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  • Apr 20th, 2018 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re: Timing argument is BS

    In this article? No one. On the internet and twitter and several other websites, quite a few people. I was wanting to head that off before it started here.

  • Apr 20th, 2018 @ 6:22am

    Timing argument is BS

    I'm sorry, but this is a BS argument that Alphabet did this days after Russia broke part of it. It would take weeks of internal testing to fix something like this, you wouldn't be able to throw it in a production environment as big as Alphabet's without extensive testing. And that would take weeks.

    This is almost certainly (99.999999% likelyhood) either exactly what they say it is, a planned rollout with changes for security reasons, or it has to do with something that happened months ago (SESTA/FOSTA or some security issue that popped up internally last year and wasn't broadcast by Alphabet because they didn't want people swooping in and exploiting before it could be fixed).

    I'm not saying Alphabet is all rainbows and unicorns, they're a corporation, and they will screw you over for their bottom line, but I work in tech and you can't toss out something on a production environment this big in a few day developing it from scratch.

    I will grant that they may have had it in the pipe and moved it up in response to Russia, but caused by Russia? Extremely unlikely.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 7:35am

    Cut Cord

    Recently we got irritated at Dish (We called up to get a Hopper 3, and they insisted we pay them $100 for the privilege of paying +$2 more per month to rent the hopper 3 over what we'd been renting). Got annoyed, and went out and bought 3 ROKU's and dropped DISH and replaced it with Sling and CBS All Access, along with an upgrade on our internet to unlimited. Cost us half as much as Dish. As usual, Dish treated an existing customer like garbage (And I've been a customer for over 20 years!). A new subscriber would not have been charged for the H3.

    Not nearly as easy to use as Dish was, however, for $70 a month savings, I can deal with some less user friendly interfaces. Although I'm about ready to drop HULU thanks to their horrible new interface (who the *$*#$& came up with that piece of #$(*$&).

  • Mar 30th, 2018 @ 7:03pm

    Question : Anyone know if these things work with...

    ...WEBEX? I have a really really good pair of bluetooth headphones that work with everything BUT WEBEX. I also have a pair of wired Razors that work awesome with everything including WEBEX. But I'd like to get the wireless thing going, but having been burnt on one pair, would like some feedback from someone who knows...

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 9:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: tl;dr

    When I say temporary reductions in speed, I'm talking about construction zones or emergency zones, where they've reduced the speed within the last hour. You can't update the databases fast enough unless every car is mandated to have always on wireless, and even then, it can still have issues with network congestion.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:26pm

    Re: Re: tl;dr

    This appears to have happened because the road was recently changed from 45 to 30. The current supposition I've seen is that the Uber road specs in it's computer didn't have the change.

    This brings up a different issue, which is, how do we ensure that AV's have the correct road information in a timely fashion. This is likely going to require changes to how states handle speed changes.

    Almost certainly it's going to require that there be a standard regarding temporary speedlimits, with devices that broadcast the temporarily lowered speedlimit to the cars. This is, of course, an issue because you just know someone will hack it and put out pi devices that broadcast 120 or 5 mph speed limits to mess with the cars.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Misleading title

    That should replace the first part, the victim did contribute to the crash. The second half of the title can remain as is.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:19pm

    Re: Re: Misleading title

    The portion of road she was on had lit crosswalks, but not where she crossed. See the street view of the area.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Re: Misleading title

    Video Indicates Uber Car's instruments or software failed to detect Victim

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 4:35pm

    Misleading title

    I think the title is a bit misleading. The victim 'caused' the accident by wearing dark clothes at night and jaywalking.

    The uber car 'caused' the accident by not correctly identifying the potential obstacle using it's non-visual sensors.

    The uber driver 'caused' the accident by being distracted rather than doing their job.

    In other words, this thing was pretty much a mutual fault all the way around. People need to start taking responsibility for their actions. If you dress in dark clothes and jaywalk late at night in a dark area rather than crossing under the street lights, you are gambling that oncoming cars will see you. That's called taking an unnecessary risk, and it caught up with this woman. It's a shame, and we can and should question why the sensors didn't catch it, but a human being wouldn't have done any better than the uber car.

    Yes, the uber car failed at what it should have been, which is better than a human, but if it had been a human driver, the fault would have been **entirely** the pedestrian's fault. Only the fact that this is a self driving car makes it a mutual all around fault.

  • Mar 13th, 2018 @ 7:46am

    Writing on the wall for ISP as well

    Honestly, the writing is on the wall for ISPs as well. That whole charging through the nose thing and being obnoxious because you have no competition won't last much longer either. Elon Musk wants to blanket the globe in low latency satellite internet.

    Somehow, I don't think Elon is going to play 'happy chum' with the rest of the industry and agree to price gouge. I think he'll want to compete on price and service, and you can queue up the ISP incumbents now with lawsuits and lobbyist written protectionist laws to make that as hard as possible, but it won't last.

