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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

Rude Turnip Re:OK let's get something straight here - (211 comments)

"If you're tagged in a photo, you can exercise your privacy controls over it."

I take exception to this. Why should I ever have to interact with Facebook in the first place? It is entirely possible to tag someone's name into a photo that does not have a Facebook account.

My heart is warmed by the fact that kids are now moving away from Facebook and going back to private messaging like iMessage, Whatsapp, etc., to get away from compromising situations.

about 5 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Rude Turnip Re:Sooo.... (603 comments)

Lest we forget that all firearms legislation has its roots in oppressing minorities. The problem is that the oppression has become democratized. Listen to the lyrics of rap groups like Public Enemy. 20 years ago they were speaking to a very specific audience; now their words have more universal appeal.

about 5 months ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

Rude Turnip Re:Great news! (138 comments)

If you have to download 100 PDFs from a trusted source at one time, then you shouldn't be using a web browser. That's a job for perhaps a WebDAV setup or any one of a zillion syncing solutions.

about 5 months ago
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

Rude Turnip Re:Isn't this what the Taiwanese believe as well? (262 comments)

"My wife was born in Taiwan. She and anyone in her family gets extremely angry if you refer to them as "Chinese," despite being ethnically Chinese, speaking Mandarin, etc."

My dad's wife is from Taiwan and is exactly the opposite. Although I never asked what she thought about Taiwan being a part of China.

about 6 months ago
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Did Snakes Help Build the Primate Brain?

Rude Turnip An old, familiar feeling (202 comments)

Does anyone else remember being a child and playing "snakes in the grass"? That game always dug up what I would describe as a very primal fear that lives deep down in all of us.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

Rude Turnip Re:He lied ... (165 comments)

You actually made a good point, and I've even said it myself before in other forums. This might be one of the worst times since the population is incredibly uninformed and the whole thing would be bought by big companies and cartels.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

Rude Turnip Re:He lied ... (165 comments)

This is why we need a new Continental Congress to basically "overwrite" the current one. All of these assholes should be up against the wall for a cleansing ritual.

about 6 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

Rude Turnip Re:I think... (530 comments)

My cats and dog know exactly when to eat and line up to get snacks. Those are all entropic measurements and knowing your circadian/metabolic rhythms. If you know your body well enough, you'll feel its different states and you can call it a time, but it's still boils down to entropy.

about 6 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

Rude Turnip Re:I think... (530 comments)

That's entropy, not time.

It's very possible that the development of language in humans sort of locked us into the concept of time. For further reading, some of which sounds insane, look into pigeons and their homing instincts to see how other animals aren't necessarily perceiving time in the way that we do.

about 6 months ago
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

Rude Turnip How does this compare to the way Israel does it? (437 comments)

I've always heard about Israeli-style airport security being top notch. That's to say that they apply a level of intelligence, instead of blindly molesting passengers. Can anyone comment on how this methodology compares to the way they do it in Israel? Thanks!

about 6 months ago
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Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

Rude Turnip Re:RANT: it's not internet access (169 comments)

If I had a nickel for every time I've seen this statement on Slashdot over the last 15 years, I could buy myself a nice lunch.

They are offering internet access in the purest sense of the term. There are no technical barriers in place that prevent all the normal types of traffic you can have over an IP connection. Rather, it's a contractual agreement that Google is already admitting is behind the times.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

Rude Turnip Re:Apple? (219 comments)

Yes, except my next phone and tablet will be Android-based precisely because Apple fucked me over and ruined my iPhone 4s with iOS 7. On Mac computers, every new OS X upgrade makes older computers run better. It's exactly the opposite with iOS and iPhones.

about 6 months ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Rude Turnip Re:yep (671 comments)

Privatized health care is costing my company hundreds of thousands of dollars in opportunity costs since our senior staff members are haggling over rising insurance costs instead of working billable hours. That's in addition to the rising cost of healthcare. Socialized medicine would save small businesses tons of money and headaches.

about 6 months ago
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A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

Rude Turnip Re:Siri: Bad use case? (172 comments)

One of my everyday rituals is walking out of my office building and across the parking lot. During my walk across the parking lot, I ask Siri to call my wife. At some varying point, the building's Wifi cuts out and 3G kicks in. As soon as I read this headline, I knew exactly how it would apply to my life.

This would also be good for Pandora. My home's Wifi reaches almost to my street corner, so I can be several hundred feet away from my house using Pandora and still on Wifi. When I turn the corner, 3G goes on and Pandora cuts out because it lost Wifi. Again, another very practical use of this technology.

about 7 months ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

Rude Turnip Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

I don't begrudge anyone for charging money, but since I was a paying customer, I insist on being able to watch everything in their library on a streaming device.

about 7 months ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

Rude Turnip Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

I was paying $8/month for Hulu. I don't like getting the "free" version of things and insist upon being a paying customer whenever possible. In fact, to use Hulu on a streaming device, you *must* be a paying customer. And even if you are a paying customer using a streaming device such as XBox or Roku, they will not let you watch certain programs on your devices.

about 7 months ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

Rude Turnip Re:I still don't get it. (169 comments)

3. You pay them money, still watch ads, and can't watch certain shows on devices like XBox or Roku, which was sort of the point in the first place.

about 7 months ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

Rude Turnip Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

It's worse than you think. Even if you're in the US, you can't watch certain shows on certain devices, such as XBox 360 or Roku. Their management lives in this 20 year old fantasy land where I'm going to go sit at my desk and watch something in my web browser. It's an incredibly backwards-thinking company.

about 7 months ago
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Flies See the World In Slo-Mo, Say Researchers

Rude Turnip Re:God's time (176 comments)

Or time has no meaning for such a being, which is vastly different than saying it approaches or touches zero. Think Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen.

about 7 months ago
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3D-Printed Gun Bought and Displayed By London Art Museum

Rude Turnip Re:Why? (133 comments)

It's not about the shitty design process. It's about sending a message: democratized defense against all threats, external and internal.

about 6 months ago

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