top Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
People (and service animals) will need to get used to silent cars - that is not going to happen until silent cars are ubiquitous, which is certainly not true now. There is nothing ridiculous about mandating some amount of noise in the meantime.
How are silent cars supposed to become ubiquitous if the law mandates that they cannot be silent?
top Google Releases More Windows Bugs
Your metaphor does not hold.
As you put it, Google is inserting itself into other's business, when they should be concentrating on their own issues. In kindergarden, there are teachers and other staff to oversee the children and resolve conflicts. That does not exist here. Google has stepped up and is trying to improve their whole business environment, both in and around their area of stewardship.
When researching an issue, bug, or flaw (such as security issues in this case) sometimes you find that the system you are working on does not contain the flaw, but the environment where it is being used. Normally, we accept it as a limitation and attempt to build around the flaw, leaving it for a pitfall to others. Google is calling out such flaws and letting the stewards over those flawed systems know, and giving them 90 days to fix it before they tell everyone else.
This isn't whining, it's community responsibility, and I hope more companies follow suit.
top NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
Of course this could destroy various aspects of Venus worth studying, and there is even a remote possibility of destroying some sort of alien ecosystem we have yet to discover. Before we set out to change the planet, let's understand it first. Mining the atmosphere (and further along the surface) for chemicals could make a cloud city financially viable in the far future (sooner and faster than terraforming), but since we have extremely limited data as to what is actually there we need to explore first, and explore well.
about a month and a half ago
top CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
Do you honestly think that this is new? Did 9/11, the deaths of a few of our countrymen and an attack on our soil warrant this?
To think that this was all it took for us to commit such atrocities is foolish in the extreme. During WWII there were many places where Japanese Americans were forced into, our own American concentration camp. Some of those AMERICANS suffered like in other camps found in Europe. many have forgotten this facet of history.
I doubt any of this torture activity is as new as is being presented. It's just that this is the first time it served someone's agenda for it to now see the light of day.
Let's not keep our head's in the sand, we lost the moral high ground as a nation long before 9/11.
top Developing the First Law of Robotics
It was doing what it was programmed to do! What do you think a human being would be to a robot anyway, if not other moving objects it has to keep out of a hole?
Wait, are we talking about robotic contraceptive devices?
top White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO
I have a degree in Geology but have been employed as an IT consultant for 15 years. Degrees are a wonderful foundation, but there is no substitute for work experience, and working you often learn more then you ever could in a classroom. Roughly 80% of my technical abilities came from self-study and on-the-job training and experiences.
Look at her work history, and what she has done. She is the best qualified person we have seen coming in to this position by quite a large margin.
top Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
Looks like Queen Titania or someone else is making a play for power, Someone call Harry before the ebola viruses get too happy.
top Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses
Remember that for the most part, most of the world has at least some igneous inclusions that might make this possible, and that further research may point to other electromagnetic discharges that may be detectible.
Also, this does not mean underwater. Rocks formed underwater can only be volcanic, as the rapid cooling due to surrounding water creates the microcrystalline-to-glass consistency that makes up ALL volcanic rock. Igneous, by definition, has cooled slowly over time, allowing for crystal growth (individual minerals precipitating out of the magma at certain temperatures). The water is extremely deep groundwater, under massive pressure and heat, and affects the chemistry and physics of the magma.