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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

N1AK Re:Fentanyl (147 comments)

It's just too bad we don't have a law like that in the US

Because you like it when the US goes full retard? Punishing people for the actions of their family members is stupid when Israel does it and it'd be equally stupid if America did it. There's no rational reason to restrict it to just terrorism offences, the only reason it would be is because people are completely irrational when it comes to terrorism.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

N1AK Re:Cars will be the secondary market (286 comments)

I'm really not sure why you think the anecdotal evidence of one driver someone defines an entire industry. I'd also like to see something backing up the over 100% figure but I expect that driving is quite a high turnover role.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

N1AK Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

Are you contradicting this based on any more than a desire to be pointlessly argumentative?

It is a more reasonable assumption that the computational power will continue to increase in line with the long term trend than that it will not, lacking evidence to the contrary. Given that the most powerful computer currently is can reach 34 Petaflops and India is planning to build a ~130 Exaflop machine before 2018 it's clear that vastly more powerful machines can be built.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

N1AK Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

There's a *huge* market for this. My grandmother in law is 93....

This is why we'll have it sooner rather than later. There are so many reasons why people can't drive. So many people who shouldn't be driving but are allowed to because stopping them is controversial (the elderly). So much money spent on paying people to drive (Taxis, Couriers, Hauliers).

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

N1AK Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

A human, I might add that's breaking the law. Distracted driving is illegal.

Do you have any idea how stupid that point is? I suppose the people being held by ISIS shouldn't worry because most people wouldn't behead them, only someone breaking the law and that's illegal! I can stop locking my house as well because entering and taking my stuff is a crime! That must mean I shouldn't be concerned about it because it's illegal.

It's pretty fucking obvious that illegal, distracted or poor driving causes the vast majority of accidents. Unfortunately there's a lot of illegal, distracted or poor driving. If you can suggest somewhere one can drive where there isn't then maybe people there don't need to consider it, but people everywhere else do.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

N1AK Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (286 comments)

This. The biggest obstacles left for autonmous cars isn't technical they're legal and ethical. Building a car that gets a new traffic light right 99% of the time is probably trivial, but would putting a car on the road that will get it wrong 1% of the time be ethical and/or a legal liability? A previous example of a google car failing was that it slowed to a virtual stop when passing people walking along the side of the road; that is seen as a problem because the normal human behaviour is to drive past within a few feet of the person at a speed that could easily kill them if they moved in the way. The car is being more cautious, in order to avoid a genuine life threatening risk, but we see that as 'failing'.

Are there technical hurdles left? Obviously, but they aren't the hardest things to resolve.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

N1AK Re:"makes people FEEL less safe and secure"? (239 comments)

I noticed the disconnect as well. I use Facebook and I still don't think what it needs is for people to be more blindly trusting on there. It's blind trust that leads to people following links to malicious sites etc.

4 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

N1AK Re:Why (238 comments)

It works, for now, so it's hardly a shock that it's spreading. The best we can do is refuse to follow clickbait links and wait for the rest of the population to catch up.

5 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

N1AK Re:Am I doing something right? (238 comments)

I won't follow links in clickbait formats. I don't care if they might actually contain information I'd find interesting or informative. I will not encourage or support the use of unhelpful headlines to draw in readers. I had a look a while ago for a browser plugin that would remove them entirely but the best I could find was one that changed them into more realistic language "You won't find it hard to believe..." etc.

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

N1AK Re:yes, Bush WAS RIGHT (376 comments)

BUSH WAS RIGHT!!!

You're going to be killed. I'm bound to be right, because when you die of natural causes in many years a bunch of muppets will claim I said you were going to "die" and thus I was right all those years ago ;)

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

N1AK Re:So confused (376 comments)

but you can't actually ignore that there's a treaty (the UN Charter is a treaty) that's US law under the constitution, and signers agreed not to cross other nation's borders with force without security council authorization..

Sadly it seems pretty clear that you can ignore it as I'm yet to see any remotely serious consideration of the idea of actually doing anything about the, imo, illegal intervention in Iraq.

about two weeks ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

N1AK Re:Ob (229 comments)

Where was their market research? Where was their marketing? Any traditional non-technology startup that forgets do do these things will fail.

