top 850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement
A "Google-like" search engine? Does that mean they are serving ads to the law enforcement agencies that use it?
top William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
... some President or intelligence chief
I doubt that "some President" would be wielding this power. It is much more likely that he would be the subject of the power. First off, the agency would be loathe to be controlled by an external political agent. Secondly, it seems like it would be more useful to have a disposable puppet in charge rather than put one of their own in such a highly visible and yet temporary position. After all, their normal MO is to work in the shadows.
about a month and a half ago
top Android Wear Is Here
There are three broad categories of watch people these days:
Consider a fourth category, though likely not as broad as what you have already listed. That would be athletes and fitness buffs who obsess over the statistics of our training activities. We regularly wear huge GPS enabled watches that track our activities and statistics. The more popular brands include Garmin devices and if you have ever had the "pleasure" of using anything designed by Garmin's UI team you can imagine how excited some of us are to have an alternative. A cell phone with a watch peripheral would be a great combo. In my particular case, I perspire heavily when I run so I have to carry my cell phone in a zip lock bag, making it awkward to get to. Having a display on my wrist would be a significant usability factor. At ~$200US the watches are priced competitively with the stand alone units.
The only reason I have not ordered one is that I'm waiting to see how the Moto 360 stacks up against these two.
top $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now
I didn't check your link. I just wanted to let you know that when I was a kid, I had a crystal radio that produced sound in the earphone solely off the energy captured in the RF received. It had no batteries or external power source.
top Fish-Eating Spiders More Common Than Thought
Can't think of much. Maybe this:
What has eight legs and a fish?
... How about this.
Moe: What is big and hairy and has eight legs?
Joe: I don't know, what?
Moe: I don't know either, but it's on your shoulder and it has a fish!
Note to self: Don't quit day job.
top US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
Your point would be better taken if you (and I mean the generic you, not you specifically) did not risk others lives by the actions that you take. I'd be perfectly happy to let you do whatever you wish in your vehicle but when a mistake on your part can kill me, then I'm happy to have the government interfere with your ability to do so.
top Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas
And woe betide any zombies who eat his brain!
top Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released
Where are the APPLICATIONS ??????????????????????
I suppose this only counts if you count Pixar as professionals.
top Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?
Putting e10 in a Stihl 2 stroke and pulling the cord voids the warranty.
top Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?
Someone pointed that one out to me when I started working on a framework to manage timers, digital I/O and so on on the Arduino platform. Apparently Joel feels that abstractions are not useful because they cannot be perfect. He points out that stream sockets hide the errors in network transport by 'guaranteeing' packet delivery order and retransmiting dropped packets but cannot mask the problem when the cable is pulled. So what? If someone needs to read this to understand that the network is not going to work when the cable is disconnected, they're probably in the wrong business.
top In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
Golf is dying because it's boring and pointless.
As an avid fisherman I hope to see the popularity of golf grow.
top Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
Come on, I refuse to believe that these entities are actively working to put more people in prison for no good reason.
... I think it's more likely that private prisons advocate for more prison time, etc. That would be the American thing to do :)
Are you suggesting that money is not a good reason?
Prison operation is now private and they want to grow the business.
top OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL
... Does anyone know how good their test coverage is?
Not obvious to me if by "their" you mean OpenSSL or OpenBSD (*) but it seems to me the answer is "not sufficient." I'm sure it will be enhanced to cover Heartbleed.
(*) OpenSSL, OpenBSD
... phrased that way it sounds like a match made in heaven! ;)
top The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight
What annoys me is that this is happening on a weeknight. Seriously??? Can't anyone think this sort of thing through???
Very poor planning IMO. Whereas we had temps in the 80s a couple days ago it is presently 27F when the eclipse seems to be at totality. Oh well, at least I got to see it and capture some crude images before the clouds moved back in.
top Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers
There are faster, cheaper boards than the Pi.
Can you suggest any? My google-fu is not up to the task...
top Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium
Why not Hydrogen? Must utility generators are hydrogen cooled due to hydrogen's low viscosity and high thermal conductivity.
top Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues
That said most apps work if you say No. I wouldn't call it an unnecessary request to ask for permission.
On Android you cannot install the app if you say no. The question is asked during installation or update.
top Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
AFAIK I have Comcast and Netflix. Most of the time when I watch Netflix it wavers between 280SD and 480SD. On a good day I get 720HD. On a bad day - which is all too frequent - I get 240SD. Anything from 280SD and below looks like crap on a modern HDTV.
And yet, at the same time I can run a bandwidth test which shows I get great bandwidth (speedtest.net, local test server.)
I suppose the bottleneck could be beyond the portion of the network between my home and the local speedtest.net server. Or Comcast is throttling Netflix. Either way, Comcast has a vested interest in not solving the problem.
top Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
Does it have an automatic transmission, and if not does it have clutch by wire?
Automatic transmissions are common (perhaps universal) on scooters and have been used on motorcycles in the past. The newest BMWs have ability to shift without pulling the clutch lever or reducing the throttle. From
http://www.motorcycledaily.com... "The BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro, available as a factory option, represents a world first for production motorcycle manufacture. It enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without operation of the clutch or throttle valve in the proper load and rpm speed ranges while riding."
top Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
No software. No seat belts. No automatic..anything.
You'd have to restrict that to old motorcycles. My '98 has ABS and fuel injection, both of which used programmed electronics. Newer bikes include systems such as CAN Bus, traction control, fly by wire throttles and more. Except for things like air bags, seat belts and bumpers, motorcycles use a lot of technology found in automobiles.
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