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Comment Never gonna happen (Score 2) 337

I mean, yeah, he should, but it's never gonna happen. Obama's been going hardcore after whistleblowers and there's nothing indicating he would change his mind now.

No way either Hillary or Trump pardon him either, as they're too involved/sympathetic of state surveillance. Maybe Bernie, Johnson or the crazy green lady would, given the chance, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Comment Re: Inexcusable (Score 1) 157

>As a display technology engineer, I find it plausible that a hacker could use the overlay to display a simple image in place of the usual content or flash a 1x1 pixel region at full frame rate.

Well I'm not a display engineer like your or the parent, but yes, it's pretty obvious that if you modify the firmware responsible for the OSD, you could overlay goatse or something. That's annoying, but not really a huge issue, and as the other pointed out, at that point you'd be already fucked anyway.

Comment Re:Simply liability (Score 1) 59

Even though Boeing wasn't found liable, they still had to deal with the lawsuits. They have an army of lawyers for that, I'm sure, but this isn't something a smaller drone manufacturer wants to deal with. Plus, you never know how the lawsuits might end up. Someone could argue that the manufacturer (like Boeing in your story) should've spent $5 to offer to implement geofencing and save are children.

Then there's always the hordes of people completely outraged whenever a drone flies somewhere where they think they shouldn't, like in line of sight of an airplane or a park or their house. The less attention these incidents incur, the better - they already have to deal with retarded registration rules and what not, and they don't want to create a demand for more rules that would put people off the hobby.

Of course, I'm happy to fly a manual controlled quad that does whatever I tell it to do, and as long as this option is available, I don't mind the mainstream products being a bit crippled to keep idiots out of trouble.

Comment Re:They'll profit by selling in volume (Score 3, Insightful) 177

That's not a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme promises great immediate returns, and uses investors money to pay off other investors to fool people into thinking they are. Nobody is buying into Tesla to make a quick buck. I doubt people invested large sums because they expected every car to be electric by 2020.

They are sold at a loss because it takes continued R&D to bring the costs down. To short sighted people like yourself, R&D is a considered a waste of money. However refining the world's most advanced car manufacturing plant, developing and integrating the software and battery technologies, all takes time and money. In the mean time building up a significant patent portfolio. See the sale of the patent portfolios of Motorola or Nokia to see how much this can be worth.

Starting from scratch is expensive. We all hope they can make it. Mobile phones were sold at a loss for a long time after they came out, but I wouldn't like to be without mine now.

Phillip.

Comment Re:Well, crap (Score 2) 57

Why don't you reboot the system and see? =)

I have to say that as much as it sucks for those affected (which is not that much, since it's just the MBR), this virus is like a breath of fresh retro-air. Check out the message

Ahh, it's like being in 1998 again and getting your drive wiped by CIH. Those were the days.

Comment Re:Bork (Score 1) 281

The initial Win7->10 upgrade actually left my Grub and Linux stuff alone. I wasn't too worried as it was basically a toy installation but it was still nice to see.

What I've heard about the AU is that it just unchecks "Time to display list of operating systems" in startup options but otherwise everything is in place.

Anyway I'm in no rush to get the update so I killed the update service and will just wait until the dust settles.

Comment Re:Growing pains of a new technology (Score 1) 117

I'm happy to hear that yet another piece of "alternative", "stick-it-to-The-Man" payment infrastructure has been burgled. Really.
Then you are rather a sick individual.

You see, a large part of the appeal of bitcoin comes from its aura of "under the radar", "the authorities need never find out" financial transactions.
No it isn't. A large part of the appeal of mobile phones to terrorists is ease of communication, however most people are not terrorists. I think a lot of people are interested because you can transfer money anywhere in the world instantly with no transaction charge. No VISA, Western Union, Paypal, etc. You can access your money for free too. I pay through the nose in bank charges for access to my own money. In France, you even pay a monthly charge to own a credit card!

For the first group (criminals) I believe it serves as a useful deterrent, or at least a risk and a complication.
Er no, I don't think criminals keep their money on Bitcoin exchanges.

So to summarise, we should wait outside your house and then kick the crap out of you and take all your belongings so you get a personal reminder that there are not so nice people out there? Enjoy living in YOUR world. And no don't bother talking about the police as your "safeguard", you know there is a 99.99% chance they won't do anything.

Phillip.

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