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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

fractoid Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

Seems to me that the problem is people wanting to complain over nothing. So what if an album (and it's not like it's something offensive) gets added to your iTunes account as a 'purchased' product?

Maybe Apple could have added a new category with a separate list of "Free Media" or something, but seriously? I'm no fan of Apple but this is a storm in a molehill.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

fractoid Re:HAL 9000 (120 comments)

In addition to the other suggestions made here, one use case for machine lip reading is tracking multiple simultaneous conversations in a crowd. You could theoretically have searchable index of anything anyone said in view of a particular camera (whereas once more than 2-3 people are talking at once, it becomes almost impossible to separate out their individual speech.)

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

fractoid Re:I truly hope not (182 comments)

Fundamental concepts, like books, that have been around since the dawn of civilisation are generally not patentable. Prior art or something.

So things like rounded corners, for example?

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

fractoid Re:An Unbiased Opinion, Eh? (182 comments)

Leader of a large corporation says that corporation's product is essential to the future of the human race.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

fractoid Re:And it looks abysmal too (132 comments)

Exactly. I hate seeing 3D printing touted as a mass production technique when in fact it's terrible for that. Traditional mass production methods like injection molding, vacuum forming, milling, etc. are intrinsically better in most cases and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

3D printing is great for prototyping and very short production runs, not for mass production.

about two weeks ago
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Learning About Enea's Real Time Linux Embedded OS (Video)

fractoid Re: Commercial alternatives (27 comments)

How about benefits to people who actually create innovative solutions to real commercial problems instead of Yet Another Ripoff Of Software I Don't Want To Pay For?

about three weeks ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

fractoid Re: Job security and your title (115 comments)

Exactly. Who the hell pays an "evangelist" unless it's for their own product? Generally the hard part is getting them to shut up...

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

fractoid So it's like Google Wallet? (187 comments)

Any idea whether it'll work internationally? Android 4.4 has NFC transaction support but it's only actually supported in the U.S.

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

fractoid Re:What's so American (531 comments)

They think "reds under the bed" worked for decades during the cold war, and it's been just long enough that it might work again.

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

fractoid Re:Now what could go wrong? (376 comments)

and that's what should require a strong burden of proof on the part of the copyright holder.

Not any more! That's kind of the point of these pushes to alter the way copyrights are enforced online: They want to shift the burden of proof from the copyright holder to the alleged infringer.

about a month and a half ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:We live in an extraordinary era in medicine! (105 comments)

Actually involuntary euthanasia = murder. That's kind of the reason that euthanasia isn't legal. It's potentially very hard to prove (especially when the patient has some cognitive disability) whether or not it was in fact voluntary or not.

about 1 month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:That's more than reversing the effect (105 comments)

Well, if a substance is affecting your brain then it's gonna be either covalent or ionic. There's not really a lot of other options.

about 1 month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:As has been said before (105 comments)

They'll just want to read our brains, electronically.

Of course, before they can read our brains they'd have to be removed and prepared.

Like, diced.

about 1 month ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

A machine that has actually failed in some way has proven that it is not "100x more reliable" than anything. It is broken. It is no longer a matter of probabilities.

No it hasn't. A machine that will perform a given task correctly 9999/10000 times is 100x more reliable than a human that will only perform that same task correctly 9900/10000 times. A rare combination of factors that make the machine fail don't make it absolutely broken, any more than the human is "broken and no longer a matter of probabilities" if they make a mistake sometimes.

Believing that machines can be "aware" is the failure here.

I'm not sure what metaphysical definition you're using for 'aware'. When a control system (biological or not) gathers information via a sensor and processes that information in a way that can affect the system's behaviour, then it's 'aware' of the thing that sensor measures.

As for the straw-man argument about the stroke victim, consider this alternate scenario: You've got a passenger in the back seat of your conventional, manual-controlled car and you're heading to the hospital. You have a seizure and lose vision in both eyes. You're "aware" that your video sensors have failed, and refuse to drive further. Would I, the passenger in the back seat, prefer to be perfectly safe with the car pulled over, or would I prefer that you kept going despite failed sensors (maybe with me shouting out "left a bit!" "right a bit!" to try and guide you)?

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Yep. I have it on my manual Supra, touching the clutch or brake will drop it out so if you have to change gears you have to hit 'resume' afterwards to turn it back on with the same speed setpoint. Once you get used to it, it's a pain driving without it.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

fractoid Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

Oh right, I re-read your post and I see where you were going with it now. I concur. As for 'evil', I'm not sure I believe in any moral absolutes but I definitely agree with the sentiment that broken people do exist who have no place (or a very limited place which must be tightly constrained) in human society.

about 2 months ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

fractoid Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

It's more a matter of there's nothing to make them certain that it *won't* work. Having something like this would be a significant tactical advantage, so it's worth a shot.

about 2 months ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

fractoid Re: not again! (162 comments)

"You don't find him. He finds you."

about 2 months ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

fractoid Re:But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

Both of those were pressurised water vessel reactors. Read up on the design and it's literally insane, "hey let's make a nuclear reactor so that if it ever has a leak it is guaranteed to melt down and probably explode." That design was never not going to end badly. Discarding all nuclear power based on those examples is like declaring 4-wheeled vehicles to be permanently infeasible based on the Ford Pinto.

about 2 months ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

fractoid Re:How big is it? (184 comments)

I wonder if population studies have been done, how does the ecosystem recover after the algae bloom?

I haven't checked either, but I'd guess that the water will gradually absorb oxygen from the air until it reaches a livable level, at which point the surrounding ocean ecosystem will recolonize it.

about 2 months ago

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