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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

ReekRend Has to be The Onion... ?! (187 comments)

Tonight? Now? This has to be an Onion post.

Otherwise it will go down as the greatest non-Onion headline that should have been on The Onion.

about 2 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

ReekRend LMFAO (289 comments)

"[Chris] Urmson says these sorts of questions might be unresolved simply because engineers haven’t yet gotten to them."

Chris Urmson is the "director of the Google car team." He's guessing as to why his team hasn't solved problems yet, or if they've even attempted? It's like Google isn't even really taking this seriously.

about 2 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

ReekRend Not going to happen until we have human-level AI. (289 comments)

I have been saying this for years. We are nowhere near the human-level AI that would be required for an actual self-driving car - there are an infinite number of scenarios that are impossible for any modern computer to handle - and when we do achieve that true AI, in decades or maybe hundreds of years, a self-driving car will be one of the least important possibilities. I will utterly stand by my prediction right up until I see a self-driving car in any real-world variable conditions. I will admit, I do not understand why Google is pretending they can achieve this; they should know better than anyone all the impossibilities.

about 2 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ReekRend Re:Slippery Slope (186 comments)

Yes, and it's indefensible. I'm sure we'd all love to have the world forget about our past mistakes, which would be nice in a completely one-sided way. It fails to take into account anyone else affected by those mistakes, who will now lose the ability to search and reference events that legitimately affected their lives.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ReekRend More of money=power. (186 comments)

Yes, very much so.

Also anyone with the resources/money can still find any of this information. This "privacy through obscurity" will shift informational power back towards those with money, rather than the obviously preferable democratization of information the internet had enabled and encouraged.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ReekRend I still can't understand this insanity. (186 comments)

There is no, cannot be any, justification for removing indexes of factual reference.

There may be discussions on the pros and cons of "too much" information, but that Pandora's box is already open and we have to live with it.

about 3 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

ReekRend Lmao it had to happen (213 comments)

How many people have/talk about trolling terrorism keywords? That's what they get.

about 5 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

ReekRend Patents and Copyrights are obsolete. (131 comments)

They have no place in the modern world, if they ever had a place at all. Creating art is a privilege and invention is the nature of intelligence, they will happen just fine without greed as the motivation. Down with unfettered capitalism, live like rational humans instead of psychopaths.

about 5 months ago
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Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

ReekRend How is your GP more reliable... (200 comments)

...if they are using Wikipedia as their reference? (or at least 47-70% of them)

about 5 months ago
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US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE

ReekRend Expose limits as unnecessary? (126 comments)

Wouldn't this make it obvious that voice/data are interchangeable and limiting one would be silly?

about 5 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

ReekRend Re:Performance/Price: AMD always wins. (345 comments)

Concerning power consumption, technically probably not, but I suppose I'm referring to home users. Even if you work out all the math for difference in electricity costs, it's not going to make a difference unless you're putting heavy loads on your computer every single day (busy servers, your whole life is gaming, etc). Realistically for home users the difference would only be a few $ per year. Of course it's obvious for data centers that they will save money by paying more for power saving CPU's. For home users the computer is idle most of the time anyway. Reference for cost/CPU wattage: http://www.tomshardware.com/fo... http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2...

about 5 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

ReekRend Performance/Price: AMD always wins. (345 comments)

Every time I go to buy a CPU, AMD wins on the price-performance charts, so... AMD wins. I have to assume that Intel is for the subset of people for whom money is not a concern.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

ReekRend I could have sworn this was criminally illegal?? (427 comments)

This seems like a miniscule fine, I guess I was extremely incorrect in my belief... I had just always heard that jamming cell phones would result in being arrested.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

ReekRend To be fair to the marks... (642 comments)

...the liberal [comedy] media (talk shows, as well as pure entertainment like Ali G) tricks people into appearing in things all the time, so apparently it's not that hard. I don't personally blame people for being too trusting, it just reflects how honest they are themselves.

about 7 months ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

ReekRend Can anyone see how this thing thrusts? (77 comments)

I don't see any openings in the body and no propellers or bumps on it in the video; obviously they added stuff inside - but what?? (The see-through drawing in the video shows nothing?!) I think the real story here is how this thing is magically flying. ;)

about 7 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

ReekRend Why would you prefer car over home delivery? (162 comments)

Seriously? For the case where you're not going home the day it's delivered, yet you need the package to take wherever you are going instead?

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

ReekRend My ex went to jail for my expired city sticker. (467 comments)

She took my car to get groceries one day and got a ticket in the parking lot, mistakenly thought it was dismissed, she moved and never received any summons or notices that her license was revoked, went to drive on a military base late at night 6 months later to visit a friend, they ran her license and charged her with like 4 crimes for trying to enter a military based with a suspended license (2003, they treated her like a terrorist, she spent all night locked up with the MP's), it went to court, no mercy, jail.

about 8 months ago

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Romanian Man Kills Himself & Four-Year-Old Son Because of Ransomware Porn Th

ReekRend ReekRend writes  |  about 7 months ago

ReekRend (843787) writes "Apparently the man had previously looked at porn online and thought the threat was real. "The report claims a suicide note left to his wife explained that the reason for taking his own life was: 'I received a warning [on my computer] that said I have to pay 70.000 lei [£13,000] or go to prison for 11 years. I don't think it's normal what I've done...I apologise to all of you...I don't want Nicusor to suffer because of me...I can't stand going to prison. I can't.' ""
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Freakonomics Reinforces What We Already Know About

ReekRend ReekRend writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ReekRend (843787) writes "Old news to everyone here, but more mainstream proof against the industry is always good.

"These numbers seem truly dire: a $250 billion per year loss would be almost $800 for every man, woman, and child in America. And 750,000 jobs – that’s twice the number of those employed in the entire motion picture industry in 2010. The good news is that the numbers are wrong.""

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