    I do get the warm and fuzzies imagining how Comcast execs will scream like gelded bulls when they have to compete at both TV AND internet.

  • Feb 28th, 2018 @ 5:17pm

    Re: World Reaction

    The world reaction is easy to predict if this goes through.

    Senior Politsiya Officer : Mr. Rodenhoff, we are investigating several miscreants here, they have been communicating overseas with several untrustworthy types in the United States. We have therefore opened investigations into all these foreign crooks. We require you to hand over all the papers and e-mail in your servers owned by these contacts. This is in perfect accord with both Russian Law and United States Law.

    Senior VP of Microsoft Russia : Yes sir, give me the list and I'll do so immediately.

    LIST :
    Donald Trump
    Jeff Sessions
    Jared Kushner
    Ivanka Trump Kushner
    Paul Ryan
    Kevin McCarthy
    Steve Scalise
    Nancy Pelosi
    Steny Hoyer
    Mitch McConnell
    Chuck Schumer
    ...

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Too Harsh, really?

    Really? You do realize that is everything required to steal your identity and ruin your life. Literally they can put you in debt that takes decades to recover from. And it's not one person that this guy sold information for, it's many many many people, each facing a decade or more of dealing with their identity stolen and their credit in ruins. Potentially even lawsuits from companies that got defrauded, hiring lawyers, and so on.

    You really think that 8 years is too harsh? Wow...

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 12:08pm

    Faulty Premise

    Your premise that two companies should be able to work things out like professionals has a faulty assumption.

    You assume you have two companies that are reasonable and actually want to work things out. If you have one company that is unreasonable or doesn't want to work things out, then there is no way to avoid this kind of thing.

    Amazon is the Jackass : If this is the case, then Amazon is selling their brand of equipment on their platform, and utilizing Youtube to boost their brand name and the desirability of their products without either selling competing components from Google or paying Google any benefits for the market benefit their getting for the Youtube content. They have no incentive to 'play nice' as they are getting everything their way, so they will not act reasonable or even try to work anything out until there is some negative consequence to doing so.

    Google is the Jackass : If this is the case, then Google is using their online streaming muscles to force their way into other markets. Since they have no products on Amazon's site, they have no incentive to 'play nice' or try to work things out, and so will just throw their weight around and make demands on Amazon until Amazon can find some leverage.

    Both of them are Jackasses to some degree : If this is the case, then both of the above are true to some extent, and which one is the bigger jackass really depends on so many variables we can't list them all here.

    No matter which it is, the idea that they should be able to fix this without the sort of thing is still faulty, because it assumes that both should be reasonable and willing to work with the other.

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 11:14am

    Re: crypto fans are being disingenuous

    Right, just add another key.

    Who has that key? The government? Which government? The UK government? China? Iran? North Korea?

    The answer is, all of the above.

    Ooh, Ooh, I can hear it now, ooh ooh, each government gets their own key!

    Which means that if ANY government leaks their key, anyone can access any communication.

    What you're positing is the TSA Key, which they leaked in a freaking photograph on the front page of a national freaking paper. What happens when they leak the key in a photo because it's written on a black board in the background at a security conference?

    Go sit in a corner and think about how stupid that suggestion is.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 7:21am

    Re: funny except for one thing

    Common Sense Fail

    If you are a subscriber, yes they have your address.

    However, if you are a subscriber, you are not pirating it because you are watching it on Netflix, so even if this were a real threat, which it isn't, they wouldn't know where you are.

    facepalm

  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 7:19am

    Much ado about nothing

    This is really stretching. I'm no fan of the studios, but seriously? I sit through stuff like this at Alamo Drafthouse all the time.

    Heck, for Hardcore Henry, they made a profanity laced PSA that included physically assaulting a rude customer and dislocating his arm. I didn't take it as an actual threat, I took it as humor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVCkI5C_qNI&index=18&list=PLpX5OvrhWl9I59CYEx_ZtXnSmpBQEDbWe

  • Sep 8th, 2017 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: AC Stupidity

    You should work on reading comprehension.

    I said some people would like this to be a Theocracy, not that we are.

    As to us being a Democracy, that's a bit of an old saw. A representative republic is a form of Democracy. We are not a Democratic Republic, that is true.

    You should probably read the history of our founders, they were religious, but wanted a government who could not dictate religion. And no, we do have more religious people than we do secular people, although that's close to changing, and we have had for all of our countries history (you should really actually do some research before you opening your mouth and proving ignorance).

    As of 2014, about 22.8% of US citizens were religiously unaffiliated, and that is a high mark. Athiest and Agnostic only account for about 7% of the US.

    Now, you've learned something.

  • Sep 8th, 2017 @ 2:21am

    Re:

    It is. :) Rent it.

  • Sep 8th, 2017 @ 2:20am

    Re: Re: This!

    Only place I watch movies now days. Not because of the beer, but because they actually kick people out for talking or using their damn cell phones.

    link Really funny actual voicemail left by an in-duh-vidual in Austin.

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