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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

freeze128 Re:Time to invent a robot-killer (112 comments)

There is already a robot-killer... A human. Just flip the power switch and it's useless. Better yet, it can be captured and become part of your own fighting force. Finally, the board game Othello meets real life.

yesterday
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

freeze128 Re:So is that a yes or a no? (84 comments)

SSL can be insecure if used improperly, but if properly set up, it can be secure.

Thank you

Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive!

2 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

freeze128 Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (199 comments)

Not only that, but a couple days ago, CNET reported that although Gorilla glass is tougher, manufacturers now know this and are ordering phones with THINNER glass to reduce weight. The thinner glass breaks more easily, so the improvement in toughness is negated.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

freeze128 Re:Obstacles (140 comments)

Yes, you probably could.

And using GPS, it would detect that it is not able to continue it's programmed patrol route, and it would signal for human backup to investigate.

If you really want to defeat these, use the "cry wolf" method: Immobilize the bot, wait for backup to arrive and right it, wait until backup leaves, and then do it all again. After a dozen or so times, the security service will deem that these bots are useless, and just stop using them.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

freeze128 Re:Halloween (140 comments)

Weebles?

4 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

freeze128 simulate it? (63 comments)

Is there some way to simulate synesthesia? Drop acid? I kinda want to try it now.

5 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

freeze128 Re:just kill them (129 comments)

It's hard enough fixing people's computers. You can't be expected to fix their marriage as well.

5 days ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

freeze128 Re:Superstar we are not. (215 comments)

I agree with that. RockStars are musicians or artists. The best ones are freekin wacked right out of their skulls. Axl Rose is a good example. Sure, he is a great songwriter, but his offstage antics are an abomination, and you're lucky if you can even GET him to go onstage and complete a set.

Programmers are asked to be consistently reliable. If they EVER, and I mean EVER, pulled any of the shit that rockstars do, they would be fired in seconds.

about a week ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

freeze128 Re:Editors schmeditors (323 comments)

That's no bar... It's a SPACE STATION!

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

freeze128 Re:This is what the Free Market is for (323 comments)

I don't mean to judge you, but if you're having sex with the chocolate instead of eating it.... You're doing it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

freeze128 What's the reason? (132 comments)

Why would a drone pilot need to fly near an airport? Those things can go anywhere. This just doesn't make any sense that there are that many drone pilots that figure that they need to fly near the airport.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

freeze128 Stupid cheaters (320 comments)

If you're going to cheat, at least make it look like you didn't.

The cheating students who copied code from the net obviously know about the copy and paste functions, but they also need to know about the global search and replace functions. You can easily change variable names, function names, methods, etc. to at least make it LOOK like you wrote original code.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

freeze128 This is getting weird. (251 comments)

Can a life-form be "evidence"? Can a Grouper be compelled to testify against itself? Where are we?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

freeze128 Re: It's Ironic... (265 comments)

Don't the police already have a method of obtaining your financial history/data? Why would they need the actual card?

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

freeze128 Re:Other risks (221 comments)

Next time you drive to a restaurant, make sure to leave a snake in your car. It doesn't even have to be a big or poisonous snake. If a thief gets into your car, he will immediately jump out again in terror.

Of course, you may want to warn the valet.

about a month ago
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Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

freeze128 Re:Um... (145 comments)

So Apple really just doesn't want you to use an iPhone as the onboard GPS controlled brain of an autonomous drone, which is a shame, because it would be perfect for that.

about a month ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

freeze128 Re:Go T-Mo (112 comments)

Really? I have had several Verizon phones and bluetooth, wifi, and GPS have worked fine on them. Perhaps you have just been using the built-in crapware that Verizon ships with their phones. Also, even though the phones ship with a locked bootloader, I have had no trouble unlocking the bootloader in order to install a custom ROM like cyanogenmod, or rooting the existing rom, or both.

One shady thing that Verizon has done is to order phones from the manufacturer without an FM radio reciever, or with it disabled in hardware, so you can't just use it to listen to FM music being broadcast over the air. Instead, you have to use some streaming music service, which may be limited by your data plan.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

freeze128 Re:Hard to indoctrinate... (553 comments)

You're right. The workforce needs more men like Commander Shepard.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

freeze128 Worse, or better? (720 comments)

I was thinking that an ordering kiosk would be helpful. In the McD drive-thru, while you're placing your order over the intercom, there is a screen where you can visually verify your order details without having the minimum wage employee trying to read it back to you. Inside the store, when you place an order, the kid behind the counter ALWAYS echos back the order to you... Even if you order a small drink. Just having a customer-facing display would be useful.

I have long believed that automation at the Subway sandwich shop would alleviate a lot of awkwardness and misunderstood orders. It would also speed up ordering for the customers that have actually been there before and know what they want on their sub BEFORE getting to the counter.

about a month ago

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