* Posts by Citizens untied

52 posts • joined 26 Jun 2014


Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days

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Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

I don't know, the best phone I ever had folded in half. It had two screens! That was a while ago, though.

Autopilot engineer drove off to Chinese rival with our top-secret blueprints in the glovebox, Tesla claims in sueball

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The super simplified version of the answer is that he wants to be able to sell Teslas in China.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.

I am sure you are an expert on what really matters.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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I don't think these terms could be offensive unless you were writing code to actually enslave people... oh, wait a minute!

Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: For the majority of people

Exactly. Does it really seem likely that Facebook would understand reality enough to simulate it properly, or are they better at defining a reality they can simulate.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Anyone else observe that music industry revenue was highest during peak Napster.

Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Advertising is about messaging, we used to be concerned about truth in advertising. What they are talking about is Orwellian message control. I do wish our ever so wise lawmakers, who are just now seeming to realize how ridiculous this whole exercise has been, would focus on the big picture. Indeed, I believe the ultimate outcome it to certify this content adjustment based on user preference business model, which is the real bugaboo, and will tempt transgression by whoever chooses to try to exploit it next, or FB will just find a new way, either/or.

The real benefit of our information ageis the open access and virtually unlimited information. We could be liberating education and creating real electronic democracies that are nimble, responsive and comprised of well informed constituents, or we can wait for Farmville 2.

Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

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Re: Extinction


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I realize you may be trolling. But fuck you.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: YAAC offered, "UK official stopping distance at 30mph is 23m"

You know, stopping is ideal, but slowing down and avoiding is an option. So you are saying if the kid jumps out 2 car lengths ahead, you wouldn't react and just run him/her down? Are you an UBER autonomous vehicle coder?

The KITT hits the Man: US Congress urged to OK robo-car trials

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Re: What insanity

For those who think in the simplest terms of capitalism, this is the last leg of automation needed to fully eliminate human quirks from the risk profile. Automated consumption.

Has anyone ever written a sci fi story about the rise of the machines where the machines destroyed their creators simply by consuming all available resources.

I see herds of solar powered AVs disrupting the natural world, being churned out of fully automated factories while the humans are increasingly agoraphobic and incapable of even basic manual tasks.

Its gonna be great.

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Re: I don't get it

No. Much like trickle down has been proven to be specious at best, down right destructive at worst, and since the world seems to revolve around lowest common denominator democracy; the fallacy "innovation" depends on investment is effective fear mongering, designed to keep the "let em eat cake" people safe from the rest of us, by sustaining the illusion that their consumer products are essential, most simply are not .

Progress will occur in all respects whether or not some asshole gets exorbitantly rich from it. I am confident of this. Good ideas are a currency all their own, and actually have more to do with nature than dollars or pounds.

What is really happening is that the people most responsible for the lack of sustainability of the current world are not content to steal your present, but your future as well, and has always been the case, winners and losers are basically defined by whether or not they survive.

Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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What happens when you...

Say,"Alexa, play 'The Downeaster Alexa'"

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Re: Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

Is it luddite to only want to exploit natural resource for truly productive and useful things. Neither a donut maker nor an Alexa fall even close to items labelled "Essentials"

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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Re: A tragedy?

Who cares, they might, they might not. I bet it has a lot to do with why they were on the boat to witness it in the first place. Fellow tourist, may not. Aggrieved and oppressed crew member working slave wages to feed an extended family in the third world? Perhaps.

Look, ma! No hands! Waymo to test true self-driving cars in US with Uber-style hailing app

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Only in so far as there HAS to be autonomous vehicles in the first place.

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Re: What's the point of "truley human-free" cars?


The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Re: I'd like to see more

Actually, the number of people isn't the problem so much as what they are up to. If more (or all) people were as dedicated to sustainability and ecology as they are to economics, I expect the world would become a more habitable place for all,

Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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as there should be...

US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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In terms of conservation and other economies, autonomous vehicles reminds me of when someone bums a cigarette - the solicited complies with the request, the solicitor then asks for a light, to which the solicited replies "You want me to smoke it for you to?" as a way to bust their balls.

I keep thinking we are looking for ways to accelerate the consumption of natural resources to the point we won't even need human beings to ruin the environment.

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Re: A dangerous hands-off approach to hands-free driving

Per passenger mile would also account for the fact that US, my guess, has more single occupant vehicle miles than elsewhere. This, too increases the numbers. I think there is larger issue of propriety to question anyway. Who says anyone has the right to automate consumption in this fashion, hopefully, becoming self determining about tech usage will someday not be immediately as as Luddite, but pratical. Do we really need to automate the idea of commuting too far to some workplace to do a lot of mostly useless self serving nonsense, or do we begin to really consider what societal transformations are looming. This is not real progress, nor is it sustainable. For example: What will the selling points be for future generations of autonomous vehicles, will this lead to fleet preservation and conservation?

Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Long ago

Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Re: Am I stupid (be kind)?

Don't forget the number of likely empty cars trying to get to their next passenger. My guess is the end result will be a reflexive, double-long rush hour as the AVs go to home base or some such nonsense. Commuting is the problem, if we could only use our cars only when we need to travel (mainly recreationally I would think) outside the normal human range, and only had to travel within the normal human range to do whatever the hell is is we need to do on average the situation would be improved. The only people working to "solve" this are the one's deeply invested in the current format.

Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Affluenza with a side of social media disphoria.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Capitalism, duh

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Re: You might have also looked up "Social Darwinism"

As usual only fame seems to matter.


Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: Assange shouts at world to stop forgetting him

I think the problem for the employee is that Google has no ability to distinguish itself from his position, so their only option is to fire him to assert their own difference, since, they, by their own machinery, will now be forever linked with his views (it was referred to as "The Google Memo"). Whether any of his observations or assertions were valid is beside the point, the most important thing to Google is not the truth, no matter what it may be, but their ability to manage perceptions, regardless of the validity. I would presume Mr. Assange is in the same business as Google in this respect.

Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Seems like a Facebook brown out is just what the doctor ordered.

What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

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The intelligence was already artificial

As a friend of squirrels, I'd like too point out that placing freely available food items in the wild and then deciding which animals may or may not have them is the kind of ass-hattery that demonstrates the basic stupidity of most humans

Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Bollocks...

Hear hear. I think Mr. van Dyck honestly doesn't have the first clue what people who actually spend their time living their selfish unproductive lives are actually up to. Perhaps this is the problem they actually trying to solve.

US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on self-driving cars

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Re: Sanity Checks on the promises being made...

It is obvious to anyone with any sense or dedication to reality. This is clearly why it is not obvious to Google et al, or the legislators/bureaucrats.

RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

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This activity ruined my coveted email address. @teleport.com

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: When electricity was first introduced....

You are correct, but I do think it is fair to mention that many people are afraid of what the institutions may not understand. Unintended effects are just that - Global Warming anyone?

Human life is not the only consideration, planet wide. We keep "improving" things to make them work within our flawed frameworks, the world doesn't have starving people in it, nor do we need to sacrifice technological progress because some people want to scale back our weird abstraction (economic value) to understand nature.

The tension provided compelling proof of validity of claims (x is safe, y is beneficial to all) is invaluable in my opinion, and proof is worth waiting for.

Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Seems to me, so far tech companies have escaped the kind of scrutiny, effectiveness be damned, of other industries where consumer safety is paramount - read auto industry. Their profit margins reflects a position of privilege. I wonder how interested they would be in principles if they had to operate at fast food margins. I wonder how concerned they would be for our safety and well being.

Say what you will about the government, it is its job to protect us, competent or not. I, for one, will never be comfortable relying on Tim Cook's good intentions.

Facebook and Twitter back Apple's privacy stance

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Re: FBI vs Apple and the people

I am a little disappointed that more of my ilk are not seeing this way. Apple is disingenuous on any stance. If the FBI abuses its power, its an abuse, the fact it is neccesary to investigate and prosecute crime is indisputable. Apple on the other hand is entirely dependent on their ability to sell whatever garbage they have produced. If Apple wasn't sitting on a literal mountain of cash, I believe they would simply comply.

This is closer to citizen's united than most people want to believe.

The previous poster said it well, and I only want to add, this may be perceived as a battle in the back door war, but perhaps it is a necessary battle for law enforcement. Consider the public service value of conserving their resources if they have cooperation of vendors.

Somebody makes battering ram, but I don't think they promote criminal behavior just to ensure the need.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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Re: Question: how high does a vehicle need to be to be "not in someone's property"?

I think a hovering drone gets no consideration. If the drone is on its way somewhere AND at a reasonable height, then maybe. Considering the purpose of a drone is to fly around (who the f**k cares) and possibly take pictures, it seems like a "right" that warrants little forbearance.

Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

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How long until my personal information is useless anyway because it is unverifiable due to the number of data breaches? Is Tyler Durden's dream coming true?

Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Re: Boy band?

Try Leo Sayer's When I need You:

When I need you

I just close my eyes and I'm with you

And all that I so wanna give you

It's only a heartbeat away

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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If you Tarzan, she Jane, and iPhone, who's calling me!

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600$ and I still can't get "Jungle Boogie" for my ring tone.

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"I said I wanted it ZOO broken!"

The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Another one I wish I could enlighten in person.

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Are most reg readers 12 years old or less?

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Re: A few thoughts come to mind

Your two cents are worth considerably less than that, as well as anyone who "blames the victim" in this case, along with anyone who believe that lack of marital fidelity is anyone's business but the parties involved.

Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Mandatory

The journey they are likely making because of a commitment to an industrial age paradigm of work and production.The effort to eliminate the driver from the equation is equivalent to a right wing political revolution that most argumentative geeks have no concept of resisting.

Someday we will need a lemming law?

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Re: Mandatory

Sure, the insurance industry will allow that to transpire.

Insurance is a boondoggle already, and as a previous poster pointed out, and element of a subtle, insidious control system based on a set of assumptions catering to the most compliant, average contributors of any given populace. (At least in the matrix, they are being used as batteries)

Self driving cars, solve exactly zero problems, except one. Google shareholder ROI.

Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: When is theft not theft?

The idea that saved money is a a gain is a conceit of advertising agencies and other exploitative industries. Unspent currency has no analog in material by definition.This is also not copyright fraud, since no one is using the material to produce their own claimed original work, they are just listening/watching/reading it for crying out loud. The solution will never forcing an antiquated market model on a society that has moved on.

Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: No just no

No more worrying about deciding where you are going or what you are doing.

What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

Thank you. Really.


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