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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 (computerworld.com.au)

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 (reuters.com)

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.)

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