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Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

icebraining Re:Infrastructure (287 comments)

What makes you think computers can't see the signs marking detours? It's perfectly within the possibilities of current OCR technology; in fact, there have been usable implementation of road sign processing for years.

Same for changed traffic pattern, especially if there's more than one autonomous car in the zone (since they can communicate in ways that humans can't).

They even understand the policeman who waves at them.

Yeah, and so can an Xbox with a $100 addon. It's really not that hard nowadays to track and recognize those kinds of movements.

about 7 months ago
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New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

icebraining Re:So... no separation between system and userspac (335 comments)

Hum, in most large deployments, the databases are not even in the same machine, let alone VM, as the web server. This is the only way to ensure you can scale (adding more web servers dynamically) and optimize the systems for their workloads.

For example, see the Stack Overflow architecture: http://blog.serverfault.com/2011/09/

Frankly, if you're running the RDBMS on the same server as the web service, you're - like me - running a toy database.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

Well, as I said, with OpenID the providers knows exactly what sites you logged in to, while with Persona they just sign a certificate your browser gives them, vouching for your identity, without getting the site.

In terms of UI, Persona uses email addresses instead of URLs, which are easier for non-techies to grasp as an authentication identifier.

about 8 months ago
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Is Europe's Recession Really Over?

icebraining Re:Betteridge's law of headlines (159 comments)

Problem is, a single growing quarter doesn't mean we've hit rock bottom. So, yes, technically this recession may be over, but that doesn't mean we won't have a new one half a year from now.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

Sure, but what I was replying to was "Any sites you enable JS for will load Google's JS, even if NoScript prevents them from executing", which is simply not true.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

Uh, none of those are scripts, which is what NoScript blocks. Whether images are loaded has nothing to do with "Google's JS" being loaded despite NoScript, as it was claimed.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

No, it's not the same thing, because 1) you don't have to use Google to use Persona, and 2) with Persona, Google doesn't know where you're logging in to.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

Persona only needs a "middle man" if the domain you use doesn't support it natively. It's a fallback, not a requirement.

If you used a provider that supported Persona natively, not only you wouldn't need Mozilla as the middle man, as (unlike with OpenID), that same provider wouldn't know where you were logging in to.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

Uh, you haven't actually used it, have you? You can enable scripts for the main domain, while keeping Google services blocked.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Persona Identity Bridge For Gmail

icebraining Re:And this is impressive why? (114 comments)

1) This is not part of Firefox

2) The first bridge was for Yahoo, not Google, and it's part of an authentication system (Persona) that is actually completely unbiased towards any provider.

about 8 months ago
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First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

icebraining Re:Zealouts and Luddites (303 comments)

Most people who don't eat meat do so because they don't like the taste, the texture

That makes no sense, because "meat" has no common taste or texture. A fillet of salmon and a pork steak are nothing alike, neither in taste nor texture.

about 8 months ago
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YouTube Adds Play Icon To Page Titles To Show Which Tabs Are Making Noise

icebraining Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (150 comments)

Yes, but that would need Adobe to implement such a feature, and why would they?

about 8 months ago
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New, Privacy-Oriented, FOSS Web-mail: Mailpile

icebraining Re:More powe to them, but... (116 comments)

And how does that client know the key hasn't been replaced by someone else's? Yes, the message can be signed. But if you don't have the key, you can't verify the signature either, so that can be faked too.

about 8 months ago
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New, Privacy-Oriented, FOSS Web-mail: Mailpile

icebraining Re:antiquated system (116 comments)

TLS is fine until you reach the MTA. Then you have no guarantee that the message won't be passed as plain text. And even if TLS is used on each hop (unlikely), you still don't have a real end-to-end secure connection, just a chain of many connections, with middle men who can see all the emails.

about 8 months ago
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New, Privacy-Oriented, FOSS Web-mail: Mailpile

icebraining Re:antiquated system (116 comments)

