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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

simtel Re:It's not really a myth anymore (222 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

simtel Re:Not the same, but tangentially related... (93 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

simtel Re:thanks (475 comments)

Amazon hasn't done anything with Bitcoin - the gift cards are sold by a third-party (, 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.

about 9 months ago

FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic

simtel Re:News to me (365 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago

Japan's L-Zero Maglev Train Reaches 310 mph In Trials

simtel Re:A me too case? (174 comments)

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.

1 year,23 days

Bahrain Activists Battered By IP Tracking Attacks

simtel Re:add it to the list (48 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Open Source Tortilla For Tor To Be Released At Black Hat

simtel Re: The real problem with Tor (68 comments)

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 ago

Italian Team Cures Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome With the Help of HIV

simtel Re:What about the fundementalists. (109 comments)

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 ago

Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

simtel Re:Not a huge surprise... (303 comments)

They took it down for about a week, but restored it a few days ago.

about a year and a half ago

FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet

simtel Re:burden of proof goes the other way (449 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

How ISPs Collude To Offer Poor Service

simtel Re:Interesting theory (207 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab

simtel Re:Mobile ads are a waste of time, space, and mone (203 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago

Star Wars: 1313, a 'Darker, Grittier' Star Wars Game

simtel Re:Attn: LucasArts (133 comments)

Have you tried X3 from Egosoft? X3: Terran Conflict (standalone expansion) is a mighty fine game.

more than 2 years ago

Did a Genome Copying Mistake Lead To Human Intelligence?

simtel Re:Evolution (381 comments)

Also, less poo and more boom. Explosive poo?

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Researchers Create A Crab-Based Computer

simtel Overheat (102 comments)

And just think: if it overheats, your computer becomes delicious

more than 2 years ago

James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive

simtel Re:Good (162 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case

simtel Re:Duh? (327 comments)

I think it's more "don't artificially limit it via per-user throttles".

more than 2 years ago

Humans Are Nicer Than We Think

simtel Re:"Evolution is random" (372 comments)

Evolution is entirely random. Natural selection is not. You are using the term evolution to describe both processes.

more than 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

simtel Re:Distress password? (550 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago


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