top Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car
Actually, most all of the big car makers have been working on hydrogen fuel cell cars for over a
decade now. The problem isn't the tech, although the cost of the technology is an issue. In fact GM has been putting them in the real world since 2007, I think. I doubt they are alone, as that is with minimal searching and knowledge in the area. Do not think Toyota is first or ahead simply because they have a good PR department.
top Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms
Hardly new, though. People have been trying to show niche success of AI and NN can translate into major success for years, at least since the 1980s.
top I expect to retire ...
Ah, you're obviously not a politician...
top I prefer my peppers ...
I think most true geeks would have looked it themselves before getting to comments, too?
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top Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...
...why can airlines require credit card payment and refuse my cash if I wanted to pay for their overpriced stuff in the air?
Well, technically, and since this is \. I can be technical, the airlines are not refusing to take Dollars. They are just unable to process paper and coin transactions. Just like they could say you can't use American Express to pay, if they found that the business cost of doing so is more than the business benefit of being able to access those cards.
top Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
Programming shouldn't be required; but teaching the ability to organize your thoughts, find references, documents and articles on the web (or library), separate facts from opinions, communicate those well, now THAT is a class I would like to see. Some of the best programmers I've known actually didn't learn a language in their first course; instead they learned how to look at problems in a programmatic way first. Then the language just becomes a tool to be use to realize the design.
top Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas
If Google really wanted to prove out fiber, they would look to a less densely populated area. Consider what putting fiber successfully and profitably in a more rural area would do: pretty much kill the "It's too expensive" arguments for pretty much anywhere. Google needs to be put their weight and minds in trying to solve the last mile problem for all of America, not just the easy parts.
top Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
I'm sorry and I'm just mentioning how I reacted to this quote, but for me writing "computer illiterate little sister" rather than "computer illiterate friend" (or sibling, etc.) and bringing age into the quote lessens the argument for me.
top New Encryption Scheme Could Protect Your Genome
I am not a cryptography expert, but I have been supporting genomic medicine for 10 years. For Homomorphic encryption to be of any use in research, or diagnostics, it is necessary to know that each genetic sequence is encrypted to the same results. That is XYZ for person 1 has to be the same genetic sequence as XYZ for person 2. Otherwise we are comparing apples to wood and the results are gibberish. So if XYZ is XYZ is XYZ, how is that any more secure, from a genetic profiling, etc. POV than the raw genetic sequence? It's like saying your SSN is safe, no one will know it is 123-45-6789, we "secured" it as abc-de-fghi but otherwise is just as unique in identifying you.
Am I missing something here?
top US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index
I don't think "freedom of speech" provides any cover for arrest or legal action from the results of that speech. It only guarantees that the government cannot prevent you from being able to speak freely, or anyone else in public places. In private properties, physical and logical, "freedom of speech" as an amendment to the US Constitution is not in force. E.G. I can tell you to leave my house if I don't like what you are saying, you have absolutely no right to speech in that context. (And thank goodness for that or we'd be overrun with door to door advertisers forcing their way into our homes, oh wait...)
top Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
There is another benefit to "falling back" in the Fall. It may reduce the time with sun after work/school, it does provide more light in the morning when kids are waiting for the school bus, increasing their safety.
top Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display
That argument makes sense for the back, not so much for the front/display.
top Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays
I know I'm showing my age here, but I can't see the term "sonic transducer" with out a Rocky Horror Picture Show flashback: This sonic transducer, it is I suppose some kind of audio-vibratory-physio-molecular transport device?
top New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest In the World
Quick, get your proposal into SyFy now, before someone else steals it!
top What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?
I agree with the SG team feeling like a cliff hanger would save the show, and they didn't. But I would argue the the SG: Universe team didn't fully fall into that trap. Yes, the end could be considered a cliff hanger, but I saw it more as a solid ending point. They did need to leave a spot to continue from, in case, but I have no problems leaving the show as they did.
top We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'
That's the government for you; An epic cluster fuck you wind up paying through the nose for.
Really? Then I guess we shouldn't be worried about the NSA, since they are a government agency and obviously can't do anything right? Oh, and the Social Security Administration must be missing printing out and distributing I don't know how many truck loads of payments everyone month, since they are.... And don't forget how the US Post Office can't delivery over 99% of our mail correctly.
Every large agency, public or private, have issues and humans have a tendency to focus on issues, not successes. And a lot of public agencies have to air their mistakes in public eventually. Big government isn't pretty or perfect, but it also isn't pitiful either.
about a year and a half ago
top Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...
NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
So it isn't University of California as the university donating the money, but the UoC employees, or one of their associated groups, doing so.
top Elon Musk Shows off the Dragon Capsule, Back From Space (Video)
They are sending each stage up with enough fuel to land under power? I wonder how much extra $/kg that costs relative to just using parachutes...
top Online Social Networks Can Be Tipped By Less Than 1% of Their Population
I may have the title of this wrong, but it is a well known rule of thumb in social media tech circles that of 100% of users, 90% pretty much just read, 9% post regularly, and only 1% are really active. So they have simply come up with the algorithm to determine that 1%.
top What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?
As a side note, Excedrin Migraine is marketing genius. Compare it's ingredients to "normal" Excedrin sometime...
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