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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

Ashenkase Winter (86 comments)

I am glad they picked a location that experiences Winter in all its harshness. I always wondered how an autonomous car would deal with all the challenges that Winter driving poses. Black ice and snow covered surfaces are the worst of the conditions, but throw in snow patches, high winds, variable visual conditions, etc and the software will probably start showing its weaknesses.

about two weeks ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Ashenkase Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (549 comments)


I guess I am disqualified due to the fact that I am not wearing socks.

about three weeks ago

Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

Ashenkase or fix (225 comments)

I would sooner do surgery on my leg with a spoon than work for the low-bidder, over-commit, under-deliver wreck of a shop that CGI represents.

about 7 months ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Ashenkase Re:Eastern Ontario - sunny and clear (290 comments)

A. What is Maritimer?

Some one from one of these four provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland. They all touch the Atlantic, therefore they are called the Maritime provinces.

B. What does peeling the label off long neck beer bottles mean?


about 8 months ago

The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

Ashenkase Killer Bees (274 comments)

Looks like the Killer Bees brought it with them from Mexico.

about 8 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Ashenkase Eat more (338 comments)


about 9 months ago

BT and Alcatel-Lucent Record Real-World Fibre Optic Speed of 1.4Tbps In the UK

Ashenkase Re:please report in standard units (70 comments)

Ya, but how many football fields is that?

about 8 months ago

'Darkness Ray' Beams Invisibility From a Distance

Ashenkase Re:Invisibility cloak! (86 comments)

So THATS where all my socks went to!

about 10 months ago

Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing

Ashenkase Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (138 comments)

Can't think of anything else which would mandate sudden interruptions of this kind

I can, maybe he had a kid. Kids tend to put things in perspective. If he had a 9-5 then time really got tight for "Open Source" initiatives, namely diapers, sleepless nights and spending quality time with family.

about a year ago

MAVEN Ready To Launch Today

Ashenkase Live Coverage (55 comments)

Any other links out there? I generally use Spaceflight Now for the text updats along with the live feed.

about a year ago

Experts Hail Quantum Computer Memory Stability Breakthrough

Ashenkase Re:Nice, but... (53 comments)

I fail to see how KFC can leverage this technology... unless of course... they can make the elusive "n" down sandmich. O now that is ebil.

about a year ago

"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At

Ashenkase Lowest bidder wins... (346 comments)

But ends up costing multiple times more in the end.

about a year ago

Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

Ashenkase W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G... (210 comments)

is S.H.I.T.

about a year ago

Microsoft Has 1 Million Servers. So What?

Ashenkase Servers (172 comments)

servers... servers... servers... servers.. servers...

about a year ago

The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

Ashenkase Re:Cobol is self-documenting (345 comments)

In trying to replace the program, the Pentagon spent a billion dollars and wasn't successful.

Translation: the pimps deployed highly effective counter measures to shock and awe the client, the result was a resounding victory of "extended" contracts!

about a year ago

Iron In Egyptian Relics Came From Space

Ashenkase It is said... (119 comments)

That only the Egyptian women would search for and collect meteorites for such jewellery.

These "Iron Maidens" would run to the hills, locate a meteorite, perform a customary dance of death and return to their camps 2 minutes to midnight due to a widespread fear of the dark.

about a year ago



Beamed Core Antimatter Propulsion: Engine Design and Optimization

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "A conceptual design for beamed core antimatter propulsion is reported, where electrically charged annihilation products directly generate thrust after being deflected and collimated by a magnetic nozzle. Simulations were carried out using the Geant4 (Geometry and tracking) software toolkit released by the CERN accelerator laboratory for Monte Carlo simulation of the interaction of particles with matter and fields. Geant permits a more sophisticated and comprehensive design and optimization of antimatter engines than the software environment for simulations reported by prior researchers. The main finding is that effective exhaust speeds Ve ~ 0.69c (where c is the speed of light) are feasible for charged pions in beamed core propulsion, a major improvement over the Ve ~ 0.33c estimate based on prior simulations."
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Bill C-11 Committee Review - SOPA-style amendments dropped except Digital Locks

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "Michal Geist reviews what stayed and what was rejected by the Bill C-11 Committee Review. Looks like SOPA-style amendments are dropped except Digital Locks. There is still a chance for Canadians to have their voices heard before third reading:

The Bill C-11 legislative committee concluded its clause-by-clause review yesterday as eight government amendments were added to the bill and all opposition amendments were defeated. The amendments included an expanded enabler provision and some modest tinkering to other elements of the bill. There are still several steps needed before the bill passes including third reading at the House of Commons, Senate review, and ultimately royal assent, but Canadian copyright reform is well on its way to completion before the summer starts.

In the days leading up to the clause-by-clause review, many focused on three key issues: no SOPA-style amendments such as website blocking or warrantless disclosure of information, maintaining the fair dealing balance found in the bill, and amending the digital lock provisions. By that standard, the changes could have been a lot worse. The government expanded the enabler provision, though not as broadly as CIMA requested. Virtually all other copyright lobby demands — website blocking, notice-and-takedown, iPod tax, copyright term extension, disclosure of subscriber information — were rejected. Moreover, the provisions supported by consumer and education groups including user generated content protection, time shifting, format shifting, backup copies, Internet provider liability, and statutory damages reform were left untouched. This represents a major victory for the many Canadians and groups such as Open Media that spoke out on these issues.


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Microsoft attacks Google privacy with Gmail Man spoof

Ashenkase Ashenkase writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ashenkase (2008188) writes "Meet the Gmail man. He’s a lot like a Canada Post letter carrier, except he’s really, really fast.

There’s one more difference between the Gmail Man and the old-fashioned carrier: the Gmail Man reads your mail.

That’s the message behind a video Microsoft released on Jan. 31. The spoof was originally shared internally at Microsoft but the company released it on YouTube this week following a rift between the two companies over Google’s privacy policy."

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