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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

mpaque O noes! (469 comments)

Software in a wearable gadget that does what my brain used to be able to do? Oh yes, fear this software! Run away, run away!

The last thing we want individuals to be able to do is have access to cognitive assistive software.

Besides, facial recognition of members of the lumpen proletariat is a power reserved to our corporate and government masters. Allowing the proles to do the same thing turns surveillance into sousveillance, which is obviously unacceptible.

The software should be banned. We should also mandate surgery to as to prevent anyone from using their internal processing capacity to reconnize faces. Harrison Bergeron had it right..

about a year ago

A Makerbot In Every Classroom

mpaque This will end well... (152 comments)

Great idea. Record sales and profits for Makerbot, and a broken-down dust catcher in the corner of every classroom. Meanwhile, the teachers will still be sending notes home at the beginning of each school year asking for donations of paper, pens and pencils, and other basic supplies.

about a year ago

Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola

mpaque Re:Obligatory Steve Jobs quote (208 comments)

And I think of the wonders XEROX brought to us every day when I fire up my Star and telnet about the Internet.

about a year ago

Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

mpaque Internet vectored infection! (261 comments)

This could become worse than the Dancing Plague of 1518 or the June Bug epidemic of 1962!

Worse, this shows every sign of being a hysterical contagion, capable of being transmitted over the Internet and infecting it's victims through contact with their computers, tablets, and smartphones!

The good news is that I know of a possible cure, and if I can reach my Kickstarter goal of $500,000, I can begin work on a treatment for the unfortunate victims...

about a year ago

German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

mpaque More fingerprints in the Real World... (303 comments)

Just yesterday, I picked up a water glass in a restaurant. I also used the silverware.

5 bucks to a busboy, and someone could have gotten a pretty clear set of my prints. Oops.

Worried about someone getting YOUR fingerprints? Wear gloves everywhere. Bring along a handkerchief to wipe everything down if you momentarily have the gloves off.

Low tech doesn't mean no tech.

about a year ago

Unboxing Boston Dynamics' DARPA-Ready Atlas Robot

mpaque Something misssing... (42 comments)

What? No Bear McCreary soundtrack?

about a year ago

Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?

mpaque Bonus! (157 comments)

As a bonus, the robots can protect us from The Terrible Secret of Space.

I just hope they don't get all philosophical. Remember the lesson of Bomb #20...

about a year ago

The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

mpaque Re:Or... (341 comments)

> when and if sea level actually starts to rise... we'll talk

Water level measurements from the San Francisco gage (CA Station ID: 9414290) indicate that mean sea level rose by an average of 2.01 millimeters (mm) per year from 1897 to 2006, equivalent to a change of eight inches in the last century. The rate of rise has increased to about 3 mm per year over the past 15 years.

This is the oldest tidal guage in continuous operation in the United States, and is located near the Golden Gate.


about a year ago

NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

mpaque Re:total stupidity (634 comments)

Don't worry. The remaining system administrators will properly triage all the work among the remaining admins.

They'll just punt all the routine boring stuff like security audits and access control management to concentrate on the more urgent firefighting, like user requests that would otherwise hold things up, and more visible projects like those new TPS cover sheets.

about a year and a half ago

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

mpaque Bah. False positives... (290 comments)

Bah. They can "collate" all they like, but they are swamped by the false positive (and false negative) problem.

Of course, it sucks to be a false positive, but air travel is overrated...

about a year ago

After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

mpaque Teardown comparison of fake, real Apple chargers (457 comments)

Pardon me for interrupting the usual /. dialogue with something relevant to the original topic, but Ken Shirriff did a couple of teardowns a year ago that point out exactly why the counterfeit chargers are Not Safe. The safety issues revolve around poor isolation practices between the line and USB sides of some USB chargers.

Major items include
1) lack of "double insulated" construction in the internal transformer.
2) parts placement of line and USB side components on a single circuit board such that paths may be readily formed between line and USB sides from moisture, construction errors, or component failure.
3) inadequate margins between line side and USB side in overall layout of the charger internal components.



about a year and a half ago

How Silicon Valley's Tech Reign Will End

mpaque Re:3rd Gen Valley Native here (395 comments)

"Where have you lived where your neighbors shunned you for not belonging to the "local church"?"

Idaho Falls, Idaho. They don't much hold with all that whacky stuff the liberals down in Pocatello do. Boy, do I wish I were kidding.

about a year and a half ago

Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

mpaque Nothing to see here. Move along... move along... (274 comments)

And in other news, the bill has been declared DOA on arrival at the House of Representatives, where the Speaker of the House has announced that they intend to do their own thing, perhaps later this year, or possibly next year where a bill can be used as fodder for the 2014 campaigns.


about a year and a half ago

OS X Mountain Lion Review

mpaque Re:Weekly stack ranking! (424 comments)

Gah! Wrong article. So much for using a cat as a personal assistant...

more than 2 years ago

OS X Mountain Lion Review

mpaque Weekly stack ranking! (424 comments)

The best part will be the weekly stack ranking and 360 degree review sessions.

"You are an A/10! Please vacate the house at once!"

more than 2 years ago

Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

mpaque Re:Antitrust? (224 comments)

Absolute not-hire. Even if the employee came to the company on their own, they couldn't extend an offer.

Correct. At one point I was told that I would have to quit my current job before I could be interviewed for a position at another of these companies. Naturally, applying for a position while newly unemployed would handicap my salary negotiating ability. The businesses viewed the anti-poaching deals as convenient for their HR operation and containing payroll costs. No pesky counter-offers...

more than 2 years ago

What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

mpaque Re:No Assembler? (624 comments)

No ASM programming?

That would be Knuth, of course. MIX, or, starting Volume 4 and the eventual Ultimate Edition of Volumes 1-3, MMIX.
The development of hardware capable of using this assembler is an exercise left to the reader.

more than 3 years ago

US Pumps $175M Into Advanced Auto Fuel Research

mpaque Re:make full time 32 hours a week (200 comments)

They aren't the same thing. Your example is inefficient because it uses more labour to achieve the same result - a shorter working week would get less done but require less work to do it, which isn't less efficient.

Nah. We'll get the efficiency back via unpaid overtime.

more than 3 years ago

Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

mpaque Re:Fuel Tax Works Fine (932 comments)

Yeah! This'll fix em! Every time one of those electric vehicles pulls into a gas station, their mileage tax gets added onto... their... gas... bill. Oh. Never mind...

more than 3 years ago

Forty Years of P=NP?

mpaque Hazards of P=NP (222 comments)

I'm pretty sure that if you prove P=NP, that there may be consequences. It you are very, very lucky, Bob from the Laundry will pop by and arrange for a new career for you, or at least keep your brain from being eaten.

If you're not so lucky, well, pointing a loaded theorem at the ... things ... that cast shadows on the walls of Plato's cave may make them pay attention. This is, however, a dangerous process, because many of the shadow-casters are unclear on the distinction between pay attention and free lunch buffet here. [1]

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Stross#The_.22Bob_Howard_.E2.80.94_Laundry.22_series

more than 3 years ago


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