Nissan's Autonomous Car Now Road Legal In Japan
It seems that state-to-state (or even city-to-city) variations in law pretty much just requires that a lawyer and an engineer sit down and code up the statutes, right? Then do simulator testing? Then the car can download them as needed. I'd bet that autonomous (or semi-autonomous, as I think better describes this one) cars will do a better job at that than out-of-state drivers.
"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites
4xx means that the requester is invited to try again (ie, to circumvent.)
Help Shape the Future of Slashdot
I guess slashdot got slashdotted?
Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?
None of the originals -- or even 2nd or 3rd generation copies -- of any ancient or classical era literature have survived to the present day. What kept the works from being lost is that there were lots of scribes making lots of copies, and spreading them around. People did this because they thought they were good, so they went to the expense of having a copy made.
For your pictures and videos, even if you're not thinking of keeping them around for thousands of years, do the same thing: Make copies and spread them around to people who want copies. Convert them to different formats, too (Try to keep some high-quality, non-DRM copies for the next format as well). Don't just think in terms of having a monolithic collection (like the Library at Alexandria) either. You want each grandparent, aunt and cousin to be helping you to curate a distributed cloud of record.
The "obvious" tool here would be The Cloud -- but be careful. None of Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, or Facebook really cares about your pictures; they care about the revenue they can make by keeping a relationship with you. They're kindof like ancient scribes. Let them help you with the making of the copies, but don't let any of them (or any subset of them) keep your only copy for very long.
Do Tools Ever 'Die?'
I think that turning off the Internet is pretty much an admission that regime change is inevitable. A legitimate sovereign power can enforce its laws without completely blocking everything.
You might as well suggest that ballot boxes are dead tools because they haven't been used in Egypt in a few decades... but they aren't, and they'll probably be used again very soon.
IPV4 exhaustion is here...
The IPv4 Address Report is still predicting RIR exhaustion in late September. It'll be interesting to see if it's closer to that, or to APNIC's April-July prediction.
If APNIC is right, then there will probably be IPv6-only sites on the internet before 8 June, 2011.
How many microprocessors are in your home, total?
Do any of us know?
Sure, we can name a few (or some of us a few dozen...) but aren't there a hundred or so we didn't think of?
North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia
It seems appropriate to make a joke about the Mall in Edmonton, but I haven't had enough caffeine today.
Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020
I was thinking that, too.
The oldest computer I have around is a 1990 Amiga 500; I mostly use new kit, of course. Anyone who gets an implant is going to be stuck with it pretty much for life, or commit to brain surgery every 3-5 years to install the newer one.
On the other hand, a 'trode net or hat would seem doable; sign me up for that.
Respected Developers Begin Fleeing the App Store
I wonder if we'll be able to hear the giant sloshing sound -- starting 24 months after the iPhone 3G came out -- of everyone moving away from AT&T / iPhone to whoever is offering a good plan with reasonable price/terms/etc. On the other hand, the iPhone is still a (historical) game-changer, in that it got everyone away from horrible dumb-smart-phones that couldn't even keep a calendar in a user-friendly way.
ARIN Letter Says Two More Years of IPv4
No, the problem is that we really do need more address space. IP addresses include identification information and network topology information. We really do have almost that many computers, and almost that complex of topology.
Forcing the holders of large legacy allocations to give them up would hurt more than moving to IPv6, and it'd only get us a few more years of IPv4 growth. Opening up the class-E space would also hurt more than moving to IPv6, and still only give us a few more years.
NAT effectively adds 16 more bits to the address, but does so on a per-connection basis, not a per-node basis. It requires the network to be stateful, instead of just passing packets while the end hosts carry all the state. (This means that the end hosts can't just route around problems.) NAT is messy, but it happens to work because it can steal some bits of TCP or UDP to make up for not having enough in the IP header.
IPv6 adds way more address space than anyone can think of a use for. So it can encode a lot of information about the node's position in the network, plus keep an address unique for (practically) ever.
What Kind of Data Center Can You Build With $500M?
300,000 Americans is a big N.
What Kind of Data Center Can You Build With $500M?
Was it cheaper when they did it all with paper files?
