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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

PaddyM Hack or crack? (129 comments)

Without the government nanny state looking over our shoulders, we can crack open an egg and heat it in two seconds in our modified micrOMG it burns!!! Big brother, where art thou?

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

PaddyM Re:Big Mistake (33 comments)

RTFA? Our ewe knew hear?

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

PaddyM Re:Roads (216 comments)

and car manufacturers. and tire makers. and big oil. and movies like fast and furious. doubly so when leaked early.

but only you, darkain, can prevent forest fires.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

PaddyM right to be forgotten (216 comments)

just tell Google to forget about these files. problem solved, right?

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

PaddyM Re:Fad (196 comments)

would you pay 1100.00 for a refrigerator without IoT or 900.00 with? how about car insurance for 800.00 a year without IoT or 500.00 a year with? and hey, how come himmy32's fridge never tells NYPD ^H^H^H^H aunt may what he's having for dinner? maybe he's storing something other than food, probable cause and defending society from malnourishment what not.

I wish I were so wrong.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

PaddyM right to be forgotten (256 comments)

not that you can actually search for these embarrassing photos
you'd have to be a follower to the UK police twitter feed, and who wants to admit to that?

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

PaddyM Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

the reels on the tapes go
click clack clink
click clack clank
click clack clunk
the reels on the tape go
snip snap break
all through the head

The real backups go
to the cloud
to the cloud
to the cloud
The real backups go
to the cloud
all through the tubes ... or in iTunes

Right? Barbara Streisand... do do do do do do

about a month ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

PaddyM Re:Corrected headline: (59 comments)

It's a good thing no other computers or cell phones are made in totalitarian communist countries! I knew that Lemote Yeelong was a trojan horse, so I telnet to SELinux on my PDP-11 and use a dumb terminal for all my American computer needs. And I never compile anything, cause Ken Thompson and whatever.

about 2 months ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

PaddyM Re: Don't wear a watch... (415 comments)

Not that it would ever happen, but the idea of Tim Cook going to WWDC and pulling out the obvious pocketwatch plus a flip out Keyboard that does exactly the same thing as an iphone while still requiring an iphone to actually communicate makes me laugh. Bonus if it actually looks exactly like the Nokia twist.

I guess I'm laughing now, but the genius would be how the old school chain is replaced by some carbon fiber shape memory wire that makes yo-yoing more accessible for everyone.

about 2 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

PaddyM Re:Damn (188 comments)

You forgot a towel. *shakes his head at noobs*

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

PaddyM Re:Predictable (484 comments)

But this inadvertently prevents people from renting very small apartments (i.e. the size of an antenna is too small to be an apartment). Apparently an apartment must be over a certain size to be allowed to watch TV without violating copyright. The next loophole would be to rent cheap apartments in the cheap areas in town (an apartment that fits a bed and a TV and a DVR). I'm not sure if this could be done for $8/month, but maybe it could. If I rent an apartment in some city for $8/month that happens to receive OTA broadcasts and I have a DVR and set it up, would I be in trouble then? If not, does that outlaw renting apartments? I can rent apartments, but I can't provide a DVR or cable TV as terms of the rent?

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

PaddyM Dice Trolls Slashdot User Community Again (222 comments)

Clearly this summary is trolling for posts. Robots have killed, and there is a compelling reason to be wary.
http://www.wired.com/2007/10/r...

Not because robots are going to gain self-awareness and kill mercilessly, but because the human beings using robots for killing are way less careful than they should be. To the fighters in Yemen and Afghanistan, whether the drones are self-aware or not doesn't make a difference to the fact that they are targeted for termination. This is the life they are born in. They are fighting robots which are trying to wipe out their albeit misguided way of living.

Right now people are making the decisions, but what if people lose the stomach? What if the President had the capability to deploy drones which could discern on their own which people are likely to be a threat to US interests? This is almost too close to reality. In fact, the false positive rates of the robots are likely to be lower than people who may be impacted by seeing firsthand what has happened to their fellow soldiers. But does that make it any less worrisome?

about 6 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

PaddyM Re:Remember pay toilets? (135 comments)

I think pay toilets are bad and am thankful of groups which did away with them. However, even though I avoid using WIFI at the airport because I'm cheap and/or have a hotspot, I don't see a competitive reason not to charge for the wifi at the airport. People are not there that long, it's not like we need a bunch of hipsters hanging out at an airport to use the free wifi. I'm not annoyed by hipsters at the neighborhood starbucks, but bringing more people to the busiest airport in the world who might not be flying seems like a bad idea. I guess they'll make up the difference in price gouging foods, but I have no doubt that Uber will soon have food trucks pulling up at airports for hipsters and everyone up in arms. Not that I don't aim to be a hipster.

about 7 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

PaddyM Shark (213 comments)

Am I the only person who saw the title and wondered what shark had been roaming around recently and scarfing world leaders?

about 7 months ago
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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

PaddyM Bubble Car Tautology (190 comments)

Google's car reminded me of Steve Urkel's car, which is in fact a BMW Isetta, so maybe this is BMW's Isetta revisited?

about 7 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

PaddyM Petition from George Santayana (224 comments)

I'd like this quote to be removed from its association to me.
"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"

I didn't quite say it that way and it seems irrelevant now.
-- George Santayana

about 7 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

PaddyM Re:even former criminals have rights (224 comments)

How are you going search for the sites which right now are publishing untrue criminal accusations about Slashdot user Tom (822) and sue them for libel and/or defamation? Thanks to the so-called "right to be forgotten", you can't use google. So how will you find those sites?

about 7 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

PaddyM R Julia beats both R and Julia (185 comments)

We all know Raul Julia as M Bison beats them both. And Raul Julia's reading of "Mystery on the Docks" on Double "R" (Reading Rainbow) lives on in my mind as one of the great renditions.

about 7 months ago
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Victoria Livshitz, Cloud Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur (Video)

PaddyM Slashdot (36 comments)

Slashdot has been called the "mother(*&^%$ of editing". For good reason. Her last name is Livschitz.

about 7 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

PaddyM Re:Driverless Cars Are Boring (255 comments)

...They don't cut off cyclists in the bike lane. They don't get impatient. They don't get frustrated. They don't get angry. They don't get sleepy. They don't get distracted.
"[they] can't be reasoned with, [they] can't be bargained with [they don't] feel pity or remorse or fear and they absolutely will not stop. Ever. [They just drive, in a deliberate, controlled, and entirely boring fashion.] Until you are dead."

FTFY

about 7 months ago

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