top Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?
If I programmed my own self-driving car to, for instance, not bother detecting pedestrians (they shouldn't be on the road!) and went off for a drive knocking over a kid or two, I don't think any jury would buy my defense of it not being my fault due to the people illegally being in the roadway.
top Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000
Just imagine being able to walk into an exhibit hall where the original is maintained in working order, but also being able to use one of the kits to get a taste of computing back in the day.
You mean typing in everyone's favourite for the demo machines:
Ahh, happy memories!
top HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises
It's also about the fact that parents are probably more likely to buy cheap tablets like these instead of iPads for their kids, and the kids would be more likely to learn about computers using an open system instead of a locked-down "consumer device."
Yup, there's nothing more open than an iPad!
top Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture
I saw coverage of this on Japanese TV last weekend, and the hype is over the fact that since it is grown in a clean room, there is no bacteria, so it can be kept in an airtight bag at room temperature for a long, long time without going brown or losing its crispness.
The program had three month old lettuce that they tasted and they said it was just as good as the freshly-picked stuff.
top Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?
Beowulf <strike>Cluster</strike> Symphony of orchestras!
top JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'
1999 is the date of the earlier related patent. The filing date is above, clearly written as August 5, 2013, and of course the application number starting with "2013..." is another huge give-away.
top BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes
(Please read the following in CAPITALS)
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I have the believe you are a reputable and responsible and trustworthy person I can do business with from the little information so far I gathered about you during my search for a partner and by matter of trust I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.
I am Stella Morris 19 years of age the only daughter of late Mr Phillip Morris whom was killed by the daleks that attacked our country Nigeria and took over our town. I ran to Lagos the economical capital of nigeria from were I am contacting you. Before the death of my father he told me that he has a sum of DWE 9.000,000 (Nine point one million Doctor Who Episodes) kept in a private cloud here in nigeria in my name as the next of kin,
Dear, in the capacity of the next of kin and with all the tapes in my hand now, I am contacting you with due sence of gallifreyanity that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.
(1)To serve as the guardian of this drama and to come assist me visit the television company here to retrive the consignment.
(2)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country by tardis to further my education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
(3)To provide good viewing plans for the tapes and to manage the tapes for 5 years, during the viewing period,only our profit will be shared annually 70% for me the iTunes account holder while 30% will be for you the manager annually.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 11 % of the total tapes (1 (one) episode) as compensation for your effort
/input after the successful transfer of this video to your nominated iTunes account overseas, before the viewing starts.
Anticipating hearing from you immediately.
Thanks, and would you like a jelly baby?
Best Regards. Stella Morris
top The Dash Is Now Anonymized In Ubuntu 13.10
It's a bit of a non-story in my opinion, as I think most people worry about Ubuntu and their direct partners slurping all their search info, whereas this "news" is that
they now insert an anonymiser into image URLs so that random web site Z doesn't pick up your IP address when your computer tries to render an image.
top Cat-like Robot Runs Like the Wind
1.42 metres per second is 5.11 kph / 3.18 mph, or Force One on the Beaufort scale, which Wikipedia tells me means "Smoke drift indicates wind direction. Leaves and wind vanes are stationary."
about a year and a half ago
top Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days
American, but not British gallons, which are 4.54 litres, if I remember my sums correctly.
about a year and a half ago
top Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing
...for extracting random phrases out of the middle of a patent document that match prior art and posting them to a web site in order to increase hit rates. Please delete this article or you will be hearing from my lawyers!
top How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?
Here in Japan most people use carrier email that supports push, HTML and attachments on feature phones to smartphones, and all free and not counted towards whatever data plan you might be on.
top The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence
Yup, I'll second that. For the people too lazy to click through, your in-dash unit basically becomes a thin client terminal (using RealVNC) for your smartphone server, and the phone can supply an audio stream to the in-car audio system, and read back all your presses of the steering wheel buttons, etc, etc.
Toyota/Panasonic's system will even read your Tweets to you as you drive, and I'm sure an update to the smartphone side will use whatever in-car hands-free system to allow you to dictate Tweets as you drive.
top NASA Teams To Build Gyroscopes 1,000X More Sensitive Than Current Systems
...they've already chosen Cheap and Cheap.
top New Analysis Shows Dinosaurs Not As Heavy As Previously Believed.
80 tonnes versus 23 tonnes. Looks like someone just ran "80 tonnes in lb" through Google.
top Microsoft To Pay $200k Prize For New Security Tech
Note that Trusted Computing (TPM etc) and Trustworthy Computing (secure coding etc) are very, very different things.
top Apple Patents Portrait-Landscape Flipping
Stupid question I know, but Apple is NOT patenting rotation, but rather two gestures to lock the screen in either portrait or landscape mode, regardless of detected orientation. Whether or not such a matter is patentable is another kettle of fish.
On a related matter, Apple long ago bought a patent from British Telecom that appears actually to be for
top Chrome OS, Present and Future
There's quite a few places where the
Trusted Platform Module and Chromium intersect, which looks like being an interesting approach to certain problems.
top U.S. Government Sets Up Online 'App Store'
I wonder how this is related to a recent announcement of Wave System, OpenID, Google, PayPal, etc into an
initiative to have a single sign-on for e-government?