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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

complete loony Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

But the limit is still 70. If they pull you over with a measurement of 80mph, but you take them to court with evidence that your GPS measured 75mph, you're still guilty.

about a week ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

complete loony Re:What kind of fish? (180 comments)

Bored while camping, my family started spear fishing with garden forks in knee deep reeds. Caught about 40 carp, buried them in someone's garden for fertiliser.

about two weeks ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

complete loony Re:No signup without a Google Account? (167 comments)

I've talked with the developers before at conferences. They were (and probably still are...) using google contacts and messaging for the initial handshake in establishing connections. That may change in future.

They also weren't doing any kind of onion routing. So if they get big enough to be noticed, passive network monitoring may reveal the very social graph that lantern depends on.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

complete loony Re:What? (393 comments)

... the government doesn't create wealth.

Only if you assume;

“A network of intergenerational transfers makes the typical person a part of an extended family that goes on indefinitely. In this setting, households capitalise the entire array of expected future taxes, and thereby plan effectively with an infinite horizon” Robert Barro

When you actually dig into the assumptions of economic theories like that, they usually turn out to be completely absurd. Of course governments can create wealth. Running a deficit creates both income and money for the rest of the economy.

Banks have the same effect when they issue loans. But they can't do that forever, which is why we're having so much trouble returning the economy to "normal".

about two weeks ago
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Clever Workaround: Visual Cryptography On Austrian Postage Stamps

complete loony Re:Censorship not avoided (74 comments)

Could you place the stamps next to each other and focus behind them? Like looking at a 3d stereo-gram?

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

complete loony Re:FTFY (306 comments)

Obligatory

about two weeks ago
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Ecuador To Forge Ahead With State-Backed Digital Currency

complete loony Re:Yet another fiat currency (85 comments)

Personally I'd rather we used more government printed money. The alternative we have now is banks creating "money" by issuing loans. Society would be better off if we removed bank managers from their current privileged position.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

complete loony Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Have you watched any of google's self driving demo videos? I'd say their car drives like an old lady. Overly cautious IMHO.

about three weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

complete loony Re:VHS machines. (273 comments)

Or calculators 20+ years ago. My dad used to recommend one of the cheaper programmable calculators to his students, suggesting they cut a hole to press the missing button.

about three weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

complete loony Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

Car? First sale doctrine. It's yours.

Software? It's not yours, you (most likely) agreed to a license to use it, which may include a fee per feature.

Are click through licenses, after purchase / install valid? Debatable, and untested in the court room.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

complete loony Re:Wouldn't electric cars have the opposite effect (502 comments)

In Australia ATM, a dodgy deal with the monopoly owners of the grid's "poles and wires" has enabled and encouraged a massive over investment. Causing prices to rise for just about everyone. At the same time, in response to recent economic woes, the government was offering large subsidies to residential investment in solar panels.

As I travel around our suburbs now, solar is everywhere. And there is actually talk about the grid going into a death spiral. Their customers are reacting to rising prices by installing more solar arrays, even though the government subsidies have ended. There's a good chance that some of the over investment in the grid will never be needed at all.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

complete loony Re:free electricity! (201 comments)

And your nuclear reactor is also turning mass into energy to drive it. Both the mass of the exhaust and it's velocity must take away mass from your craft.

about a month ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

complete loony Re:Is this really a breakthrough? (69 comments)

And chess AI's don't play in the same way as humans.

about a month ago
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Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

complete loony Re:TOR is actually sponsored by Uncle Sam (52 comments)

This is true of most circumvention tools, and something that the authors of these tools are all well aware of. We could really use a global money laundering system, so those that benefit most from these tools can contribute to their funding.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

complete loony Re:What? (354 comments)

There are limits. 4 hours at room temperature would be a problem.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

complete loony Re:What? (354 comments)

Bringing it out cold would violate the health codes they have to follow...

about a month ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

complete loony Re:uh huh (89 comments)

Writing code is nothing like working in a factory producing identical components. It's more like designing a house, followed by an office building, a bridge, a power drill, a pacemaker, a roller coaster, a lunar lander, ...

If every developer is doing their job perfectly, they will literally *never* write the same code twice. Every single task they do will be different from all of their previous tasks. So how do you measure their output?

about a month ago
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Firefox 31 Released

complete loony Re:Spyware companies will love it (172 comments)

One of the original demo's I saw for the canvas was green screening performed in javascript. For another quick use case, a game might use pixel colours to detect collisions instead of tracking objects manually.

about a month ago
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New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

complete loony Re:I have an idea (100 comments)

That might actually be an improvement on the current system. What we have now is low level banks issuing digital currency as loans to people. The digital currency is immediately transferred to someone else (or why would you ask for the loan?) and the new owner is tracked by another (or perhaps the same) bank. The "prime interest rate" doesn't really control how much currency the banks create. That only effects the bottom line of the banks 30 days after the currency is created.

about a month ago

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