The problem with Bitcoin (and blockchain based currencies) is that they don't really deal well with microtransactions. Since each transaction has to be sent and confirmed by a bunch of nodes, they impose a lot of strain on the miners. Eventually we should see rising transaction fees, which will probably kill such systems.

about 8 months ago
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

icebraining Re:Premptive STFU to GPL white knighters (228 comments)

The unemployment rate in my country for my age bracket is 38%. The idea I can "just" move to a new a company is not realistic.

about 9 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

icebraining Re:Once more government protecting big business (510 comments)

They didn't just get made up because it was fun to regulate taxi drivers, they're there to protect people getting into the back of cars with strangers driving them.

Oh, please. They are there because the taxi drivers lobbied for it, going as far as rioting in the streets, beating the other drivers senseless and cutting off traffic in the financial districts, because during the great depression everyone who had a car was competing with them.

Here's an article from 1934: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/17056337/

about 9 months ago
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

icebraining Re:So using GPL licensed code (228 comments)

If they can't ensure the source is valid, they need to specify that in the contract with their provider, so that they can know demand a reimbursement from the costs of this action. Ignorance is not an excuse in many legal wrongs, and copyright infringement is no exception, otherwise all those people writing "NO COPYRIGHT INTENDED" on Youtube wouldn't be liable either.

about 9 months ago
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

icebraining Re:A policy for GPL code, yeah right.. (228 comments)

Good. Let them spend their money reimplementing the wheel, it gives us Free Software developers a leg up. The company I work for has already replaced dozens of SAP installations thanks to community shared code.

about 9 months ago
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

icebraining Re:Or... (228 comments)

If they're not distributing the source, good riddance. Let them pay to build their own proprietary implementations.

about 9 months ago

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$900,000 raised for buying Tesla's Lab

icebraining icebraining writes  |  about a year and a half ago

icebraining (1313345) writes "As Slashdot reported earlier, The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman launched a funding campaign to help the Tesla Science Center, a 503(c) non-profit, buy the place of Tesla's final laboratory, the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York. Well, thanks to 21511 contributors, it has already raised $912,080, well above the original $800,000 goal. But it's not too late to help: any money raised above the goal will be used by the organization to build a museum dedicated to Tesla."
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Google Literal Search, Reborn

icebraining icebraining writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebraining (1313345) writes "As Slashdotters like to point out, the new helping features of Google Search, such as auto-correcting spelling mistakes and adding synonyms and similar versions of the terms, can cause problems with certain search queries. To solve that, Google has announced on their blog that a new option called Verbatim, available under the menu "more search options", is being added to their Search product and will be available in the next few days. In addiction to the new option, Search will feature better tuned algorithms that will hopefully reduce the need to use it."
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HP to discontinue WebOS devices

icebraining icebraining writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebraining (1313345) writes "According to a press release cited by Engadget, HP is preparing to kill off their webOS phones and tablets. Quote from the press release:

HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones.

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Mozilla rejects WebP image format, Google adds it

icebraining icebraining writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebraining (1313345) writes "Ars Technica looks at the recent rejection of WebP by the Mozilla Developer Joe Drew. "Building mainstream support for a new media format is challenging, especially when the advantages are ambiguous. WebM was attractive to some browser vendors because its royalty-free license arguably solved a real-world problem. According to critics, the advantages of WebP are illusory and don't offer sufficient advantages over JPEG to justify adoption of the new format. (...) "As the WebP image format exists currently, I won't accept a patch for it. If and when that changes, I'll happily re-evaluate my decision!" wrote Mozilla developer Joe Drew in a Bugzilla comment.""
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Linux kernel developer David Brownell dies

icebraining icebraining writes  |  about 3 years ago

icebraining (1313345) writes "

Greg KH:
As I have seen this tangentially mentioned already a few times publically, I figured it warranted it's own announcement now.
Linux has lost a great developer with the passing of David Brownell recently and he will be greatly missed.
sadly, greg k -h

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