top New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities
... so what you're saying is that in China, baby chickens eat cats? Aren't you thinking "In Soviet Russia..."
about a month and a half ago
top Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users
Might keep 17 U.S. Code Â 117 in mind.
Copying for purposes of backing up your software is legal. Period.
about a month and a half ago
top Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques
> Several years ago, the process of almost any online application realized a 90%+ non-response rate
Back when I was trying to land my first job, I replied to help wanted ads in the newspaper. (Yes, it's been a while.) What I remember of that was that the response rate was not much better in those days.
... and each application submitted required postage.
That's not to say that it's any less frustrating today than it was then, but the cost of the search (in actual out-of-pocket expenses) has decreased a good bit.
top FBI Completes New Face Recognition System
State DMVs have for some time been compiling digital photo databases. I know Oregon has because they had to bring "someone more familiar with the software" in when they took my license photo. I have a sizable beard and mustache, and I believe the software had difficulty finding my mouth.
... I didn't offer to help.
If cars are going to have some "if you aren't facing the road, we're going to shut the car off" routine, I may be somewhat restricted in my choice of automobile, or at least options packages...
top A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes
The difference between theory and practice is
- in theory, there is no difference - in practice, there is.
A simulation of self-assembling robots is theory.
An actual pile of 1,024 self-assembling robots is practice.
Less tritely, you have zero information about flaws in your simulation until you try to apply it to/in the real world. Your simulation is
excellent at helping you identify logical flaws in your design. But if you fail to account for something ( crosswinds, say), then your simulation simply won't help you find it.
It's that whole "unknown unknowns" thing, man.
top Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Running with your bad car analogy, they also package that engine for the subcompact and electric SUV models. It's just that you can't reach the steering wheel on the one, and it's entirely counter to why you would buy the vehicle for the other.
Some chassis/body limitations may apply...
top Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors
The profile for the twitter account doesn't look (to my uneducated glance) to be a corporate account, but rather his personal account.
And so people who feel harmed by the MtGox collapse are complaining that he isn't showing them contrition?
... self-centered? So who is the wired story really about? The MtGox personage, or the Entitled Masses seeking opportunties to excoriate him?
top 'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke
... because the doctors at the ER had already decided that it was not a TIA.
... because so many other possibilities seem more likely.
"I don't need any more facts because my mind is made up" doesn't just apply to the political world.
top Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades
The internet connection to the place I used to live in did have a properly sized internet connection from day one:
Yep. no internet connection. Built in 1930.
The internet connection to my apartment complex was properly sized when the complex was constructed.
1970. Copper wire phone lines. They were suitable up to about 1995 too, covering 19.2k modems.
Think about how much your data consumption has increased in even the last 10 years. Comparing water usage to broadband usage is not apropos. Compare your broadband usage to the
1930's electrification projects instead.
top In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL
> You could say "give me the source code or I'll sue you for beeeelions" and they can say "Ok, sue us", lose the case, pay billions and keep their source code.
... and be charged with contempt if they continue to distribute without a license.
And aside, it seems likely that part of the judgement would include "cough up the source code, mac."
top Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case
A different article on this story (think it was
techdirt) describes the situation:
If a party basically offers to settle for terms that match what it would likely get in a final court ruling, and the other party doesn't accept, courts tend to look very negatively on that situation.
That is "you won, what the heck are you still doing in my courtroom?"
top Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
... but sadly, Rome-0 lived in Everquest and Julie-8 lived in World of Warcraft.
Forces larger than those between television networks kept them apart...
top Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.
- when the NSA
coopted Google and AT&T and Verizon and a bunch of other major corporations to spy on everybody..
FTFY... When some goon with a gun (even if it is a gun shaped like a law) points it at you and says "hand over the goods", you've only got two choices: obey or not. Your prospects for an immediate future are severely limited with one of those choices.
And if you obey often enough, it becomes habit.
top Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
Read the posts above. Gearing makes a difference.
Once the speed limit was set at 55, most cars being produced for the American market were geared for 55 being the typical cruising speed, and higher gears were stripped out, perhaps for weight reduction, perhaps for cost reduction.
Either way, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: gear a car to drive optimally at speed X, and it will do so.
Note that you can get cheap back-pats pointing out "this car's mileage starts dropping off at (speed X) instead of (speed Y)", where a better picture comes from comparing mileage for both vehicles over the range of speeds.
top Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US
You young whippersnappers don't know cold.
Why, I remember back when I was young and my dad would send me outside for
a pail of air. Now THAT was cold!
top CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying
By that definition, they could identify a phone number of interest, then target every non-american who contacts that phone number, and "incidentally" collect every call involving that phone number
... and never have 'targetted' the number itself.
top Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building
> Anyone in charge of a medium sized corporate server room can attest to that.
So don't promote it as a building power plan.
Promote it as an Extreme UPS.
top RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
Just a couple of things:
If you're HERF gun is extremely directional, you're golden.
If not, you've got two options...
1) you fire it, and suddenly BOTH of you are coasting to a stop (or crash) 2) you get your buddies to fire it from the roadside, in which case the police coast to a stop right near your buddies.
Of course, a remote control could cover for your buddies, especially if there's a camera or spotter set up.
(Yeah, we've seen remote control munitions for HOW LONG now?)
top NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving
There are minimum legal vehicle standards. And behavior standards. Your reasons do not well distinguish between falling within and without of them; your gripes are analog.
By the same logic, you would be offended because...
- I drive a lighter vehicle, being more at risk of injury. - I drive a vehicle with poorer handling, increasing the likelihood of an accident, or reducing my ability to dodge an accident. - I drive a vehicle more prone to mechanical failures (older, less reliable, other), increasing the likelihood of closing the road. - I have some other medical condition that causes problems and/or expense when I'm to be pulled from a vehicle. Say, hemophilia, obesity, or age.
Each of the costs you have described apply as well to one more of the scenarios above. And yet, the vehicle and driver may well fall within acceptable standards for driving (and being driven).
As for your health care premium worries, the insurance companies do account for seat belt use (or lack of it). I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
top A Makerbot In Every Classroom
Hate to say it, but composting 3d printed materials is every bit as likely as biodegrading biodegradable plastic bags. Not every home (or apartment complex) has a composing unit, nor a use for the final product.
This leaves two options: ship the 3d printed refuse where it can be used, or throw it in the general trash cycle. Until it becomes ubiquitous, it won't get shipped commercially (IE with "recyclable" items.
If you can't get folks to "properly dispose" of batteries or fluorescent bulbs or electronics, you won't get folks to compost 3d printed refuse.
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