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Comment Re:Resiliency in the face of malicious inputs (Score 1) 365

what's to stop me and 4 friends from jumping out in front of the cars just to laugh as it crashes itself to "save" us.

This example is one of "malicious behavior", which is an issue for the courts. With any luck the "Just for laughs" comment would reach the judge.

It is not an example of malicious input. The car correctly sensed a risk to human life/health and correctly identified the best alternative to maintain its"prime directive". The vehicle's decision would have been exactly correct (presuming there were no better alternatives, such as stopping). An example of "malformed/malicious input" would be when the side of a truck gets confused for an overhead sign,

Comment Re:Cumulative and combined (Score 3, Informative) 222

...Are we going to download the entirety of updates that have ever been released for Windows every month? ...

If you update online you get just the changes. If you download and install you get the whole thing.

Microsoft answered this and many other concerns on their blog last month. Your particular answer can be found in the comments.....

Nathan Mercer
September 15, 2016 at 8:37 am

... Monthly rollup will grow to be about the same size as Convenience rollup update. If you install via WU or WSUS you can take advantage of the Express feature to just have deltas going across the network. Security-only update will obviously be much smaller.

Comment Credit Limits (Score 1) 209

I have long wanted to be able to place a credit limit on my phone such that the phone company will cut me off when I have reached my limit. Much like the credit card companies do.

I skirt the issue by using a provider that pretends to offer unlimited voice and data for a fixed monthly cost, but there are still issues of roaming, cramming and the like.

Comment Re:DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more. (Score 1) 104

Broadband refers to the bandwidth, not the technology. As of January 2015, the FCC defines "Broadband" as a minimum of 25/3 Mbps. Prior to then it was 4/1 Mbps.

There are technology efforts to boost DSL speed to Gigabit. Personally, I look forward to that as my cable provider needs a bit of competition.

Comment What could go wrong? (Score 2) 344

I've never really understood why "the man" wants to make it hard for me to spend my money to legally access the content I want to watch.

Lets presume Neflix can identify 2000 European works in their existing global catalog. To attain 20% European content, their European Catalog suddenly becomes limited to 10,000 movies. This will be 8000 mainstream movies and 2000 European movies. Anyone who wants to watch Independents or Classics will be out of luck.

The real question is what the customers do next. Will they step in line and only watch the "Mass Media" movies? Or, will they find themselves driven to VPNs and PirateBay in search of the classics.

Comment Competition (Score 1) 148

I think the bigger issue is a lack of significant competition. For example, look at cities where Google Fiber is even just a rumor. All the sudden, the incumbents start offering faster connections with greater bandwidth and for less money than they do in other locales. What we really need to do is to make it easier for Google and others to expand into more cities.

One of the most significant barriers to entry is that the telco and cable providers have exclusive use of the "low voltage" part of the pole. Requiring utility poles to be publicly owned and for space on them to be leased on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms to all providers would go a long way towards encouraging this.

Comment Internet access? (Score 4, Insightful) 119

I have never understood why macros need access to the Internet or to run an external program. Personally, I would rather be prompted if a macros needs to connect outside of the document. It would make more sense to me than telling me that a document is scary simply because I emailed it to my self via gmail,

Comment Seems like good strategy. (Score 2) 49

It appears that Apple is adapting iCloud so that it can use any of the "storage as a service" providers. My guess is that they are on a quest to "partner" with anyone and everyone that rents space on hard drives.

In addition to being able to scale up and down rapidly, it also improves their ability to rapidly abandon any providers that don't play the game according to Apple's whims.

Comment run and hide (Score 5, Interesting) 288

Unless you wish to become the IT department for your sizeable extended family, don't touch this. The moment you take over patch management is the moment that others (Microsoft, Geek Squad, MS Fixit, etc.) cease being able to fix minor problems when their PCs go goofy.

If you do want to become the IT department, look into Microsoft's Enterprise solutions. They continue to allow personalized patch management there.

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