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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

hazeii News today: UK wants driverless buses (278 comments)

Interestingly, there's a report in the Telegraph today suggesting that driverless buses could be on the roads in the UK pretty soon.

On the one hand, this makes sense - the complexity of the problem is reduced with a vehicle following a pre-programmed route.

On the other hand, I'm deeply sceptical - taking the assumption that such vehicles would have to be super-safe to be accepted, I can see a spate of teens having fun baiting autobuses into emergency stops. Oh, and cyclists will totally rule the roads - get in front of a bus and pedal as slow as you like.

12 hours ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

hazeii Embrace, extend.... (226 comments)

I think we've seen this strategy before.

Basically, it's job security; make it so complex you need to pay for 'support' to make it work.

about 3 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

hazeii Re:"Emergency" laws. (147 comments)

And the reason this was *scheduled* for news release today?

Because there was a public sector strike too (they knew which would get the TV headlines).

Plus the lame nods about "sunset" clause (yeah right) and reviews of RIPA (yeah, heard that one before).

What do the people of this fine land think?

Well, you only need to start reading the comments to see.

about 3 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

hazeii Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

Eww....sweep it under the carpet, clean up the mess, move quietly on with the same old same old. A quiet burial, nothing to see here citizen, move along now, move along.

about 5 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

hazeii UK has had LED version for years (187 comments)

Here in the southern UK we've had solar LED road studs for years - they are used on some A roads and mark line dividers, road edges and turn-offs in place of the usual cats-eyes. Work pretty well too (though I find them a bit 'stroby', like some vehicle brake lights).

about 6 months ago
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Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

hazeii Re: Eric "you shouldn't be doing that" Schmidt (155 comments)

I thought the point was clear, but to attempt to make it more so:

Eric Schmidt stated if there was stuff we didn't want people to know, we shouldn't be doing it. (this was way before the Snowden leaks).

He made it a clear position - don't do anything you don't want to be made public (search back for the old discussion on here about it, as I recall he didn't come out of it well).

So now he's saying the opposite - that we can trust him with stuff we don't people to know (i.e. everything Google knows about us).

Our opinions in how much trust to him are clearly divergent.

about 7 months ago
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Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

hazeii Eric "you shouldn't be doing that" Schmidt (155 comments)

This would be the same Eric Schmidt who said "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."?

And now we're expected to believe him, when he says he's keeping us safe from letting anyone know what we're doing?

He killed a lot of trust with the original comment.

He just killed a whole lot more.

about 7 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

hazeii Hit us, lost 2 trees (95 comments)

It was more a band of very strong wind (for the UK) - the damage track is several miles wide, nothing like a tornado. Not too severe, about one tree down every 2 miles (rough calculation from seeing about a dozen trees down on a 25 mile local trip). We lost 2, both ripped off about 10 feet from the ground (in from the edge of a small wood - apparently others have seen a similar pattern).

about 9 months ago
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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

hazeii A curb on *use* (not on *collection*) (359 comments)

Notice how this is a curb on the *use* of the collected data - not on collecting it in the first place.

In other words, politicians have realised how much power this level of information can give them - and that is why control of it is far too important to be left in the hands of the NSA.

So what we have is just a power struggle over the strings of control - and not over the real issue of overbearing intrusion into the private lives of the people of this planet.

about 9 months ago
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Phil Zimmerman Launching Secure "Blackphone"

hazeii And the buyers will be... (156 comments)

No, not terrorists or drug smugglers or other ne'er do wells.

The target market is politicians, sheriffs departments, lobbyists, corporations, bankers and sundry others who worry about their dodgy dealings coming to light.

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

hazeii Aviation as a role model (937 comments)

It'll be like aviation - the makers of the craft in question will pay lots of mney to lawyers to put the crash down to "pilot error".

Aside from which, let's see, law enforcement will want a 'kill switch' and every politician will want a 'Zil lane' button.

about 9 months ago
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EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

hazeii Having read the report, the main points are: (177 comments)

A quick synopsis (so may contain stuff to quibble over) but the meat appears to be the action list (read the original document - link in article - for the rest):

Action 1: Adopt the data protection package

Action 2: Set up an overall agreement ensuring 'proper redress mechanisms' for EU citizens where data is passed to the US for law enforcement purposes.

Action 3: Suspend 'safe harbour' (covering personal data) until the US comply with 'EU highest standards'

Action 4: Suspend the 'TFTP' (Terrorist Finance Tracking Package) until a) Action 2 complete b) the EU have looked into it

Action 5: Worth quoting in full: "Protect the rule of law and the fundamental rights of EU citizens, with a particular focus on threads to the freedom of the press and professional confidentiality (including lawyer-client relationships) as well as enhanced protection for whistleblowers".

