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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Joce640k Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (249 comments)

I'm still reeling over the fact they noticed that "Start Menu usage dropped" right after they removed the start button.

How is that possible?

8 hours ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Joce640k Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (331 comments)

State and local politicians know who elects them, and it ain't Elon Musk.

They also know they aren't going to personally foot the bill for the legal defense. The taxpayer will do that for them!

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Front pocket is fine (301 comments)

Maybe you wear baggy pants with elastic waistband.

Hipsters prefer the "two pin plug" look.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Re:I still don't get this. (301 comments)

Practically everybody puts their phone in a case. Which makes wonder: why is phone thinness such a huge issue?

Because you don't want something to be an inch thick when it's in a case....

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Exactly, reality says (301 comments)

In the end a large flat object can be broken, that's just physics and no amount of design will change that.

If you bother to look at the videos you'll see they all seem to bend right where the volume buttons are. That's called a "weak point" and a certain amount of design will change that (and without violating the laws of physics!)

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Yes, reality is a defense (301 comments)

Remember that in realty Apple's has reports of just six actual phones being bent.

Riiiight....becuase Apple has never lied about product defects and never, ever deleted a forum post that pointed them out.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Re: If people bend their phones (301 comments)

how do you get away from the "I nicked my iPhone dropping it out of my car, let me bend it and get a new one" crowd?

Simple: You make a phone that doesn't bend in normal use.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Joce640k Re:In other words... (301 comments)

The general consensus that Consumer Reports seems to be getting at here is that the results that they observed shows that while the iPhones do bend, the amount of force required to do so results in phones from other manufacturers simply breaking under the stresses involved.

If by "phones from other manufacturers" you mean "the HTC One (M8)", then, yes, that is correct.

The real problem is the size. There's a physical principle called a "lever" which multiplies forces. Maybe you can google it...

2 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Joce640k ...like dash cams. (455 comments)

How to let officers pee without also letting them turn off cameras at every "inconvenient" time presents a challenge...

Why? They have no problem nudie-scanning the public at airports and calling their buddies over and having the chick pass through the machine a few more times if she's really hot.

They could have a button that turns it off for five minutes.

It could reactivate instantly if they start running, fighting, draw a weapon, etc.

about a month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Joce640k Police have legal immunity (455 comments)

Hopefully the cameras won't point straight downwards.towards policeman's feet.

What's needed is a law that says that whenever the camera is switched off the cop is regarded as "off duty" and therefore regarded as a normal citizen with no special privileges.

When they switch it off a little flap appears with the words "Off duty" on it (so everybody can see it) and the time spent off duty is deducted from their paycheck at the end of the month.

about a month ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

Joce640k Re:hm (50 comments)

No. It just means that banks are looking for ways in which they can manipulate them.

Either that or the person that "commissioned" this study has personal interests (ie. family) in the company that's doing it.

about a month ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Joce640k Re:They made the blocks into wheels (202 comments)

The key failing of the cradle and the (actually extremely similar) pole theory is that it does not explain how they moved the far larger slabs that were not square blocks.

So they could only move 90% of the stones that way...

Yeah I guess that _does_ definitively prove they could never have used them for anything at all. Not.

about a month ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Joce640k Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

There's another fact that this theory ignores: Moving the blocks this way takes wood. Lots and lots of wood.

a) No it doesn't. Wood can be re-used.

b) They brought the stones in on boats, why couldn't they bring the wood as well?

about a month ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Joce640k Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

Anyone that actually lived in the middle east knows that sand is everywhere. They simply stacked the blocks while building up a sand pile around it, then eventually dug the sand away again

I think you massively underestimate the amount of sand needed to make a ramp up to something that tall.

about a month ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Joce640k Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

Why use rods?

If you're going to strap something to the stones why not use something a bit more rounded that turns them into actual circles?

PS: We know how they did it from paintings on the walls:

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oaq...

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Joce640k Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

If only there was a way to scare birds away from an area...

Oh, wait! Airports have been doing it for decades!!

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Joce640k Re:idgi (231 comments)

He was probably given two choices:

Option a: Receive $125000 today, go home, spend it.

Option b: Press charges, spend a fortune on lawyers for several years while they keep appealing (all on the taxpayer's dollar), maybe win, maybe receive some money.

about a month ago
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London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

Joce640k Re:A camera can't prevent complaint cases... (152 comments)

If the cops have the footage, they'll show it.

If there's a mysterious gap in the video? The jury will most likely believe the arrested.

about 5 months ago
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London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

Joce640k Re:Can't turn them off? (152 comments)

How much battery do you really need though? Give an iPhone 20x the batteries and I bet you could record an officer's entire shift while also live-streaming the video to headquarters over the cellular network for backup, all in a package lighter than their pistol.

Yeah, that'll work. I can imagine the boys in a data center having a chuckle every time the hot policewomen goes to the toilet.

I think they should have every right to turn off their cameras, nobody should be constantly recorded.

OTOH they should expect a full investigation if they do it when they're in action or interacting with the public.

about 5 months ago

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