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Comment With the proper incentives... (Score 1) 583

It will be a no-brainer. Low or no insurance costs and in high-traffic areas where commuter lanes are plugged up reserved lanes would make this an instant success.

I'd personally happily cede control of my vehicle for long-distance driving as long as I could choose to override the system and take control in unmapped or incorrectly mapped areas. Sleeping for an hour while the car took me where I need to go without having to worry about the road would be my preferred way to travel.

Comment The only plausible explanation (Score 1) 567

It's a classic case of 'suicide by cop'.

Dude's got the country so fucked up, he knows it's over. And he's crazy enough to try to take the rest of the country with him into oblivion rather than see Korea united and westernized. As a bonus, an attack by the US would help to polarize its opposition.

Seems like a case where it would clearly be in the best interests of the rest of the world for a North Korean group of malcontents to take matters into their own hands and rid their country of this psychopath. If they were trained and resourced by US interests, well... who needs to know about that?

Comment Why not? (Score 1) 693

You know, I've gotta ask. What's the difference between a law enforcement officer killing someone in person, versus a law enforcement officer killing someone by remote? If the guy needs killing, why risk law enforcement personnel to do it when a machine can do the job with no doubt substantially reduced risk for collateral damage?

And remember, a "drone" doesn't necessarily mean a Predator. It could just as easily be a quad-copter firing a .223 calibre weapon.

Submission + - Help the FBI solve an open murder case (fbi.gov)

JustDisGuy writes: The FBI has hit a dead end. On June 30, 1999, sheriff’s officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick. He had been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim’s pants pockets.

Despite extensive work by our Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU), as well as help from the American Cryptogram Association, the meanings of those two coded notes remain a mystery to this day, and Ricky McCormick’s murderer has yet to face justice.

“We are really good at what we do,” said CRRU chief Dan Olson, “but we could use some help with this one.”

Submission + - Samsung plants keyloggers on laptops it makes (networkworld.com)

Saint Aardvark writes: "Mohammed Hassan writes in Network World that he found a keylogger program installed on his brand-new laptop — not once, but twice. After initial denials, Samsung has admitted they did this, saying it was to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." As Hassan says, "In other words, Samsung wanted to gather usage data without obtaining consent from laptop owners." Three PR officers from Samsung have so far refused comment."
Microsoft

Submission + - Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates in Autobiography (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Bill Gates was guilty of 'mercenary opportunism' when he schemed with Steve Ballmer to dilute Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's equity in the company while Allen was recovering from Hodgkin's disease. In his upcoming autobiography, 'Idea Man,' which is excerpted in Vanity Fair, Allen paints a portrait of Gates as brilliant, focused, driven ... and ruthless. According to Allen, Gates in the early days twice sought larger equity in the company on the grounds that he 'did more.' Allen says he acquiesced each time, both because he understood his partner's reasoning and to avoid major conflict."

Comment Am I the only one? (Score 1) 771

You know - I read the graphic novel in preparation for watching the highly anticipated movie, but I only watched the movie once. Personally, I didn't really find the movie all that awesome. But I have to say - I never even *noticed* that Dr. Manhattan was actually entirely nude and that his tallywhacker was out there for all to see. It was only after one of my friends reviewed the movie from his perspective - a review which consisted almost entirely of the repeated phrase "blue penis" - that I even became aware of it. This isn't a slam on the actor's assets - just found it strange that it seems that the movie was all about blue dick for so many people...

Comment Re:No More Deregulation (Score 1) 551

The lock in ends up being higher than the regulated rate (This was kept for those who didn't sign up).

Basically, the same way that mortgages work at the bank. The bank will offer to "lock in low rates" implying that they're doing you a favour and then when the five years is up you realize that the cost of borrowing was significantly more than if you had chosen a floating rate.

Any time you wish to absolve yourself of risk, you'll find there are people who are more than happy to profit by taking that risk over for you. Just be glad if they don't disappear in the night when real trouble *does* come along...

Comment Good-bye, cell phone (Score 1) 394

FTFA: "Late last month a 50-year-old pilot, who asked that his name and the airline he works for not be made public, took a series of videos with his cell phone to show major flaws he says still exist in airport security systems."

Who wants to take bets that cell phones will now be required to be stowed in checked baggage, due to the "security threat" the camera phones pose?

Comment Nope (Score 1) 347

Couldn't really give a fuck if the whole shebang crashes like the Hindenburg. I've done my bit to see that it doesn't as best as I am able and as well as I've been resourced, and if it crashes I'll go fix it. I'll be fucked if I'm going to spend even a minute *worrying* about it crashing. After all, it's not a matter of *if* so much as *when*, and that's what I like to refer to as job security.

Comment Re:Don't lose out on experiencing her life with he (Score 5, Insightful) 527

No mod points, but this ^^^^^.

I lost my wife when we were 37. She went out visiting one night, and never came home.

Spend the time you have left with your wife, and the children with their mother *creating memories*, and not memorabilia.

I'm sorry for your family, that you have to go through this when the kids are so young. Be strong, man.

PlayStation (Games)

BioShock 2's First DLC Already On Disc 466

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from 1Up: "Trouble is brewing in Rapture. The recently released Sinclair Solutions multiplayer pack for BioShock 2 is facing upset players over the revelation that the content is already on the disc, and the $5 premium is an unlock code. It started when users on the 2K Forums noticed that the content is incredibly small: 24KB on the PC, 103KB on the PlayStation 3, and 108KB on the Xbox 360. 2K Games responded with a post explaining that the decision was made in order to keep the player base intact, without splitting it between the haves and have-nots."

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