Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?
Infrastructure has to be built one sale at a time. Tesla is demonstrating one way to do it with their supercharger network, with trickle chargers in the home, and supercharging stations scattered around the country, trying to bridge gaps in coverage.
A hydrogen infrastructure will look different, because pressurized hydrogen isn't as ubiquitous as electricity. They might have better luck with a regional approach, selling commuter cars in one city, and building up an infrastructure there just to prove it can be done. This could go hand-in-glove with a partnership with a rental car company, where your car price comes with discounted rentals for cross country trips. They might even be able to start with some fleet approaches: delivery vans, local taxi services, city government inspectors, etc. Get a few vehicles out there first, then expand into the consumer market. Once the hydrogen delivery trucks start making rounds to carry fuel to the fleet terminals, it's not a stretch to get them delivering to consumer facing refueling stations.
Or maybe hydrogen delivery service stations could be provided in a novel format, like a standard shipping container. Build a tank and pump system into a steel box, and make arrangements with a company like BP to drop one in the parking lot of an existing refueling station whenever you sell a car that's not within 10 miles of an existing station. BP may like drilling for oil, but their primary business is selling vehicle fuel. This is an opportunity that doesn't bypass them, like home charging stations do.
The one thing that would be likely to fail would be to take billions of dollars of investment, and build a national network of thousands hydrogen refueling stations before the arrival of millions of hydrogen consumers.
In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
In suburban-heavy US metropolitan regions, Zipcars haven't made inroads yet because the sources and destinations of people are not close to each other. Suburbs are all houses (sources of people) but have no shops, factories, or businesses (no destinations). If my neighborhood was to have a successful zipcar garage that served everyone, it would have to contain as many cars as there are nearby residents, and it would still be emptied quite early in the mornings. The urban centers have few residents who would commute away from the city to work, and would not provide a demand for the tens of thousands of cars that would arrive every morning.
If the cars were self-driving, they'd be able to return to the suburbs to provide many trips per day. More trips per car means fewer cars are needed.
Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House
"Hey, Joe, now that we've finished surrounding the Capitol building lawns with mines, we've still got a bunch of extra mines. What should we do with them?"
"They're not extra. They said ring the building, so the plans are to mine the walks and driveways, too. Maybe if they wrote the policy better, they'd have thought to add an access route."
The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"
This is the same thing that every company big enough to do public relations at all does, except it's being described using inflammatory terminology.
That's what I was thinking. If they are getting real people to agree with their position and sign up with their on-line site, how would that make their individual choices illegitimate? How could that be painted as "astroturf" when it's clearly legitimate support?
Look at the other side. If I worked for a railroad that operated thousands of tanker cars that ship oil across the country, I might go to the stop-the-oil-pipeline.org site and pledge my support. As a railroad, I burn thousands of gallons of oil to ship millions of gallons of crude. I have no interest in protecting the environment, yet here I am, signing up. It's not because I'm an environmentalist, it's because I don't want the competition to take away my business. Where is the story claiming this makes the environmentalists an astroturf organization? There isn't one, because it's not.
Why isn't this story looking into the CRM software in use by the environmentalists? Perhaps their bias is a bit too evident.
Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans
Isn't an atomic bomb just a very, very simple robot?
while (altitude() > TARGET_ALTITUDE)
And yes, it is impossible to determine if that algorithm will ever terminate.
A "good" compiler should throw an error and refuse to compile it, because the function's return can never be reached. An "evil" compiler will spit out an ignorable warning, but let you build your bomb. That implies we need to use evil compilers to program the Kill-O-Bots.
Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans
So how many humans have to die before recognizing the AED is faulty? If it's a subtle fault, it might be delivering a barely ineffective treatment, and confused with an unsaveable patient. The THERAC 25 failure was a bit more dramatic, but it still killed many patients.
Would we accept the same levels of failure from the Kill-O-Bot 2000? We already fire missiles into crowds of people or convoys in order to take out a single high value target. If the Kill-O-Bot was more specific than a missile, but less than perfect, isn't it still a better choice?
Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans
Well on the plus side, it will kill off 90% of Redditors.
Depends on how it identifies 'neckbeards'.
Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?
It's an anti-TARDIS card -- it's smaller on the inside.
Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?
Came here to say exactly this. Focus on your adventure. Coding will be here when you get back.
Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy
And what are we supposed to do with these incompetents if we can't promote them out to management?
Where do you think executives come from.
You'd be surprised how much damage an incompetent executive can do. It may not be immediate, but it poisons an organization systemically. A bad boss can be fired. Firing a bad exec may not remove the toxins fast enough for the organization to recover.
333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record
How is this a bike and not a motorcycle?
It's neither. It is a rocket that happens to have two wheels hanging beneath it, and Wile E. Coyote hanging onto a crossbar above it.
