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Comment Re:He's Right (Score 1) 348

I know. When my Mom died, the keys to the kingdom were lost. She's the only one who could have identified a lot of my relatives. I have some small hopes that AI image matching may identify a few but... lost. Information lost. Horrifying. Just gone.

I will preserve it. A lot of it will go unlabeled. Someone, somewhere, sometime may find a use for it; and I have a lot of relatives who have been out of contact for a long time who may just know that was Great-Aunt Alfreda.

Comment lost people (Score 3, Interesting) 113

I wanted to rebuild a friend a long time ago. It really wasn't going to happen on a 386, but I figured I'd anyway get to know him better. He was not exactly excited at the prospect. Well, privacy issues, plus the fact that the whole project was not remotely plausible.

It still isn't . The AI isn't anywhere near close to being able to mimic a real person, yet. But I understand why you would try that, and... go for it.

We may not be able to live forever. It's possible that some semblance of who we were can. Call them poems of humanity.

Comment Re:He's Right (Score 4, Interesting) 348

Contrariwise... my family has left an immense amount of information. Boxes and boxes of pictures, some films (!), postcards, letters, college studies... I am planning to digitize all of it. In physical form, it takes an immense amount of room, can only be held by one person, and is not backed up. It will be much more flexible, useful, and safe as computer data.

Comment standardized units? (Score 2) 55

I think Slashdot would be raking in more of that sweet advertising revenue if it posted these ads at the same time as the rest of the internet, instead of a day or two later.

'Can fold up into roughly the "size of a standard water bottle," DJI says.' For the benefit of us rich people who have running water in their houses, what is the size of a standard water bottle in (A) inches, (B) centimeters, (C) beer bottles, (D) Libraries of Congress, (E), football fields, (F) car analogies, or (G) Cowboy Neil? You know. Standard measurements.

Comment Re:Not used here (Score 1) 279

There are a surprising number of these "angry old man" rants on Slashies. We all get that the devices are insecure but, they're incredibly handy, and they will sweep the world. If you still want to keep your old TV with a dial on it for tuning, go right ahead, grandpa. The rest of us will be asking the air for a new show and don't much care if the world knows it.

Submission + - How (and why) FreeDOS keeps DOS alive (

angry tapir writes: In August it will be 35 years since of the release of version 1.0 of MS-DOS (or PC DOS as it was known at the time). Despite MS-DOS being long dead, the FreeDOS community has kept DOS alive, with the open source project having been founded some 22 years ago. I caught up with the founder of the project about the plans for the next version of FreeDOS and what keeps the open source OS alive.

Submission + - US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators," mimic cell phone towers in order to force cell phones in the area to transmit "pings" back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect's phone and pinpoint its location. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. The ruling marked the first time a federal judge had suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which like other privacy advocacy groups has criticized law enforcement's use of such devices. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," Pauley wrote.

Comment what we know... (Score 1) 151

What we know about the U.S. intelligence community is that they always get things utterly wrong. They have done so for easily 60 years, since they grossly overestimated the Soviet military threat in size, science, and capacity.

What we know about North Korea is that it loves to make bold boasts about having advanced technologies that turn out to either explode at the launchpad or to be photoshopped cardboard boxes.

Fear level: 3. I'm modestly worried that the U.S. will do something insanely stupid, again, after having been persuaded that someone, somewhere, might have a Weapon of Mass Destruction. (As I recall, the few that were eventually found in Iraq turned out to be long-defunct weapons that the U.S. had supplied.)

Submission + - Group Says Google Appears to Have Planted Obama Interview Questions 1

theodp writes: In Obama's Secret Media Weapon, The Google Transparency Project raises an eyebrow over questions posed to President Obama in post-State of the Union YouTube and Google+ Hangout interviews that seemed to align perfectly with Google’s position on policy issues, including a 2013 "Fireside Hangout" in which the President was asked what he would do to limit the abuse of software patents, and whether he would be supportive of limiting patents to only five years (several months later, the White House announced executive actions aimed at reining in patent trolls). While not mentioned by the group, the same interviewer — Adafruit founder Limor Fried, who indicated she was uncertain about the questioning process two days before the Hangout — also asked the President about another policy issue that was coincidentally near-and-dear to Google: "When I attended high school, I had to take a foreign language requirement. So my question is, can we make it a national effort to also add a computer programming language requirement?" To which the President had a lengthy reply, beginning with, "I think it makes sense, I really do." Given the chance to "ask a more personal question" by the Google moderator, Fried asked, "Mr. President, have your daughters expressed any interest in pursuing a career in science or engineering?" The President replied, "I don't think they're yet at the age where they've kind of determined what their career path is going to be," but took the opportunity to add that "the White House Office of Women and Girls has been partnering with the Department of Education so that our STEM education agenda, trying to get more math and science and technology education in the schools, also focuses on making sure underrepresented groups like, like girls, are encouraged in these fields." Less than three years later, following a tech industry PR blitz that began just days after the Hangout, the President launched his Computer Science for All K-12 Initiative, citing Google-provided factoids ("Nine out of ten parents want it taught at their children's schools") to explain the need for the $4B the program. Funding is expected to be made possible by the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which calls for "increasing [CS and STEM] access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students." So, are you in the coincidence or conspiracy camp?

Submission + - First 'Made in India' space shuttle to lift off tomorrow (

sharjeelsayed writes: In a significant step towards developing a full-fledged reusable launch vehicle, Indian Space Research Organisation will boost a sleek winged prototype through a short test flight on Monday. The first such flight, which will be a technology demonstrator, will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
The idea to develop a vehicle with delta wings and angled tail fins is to fly into space, inject an orbiter and land on earth like an aircraft, so it can be reused. This will help cut cost of satellite launches by upto 10 times. An advanced version of the vehicle could also be used for manned missions.
In the hypersonic test flight, the vehicle fitted with a solid strap-on thruster will take off vertically like a rocket at five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) to reach an altitude of 70km. After ascent, the vehicle will manoeuvre and take a 180 degree turn before re-entry.
But on its descent, it will have a controlled splashdown in the Bay of Bengal instead of an aircraft-like landing, which will be tested subsequently. The entire test flight will take about 10 minutes.

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