California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
"... stumble out of a pub..."
Like the inebriated gentleman in San Francisco of many years ago? He stumbled out of a pub, crawled into the back seat of a waiting automobile, assuming it was a taxi, and demanded "Take me to the corner of Washington and Clay!" Given that Washington and Clay run parallel to each other, that would confuse the hell out of the computer.
In this case, however, the officers driving the vehicle escorted their new passenger to the lockup so he could sleep it off.
Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen
Precrime Division has had it for years.
Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?
Apple is famous for two things:
1. Having a walled garden.
2. Cultivating the wall and leaving the garden to fend for itself.
Possibly mimic GoodReads, which Amazon uses to great effect as a marketing and curation tool?
Letting the App developers take more of the gelt home would also help. More of them might
be able to support themselves instead of feeding the iMaw.
Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded
One Database to bind them.
One Database to keep them out.
And into the darkness send them.
Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?
These guys can ALWAYS use more cycles.
Then the NSA should just use the backdoor.
Not a good idea. The NSA doesn't use lube.
So in the future, everybody is required to be implanted with this gadget -- loaded with tranquilizers. The government has the activation key, no skin contact required, and if a demonstration or anything else gets "out of hand" the code gets broadcast, the "insurgents" go off into la-la land, and they send in the street sweepers to collect them.
Forget the tinfoil hat. Where's my tinfoil armor?
"Then we have secure encryption. That prevents someone from trying to interpret or intervene between the communications."
The NSA will want a backdoor.
Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing
Here's the "Science" magazine page:
and here's the referenced paper:
Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public
B&N bought Fictionwise, where I was buying about $2000/year of eBooks before the publishers managed to kill just about every eBook store that carried their stuff except Amazon and B&N. Neither of them is as well-run or as reader-friendly as Fictionwise and Books on Board were (hint: shopping cart, "tell me when new books by author (x) are available", and store credits along with publisher-over-priced eBooks which could be used to buy more books).
Amazon has more than just books, so they can hang in there, but the Nook division and its former parent company are both doomed.
*sigh* Thank God for Calibre and jailbreaking!
Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots
And, of course, the CT will inevitably find these hotspots being used for so-called "infringing downloads" and proceed to hold the people the routers are assigned to responsible for them.
Malibu Media is going to LOVE this!
Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws
Consider that lovely phrase cost/benefit. We're talking *perceived* cost/*perceived* benefit.
As far as TEPCO executives were concerned, the cost of protecting Fukushima Daichi
was enormous, while they could pooh-pooh the possibility of an earthquake which might
need such protection.
Such costs can be reasonably estimated, so perceived cost closely equals actual cost.
However, earthquake probabilities are much easier to dismiss, so it is easy to have
perceived benefit MUCH lower than actual benefit when the earthquake shows up.
Security costs have much the same problem. You can't say for certainty that someone
WILL find a way in if there is one,, so...
"Son, the guards we hire for our caravans look like a loss on the books. But the books
don't show the losses we'll take if we're hit by bandits."
Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses
Where is Ford going to save the five dollars THIS time?
Anybody remember the original Pinto, also remembered as a molotov cocktail if struck from the rear? Ford was warned by their engineers that in such collisions, some of the drivers would end up burned alive. Cost to fix: $5 per vehicle. Ford chose the cheaper alternative of paying off lawsuits, without making a serious dent in the Pinto's bottom line.
So I ask again, where will they save money to kill their customers THIS time?
Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods
CIA interrogators continued the harsh treatment even after it appeared that Baluchi was cooperating.
If the reward for cooperating is torture and more torture, why cooperate? At least keeping silent (or lying in ways not easily checked) can be a form of revenge.
NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days
The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was passed in 1994. Just how much equipment with mandated-by-US-law security holes WAS sold to foreign countries.
Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?
Authors' estates are notoriously greedy and short-sighted. I've seen several efforts come to grief on the fact that the heirs frequently have highly-inflated ideas of what the books are worth (Hey, they're classics!), and by God they want their "cut." Project Gutenberg had to fend off efforts by one "estate manager" to claim that materials which were clearly in public domain weren't (sort of a dwarf Warner Music). Another effort to publish "the complete Murray Leinster" foundered the same way.
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
Update: I entered [less than] 4 cups and the [left angle-bracket] character was deleted from the post. We've made single-cup morning coffee for a LONG time.
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
My wife and I have a Krups dual-carafe coffee maker with a setting switch for 4 cups. Set the switch, take some beans out of the sealed container for the pre-ground beans, place them in a small filter cone. Place cone in plastic holder, pour in water and wait briefly while the coffee brews. Add seasonings to taste and drink.
It's a simple enough process that even a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters executive could do it unassisted.
Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
Has anybody noticed that the stupidest ideas are almost always built by very bright people? And usually, the brighter the individual who builds it, the stupider it is.
Slashdot beta was built by geniuses. :)
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