Re: Oz pollies contempt for the citizens
A televised dance off is more entertaining than electing clowns.....
1120 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012
A televised dance off is more entertaining than electing clowns.....
"Could be tinfoil hat gibberish, could be real. We need the government to tell us what is going on within our shores.."
Nothing is happening. Nothing at all. All is good. We are your friends. We're here to protect you from the big bad world. Don't worry your pretty little heads about it. All is good.......
"Not just sneak in and steal it - sneak in, swap it with another one, then sneak back in and swap it back without the owner being aware that anything is amiss. Seems *much* harder than guessing a password from afar or even stealing a security token."
Well what happens if you steal a token? As soon as the owner notices, they ring up and cancel the token.
You can't ring up and cancel your heart...
To steal someone heartbeat wouldn't be that hard anyway for someone determined. Anything they touch could be bugged to pull their heartbeat be it their chair, mouse, exercise bike etc. No different to stealing someone's fingerprints.
"Which is more practical. Guessing a password from miles away, or sneaking in to someones house at just the right time to steal their password bracelet."
No different to breaking in to steal a security token only they can't go out and get a new heartbeat.
Uses heart beat to generate passkey?
Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't you replace a user's band while they're in the shower to a hacked one that remembers the beat and swap back the next day. Suddenly you have full access.
Like all biometric systems, if it gets hacked, you can't change your eyes/finger prints/ heart beat like you can a password or security token.
Two new torrent sites open.
More effective but less cool.....
Ugly people renting a hot body for the night so they can get laid.
Skilled technician using a paedophile for nuclear reactor repairs.
Rent a local for your Paris holiday.
NSA bugging people's heads......
Maybe finding out that the NSA snoop every last thing you do?
"Does IBM store this data in the US where the good folks at NSA can find it?"
NSA supply it.....
"Can we get a computer to reliably and quickly recognise a CAPTCHA?"
Seriously? I've got problems with damn CAPTCHA.....
"One obvious way to settle accident blame issues would be for the insurance companies to require such vehicles to have cameras all round continually recording, plus a running log of the internal systems & all comms traffic. I'm sure they wouldn't abuse the info in any way."
Of course it will. No difference to a black box in planes.
The real interesting thing will be the police. Just imaging every car is a 360 degree surveillance cam.
Want to see footage of a mugging? pull up all footage from all cars in the area at the time.
God bless Big Brother for keeping us safe......
The car will record all footage showing it was the idiot cyclist's own damn fault.
Just like dashcam only with 360 degree views.
"When the cars are driverless, every car can act like a taxi. There should be little need for owning a car if you can car-pool for a fraction of the cost and the nearest car will pick you up within a few minutes at the point of your choosing."
It might act like a taxi but taxi are quite often dirty and stinky.
Self drive cars will mean more cars as people who currently cannot drive will now be able to own a car.
Mum and Dad will have a car and now a third car to drop the kids at school.....
"How 'real world' will their test environment be? Stone buildings are all very well, but what about stray doggies crossing the road. Idiots crossing while zonked out on loud music from their iThing. Kiddies rushing across the road to the ice-cream van - will they invite the local primary school to visit to provide test material? Will they have nice deep potholes that can make the car swerve? Two men crossing the road with a giant pane of glass?"
How well do human drivers handle it? You people all quote the same scenarios forgetting that human drivers usually kill the pedestrian anyway. Yes robocar might run a little kiddy over but a human driver would have as well. The difference is with perfect vision, reactions and decision making, if the robocar could avoid the accident it will.
"If we're moving towards a driverless era (which is a shame - I still enjoy driving), I'd imagine that we're going to go through a dangerous interim first."
Daz and Enid are already on the road causing accidents. How is a computer going to do worse than a human?
"My money is on the car swerving to avoid a deer, thus killing the idiot !driving it."
The car will never swerve wildly like a human driver. It will see the deer, calculate the safest path based on the deer's trajectory and if unavoidable run the damn deer down in the safest way for the driver....
"when the first automated car kills someone (my money is on a damned cyclist)."
The car will record 360 degree vision and will show the idiot cyclist caused himself to get killed.
Maybe then the laws will get them off the road.....
"Software can do a LOT more about it
There is no reason why multi vehicle pileups cannot become a thing of the past once inefficient and inattentive humans are taken out of the equation"
Plus the computer will maintain a safe distance automatically to prevent pile ups and in the event of an unavoidable accident, it can calculate the safest way to control the accident to prevent deaths.
"So you think that not learning how to properly operate a motor vehicle is a good idea when allowing people to operate motor vehicles? Really?"
People have to complete driving training now and complete a test to drive. They then go out and get drunk to celebrate passing the test and then drive home.
Some people are idiots and no amount of training will change that.
Vision fades and reactions slow for old people and no amount of training will change that.
A computer has perfect concentration, perfect reactions and 360 degree see in the dark vision. No amount of training can beat that.
Yes there will be accidents with self drive cars but there will be a fraction of the accidents.
