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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

RichMan We paractice driving not emergency driving (304 comments)

Simulators are very good these days. Part of driver training and testing should include emergency driving training including accidents.
Testing of youth and retesting of seniors should include stressful emergency situations requiring quick decision making and actions.

Driving is a privilidge and not a right.

3 days ago

New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

RichMan Re:ARE WE THIS DUMB!!! (130 comments)

I'm sorry you have been attacked by the terminator virus you will need daily pills to survive for the rest of your life. These pills are available at the low low cost of $10 each.

5 days ago

New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

RichMan Roy Batty would be proud (130 comments)

- blade runner reference

5 days ago

Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

RichMan Time for the Ransomware (199 comments)

If you want to drive your car again, send $500 to .... until then the ignition is locked.

about two weeks ago

Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

RichMan Fist Bump (40 comments)

- subject makes sense if you RTFA -

about two weeks ago

Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

RichMan This video is not available due to geographical .. (94 comments)

This video is not available due to geographical licensing restrictions.

That is a lie.
It is available. Availibility is a technical issue.
it is just not allowed to be presented which is a formality issue.

Nice twisted use of the words there to disquise that fact that market segragation is being done.

about two weeks ago

2014: Hottest Year On Record

RichMan But its cold where I live today (560 comments)

The inability of the human species to extract itself from personal state to think globally is going to be our demise. If we can't recognize that we are responsible for maintaining our environment in a livable state we are in big trouble.

And it really is not "globally" any more. The entire planet is our personal space.

about three weeks ago

Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie

RichMan how many songs? (117 comments)

How many songs or "incidents of infringement" did Sony claim Hotfile was guilty of? What did Sony settle for as the price per infringement. Knowing the price sets a negotiation point for anyone else in a similar situaiton.

If Sony claimed there were 800M bad files sent out by Hotfile and the settlement was $4M then when Sony knocks on Joe Publics door. Joe Public can say "You settled with a commercial infringer for 4/800 = 1/200 = 0.5cents a file. As I am not a commercial operation lets start the negotiation at 1/10th of that or 0.05cents a file."

Makes it hard for Sony to intinidate the public if the settlement cost is going to be less than an hours of lawyer fees.

about a month ago

Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

RichMan police will charge with destruction of evidence (75 comments)

So the cops pull you over, and as they are now allowed, they start poking around your phone. It clears itself.
You are going to have some nice vacation time.

about a month ago

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

RichMan 8K!? but I haven't even bought a 4K yet (179 comments)

Do we need this? Is there really a sizable market for people who must have the latest even if the current stuff is good enough?

about a month and a half ago

Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

RichMan How good are the cops? (184 comments)

So now we get to see how powerful the FBI and Japanese equivalent are at actually tracking down cyber criminals.

about 2 months ago

Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

RichMan gravity fields will rip you to shreds (289 comments)

Tidal forces. This is the biggy, If you are in orbit deep in a gravity well with a steep gradient then the orbital velocities of things 1m up/down from each other are significantly different. The material stength of any object extending over that 1m has to resist that force.
Those forces will rip materials to shreds.

Think of your hands being pulled up, while your feet are pulled down. The further into the gravity well you get the more up and the more down the two pulls get.

The only way to avoid the tidal forces are a straight in drop. But you can't do that as all around the well is a swirling gas field that will push you into an orbit.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

RichMan How can faking a call back number be remotelylegal (159 comments)

Looking at the US today, how can providing an incorrect call back number not lead immediatly to an FBI investigation?

Sure the general police don't really care because they don't understand this, but this is "interfereing with the operation of computer network" (yes the phone system does count as a computer network) and the phone network is a vital civil infrastructure. We know from past things interfering with a computer network, even a small scale private one, can actually lead to very serious charges. The phone networks is much more important (than some universities database accesses).

about 2 months ago

China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

RichMan Enforce Monopoly Laws (88 comments)

Clearly China is looking to enforce the monopoly law, that there shall be one and only one state controlled supplier of any good.

about 3 months ago

Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

RichMan warnings are out there (495 comments)

The failure to act on the warnings lies clearly on the people who fail to react to the warnings. This is a failure of the human social system to adapt to a limited resource. This is a classic tragedy of the commons example.

There are many factors at play
1. lack of education to undestand the science, pollution, basic tragedy of the commons problem
2. desire of profit or lifestyle, pretty much the strict commons problem, not willing to make a sacrifice
3. blind to the problem due to religious beliefs
4. plain old innertia to what is not preceived as an imminet threat

The science is clear even if we don't 100% understand all he dynamics, (we can't get 7 day weather right why should we expect 2 year, 5 year or 100 year predictions to be perfect).
The generation and acceptance of un-science is wrong.

about 3 months ago

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

RichMan So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

So when someone buys a team at overvalue, the regular tax payer is on the hook for that overvalue.

Nice deal the rich have going, getting someone else to pay their bills.

about 3 months ago



It's raining in Iqaluit

RichMan RichMan writes  |  about 4 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "If you are freezing in Europe, or suffering under snow on the usually warmer US east coast and wondering where the heat went, it went north. It's January, and it is raining in Iqaluit . Apparently the feeder airstream that normally flows over the gulf current and on to Europe has taken a detour to the north.
While other places might be suffering from the snow. Iqaluit is suffering from the lack of cold. Roads and the ice just are not as solid as they should be.
Just so you know where your heat went."

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Novell has UNIX copyrights, SCO does not

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the jury has reached a verdict in SCO's slander of title case against Novell. Apparently SCO does not own the copyrights it accused Novell of slandering.
  A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses.

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ICANN lost its own domain registration

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes " icann-pwned (cbc.ca) The news organization actually used pwned in the page name. Looks like someone was able to steal the registration for ICANN which strangely seems to be registered with another organization.

ICANN, said it happened on June 26 when an internet registration company it oversees got fooled into transferring the domain names to someone else. .... The domain names hijacked were ICANN.com and IANA.com

And it should be a reminder that domain redirection can happen to anyone, no matter high up the supposed registration tree they happen to be."


April 1: Holiday for the information age

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Is April 1, April Fool's day, the holiday which best represents the information age?

Whereas the internet represents the medium for the information age where information is king, is it not most appropriate that the amazing mess disinformation of front page replacements and headlines that appear on this day are a most appropriate celebration of this new holiday?

Or are we overdoing it by messing everything up?"

Direct Electronic Theft Thwarted by Plug

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Not really enough information in the article to figure out what was going on but it is way more sophisticated than Nigerian letters or other bank scams. It looks like physical security of computers is going to be a big problem.

The would be bank robbers had placed "advanced technical equipment" under the employee's desk that allowed them to take control of his computer remotely, prosecutor Thomas Balter Nordenman said in a statement.
Now think about a cleaner just pushing a USB device into the back of machine. It autoloads the device driver and away it goes."

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.

Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.

With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering.


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