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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

meerling Similar to (35 comments)

It's kind of like telling someone that their Great Great Grandfather died and expecting them to congratulate them on their promptness.

5 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

meerling Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

A shootout with an autodrive car. Sure the criminal could have the car driving to a destination while they hang out the window and shoot. Of course, the car would go the legal speed, stop at all lights and stop signs, and generally be much safer than any car driven by a human, much less one shooting or getting shot at.
Not to mention it will probably have a police override allowing them to remotely either stop it, or redirect it to a place of their choosing. I wouldn't be surprised if it would even tell the police it's intended route and destination if they asked it.
It will also probably have an emergency responder reaction where if there are sirens from police, fire, or ambulance it pulls over to the side and stops, as that is the law for humans. And as the poster mentioned, a partner could always drive a car so the one riding shotgun could still shoot.

Using it for bombings. What's so different from sending an autodrive vehicle to someplace with a bomb in it as opposed to sending a regular vehicle with a bomb and then leaving it before it blows, or even having some ignorant stooge drive it for you? After all, it's not like you can make the autodrive violate it's programming and plow through a crowd or into a mall. If you really wanted to do that, you could just rig a normal car up with remote controls. It's not that hard or expensive, they do it a lot on mythbusters, so it's not a strange concept to most people either.

Of course, the FBI has way too many people that need to deal with technology that really don't understand it in the slightest. Years ago I had to disappoint an FBI agent that I was helping by explaining to him how things really worked. He was getting samples from all the different printers so that they could make a database to identify what printer printed something like they used to do with typewriters. I had to explain to him that the fonts are totally programmable and have no unique characteristics to that printer. Also, that the inks and toners are actually made by only a handful of companies, and are again, not unique to the printer. He was very disappointing with the information.

about a week ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

meerling Re:I wanted to write about this place (424 comments)

That's nice, but it really doesn't apply to reviews of any kind. After all, if you can't talk about the problems, screwups, and deficiencies, you'll never be able to improve, and there's a high probability that things will just get worse.

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

meerling Re:Tales of Asgard... (588 comments)

I guess with all that shapechanging gender & species alteration for sex makes Loki a Trisexual. If it's sexual, he'll try it. Only Barbie and Ken are safe from his attentions.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

meerling Re:Congratulations? (588 comments)

Since when has Marvel, or DC, ever stuck to that promise that the dead are dead except when dealing with characters that were at best only tertiary.
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about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

meerling Re:Congratulations? (588 comments)

Because despite having screwed things up from a mythological perspective, they are now trashing their own canon and existing continuity, or at least that farce they consider continuity.

This will probably piss off a lot of fans, not because they dislike women, but more because they are making massive changes to a favorite character, or in some perspectives, a blatant ripoff of the 'real' character.

about two weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

meerling Math? (202 comments)

"Our observable Universe is a pretty impressive entity: extending 46 billion light-years in all directions, filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies and having been around for nearly 14 billion years since the Big Bang."

The observable universe is observable because there has been time for the light to travel that far, which can not exceed the age of the universe. Therefor, if the universe is 14 billion years old, then the furthest we could see in any direction is only 14 billion light years, giving a maximum, diameter of 28 billion light years.
So why does the summary say it's 46 billion L.Y. across and only 14 billion Y. old?

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

meerling Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

Doesn't China still have a 1 child law.

about two weeks ago
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Mapping a Monster Volcano

meerling Re:And this doesn't seem like a bad idea? (105 comments)

Yes, those explosions are really surface blasts, even the ones up to 25m deep.
It's kind of when you scratch an itch, it's not like it's going to break a bone or anything.
As to being the equivalent of a magnitude 2, so what. A magnitude 2.5 is in the you won't even feel it category as it's less than light which doesn't even start until 3.
A magnitude 1 is said to be the equivalent of blowing up 6 ounces of TNT.

Of course, if you still want to be afraid of that, I know a few dozen "invasive species" you can over-react about, and let's not forget the microscopic amounts alcohol in many of the drinks and foods that kids consume. :p

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

meerling Re:That does it (116 comments)

Funny thing that, it's mostly people without the google glass that are acting like the last 7 letters of your post.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

meerling Re:That does it (116 comments)

This has nothing to do with google glass, other than a headline whore trying to hype his article.
Any video capture device, like every smartphone, security camera, and other form of video camera on the planet can be used for this.

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

meerling Re:Failsafe? (468 comments)

No, that would wreck the entire engineering of getting rid of the windows in the first place.
Besides, there are display systems with a reliability that is more than adequate, and it's probably redundant in some fashion just to be sure.

