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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

dslmodem self-driving car vs auto-pilot plane (167 comments)

auto-pilot plane was available several decades ago because the complexity of flying is significantly lower than that of driving. if i can, i would bet on auto-pilot flying machine.

about three weeks ago

Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

dslmodem tracking hours in front of a phone/laptop/PC (186 comments)

Should let Google track the amount of time that people spend in front of phones/laptops/pcs. Then, they can send us a warning "Go Exercise Losers!"

about 7 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

dslmodem Re:Why is iPad so much better than iPhone? (471 comments)

The SXTZ display: 10.1". iPad Air display: 9.7"

If you won't care about the extra 128x336 pixels, I won't care about the extra 0.4 inches... Or the likely $100 price difference...

your math is horrible.


about a year ago

What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored

dslmodem Rule of thumb (440 comments)

For elementary level education, it is a SIN to have any curriculum that only super/excellent/great teachers can teach kids well. My observation as a PTA board member now is that poorly a designed curriculum package make both teachers and students suffer.

about a year ago

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

dslmodem STEM degree =/= STEM job qualification (284 comments)

I have to say that STEM education in US is not good enough. For instance, kids start to use calculators too early. Using calculator is a great way to simplify many computation tasks. However, it deprives kids the opportunities to THINK and ESTIMATE. Both are crucial for STEM jobs.

In universities, I have encountered engineering students who did not know what they should really know. Well, they eventually got their degrees. In my opinion, it is much better off for them to pursue jobs in areas other than STEM.

about a year and a half ago

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

dslmodem Education Reinforces Inequality As Well (272 comments)

Hardworking and knowledgeable students get good marks. Then, they move into good universities and get good jobs.

In fact, any paradigm advocates differentiation and tracking reinforces inequality.

Is inequality wrong or right? Where is the boundary?

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Media Calls For Boycott of Cisco

dslmodem Indeed Surprising (216 comments)

Lenovo and FutureWei (HuaWei) had been banned for a long while. I have been very surprised to see that China is starting to talk about boycott CSCO and maybe, AAPL right now.

Apparently, the meeting between Xi and Obama was not going well.

about a year and a half ago

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

dslmodem Is privacy an umbrella for crimes now? (417 comments)

child pono hiding on hard drive ... how about beating someone in a private property? how about making drugs in a private land? i am so confused.

about a year and a half ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

dslmodem When and where matters.... (1078 comments)

While many fellow /.ers enjoy debating race, gun, IED, I would like to stress a couple of facts:

1) Can someone bring guns to school and practice shooting?

Even it is a scientific experiment, there must be certain conditions to limit the scope / location / time that the experiment should be performed.

2) BB Gun accident happened in their home.


Their mom was preparing food.

Moderators, could you please add information to your original post? It will help discussion.

about a year and a half ago

China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

dslmodem Re: China has no choice (313 comments)

That is why welfare states in EU are in deep financial trouble.

In general, one job to support a whole family is not a norm for human race. The easy life will tax future generation heavily.

My goverment takes 45% of my wages in taxes and I still can support whole family with one job + supproting old mother (widow) in former communist state. That is how we do things in Europe...

about 2 years ago

After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

dslmodem The infrastructure is significantly behind (813 comments)

When I first came to US, I was shocked to see those wood utility poles. It is so ancient. There are many excuses for keeping those. People need to go to some developing countries, particularly BRIC, to take a look at their infrastructures. Where is the $$ for change?

more than 2 years ago

The Tablet Debate: 3G Or Wi-Fi?

dslmodem My 3G phone is a hotspot (395 comments)

When I am traveling with my family, we have an ipad and a laptop with us. In the car, my kids and my wife can check whatever over internet. So, 3G is not a must!!

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Announces Web-Based Office365

dslmodem Office 364 ... if it crashes in a day. (210 comments)

Well, it is really a bad name per my understanding.

To keep up with the trend, they should try "iOffice", "FaceOffice",

more than 4 years ago

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley Dishes On Steve Jobs

dslmodem Sculley must have a load of AAPLks in hand. (417 comments)

kidding... It is really a nice interview to read. I am in a big company. There are tons of smart people. However, the company keeps going south. If the management team were as frank/honest as Sculley, we should have been better.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

dslmodem Re:As if there were any doubt, HOPE is dead (646 comments)

The popularity of JFK is due to rosy pictures painted by main stream medias. Many of those have a tie to Kennedy families. I have challenged many of my friends why JFK is a good president. Nobody knows. Brainwashing is happening in USA!

more than 4 years ago

Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

dslmodem Being reach is not a sin. (866 comments)

I am not rich, having 2 kids and living in a 40 yr old tiny townhouse. But, I do not envy rich people. It is not a sin to be a rich man/woman if he/she works hard and legally.

It is very dangerous to fight in classes based on wealth. This is the fundamental idea of Communism.

Remember... "Eventually, socialists/communists run out of other peoples' money" and "Top 10% pays 70% income taxes in US."

