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Comment Re:there are a lot of unknowns here (Score 1) 226

The follow-on effects would be mind-bogglingly complex. You might cause drought in some areas (e.g. India, western North America) and insane rainfall in other places.

This was the first thing I thought of. If you force the rain to fall early, in order to break up the clouds, what happens to the place where that rain normally falls?

Comment Re:The "engaging ad" lie (Score 1) 87

What does work a lot better is when people watch some videos of one of their YouTube favorites and you can get them to endorse your product, especially if they have the skill to weave that in an interesting way into their presentation. Because more often than not they watch the channel for the person and his or her presenting style, not exclusively for the content presented, so the person they like presenting your product in an engaging way can actually work. Provided your product is in any way sensibly connected with the show at hand.

As a side note, in the early days of TV, ALL commercials were like this, simply because it wasn't technically feasible to 'cut' to a pre-recorded commercial. Commercials were all done live within the show itself, sometimes with a product endorsement, sometimes by panning the camera over to an off-stage table with a product display, and sometimes by just holding a sign in front of the camera with a live voice-over.

Comment Re:required by treaty (Score 1) 107

ANPR (Automatic number plate recognition) cameras in use in the UK (and probably many other places) already do this using computer text-recognition to scan every plate that goes past the camera, and then records the date and time and a video clip into in a database. The police can go back later, type in a plate number, and it will show them every time that car went past any ANPR-enabled camera.

Computer vision is good enough now (in a limited/uniform context like license plates) that RFID isn't really necessary. All it takes it a radar gun, a camera, and some fancy software.

Also, passive RFID (the kind found in smart cards) only has a range of about 3 feet, so it would have to be a battery-powered or car-powered active RFID tag (300 foot range), but then you get into issues of drivers being able to turn it off at will.

Comment Re:Associativity of OR: (Score 1) 331

Unless they are trying to argue that "A and B and (C or D)" is meant - given context, that is insane.

The line is written as "A,B,C or D"

In oxford english, it means A or B or (C or D) due to the missing comma after the C
This is the way the drivers are reading it

In non-oxford english, it means A or B or C or D.
This is the way the company is reading it.

Comment Re:FBI refuses to think of the children (Score 1) 244

It was loaded as part of the login screen, before the person had actually gotten into the site (and onion addresses are intentionally nonsense, so there is no way to know what site you are actually going to end up at when you click a link).

They are charging people on the basis that the presence of the FBI spyware alone is proof of guilt, whether or not they find any child porn on the persons computer, and more importantly, whether or not they had actually accessed anything illegal.

It's like setting up a camera at the door to an illegal brothel, and charging everyone who goes through that door with soliciting prostitution, even if they were just drunk and lost.

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