Yes, but mostly because there were a lot fewer people back then. (Remember, that even sorting is O(N log N) -- and you have to do that to get the right papers in the right files. I would guess that there needs to be lots of O(N^2) operations to catch fraud. 300,000 Americans is a big N.
Google Engineers Say IPv6 Is Easy, Not Expensive
Oh, and another gripe: AFAICT, googlebot does not have the ability to visit IPv6 websites. It makes me sad.
Google Engineers Say IPv6 Is Easy, Not Expensive
Google does publish ipv6.google.com. And if you have classic (not ig) selected, you get an extra-fancy dancing Google logo to let you know you made it to the IPv6 version of Google.
But if you want to use their regular services, they just redirect you to plain old boring www.google.com. So it's nice that Google spent 20% of a lot of time on this, but it's not available to ordinary IPv6 connected users. I guess that's better than slashdot. (ipv6.slashdot.org has an A, but no AAAA records!)
Of course, if you want to add some entries to your ipnodes table, you can get the rest of the Google services to work for you over IPv6 and then your gmail will be extra-cool like mine.
Google's Information On DMCA Takedown Abuse
The DMCA notices I've seen only swear to be authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf, and/or that there is an exclusive license which the alleged file sharer doesn't have. The details about IP addresses, protocols, and timestamps are (at best) represented as a "good faith belief." It's never been clear to me if those sending the notices are making any claim that the
Do you have a reference for your claim that the entire notice must be filed under penalty of perjury? I have some that are completely implausible, and others that for which I have some doubt. If this were indeed perjury, that would probably be interesting to lawyers defending clients from similar evidence.
Favorite on-screen calculator?
I use whatever window is open, and that's generally a lot of them. pgsl is very good at dates, but one can select almost anything you really need, too. bc -l works from almost any shell. google is smart enough for easy stuff.
Of course, someone will probably say they just PM CowboyNeal in IRC, but I actually prefer to do the easier calculations myself.
GM Cornered Into Defending the Volt
Since hydrogen has, at a theoretical best, a 1.0 eROI, it should never be considered an energy source.
Modern batteries (or even flywheels) are better at storing energy than stored hydrogen. The electric grids transmit energy more efficiently than hydrogen can be transported (except to exotic places where installing power lines is difficult. Like on a launching space shuttle.)
On my spaceship, I'd like artificial gravity ....
I think you can get that with a single spinning design. You can run in the same direction as the rotation (basically, faster rotation) and get a good workout. Or, you can leap in the opposite direction, and get around the rim pretty quick. Or you can just hang out in the "hub" and let the station turn around you.
Battlestar Galactica's Last Days
This is exactly how I feel about Doctor Who not being legally available in the US until about a year later.
- So... 19 aid stations do not provide enough water, even at 2 cups per station. Who knew?
- Okay, two 20-mile run/walk's were not enough. Sure, 15 mile training runs help, but still not enough.
- ...and the 20-mile run/walk's were heavier on the walking than they should have been, because of a shoe-fit problem
- ...so the shoe-fit issue meant I had to get new shoes about a month before the race. Sure, I broke 'em in a bit before, but it was less than the recommended 100 miles.
- 1.5 weeks before the race, I got a cold. I think I was over it before the event, but it wasn't the best thing for pre-event tapering.
- Hey, did you know that insufficient water causes PAAAAAAIN[*] in the quadriceps when running? I sure do now.
- None of my training included trying to pace myself for the first five miles, while people are lining the streets, cheering me on, and bringing their boomboxes hooked up to megaphones, playing the theme from Superman. Would the son of Jor-el be holding back now?
- Actually, all of my 15 mile or longer training runs were in much warmer temperatures, and I paced myself by how hot I was getting. That did not work so well at 7am in October.
[*] Think Mr. T's prediction in Rocky III
Anyway, I'm mostly un-sore now. I learned a lot. I keep thinking about how I could do so much better next time -- and then catch myself; why would I do this again ?!? I guess I have a few months to decide. I've had a huge appetite all week -- I think my body has finally decided that I must be serious about this running stuff. (just in time to wind down for winter.)