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Comment Has anyone linked Paris attacks to bitcoins? (Score 1) 130

Last I checked there were no conclusive links Paris attacks were funded by bitcoins (one source here http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoi... ). I'm pretty sure it was proven though that the terrorist were breathing French oxygen in the atmosphere though, so maybe we should get the French to start tightly regulating who can breathe over there and who can plant plants that generate that oxygen (you know, since it may be used by a terrorist)?

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 623

Tesla Autopilot has sensor limitations that make it blind to stationary objects, unless that object is a car that was moving at the time it was first perceived by the system. Yes, that is documented somewhere in the manual and yes, there are click-throughs. The problems is, if you actually consider all available information, this is a beta product that actually requires the driver to pay more attention to the road than if they were driving themselves (it's like driving with a visually impaired student driver), however it is marketed as a feature that offloads the driver - presumably it would be that if it was out of beta, which may never happen on current generation cars. The fact that it does so well most of the time is actually it's biggest downfall as it lures users into false sense of security which can have fatal results.

Comment IR filters for phones, also Do-not-film-me hats (Score 1) 266

As soon as this becomes integrated in iPhones, I'm starting a company selling do-not-film-me hats, pins, ski-masks and other accessories for anyone who doesn't want to be filmed. Also for sale, IR filters for iphones - both stick-on and cases with IR filters that block the "do not film" IR signals.

Comment Re:saving the world (Score 1) 180

There are cops chasing cars with radar guns or laser, so that when you get a ticket you feel like you got unlucky, and people like you can take the "moral high ground". If that same cop watched traffic cams with a stopwatch or simply counted frames in the video, he could issue many more citations than having to catch speeders with radar, and there would be video evidence very hard to beat. Heck, a lot of it could be automated, take the cop out of the equation altogether. Similarly you could use toll readers, license plate readers, etc. But then, once people know they cannot beat the system actually start driving under the limit, consider all the cops, judges, clerks that would lose their jobs processing the tickets, plus all the revenue the city would lose. Roads would then get more congested in some spots, and less safe in others (even Google autonomous driving team admitted their car drives above speed limit because in some situations, driving at speed limit causes unsafe situations).

Comment Re:Well, yes. (Score 1) 224

There is more. What is the "expectation of privacy" for a person in their own bathroom that happens to have a window through which they can be observed from a public utility poll? Since it is visible from a public space, does that mean there is no expectation of privacy? What about using laser microphones, laser light bouncing off of windows is also visible from public spaces... Our laws are so far behind the technology it isn't funny...

Comment "Garden leave" has been happenning for a while now (Score 1) 223

This has been taking place in tech companies for years. I know of one large company, that shall remain nameless, doing this as far back as the dot-com era. Rather than try to fight to enforce the non-competes, valuable employees who chose to leave were offered a fairly sizable pay (depending on their skill and negotiating skills, sometimes way more than 100% of their previous salary) to not work for the competition. Every so many months a groups of people would meet and decide whether it is still worth paying the individual, or release them from their non-compete. Some people have gotten as much as 200% salary for a couple of years just so they don't work for the competition.

Comment Re:If not now... (Score 1) 1023

I think what you are missing here is that raising the minimum wage speeds up this process. Say that robots are cheaper than $15/hr employee. If a business can get a $8/hr employee, then they will not buy a robot until it gets much cheaper. On the other hand, if they can no longer get the $8/hr employee, they will buy the robot, which in turn make the robots cheaper through economies of scale, which will further displace additional workers. We are heading towards the guaranteed income economies with the "unemployable" (no skills that can provide a living) class comprising up to 80% of society, however we should not try to hasten the creation of the "unemployables" until the system is in place and can handle the load (i.e. the 20% of people who are willing to learn and work are supporting the remaining 80% who prefer not to produce but instead to pursue hobbies - whether art, gardening, learning for the sake of learning (perpetual students), or on the other end of the spectrum smoking pot and watching TV).

PS> I am not saying that this is bad either - the guaranteed income will enable more people to be creative and take risk, therefore providing higher gains for society as a whole, however there will be problems with the fact that the 20% who work have so much more than the 80% who don't, that it will be perceived as "unfair", even though the 80% will basically be supported by the 20% (akin to kids saying it's so unfair that the parents have money and they don't).

Comment Outdated premise (Score 2) 344

There have been laws in the past requiring some percentage of local content on TV, for example in Canada. The laws originated because TV content was delivered via air-waves, which were a shared national resource, hence it was thought fairness should be regulated. What the politicians don't get is that Netflix is not pushing/broadcasting content, it is an on-demand/pull model. What this means is that even if they were to reserve 20% (though I'm not sure what that means as cloud storage can be extended almost at will) for French content, it is not going to result in the content being watched if people prefer to watch the other content. So what's next, forcing Netflix to make users watch French content? How is that going to work, a used gets a message when they go to watch rerun of "Friends" - "Sorry, no more non-French content allowed for you until you go watch a few hours of French content"?

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