259 posts • joined Monday 31st December 2007 16:00 GMT
Typical U.S. Government mind puck. Send out a few drones to spy on people and locals use them for target practice. But, put a big, happy smiley face on it to deliver your new Kindle and suddenly drones are your friend. You wouldn't shoot at the U.P.S. driver, would you? Well, most wouldn't.
They don't take PayPal. Oh well. Creepy? meh. Come on. It's the Internet. We've seen things faaaar more creepier than this.
My suggestion is to allow cell phone use only in first class.
Nothing good will come of it
Beware of legislation which begins with the premise, "Save the children."
The universe is just simulation. Stop taking it so seriously.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Behold, the death clock. Simply jam your finger in the hole, and this readout tells you how long you have to live.
Leela: Does it really work?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Well, it's occasionally off by a few seconds, what with free will and all.
Fry: Sounds like fun. How long do I have to live?
[sticks his finger in the hole; the professor looks and whistles]
Bender: Ooh! Dibs on his CD player!
Wake me up after the long lines die down, after the bugs have been fixed, and after we get to the point where a website says, "In stock. Ready to ship."
Meanwhile, I'll be doing something more constructive with my day.
It's just a phone
Here are features we would like to see: make a phone call. It's a phone. I certainly don't need all these bells and whistles nor look forward to more battery-draining features in every annual update of the same thing. Back in "the day" we were happy to upgrade our phones once every 3-4 years. In exchange, we received smaller phones, better battery life, perhaps a 2-line LCD display rather than 1.
What more can you cram into this thing? Samsung had the right idea - if you can't make it better, make it bigger and easier to read. Offer a model with a real keyboard. Install a microSD card for expandable memory, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for pennies worth of memory. Release the death grip over the OS to install apps from third parties.
But, they give us a fingerprint reader. Yippee.
here's a clue
tip: when hiring for someone who oversees your entire computer network, hire a full-time employee rather than a contractor.
Rather than using a contractor, give your sysadmin's a permanent job.
Oh, they're Wall Street traders? They'll probably be charged a small fine and released back into the wild.
It links through Microsoft's cloud servers, which means they all have expiration dates, lease agreements, and a price tag. Do not want.
Pics or it didn't happen.
Hang on a tick
It was Yahoo! who told me they were slurping ALL of my emails so they could serve me targeted advertising.
All nonsense numbers, since Windows 8 is mandatory, not optional with a new PC. And, since Windows 7 is so expensive, few will re-format their machines and downgrade them, like I did. None of these sales figures and app development mean anything when we all have a gun to our heads.
I'm sure the FTC will address patent trolling the same way they currently handle their Do Not Solicit telemarketing regulations i.e. not very well.
Quality of life
yup, Microsoft Windows has enriched my life.
(I fix problems with Microsoft Windows for a living)
I don't know why this is such a surprise to anyone. After 9/11 attacks, Bush introduced the Patriot act which allowed telco's and isp's to snoop our communications. Under that law, consumer notification that any type of surveillance was taking place was illegal. I wrote my representative and told Hillary Clinton that I was not crazy about this. The response was this was for our own good.
Now this is news? It's not news. People are just starting to wake up that we gave up our right to privacy to feel good. This is the dilemma of a free society - snoop and be safe, respect privacy and bad guys go undetected.
It has nothing to do with Obama. This is all old news.
Re: gets my goat
I can see your frustration, as you are ignorant of the law, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. If you search Wikipedia for 'heller decision' you will educate yourself to the decision which the Supreme Court came to in 2008 which re-asserted that individuals have a right to bear arms, unrelated to the militia. English can be a rough language - oh, I forgot that you probably have difficulties with English as well.
They ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
This is not a privilege. This is a right. It is part of the Constitution of the United States which makes it a free country. There are plenty of other countries out there which do not have such rights. If that better suits you, feel free to live elsewhere.
There comes a point where consumers need to tell the company, No thanks, keep your fancy toys. Until we all have the ability to do this we will continue to be enslaved by them.
No, phones in the air do not "confuse" the networks. Do you know how I know? I'm not an expert. I wrote and asked them.
Apologies for injecting some facts into the debate.
name something dumb we used to do, as kids, before they invented the INTERNET.
wow - here's a neat gadget I want but will never buy, own, or use. Have I finally reached the end of the Internet?
Re: Yet again..
qft - why not just honor the repair warranty rather than finding ways to screw people over?
The Head of Privacy at Google leaves...
and there was much rejoicing. yea....
A full Linux install notebook was available years ago through a major distributor, who gave end users the option of Linux or Windows. Microsoft lawyers descended and threatened them until they stopped offering it.
I found the alternate universe. It's in New Jersey.
Try black nail polish. It looks better and lasts longer.
I am sooooo hurt by this.
The search for life has been suspended until we figure out how to boil water.
People have way too much faith in electronic devices. My GPS once told me to make a right turn off a highway overpass and drive into a river. I decided not to do that. See how easy that was?
You can't pay me enough money to install a wireless charging pad anywhere in my home which is an EMI and AC electrical field generator.
What killed Motorola was incompetent management, lack of vision, greed, while pissing on Engineers and worshiping their CEO like he was a god.
(former Motorola employee)
You were in great peril
We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril.
I don't think I was.
Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.
Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
No, it's too perilous.
Look, it's my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.
No, we've got to find the Holy Grail. Come on.
Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?
No. It's unhealthy.
I bet you're gay.
I went through some of the worst with Sandy. First the landline phone went dead. Next, cell phones could no longer make calls. Then text messaging became slower and slower. I could only send one SMS text message per hour. 4G/3G began to fail. The most reliable communications was Twitter for a couple of days until even that began to go quiet. I was reduced to listening to a battery powered AM radio and lost all other contact with the outside world for several days.
Yea, we really need disaster proof communications.
The dark side
You never get something for nothing. Several malls in the U.S. tried tracking customer's shopping habits by snooping their phone data. Consumers didn't like the idea. Ah, but now you can have maps while Google spies on you. There was much rejoicing.
It works for automobile traffic data. Everyone loves the fact you can view traffic conditions on Google Maps. Few realize that the data comes from Google sniffing your position and speed from your cell phones.
Personally, I love the idea. I have already spied on my girlfriend's GPS data to determine which shops she spends the most time in. Shockingly, the answer is "shoe stores."
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