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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

farble1670 Re:I thought they're making money... (190 comments)

Witness MS trying to make it sound like Linux is stealing trillions of dollars from them, or the religious majority of the country claiming there's a "War on Christmas."

um, what?

yesterday
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

farble1670 Re:Good news (406 comments)

Droids controlled from a single point of failure

"... under 12 parsecs .."
an artificial moon that they decided to name "death star"
ewoks
that cheesy scene where obi-wan and vader showed up as force-ghosts
muppet yoda
hammil's terrible acting
the most stereotypical villian ever (deep scary voice, a black helmet and cap ... and so on)
the piles, and piles of action figures and ships that have ended up in land fills

THAT crap was awful.

the problem is, as it keeps getting stated is that when we watched Star Wars 4-6, we were kids so all that stuff didn't bother us. when we watch 1-3, we were adults and it did. 1-3 are not great movies, but let's face it, 1-3 are essentially the same style and quality as 4-6. they have a larger special effects budgets, and more marketing. that's it.

yesterday
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

farble1670 Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (348 comments)

I would consider this as consent, dot period.

i think the argument is that she couldn't refuse since the professor was in a position of power.

yesterday
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

farble1670 Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (296 comments)

i think it's naive to assume that the people developing and deploying DRM actually think it can't be broken. they probably know a hell of a lot more about the various technologies than we do.

yesterday
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

farble1670 Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (296 comments)

Oh. I completely agree. There's no reason to have DRM on Netflix now that the DRM has been broken on BluRay.

netflix HAS to include DRM. it's contractually bound to do so in it's content licenses.

the point of DRM is not to make it absolutely impossible to copy. the point is to make it non-obvious for the average user (something more than File->Save as ...). DRM will always be broken and everyone with 1/2 a brain knows this.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

farble1670 Re:I've been trying to hire a Senior EE for a YEAR (501 comments)

I've been trying to hire a Senior-level EE for over a year. I have interviewed 2 candidates every week during that time, so basically 100 people.

that's a meaningless statement without knowing the wage / benefits / incentives you are offering.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

farble1670 Re:You see that too? (501 comments)

Democrats traditionally favor large government and using government assistance programs to buy votes of immigrants

republicans are traditionally staunch supporters of military spending. it doesn't get any bigger government than that.

the large v. small government is rhetoric. both parties favor large government when it serves their needs. public healthcare wasn't opposed because ideologically it's a step toward "big government", it was opposed because it might upset a very lucrative business investments of upper-class support of many politicians (insurance industry and healthcare).

buy votes of immigrants who in effect become their clients

the votes are a (welcome) side effect, but the real goal is to supply big business with never ending supply of cheap workers.

2 days ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

farble1670 Re:In inevitable questions of why... (163 comments)

It's a crazy idea. I don't think it's going to fly particularly well, but hey, if they want to try something unique and crazy, I'm not going to stop them.

it's not a question of stopping them. it's a question of whether you are going to give them money. will you?

3 days ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

farble1670 Re:Now if I could just type... (163 comments)

Instead of moaning how bad of an idea this is, YOU make something that you think would work.

it already has been made. USB stick computers. plug it into the HDMI slot where it doesn't move. bluetooth mouse, keyboard. done.
http://www.amazon.com/Hossen-M...

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

farble1670 Re:Cognitive Dissonance (321 comments)

A restaurant filming me does not bother me at all. Why? Because they don't do anything with it other than in the case of a crime.

seriously? how do you think all of the celebrity footage gets released? sort of like the film of Jay Z getting punched by his sister in law (or whatever it was) in the elevator?

the reason why nothing gets done with security footage of you is that nobody gives a crap about you. google glass won't change that.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

farble1670 Re:Usefulness? (321 comments)

you need to go check out the latest google translate. point your camera at any text and instantly translate it into 8+ languages in real time.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

farble1670 Re:Less Google, more cowbell (321 comments)

but don't ever expect me to be OK with people walking around with those on their faces.

personally, i don't expect anything other than for you to mind your own business.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

farble1670 Re:Less creepiness (321 comments)

There are subtle but important differences.

the difference is that w/ glass, you know you (may) be recorded. without glass, you have no idea. covert recording devices are numerous and powerful. if someone *wants* to record you, they will.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

farble1670 Re:Size (321 comments)

You think is OK for some Glasshole to walk into a restaurant where you are enjoying a public yet private dinner with a friend, record it and put it up on the Intertubes? You are OK with that. I mean, it is a "public" place, right?

i'd be flattered if someone cared enough about me to do so. anyone that uses the term "glasshole" is utterly naive about the technology and has serious misconceptions about what privacy they have while in public places. if you aren't getting recorded and blasted on youtube today, it's not because it can't be done, it's because nobody cares. if someone wants to record you in public, they will ... and every month a new product comes out that's smaller, faster, has more memory, better frame rate, higher resolution, better zoom. there's no law against it, it's legal. it happens and will continue to happen.

3 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

farble1670 both ... all? (241 comments)

If Tizen development speeds up a bit, the OS could become a stand-in for Android

wrong, samsung will make both. they made 52 different smartphone models last year. samsung has enough money to do everything 10x, and they do.

4 days ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

farble1670 Re:Wow! Cool! (92 comments)

Hollywood has set the bar so low you'd need trenching equipment not to clear it.

the bar as always been low.

old farts (like me) do this thing where they remember only the good movies from their childhood. across a lifetime there are many memorable movies. movies were better when i was young! what they don't remember are the thousands of duds, of course, because they weren't memorable movies.

5 days ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

farble1670 Re:"Forget about the risk that machines pose to us (227 comments)

The doom and gloom scenarios all hinge on this idea that the AI is going to be so much smarter and more powerful than we are. That's where it's dipping way into just crazy speculation. Based on what we know about intelligent beings, the system is full of flaws that slow everything down.

it's not like we have to build AI from the ground up. we have a prototype already. it's called the brain. your brain is just a meat processor. it's a system of cells, interconnections, chemicals, and electric pulses. all of that can be modeled in software, and run a million times faster, run itself in parallel, interface with other electronic systems in vastly superior ways, nearly limitless, perfect storage, and so on.

For all we know ...

think about what humanity knew 100 years ago, and what they know now. no one is saying absolutely AI will threaten humanity. people are suggesting it might, and considering the stakes, we should be proceed with caution.

I'd wager the first truly sentient AI's will be quite a bit duller

one idea is that once software can improve itself things will go from 0-60 very quickly. that's why people suggest we need a plan before even the dullest AIs are developed.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

farble1670 Re:Core misunderstanding (227 comments)

unless you actually fucking MADE it evil.

did you mean "made to do harm"? people do and will continue to make machines that do harm, and if giving them some semblance of "AI" makes them more effective, they will do it. people are "evil", and we build machines to help us do our bidding. i hope that humans aren't in conflict with other humans in 200 years, but i doubt it.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

farble1670 Re:"Forget about the risk that machines pose to us (227 comments)

where i come from, discussing and addressing problems before they are a threat is a good idea.

did we learn anything from global warming? we denied that up to the point where it's essentially too late. would have been good to be talking about global warming a hundred years ago wouldn't it have? humans need to get accustomed to looking at the big picture if we are to survive.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

farble1670 Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

malice

malice isn't a requirement to do harm. in fact, indifference is more dangerous.

about two weeks ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  about 8 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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