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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

akgooseman Re:Road to Hana (174 comments)

The only challenge on that road, from either the north or the south, is the rented Mustang convertibles plugging it.

about 3 months ago

43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

akgooseman Re:Can't wait (187 comments)

Pu-leeze ... this bad boy's gonna be on the endangered species list for the rest of our lives.

about 4 months ago

Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

akgooseman Re:WTF (179 comments)

No, you won't get those messages. As an former iPhone user who recently switched to Android I will attest to the fact messages from your friends who use iOS go into a black iMessage hole. The messages are not forwarded out of iMessage to a traditional text message. The iPhone must be reconfigured to opt out of iMessage before text messages will be delivered to a non-iOS phone.

iMessage fails over to text ONLY if you're using an iOS device. It doesn't fail over, as you might expect, if your mobile number moves to a non-iOS platform. It's a total pain in the ass. I can only believe it's designed this way to promote vendor lock-in.

about 5 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

akgooseman Re:and the TSA exists because... (393 comments)

The draft ended. The requirement for 18 year old men to register for a draft that might exist in the future did not end.

about 6 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

akgooseman Re:Um.... (562 comments)

There is a huge amount of information to collect based on subjects' reactions to these requests for DNA. At the very least, the cops must be compiling a naughty/nice list indexed to license plate based on who accepts a cheek swab. Making the link from license plate to individual is pretty easy, especially if they're also taking video of their proceedings. People are forced to play the game and there's no way to win.

about 7 months ago

Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

akgooseman Re:I doubt it (228 comments)

I'm still trying to figure out why we even have a need for a kill switch.

The answer to that seems fairly apparent: To prevent or stifle a popular uprising against those in charge. Our government no longer works for us. In many ways, it works against us.

about 8 months ago

Journalists Banned From Using Smartphones At 2014 Sochi Olympics?

akgooseman Re:How is this a surprise? (114 comments)

It's far from the financial whirlwind everyone wants to believe it is.

Oh, it's a whirlwind alright. The big organizers, promoters and builders whirl in, scoop up all the money and whirl back out of town. Leaving the locals within some hundreds of kilometer radius holding out empty bags if not outright saddled with debt.

about 8 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

akgooseman Re:Reset? (599 comments)

If I recall, the system configs hadn't been saved to non-volatile memory. Reloading the routers as part of a standard Cisco password recovery/reset would have resulted in empty configs. As much as SF city government hated Terry Childs, they apparently loved his network equipment configs.

about 9 months ago

Snowden Seeks International Help Against US Espionage Charges

akgooseman Re:So many people just don't get it. (351 comments)

Yeah, we've all seen how effective Congress, as a group, is. And how interested they are in ensuring our rights to privacy.

I'm sure they would have gotten right to the bottom of this mess and straightened things out ASAP. </sarcasm>

about 9 months ago

Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

akgooseman Re:The real question is (311 comments)

Condor flies 767s from Frankfurt to and from Fairbanks. We see 747s every time Anchorage is shut down for weather. And Alaska Airlines is poised to drop 737 service in favor of the Bombers.

about 10 months ago

Former DHS Official Blames Privacy Advocates For TSA's Aggressive Procedures

akgooseman Re:Is he stupid or a liar? (325 comments)

statistically next to 0% of planes were hijacked, exploded, or crashed into big buildings until fairly recently.

Statistically, 0% of airline flights have been hijacked, exploded or crashed into big buildings ... EVER!

about 10 months ago

FBI Admits To Domestic Surveillance Drone Use

akgooseman Re:A drone is just a light aircraft with a camera (207 comments)

I'm not too worried about individuals seeing me. I care deeply about how the government seeing and tracking me, particularly in real-time. They have to power to blatantly or subtly do me harm. They can trump up charges, because everyone eventually breaks a law, and throw me in jail. If I'm driving to a protest, they can arrange for my credit card to not work at the gas pumps. Deny fuel to enough people and the protest fizzles. Strategically block one or two opposition leaders this way and stall whole movements. If this hasn't already been done, it will be.

about a year ago

Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

akgooseman Re:And water is wet (583 comments)

Harder still to stand beside him when he is locked up, unable to communicate with any but his jailers.

about a year ago

Explosions at the Boston Marathon

akgooseman Re:Here's the difference (1105 comments)

If these bombers are Afghani, Iraqi, Iranian, etc and pissed off at the US (not difficult to imagine, but that's not currently supported by any publicly available evidence), I'm sure they would much rather have blown up the Pentagon or Air Force One. Even if they were well funded, what are the chances of success attacking a hardened military target vs the Boston Marathon finish line? Only an idiot would would attempt a face-to-face attack on the US military. One's chances of survival are much higher against a soft target.

about a year ago

DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

akgooseman Re:A couple of classics: (178 comments)

R8J (pretent you're a cop reading the plate with phonetic alphabet)

about a year and a half ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

akgooseman Re:US has done it longer (943 comments)

The US may have done it longer, but we've sucked at it.

about a year and a half ago

Young Students Hiding Academic Talent To Avoid Bullying

akgooseman Re:Hey I did that (684 comments)

I have no memory of attending 1st or 2nd grade. Evidence from my parents suggests that is exactly because of the teachers. Thankfully, they moved me to private school for 3rd-8th.

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?

akgooseman Re:three words, one hyphen: (549 comments)

A battleground medic fresh back from the sand wouldn't be my first choice of healthcare provider if I were having a heart attack. Not only do they not have the certifications, they don't have the training to provide care in a non-trauma civilian situation. Bring-em-on if I get shot, but that's not going to provide enough employment for returning Army medics unless gang wars really heat up.

about a year and a half ago


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