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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

WarJolt North Korea? (120 comments)

Who gave North Korea a computer? Why would they need a TLD?

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

WarJolt Computers are making everyone's life easier (212 comments)

Why are programmers singled out? Arguably computer automation is helping everyone. Skills are only important to have if there is value in the skill. I don't think theoretical computer scientists are any less intelligent because they never program in C or C++.

about two weeks ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

WarJolt Re:Contradiction (45 comments)

Not really. UCSB has eucalyptus running a small "cloud". That's essentially a scaled down version of AWS. HTCondor can be considered a cloud since it scales and processes can run anywhere in their network.

Of course /. has no shortage of posts about the ambiguity of the word cloud, but I prefer thd looser definition. Universities have been distributing computation for a while now on what could be described as a cloud.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

WarJolt Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

The only problem with keyless cars systems is that the car companies forgot to secure them. That can be fixed.

I'll flip it around on you. Here's my problem with traditional keys; They can be lost, they can be stolen, they can be copied and there isn't a way of logging access or revoking access. Many older vehicles can even be started(and stolen) with a minimal amount of knowledge and tools.

All your cars are connected to the internet or soon will be. If you work for Google you just swipe your badge and take a company car. If you lose your badge they can deactivate it remotely. Being able to revoke access to a car is incredibly powerful. We have 2 factor authentication for your google account. Why not your car?

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

WarJolt Don't really care (1007 comments)

I say there are really 3 valid responses to creationists for an atheist.

1. Ignore them. It's a waste of time.
2. Listen to their premises and reject them for being logically inconsistent.
3. Listen to them and convert.

Getting uneasy and yelling at them is a serious waste of time. It won't get you anywhere. It also make you look like a jerk.
Let them believe what they want. It OK to have a debate, but if they start getting belligerent then respectfully remove yourself from the conversation.

I follow those guidelines for all free exchanges of ideas. I doubt MSU will allow this to get out of control. There is a lot of things that happen at my university that I don't agree with, but they don't affect me, so I let it go.

about a month ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

WarJolt Re:For Starters (320 comments)

Controlling a car is an NP-complete problem. We'll save lives by implementing the heuristics better and more consistently than a human mind can. There will be car error, but let's hope we can minimize that to almost zero. I doubt we will get rid of accidents entirely. Hopefully those accidents will be less deadly though.

You're not going to find a magic fix that prevents car accidents, but it's hard to prove that a car can always perform better than a human.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

WarJolt Is counterfeiting really cheaper? (572 comments)

It's a shame that USB has UMS for storage and UVC for video, but there isn't a similar standard for COM ports.

With that said, it's a serial port. Come on guys!! Just make a pin compatible part and write your own driver. It would probably take about the same amount of time to reverse engineer FTDI. Can you even copyright an IC footprint?

about a month ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

WarJolt Re: Overly broad? (422 comments)

I think the higgs existence has a p value of 3Ã--10-7.
It's kinda sad that the industry accepts things as facts with only 96% certainty. Some of those things have serious impacts on people's lives.

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

WarJolt Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

...because web protocols are universal and easy to use.

Ask yourself this question. Should I use a standard protocol with tons of tools an an ecosystem to support it or should I use a totally custom protocol to handle everything?

Why you'd need to write custom complicated protocols from scratch for everything always riddled me.

Maybe you think because theres less overhead it's better. IDK, but I reject that premise.

Disclaimer: I work with a bunch of stubborn hardware engineers that sometimes refuse to give up their false permises about software.

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

WarJolt Re:They worry too much (406 comments)

Yes, but I doubt an FFA regulation will prevent that. Most people don't tend to follow the rules during an emergency anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

WarJolt Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

authoritarian expansionist kleptocratic coin.

Is that like a cryto-currency that's going to finally replace USD?

about a month and a half ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

WarJolt Re:The "public comment" is a charade (336 comments)

This post got me thinking about those elected to represent me and my community.

Senator Dianne Feinstein opposes net neutrality
Senator Barbara Boxer supports net neutrality
Representative Lois Capps supports net neutrality

How many here even know about how their elected officials stand on net neutrality? Honestly I doubt most people think this is a pressing issue when they vote(/.ers being the exception).

about 1 month ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

WarJolt Ease of Use (203 comments)

I am an Android user, but I've always said that iOS wasn't designed for me. I've said it is great a great product if you want a simple to use smartphone that just works. I think this type of failure really makes me think twice about repeating that advice. Apple success has depended on creating clean products with extreme attention to detail. I'm really disappointed.

about 2 months ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

WarJolt Re:Linux version first? (33 comments)

In their introduction they use the term meta-operating system.

ROS is an open-source, meta-operating system for your robot. It provides the services you would expect from an operating system, including hardware abstraction, low-level device control, implementation of commonly-used functionality, message-passing between processes, and package management. It also provides tools and libraries for obtaining, building, writing, and running code across multiple computers. http://wiki.ros.org/ROS/Introd...

about 2 months ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

WarJolt Re:Qualcomm must be funding it. (33 comments)

Heres the thing about R/T robotic control systems in industrial robotics. The tasks that they run are well defined repetitive tasks that don't change much. The kinds of robotics that we see in Hollywood block busters require significant more intelligence and perception that require a little looser definition of real-time computing.

What you're talking about is hard real-time requirements. This means that if we miss some timing we have a total systems failure. ROS does not guarantee timing, so you'll have to come up with a different way to handle these. One solution is to have specialized, verifiable hardware the handles those hard real-time requirements. Usually these are things that prevent the robot from damaging itself, property or others.

There are many applications of robotics that have firm or soft real-time requirements. These are real-time tasks that can be handled by ROS. Robotic perception is something that doesn't really fit into the hard real-time requirement, so we have to think about ways that these systems degrade and fail gracefully when deadlines are missed.

about 2 months ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

WarJolt Re:Linux version first? (33 comments)

Android is Java. Although ROS supports multiple language bindings the core is written in cpp.

Google has a rosjava port. Multiple machines can run in a single ROS system, so the rosjava port is usually used to create Android UI applications to control or view information in a multi-machine ROS system.

ROS development is tied very closely to Ubuntu. Some things work on Mac OSX, but that's because it's Unix based and the built system was easier to adapt. Windows support is practically non-existent because to build system is not well-suited for non-unix systems. You would have an easier time getting rosjava to work.

Really the reason ARM is supported easily is because it's simply a recompilation. Most of the Ubuntu packages that are required are already available for ARM. Full Android support is significantly more difficult.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

WarJolt Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

I can send money from my GMail account. Why would I used amazon? Smart move on amazons part.

about 2 months ago

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iPad 3 was plan B

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "Ever think your iPad is too bulky? Brooke Crothers writes about how the iPad was plan B for apple. They wanted to use IGZO displays from Sharp. This may make some folks feel better about skipping a generation. Hopefully the next iPad will be smaller thinner and just as beautiful."
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Proposed Bill Allows Fed to Shut Down Your Interne

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "The 197 page bill will allow the president in a time of an emergency to flip a "kill switch" in a time of emergency. Do you think giving the federal government power over the greatest forum for free speech in a time of an emergency is a good idea?"
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