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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

HalAtWork Car bomb? Whatever... (239 comments)

There are kits that turn cars into remote controlled vehicles already. It would have already been possible. Meanwhile, self-driving cars still need someone in the seat and still require heavy modification to perform the task. It is not any more attainable with those than is already possible. Stop giving idiots ideas in news headlines, and stop pissing your pants every time there's new tech.

3 days ago

3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

HalAtWork Get clones (49 comments)

You can get clone controllers that are made the same, here.

about a month and a half ago

Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

HalAtWork Noticed this before (112 comments)

I've noticed this before but haven't been able to figure out how to delete it. I guess it has to do with the device searching for stored WiFi networks to establish a connection? Still annoying. According to the article, if you connect to hidden networks then you won't be able to get around this, unfortunately that's almost all the networks I connect to. Couldn't it just do a scan of nearby networks and look up the MAC address of the hidden networks, and, on a match, then try to establish a connection?

about a month and a half ago

Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

HalAtWork Privacy oversight? (170 comments)

They definitely did overlook privacy on this one.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

HalAtWork If it's the govts job to review code... (178 comments)

If it's the government's job to review code, why not use OSS and have control as well as peace of mind? If they have experts capable of reviewing/understanding code, then wouldn't it be more productive to be using OSS so they could make changes that benefit themselves? Or BSD so they could own the solution? Being forced to review code to make sure it's safe pretty much eliminates the benefit* of the closed source software anyway.

*The benefit being that someone else is supposedly reliably curating the code for you, and you pay for that service

about a month and a half ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

HalAtWork No it wouldn't allow them to throttle (125 comments)

ISPs could not throttle Netflix, if they made it less available then they would be making themselves out to be "cyber" security threats themselves.

about 2 months ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

HalAtWork I did the same at my job... (192 comments)

...but instead of some sort of recognition or reward for increased efficiency, they removed one of our team members. I guess I can at least put it on my resume and apply for a better employer...

about 2 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

HalAtWork Re:As my Father used to say: (289 comments)

Great way to foster IBS!

about 2 months ago

Study: Deforestation Depletes Fish Stocks

HalAtWork Good thing we use less paper now (69 comments)

Less reason to cut down trees. I still know some people at work who print emails before reading them though, what is wrong with these people? I try to be a good example and casually mention how I avoid using paper in various ways when describing my tasks to others as well as in meetings, but it doesn't seem to make an impression...

about 2 months ago

Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

HalAtWork Re:Dealbreaker (225 comments)

Especially when most PCs ship with a keyboard that has a back button.

about 3 months ago

Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

HalAtWork Wouldn't it be cheaper... (150 comments)

Wouldn't it be cheaper to have gotten proper filter masks and ventilation for the workers?

about 3 months ago

Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

HalAtWork Re:Damned If they do. Damned if they don't (384 comments)

How is it a controversy to reflect reality? How is it unsuitable for kids to say that there are different sets of parents, male/female, male/male, and female/female? The kid already knows from going to school and seeing it in other media, who cares if it's in this game too?

about 3 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

HalAtWork Bookmarks (327 comments)

Once they bookmark the site... Then what? I barely use a search engine anymore... I already bookmarked all the sites I like.

about 4 months ago

Winning Algorithms For Rock, Paper, Scissors

HalAtWork Not truly random (65 comments)


When players won a round, they tended to repeat their winning rock, paper or scissors more often than would be expected at random (one in three).

If it was truly random then anything could happen, including a game where the opponent only chooses scissors the entire time.

about 4 months ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

HalAtWork Battery lifetime + replacement cost (398 comments)

For me, it's how many years the battery will perform well, how much it costs to replace it, and what kind of environmental damage/costs for properly disposing of the old battery.

about 4 months ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

HalAtWork raspberry pi (96 comments)

I'm just running XBMC on a raspberry pi, less expensive and it just works with my TV's remote. Plays my 1080p videos just fine. Until x265 becomes supported in XBMC, I should be fine. Will the Fire TV have enough processing power for x265, and does it support HDMI-CEC?

about 5 months ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

HalAtWork This is how the Xbox One works (96 comments)

Thus, even if you have access to a movie for free through Netflix, using the Voice Search for that movie will only bring up Amazon's paid options.

This is also the problem with the Xbox One, it only searches the MS store and none of your apps like Netflix or Hulu. It also can't search your DVR to suggest shows/movies you have already recorded.

about 5 months ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

HalAtWork Good news! (870 comments)

When robots do all the work, the human race will be able to have more leisure time! That's what they told us in the 60s right?

about 5 months ago


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