Action 6: Develop a european strategy for IT independence (that'll send cold shivers down the spine of certain US companies).

Action 7: Develop the EU as a reference player for a democratic and neutral governance of the internet (my translation: currently it's a US party, we want in on that).

about 9 months ago
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NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

hazeii Is this just setting Snowden up? (383 comments)

Could it be they are now going to (as often suggested on here) deliberately leak something pretty serious (possibly about some past actual harm, with a nicely polished backstory) and attribute it to Snowden? Effectively, by saying "we don't know what he's got" , it leaves the door open for them to attribute *anything they like* to him.

about 10 months ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

hazeii Re:But but but (270 comments)

Absolutely; for large, fast (and short-term) storage we use servers with 6 fast disks in RAID 0, and when that's not enough we use big RAM disks. SSD's have been played with (without any problems) but don't seem to add anything to our particular (admittedly unusual) set-up.

about a year ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

hazeii Gosh.... (241 comments)

Oh, I see, a ramping-up of press releases about 'exploits' against XP prior to the cut-off date.

Didn't see that coming.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

hazeii Re:Age or remote? (629 comments)

One of the best comments, deserves to be modded up.

about a year ago
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Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

hazeii Not just young folk... (332 comments)

Let's face it, linux isn't easy to hack now; the corporates are winning (complexity is their friend, if it was simple no-one would need a support contract). Why release a simple system, when you can bloat it with a zillion tweaks of dubious value and then charge money to keep the whole mess working?

Mind you, it's a strategy that's worked well for Microsoft (well, up till now anyway).

about a year ago

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UK media now allowed to report secret trials.

hazeii hazeii writes  |  about 5 months ago

hazeii (5702) writes "Following some pretty heroic efforts here in the UK, we are now allowed to know a secret trial is taking place. We aren't allowed to know who is being tried, or for what (except it's "terrorism related"). And the media are still barred from reporting the outcome (even if the unnamed defendants "AB" and "CD" are found innocent).

More from the BBC, the Guardian, and plenty of other sources."
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Shamir prevented from attending NSA symposium

hazeii hazeii writes  |  1 year,6 days

hazeii (5702) writes "It appears that Adi Shamir (the 'S' in RSA) won't be able to make the NSA conference. He's posted a lengthy email about it, including this little gem:

"....the NSA people leaped into action, and immediately sent me a short email written with a lot of tact:

      '“The trouble you are having is regrettableSorry you won’t be able to come to our conference. We have submitted our program and did not include you on it.'"

He goes on to suggest this is more cock-up than conspiracy, and is simply a consequence of the US visa bureaucracy "collapsing under its own weight".

The full email appears here."
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BBC: Seized Guardian Files 'endanger agents'

hazeii hazeii writes  |  about a year ago

hazeii (5702) writes "The BBC are reporting that the files seized from David Miranda (as a potential terrorist — see the earlier Slashdot story) 'endanger agents lives'. Given that Miranda (and other Guardian journalists) seem to have been exceedingly careful not to release anything that could actually damage national security, and that the source of this information is a 'senior cabinet adviser', one wonders what exactly the point of this 'news' is."
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The Guardian: Snowden *did not* leak to the Independent

hazeii hazeii writes  |  about a year ago

hazeii (5702) writes "In an interesting twist, the Guardian is reporting that Snowden responded this morning that he is not the source of the Independent's reporting of the earlier Slashdot story revealing the UK's Middle East fibre-interception base. The suggestion seems to be that this is a deliberate (that is, official but unattributed) leak intended to discredit Snowden, Greenwald et al. by "unofficially" releasing information that may be of genuine use to terrorists."
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Ed Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow

hazeii hazeii writes  |  about a year ago

hazeii (5702) writes "Ed Snowden, the US whistleblower responsible for exposing the degree to which the US watches its own citizens (as well as the rest of the world) is reported as having left Hong Kong for Moscow. According to the South China Morning Post, he is on a commercial flight to Russia but intriguingly it seems this is not his final destination. It's not clear whether this move is in response to the US request to extradite him."
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Einstein@home set to reach 1 petaflop/sec.

hazeii hazeii writes  |  about 2 years ago

hazeii (5702) writes "Einstein@home, the distributed computing project searching for the gravitational waves predicted to exist by Albert Einstein looks set to breach the 1 Petaflop barrier around midnight UTC tonight. Put into context, if it was in the Top500 Supercomputers list, it would be in at number 24. I'm sure there are plenty of Slashdot readers who can contribute enough CPU and GPU cycles to push them well over 1,000 teraflops — and maybe even discover a pulsar in the process."
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