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Nevada Authorizes Development of Driverless Car Rules

sockonafish Re:Driverless cars: New hacking frontier (122 comments)

Google has logged something like 10,000 miles without any accidents. The car is aware of its environment, and capable of compensating for things like red lights, road closures, and map inaccuracy.

more than 3 years ago

StartSSL Suspends Services After Security Breach

sockonafish Re:So now where should hobbyists turn? (54 comments)

There are still plenty of places that will send you a widely accepted cert for like $10. Just search for cheap SSL certificates.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Outage Shows Limits of Failover 'Zones'

sockonafish Re:Availibility zones must be done PERFECTLY (125 comments)

You could code your application to be tolerant of those kinds of outages. The services backing feature X aren't available? Then don't render the controls for feature X on the page.

more than 3 years ago

Are Graphical Calculators Pointless?

sockonafish Re:Power consumption (636 comments)

This is a good reason. High schools aren't built like a modern college lecture hall with a set of outlets at every other seat. To support 30 students on netbooks you'd need a daisy-chained fire hazard mess of power strips.

more than 3 years ago

Google Cuts Chrome Page Load Times In Half w/ SPDY

sockonafish Re:Have no page load problems (310 comments)

That's just bad code. The author of the page should at the very least be putting the call to Google Analytics below the footer. Preferably, they'd make it a callback to document.ready().

more than 3 years ago

Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

sockonafish Re:Meanwhile, reality disproves the study... (591 comments)

How are prices in the developed world "cheaper than capitalistic pricing would otherwise allow"? What does that even mean? Do you think there's an artificial ceiling on music prices?

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Questioned In iTunes Monopoly Suit

sockonafish Re:How is iTunes a monopoly? (370 comments)

That's just Apple refusing to support a DRM scheme other than their own, especially one that essentially broke Apple's DRM.

Unencumbered media would still have loaded onto an iPod just fine. If Real weren't so incompetent, they would've pioneered DRM-free music sales, and might have saved themselves from becoming irrelevant.

more than 3 years ago

Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

sockonafish Re:No you cant (557 comments)

This post is a perfect illustration of why I can use attendance at a for-profit as a signal that a candidate's critical thinking skills are deficient. They didn't consider the options and choose the one that offered the best value or best job placement opportunities, they chose the one with the best sales pitch. I wouldn't hire such a candidate, and I especially wouldn't hire that candidate if the job called for making purchasing decisions.

You'll pay more in tuition alone for a disreputable degree from a for-profit than you would for everything –books, room and board, fees –at a state school. My local community college charges less per credit hour for an out of state student than U Phoenix does for their AA credit hours! Residents pay a third of what out-of-staters pay!

more than 3 years ago

National Broadband Map Shows Digital Divide

sockonafish No Chrome? (182 comments)

Is it just me, or does this not work on Chrome?

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Attack Reveals Passwords In Six Minutes

sockonafish Re:Cupertino's enviroment... (186 comments)

It seems like you've confused the bay area with Los Angeles. It's currently a balmy 51 F in Cupertino.

more than 3 years ago

Underwater Nuclear Power Plant Proposed In France

sockonafish Re:I wonder what would happen... (314 comments)

Water is a fantastic shield. The halving thickness of water is 18cm. At 1.8 meters away, you'd only have .5 ^ 10 of the radiation being emitted at the source, or 0.098%. Increase it to 3.6 meters and you're at .5 ^ 20, or .0000954%.

Not to mention, the material that's emitting radiation, if it were to get loose, would quickly settle on to the seabed. These are the heaviest of metals.

more than 3 years ago

Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

sockonafish Re:Too fucking bad.. (502 comments)

He didn't guess her password, he guessed the answer to the secret question used to reset her password. If I remember right, the question was, "Where did you meet your husband?" The answer –"Wasilla High."

Coverage of this story would be much better if it communicated how terrible it is to secure an account with such un-secret "secret" knowledge.

more than 3 years ago

Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

sockonafish Re:Small sample is right (356 comments)

Why is Bing your default search if think Google usually yields better results?

more than 3 years ago

Browsing the Body

sockonafish Re:Requires a Chrome beta on Mac 10.6 (107 comments)

Of course you need to have elevated privileges to write to /Applications, just throw it in ~/Applications.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

sockonafish Re:Is this really hacking? (703 comments)

If dropping Wikileaks ends up disrupting their sales, then maybe they'll think twice before dropping a customer that the State Department dislikes. The DDoS attacks are giving them a business reason NOT to drop Wikileaks.

more than 3 years ago

When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

sockonafish Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

Please stay out of the self-check line.

more than 3 years ago

Why the World Is Running Out of Helium

sockonafish Re:can we make it? (475 comments)

Yes, but I don't think it's likely that we're going to build fusion reactors to supply floating balloons for children's birthday parties.

about 4 years ago

PopBox STB To Ship Soon But Without Netflix, Pandora

sockonafish Re:I want my XBMC (56 comments)

Get a Broadcom Crystal HD, pop it in to replace your Airport card. With that card in my Apple TV running XBMC I can play any 720p content, and even some 1080p content.

more than 4 years ago


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