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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 628

A sentence commutation just means he/she gets out of jail sooner. Not at all the same as a pardon.

I'm sure Wizzy Assange will use that as an excuse to not give himself up. Did he say what he'd do if it was just a commutation? He'd dedicate a statue? Most likely, of himself?

I'm still trying to figure out what it would have done anyway, given that he's committed no US crime, not being an American citizen or operating on American soil. The US would happily extradite him to Sweden though.

Comment Re:Intelligence Busting (Score 1) 97

I actually agree with your approach but the problem is if Uber ignored this is would be one step closer to having the drivers classified as employees no matter what Uber thinks.

I don't dislike unions so much that I care to spend my own money against them. But it doesn't hurt to warn others of the dangers so I put forth effort to do that when I can.

Comment Re:Careful Seattle, payback is coming (Score 1) 97

The thing is that in not allowing self driving cars, now you aren't just affecting Uber but regular people as well. That's why it's a whole different level of political action than trying to muscle Uber into allowing union takeover of the drivers.

does it make sense to expect them to just allow driverless, or even autopiloted ones?

If they really want to be thrown out of office, up to them. Any trying to back technology that cans obviously benefit the elderly or other less mobile people is going to face a horrifically difficult re-election.

Comment Re: That doesn't change anything (Score 2) 97

I was where you were before I started taking classes covering self-driving car technologies and current start of the art in neural networks and deep learning. Yes that sounds very buzzwordy but the thing is, it's working really really well now... You have no idea how fast those obstacles are being blown past. Already the tech exists to recognize very well various objects like signs and people around the car, even in extremely bad weather. I still think snow may foul up some things but with a small enough area (camera lens) you can use a lot of advanced materials and techniques to keep the camera view clear enough to work...

Submission + - Obama commutes the sentence of Chelsea Manning (nytimes.com)

mi writes: President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a sexually-confused army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted his administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

The original 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Comment No, he wasn't (Score 2) 628

Assanage's offer was always empty, given that the US isn't after him, at least not publicly. Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret, though he's presented no evidence of this and of course one would have to question if they'd agree to a public deal for something secret.

Assanage is wanted by Sweden and the UK. Sweden for a sexual assault case, and the UK for skipping bail in that case. The US has not filed any charges against him, though I'm quite sure they don't like him. If he left the embassy he would be arrested by the UK and shipped off to Sweden. Or they might not send him off, since he's broken UK law by skipping bail and try him there for that crime, then ship him off once she's served his sentence.

So this was always a stunt.

Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 1) 264

On the PS3, press Square to get to the main menu and play the movie

"This operation is not allowed at this time."

Or something like that, since I don't have my PS3 available at the moment.
I can't skip the ads, but I can definitely fast-forward past them. The chapter skip button usually works too.

Comment Re:DVD's costing $15-49 is killing DVD sales. (Score 1) 264

Some people are rewatchers. I like rewatching series and movies that I liked from time to time. My husband cannot stand the thought of watching something he's already seen again. The argument is usually the same: "Why on earth would I waste my time watching something I've already seen a second time when there's so much good stuff that I want to see but haven't?" Different folks, different strokes.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 2) 264

He didn't say "everything worthwhile revolves around convenience", you condescending dick. He merely said when it comes to movies, it's far more convenient to stream it than keep a physical disc and player.

Flooding my Internet connection (slow DSL, naturally) so I can't use the connection is convenient?
Or, if I was using a major broadband ISP, is filling up my download cap with streaming data convenient? (I guess it is, or at least it's orthogonal)
Loss of quality is convenient?
Signing up to 5 different services to get a good library is convenient?
Figuring out which of the different services a particular title is hosted on, that's not terribly convenient.
Netflix's app for the Tivo is particularly badly designed -- ridiculously slow, as in there's a multisecond lag for every button press.
Oh, it's only available on blu-ray anyway? That's not convenient. I wanted to watch Better Call Saul season 2 the other night. It's been released on dvd. Netflix has season 1 for streaming only. DVD it is!

Many of these problems are the content companies' fault, and their fights with streaming services. Streaming would be a hell of a lot more convenient if the content companies had no say over who could and could not stream.

I just nab the disc out of the binder, put it in the player, and it plays! Now that's convenient.

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