Bullshit. You think Facebook did market research before starting up? It's ludicrous to think that most companies do extensive market research and marketing at launch. It's also equally naive to think that doing market research and marketing automatically means you'll be a success.

But then this is the internet where you can respond to a post that in no way mentions market research, let alone says they didn't do any, by suggesting that's where they went wrong so obviously it's a +5 insightful post.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

N1AK Re:WTF? (263 comments)

So does mine, however I think the submission is talking about emails in the spam folder. The majority of email in my spam folder has titles so incredibly bizarre as to self-evidently be junk, for example a load of spaced out nonsense letters surrounded by symbol characters. It's dissapointing that Google can't either define these as categorically unwanted and remove them entirely, or doesn't want to. Having them removed automatically would leave me with less email in my spam folder which would save me time when I check it for the rare false positives.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

N1AK Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

That said: Who the fuck wants to stream 2160p medium? I personally haven't found benefit from 720p and given that few of my monitors support 1080p there's no benefit to streaming at that resolution, especially given the mean quality of video entertainment available nowadays.

There isn't a screen in my house that isn't 1080p (even tablets and phones). The difference between SD and 1080p is huge (though I expect that a good quality 720p signal probably gives 75%+ of the benefit). I wasn't an early adoptor of HD but I'm a convert now I'm on it. I doubt I'll be an early adoptor of 4K either, and certainly don't expect the difference to be all that noticable but I'll probably get in on it in around 4-5 years when it's lost most of its price premium and become established.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

N1AK Re:Do a prenup (447 comments)

It is a likely event (look at the % of people who get divorced!) and I fail to see why either pretending like, or actually, believing it couldn't possibly happen in your own case is the wise course of action. My view on a pre-nup would depend largely on the reason and fairness of contract rather than it existing.

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

N1AK Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

London's Tube Drivers are extremely militant - it's normal to have a couple of strikes per year (sometimes over "normal" industrial disputes like pay, sometimes because, I suspect, they just want to remind people they can do it).

And it's worked for them so far sadly. They have an incredible deal compared to equivalent workers on other networks, regularly shake down the government for more by threatening not to do their job during major events, and continue to whine incessently. I'd pay more for my travel if it meant getting rid of drivers sooner because they're a liability to London's public transport.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

N1AK Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

You're right. In my experience American dicks are bigger, and far more common; you can barely swing super sized soda in the US without hitting a obese dick

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

N1AK Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

How do US authorities feel about foreign nations hacking into US military and corporate computers?

As absolutely wrong as their position is ethically I don't think there's quite the hypocrisy being claimed. I doubt the Chinese are punishing the people hacking into American servers for them either, warrant or not. In theory a US warrant shouldn't even be valid for a server in the UK, so the FBI is commiting a crime in Britain by hacking a machine that is located there without a UK warrant. The question is whether the laws of the country the server is in make what the FBI did criminal, whether the country is willing to take it to court and whether they can do anything about it anyway.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

N1AK Re:disgusting (191 comments)

The American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the same; they may have resorted to some guerrilla warfare type tactics, but against British soldiers

Learn a little history before lecturing people on it. There were plenty of appaling crimes against laoyalists by patriots during the revolutionary war. It's naive to think that the biggest difference between terrorist and freedom fighter can be found in semantics. Hell the US support of the Taliban followed by all out war against them should make a mockery of any attempt to pretend the labels are anything more than political these days.

about three weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

N1AK Re:That's How Law Works (264 comments)

To some extent, our Human Rights Act here has served a similar purpose in recent years, but of course the Tories want to get rid of that as well.

Those Tories that you decry for wanting rid of it are the same party that were extremely influential in drafting and spreading them across Europe. As long as you, and so many others, see politcal parties through such a biased lens we'll continue to make poor politcal choices. The ECHR is a small group of unelected individuals, they just happen to align better with your (and my) opinion than the conservative party on human rights. Should we have joined the Euro to take economic policy off the small group of lawmakers you think we can't trust and hand it to the EU who you claim have our interests closer to heart? Or have you arbitrarily decided that Europe will protect human rights correctly but won't protect our economy correctly for some reason...

about three weeks ago

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