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Comment Adobe's Air (Score 1) 90

Can't they convert their app to Adobe Air self contained "application"? It even works on Android tablets & phones that way.

That is what Oracle suggests to developers relying on embedded Java in web pages, move to Webstart.

Comment Re: Try an Antenna (Score 1) 141

Yeah, there's a lot channels in Spanish, others in Vietnamese, Chinese, Farsi, etc. as well as the religious channels (those are super pixelated - they appear to be more worried about quantity rather than quality).

Out of the 129 channels there's probably about 20 of them I regularly watch(rather like getting hundreds of channels via DirecTV, but only regularly watching a few dozen - of course, I'm no longer paying for the channels I don't watch!). The High Def channels (ABC, NBC, PBS, KUBE, ION, etc) all look significantly better than they did on DirecTV. Likewise the Standard Def subchannels that I do watch look better (though not significantly) than comparable SD channels I used to watch on DirecTV.

The SD channels I watch are: This TV, Heroes & Icons, Laff(comedies), Movies!, Decades, Buzzr(game shows), Antenna TV, Comet TV(sci fi), The Works (though this network was dissolved last month and has been replaced by Charge! and I've not yet watched anything on it), MeTV, Get TV, and Grit.

Comment Re: There is a basic reason, Edge has no community (Score 1) 146

No it isn't, it is compatible and somehow similar to WebKit but not really WebKit. It requires a real paradigm shift for MS to adopt WebKit. MS says one shouldn't worry about site compatibility if it works with Apple Safari. I think it creates the confusion.

I actually like simple browsers using native OS functions and use less energy & CPU but not being open source and multi platform kills whole advantage.

Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Comment Saving $1500 a year's pretty significant to me (Score 1) 141

From the Looking back entry of my DVR Project blog series.

savings would be what I used to pay DirecTV ($146 a month) less purchasing shows à la cart - buying seasons via Amazon, iTunes, and physical media (Blu-ray & DVD sets).
I ended up saving $4575 over the past three years, for an average savings of $1525 per year!


Comment There is a basic reason, Edge has no community (Score 5, Interesting) 146

Edge isn't open source, it has no developer community, no user community like Firefox who will mercilessly bash it until it goes the right direction, no incentive to be secure.

  You can steal millions from Google with a basic, unpublished cookie hack as they are the largest advertising company on planet. So, they are damn careful about their code. Chromium which eventually ends up to be Chrome has its own community. Additionally, there is a huge privacy fanatic user community, developer community in Mozilla.

Edge is a browser which comes with the OS, nothing else.

Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 158

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment iPic Theaters are slick (Score 1) 213

Over the holidays I took family to the iPic Theater here in Houston for a screening of Rogue One. They have some really innovative seating pods - pairs of recliners share a table, and have a short sound proofing wall wrapped around them to help cut down on noise from other patrons.

I posted some photos of them at the end of this blog entry - Two million pounds of ice on a subtropical island!

Comment Re:"Human Colleague"... Nope, You Just Don't Get I (Score 1) 407

Clarke did very little writing on robot brains.

Um, I'll have to assume that you weren't around for April, 1968, when the leading AI in popular culture for a long, long, time was introduced in a Kubrick and Clarke screenplay and what probably should have been attributed as a Clarke and Kubrick novel. And a key element of that screenplay was a priority conflict in the AI.

Comment Re:"Human Colleague"... Nope, You Just Don't Get I (Score 1) 407

Well, you've just given up the argument, and have basically agreed that strong AI is impossible

Not at all. Strong AI is not necessary to the argument. It is perfectly possible for an unconscious machine not considered "strong AI" to act upon Asimov's Laws. They're just rules for a program to act upon.

In addition, it is not necessary for Artificial General Intelligence to be conscious.

Mind is a phenomenon of healthy living brain and is seen no where else.

We have a lot to learn of consciousness yet. But what we have learned so far seems to indicate that consciousness is a story that the brain tells itself, and is not particularly related to how the brain actually works. Descartes self-referential attempt aside, it would be difficult for any of us to actually prove that we are conscious.

Comment Re:"Human Colleague"... Nope, You Just Don't Get I (Score 1) 407

You're approaching it from an anthropomorphic perspective. It's not necessary for a robot to "understand" abstractions any more than they are required to understand mathematics in order to add two numbers. They just apply rules as programmed.

Today, computers can classify people in moving video and apply rules to their actions such as not to approach them. Tomorrow, those rules will be more complex. That is all.

Comment Re:"Human Colleague"... Nope, You Just Don't Get I (Score 4, Insightful) 407

Agreed that a Robot is no more a colleague than a screwdriver.

I think you're wrong about Asimov, though. It's obvious that to write about theoretical concerns of future technology, the author must proceed without knowing how to actually implement the technology, but may be able to say that it's theoretically possible. There is no shortage of good, predictive science fiction written when we had no idea how to achieve the technology portrayed. For example, Clarke's orbital satellites were steam-powered. Steam is indeed an efficient way to harness solar power if you have a good way to radiate the waste heat, but we ended up using photovoltaic. But Clarke was on solid ground regarding the theoretical possibility of such things.

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