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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

beelsebob Regulation (147 comments)

It's almost like, if you don't regulate taxis, then they do all kinds of nasty stuff you wouldn't want them doing!

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

beelsebob Re:Not surprising (451 comments)

Uhhhhh... no. That's not how driverless cars work.

yesterday
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

beelsebob Re:If true, it is no longer the case with new devi (187 comments)

No, no it's not security through obscurity. It's security through something you know - a perfectly valid method of securing something. Of course, it would be nice if in this case, you could change the thing you're supposed to know to be different to the device's serial number.

yesterday
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

beelsebob Re:Why? (115 comments)

Because it's easier to extract money from people continuously if you can deny them their crack^Wgame at will.

yesterday
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

beelsebob Re:My opinion on the matter. (753 comments)

Anyone that uses something besides Linux. One great thing about Unixen is how they share common interfaces. The more you change that, the less interchangeable the various Unixen become. The more reason their will be to resist moving from one to another.

Except that's actually false. Unixen really don't share common interfaces. Mac OS uses launchd, FreeBSD uses init.d, many Linuxes use systemd.

On Linux you'll find devices named /dev/hda(n) and sda(n), while on OS X you'll find /dev/disk(n)s(m), and on solaris you'll find /dev/dsk/c(n)t(m)d(l)s(o).

All unixes differ. Trying to claim that the way it happens to have been done in Linux for a while is the "one true unix way" is frankly bullshit.

2 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:Not strong in Oakland (130 comments)

You absolutely can feel the strength of the shaking at your location. For reference though, the USGS says it was around a magnitude 4 in oakland (and 6 at the epicentre)

2 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:Report from SJC (130 comments)

Oh come on. one power line down, and other than that basically no damage. It pretty much has gone unnoticed.

2 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

beelsebob Re:Normalization (273 comments)

Depends what you want to get out of these stats. If you want to find out in which group you're more likely to find a gamer, if you have a same sized sample, then sure, you're right, you need to normalise it. If you want to find out who you should target when you're designing a game you want to sell to people, then no, no you don't want to normalise it.

2 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:What about Chile? (130 comments)

Considering that one of these was felt in the heart of the tech world, and this is a website about tech... No.

3 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob In the south bay... (130 comments)

It was strong enough to wake us up, but not enough to do any damage in Sunnyvale.

3 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

beelsebob Okay... and? (314 comments)

Why should they repatriate it? What's wrong with keeping money earned abroad, abroad?

3 days ago
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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

beelsebob Re:Yawn. (87 comments)

Okay then, I guess we all might as well give up on security. After all, if we can just blame the user for downloading something malicious, then that's it, solved.

Alternatively though... we can make sure that one process can't get information from another one. How's about that?

4 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

beelsebob Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

A person on an H1B visa must be paid at least the average regional salary for their job position (remove the lower wage incentive)

You realize that this is already a requirement of getting an H1B visa, right?

The job which the H1B person is being hired for must require a 4 year college degree and the candidate must have received said degree from a recognized institution.

The 4 year part is not a requirement, but having exceptional qualifications is already a requirement.

I also support a tax on these workers, to be paid by the employer in addition to normal wages and taxes, that would directly fund educating/retraining American workers to fill tech jobs that are open. Note, this is a fair tax because only companies that want to use H1B visas would be burdened--it's totally their choice.

While not direct, this is already effectively the case. When an employer needs to bring in an H1B worker they end up shelling out huge amounts for lawyers fees, moving expenses etc. It is not a cheap option to hire H1B workers. Quite the opposite in fact.

4 days ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

beelsebob Re:Bricking or Tracking? (298 comments)

How would self organisation make roads magically get built, garbage magically get picked up, and the firefighters magically get paid on time?

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:That is the law... (475 comments)

"Regardless of the posted speed limit, your speed should depend on: - The number and speed of other vehicles on the road. - (...)" [California Drivers Handbook, page 33]

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:How to cripple a city (475 comments)

You can't be obstructing traffic if you're driving as fast as the law allows you to.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

And it's also driving around lots of humans. Humans who will do unpredictable things, and who can't necessarily deal with such a high speed differential from other cars.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

Yep, lorries, then delivery vans, then taxis, then busses, then private vehicles.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

As I've been saying throughout this thread... Google have looked up limit - in the California drivers handbook. In the state in which they're driving, the law is explicit that you should keep up with other traffic, as it is more dangerous to have lots of cars doing different speeds than to exceed the speed limit a bit.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

beelsebob Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

It's not safety vs law. This car is driving in California, where the law says that you should do this. I'm sure in areas where the law says you shouldn't do this, it will not.

about a week ago

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Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."
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Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."
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Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."
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beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."

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