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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

Noishkel Pay $200 to be spyed upon? (129 comments)

No thanks. I'm not willing trade even more privacy by paying Amazon $200 to listen in to everything I do just in case I might want it to display something on the screen for me.

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

Noishkel This was bound to happen. (112 comments)

Going into space is a dangerous endeavor. And there was bound to be looses. Hell they'll be MORE as time does by. Probably a LOT more. Either we can (collectively) give up now or learn from the loses and continue on.

about a month and a half ago
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Arducorder, Next Open Source Science Tricorder-like Device, Nears Completion

Noishkel Interesting. But might end up as more of a toy. (56 comments)

As said this could be an interesting device. But I'm not really sure what this will allow anyone to do. Sure it's all well and good that you can collect data with it, but you'll have to be able to interpret this data into something that's useful. And that's not even touching the fact that this thing would be fragile as hell without a very well design and weather proofed case.

But as with any project like this I comment the designers for thinking up a new and interesting device. And who knows. Maybe the next generation of device might be useful.

about 3 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Noishkel Re:HEAT SINKS and COLD RISES ??? (465 comments)

That's pretty much the first though I had. I'm not willing to automatically call shenanigans as I just don't have enough of a grounding in how current flows around the ocean. But at first glance it does sounds kind of suspect.

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Noishkel Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

So what you're saying here is that it's all well and good to 'teach your kids a lesson' by dropping them into a war zone and exposing them to potential harm. Be it from a stray rocket, random explosion, or imagery that may give them a LIFE TIME OF PTSD... all because some guy got all bhutt hurt that his kids like Call of Duty?

about 4 months ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Noishkel Re:A real-world aimbot (219 comments)

Makes me think more of the 'Smart Gun' from 'Aliens' more than anything. But then again make mostly because I'd rather have the smart gun more than an TrackingPoint.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Noishkel Re:How long before we see a virus in a car? (191 comments)

Why thank you captain sarcasm. I REALIZED that the current generation of systems don't directly tie into engine management systems. However continually stick more and more crap into a system leaves for the potentiality of more and more problems. Hell, one day someone might actually make a virus that gets in there and screws with the in car systems.

Hell here's possibility: these systems become standardized. So instead of hardware hackers tinkering with the devices from one maker they all only have to learn how to mess around with the one most common system or OS. Well by general numbers a certain amount of those guys are going to be full on black hat and there's no telling what kind of 'fun' they'll have then. Personally I wonder what would happen if someone made a hack that locks the in car stereo at maximum. Or... hell... could someone make the display suddenly show a high rate flashing image that can trigger a seizure? That would cause all kinds of havoc.

I FREELY admit that these are all really out there concepts. However I still contend that this idea could lead to them actually becoming a reality. Especially if automakers end up being lazy with their code.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Noishkel Re:How long before we see a virus in a car? (191 comments)

Well I personally take a rather... Fight Club look at it. The part at the beginning where Jack is talking to the lady on a flight about his job as a recall coordinator.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Noishkel Re:How long before we see a virus in a car? (191 comments)

Well I personally don't think it needs to be THAT simple. But trying to wire everything into an advanced computer probably isn't the answer either.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Noishkel How long before we see a virus in a car? (191 comments)

I'm honestly curious is this is going to happen. Much like the Smart house story from a few days back I wonder what's going to happen when more of this rather useless crap gets wedged into a car and someone has a real serious failure that results in a crash. Well... actually we may have already had that. There was some rumors out there that the whole Toyota brake system fiasco wasn't actually caused by some weird problem with the floor mat but was actually a software issue.

Either way I'm really wondering if all this extra technology is really all that useful. Compared to just keep the systems in a car kind of 'dumb' and just sticking to hardened PLC style systems for engine management. Nothing flashy, just something rugged that won't fail.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Noishkel Re:Asshole companies want to DRM your car (191 comments)

Well they kind of do that already by require high specialized tools to repair certain systems. Although I wouldn't call that DRM being that it's not software.

about 6 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Noishkel Re:Critical piece in The Verge (311 comments)

I long time interested in solar technology as well as having spent most of my adult life in the trucking industry and I've looked THOROUGHLY at this plan and . And I am fully confident in say that this is the most IDIOTIC idea I've seen in a long long time. Not only does this plan have ZERO chance of working, but trying to implement this will probably kill people. Not only does the basic concept show a complete lack of knowledge of the fundamental of the base materials science it's also making really outrageous claims of just what it can do. The guy's site claims you can part a TANK on it...

about 7 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Noishkel Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

What a novel concept... hiring the best people for the job instead of hiring based upon that they looked like...

about 7 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

Noishkel Re:I will NEVER understand the appeal of this syst (174 comments)

Well I think there's a significant difference here between rather mundane conventional devices and trying to needlessly tie everything into the internet. What benefit is there to having, say, a washing machine that connects to the internet? Or a refrigerator? Or a microwave? Lighting could have a utility as related to the security system. But controlling your HVAC system through the internet?

This is not to say I'm saying that no one should have these things. I'm very libertarian about most things. So people should be able to spend their money on any kind of fluff that the wish. I simply can't understand why anyone would want such a set up. Hell, if nothing else this system is probably going to cost thousands of dollars to implement into a home. Money that could probably be better spent buying high quality appliances that aren't tired into an Apple system.

about 7 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

Noishkel I will NEVER understand the appeal of this system. (174 comments)

Honestly I just do NOT see why anyone would ever want to have their own so crazily wired into the internet. What could you possibly ever use it for? I LOVE technology but I can't for the LIFE of me see why this is even remotely appeasing. Yeah, sure there are security applications. But you'll still probably be buying some expensive service to run it. Why in the HELL would you even WANT to wire up your blinder, oven, or washing machine into the friggin' internet? Given the general price tag attached to Apple gear you'll be having to pay a third again higher price for these features.

And hey... how about we talk about SECURITY? We've recent had an example of a hacker getting into a homes network. Using a baby monitor linked to the net to SCREAM at a sleeping baby. The more ways you connect your home to the internet the more likely you're going to leave yourself REALLY exploded to malicious actions.

about 7 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

Noishkel Re:Kudzu for Energy (290 comments)

Very true. But the problem is that it's kind of a bastard to harvest and a lot of it grew on bad terrain. Crack those issues and then you'd have a plan.

about 7 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

Noishkel Well... cant POSSIBLY be that he just sucks at it? (310 comments)

That's the first thing that came to mind there. The idea that maybe this guys lesson plans are stone boring and can't keep his pupils attention. I certainly know that was the problem when I was a kid. And I'm of an 80s/90s vintage. So I was around right when computers started to filter into the classroom. And i had some of the same problems in both classes with and without computers. Either a teacher that just couldn't give me a good explanation or one that was going so slow that I was bored to tears.

Heh. I even had this one female world history teacher that spoke in the EXACT general tone and cadence of Ben Stein. She also had a real penchant for writing detention slips for people that fell asleep. Save for ONE guy she gave everyone in that class detention at least once. Not only did she get me three times it was the only three times I got detention.

about 7 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Noishkel Re:...but that doesn't explain... (584 comments)

You do realize there's and estimated 100 million gun owners in the United States. By basic probability you're going to have a certain percentage of them that are bug nuts. However that percentage is going to be exceptionally low. Otherwise the internet would have probably caught fire from all the hate mail and threats you're speaking of.

Do you make it a habit of using really idiotic generalizations often in life?

about 7 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Noishkel Re:...but that doesn't explain... (584 comments)

And you base this off of... what? Your own delusions and preconceptions about a group that includes a third of the nations population?

about 7 months ago

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