A/C Came Standard On Some Armored Dinosaur Models
What, you're saying swamp coolers don't qualify as A/C? They may not use the traditional compression/expansion cycle, but they certainly do cool an area. And a mucosal surface like the nasal cavity would provide plenty of evaporation to further expel heat from the body. (Although I suspect that the dinosaurs in TFA used swamp cooling primarily in its most literal sense of "hey, let's stand in the swamp because it's cooler".)
The study postulates that dinosaurs' nasal cavities acted as heat exchangers. Without a heat exchanger, your traditional A/C wouldn't work, either. I wouldn't quibble with this categorization.
My biggest gripe is the article misused the term "model" when it clearly meant genus or species.
Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches
I believe that in almost all sectors, users are the primary entree into the protected network, either via phishing or other social engineering. You could probably replace the word Government in the phrase "government cyber breeches" with healthcare, financial services, social networking, retail, non-profit, etc.
Social engineering will always work as long as humans have access to the data and systems. There are steps sys admins can take that can limit or mitigate the damage, but the bottom line is that if people need to access the data, then other people will be able to exploit them.
Heavy handed security often isn't the panacea it's advertised as, because ordinary users will find ways to deal with it. Do you make them change passwords daily? They'll resort to keeping a file of daily passwords. Do you make them fill out a big form to request access to a system? They'll request access to a dozen, in hopes that they will stumble across the correct one, and so won't have to repeat the ordeal; out of the dozen departments they request access from, some may approve the inappropriate request. Or some department head will proclaim "grant everything to my department, because I don't want to waste our time with all these expensive little requests." All of these can be exploited even in the best of situations.
Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad
If you think this is an attempt at marketing, you should recognize they're doing a terrible job at it. Read page 3 of the PDF above, the section titled "Executive Summary". That is not even close to an executive summary, and wouldn't explain jack to any of the executives I work with.
An executive summary for this paper should read like this:
"We have documented a sophisticated espionage ring that is targeting the laptop computers of upper level executives who travel to Southeast Asia. The attackers are using WiFi attacks, compromising hotel networks, compromising hotel business center computers, and tricking the executives into installing malware. Hotel staff are often complicit in either providing access to the attackers, notifying the attackers when the rooms are unoccupied, or by providing a distraction to the executive. They are stealing intellectual property, contacts, notes, schedules, and passwords. They are implanting keyloggers. They are tracking the executive's movements around the globe. They are installing custom malware to gain further access once the compromised computer is brought inside the corporate firewall. They are using sophisticated cryptography to hide their malware and their exfiltration activities. And they are carefully maintaining the compromised computers to ensure continued access for sustained, multi-year attacks."
That's an executive summary.
What People Want From Smart Homes
Knowing my luck, when I'd use my Internet-connected Clapper to turn off the last light when going to bed it'd start playing anti-gonorrhea ads due to the poorly programmed ad-personalization algorithm.
Perhaps it's better programmed than you think. Your wife called...
What People Want From Smart Homes
You can certainly get some home automation systems that are cloud-optional. I have a Vera, which is an (overpriced) DD-WRT box, and it doesn't need internet access. You can get to it from outside the house via VPN, or you can use their SSL site to access it if you want. It runs the lights, sensors, and stuff like that. There are some proprietary devices with local interfaces of varying quality.
Some closed source devices want to phone home, just not to your home. Honeywell, Samsung, Craftsman, they don't have a locally accessible interface. You might want to avoid them.
I built mine initially to control greenhouse lighting, and liked it so much I put it in the rest of my house.
Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
When you were in school, Leibnitz hadn't yet invented his Calculus, so there wasn't as much STEM to learn.
I know, I'll get off your lawn.
Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches
The eletronic machines would not have it if they used actual physical buttons.
They would not have this issue if the program was on a ROM chip.
Not a problem if the voting machines had a internal encrypted flash memory.
No glitch if used the two first on this list
And that could be solved by software as well.
But for some reason diebold think that they should do all this stupid flashy show instead of actually designing something actually reliable and safe.
Which ROM chip is it? Which crypto key did it use? Did it encrypt properly? How do I see what's in the flash?
Paper suffers from none of those problems.
New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping
Selective Availability wasn't a separate signal; it was the encryption of the least significant bits of the satellite's position found in the C/A data. Only a military grade receiver had the keys to decrypt the signals, allowing the receiver to understand the precise location of the satellite, allowing for a more accurate computation.
The "4th signal" the GP may have been referring to is WAAS, the Wide Area Augmentation System. It's a set of precisely surveyed ground stations that continually measure the amount of timing error they're receiving (generally due to atmospheric interference), which is sent back up to the satellites and included in a set of correction data. It was added to serve the FAA in providing accurate altitude and approach data for aircraft that work at all airports. But it's not a separate signal, it's part of the data sent by each satellite. It's effective, and it's cheap - the receiver doesn't need a separate radio to receive DGPS data.
