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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

sunderland56 Re:Open source it (137 comments)

Uh.... the software wasn't the magic. Unless you plan on putting 1000 TV antennas on your roof and building a server farm in your living room, the software isn't going to be of much use.

But yes, Aereo is to be commended for something *truly* innovative and useful.

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

sunderland56 Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Take the deal, and contribute the money you save to an organization that fights the monopolies. Mine goes to the ACLU.

about a month ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

sunderland56 Re:Who knew? (62 comments)

If Google really wanted to help out, they would scan their database to find your blog/twitter/facebook/etc. postings about your family; then they could make much more useful suggestions, like "Hey, Uncle Norm is a real pain - why don't you relax and stay at home this Thanksgiving?"

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (335 comments)

No, because atomic bombs don't have computers in them.

Dear Sir,

I am both amused and frustrated that you do not consider mechanical computational devices to be 'computers'.

Charles Babbage

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (335 comments)

Isn't an atomic bomb just a very, very simple robot?

while (altitude() > TARGET_ALTITUDE)
        sleep(1);
explode();

And yes, it is impossible to determine if that algorithm will ever terminate.

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:only incorrectly device to kill humans? (335 comments)

Once we get to the point of building and testing killer robots, I predict that engineering management is going to be a LOT more polite than they are today.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

sunderland56 Re:Sue Them or Give Up (159 comments)

There is no human solution.

Of course there's a human solution. My cousin Tony, from over there in East Jersey, he'll fix your problem right up with one visit. Your business, hey, it just needs a little protection.

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

sunderland56 Re:Simple and stupid question (89 comments)

Some of us prefer GTK over Qt.

So then *you* help them out.

I'm a OpenGL/Linux/kernel/lib developer, and there is no way on God's green earth that I will contribute anything to Gnome.

about a month ago
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Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

sunderland56 Wrong approach (50 comments)

So, basically you welcome viruses and malware, but fix up the damage afterwards?

Sounds like the anti-vaccine crowd. In reality, it is far better to vaccinate and never get sick, than it is to self-repair after you get a virus.

about a month ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

sunderland56 Correction (60 comments)

AT&T *claims* to have stopped using internal tracking codes.

Whether or not you believe one of the top 3 most evil corporations on the planet is up to you.

about a month ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

sunderland56 Re:Umm, encryption? (148 comments)

Maybe you missed the story from tuesday where ISPs can and do turn off the encryption for you?

Plus, if you've replaced the router's firmware, it can make it *appear* as if you have e2e when you do not.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

sunderland56 Re:Bill Naming (257 comments)

Nobody calls it the "Affordable Care Act" - everyone calls it Obamacare, even though it was originally a Republican idea put forth by Mitt Romney.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

sunderland56 Democracy (257 comments)

So, a completely unelected position has total control over which bills get put up for a vote??

about a month ago
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US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

sunderland56 Telecommuting?? (50 comments)

How the bleep does the mailman get to telecommute???

Marissa Mayer is the devil incarnate - but even I'll agree, delivering the mail kinda sorta has to be done in person.

about a month ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

sunderland56 Re:AT&T (35 comments)

Maybe Comcast will do in-flight wifi instead?

The cable costs alone would be prohibitive.

It would bring a whole new meaning to the term "tethering".

about a month ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

sunderland56 AT&T (35 comments)

In-flight Wi-Fi services tend to be expensive and disappointingly slow

Gee, AT&T would have fit right in then. Nobody does crappy, overpriced internet service like them.

Maybe Comcast will do in-flight wifi instead?

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

sunderland56 Uplink? (74 comments)

An array of satellites will provide a very nice downlink. Now how do you do the uplink?

Current satellite internet does it two ways: one, by standard old telephone modem. I suppose you could do it by wireless phone as well, but the basic problem is the same - very low bandwidth. The other way is by a microwave transmitter - which requires professional installation, and is a highly dangerous thing to have in a consumer environment. (Jack goes on the roof to fix a loose shingle while Jill is shopping online... and hey presto, Jack and Jill aren't having kids).

about a month and a half ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

sunderland56 Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

The move to Florida will be a bit difficult for man Silicon Valley folks.

The move to Florida would be insanely difficult for any human being with two brain cells to rub together. Even if you ignore the insane politics and wacky residents, living in a pancake-flat state with no recreational opportunities outside of Disney World, with dripping-hot sweaty weather, is not most people's idea of fun. Florida is popular amongst the 70+ year old set; desirable Silicon Valley engineering staff is around 30 years old.

Personally I'd be perfectly willing to move there.... at $5 million a year. For a regular silicon valley salary? No way. If the job doesn't pan out.... the nearest alternate job is several thousand miles away, instead of being across the street.

about a month and a half ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

sunderland56 Re:About effing time (214 comments)

Many manufacturers heavily customize things quite a bit to differentiate their product.

HP/Dell/etc. heavily customize their OS installs, yet the Microsoft update mechanism still works. The add-on software won't get updated, but the OS will.

about a month and a half ago

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