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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

darkitecture So... (779 comments)

So... we've managed to replace helicopter parenting with helicopter government.

about two weeks ago

Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

darkitecture Re:Business-minded criminals (463 comments)

You know if it was someone sick and is in dire need of an expensive procedure we would call these guys jobs creators or insurance professionals. If it is a computer it is a criminal. If it is a banker well it is just the free market working and it is the savers fault for etc.

The difference between the 2 is not much.

The difference is that the insurance companies aren't the ones infecting you with a sickness in the first place. I know there's a joke in there somewhere, but in all seriousness, that is the big difference between the two using your analogy. If group A infects you with a disease and group B promises to cure you, and there's no collusion between the two, those are your 'job creators or insurance professionals'... when group A infects you and at the same time offers to cure you, that's criminal.

about three weeks ago

U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

darkitecture wide like whoa (165 comments)

>>Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week.
>>The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle.

It's the US, you better fucking hope they're wide view!

about 3 months ago

CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

darkitecture It can't be pleaded with (65 comments)

The article emphasizes the sentence:

When your captor is a machine, there is no humaneness to be found, and, hence, no one to plead with

The first thing I thought of was that line from The Terminator:

"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."

Come to think of it, that Terminator quote pretty much sums up arguing on the internet too.

about 4 months ago

GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

darkitecture yikes (185 comments)

I can't even begin to imagine the ridiculous agreement they'll expect you to sign when purchasing the car. That sound you can hear is every single lawyer in GM's legal department getting an instant erection whilst simultaneously browsing the internet for super-expensive toys to order.

about 5 months ago

Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

darkitecture Okay so what happens if... (82 comments)

So I read the article and I still don't get how this particularly helps in many, many situations.

Let's assume for a second that a US citizen who ia a Delaware resident and has a will governed by Delaware law has died. How does this provide his/her heirs the ability to:

for example, a) access an account on a database/web forum located solely on a computer in California;
or b) access an account for an online store residing in let's say, Japan or Australia or Argentina?

in example a, the account is located in another state and the owner of the forum/computer as far as I understand it isn't bound by Delaware law. Let's assume for the sake of simplicity that in the case of the forum, the website is being hosted by a Californian ISP and there are no out-of-state colos that hold the same account data.

in example b, the account, store, website and ISP hosting the website all reside not only out of Delaware but out of the country.

I truly appreciate what a law like this is trying to achieve. One of my parents passed away a year ago and although it wasn't vital, it certainly would've been handy to be able to have had access to their webmail account. I don't want to sound like I'm discounting the law because it doesn't affect many people, it's just that from my understanding, the law seems either unenforceable and.or toothless.

Anybody who is a lawyer want to chime in?

about 5 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

darkitecture Re:Ivory tower much? (195 comments)

So... you're pretty much agreeing with the article you didn't read.

All those things you described sucked because they spent too much time detailing other less-important things such as pot plants.

about 10 months ago

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties

darkitecture Re:Reward the artist (301 comments)

Reward the artist by going to see a show and buying some merch. Nothing else really gets back to them in any significant amounts.

Although I agree with you wholeheartedly and try to support my favorite artists as much as I can, this is nowhere near as practical for most of the world as one might first think.

One of my closest friends is a mad Dave Matthews Band fan and has been fortunate enough to attend at least four DMB gigs over the past twelve months. I'm sure Dave Matthews and my friend are both pleased as punch about this setup. My favorite artists include amongst others David Bowie and Tom Waits. I live in Japan. Go on and have a guess how many gigs either of them have put on in Japan in the past 12 months.

Now guess how many gigs either of them have put on here in Japan in the past 12 years.

Hint: you could have a nasty accident with a bandsaw and still count them on one hand. Now I'm not faulting the artists or their manager or anybody. That's life unfortunately. Even if my tastes were more mainstream, I still wouldn't come close to being able to see as many concerts as most Americans. I don't see Rihanna or Jay Z or Radiohead hosting many concerts here either. Radiohead hasn't toured here since 1994!

I've seen many of my favorite artists both here and overseas and almost without exception I've gone out of my way to get great (read: expensive) seats because I see great value for money in spending hundreds of dollars in seeing my favorite artists perform live. It's unfortunate for both me and the artists I would be willing to support that I don't live in the continental US or mainland Europe where most concerts seem to be held.

about a year and a half ago

Interpreting Global Flight Maps

darkitecture Re:Interpretations (93 comments)

Reminds me of a quote by Edgar Fiedler: "Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard."

about a year and a half ago

Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games

darkitecture from a Japanese perspective (221 comments)

to be honest, from a person who has lived in Japan a very long time, this really doesn't come as too much of a surprise. There are dozens of VERY big chains and thousands upon thousands of stores both parts of chains and independently owned in Japan that exist almost solely for the exchange of used games. Some deal exclusively in games, most usually mix in some used books/manga/anime/magazines/DVDs/clothes but games and manga would definitely be their meat and potatoes if simple floorspace allocation is anything to go by. If there was any possibility that this was even remotely true, there's a very, very large population of Japanese people who would have already risen up as one angry mob complete with the Japanese modern day equivalent of torches and pitchforks and fucking SLAYED Sony.

about 2 years ago

Swiss Gov't: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal

darkitecture How neutral (463 comments)

It's a Beige Alert!

more than 3 years ago

Will Patents Make NCAA Football Playoffs Impossible?

darkitecture Re:Why have that in colleges at all? (177 comments)

Short answer: Because at the end of the day, having a high-profile and appealing sports program makes them a lot more money than they invest in it.

more than 4 years ago

Top 10 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do

darkitecture Re:They forgot the beeping interfaces (874 comments)

That's one thing that always drives me nuts when I'm watching computers being used on TV or in the movies... EVERY user interface element BEEPS. Text will scroll on the screen (no idea why it won't just show all at once) and as the computer renders each and every single character, it lets out a beep. That sort of machine would drive me nuts after about 3 minutes of use.

John Badham (director of WarGames) explains it quite well on the director's commentary for WarGames - Movie studio executives insist that when something happens on-screen, it must have an associated sound so the audience knows something is happening. Everyone knows a computer doesn't beep every time you press a key. But just like most people require tactile feedback when typing for optimum performance (one of the multitude of reasons Star Trek's LCARS input interface will never truly be embraced in reality), studios insist the audience needs aural feedback when something is happening.

more than 4 years ago

THX Caught With Pants Down Over Lexicon Blu-ray Player

darkitecture No shock (397 comments)

The audio industry being less than honest?

Say it ain't so!

about 5 years ago

Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

if you're looking for an alternative to using your hands when you think "internet porn" and you think of this... you should get out more.

more than 5 years ago

Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

actually, i was just thinking the same thing. would you be able to think "capital T" or would you somehow have to simultaneously think "hold shift key" and then "type T"?

more than 5 years ago

Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

i don't disagree, but your point really doesn't have anything to do with mine.

i'm pretty sure "let's call it the internet" and "we could use it to share stupid memes" weren't uttered in the same breath.

i'm also pretty sure karl benz first thought after inventing the modern automobile wasn't "you know what, i'd really like to get shitfaced drunk and give this baby a crash test" either.

more than 5 years ago

Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture oh god (262 comments)

yes, because what we need is more twitter.

whenever i hear about groundbreaking advancements in the neurosciences, i for one automatically think about how it can improve my twitter feed.


more than 5 years ago


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