Unlike WAAS, DGPS data does not go back to the satellite. It is transmitted directly by the ground stations to the user receivers. Its a completely different signal, carried on a terrestrial frequency.
Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card
Assuming you're an American, your passport's cover is built with a mesh that is already RF dampening. It can't be read unless it's open. Even a fairly narrow crack can permit reading, so carry it someplace that will keep it closed.
The good thing about RFID readers is that the readers are very reliable. They don't have fragile electrical contacts that can get corroded, mechanically damaged, or electronically damaged by static electricity. They don't require a scanner that can get dirty and fail to read. They don't require a mag stripe head that can pick up embedded abrasives causing it to scratch following stripes. They don't have any moving parts that might break. The reason you might care about that lower maintenance costs us taxpayers less, and means fewer "out-of-order" lines at the border.
The Onion hits a home run!
PC Invader Costs Ky. County $415,000
Warner Music about to sing a new tune?
Rupert started it with this:
Fairbanks to St. Petersburg.
Great circle distance: 3,840 miles
Google directions distance: 9,631 miles
My score: 2.508
I answered by stretching his route slightly: Kantishna Station, Alaska to Skarsvag, Norway. It's a pretty long journey no matter how you look at it.
Google's route: 10,411 miles
Great circle distance: 3,141 miles
It has a score of only 3.315, but it'll take 34 days to make the journey!
This one seemed like a good North American entry:
gets a score of 3.7.
But North America is tricky. Just about every goat and Jeep trail is mapped, and we Americans cannot abide straight lines that aren't paved. Rupert's still managed to find some good ones: Route to distance gives a very respectable 5.6.
I've headed over to the Balkans, where the maps are usefully short on detail. Here's my latest entry. Lecce, Italy to Tirane, Albania:
Route to great circle.
1267 km by Google, 216 km straight arc. Score is 5.866.
It's kind of a pain because you have to snarf the lat/lon from Google's URL and adapt it to the great circle calculator, but it's fun to exploit holes in Google's map coverage.
YASS - Yet Another Story Submission
Wearing a blue suit and a tight smile, the fed faced his audience.
And this wasn't just any audience. It consisted of 300 potential offenders, rounded up on Tuesday so Jon Dudas could lay down the law to them.
In this Star Tribune story, Jon Dudas, the director of the USPTO was speaking to an elementary school assembly of second through fifth graders. So instead of "students" or "kids", it's now acceptable for reporters to refer to them as "potential offenders"? This is plus ungood.
On the date of my birth:
- 1986 - Halley's Comet is visible in the night sky as it passes in its 76-year orbit around the sun.
- 1962 - Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later missed the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
- 1802 - The U.S. Congress passes an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol; eventually this becomes the Library of Congress. It's a geek thing.
- 1961 - Wayne Gretzky, Canadian hockey player, coach, and team owner.
- 1918 - Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian dictator (d. 1989.) I only picked Ceausescu because I remember how much the Romanians enjoyed executing him.
- 1997 - Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904.) And she never saw it coming!
Merry [Christmas|Hannukah|Kwanzaa|Yule|.*] to you!
I just wanted to wish all of you well this holiday season. I know some of you aren't religious folk (neither am I), but that won't stop me from hoping for happiness for you now and in the coming year.
And money, too. Yeah, I may as well wish for something practical for you all while I'm at it.
So have a happy new year and I hope you get money! :-)
Another submission: this year's Ig Nobles have been awarded
The BBC is reporting on this years winners of the Ig Noble awards, honoring science achievements that "cannot, or should not, be reproduced". For example, this years winner for Medicine was the inventor of Neuticles, rubber replacement testicles for neutered dogs.
Submitted an interesting story
In the story Hacker Hunters, BusinessWeek Online documents how the Secret Service turned a member of the ShadowCrew and was able to arrest dozens of the members of the phishing ring.
From the article: "Law enforcement officials are often loath to reveal details of their operations, but the Secret Service and Justice Dept. wanted to publicize a still-rare victory. So they agreed to reveal the inner dynamics of their cat-and-mouse chase to BusinessWeek. The case provides a window into the arcane culture of cybercriminals and the methods of their pursuers."
I thought it was a fascinating read, anyway.
Another submission, and it's not a dupe!
While Lego Mindstorms are fine for creating autonomous toy robots, there's still a lack of kits for constructing larger, sturdier do-it-yourself remote controlled robots. Enter Vex, an Erector/Meccano-style robotics construction kit. According to PCMagazine, (beware, popunder ads) Radio Shack is set to roll these out to consumers beginning in May. No computer control (yet) but they sure look fun!
