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Comment Re:Google News mobile (Score 1) 56

My problem with AMP is that Google returns tons of those results for normal searches as well. It's supposed to be Accelerated Mobile Pages, but I'm not on mobile, I'm on a desktop. I don't want to see stripped-down AMP results, I want to go to the original page.

Submission + - TV News Broadcast Accidentally Activates Alexa, Initiates Orders (

ShaunC writes: Amazon's Echo digital assistant is supposed to make our lives easier, but one recent incident is causing headaches for some Echo owners. In San Diego, TV news anchor Jim Patton was covering a separate story about a child who accidentally ordered a doll house using her family's Echo. Commenting on the story, Patton said "I love the little girl, saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.'" Viewers across San Diego reported that in response to the news anchor's spoken words, their own Echo devices activated and tried to order doll houses from Amazon. Amazon says that anyone whose Echo inadvertently ordered a physical item can return it at no charge.

Comment Re:Remember this when they decide fake news... (Score 1) 159

There's 100% chance that their "junk detection algorithm" tagged this as something that would offend uptight pricks in the suburbs. Those kind of people will insist on junk being covered on renaissance masterpieces.

Reminds me of the guy who lost an election to a dead man, but was still appointed Attorney General. Let the Eagle Soar! Just don't let any nipples show.

Comment Re:A better question is why (Score 1) 258

What's not to like?

Digital books and e-readers, that's what. I want a book I can hold, feel, smell, turn the pages. A book doesn't need to be charged, it doesn't come encumbered by DRM, there's no glare reflecting back off its pages. And my eyes are compatible with every book, I don't need to worry about what format it's in and whether or not it works with my specific pair of ocular devices.

Comment Put your money where your mouth is (Score 1) 162

After more than two years of public implementation and internal study, Google security architects have declared Security Keys their preferred form of two-factor authentication.

OK Google, then offer to ship these dongles out to your users at no cost. I'm not going to buy yet another little thing that's going to break, or get lost, or get stolen; I'll use it if it's free, though. I like PayPal's approach, they mailed out free SecurID dongles to anyone with a business account who asked for one. Mine still works fine on the original battery 10 years later.

Submission + - Self-Driving Uber Car Runs Red Light in San Francisco (

ShaunC writes: Hours after making their debut in San Francisco, one of Uber's self-driving cars has been caught on camera running a red light while a pedestrian was in the crosswalk. The source video shows that the traffic signal was red for several seconds before the car proceeded through the crossing. A human driver is required to be in each self-driving car, ostensibly to seize control in situations the AI can't handle. In this case, it appears both the car and its attendant failed.

Comment Re:The best thing about "developing countries" is. (Score 1) 45

Except they aren't testing (solely) in developing countries; this test and whatever anomaly ensued took place in Arizona. Not exactly the population center of the US, granted, but the tests are being done here at home.

Facebook isn't alone in this regard, either, as Google has its own fleet of experimental drones. N749G flew over my house in the Memphis suburbs last Monday night enroute from KSIK to KOLV. The FAA says it's an "Ashfloyd Hummingbird," whose manufacturer has essentially zero public presence, but the model has been tied to Google's Project Wing. I kinda wish they'd keep their testing a little more remote.

Comment Re:"Pirate site" (Score 1) 60

What the MPAA ought to do, then, is seize the site assets, anglicize (or internationalize) everything, and set up their own site that charges a couple bucks per stream without any advertising. Of course we know that will never happen, they'd rather bitch and moan about piracy than provide more consumer-friendly options.

Submission + - Windows 7 and 8.1 Gaining More New Users than Windows 10 (

TroII writes: After Microsoft ended its year-long "free" Windows 10 offer, new installations have slowed predictably. But in an unexpected turn, October saw more new installs of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 than of Windows 10. Compared to September's numbers, market share increased only 0.06% for Windows 10, while new installations of Windows 7 and 8.1 were an order of magnitude higher at 0.68%. According to tracking firm NetMarketShare, Windows 7 is still by far the most popular version of the OS, installed on more than twice as many computers as Microsoft's latest offering.

Comment Re:This kind of story requires far reaching access (Score 1) 548

Either this is a very confabulated story or someone at an NSA-level agency is talking.

Nah. Much of the world's DNS traffic is passively monitored by ISPs, IXPs, ccTLD operators, etc. to be compiled and analyzed for research purposes. DNSDB is one such effort, there are others.

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