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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Meneth Of course (506 comments)

Have they not seen "I, Robot" (2004)? Of course you need a manual override.

about three weeks ago

Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Meneth Tivoization (117 comments)

So Digia doesn't mind if vendors "deny users the right to modify Qt or write their own applications," as long as those vendors pay Digia their tithe.

about a month ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

Meneth Obligatory (164 comments)

The data is copied, not "stolen". Get it right!

about a month ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Meneth Hack (201 comments)

So, how long until this DRM module is hacked to let you save uncrypted copies?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Meneth Re:TP-Link TL-WR1043ND (427 comments)

My TL-WR1043N uses factory firmware, and I don't remember ever having to reboot it. I also don't use WiFi, but since it was practically impossible to find a cheap router without WiFi... :)

about a month ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Meneth So what? (256 comments)

Terrorism doesn't have to be organized. Just look at Breivik!

about a month and a half ago

Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company

Meneth Retiring a domain (59 comments)

I foresee plenty of dead links to in the future.

about a month and a half ago

Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

Meneth Re:non military space agreement?? (150 comments)

Yes, the Outer Space Treaty. Japan has signed and ratified it. However, as Wikipedia says, "the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit."

about a month and a half ago

Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

Meneth Re:Space Junk Chain Reaction (150 comments)

Even small pieces won't burn up at all unless you push them downwards into the atmosphere first. Explosions tend to push things in every direction, including up and sideways, which is something we really don't want.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Meneth VNC + VPN (194 comments)

I might set up a computer with a VNC server, so that you can maintain it remotely. To make the machine addressable, you can use dynamic DNS or a VPN.

about a month and a half ago

How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

Meneth Re:Magic Smoke (183 comments)

TFA says these transistors would be filled with helium gas, and if it gets replaced with other gases, the thing would quickly stop working due to ionization.

So I guess there'd be magic smoke going both in and out of the chip.

about 3 months ago

US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Meneth Answer: no (97 comments)

Pretty obvious, since (a) 0.03% growth is well within the margin of error for GDP measurements, and (b) the worst-case scenario is probably a GDP reduction of more than 0.03%.

about 3 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Meneth Not ads (199 comments)

There aren't any ads that wouldn't also distress my friends.

about 3 months ago

The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

Meneth Getting it right (339 comments)

As a Singularitan, I recognize that super-AI may turn out to be impossible. After all, we don't have a theory that proves it possible yet. However, in the case that it is possible, the creation of the super-AI will be the single most important event in our observable universe. Thus it is worthwhile to spend some effort in getting it right.

about 4 months ago

DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

Meneth Re:How long (107 comments)

Yeah, TFA seems like propaganda related to the current season of 24, where American military drones are hacked by terrorists.

about 4 months ago

GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Meneth Emacs (121 comments)

Reminds me of Emacs; a decent operating system. All it lacks is a good text editor.

about 4 months ago

Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Meneth Obligatory (208 comments)

What could ever replace the durability of magnetic tape? Duct tape, maybe.

about 4 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Meneth C++11 (435 comments)

I've used C++ since 1997.

Don't care much for the STL. Its syntax is nice, and I don't mind the size overhead much, but the compilation time is noticeably increased the more templates you use.

C++11 has a bunch of syntax improvements, like "auto" and inline class member initialization. I think I'll use it for most of my future programs.

about 5 months ago

Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

Meneth !bank (357 comments)

As we have seen, keeping any amount of money at an exchange's account is a recipe for disaster. They can still be used, but only if you take care to move your money out of it as soon as possible.

about 6 months ago


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