top Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development
The real interesting technology is going to be in the batteries. The chargers will be a place where he would invite competition and exploration, so long as he doesn't get hit with patent trolls (the point of retaining the patent in the first place). The chargers aren't all that interesting.
about a month and a half ago
top NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images
In an energy-starved future with people in government who view power as unlimited, Game of Thrones sounds reasonable.
top In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot
Go home, Slashdot, you're drunk.
top Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House
H-1B visa holders will be gay married for immigration purposes, so their employers will only have to use one H-1B slot.
top US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year
... given what we now know, do we trust that the government wouldn't abuse this system and kill phones for other reasons? Do we trust that media companies won't kill phones it decided were sharing copyrighted materials? Do we trust that phone companies won't kill phones from delinquent customers? What might have been a straightforward security system becomes a dangerous tool of control, when you don't trust those in power.
And this, ultimately, is the problem with those who keep repeating that we should just trust the government. It implies we should also disengage our brains.
top Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries
Contemporary political thought seems to be about electing the right king.
top Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom
One of the constants about startups is their youthful employee base -- young people have less economic baggage
and less experience, and so can be had cheaper. Obamacare makes it much more expensive to hire such individuals by forcing companies to provide increasingly expensive health care, if even one employee ends up in the individual plan! Obamacare is not liable to make entrepreneurial activity more likely, but less.
top An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About
... and he liked this. Enough said.
top Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
Shoulda just told the NSA.
top NYT Publisher Says Not Focusing on Engineering Was A Serious Mistake
The NYT is a hidebound unionista redoubt, resistant to new ideas from within or without. They think like employees, not entrepreneurs. And that, ultimately, is why they will fail.
top TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport
Nonsense. The problem here is using a third, private party to elide the Fourth Amendment.
top The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers
People pitched the timesharing computing model for a lot of reasons, lack of control of the hardware and the software rental treadmill being two of the largest. Every time I hear someone gushing over The Cloud and Software As A Service, it's history repeating itself.
top Evidence For Comet-Borne Microfossils Supports Panspermia
Here. Interesting stuff.
top US Firms Race Fiscal Cliff To Install Wind Turbines
when politicians seek to tax them.
about a year and a half ago
top China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion
China! High speed rail! Hurp! Derp!
top Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules
is the sound of horror at people doing something about global warming that they don't approve of. Ultimately, this proves the old saw about Greens = Watermelons (green on the outside, red in the middle).
top Lab-Grown Leather Could Be a Reality In 5 Years
So, the business part is the only thing missing here.
top How Internet Data Centers Waste Power
"Buy our product or we'll agitate for standards that make them mandatory." It's shit like this that annoys me mightily about the NYT.
top Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought
top How the Critics of the Apollo Program Were Proven Wrong
Is this some sort of drinking game? Because, AWESOME!