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Google Patents Fooling Friends With Snooping, Chatbots

metalmonkey Automate (128 comments)

Step 1 create a social network website.
Step 2 Now, just hook the suggested comments together.
Step 3 create a few billion user accounts.
Step 4 IPO based on a few billion users.
Step 5 profit.

about a year ago

California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

metalmonkey Protecting corporate interest (856 comments)

Corporate need a way to limit peoples ability to cheaply manufacture their own products and replacement parts vs buying new plastic crap with high profit margins.
This excuse will work fine thanks.

about a year and a half ago

Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

metalmonkey Spaceship (127 comments)

When reading the summary I thought - it would take a very long while to print a spaceship nano particle at a time (or micro particle as it turns out).
Only on reading the article did it clarify its a 'model' spaceship.

about 2 years ago

Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing

metalmonkey sifi clothing (115 comments)

This is the real reason for those jumpsuits common in depictions of the future.
If everyone looks the same they won't be as easily tracked.

about 2 years ago

EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default

metalmonkey Re:Someone has to pay (124 comments)

Is the EEF jumping on every other manufacture who SELL Windows with similar crapware?
With a free OS it's not so much to for them to ask for some ad revenue, which can be turned off.

more than 2 years ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

metalmonkey Re:Hah! Take that, my bank! (497 comments)

Well they technically did give feedback, the text input field in html had the character limit.
I didn't notice it was truncated when typing - easy to miss as text box had characters beyond the max displayable characters. They probably were hashing probably a designer just put the limit on the text box.
The input field in the login page did not have the same limit.

more than 2 years ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

metalmonkey Re:Hah! Take that, my bank! (497 comments)

americanexpress was the worst, the 'Set password' page input field was limited to the maximum number of characters however the 'Login' page was not.

So if my password is: 'myreallylongpassword', it would appear accept my password. But it would be only only use 'myreallylong' as input.
When I go to login and enter 'myreallylongpassword' it took the whole password as input and denied me access, since it didn't equal to 'myreallylong'.

I went through quite a few password resets before I figured this out.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Patents Whacking Your Phone To Silence It

metalmonkey Blackberry (214 comments)

I have not looked into the spec - but I'm sure my blackberry stops ringing when I take it out of my pocket (not holster), pick it up or start shuffelling around in my bag for it. I have previously thought 'is this accelerometers or the ir detector' (same one that turns off the screen when i've got it at my ear).

Maybe I'm just imagining it, however my thoughts were that it would be fairly obvious to use accelerometer for this job. Not exactly a 'whack' but a marked change in accelerometer patterns of movement shortly after ringing starts, which would include a whack.

more than 2 years ago

New Flat Lens Focuses Without Distortion

metalmonkey Re:Its all about latitude... (202 comments)

I haven't heard it referred to as lattitude but I think you are referring to dynamic range. For a sunset scenes where it is pretty much static this can be acheived with a tripod and multiple exposures taken seconds apart. This is quite a popular technique referred to as HDR photography. The remaining issue is how to display the captured data. LCD monitors are generally 24bits per pixel. The tone mapping required is a bit of an art to get right - there is plenty of software that can be used for this.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

metalmonkey Windows not 100% either on that hardware. (780 comments)

Intel Thunderbolt drivers are particularly poor - not supporting hot-plug in windows yet.
This is not really a problem with the hardware itself just Intel/Microsofts priorities are not aimed on thunderbold, considering it isn't on that much hardware at the moment.

How would you then expect that it will work immediatly on linux - where typically the developers don't get pre-release hardware or even specs.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

metalmonkey Re:Paid for (398 comments)

What I'm dreading the most is remote desktop (or other remote access).
1. sometimes the windows key is not forwarded to the remote machine - brings up the local start menu. If I'm using windows 8 then my whole desktop gets cleared out for the metro search. If the remote machine is running windows 8 I'll have to figure out another way to bring up the start menu search equivilant.
2. if it is a slow connection, clearing and re-drawing the entire desktop area every time I need to open another app twice - once to bring up metro and again to go back to the application I just started.

more than 2 years ago

Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists

metalmonkey Re:This Announcement Hot on Heels of Bilderbergers (759 comments)

Once you accept that this is "Science" - they will present you the "solution".

It is actually 2 different groups one group 'the scientists' do the science and another group 'society/politics' has to come up with the solution. It is not a valid argument to ignore the first group because you don't think you like what the second group may think (BTW: we are all in the second group).

I suggest that if 1% of the planet's human inhabitants did not disproportionatley gobble and discard 90% of the wealth, resources and energy, that there'd be plenty to go around in a reasonably sustainable way - and quite comfortably.

Good suggestion, fellow member of society, not a complete horror was it? This is pretty much what plan A is/should be. Once we accept the science we can then start to plan for solutions that are not 'complete horrors'.

more than 2 years ago

The Mercedes-Benz 'Cloaking Device'

metalmonkey Re:That's not how science works (163 comments)

Probably a better idea to put the 'beta-stage' tech into cars that are:
1. less models sold - more effort and inspection can go into each model to make sure its done correctly, less cost if there are any issues for recall, some of the newer components may not be easily sourced in higher quantities as yet as production is being ramped up/perfected.
2. luxury car has higher cost and margin so the additional costs of the new tech can be offset.

more than 2 years ago

Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

metalmonkey Made up by RIAA (777 comments)

Another attack on music piracy. This is an attempt to put the fear of a ruined life into peoples minds when they are downloading music. Designed to increase the perceived risks involved, they have tried mass and high profile litigation to make people fear being fined. This approach seems a lot cheaper a few made up stories with some publicity would have a similar or greater effect. And the beauty of the link to child porn is that everyone is guilty no questions asked, and the associated stigma is much worse than a fine.
If this is not the case I hope I haven't given them any new ideas...

more than 2 years ago

Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

metalmonkey 1st address image manulpulation (676 comments)

1st ban or enforce disclaimers where images of the models bodies have been modified to shrink waist lines and exaggerate breasts etc. At least prevent from girls striving for the impossible.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

metalmonkey Re:Youtube (304 comments)

The other day I found a message from google in my gmail spam box. However it was the notice that privacy policy was changing for my apps domain, I put this down to fair algorithm rather than intent since the privacy change was otherwise pretty well advertised. I guess I could have gone the other way depending on my temperament at the time.

more than 2 years ago


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