here is quite simple either:
A: Don't use Apple products (recommended)
B: Buy a cheap IR filter from china to stick over your camera. (ebay will be flooded with these the moment the software is actually deployed). NOTE: Not to be confused with visible light filters that block everything but IR and are sometimes erroneously marketed as IR filters.

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