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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Crypto Cavedweller "He was later positively identified by witnesses" (143 comments)

So basically what facial recognition did here was provide an excellent lead on a suspect, not convict the guy.

about 3 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Crypto Cavedweller I'll wait for testimony under oath (519 comments)

Snowden and Greenwald's self-serving statements about motive I pretty much ignore. Let's hear the testimony under oath, subject to cross examination. It appears (and I hate to pre-judge) that by his own admission he is a thief on a massive scale, a breaker of oaths, and a naive idiot. Maybe he's also a traitor in the pay of one or more foreign governments. TBD, let's have the trial.

about 3 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Crypto Cavedweller Glass Half Full (1198 comments)

What's wrong with US?

What's right with us? We're not the 'rape culture' where you're getting gang raped just for getting on the bus alone or honor-murdered on courthouse steps because you went off and married somebody daddy didn't approve of.

Are bachelor male primates that are frustrated in their sexual desires dangerous? Well yeah, watch some bachelor chimps commit infanticide to get access to breeding females sometime, primates are damned dangerous beasts.

But mostly we're much better than that ... just not entirely. Is our mental health system a shadow of what it should be? Are we miles short of where we could be in equal rights and equal respect? Sure. But you don't have to look very far to see how much worse it could be, and is, in much of the world, so forgive my slowness to engage in the tabloid media's flagellation of the country over every psychotic's rampage ... in a country of 330 million, we're going to produce several.

about 3 months ago

ANTVR - China's Answer To Oculus Rift Is Raising Funds

Crypto Cavedweller Feature-rich (104 comments)

" Interesting technical features include being able to detect whether the ANTVR wearer steps forward, backwards, to the left or to the right, and also whether the wearer believes in Tibetan independence, free trade unions, or an honest examination of the events at Tienanmen."

about 3 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Crypto Cavedweller Poltergeist: The Cloud (409 comments)

That guy talks and I hear a creepy little woman saying "All are welcome, all are welcome ... come into the light!"

about 3 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

Crypto Cavedweller Good Luck With That (320 comments)

Nothing persuades technically competent people like an argument that something is true because you "really feel that way" based on no empirical data at all.

about 4 months ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Crypto Cavedweller Can't Teach Politicians To Be Honest (581 comments)

Bloomberg would really have a point if everybody at a tech company wrote code. But the bigger the company gets, the lower the % of engineers and the higher the % of non-engineering staff. Can you teach a coal miner to work in a shipping warehouse or to handle support calls? Maybe Bloomberg doesn't think so, looking down upon working drones as one trick ponies, but that's not my experience.

about 5 months ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Crypto Cavedweller There are Tech Solutions (371 comments)

Didn't the South Africans come up with an anti-carjacking system a couple years ago that put a flamethrower under the car to roast the ankles of anyone threatening you from outside the car? Seems like Smart needs another security system option added to anti-theft. 'Tipping passes 5 degrees, engage flamethrower.'

about 5 months ago

Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Crypto Cavedweller How Evil! (312 comments)

Expecting Congress to do its job under our constitution and fix bad laws. Everything should be by decree from the White House, that should really protect our liberties alrighty ....

about 5 months ago

Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

Crypto Cavedweller I'm with Jimmy so far ... (289 comments)

No execution as a traitor ... unless that's sworn testimony at trial establishes that he was one, of course. A long, dark time in a SuperMax hole should be sufficient for his crimes he already admitted to.

about 5 months ago

Back To the Moon — In Four Years

Crypto Cavedweller Sure, it's a 'cunning plan' (292 comments)

" 'The development of a lunar base could be a catalyst for lowering our launch cost to space and accelerating the development of automation and robotics." So, we're going to make things eventually cheaper by spending a whole lot of money we can't actually afford now .... Yeah, I bet a lot of people have ingenious plans for doing that, but it's a tough sell today.

about 5 months ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Crypto Cavedweller Re:Awful (250 comments)

So ... how exactly does Earth owe you any of those things, in the precise location of your choosing?

about 5 months ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Crypto Cavedweller Well, it's one (250 comments)

But tastes vary. Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Sydney, Singapore, Seattle ... take your pick. Calling one 'the best' like this is simply a reflection of one author's personal tastes.

about 5 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Crypto Cavedweller Other people's money (712 comments)

Sure, I come up with all sorts of great ways for other people to spend their money .... generally they aren't interested. Either.

about 6 months ago

How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

Crypto Cavedweller No, really? (234 comments)

As with so many Snowden "revelations," the security community can only shake their heads at the general illiteracy of the popular press and say "Yeah ... who didn't know this?" The NSA discovered that botnets are powerful infection mechanisms? They'd have to be as illiterate as the average blogger to NOT have figured that out by now, wouldn't they?

about 6 months ago

'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum

Crypto Cavedweller Re:Bad inference (99 comments)

Exactamundo. My time is precious, no you can't have it just because you think you and your camera are entitled to it.

about 6 months ago

'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum

Crypto Cavedweller Pained (99 comments)

"The pained facial expressions when they refused were interesting ..." In many cases I suspect this was just their "Who are you and why are you bugging me now go away" expression.

about 6 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Crypto Cavedweller Can't Tell That Guy Works in the Public Sector (606 comments)

Nothing makes it easier to recruit top talent than telling them "You'll have a hellish commute to a blighted community ... when can you start?"

about 6 months ago

Star Trek Economics

Crypto Cavedweller Ignoring the canon (888 comments)

This kind of article (as usual) ignores the actual Star Trek canon, that the era of abundance and lack of capitalism came ONLY after a global nuclear war that shattered the pre-existing nation-state system and reduced the planet's population dramatically. There was no 'natural evolution' to this state, it took catastrophe to bring it about.

about 7 months ago


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