First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death
According to the article, the trial was for "LSD-assisted psychotherapy", so it was a combination between an acid trip and a session with a therapist. There was someone monitoring them, and they probably did have to get patients to "snap out of it" once in a while.
Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
There are way to many camera's as it is today, no need for privately owned ones as well.
That's one way to look at it, but if there are already cameras everywhere then who cares if there are a few more? It won't take away any more of your privacy, since you already don't have any.
The other way to look at it is that we currently live in a society where surveillance is asymmetric. We're filmed by police, the NSA and corporations, but try walking up to a cop and filming him and see how successful you are.
A world where everyone is wearing privately-owned Glass might level the playing field a little bit.
WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time
Same (potential) situation here : there is no IP in WhatsApp. Just an excellent execution of well-known idea.
Not sure what you mean by that. The IP in WhatsApp is the execution of the idea...
Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't
Also a car has many tens of ECUs, which are connected by a CAN bus that runs on the order of 100 kbit/s. This means that it takes many hours just to send all of the firmware updates to each ECU over CAN bus.
Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'
A lot of those points could be made about the iPod. Can you imagine yourself listening to one at the dinner table? At dinner with a date at a restaurant?
There's nothing stopping people from taking off their Glass when it is socially inappropriate to wear it.
Is Amazon Making a Sub-$300 Console To Play Mobile Games?
I like how you narrowed in on the form factor and operating system, and assumed that no other details are important enough that they could be used to differentiate. You know, little details like how Amazon has this whole business of streaming digital content, how it has the huge financial resources to produce content and market the device. Stuff that Ouya doesn't have.
But no....maybe you're right - it's a console and it runs an operating based on Android. So therefore it's going to be exactly the same.
Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer
A lot of people have pointed out the fact that getting rid of the shuttle buses will increase traffic. But another thing that strikes me as odd is that they accuse this guy of developing an apartment building in Berkeley. Don't they understand that this would increase housing supply, and bring the cost of housing down? They're basically sending a message to developers not to build any new buildings, which is a really dumb idea if they want to halt gentrification.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
So then let's try to bring that back, rather than flying under the radar with adblockers that trick adservers into thinking that they're working. Even if the advertisers are serving malware, two wrongs don't make a right.
I think the ethics of ad blocking is similar to software copyright infringement; it undermines the business model of the company that is offering content. For this reason I don't run an ad blocker.
If you're against proprietary software licenses you shouldn't go and install an unlicensed copy of Windows, you should go download a Linux distribution. Just by using Linux you make yourself counted and you help create a sustainable ecosystem of free software. If no one was willing to pirate Windows, a lot more people would be using Linux on the desktop today.
Similarly if you're against the ad model you should go seek out and contribute to sites that aren't built on an advertising business model (e.g. Wikipedia).
The argument that ad networks serving malware justifies using an ad blocker is to me a bit like saying "Target can't secure their customers' credit cards, so I'm ethically justified in using fake credit cards there".
Disclaimer: I work for and own shares in a company that makes most of its money from advertising revenue.
PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History
Software IMO has stagnated. I can't think of anything I do at home or at work in a desktop PC that I wasn't doing 10 years ago.
I take issue with this. Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook and AWS were not available 10 years ago, and these days I regularly use all of them from my desktop PC at home or at work, and all of them let me do things that I couldn't do before.
Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees
There's a lot of noise being made about the Ellis Act evictions, and how they've "skyrocketed" recently with a 170% increase in evictions. For some perspective, the raw number of Ellis Act evictions last year was 116, in a city with a population of 825,863. It sucks to be evicted, but this isn't a crisis on the scale that some are making it out to be.
Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees
I'm also an Australian living in the US and I've also noticed that cities are inside-out. But I don't buy the "different cultures do things differently" reasoning, because after having experienced both first hand, I know that our cultures and values are just not all that different. Most Australians love living in the suburbs and in fact the "Great Australian Dream" is to own a suburban home (it's not just a big part of it, the two are actually synonymous). Because of this the suburbs of cities like Sydney and Melbourne sprawl just like American cities of similar size. And like in the US, younger people (yes, including the hipsters) prefer the urban life too.