Hey, maybe they have a couple of Oculus Rifts stored in the glove compartment just in case the big screen goes wonky, or they want to play a quick game of Battlefield before leaving international airspace. :p

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

meerling Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

It's already known, and has been for decades now, there are lazy irresponsible & incompetent judges that keep pre-signed blank warrants in their desk for the cops to grab without bugging them.

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

meerling Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Since the dog can't smell memory, it must have been trained to smell something about the electronic components. That's bound to trigger a LOT of false positives in the modern world.

This might be a fun thing to do. Get a lot of old flash drives, sd cards, and the like, the old super cheap ones of course, and stick them everywhere. Under the carpet, taped to the bottom of the drawers, in the hem of the curtain, etc. After 30 or 40 of them, somebody is going to get sick of playing that game, and it might be the dog, If you're really mean, store a picture of a treasure map on each one, and maybe some lists of random hexadecimal numbers.

It'll drive them nuts. To really get the point across when they ask, just tell them the truth, that it's a joke, there's absolutely nothing of value stored on them, and yes, you want them back and undamaged. :P

about two weeks ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

meerling Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

Sorry to hear you have such a fragile ego.
Too bad you would rather do some rather unhealthy mental things than apply a little skepticism towards some unsubstantiated and extraordinary claims.
Do you always have these psychological breaks when someone questions the hype-engine?
I guess the various summer guaranteed blockbuster movies tend to be a great source of unanticipated despair for you.

It boils down to this. Somebody with relatively little experience and training in a particular field has just claim he can outdo the activities of numerous others in the field, including full blown corporations, by an industry shocking factor of 10, and yet has shown no substantiated proof of this amazing deed, and yet some people want to lambaste the skeptics for demanding proof before cowtowing to the new supposed paradigm of 3d printing.
This is a case where his age is an obvious and extremely blatant indication of his unavoidably limited experience and training, which doesn't preclude him from having done exactly what he claims, but without the necessary proof to back it up, it's just more hype and not substantiation. Had this been a 34 year old landscaper that had been messing with tech for the last 8 years, and got into experimenting with 3d printing in the last 3, would you still be hailing these wild claims as the word of god and attacking those that want proof, or would you have instead be heckling the upstart that dared to claim he's better than everyone else in that field?

Somebody is being pretty arrogant and foolish, and it's not the skeptics.

Now it is possible the kid has found something that everyone else missed, it happens all the time in innovation, but don't put money on it until there's proof since most of those types of claims are at best huge exaggerations, and sometimes even outright lies.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

meerling Re:why? (346 comments)

Can, Should, and Will Only Due So With A Valid Court Order are very different things.

Sure they can, but how do you think every user of Google products will think if any company out there can say, "oops, didn't mean to send that, google, go fix my screw up and delete that from peoples inboxs."?

Should they do it? Maybe, but again, at this point we only have Goldman Sachs word that they 'should'. Maybe their entire story was fabricated and it was proof sent out by a whistleblower. Maybe it wasn't sent by a whistleblower, but it is proof of illegal activity that should be turned over to the appropriate legal or regulatory agency. We only have the companies word for it, and do companies ever lie about stuff like that?

So Google is going with "Will only due so with a valid court order" on this. Good choice. You won't piss off the customers because a court made you do it, and you won't get yourself in legal trouble because a court made you do it. Yep, this is the right choice if they have any functioning brain cells at all.

There's also a fourth option of just plain refuse. Claim the mail system is sacrosanct and it won't be messed with. Of course there are two big problems with this. First is almost nobody will believe you. Second is you are then looking at a big as legal battle you probably won't win because you are not the federal government. That's why I didn't list this one in the beginning, though I did mention it at the end to avoid having a million responses pointing this one out.

That's my say, disagree or whatever ;)

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

meerling Re:why? (346 comments)

Good point. What if it's proof of illegal activity. The account holder should forward it to the police, several different news outlets, and wikileaks just in case. ;P

And then do it again using something other than Gmail just in case they put up a filter to prevent that.

As far as I'm concerned, Goldman Sachs totally screwed up by sending confidential information to a member of the public in the first place. Their error is not sufficient reason for Google to panic or violate the trust of their entire user base just to fix someone elses stupidity.

about three weeks ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

meerling Re:Longtime resident (203 comments)

I hate the sound of those whistles

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

meerling Re:A prime example (268 comments)

Don't forget to cremate the remains, and mix the ashes with concrete and use it to make blocks that are then dumped into several different deep ocean trenches.

about a month ago
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Searching For Ocean Life On Another World

meerling Re:Contamination (49 comments)

"Life is imperfect."
Yet extraordinarily tenacious and perverse.

about 1 month ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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