So, if the story gets rejected, you still might want to check them out. I can't wait!
Another midnight, another submission
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune (free registration required,) "In response to customer complaints, Best Buy, the world's largest electronics retailer, promised today to eliminate mail-in rebates within two years."
Can it be that we're finally nearing the end of one of the most hated marketing ploys of all? What is the world coming to?
I'm hopeful about this submission!
plover writes: Because of Congressional legislation passed quietly in 2003, the Air Force Space Command will no longer distribute space surveillance data via NASA. There was supposed a three year transitional period where the data was to be made available via a NASA web site, but earlier this month their transitional server went down hard, and NASA has decided to not rebuild it. (It was scheduled to be shut down on 31 March 2005 anyway.)
The only way to obtain satellite data now is by signing up with the official Space-Track website. Part of the agreement to obtaining data from their site is that you agree to not redistribute their data.
Of course, amateurs are still free to redistribute their observations, including those of classified satellites.
Another rejected story prepared
According to Reuters, the chairman of Apex was arrested in China. Chinese officials have confirmed the arrest, but have not made the charges known yet. A supplier recently came forward revealing Apex owed them $4.3 million, and fraud charges are suspected. Apex is a maker of inexpensive DVD players that are widely known for the ablility to turn off their region codes.
New submission prepared for rejection
The SCO Group reported their fourth quarter income on Tuesday, and according to The Register, this quarter's earnings are down to $10.08 million, compared to $24 million last year. Their licensing revenue is virtually non-existant, at only $120,000 compared to $10 million to Q4 in 2003. Darl's statement to stockholders began by reporting 'Fourth Quarter achievements demonstrate continued progress at SCO.' I guess progress doesn't imply direction...
Quick, a story that hasn't been rejected yet
'Researchers are saying that caffeine withdrawal should now be classified as a psychiatric disorder' states Sid Kirchheimer at WebMD. In this article he examines a new study that shows caffeine withdrawal produces symptoms that render a person so dysfunctional that it should be classified as a psychiatric disorder. (The article also takes great pains to say "don't panic.") Caffeine withdrawal is nothing new to me, but having it ranked as a "disorder" does trouble me a bit.
Lets see if they can set a new land-speed record in story rejection...
Another story submission (quick before it's rejected)
Story submission (not rejected yet)
The New York Times is running this story (privacy violations required) discussing the new trend towards global movie premieres, and how this model leads to less piracy. Finally, the movie studios are trying something intelligent to combat piracy, rather than lawsuits.
is in honor of Fair and Balanced Day on the Internet (August 15th.) which I found from this link from BoingBoing.
The story is Fox News is suing Al Franken over the title of his new book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." As if anybody who watches Fox News would a) read Al Franken ANYTHING; and b) be literate enough to actually read at all. None of those people have enough neurons to connect the two anyway.
I think the whole thing is a Fox marketing ploy just to get their slogan out. It's certainly the first time I've ever even heard that they have one.
We are saddened to announce the passing of JADNT, whose electrons were returned to a lower energy state on Friday, October 25, 2002.
JADNT was a workhorse server. It began life as an evaluation candidate for an enterprise server, but was replaced early on as it was recognized as too small to perform the required duties. It was moved to its home in JADs cubicle where its dual Pentium Pro horsepower was quickly put to use in reducing compile times. As the software it supported was obsoleted, it took on other tasks where it quietly but efficiently monitored the status of other machines, provided a historical development platform, and constantly served up a variety of utility tools and command scripts.
JADNT fought bravely in its last few remaining hours, the spindle of drive 4 noisily attempting to cooperate with the SCSI controller's pleas to spin, while drive 1 was attempting to recover from a massive bit hemorrhage induced by a power failure on Monday evening at 5:30.
Tuesday morning, technicians attempted to perform an organ transplant. The donor S40 had been removed from life support and kept in storage for over a year, but by the time the drives had been removed and brought to the fourth floor it was too late to save the ailing JADNT. Both weakened drives had lost motor control leaving JADNT in a BIOS coma, gasping for a boot sector. On Friday morning, accompanied by faithful friends, the decision to pull the plug was made.
We will all fondly remember JADNT's famous lizards, and are saddened at the senseless loss of such data as troops.mov, the immensely useful and popular swiper and even its network attached Handspring cradle.
JADNT is survived by CDGU5, D2094REG2010 and JAD2K. It was preceded in death by CAMELOT, JOHN0S2 and 4680JAD. An open case viewing will be held throughout the weekend. Interment will be next week in a closet on third floor, where it is hoped that its RAID cage may some day help restore health to other Globalyst S40s.
I now have a better sig
Karma: Excellent (mostly affected by bribing CowboyNeal)