The difference is that due to government policies like more comprehensive healthcare, social security and public transport, the downtown areas aren't a cesspool of drugs. And if you remove the drugs, crime and homelessness, and set up some good schools and parks, what exactly is wrong with raising a family in a downtown highrise?
BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo
I agree. I'm not a huge fan of either blackberry or patent lawsuits but the typo keyboard is clearly a blatant copy of the blackberry one. For those who haven't seen it, take a look at both keyboards side by side before making up your mind. They've copied a lot more than just the qwerty layout.
Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands
"In the abstract"?! In what world do you live in where standalone, server-side Java and Android apps are rare?
In the abstract, Java applets are a problem, sure. But by far most Java code runs on servers and on Android devices and there isn't as much of a problem with poor sandboxing in those environments.
Even After NSA Leaks, Government Still Trusted Over Private Firms
One recent example is how Orbitz puts higher priced hotels at the top of the list for people using macintoshes. The real risk to each and every one of us is their ability to figure out your mental weaknesses and use them against you so that you spend more money than you should. It is the Big Data version of bikini models in beer commercials. Lots of people like to think they are immune to advertising - but nobody is 100% immune to millions of dollars worth of research on manipulation of the human mind.
That still sounds like it's not a big deal compared to what the government could do to you.
Toyota's Killer Firmware
I can't find it either. The article in the second link contains a claim that they found the specific defect(s) that caused unintended acceleration, but I can't see anywhere where they actually mention what the defect is. In fact, in the court transcript itself the guy says he wasn't able to reproduce anything:
Q. Now, you have not reproduced in vehicle testing your theory that there's a software bug that opens the throttle and then the task dies, have you?
Q. And you have not reproduced in vehicle testing your theory where there's task death and then the throttle is opened farther by a software bug or corruption, correct?
A. Right. So the second corruption that I talked about yesterday has not been demonstrated in a vehicle. We've not attempted to.
It really sounds to me like this "embedded software expert" came up with a whole bunch of possible things that could've gone wrong, but didn't actually find a bug.
Why Amazon Is Profitless Only By Choice
In most places, when you buy something from a company in another state, the buyer is responsible for declaring and paying a "use tax". So I think a better question is: do you pay taxes for other people who were supposed to, but didn't?
Google Cracks Down On Mugshot Blackmail Sites
It's in the article, but you have to click through to page 4.
Google’s team worked faster than Mr. Friedenfelds expected, introducing that algorithm change sometime on Thursday. The effects were immediate: on Friday, two mug shots of Janese Trimaldi, which had appeared prominently in an image search, were no longer on the first page. For owners of these sites, this is very bad news.
What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov
The problem with load testing is that it's as much an exercise in testing resources as in the application's efficiency. When it comes time to simulate a million users' load on the server, Amazon or Google could just spin up a few thousand virtual machines on their spare capacity, and simulate a few thousand users on each one. Smaller companies have to make do with what they have - probably a few old servers running a few hundred simulations.
Both Amazon and Google will let anyone use thier spare capacity for a reasonable fee, so big load spikes are no longer a valid excuse for web servers going down.
The Story of the Original iPhone's Development
Jon Rubinstein, Apple’s top hardware executive at the time, says there were even long discussions about how big the phone would be. “I was actually pushing to do two sizes — to have a regular iPhone and an iPhone mini like we had with the iPod. I thought one could be a smartphone and one could be a dumber phone. But we never got any traction on the small one, and in order to do one of these projects, you really need to put all your wood behind one arrow.”
Wow, they really need to revisit this idea now. The world has changed since 2007, and Apple now has a lot more money, resources and competition from a range of Android phones, big and small. I personally prefer the "small" 4 inch screens, but I know that most of the market wants gigantic phablets. It made sense back in 2007 to have all the wood behind one arrow, but now they've just got all their eggs in one basket.
Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman
Is this going to be like some kind of shoddy Microsoft elevator, which would send him up a few flights before crashing and sending him tumbling down again? :)
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