Eventually self drive vehicles will be the law.
Too much to go wrong???? Like drunken idiots?? Hoons???? Druggos??? Talking on mobiles???? Tired drivers????
Something like 90% of accidents are due to the driver. Mechanical issues account for a very small part.
I think I'll bank on Google's magic fix-it pills before your training classes.
You might say you won't buy that but give it maybe 25 years and legally you won't be able to go on the road without it.
Well automated trucks means they could drive 24/7. There would be no cowboys, drugs, speeding or tail gating.
Trucking is an industry driven on price. Automated trucks means deliveries faster and cheaper.
As much as it is terrible for people to lose their job, it's still going to happen. I wouldn't want to be a taxi driver, truck driver or video store owner. Ten years from now they won't exist.
What if the NSA says please?
A large packet of onion rings before bed........
"Somehow I don't think he's going to get hormone therapy, pink fluffy slippers and Hello magazine delivered to his cell every week."
I think he might have to settle for being called a "bitch" and get slapped around a bit cause in a military prison, that's all he's likely to get.
Reminds me of Klinger on M.A.S.H.
He's hoping to get out of the army by dressing as a girl........
"Whereas the Julian Assange car parks itself and refuses to move?"
I'd of said the Assange car refuses to move no matter how big the charge......
It squeals and takes off quickly.....
I heard the slogan "Get some pork on your fork" but this is taking it too far......
"I refer you to the speech recognition debacle, always 10 years away, always looks likes it works, never works well enough for people to actually use it. If it worked smartphones wouldn't have screens would they?"
Angry birds doesn't have the same effect if you just yell at them to kill the damn pigs.....
"Wonder if all the car insurance will be the same price if its driving it self... i.e no age discrimnantion"
Of course not. The driver (AKA the car) will be under 25 so a premium must be paid.......
You may take our mail servers but you'll never take our freedom...........
"And I don't like soy because it increases oestrogen. Then I have to do more work outs to stay fit."
Ah so that's what makes PETA supporters such whiny little bitches......
"Not enough. As long as secret gag orders exist they can say anything they want, and no one can trust anything they say.
- They would have to declare all existing gag orders void.
- Only allow gag orders for a fixed time for a specified investigation. After that time it's public. No exceptions."
Problem is the NSA might say the gag orders have been removed and secretly gag everyone who tries to say that it is a lie....
"if this arsehole was stealing from my account I'd want the book thrown at him too."
The difference is between Latvia punishing it's own citizens and Latvia handing it's citizens over to America to face American justice.
If the guy broke the law, he should face Latvian justice, not American justice...
How do you get testing done when it's banned before it's even released?
Lets ban stuff before it's even out and before anyone has any idea of whether it can improve or decrease road safety.
Bugger them scientist and their tests. We have politicians....
And suddenly you need another gun.......
You need a gun, the printer will save you $1000.......
Yeah cause all the hobos have smart phones.....
(maybe if they didn't spend all their dosh on iProducts they could afford food)
Best way to prevent a printer from making a gun is to make the printer so crappy, it'll never fire...
"In related news, Danish 3D printer maker Create It Real has decided to ensure its products can't ever print a gun."
A gun is made of lots of different pieces. Just print the pieces separately and you'll bypass any stupid restriction they might set.
Or short enough? He didn't specify which lot of hair.....
Two identical but opposing parties maintains the illusion of a democracy.....
Tesco begs to differ....
Because fingers touch the screen all the time anyway. A phone could be set to automatically lock upon sensing someone else's fingers
This something worth patenting. Rounded corners and slide to unlock not so much...
"For example, would an automated car be able to react well to a low-to-ground obstacle suddenly falling off the back of a truck? What about a child suddenly running out in front from between two cars (thus practically invisible beforehand)? Can the car detect small but significant patches of black ice? How will it react to an accident suddenly starting in front of them? And so on?"
The answer is simple. Better than the manual driver will. Yes the automatic car might run over the little kid but then again so was the manual driver anyway. If the little kid could have been saved, it would be the automatic car. The car will have seen the child, calculated the path and speed, calculated that it cannot avoid the child and now aims the car at the child so the child hits the car in the middle of the best crumple zone maximising the chances of survival and reducing the chance of going under the wheels. All of this in less time than the driver can say "Holy Sh..."
The problem is the NBN was designed by a committee too.
I've got the NBN. First thing they do is install a battery backup system to run everything in case of a blackout.
This is a total waste. Firstly a lot of homes now no longer run a home phone. Secondly of those who do, most have a cordless phone that doesn't work without power anyway. Most people don't care because there is at least one mobile in the house.
The only person who needs a battery backup land line is an old technophobic person so you could get rid of 95% of the battery backups and nobody would care.
Yes I know about alarms and monitoring systems. Alarms these days often hook up via mobile and even so, they already have a battery backup system in them. There is also no reason why someone who wants a battery backup to not go and buy a UPS.
The NBN should supply just the fibre. The supplier should provide the hardware based on the customer's needs.