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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 week 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 week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

complete loony Re:What? (353 comments)

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

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

complete loony Re:What? (353 comments)

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

about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

complete loony Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

This government does not need to reduce spending. A blind goal of imposing austerity will cripple us. While the economy is currently recovering, this will be short lived. When the next crisis hits, we need a government willing to spend.

The government is not like a company or a household. When governments run a deficit, or banks lend money, they add to the money supply the rest of us use. I would much prefer the government to give us money instead of relying on greedy banks for it. But during a crisis, the banking sector will reduce the flow of new money. If the government attempts to do the same, we'll end up like Greece.

about two weeks ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

complete loony Re:Any questions? (59 comments)

Has anyone on the project thought about extending the design to include secure key storage? (I'm thinking specifically of something like TRESOR / TreVisor)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

complete loony Re:Plumber (509 comments)

The wealthy have captured the government legislation process. If you try to raise the tax rate they will just lobby the government, or buy media time to convince the population that this new tax will effect them too.

Eventually we will revolt in some form, if the economy continues to favour the rich the outcome is inevitable. I only suggested the guillotine to emphasise the problems that France had after its introduction. After replacing their rulers, the new ones turned out to be as bad or worse than the old ones. We may face similar turmoil after we attempt to fix the problem, as often the cure can be worse than the plague. History has repeated this pattern many times.

Consider the 1920's, everything was booming. The rich were getting richer off everyone else, but the imbalance was smaller than today. Then the market crashed, leading to the Depression as governments failed to react in the right way to cushion the economy. In Germany and other places, the downtrodden rose up against the old rulers and replaced them. Eventually leading to WWII.

I hope we are not going to repeat these mistakes again. But the warning signs are there that we may be heading down the same well trodden path.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

complete loony Re:This is complete crap!!! (112 comments)

http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/odgers/chap18

Orders for production of documents are among the most significant procedures available to the Senate to deal with matters of public interest giving rise to questions of ministerial accountability. It is open to the Senate to treat a refusal to table documents as a contempt of the Senate. In cases of government refusal without due cause, however, the Senate has preferred political remedies. In extreme cases the Senate, to punish the government for not producing a document, could resort to more drastic measures than censure of the government, such as refusing to consider government legislation. (See also Chapter 19, Relations with the Executive Government, under Remedies against executive refusal of information.)

Lets hope that they continue to pressure the government for this information. The rest of the voting process is open, why not the counting software? Or at least easy access to the raw data, so members of the public can analyse it themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

complete loony Re:Plumber (509 comments)

And when the power fails, you'll have one more thing to worry about. No thank you. I prefer my basic services to be basic.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

complete loony Re:Plumber (509 comments)

First we need to revolt against the ridiculously wealthy and send them all to the guillotine. After that it will still take a generation to sort out the mess, less if we can find the right people to re-design a working financial system.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

complete loony Re:Simple (509 comments)

Until you know you can pay your credit card every month, ensure your limit is lower than your income so you can't be tempted.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

complete loony Re:Political Absurdism (69 comments)

QoS and traffic management can help you cope with a bottleneck and still get some important traffic through. But it can only work by choosing which traffic to drop. Who should decide what traffic is most important? What if your customers start using a new high bandwidth service? Why do you get to decide that this traffic is unimportant and should be dropped?

There is only one equitable solution to this problem. Upgrade the network so that the choke point no longer exists and no traffic needs to be dropped at all. This may mean laying more fiber, upgrading routers, or striking a deal with the biggest producers of data so they can completely bypass the choke point.

But there are often at least two companies involved in the negotiations, (Netflix, Comcast, Cogent, Verizon, ...) and none of them want to pay for the upgrades. So what do you do then? Should we force ISP's to upgrade network links at their expense, passing the costs on to their customers? (IMHO, yes). Or should ISP's be able to strong arm everyone else to pay for the upgrades?

That is the fundamental argument.

about two weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

complete loony Re:Speculative. (202 comments)

And since it is outside our observable natural world, it is by definition super-natural.

about three weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

complete loony Re:Math? (202 comments)

Because they *were* 14 billion light years away, and are now probably 46...

about three weeks ago

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