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Rigging Up Baby

s1lverl0rd Re:What am I missing here? (117 comments)

First, you seem to be seeing these devices as replacements for proper parenting. I'm not so sure that's what they're for. They're really just an improved version of the baby monitor, which is in turn an improved version of sleeping near the baby's room and praying you'll wake up when something's wrong. That's all. There are some bells, whistles, statistics and graphs, but it's just a fancy baby monitor, in the same way the Nest is just a fancy thermostat.

Second, there's quite a bit of literal survivorship bias in your comment. Most people you've met haven't unexpectedly kicked the bucket when they were a few months old, but that you don't know any doesn't mean it doesn't happen. The good news is that less babies die nowadays than there used to - the infant mortality rate used to be six times as high back in the fifties. It's still too high, though, which is why we do need devices like these.

They look like cutesy cuddly turtles and nice onesies, but they're medical devices. They assist parents in the same way a baby monitor assists parents. Help the parents, help the baby, reduce the statistic. Is the decline in infant mortality only because of the baby monitor? No. But if you, like me, see it as a medical device, I hope you'll agree that everyone should get one, not only sad, lazy people that suck at parenting.

Humans have grown to adulthood for hundreds of thousands of years without heart monitors, thermometers, incubators, X-ray machines, CAT scanners, dyalisis machines and all that as well - and I don't see you suggesting to do without those.

1 year,7 days
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Is China Wiring Africa For Surveillance?

s1lverl0rd Re: no. (196 comments)

I think GP is referring to Betteridge's law of headlines, which says that "any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no".

about a year ago
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Microsoft Bug Bounties Flow To Googlers

s1lverl0rd Re:$11,000 for a full exploit? (65 comments)

I'm getting the idea that you are not a lawyer, and that you underestimate the skills of those who are.

about a year ago
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WA Post Publishes 4 More Slides On Data Collection From Google, Et Al

s1lverl0rd Re:And how do we know these are legit? (180 comments)

We do the only thing we can do - we trust the Washington Post have done the one thing that they're supposed to be doing, which is check their sources.

about a year ago
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Google Maps Updated With Skyfall Island Japan Terrain

s1lverl0rd Re:A puzzle for you (107 comments)

What about leaving instructions near nuclear dump sites? You simply do not want your bonobos to dig up our old, radiating trash, thinking it valuable and wearing it as necklaces or whatever. Humans have done this, so there's no reason bonobo's wouldn't come to the same conclusion. (Ooh, shiny.)

This article talks about the problem, and some offered solutions, but concludes that it's pretty much impossible to make something look uninteresting or uninviting enough to prevent curious bonobos from exploring it. It's a pretty interesting read.

about a year ago
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QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

s1lverl0rd SPDY Snappy QUIC Go Dart (97 comments)

What's with the naming convention? With Google releasing SPDY, Snappy and QUIC, I'm guessing they will run out of synonyms for 'fast' sooner than Apple will run out of cats...

about a year ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

s1lverl0rd Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

I used to live near one of the towns where the experiment was done - I believed local politics called it 'Shared Space' or something. It's absolutely terrible.

While perhaps safer, it's absolutely terrifying, both when driving a car and when going by bike (the latter occuring rather more than you would think). Drivers and cyclists have been trained to obey rules, but when there's no signs and no indication, it's completely unclear what the rules are. There's no magic communication between road users that wouldn't occur otherwise, there's just confusion and chaos.

As an example, one of the shared-space roads I know had a roundabout that was only marked by a change in the road type (concrete instead of bricks) - remember, no traffic signs allowed. Depending on how you interpreted the pattern, cyclists had priority. The whole thing was of course absolutely invisible in rainy weather (which we get a lot), which meant people sometimes thought it was a regular crossing, only to slam the brakes when they realised their mistake.

The whole thing is nice in theory, but just reducing the max speed to 5mph would be just as safe IMHO, and that's what the whole Shared Space idea amounts to in practice. Of course, with everyone chugging along at a snail's pace, less accidents will happen - which looks great in reports, even more so when you add nice little graphs in bright colors.

The article you linked to is quite old, and AFAIK no new Shared Space-experiments have been done.

about a year ago
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Xfce, LXDE, GNOME3 Desktops Running On Ubuntu Mir Via XMir

s1lverl0rd Re:So basically (162 comments)

This is how it's done, and this is how it has been done for a long, long time.

That brand new Intel CPU in your machine? Yeah, it still runs the same code its predecessor did back in 1976. The internals have changed and become more complex many times, but the outdated interface is still there if you need it. It's not pretty, but there's not really any other way.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

s1lverl0rd RMS (391 comments)

You could do what Richard Stallman does:

I generally do not connect to web sites from my own machine, aside from a few sites I have some special relationship with. I fetch web pages from other sites by sending mail to a program (see git://git.gnu.org/womb/hacks.git) that fetches them, much like wget, and then mails them back to me. Then I look at them using a web browser, unless it is easy to see the text in the HTML page directly. I usually try lynx first, then a graphical browser if the page needs it.

I also browse from other people's computers, with their permission. Since I don't identify myself to the sites I visit, this browsing can't be connected with me.

One consequence of this method is that most of the survellance methods used on the Internet can't see me.

It's not the most practical way to browse the Web I would think, but it's an interesting datapoint on the security-convenience scale.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox Advances Do-Not-Track Technology

s1lverl0rd Unilateral and therefore doomed (148 comments)

This will simply not work - it's a technical solution to a social problem (the article mentions the oligopoly currently in place). It's also a technical solution implemented unilaterally by Mozilla.

As the summary mentions: the original Do-Not-Track effort only failed when Microsoft made the boneheaded, unilateral decision to make it the default. Starting out this way will only start an arms race between Mozilla and advertisers.

about a year and a half ago
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Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

s1lverl0rd Re: Can't have it all. (622 comments)

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

about a year and a half ago
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Half a Billion PCs To Ship In 2013, As Desktops and Laptops Dip But Tablets Grow

s1lverl0rd Re:Daft (223 comments)

Why do you make a distinction between tablets 'and similar' and smartphones? Where do devices like the Galaxy Note go on your scale?

about a year and a half ago
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Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

s1lverl0rd Re:I think... (497 comments)

If Microsoft is really as dependent on the Xbox as you're implying, i.e. more than on consumer Windows, I'm really curious how that will pan out. The Xbox One so far hasn't been unanimously praised - privacy issues, the whole used-game thing, lack of backwards compatibility... I know my personal experience doesn't exactly equal market research, but I haven't seen nearly as much drooling as over other releases.

If I had MSFT stock, I'd sell it. Maybe it's better that I don't actually have any.

about a year and a half ago
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Possible Collision Between Cube-satellite and Old Space Junk

s1lverl0rd Re:Maybe it was too annoying for LEO? (74 comments)

I'm probably just being daft, but wouldn't it be technically impossible to play music from a sattelite? Space being a vacuum and all?

about a year and a half ago
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FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

s1lverl0rd Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

Bingo: it's the "no commercial servers" part. If you're making money off of your internet connection, you need a business plan. Simple as that.

about a year and a half ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

s1lverl0rd Re:Still? (160 comments)

AMD sold tri-core processors for a while - most if not all of those were just quadcores with one core either non-functional or intentionally crippled. Pretty smart move.

about a year and a half ago
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Why We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication

s1lverl0rd How about imageboards? (140 comments)

4chan threads self-destruct after a (short) period of inactivity, and has done so for a long time - I don't see how this ephemeral communication thing is either new or newsworthy.

I'm pretty sure we shouln't go and celebrate the existance of 4chan, either.

about a year and a half ago

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