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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

brunes69 Mental Masturbation (236 comments)

This discussion is pointless mental masturbation because none of these things will be real problems with autonomous cars. The people dreaming up these scenarios do not understand the fundamental paradigm shift that comes with autonomous vehicles

- Firstly, any thoroughfare staffed with autonomous cars should never have pedestrian access, because the cars will all be travelling at maximum safe speed constantly, like 110K+ even on city streets. These streets should be fenced not allowing pedestrians.

- Secondly, In situations where pedestrians are involved, which are inherently unpredictable, the car will never drive faster than it would be able to stop and not hit ANY pedestrian... thus, this whole "choose 1 or 5" scenario is not possible.

- Finally, you won't be able to manually point the car at people and then later have the car "take over". You will not have any ability to drive the car manually, period. At least I bloody well hope not... once autonomous cars are standard, people should not be allowed to drive any more.

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2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

brunes69 vs Material Design (179 comments)

It is going to look pretty jarring when you launch any of Google's apps from that launcher. Material Design looks nothing like iOS.

2 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

brunes69 Tear It Down (98 comments)

Other incidents have left a person with a torn liver and internal bleeding, and cuts requiring 11 stitches, as well as a buggy containing a three-month-old child being whisked out into the road by a sharp gust. Last year the council ruled that the surrounding roads must be closed when the wind reaches speeds of 45mph, but problems have continued.

The problem is that the government is not attaching enough cost to these kinds of mistakes, so they happen over and over again. If the building had to be torn down then the cost / loss would be so high that developers would never make mistakes like this again and start testing their designs better in advance. As it is right now, the only people paying the cost are the citizens while the developers laugh all the way to the bank.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

brunes69 SEARCHABILITY (249 comments)

The biggest problem both the App Store and the Play Store have is searchability. There is no way to filter on anything other than high-level category and keyword, and whatever the result-based ranking algorithms on both stores uses, is horrible, always returning junk and crap instead of what you really want.

This makes finding the kinds of apps you want even when you KNOW what you are looking for EXTREMELY ANNOYING AND OVERLY DIFFICULT, way more so than it has to be.

It is very ironic that Google whose main business is search can not cobble together the resources to make a decent search for Android over the past 5 years.

5 days ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

brunes69 Killbots (56 comments)

I mis-read and thought this said "A Thousand Killbots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes..."

Now THAT would be interesting!

5 days ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

brunes69 /r/floridaman (158 comments)

www.reddit.com/r/floridaman is one of my favorite reddits.

'nuff said.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

brunes69 Re:Politically Correct Science (537 comments)

Actually what you propose would be completely unethical.

Example - If science some day proves that people with blue eyes have faster reaction times than people with brown eyes, and we don't factor that into hiring decisions where reaction times can mean the difference between life and death simply because it would be politically incorrect to do so, then you are making all of society suffer an injustice just because you don't want to make people uncomfortable.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

brunes69 Re: No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

It's not about giving the teachers time off, it is about giving students time off to, you know, have a childhood.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

brunes69 Re: No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

As the husband of a teacher I can tell you I would VASTLY PREFER my wife having 2 weeks off a season instead of one bulk summer break. It would make family trips in the spring or winter so much simpler.

People often forget that while teachers do get the whole summer off, they get ZERO flexible vacation days. This can be painful when you want to take say a random long weekend away.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

brunes69 Re:The canonical best household router is (426 comments)

The problem with having lots of devices that do less instead of smaller numbers of devices that do more is the power use. On average every little wall-wart product you plug into your house costs you between $5 - $15 a month to run. The more of them you run the more they cost you a year. If you have one little device that does multiple jobs, it saves you money.

about two weeks ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

brunes69 Re: STEM is the new liberal arts degree (174 comments)

Sure of course there will always be a small subset of jobs in industry that need this. But the idea that it provides inherent value to all CS is wrong. Calculus has nothing to do with CS at all in reality.

There are also lots of jobs in industry that need high levels of security domain knowledge or networking domain knowledge, but the stuff we need is not even taught in university let alone required for a degree so your example really has no meaning.

about a month ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

brunes69 Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (174 comments)

I don't know what you consider "high level math", but if it is the same thing I am thinking of, I totally disagree with you.

