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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

MattCC Hijacking and theft (215 comments)

How will the drones ensure that the recipient is the correct person? And how will they protect themselves against other people or drones stealing the cargo?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

MattCC Re:I'll get flak for this (552 comments)

FWIW, I am also praying for your sister in law and those surrounding her.

about 8 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MattCC $88.5 million *earnings* not $88.5 million tax (288 comments)

The /. item claims "The article states that last year alone, Apple Australia paid only $AU88.5 million in tax ..." but that is incorrect. The article states "Last year Apple reported pretax earnings in Australia of only $88.5 million ..."

about a year ago

Apple Patent Reveals Gift-Giving Platform For NFC-Based iDevices

MattCC That's "Giving", not "Gifting" (110 comments)

Who invented this term "gifting" and what's wrong with just giving?

more than 2 years ago

New Google Research On Social Networks

MattCC Re:Just to point out... (95 comments)

The problem with Facebook's groups of friends is that the UI hides the functionality. I doubt that one in 1,000 users would have stumbled upon the right process for making a photo available to just a subset of their friends. I've suggested that a better approach to this type of control is to assign "privacy tags" to both people and published objects. A "friend" could then see just those objects of mine for which both they and the object share the same privacy tag.

more than 4 years ago

Security / Privacy Advice?

MattCC Will you share a copy of the presentation? (260 comments)

It would save some of us the trouble of putting similar material together if you could post the presentation somewhere.

more than 5 years ago

Robot Becomes One of the Kids

MattCC Sherry Turkle already reported this 1984 (186 comments)

This is not much different to observations Sherry Turkle reported in her 1984 book The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit. Way back then she noted that young children had trouble deciding whether even simple electronic toys were alive. She proposed that when a toy could be taken apart to see the physical mechanism, children recognise it as merely an artefact. But when the behaviour is controlled via some computer chip, they are more likely to attribute it with "life".

more than 7 years ago


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