Reference: http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html

more than 4 years ago

Turning Your Home Wiring Into a Giant Antenna

dslmodem seems an old idea... (135 comments)

I have been working in a DSL company a few years back. For DSL systems, the AM signals could be an issue since they can couple into the long twist pair lines and then, be fed into receiver. So far, I got the idea to utilize the long wires (phone lines, power line, etc) to perform short range radio communications or sensors with other devices. Problems? Many. Overall, it is very hard to control, i.e. taking a lot of noise/interference and emitting a lot of energy (could affect other devices).

more than 4 years ago

DARPA Wants Extreme Wireless Interference Buster

dslmodem A couple more options (105 comments)

1) spatial domain: beamforming: make sure that the receiver, the transmitter, and the interferer are not aligned in a line. 3D: assume the interferer is on the ground. as long as one of the transmitter or the receiver is in the air/space, there is a good chance to use beamforming to improve reception.

2) narrow band or long code: Effectively, this is slowing down the data rate. In this way, the SINR for a message can be good enough.

more than 4 years ago



356 MPG - Winner of 2013 Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge

dslmodem dslmodem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dslmodem (733085) writes "I did not see this on Slashdot. So, ...

In late May, Toyota launched 2013 Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/07/02/toyota-introduces-2013-prius-plug-in-mpg-challenge/. "To qualify for the challenge, participants must drive at least 500 miles during the 30-day period and at least 75 miles each week. At the end of each 30-day period, judges will examine the Prius trip computer to see who achieved the highest MPG in each wave."

It turned out the winner achieved 356MPG. http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+eco-savvy+influencers+2013+prius+mpg+challenge.htm"

Google Cuts!

dslmodem dslmodem writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dslmodem (733085) writes "According to Washington Post, Google is cutting 10K jobs. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/24/AR2008112402125.html.

In addition, Google has been cutting for a while and has not been caught in the public. It is in that "Google classifies about 10,000 of its workers as 'temporary operational expenses,' which means their positions are not official and could be eliminated without public notification.""

dslmodem dslmodem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dslmodem (733085) writes "After the E-voting turmoil in this mid-term election and NIST's rejection, here comes IEEE the engineers. I've got an email from John Keaton, a Senior Manager in IEEE Strategic Research and Planning. It includes a link to a survey on E-voting. Here are the questions.

1. How familiar are you with electronic voting technology?

2. Have you ever voted using electronic touch screen voting technology?

3. Ignoring for a moment intentional fraud, how reliable do you think electronic voting is at accurately recording the votes of people using it?

4. Some people have argued that electronic voting is susceptible to fraud because people can tinker with the software that records the votes. Others think this fear is misplaced, arguing that electronic voting is harder to manipulate than paper ballots. How vulnerable do you think electronic voting systems are to fraud?

5. Some people have proposed improving the security of electronic voting technology by requiring that voters have the opportunity to verify the accuracy of their vote with a physical (e.g., paper) record of their vote. This will allow voters to confirm that his or her vote was recorded properly and allow hand recounts of the election. Opponents claim that such systems would be unnecessarily complicated, cost extra and would not improve the process. They also claim that hand recounts are less accurate than electronic recounts. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that printed verification of votes should be a mandatory part of electronic voting systems?

6. Looking beyond specific voting technology, how important is it for the federal government to adopt specific national voting technology standards?

7. Virtually all of current electronic voting systems use proprietary software. While the manufacturers test and verify this software, the process for doing so is not transparent and the code itself cannot be viewed by the public. Some people see this as a legitimate competitive advantage for the companies involved and note that the software is extensively tested by independent testing authorities prior to deployment. Other people worry about the lack of transparency in the process and point out that, after testing by outside groups, authorities have found weaknesses in some machines. How concerned are you about the use of proprietary software in voting machines?

8. One suggested solution to the lack of transparency is to mandate that only software disclosed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC-the agency responsible for enforcing election laws) can be used in voting machines. Supporters think this will ensure the integrity of the software. Critics are concerned about the loss of trade secrets and question whether the FEC can adequately police the software. How important do you think it is for the FEC to inspect the software used in voting machines? (my comment: Democracy is all but performing elections in secret. If any company wants their trade secrecy, they should not work in this field. However, FEC should provides those transparent-software vendors with some incentives. )

9. Some voting machines have remote communication devices built into them, including Web access. These devices allow for quick tabulation of the votes and remove local voting officials, who may not be well trained in the new technology, from the vote-counting process. However, some people are worried that remote access could allow people to disrupt or alter vote tallies remotely without being detected. Do you think Congress should ban remote access technology from all voting machines?

10. Please provide any comments and opinions you have on the topic of voting technology, especially electronic voting technology."



Strip Club's Cover Charge Is Voter Registration Card

dslmodem dslmodem writes  |  more than 10 years ago

you may need a voter registration to enter an adult bar...


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