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Comment Keeps the annoying part, loses the useful parts! (Score 1) 91

As far as I could tell, the main reason people were annoyed about Google Glass (besides the ostentatious bragging of wearing $1500 glasses) was that somebody wearing them could be taking your picture at any time, without obviously holding up a camera or a phone or wearing a lapel-pin camera or having a pen-sized camera in their shirt pocket or something clipped to their backpack straps or whatever else. These glasses still do that, just not as well as a cheap camera or phone.

But the display inside the glasses, which made Google Glass more useful than a camera thing, isn't in these, and it's also missing the potential Google functionality of doing face recognition and telling you the name of the person you're looking at, which you forgot. Sure, somebody wearing Google Glasses could look like they're looking at you but really be watching cat videos or talking to somebody else, but cellphone headsets had given us those a decade earlier, and now there's Pokemon Go or whatever follows it.

Also, social views of always-connected cameras are changing, as a result of Black Lives Matter and other episodes of people recording cops behaving badly and the near-ubiquity of cellphone video. Yes, there are privacy tradeoffs we need to figure out (e.g. secure recording for your pictures doesn't have to also mean that Google or Apple iCloud has access to your data.)

Comment Obama Should But Won't - Will Merkel/EU/others? (Score 1) 341

Of course Obama should pardon Snowden, but we all know that ain't gonna happen. The real question is whether some EU country like Germany or some other country besides Russia will offer Snowden asylum. So far, none of them have had the guts, even Ecuador which is giving Julian Assange some slack, though most Latin American governments are too tightly tied to the US to offer protection against kidnapping as well as against official extradition or look-the-other-way rendition.

Russia's currently some protection for Snowden, but only while he's politically useful to Putin, and Putin's still in power. If anything happens to Putin, or to Snowden's usefulness (e.g. Putin wants to do a favor for President Trump), he's in trouble.

Comment Re:I wonder how well.. (Score 4, Interesting) 108

I can't see Brian Krebs moving to Cloudflare under any circumstances. He's lain into them far too many times, and will likely continue to do so, over their support of various cybercrime operations like the vDOS stressor that his exposure of - and arrest of two suspects - likely lead to someone launching the DDoS that took him off line earlier this week. As Krebs sees it, Cloudflare are a major part of the problem and their activities are highly questionable since they directly benefit from people seeking protection from the very services Cloudflare are helping stay in operation; it just makes it easier to keep the moral highground if he's hosted elsewhere. Cloudflare's view is that because they are not actually hosting the sites themselves, just hosting a reverse proxy that redirects traffic to them, they are on firm legal ground and are doing nothing wrong.

Something to think about, if you're in the market for DDoS protection...

Comment Possible (Score 2) 145

First, I'm sure there's lots of Open Source being used in Google's implementation - just not where we can see.

There is a speech recognizer from CMU that might be a good starting point. I haven't heard about plain-language software, though. There is additional rocket science to be done. Not insurmountable given things we've already done.

Training with millions of people? Actually, that's the part that community development is good at.

Submission + - California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request (

schwit1 writes: California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.

The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. Although the legislation may be most critical for actors, it applies to all entertainment job categories.

The purpose of the law is to prevent age discrimination. How soon will it get struck down for violating free speech?

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 186

Then you're doing it wrong. You need to either, 1) slipsteam your install media with all the patches and do your build(s) that way, or 2) disconnect the network, install from SP1 media, reboot, then install the "Convenience Update" (KB3125574) (AKA SP2, released in April), reboot again, then connect it up and let it get the remaining post-April updates. Both approaches are far from perfect, and still have the odd glitch, but they are a lot more efficient than letting an new SP1 install try to patch itself.

Still not even remotely close to the efficiency of Linux's approach of an integrated download of any updated packages during the install, then a single reboot though...

Submission + - Brian Krebs is back online, with Google Cloud Hosting (

Gumbercules!! writes: After the massive 600mbps DDOS on last week that forced Akamai to withdraw the (pro-bono) DDOS protection they offered the site, is now back online, hosted by Google.

Following Brian Krebs breaking an article on vDOS (, leading to the arrest of the two founders, his site was hit with a record breaking DDOS. It will certainly be an interesting test of Google's ability to provide DDOS protection to clients.

Comment Re:Accenture (Score 1) 80

After they mismanaged the company for a few years, trashing our corporate culture and making all the employees miserable I found another job and resigned.

If you were an ethical person, you would have bailed as soon as the acquisition was announced.

miserable, judgemental jerk

Why would I be miserable? I don't have the taint of working for a criminal organization on my conscience.


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