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Comment Re:akin to.... (Score 1) 109

Table turnover is good for restaurants, too. A typical restaurant wants to turn over every table at least three times during the dinner hours. That's tough to do if each table takes two hours or more, so they want to rush you through your meal. Frankly, the only ones negatively affected by high table turnover rates are the customers.

Comment Re:Wasn't Android supposed to be Open Source? (Score 2) 186

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) 149

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) 205

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?

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