The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
"There seems to be a bagel with the ignition switch that we should look into."
The emails and memos will still get written, and it's not like anyone will be fooled by the obtuse circumlocutions.
A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check
There are other theorems with computer-assisted proofs that are too complex to verify by hand, going back decades. The four colour map theorem and the classification of finite simple groups are two examples.
Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
According to the data in the paper, the increase in illness started about the same time that Gossip Girl premiered. Clearly that TV show made people sick.
My conclusion makes exactly as much scientific sense as theirs. In other words, their "science" is bullshit.
We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000
They haven't been replying to all the petitions that met the requirements, so why do they need to raise the requirements?
Dutch Gov't Offers Guidance For Responsible Disclosure Practices
What's not to like? How about a government agency enforcing a company's decision to conceal and not fix vulnerabilities? As far as I can see, there's no requirement that a company must agree to disclose at all; and white-hats who don't follow the guidelines are not offered any legal protection.
We've seen time and again what happens when "responsible disclosure" is abused to allow security holes to go unfixed and exploited. This is big step backwards.
Weebots: Driveable Robots For Babies Who Need Them
My thought was "EVERY baby needs a driveable robot!"
Polish Researcher: Oracle Knew For Months About Java Zero-Day
If that's the way they work, they should not be selling mission-critical software that is exposed to the internet.
NASA Morpheus Lander Test Ends In Explosion
Well I'm not sure, but my guess is that several of the test objectives did not get checked off.
Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens
> Responding to criticism, Bay thoughtfully explained that fans need to "chill."
Fans need to ignore Michael Bay and his movies entirely. I've never seen one of Bay's movies, he has never "ruined" anything for me, and I am perfectly content.
Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?
I wouldn't join with the same profile that I used personally.
Exactly. My work email address is different from my personal one, and likewise for social networks. The profile set up by my employer is used for work purposes only - it's got nothing to do with my personal life.
The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing
Examination of the example in the article suggests a heuristic algorithm that should provide near-optimal solutions and is suitable for real-time execution on neural wetware.
1. Start by mowing around the outside border.
2. Proceed going around, from the outside in.
3. When you reach a strip <= 3 mowers wide, clear it with short back-and-forths.
Proof of an upper bound on excess mowing vis-a-vis the optimal solution is left as an exercise for the reader.
Places With the Most Wikipedia Articles
If I click "Random Article" a few times, it'll soon come up with a village in Poland - a lot more often than France.
Machining a TI-89 Out of Aluminum
TI's lawyers will be after him for DMCA violation because he's bypassed their physical copyright protection mechanism.
Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft
But it's all the way in Australia!
Facebook User Satisfaction Is 'Abysmal'
Facebook has repeatedly changed their policies to publish various data that they had said was private or friends-only. But hey, no problem, they didn't charge money when they screwed people over so it's OK!
Uh, no, it's not OK.
California To Drop State Rock Over Asbestos Concerns
Grizzly bears kill people, too.
1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online
The article says Pan-STARRS can "identify any potential threats to Earth", but it can only find asteroids and comets that are about to hit us. They don't claim to be able to spot other threats, such as:
- Dalek invasion fleet
- Berserker machines
- Chain reaction of supernovae
- Radiation front from the collapse of the galactic core
- Borg attack from the future
- Galaxy-wide iPhone recall
Stupid gadget blogs, over-hyping stuff as usual.
Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss
How many different explanations have we heard for colony collapse disorder so far? Five? Six? Is there any particular reason I should believe this one more than the others?
Newly-Found Windows Bug Affects All Versions Since NT
Microsoft was informed about this vulnerability on 12-Jun-2009, and they
confirmed receipt of my report on 22-Jun-2009.
Regrettably, no official patch is currently available. As an effective and easy
to deploy workaround is available, I have concluded that it is in the best
interest of users to go ahead with the publication of this document without an
from Tavis Ormandy's disclosure
So the bug was found six months ago, but Microsoft only decided it was serious enough to fix after it was publicized. Seems like another case of "responsible disclosure" being used to cover up a vulnerability, instead of fixing it (or publishing a workaround) before the bad guys find out about it.
Arrington's CrunchPad Dies
The CrunchPad was supposed to have open hardware & software, right?
It was almost finished and ready for release, right?
So where's the hardware design & source code? Or was all that "open" talk just BS meant to get support from the slashcrunch crowd?
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