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Comment Re:Wasn't Android supposed to be Open Source? (Score 2) 182

Search for aliens -- OoooOOOooooh!
Sex robot -- Giggity!
Create a digital assistant -- Meh.

Siri and Google Now aren't sexy. Maybe what's needed is a chatty digital alien sexbot that happens to double as an assistant. Slide in the useful features on the sly, like hiding dog medicine in a piece of cheese.

Comment Re:Easy back-up solution (Score 1) 133

Just use email to send stories to people who are interested. No web server needed. Problem solved. New subscribers from word of mouth. Cheap, easy, effective.

Useless. Without the ability for someone to link to the story it can't get large-scale play - going viral can't really happen via e-mail these days.

My crazy uncle's inbox would beg to differ.

Submission + - Microsoft Patents AI To Monitor All Actions In Windows And Feed It To Bing ( 1

MojoKid writes: Microsoft has angered users over the past year for its willingness to push the boundaries of acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its operating system. Also, some feel it crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. However, Microsoft stands to garner a lot more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title of the filing is "Query Formulation Via Task Continuum" and it aims to make it easier for apps to share data in real-time so that the user can perform better searches. Microsoft feels that the current software model in which applications are self-contained within their own silos potentially slows the user down. To combat this disconnect, Microsoft has devised a way to facilitate better communications between apps through the use of what it calls a "mediation component." This is Microsoft's all-seeing-eye that monitors all input within apps to decipher what the user is trying to accomplish. All of this information could be gathered from apps like Word, Skype, or even Notepad by the mediator and processed. So when the user goes to the Edge web browser to further research a topic, those contextual concepts are automatically fed into a search query. Microsoft says that this will provide faster, more relevant searchers to users. The company says the mediator can be introduced as an optional module that can be installed in an operating system or directly built in. If it's the latter, plenty of people will likely be looking for a kill switch.

Submission + - Snapchat Announces New Camera Glasses, Renames Itself to Snap, Inc.

bheerssen writes: Snapchat announced a new product yesterday, Spectacles, which are sunglasses with a camera built into the frame. From the WSJ: "What initially appears to be a normal pair of sunglasses turns out to be Spectacles, the first hardware product from Snap Inc., as the firm has been newly christened (Spiegel is refreshing the company name because its offerings now go beyond the Snapchat app). When you slip Spectacles on and tap a button near the hinge, it records up to 10 seconds of video from your first-person vantage. Each new tap records another clip."

Comment Re:A single domain was silenced. (Score 5, Insightful) 203

Krebs' site had the full backing of Akamai until it became too expensive for them to continue fending off the attacks. If it's too expensive for Akamai to do this, it means that the attackers can take any site offline, no matter how big or how powerful. So, no, it's not just about one site. How long until Akamai itself can't keep up with attacks and has to shut down?

Comment Re:then can create a single wifi network? (Score 1) 49

Theoretically, I can create a single network for home WiFi with more than one AP by giving all of them the same SSID but using different channels for the ones nearest each other (to prevent interference). Clients should then automatically connect to whichever AP signal is strongest and then, as the client roams the network area, re-connect to stronger APs. In practice, clients do not do that. They stay associated with whichever AP it connected to first until it loses the signal altogether. Only then will it re-connect to a closer AP. This results in a less than optimal experience.

What I do instead is create a separate SSID for each AP and the user can select and re-select the ones that suits their needs at any given time. In practice, people don't roam all over the house all that much.

Comment Re:What's The Difference Between The Two? (Score 1) 232

Thanks! That's the answer I was hoping for.

> Also you don't have to pell off all those Windows stickers that are present on the other laptops. Just wish they had changed the keyboard to get rid of the Windows meta key but a sticker fixed that.

I do that, too! Here's my current setup. Ne'er an OEM sticker to be found aside from the important ones on the bottom of the chassis, though I still need a sticker for the meta key and something to cover the Dell logo.

It's a decidedly middle-of-the-road Inspiron; I can only lust for an XPS at this point. Being designed for Windows, it has had its share of problems, though nothing I can't solve or work around. The most serious of which is an annoying screen flicker with the latest kernels (4.5 and newer) that I've yet to find a solution for. Until I figure that out I'm sticking with 4.4 kernels.

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