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Comment Re: What does Netcraft say? (Score 1) 509

That is why the web (as we know it) will die. It is a visual medium being consumed by devices that are too small to be visual, or are used aurally. Because let's face it, phones truly suck for web browsing. We're just unwittingly waiting for someone to come along the the disruptive technology that will replace it.

Comment Nope (Score 2) 103

Sure bring on the competition, it will be a good for Steam. I'd prefer a third party but we all know by now that capitalism devolves to a dual monopoly. Facebook will be the Microsoft of the online gaming world, and Steam will be the Apple.

But, I need to log into Facebook to play a game? They already want me to log in to post comments on news articles, to participate in the local railroad club or RPG community, or increasingly to gain access to assorted websites. They want Facebook to be the "universal login to the internet." I can swallow logging into Steam, because they don't have their slimy tentacles connected to everything else.

So nope, I won't play. Gaming is not that important to me, and I certainly don't need TWO Steams eating my hard disk and chugging CPU cycles.

Google is intrusive enough but somehow they don't feel as skanky as Facebook. Google is an over-eager octopus, but Facebook crosses the line into hentai. In theory they are the same thing and I should be equally concerned with both, but they sure don't feel the same. Maybe it's Zuckerberg's smarmy grin.

Submission + - SPAM: Use Hypnotism to Make Your Kids Behave?

kheldan writes: Apparently someone thinks hypnotizing kids to make them do their homework, chores, and otherwise 'behave' is a good idea. Lisa Machenberg, a professional hypnotist, has been using this on over 1000 kids in the last 23 years. “I hypnotize my children and my husband to do things for my benefit all the time,” she says.

But hypnosis can have serious side effects, including tiredness, crisis of identity, insomnia, irritability, fears, panic attacks, deficit of attention, distorted sense of self, confusion, sexually abberant behaviors, unexpected trance-like state, delusional thinking, depression, dizziness, syncope, fearfulness, feelings of guilt, histrionic reactions, impaired memory, nausea, obsessions, changes in personality.

Panacea, or child abuse? You be the judge.

Comment Verizon can't handle it (Score 1) 422

So Verizon is basically saying they are unable to provide adequate service unless they kick off some users. They should lower their prices then. In the last couple of years the quality of my Verizon services has gotten noticeably worse. Dead zones, slow response (should it take 24 hours for an SMS to be delivered to someone 10 ft away?), etc. I have actually wondered if they are removing cell towers in the area because coverage is so spotty, where before it seemed excellent. Verizon used to be good but they are turning into a third-rate provider. I'm considering cancelling my mobile altogether since U.S. technology companies seem unable to provide the service they charge me so much money for. As a benefit I would no longer have a phone number so so more cold calls. Ugh.

Comment Smile (Score 1) 129

Well, that didn't take long. The concept strikes me as gimmicky, like google glass. I like the idea of a programmable watch that you can customize the functions on, but one can't expect much from it, and it shouldn't cost much. I don't wear a watch, and if I did there is very little you could put into one that would interest me. Even a basic calculator was never particularly practical, as the form factor is just too small. Here's an idea: just build in a dumb flash drive, accessible via bluetooth. That would be useful. No wifi, no mobile, no messaging, no voice, no camera. Just a flash drive that is always with me. The tiny form factor wouldn't matter, because it works like a personal cloud device, and you don't interact with it physically.

Submission + - SPAM: EPA's gasoline efficiency tests are garbage

schwit1 writes: The tests the EPA uses to establish the fuel efficiency of cars are unreliable, and likely provide no valid information at all about the fuel efficiency of the cars tested.

The law requiring cars to meet these fuel efficiency tests was written in the 1970s, and specifically sets standards based on the technology then. Worse,

[T]he EPA doesn’t know exactly how its CAFE testing correlates with actual results, because it has never done a comprehensive study of real-world fuel economy. Nor does anyone else. The best available data comes from consumers who report it to the DOT—hardly a scientific sampling.

Other than that, everything is fine. Companies are forced to spend billions on this regulation, the costs of which they immediately pass on to consumers, all based on fantasy and a badly-written law. Gee, I’m sure glad we never tried this with healthcare!

Submission + - 6 million drivers admit bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a new study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

Submission + - US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators," mimic cell phone towers in order to force cell phones in the area to transmit "pings" back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect's phone and pinpoint its location. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. The ruling marked the first time a federal judge had suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which like other privacy advocacy groups has criticized law enforcement's use of such devices. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," Pauley wrote.

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