I've been in the industry for over a decade, and have used the calculus and statistics required for my CS degree precisely never. And honestly there are hardly any professions that need either of these disciplines. Yes you should know some VERY BASIC statistics but the idea that everyone needs a university-level course in it is flawed.

IMO in CS degrees, the time spent on these courses would be much better spent on more algorithms courses and courses on actual development practice, both of which are VERY lacking with people coming out of university nowadays.. theyre' all hot-shot python hackers but have no idea what the difference between a linked list and an array list is.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

brunes69 NPAPI (194 comments)

Actually, Firefox has one huge advantage over Chrome - their continued support of NPAPI. Chrome dropped NPAPI as of May, and along with it support for Java plugins. Like them or not, Java plugins are used in HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of huge enterprises for internal applications. By dropping NPAPI support, Chrome basically gave a big middle finger to all these enterprises.

I work for one of these huge companies. A bunch of our internal systems requires the use of Java plugins via NPAPI - and there is no way they are going to spend hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars to replace all of these internal applications, when Chrome was never an officially supported browser in the first place.

Since Chrome dropped NPAPI, I can no longer use any of these applications in it, so I am now back to Firefox for them. And if I am going to run Firefox for some things, I am going to run it for everything, because I frankly don't have the time or patience to run deal with two web browsers every day.

about a month ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

brunes69 Horrible Slashvertisement (91 comments)

First of all this article is nothing more than a giant slashvertisement.

Second of all, essentially every SSD on the market self-encrypts, because it is how the secure wipe feature of SSDs functions. Any SSD that is locked with a password is encrypted and unreadable. This is not a new or novel feature at all, and whoever decided this was newsworthy should not be posting articles to slashdot.

about a month ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

brunes69 Ignoring important factors (92 comments)

This guy is ignoring two very important factors here involved in purchasing of IT hardware in any enterprise.

- Hardware is a capital cost whose depreciation can be written off every year on your corporate income tax. After 4 years or so, your hardware actually now has near zero actual capital value to the company. Thus, as long as a company believes they will be around to see the depreciation of the asset fully written down, it is of little advantage to sacrifice performance in order to save some inconsequential amount on the hardware. This is why companies always buy the latest and greatest.

- The money you spend on the system is just the one-time capital cost. The on-going costs - the electricity used, the maintenance costs, the costs of extending the warranty - these will all be substantially higher per unit computed with older systems than newer systems.

about a month ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

brunes69 Macbook (126 comments)

If this means I have to switch to an iPhone for my work phone, I am against this.

If this means I can ditch this giant Lenovo brick for a Powerbook during my next upgrade cycle, then I am all for this

Not sure which of the two would win, they are battling in my head...

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

brunes69 This is the problem with having a two party system (533 comments)

The idea that economic policy and social policy are tied at the hip in the two mainstream parties is ridiculous. Someone who supports conservative economic policy but liberal social policies, in any other country, has a mainstream party to get behind. In the US, they're essentially an outcast who has to decide which is more important to them, their personal values or what they think is the best direction for the economy, because voting for third parties is viewed as a lost vote.

Politics in the US needs drastic reform away from the two party system.

about a month ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

brunes69 Much better board layout (202 comments)

The model B has a lot more thought into the board layout. Having the power, and HDMI all on the same side of the board and the optional I/O also all on one other side, makes so much more sense and will allow much cleaner looking enclosures. Although.. I still wish they had done even MORE thought and out the I/O on the OPPOSITE side of the board where they have all the GPIO pins.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

brunes69 Just ran into this (753 comments)

When Arthur came up here (Atlantic Canada), it took out the power for a few days.. heck some were without power for a week. While without power, all the big box stores were closed. However, small mom & pop shops stayed open, using a hand ledger and accepting cash. I was actually in one store buying supplies that was operating by candlelight.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

brunes69 66% Would low for Canada (753 comments)

I am pretty sure that in Canada > 75% of transactions are made with plastic, easily. It may be more in the 85% range.

about a month ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  4 days ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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