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CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

MrDoh! Later versions (53 comments)

Recent versions were tested on youtube comments but someone forgot to turn it off.

8 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

MrDoh! Re:The WHO (413 comments)

Wife's family would read this and laugh before heading out to the club. Large Cuban family, the 'baby' of her aunts and uncle is 81 and there's no holding any of them back. I think the coffee they knock back in ludicrous strengths is what Ponce De Leon was searching for all that time.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

MrDoh! Re:Free Willy! (471 comments)

Aye, and when they do bump something back a couple of times, people tend to pay attention. There's little that gets jammed through without people noticing.

3 days ago
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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

MrDoh! Re:Just as long as it's not XK-class. (145 comments)

Unless there's that lone scientist who isn't being listened to by everyone else, as he's got the evidence that the sensors are wrong, and that it's going to be XKCD class.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

MrDoh! Re:Down the Drain (368 comments)

2 Billion dollars richer? I wish I could fail that badly.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

MrDoh! Re:im happy google took this on (46 comments)

Think that's exactly it, yes, this IS Ara only at the moment, but when they were asked this at the dev conference, there was much flirting of eyes and 'we're only doing THIS for now' comments. But for phones, tablets, cameras, home security systems, media players, car units, plug in what you want, when you want. This concept isn't anything new in PC tech, with so many busses/drivers/external devices, it's known what's needed. This is a uber low power/hopefully incredibly flexible, driverless (to a point) something new. Plug in that better camera, get the associated app to take benefit of the low light sensor. Plug that smoke sensor into your wifi router for a cheap NEST like device. Have that wall mounted NEST AC unit near the door, plug in a bigger screen, attach the external camera to your doorbell (with fingerprint sensor? maybe versionIII), when someone calls, show the camera view on the NEST controller, and/or Chromecast it across to your TV.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

MrDoh! Re:Well, (112 comments)

Never. They've been trying to crack this nut for nearly 20 years and still won't give it up. They can't. If someone takes aware Windows/Office, MS dies. This market should have been theirs to own, but sticking to simply bust WindowsCE rebranded with a shiny interface stopped them doing what needed to be done. Still, they can keep throwing marketing dollars at it, and as long as they creep up %'s of ownership each year, they'll see it as a success. That they're offering their services on ios/android shows how scared they are, but they won't/can't give up.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

MrDoh! Re:lol @ hope for windows phone (112 comments)

Hmm... no idea. Been watching MS in this market for years, ever since 'Pegasus' and... They just wait to see what everyone else does, throw marketing dollars at it, and try again. For the last 20 years. THIS time... I really can't get it. They've been rudderless for years, we'll see if the new guy in charge starts showing an actual direction.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

MrDoh! PR needs to talk to tech (390 comments)

Was obvious people were going to figure out everything Verizon was saying is BS, and that they'd continue to get bad press about this. You'd think the PR droids spouting this stuff would talk to their tech people and listen. But they probably said "look, just give us a pretty graphic right?" "But, techs will see through your spin" "Leave that to us" "But it'll make us look even worse" "You don't get paid to deal with this" All too predictable, and the same techs are probably still being yelled at.

about 2 months ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

MrDoh! Re:Why should Lenovo support their main competitor (125 comments)

Yeah, the second MS announced their Surface devices, the first thing I thought of was "well, that's every single PC maker now in competition with MS, and MS doesn't play well with others if history is anything to go by" Got a Dell Venue Pro when it first came out cheap, to have a play. And after a few bios upgrades, 8.1 upgrade, constant windows updates, driver upgrades, it's almost workable. Pick it up, let it install the updates, and in 10minutes or so after powering up and eventually locking onto the local network signal (that the very last update seemed to fix), it's good to go! And then... Even skipping the horrendous UI, that's clunky on the small screen, it simply doesn't feel as 'quality' as the Nexus7 I also use. Windows, use it on the laptops/desktops/servers, it works and works well, but for tablets, it's still stuck in that odd twilight of functionality that means it's not perfect for anything. Ok, there's going to be some sales for people who want to access MS Office files on a tablet? No, I don't think there really will be that many. And if you DID want that functionality, the 'safe' choice is going to be a MS laptop/Surface device. So I totally get why Win tablet sales are next to non-existent, and why makers of these devices are going to flee the platform and follow the rush to the bottom of other Android maker devices.

about 2 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

MrDoh! Re:foolproof (244 comments)

Shares in correcting fluid would rocket.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

MrDoh! Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (190 comments)

Aye, it's the Floridian Cubans stopping this. If they really wanted to get rid of the regime, they'd remove the blockade in an early morning vote. The cruise ships would be sailing by dinner, in Havana by evening. Within a week, property along the coast would be snapped up, in in 3 months, condos/villas/hotels all along, with a mass invasion of tourists and their dollars. Under that influx, things would change. But people who can make it happen don't want to as it's advantageous for votes/power. I look forward to going as a Brit, but it's tricky for my US wife, has to jump through some odd hoops.

about 3 months ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

MrDoh! Re:First Amendment to what? (104 comments)

Thank you, that's exactly what I was trying to say!

about 3 months ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

MrDoh! Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (104 comments)

Aye, saw an excellent comment elsewhere that if that's the tack they're going for, then surely any comment made on twitter/fb has protection under the 1st amendment? Of course not, but it'd be good if they followed their own laws now and then.

about 3 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

MrDoh! Re:Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

This is hilarious. If they CAN get the info, it makes everyone in government VERY nervous, if they can't get it, then the next thing this congressman should bring up is "why the heck are we funding the NSA if they don't actually seem to do anything?" Ok, the NSA's answer to that is "we do lots of stuff, but we can't tell you about it, it's secret".

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

MrDoh! Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

Agreed. It's crazy to create 'secret rules/laws' "Don't break our rules!" "What rules?" "We won't tell you them until you break them"

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

MrDoh! What happened the the prior article? (140 comments)

Well, that's one way to handle repeat articles, delete the original one.

about 3 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

MrDoh! Re:I beg to differ. (370 comments)

So I google a name of someone I'm about to do business with, nothing comes up now. I enter into a business relationship with this person, who then rips me off again. Can I sue the government for hiding this information away from me? I'd not have entered into this if I'd have known. Caveat Emptor is one thing, as long as you CAN do your due diligence, but for it to be hidden away on purpose here, and as shown, people with crimes are going to hide it, who's responsibility to find this out is it when they do these acts again? Sure as heck ain't Google,

about 4 months ago
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Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

MrDoh! Re:Do Not Search "Anthrax" (138 comments)

Proud to let it be known I still think they're great! Saw them last year and... they still sound fantastic. Many bands sound ages, but there's something about this band that's raised them above many of their contemporaries.

about 5 months ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

MrDoh! Re:Why? (157 comments)

Yup. I can imagine that exactly. With Disney in control, they need the toys to market. Things like Thrawn would be great, but as a film? Can't see it happening alas.

about 5 months ago

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Off to America

MrDoh! MrDoh! writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Getting everything sorted out/burned/tested to goto Washington. Weather looks like it's clearing over there so I should get chance to go Monday Morning.

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