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Comment Re:huh? (Score 1) 146

You probably didn't use it long enough.

It's back to basics, back to the time there was no such thing as "top level domain" (the generic .com/.org/etc and the country ones) and e-mail addresses were like username@digital or username@ibm

Comment Exercise for the sake of exercise is no fun. (Score 1) 156

To get people to exercise, don't tell them to do exercise. Give them a fun thing to do that happens to involve physical activity but don't call it exercise as that's a chore. Walking to catch a Pokemon is not a chore, it's fun - and that you have to walk and walk and walk to get from one to the other, well, that's just part of the game.

Comment No return trips? (Score 4, Interesting) 497

No word in the article about return trips to Earth. For a small pioneer colony that makes total sense to me, but when you talk about setting up a 1-million strong kind of colony, or even just the minimum of 4,000 (40 flights with 100 folk on board) you'll have to consider return trips as well. Cannibalizing your own space ships doesn't sound like too good an idea for that (though staying in orbit at both Earth and Mars, does).

Comment Misleading headline (Score 1) 202

A more correct headline would be "Apple patents design of paper bag". Sounds a lot more sensible, doesn't it? I'm sure they've patented plenty of boxes and plastic bags and computer casings and mobile phone casings and headphones and whatnot. Pretty much anything they designed can be patented and be protected with a design patent.

This what happens when 1) someone who knows nothing about patents creates submission and 2) editors who know nothing about patents approve it. Add to that 3) a crowd of commentators who know nothing about patents and well, welcome to Slashdot.

It's just yet another a design patent, nothing to see here, please move along. Just one of many designs Apple has patented, and not just Apple but many many companies do this as a matter of course.

Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

This ruling basically says that any for profit entity would have to not only get permission from owner of the linked site, but also validate that that entity has the rights to publish the content you are linking to them for. It's insane.

That "validation" part could be as simple as "may we link to this content on your web site, and has it been posted there legally?". Then the site linked to could answer "yes" and "yes" and you can at the very least argue that you made the link in good faith, believing the linked-to content was legally posted there.

Comment Re:the Ulimate in Consumer Friendly Droids (Score 1) 168

Disagree. There should be no law that dictates what you can do with something, as such a law is often impossible to comply with.

What should go is that horrible US law DMCA, which makes reverse engineering illegal and which in turn encourages making root access hard - results of which are felt all over the world.

Comment Anyone taping off their phone cameras already? (Score 1) 90

There have been several articles on /. about high-profile people taping off their laptop cameras as they're afraid of it being switched on without them knowing, recording whatever they're doing.

Laptop cameras have an LED to indicate they're active - some may be circumvented and switched on without triggering that indicator, sure, but not all and it's not that easy. Mobile phone cameras don't even have such an LED, there is no way to see when I look at my phone whether a camera is active or not. A camera, as there are two on my phone, as are on most smart phones.

Maybe we should start putting tape over our phone's cameras, just like we do with our laptops? Starting with the front-facing one? I'm sure phones are easier to hack, considering phone's OSes not being updated as much as they should be there will be lots of vulnerable phones out there open to attack.

Comment Re:"Some" data? (Score 3, Interesting) 103

WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted - or so they say, at least. I'm by no means an expert so I take their word for it, including it being unbreakable and WhatsApp not being able to read my messages while in transit and so.

This means the only data WhatsApp could possibly have from me, other than my phone number and my contact list, is encrypted messages (something they can't search for clues about my interests - yes I'm conveniently ignoring the time before they encrypted it all), and how many messages I exchange with whom, and the size of those messages and maybe info about attachments (type and size).

Where is the value in such data when it comes to targeting ads?

Comment Re: Bullshit (Score 1) 367

Particularly the "human signalling something" part is not as much a LIDAR issue as it is an image/video interpretation issue. Computerised image interpretation is hard; video is even harder.

Also you'll have to teach the system to distinguish the various hand signals a police office can give (stop, go, go left, whatever), and distinguish a police officer's hand signals from a mom waving her kid goodbye as he cycles to school. Not an easy feat, and for sure a lot harder than avoiding static obstacles or predicting the path of other vehicles.

That with the temporary traffic lights, they should be able to get that under control much sooner. After all those are static objects with a rather well defined shape.

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