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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

robertchin Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

The maximum size is 100 ml, which coincidentally is the european standard toothpaste tube volume. So really in this respect the TSA is being un-American by not using fluid ounces.

about a year ago

GCC 4.8.0 Release Marks Completion of C++ Migration

robertchin Re: except that (269 comments)

I don't know if their changes are closed or not, but Apple uses clang to cross compile to arm with their toolchain.

about a year and a half ago

Honeywell Vs Nest: When the Establishment Sues Silicon Valley

robertchin Probably not too much of an issue (228 comments)

Let's see:
Patent number: 5482209
Filing date: Jun 1, 1994
Issue date: Jan 9, 1996

So patents filed before June 2005 the patent term is the longer of 20 years from the filing date or 17 years from the issue date. Check.
Expiration is Jan 9, 2014, based on 20 years from the filing date.

Let the Lawsuit drag on for two years until the patent expires, so as long as they don't get an injunction they will just pay some damages and presumably be on their way.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings

robertchin Photo-oxidative damage protection? (126 comments)

Without a continuously active protection mechanism excess energy will destroy the light harvesting molecules due to photo-oxidative damage. So you might have to continually repaint your roof which could get quite expensive and be labor intensive.

more than 2 years ago

EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up

robertchin Re:NOT great news (389 comments)

Maybe it is phased or ignored out because the majority of today's commercial butter does not usually come from grass fed cows... corn fed cows produce white butter.

more than 4 years ago

Notebook Makers Moving to 4 GB Memory As Standard

robertchin Re:How can windows suck so much... (567 comments)

Yes, any 32 bit app can access 4 GB of RAM. If you want to access to over 4 GB then you will have to be running leopard and the app will have to be compiled as a 64 bit app.

more than 6 years ago



Stack overflow could have caused unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles

robertchin robertchin writes  |  about 10 months ago

robertchin (66419) writes "Michael Barr recently testified in the Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp lawsuit that the likely cause of unintentional acceleration in the Toyota Camry may have been caused by a stack overflow. Due to recursion overwriting critical data past the end of the stack and into the real time operating system memory area, the throttle was left in an open state and the process that controlled the throttle was terminated. How can users protect themselves from sometimes life endangering software bugs?"


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