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Comment Re:Well, that's a start. (Score 1) 83

Of your three cases, the officer in the first is facing criminal charges with up to 20 years in jail. Obviously the system works.

The second two were running around in public with realistic looking guns, and didn't quickly do what the officers ordered... Are you suggesting that people should be able to point fake guns at cops with no repercussions? Too many officers get killed on the job, already. Requiring psychic abilities in use of force decisions will make that number sky rocket.

Comment Open source version of siri / echo (Score 1) 146

The answer is MyCroft

I plan on buying one of these the very soonest I can once they are actually shipping the hardware. Echo is crippled by the many limitations Amazon coded in on purpose -- it's basically something that looks up text matches and does something if it finds one. No language parsing worth a damn. Even so, it's very useful, and within those limits, you can make stuff for it, Amazon's pretty open about it as long as you can set up a secure server (ugh) or use their cloud (double-ugh.) Siri, as per usual for Apple, is a much more closed system, and frankly, it's of no interest at all to me because of that.

Mycroft is completely open source. I have very high hopes for it because of that. I have reams of my own natural language processing code I should be able to plug right in the moment there is a speech-to-text engine I can use directly. Others do as well. Custom apps in the home space, that are actually somewhat smarter than...

[if string == "turn on light" then TurnOnLight]

I suggest everyone check MyCroft out. Perhaps you'll be as enthused as I. I can hope. ;)

Comment Just start syndication (Score 1) 195

Krebs just needs to change his distribution model. Instead of limiting this info to his own website, just start publishing the content on any interested website. Why hasn't slashdot already contacted him and offered to host his content? Even if they can DDoS a single major site into submission, they won't stand a chance of taking several offline.

For that matter, why wasn't Akamai sending out tons of abuse@ emails during this mess, telling ISPs to stop the flood coming from their side, or face financial liability for any continuing traffic? That would actually SOLVE the DDoS problem, quickly and permanently diminishing the ranks of their botnets, and eliminating the attackers resources, costing them money.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

None of those things allow information to move faster than the speed of light,

No they don't, as far as we know right now. But they're observed phenomenon that are themselves capable of FTL, completely shattering your oversimplified claim that the limit of c is invariable. They prove there is room for something else...

Comment Re:It's a good idea, even if he's lying. (Score 1) 219

People who use more than 10GB will move to Sprint because it is cheaper.

No, they won't, and the numbers show that they don't, because Sprint's coverage is lousy. If anything, most Verizon users could be convinced to move to AT&T if the price difference was significant.

People also like certainty in billing. People hate the idea that changes in usage from month to month will affect their bill.

Nonsense. Nobody has a problem with metered water bills. What they dislike is huge ballooning overage charges, and overly high bills to begin with, which my idea would eliminate.

Telcos are trying to get you both ways, charging a big monthly fee for much more service than you would normally use, then big balloon overage fees for the occasion you do go over.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

the fact that there exist things that are poorly understood doesn't mean that you can just make up whatever you want

No, indeed, but it makes it foolish to clutch on to the current theory as an infallible cornerstone.

All evidence that humans have encountered, from all fields, from the tiniest of scales to the most distant of astronomical observations,

Humans have encountered a trivially tiny amount of evidence about the universe, and are prone to misinterpreting or rationalizing what little we do see.

shows that nothing moves faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

Except for, you know, numerous things in Quantum Mechanics, like quantum entanglement, virtual particles, etc... Which is why folks like Einstein worked so hard to find alternative theories and disprove quantum theory.

Comment It's a good idea, even if he's lying. (Score 1) 219

I'm with Shamu, here. Pay for what you use, instead of trying to squeeze an "unlimited" square peg into a finite round hole.

So Verizon just needs to bill $0.001 for every MB used, and everyone would be happy. No bullshit about tiers, overages, etc. If you're on WiFi all month, your cell bill would be $0. After all... "At the end of the day, carriers don't need tiered plans." Tiered data just "doesn't work in an LTE environment."

That leaves some paperwork/billing issues, but they're easily solved by only sending out a bill after a subscriber has accumulated at least $5 in charges, however many months that happens to take... Telna is a cheap wireline long-distance service that bills customers just like that, so it works.

And don't worry about voice minutes, as they're just small streams of data, themselves, and can go over WiFi as easily as it can cellular, leaving you again with a $0/mo bill when you're staying on WiFi all the time.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

Uh, FTL travel is not possible. Ever.

Except when it is possible... Hawking believes worm-holes are likely, which would make both FTL and even backwards time-travel possible, at least in theory.

For the record I'm a complete skeptic of backwards time-travel.

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Current physics is just one theory, based on observed evidence, and we already know there are big, gaping holes in it (dark matter, dark energy to name but two). It's more than just possible that a better theory will come along, which might leave open the possibility of FTL travel with some method. The only thing we really KNOW about the subject (from actual experimentation), is that just putting more energy into propulsion won't ever get you there. That doesn't mean there's no possible alternative way to do FTL.

Comment Just saying (Score 4, Interesting) 133

I have yet to meet a file "sharer" who thought there was *any* perceived risk. Not audio, not video, not programs...

Seriously. Not one. Since the first digital days. That's anecdotal, but it's a whole lot of anecdotes, as in every adult and teen I've met in the last 40 years.

And speaking as a software developer that decided not to copy protect, threaten or prosecute, but did implement anonymous active copy / IP reporting over the net so I knew what was going on in terms of interest and activity, there have been hundreds of times the number of non-purchased copies of my various software products in use as compared to the number that were purchased during the sales lifetimes of those products.

There's no fear out there. I'm not sure there should be, either. Because the threat level is basically zero. And perhaps it should be, ethically speaking. Legally... well, the law is often wrong.

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