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Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 2, Interesting) 268

Its fashionable to hate Hillary among Sanders fans. These folks always says Hillary is the same as Trump or worse. I am so tired of this shit. Its like they have no idea what he is saying or what the Republican party has been up to for the last 5 years! I hate Hillary as well, but like you said, she is Gandhi compared to Trump and any nonsense that is going to come out of the RNC this week. Has this moron Thiel looked at their anti-gay agenda even?

Submission + - Consumer Reports calls for Tesla to Disable Autopilot (consumerreports.org)

parallel_prankster writes: Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to disable its "Autopilot" feature that enables hands-free operation. Citing the recent fatal accident involving a car with Autopilot engaged, Consumer Reports labels the feature as "Too Much Autonomy Too Soon."
In an extensive article posted at the top of its website Thursday morning, Consumer Reports said Tesla should "disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer." "By marketing their feature as ‘Autopilot,’ Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security," said Laura MacCleery, vice president of consumer policy and mobilization for Consumer Reports, in the article. "In the long run, advanced active safety technologies in vehicles could make our roads safer. But today, we're deeply concerned that consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. 'Autopilot' can't actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for minutes at a time. Tesla should disable automatic steering in its cars until it updates the program to verify that the driver's hands are on the wheel."

Tesla says it will continue development of Autopilot, insisting that drivers supported by Autopilot "remain safer than those operating without assistance."

Comment Why this PopSci article? (Score 1) 306

This article seems to point to Gizmodo that then points to the Facebook article which is the original source. Why not provide a direct link to the original Facebook ad https://www.facebook.com/busin... http://www.adweek.com/news/tec... Also, Gizmodo article does mention that the retailers wont be able to figure out individual "conversions" from ad to store visit, they will only be able to get an idea of percentage numbers from total ads seen to total visits. Then, Facebook’s Offline Conversions API will match in-store visit data (tracked using the phone’s location services) with Facebook advertising data. So, H&M won’t be able to see if you individually visited after its “store locator” sent you strong subliminal messages, but it will be able to match visits with the number of people who saw that ad in their feed and felt compelled to walk in.

Comment Good concept (Score 1) 113

I like this model of portable work. However, what needs to happen is that the companies that want to use this must allocate a fund or must pitch in so that they are paying some amount even if they dont have any work requirements currently. Its a sacrifice they need to make in return for the flexibility to hire people for only a short duration as per their work needs. In return, the workers get a little extra security and maybe some flexibility in deciding what they want to do as well.

Comment Noble Idea (Score 4, Insightful) 66

This sounds like a great idea. I am tempted to be a volunteer. Not sure how it keeps the idiots out who may abuse this. (Yes, there are such people out there!) The FAQ only mentions "People who misuse the system will be excluded from the network." - but it could be too late by then? Perhaps they could 2 volunteers per requester and one of them could be "a moderator"? and silently observe the process to ensure safety of the blind requestor.

Submission + - At Least 100,000 Private Snapchat Photos and Videos Released by Hackers (businessinsider.com)

parallel_prankster writes: A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years.Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted.Users of 4chan have downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database that will allow people to search the stolen images by Snapchat username.

Comment Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 1) 730

I had the same thought earlier but I think there is a market for a wearable which is not as bulky as a phone and allows you to be in sync with a main device like a phone which you can use when large screen size is needed or maybe when calling someone. I am not sure that a "watch" is really the answer to that problem. But it is easier to read messages/notifications or do some tasks using a watch than having to get the phone out of the pocket. Even Apple hasnt really come up with great solutions to how do we respond to the millions of notifications we are going to get. At some point I think people are going to get tired of having to lift their hands and turn their wrists to read/send messages. I always thought the Google glass was a good solution to this problem but alas it got bad publicity by being always on.

Comment And make video available when asked (Score 4, Insightful) 170

There have been numerous instances where the cops have reported "malfunctioning" devices to avoid providing videos of situations which may have provided incriminating evidence. Just yesterday there was news about how a guy fell from a cop car into the water below while handcuffed and the police couldn't provide any video evidence! Maybe there should be strict penalties for losing video recordings as well.

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