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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Agent0013 Re:Why does this always happen? (192 comments)

It's not a commercial product so who cares if some PHB who thinks the name of an application is important doesn't like it?

This makes me think of all the horrible names that Microsoft has chosen for their products. :-)

10 hours ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Agent0013 Re:Buridan's Principle (164 comments)

If this is the kind of research that Microsoft puts out, then I have an even lower opinion of them than I did before.

from the article

Random vibrations make it impossible to balance the ball on the knife edge, but if the ball is positioned randomly, random vibrations are as likely to keep it from falling as to cause it to fall.

I have a hard time believing that there is a 50 percent chance that a ball will balance on the edge of the knife. First she says it's impossible, then in the same sentence she states that it is just as likely. WTF!

2 days ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Agent0013 Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (67 comments)

Ok, so you were imagining words rather than letters. I was thinking a screen of the letters, so the 4 or 5 breaths is for one letter, not a whole word. I guess that helps out some, but it seems like a lot of words would be needed to be able to say what you want. And now you need different breaths for up, down, left, right, and click. Spelling a word with Morse code might take a little bit of time, but searching through many screens of words to find the one you want will take a while also. Morse code might be a non-starter for people who can't read, but so is searching through screens of words!? I guess in the end it would have to be tested to see which one is more efficient or easier to use.

3 days ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Agent0013 Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (67 comments)

I don't see how waiting for a cursor to scroll through the alphabet is going to be quicker than doing 4 or 5 quick breaths. One takes a second or so per letter (Morse), the other will take at least 10 seconds to get through the alphabet to the letters near the end. If the cursor moved to quickly you would miss your letter too often. Then you have to move the cursor through the whole alphabet back to the start again and try to stop at the letter you want so you can click-breathe. Yeah, I would go with the Morse code on this one for speed of entry.

3 days ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Agent0013 Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

The Morse code breathing works today. Your idea will work in a few decades or centuries. I think your ideas looses in this comparison.

3 days ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Agent0013 Re:So.... (67 comments)

Yep, and I noticed that you can code breathe while taking breath in and also while breathing out. That makes it pretty efficient for what it is.

3 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Agent0013 Re:Lucky them (156 comments)

That sounds like something Microsoft would do on purpose to try to get Google's trademark taken away from them as being generic. Sleazy and low, just how Microsoft likes it!

3 days ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

Agent0013 Re:Fahrenheit 451? (90 comments)

Why would a viscious man want to eat a robot dog?

3 days ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

Agent0013 Re:Duh (90 comments)

Yeah, but you probably would have told them the wrong thing. You don't need the force to push you forward, you need to push down. I was watching a show the other day where they discussed how they train runners to get faster. You need to hit your feet down on the ground as hard as you can, and then you will go further on each stride and keep the momentum going. Only at the start do you need to push forward with the force.

3 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Agent0013 Re:First world problems. (609 comments)

so choose not to add it to your playlists. Really simple. If it's not in a playing playlist, it won't play.

Yeah, soo simple to do. Just wait until there are hundreds of albums added every day to your account because Apple gets paid by the distributors to get the songs out there. Then it will take you hours to search through your music collection just to find the music you actually want in your collection.

I find it humorous to think what would happen if the media contained something where mere possession is illegal, like child pornography or terrorist handbook texts.

4 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Agent0013 Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

I would not say it is consistent. Politicians and rich get around any inconveniences any time they want. And it's all just theatre any ways. The airline locked the door, nothing else needed after that.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Agent0013 Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

By contrast, it can be handy in women who are breastfeeding. One of the ways to help with production is apparently drinking hoppy beer. (obviously not just before feeding the kid)

Or you do drink the alcohol before feeding the kid and then they sleep like a baby. Wasn't it advised to mothers to drink whiskey or something like that. And beer was supposedly good for pregnant women back in the day also. Probably not the same kind of beer we have today. I know back far enough beer used to be more like a liquid bread.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Agent0013 Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

Soybeans are only healthy if they are fermented. The soy we get here is not fermented, but in places where they make traditional tofu it is fermented and then becomes easily digestible.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Agent0013 Re: What they don't tell you (588 comments)

If you eat carbs combined with a fat, such as peanut butter or bread, it will help slow the absorption of the carbs and sugars. I think my wife read about that in something about how French people eat, and it does seem to help you feel fuller faster.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Agent0013 Re:And? (289 comments)

Can it swerve across the side walk when necessary? Can it make a blind turn past an obstacle just having faith that opposing traffic goes slow enough so they can stop in time? Can it turn on a single lane road in unison with lots of other cars when the road is blocked, judging the sides of the road accurately so it doesn't get stuck?

I can go on and on and on, just like any normal person who often drives in urban environments. Even the motorway isn't safe from the sort of shit which would make anything we could program today barf. Something simple like temporary lanes indicated by obstacles and traffic wardens can occur in so many different ways that it becomes impossible to handle. Or lets say we get directed through narrow bits of the shoulder for road works or an accident and the car decides to stop because safety margin aren't met, lets just make hundreds of people wait. Best not have a small car, or some very helpful folks might park your car in the ditch for you once they understand the cause of the hold up.

It's a pipe dream until we have human level AI.

It's so funny you mention these things that the car is already doing. I just watched the youtube video someone posted of the car driving around. And it handles the orange cones and constructions signs just fine. You even get to see the computer drawing the new lane path as it crosses over into the other lanes. It's almost like the smart engineers already thought of these things that a car would have to do and started solving the problems involved. That's a lot more that what you are capable of with your identifying the problems and then saying it can't be solved.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Agent0013 Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

You cant be serious. Private industry fought all past attempts to screen passengers because of the inconvenience and cost. They even fought the Air Marshalls proposal way back when. Only the government mandates from 9/11 made any significant difference. Even then the airlines industry balked fearing it would adversely effect air travel and thus their bottom line. In addition to that, if each company was responsible for their own security they would no doubt have a system with substantial discrepancies in procedures and safeguards.

Exactly. It is called the free market. If I don't want to be groped or nudie-scanned, I can go to the airline that does effective and decent security. Imagine that, having the right to choose who your business goes to. Oh, but you don't believe we should have rights, do you?

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Agent0013 Re:Let's start with name tags... (455 comments)

Yep, it changes behavior. But in the places where the officers have tried wearing cameras they decided it was the public that the officers interact with that changed. They came to the conclusion that there are much less officers beating and shooting people because the people know they are being filmed and so they don't report false accusations like they used to. Don't you know the police can do no wrong!

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Agent0013 Re:As usual, the wrong question (506 comments)

And perhaps you are one of the few who don't realize how dangerous it would be to give a human the ability to take control from a safe and able computer driving the car.

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Agent0013 Re:Ob XKCD... (364 comments)

If all you are doing is trying to prove something is possible, and it happens, then you don't need any more than one run. Obviously it can happen. If it doesn't happen, you haven't proven anything, but that is where you need the many reruns of the experiment and that is where they can fail the scientific scrutiny.

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Agent0013 Re:When will we... (266 comments)

Better yet! Declare them a terrorist organization. Now they are all terrorists as well as criminals and can be put away without due process.

about a month and a half ago

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I don't really understand what I would want to write in the Journal here!

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