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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

sunderland56 Re:And on many bands.. (138 comments)

Encryption is explicitly excluded in the regs.

Unless your name is Icom. Then it's okay.

1 hour ago
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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

sunderland56 Hackers? (88 comments)

Given the negative connotations of the word "hackers" - how about "dedicated engineers" instead?

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sunderland56 Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (317 comments)

This is how 'cablevision' used to work. They'd put up a big antenna that could pull down signals you couldn't

There is a huge difference: Cablevision put up *one* antenna and used that signal for thousands of users. Hence, public performance.

Aereo rents each individual user their own, private antenna. (Yes, if they have 10,000 subscribers, they have 10,000 antennas). Hence this is NOT a public performance; you are only watching what your own, private, rented equipment is receiving.

yesterday
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

sunderland56 Re:Firmware (111 comments)

Linksys has working wireless drivers; the product ships with them. The only problem is the lawyers who won't open source those drivers.

It would take them a few seconds to just post the sources that the router ships with to their web site; there is no *technical* reason for the delay, they are just refusing to do so, even after promising that they would.

yesterday
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

sunderland56 Re:Why? (126 comments)

Quality bridge cameras ($300+ models) also have the ability to mimic a narrow depth of field.

If you have a real camera and lens, just shoot with the lens wide open and fast shutter speed; you'll have a narrow depth of field with no computer wizardry needed.

4 days ago
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

sunderland56 Re:Why? (126 comments)

Why would I want to ruin large parts of a good image with this effect?

It's for camera phones: crappy, non-adjustable lens and cheap, noisy sensor. So it isn't a good image; deliberately blurring the picture can distract you from the fact that it is *not* a good image.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sunderland56 Re:WTF?? (797 comments)

So, kid gathers evidence of bullying by other kids, gets charged?

When bullies grow up, they become policemen. The police protect their own.

about a week ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

sunderland56 Re:Surely ironic (275 comments)

Why satire? Given the current smartphone - is the prediction far off? Sure, the screen can do graphics *and* text, the keyboard is usually on-screen, and the removable storage is flash instead of floppy - but the basics are all there.

Plus, everyone is saying that the smartwatch is the 'future of wearable computing' - if true, the Byte prediction will be even closer to the truth.

about two weeks ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

sunderland56 Re:Betteridge's Law sez "Nope." (157 comments)

They had me until "Silicon Valley".

They aren't building a computer - they are building a car first, an airplane second, with some computer bits inside it. So why choose some of the world's most expensive real estate? Why put your engineering far, far away from any place you could test the flying capabilities?

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

sunderland56 Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (184 comments)

In several states (Colorado, Connecticut, for example) it is perfectly legal to drink a beer while driving.

Sadly, of course, there are many people who cannot drive safely even if they are not eating/drinking/phoning/etc - they are just bad drivers. And if they cause an accident, it will get written up in the papers as "lost control of their vehicle" and they will generally not be charged with anything. That needs to change too.

about two weeks ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

sunderland56 Re:Do I have to? (64 comments)

No... I believe the gaming all happens at the boarding gate. You're not allowed on the plane until you get a perfect score on the emergency testing.

In other news: airlines have banned everyone over the age of 40 from ever flying again.

about two weeks ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

sunderland56 Much maligned Google goggles (104 comments)

"the much-maligned Google goggles"

They aren't maligned as a working tool; they're maligned as a geek toy.

Wearing a welding helmet while welding? OK. Wearing a welding helmet to the local bar? Expect some ridicule.

about two weeks ago
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Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

sunderland56 Great project, but.... (88 comments)

$1,995 for a laptop??

How does an open-source machine cost so much more than a closed, proprietary one sold by a for-profit corporation?

about three weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

sunderland56 Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (208 comments)

A D-shaped connector - instead of a square one - would not have cost any more, and would have eliminated a LOT of frustration over the past 18 years.

about three weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

sunderland56 Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

I wish people would stop using data ports and data cables for charging things.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

sunderland56 Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

This. NASA is not a political body and should not act like one.

If an anti-science President gets elected in 2016, will the world refuse to stop working with the USA? If they did, wouldn't we be upset?

Russia didn't refuse to work with the USA when America invaded Iraq, did they?

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

sunderland56 Re:Fuck Facebook (149 comments)

Fuck Facebook

So, you're saying that "Deep Face" is a euphemism?

about a month ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

sunderland56 Re:I am the 2.75% (149 comments)

There is no mention in the article of their testing methods; I'll wager that they mainly used caucasian faces. If you're asian, I'd bet that your chances of staying anonymous are much higher.

about a month ago

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