top The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines
I think a very important note is that it isn't necessarily the absence of a moral code - it's an absence of _their_ moral code.
top How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash
If someone has to habitually hard-stop, then there is a very good chance that they're habitually driving too fast for conditions and/or not leaving enough space to stop in. This data is being used to establish the driving habits of the user - and as such the one or two 'avoid accident' stops will become outliers. It's the habits that push people into the higher risk pools, not the outliers.
top Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban
Amazon hasn't done anything with Bitcoin - the gift cards are sold by a third-party (gyft.com, IIRC). And gyft only takes bitcoin via a third-party payment processor. For merchants, "accepting bitcoin" in this way is almost identical as "accepting credit cards" with Square as the processor.
top FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic
I'd love to have the option to choose the cable monopoly - in my area AT&T provides (shitty) internet, TV and phone, with no options for anything else.
top Japan's L-Zero Maglev Train Reaches 310 mph In Trials
Don't assume that the only profit to be made is via the act itself - NASA's space program ended up giving birth to a lot of technology that is widely used in society these days, but could not have been measured in a pre-estimate of the profitability of the space program.
top Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting
The sad thing is that many people would.
top Bahrain Activists Battered By IP Tracking Attacks
There are too few TOR exit nodes for everyone with a brain to use it. Now if they moved all the actual anti-establishment news to an onion address, then they could know that all non-onion links are propaganda or honeypots.
top Open Source Tortilla For Tor To Be Released At Black Hat
An important note is that the exit node can see all of "the" plaintext traffic - there's no effective way to track it back to you unless the data contains your personal info. That's one of the biggest reasons that many jurisdictions hold the exit node accountable for the traffic that goes through it.
about a year and a half ago
top Italian Team Cures Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome With the Help of HIV
That's why the scientists got rid of most of the genome. All that's left should be covered by Fair Use, right?
about a year and a half ago
top Hacker Skips
SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement
They took it down for about a week, but restored it a few days ago.
top FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet
I think that things like this are caused by in-flight food service. We must ban in-flight food, because we have no evidence that these events are NOT caused by the in-flight food.
top How ISPs Collude To Offer Poor Service
I used to do that for a 200MB file on on dialup. I think the point is that content sizes are growing rapidly, expecting broadband speeds to keep up. The concern is that people are afraid of the current stagnation, and how it might mean that in a few years, your download of that 50GB patch will take longer than 30-40 minutes.
top The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab
All the more reason to do the opposite of what marketing tells me to do.
You realize that if large enough quantities of people began to do this, marketers would catch on and take advantage of that, right?
Star Wars: 1313, a 'Darker, Grittier' Star Wars Game
Have you tried X3 from Egosoft?
X3: Terran Conflict (standalone expansion) is a mighty fine game.
top Did a Genome Copying Mistake Lead To Human Intelligence?
Also, less poo and more boom. Explosive poo?
top Japanese Researchers Create A Crab-Based Computer
And just think: if it overheats, your computer becomes
top James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive
Honestly, I found the name "Unobtainium" no less plausible than a number of the heavier elements in the periodic table. Comparing "Unobtainium" to, say... "Promethium", "Ununoctium", "Berkeluim", "Californium"; not to mention a number of the proposed names for the current temporary ones... How does "Unobtainium" defy logic any more than those do?
Or are you claiming that because we haven't discovered it yet, it doesn't exist? In a science fiction movie. Really? Really?
As for orbital bombardment... That's probably the part the Cameron didn't show. Humans go down to the surface and try to strip-mine politely because of politics. Think of the PR win that it would be for the (then current) administration if they can convince these primitive creatures to live/act like humans! But now that we're kicked off planet, time to warm up the nukes.
top AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case
I think it's more "don't artificially limit it via per-user throttles".
top Humans Are Nicer Than We Think
Evolution is entirely random. Natural selection is not. You are using the term evolution to describe both processes.
top Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You
This only works when the profile actually has public information. If _everything_ is private (as it is on mine) and nothing is visible on the 'distress' page, then this would be a clear red-flag that you're not showing the right thing.
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