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CERN Releases LHC Data

countach 3 years? (42 comments)

It’s laudible that they release it after 3 years, but then rather reprehensible that they are so scared that someone else might discover something faster than them, and they don’t release it straight away.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

countach Revolutionary (453 comments)

This could definitely be revolutionary, and governments on the cusp of spending large amounts of money on conventional transport like rail, should be cautious, because they could end up buying a white elephant. I know a lot of people think this is alarmist, but anybody who underestimates the significance of this revolution, should not be making decisions in government.

4 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

countach Re:Flawed, 'cos... (453 comments)

Yes, but rush hour might be reduced if the pod vehicles could hold a dozen people with optimised routes to pick up people that live within a few hundred metres of you and are going to the same location. Rush hour might be reduced to a trickle and the pods might get recycled a lot quicker than you think. Nobody knows how this could play out.

4 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

countach Re:Interesting though not to be overinterpreted (249 comments)

Those are valid questions, but the results seem to fit the generally emerging consensus that fat doesn't make you fat or do you harm. Until someone gets a counter result, that seems to be the reality.

4 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

countach Re:"Low food" doesn't work either (249 comments)

You can't really compare what is good for an athlete to what is good for the rest of us couch potatoes.

4 days ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

countach Everest (594 comments)

Yes it's stupid.... but its no more stupid than all the stupid idiots who climb everest at significant expense.... a significant number of which never come back.

about three weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

countach Re:Get the Best of Both Worlds (328 comments)

For the iPhone, it's 5 failed attempts.

about a month ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

countach Re:Timeout (328 comments)

Also, 5 failed attempts and you are locked out. So if you can rub off your fingerprints, by the time they grow back, they are out of luck. Or if you can fool the police into trying the wrong finger until it fails 5 times, you are ok.

Oh the other hand, we've heard it can be hacked with some sticky tape copies of your prints. So some clever police might still win.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

countach Re: Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

Ever since Compaq made the first IBM clone back in the 80s, the entire industry is built on cloning at the functional level, which sounds like what is going on here.

If a court could establish that this code was designed to deliberately written to damage hardware, that's a lot different to merely failing to make their code work with clones.

about a month ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

countach Re:What about in house applets? (111 comments)

You seem to be confusing some very different issues: Java code running in J2EE on servers, and users running Java applications on their client machines.

For sure Oracle totally screwed up their client machine warnings to users, and I'm still not convinced they have got it right, its nearly impossible to understand Oracle's documentation or make it work as advertised.

On the other hand, servers aren't particularly vulnerable to most of these exploits because they assume you already have the ability to run the code in question. J2EE servers don't let just anyone run code.

about a month and a half ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

countach Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (111 comments)

In 2014 you are a very unusual person who bothers to whitelist for javascript. You may be the last man standing to do that.

about a month and a half ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

countach Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (111 comments)

I know Java isn't Javascript, but no web site awaits consent before running Javascript. Slashdot basically wouldn't work en-toto without javascript. Back in the old days it would have, but not now.

The problem with this article is that I'm sure Oracle wanted Java to be more like the web's javascript, running by default and running everywhere. Unfortunately it was just a bit too bloated (and as it turns out, buggy) for the world to accept this proposal, and yet the world is perfectly happy to run javascript code without special permission.

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:What they fail to mention (366 comments)

Possibly they could select a sub-set of these genes that don't lead to associated mental illness and have moderately intelligent kids without the downsides.

But therein lies the rub... if we control everything we could end up with a society of moderate drones, and no exceptional and extraordinary people. What if you need to be a bit crazy to be an Einstein?

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:What could possibly go wrong? (366 comments)

That's a very valid question, but more worryingly they could all be psychopaths. At least crooked teeth could be measured by the scientists, but psychopaths would be hard to measure for.

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:But if we make all future births "geniuses"... (366 comments)

I don't know, I looked up the smartest guy who is in our school a few years after school finished, and he was working as a courier driver. He and I used to to compete to get the highest mark in the class. 20 years later I checked up on him and he was driving buses.

It isn't necessarily true that smart people either need or want to be acting like Einstein.

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:Why Not???? (366 comments)

It could be worse because we don't understand the relationship between these genes and other attributes like compassion and morality. For example, some scientist boffin might discover that Gene 769 gives 1 extra IQ point but doesn't realise that it makes you into an unfeeling psychopath. Then we end up with a planet of super intelligent nazis.

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:I hate to say it... (366 comments)

Looks are a lot less to do with fashion than some suspect. Even different races have a similar idea (generally) about what is good looks.

about a month and a half ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

countach Re:"Stupid" is not IQ dependent. (366 comments)

"Wide adoption of this kind of gene-tampering would probably more likely help reduce the number of stupid than increase the number of high-IQ individuals."

Perhaps over multiple generations it would lead to more high-IQ as certain gene combinations become more and less common.

about a month and a half ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

countach Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (111 comments)

You realise the web site you are typing into now uses Javascript, and therefore you have just classified it as malware, right?

about a month and a half ago

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