Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Where I live we have a twirly thing that works well for blind and other disabilities:
Just needs scaling up so 5+ pedestrians waiting to cross can check one while the motorists have no clue (until they upgrade their Google LightChange App of course -- there is no end to this escalating lights war).
NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law
A basic legal principle is that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
It may be a factor in applying penalties, but it does not affect the finding of fact re guilty or not guilty.
If the NSA has historically used perceived complexity of operation as a reason for turning a blind eye to their legal obligations, they may be guilty of massed conspiracy.
Swedish Police Use WhatsApp For Surveillance Ops, Share Intel With Civilians
> all passwords must be at least seven characters an include mixed case and punctuation
People can and will work around any barrier that stops them working, even if they are now working in an unsafe environment.
I worked somewhere once with those rules, plus the password had to be changed monthly, and no reuse of ones you'd used previously.
Pretty much everyone would have a compliant password today that was a slight variant on the unforgettable:
Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?
Returning from a routine (sub or main) on an IBM mainframe or PC (plug compatible) will have happened billions of times before the other PC was even invented. That head start may have been eclipsed by later, more widespread, architectures, but we'd need an intern at a tech job interview to estimate when that happened.
LM 14,12, 12(13) restore content
SLR 15,14 set completion code to zero (implies success)
BR 14 return to caller/op sys
Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse
I have a HP/Compaq laptop where they "improved" the keyboard by adding a column of keys to the left of ctrl/shift/caps lock/tab/esc.
The added row of keys are useless things like "open print control panel" "start calculator". It took my muscle memory months not to be starting the printer whenever I wanted to press ctrl.
There were ways to disable all but one of the extraneous keys, but no way to map them to anything useful.
That one ergonomic horroshow has put HP/Compaq off my preferred supplier list forever.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
You make lots of good points.
My computer is, among other things, a gateway to my valuable data. I'd be mad to consider running untrusted code on it.
Now, if the ads come as signed and certified and verified and have insurance for any damage they cause -- well, then I might take the risk.
But random code freshly downloaded? No way.
Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers
The big problem is that criminals are accessing the internet using public-domain inventions that are intrinsically anonymous. I mean, of course, by using keyboards.
Until we have a properly secure keyboard -- with govt approved letter order, built-in camera, and a mandatory license needed before you can use it -- the bad guys will continue to score easy wins against our freedoms.
The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden
Snowden has mainly revealed metadata -- what info collection programs exist, rather than actual data -- what was collected.
The NSA has emphasised what it does is benign as in mainly collects metadata.
Metadata -- no harm. no foul on either side.
Can a Japanese AI Get Into University?
But could it spend a year boozing and partying when it gets there?
That way, many more of us will be happier to let this (currently) malware vector run on our machines.
Of course that would require a little bit of infrastructure to enable. But the main beneficiaries -- the advertizers -- have known they have been edging toward the Jayacalypse for a long time. They should have had a "Secure JS" mode up and running years ago.
KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software
Any form of writing is a form of censorship.
If you write "Mary had a little lamb" you have forcibly suppressed an infinite number of other statements you could have written in order to write that one.
Worse, you have deliberately written "Mary had a little lamb" instead of cogently arguing a position I hold.
By failing to publish cogent remarks in favor of my position, you have censored me.
That's my completely reasonable assertion based on your definition of censorship.
If you argue otherwise, or if you ignore me, that is censorship.
Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture
Also means that there must be at least one prime in every sequence of 70 million integers.
Means I can put an upper bound on my prime search script....If it searches 70,000,001 consecutive integers and claims to have found no primes, I'll know the bugged little script is lying.
That's a helpful debugging heuristic. Thank you, Pure Math.
UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?
A good rule of thumb is:
If you are going to be a meat eater, don't be a picky one.
Eat cow but not horse? Picky!
Eat crab but not spider? Picky!
Eat dog but not cat? Picky!
The FAA Will Let Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Fly Again
Oh, when will the world learn that battery state of the art is simply inadequate for mobile devices such as iPhones and Dreamliners?
Stick to tethered devices that draw mains power through cords - such as xboxes and trains - and all will run much more smoothly.
Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms
This has long been a problem if you drive through different jurisdictions in one journey.
You get caught on five small towns' radars or speed cams between pee breaks. The tickets arrive in the post weeks later.
But the question of fairness is secondary to the finding of fact. To paraphrase an old criminal maxim: if you can't pay the fine, don't do the crime.
EFF Urges Court To Protect Privacy of Text Messages
Why not give it a try!?
A simple FOI request to your local police department should suffice to get some idea of whether the principle is sound or not.
Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
We now have a robot that can remove our tires.
What hath we wrought!?
What when this thing escapes the lab and goes feral on city streets?
We puny humans may be able to guard our cars against this menace. But what of the self-driving Googlecars? They will be helpless against its stealth attacks.
We invented the wheel, we should not just give that up to the robots or it'll be Judgement Day all over again.
NASA Trailer To Be Shown Before Star Trek: Into Darkness
Just think how much more awesomer this would have been if made by the IRS. Cheaper too - they already have a Star Trek set and costumes.
Study Finds Universe Is 100 Million Years Older Than Previously Thought
The Bible has been under continual re-interpretation.
Take any Bibical statement:
* don't eat shellfish
* keep slaves
* don't be gay
We can show fuzzy date ranges for which the statement was uncontroversally true through to it being considered symbolic only.
From that, we can scientifically predict the half-life of a Biblical truth. Thus, today:
* we do longer need to kill witches
* we don't really need to keep the sabbath holy
* gays are pretty much normal people to god now
* being wealthy no bar to heaven
And tomorrow? Just apply the Biblical truth half-life test to predict!
UK Bloggers Could Face Libel Fines Unless Registered As Press
Voight-Kampff is a highly expensive and time-intensive way of detecting replicants, and may fail with Nexus 8 and above. What we need is foolproof ways of separating humans from xenomorphs of all types (including droids, mutants and intelligent shades of the color blue). If we don't spend megadollars on this, the non-terranists will have won.
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