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Comment Segregate Features from Core (Score 1) 74

However, certain embedded clients -- in particular, those integrated into smart TVs and available for the PlayStation 3 -- are being deprecated, with no replacement. Microsoft says that since those clients are little used and since almost every user of those platforms has other Skype-capable devices available, it is no longer worth continuing to support them.

Another reason for segregating features from key components such as displays and vehicles. If Microsoft said those things it would be kind of a low blow considering developers would likely say the same about some of their past (Zune, WinRT) and current (Win Phone) devices.

Comment Re:Missing The Point! (Score 1) 950

I don't want my kids (or grandkids) to get this information from poorly equipped teachers who have 30 new kids to raise every year.

We hare having this debate and protests in Ontario since the government came out with their updated curriculum.

There are some against it for many different reasons. I don't really worry about them because they'll probably teach their kid someday or wake up really fast when their kid says their pregnant. It's the vocal minority i'm worried about which seem to be Muslims and other religious groups. They will never teach their kids these things and perpetuate the idea that women are belongings. These are the ones who come up with pure FUD such as

"In Grade 1 they will learn to reveal their private parts (not just name), they will see posters and flash cards of private parts, they will learn to touch the private area and identify it on themselves and others."

Comment And you can't opt out (Score 2) 142

The grocery store or ATM, with cameras all over the place, could do it by simply having a sign at the front of the store that says CCTV. They could record your picture at the register and associate it with a bank card or credit card. After 5 transactions they could guarantee that the person using that card has your face and is likely the owner. They could then flag how many times somebody else uses your card. They could track you throughout the store, like they do now but associated with an individual. Stores would have cameras at the entrances and exits. They would know how many people are currently in the store and who they are. They can't track though, I use cash, right?

The grocery store subscribes to a third party a face recognition aggregator.

At the beginning you'll have a shadow profile (#34950892). All it takes it one pump at a gas station, or taking cash out at the ATM to associate your face. About the only thing you could do is wear a disguise, but a different one each time.

Comment Missing Something (Score 1) 66

So I see the copter starting to land infront of the apartment building in the video and then it cuts to her drinking the tea. How long does the copter wait before taking off again? Does it or somebody notify her that its waiting outside? How can they be so trusting to land it in that location without visual? Hitting a tree seems inevitable.

Comment Re:So much for drivers ranking passengers (Score 1) 98

At that point, unless they've been very clever about spoofing their details when the hailed the ride(or just stole somebody's phone), you could more or less automatically deliver the lost article(if they left something in the car and you want to score some customer service points), the bill, or the court summons(if you are less than pleased with how they treated the vehicle) to their place of residence.

Sorry my baby puked in the car. She just had breakfast and I didn't have any wipes on me to clean it up properly. You can send me the $0.05 bill for the tissue you used to clean it up.

Something like this is easy to clean up but would completely turn off the next person from using it. We aren't going to start harassing single mothers are we?

Comment Re:Oh God, not again (Score 1) 740

You may think that that's the only way of having roads, but it clearly isn't if you look at history.

I would honestly like to know how that worked out. Anything I can find on non-government roads are either private roads on private property, or homeowners associations. The first involves you owning the land, the second involves you being a part of a micro-government.

I just don't see how this would possibly work if a homeowner didn't want to pay for the road in front of their house, especially in a city. On a snow day like today would it just not get plowed for 20 feet?

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