Rear-View Cameras On Cars Could Become Mandatory In the US
I'm not quite following this story. Could make a car analogy so I can understand?
Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid
Can you imagine the shock when you open your porn folder to find it's all tentacles... err, I mean, can you imagine the shock when somebody who doesn't post on /. opens their porn folder to find it's all tentacles?
What's Wrong With the American University System
I can think of one case where a Nobel prize was awarded for simply speaking about potential future achievements.
A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV
And I am very excited to see they want to use this for 'learning'. Great, 'learning' from an offline dump of Wikipedia. What's going to happen when hundreds of thousands of children in developing nations get a dump with some vandalism in it? Will they learn that George W. Bush is the spawn of some underworld creature, or Barack Obama is an Islamic terrorist born in Kenya?
How will they respect the British elite military frogmen when they believe them to be half-men half-frog creatures that live in the sea?
Buckyballs Detected In Space
So what you're saying is that we need to start putting chips in all our immigrants? Sounds like a plan!
US Targeting China In New Anti-Piracy Drive
I think most people agree that the US does not produce the best dance music anymore, so I sort of think you're beating a dead horse.
Recettear: an Item Shop's Tale Localized
Since the article is in English, I'm going to assume it's being localized to English.
World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career
Honestly, I think the correlation of correlation not being causation is simply that - a correlation. Since correlation is not causation, we can not be certain that correlation not being causation is not simply a correlation, rather than a causation.
Digital Act Could Spur Creation of Pirate ISPs In UK
What about an ISP that considered itself a big truck that you could just dump something on?
No iPhone Apps, Please — We're British
Listen. The coolness of Britannia is at risk here. I can't imagine any course of action except to accelerate these iPhone app plans, unless Britannia wants to take over for France as the uncool kid on the block.
"Cumulative Voting" Method Gaining Attention
You must be a Beck watching Limbaugh listening Palin wanking Rand reading tea party nutjob RACIST.
Turning Attackers' Tools Against Them
In a special two hour edition of Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog gets his first Macbook and hacks his way to take down his target!
*watches two hours of Dog learning to search for people on FaceBook*
Flight of the Desktops
Why would you have to keep it in your pocket? Just be awake and do the same thing! Everything will be implanted in the future!
IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited
I prefer the term "Artificial Stupidity" or "Artificial Stupidity in Software" (ASS), but I'm afraid much of Congress wouldn't even consider funding studies in this direction for fear that they'd finally have competition.
There would be no competition. I highly doubt we could create an ASS that was as dumb as Congress.
Quantifying, and Dealing With, the Deepwater Spill
Isn't it obvious? The Gulf of Mexico is the site of an ancient volcano (roughly 75 million years old) where billions of organisms were deposited from spacecraft strongly resembling DC-8's, then nuked from orbit.
UK Home Office Set To Scrap National ID Cards
A government that actually considers this amount of money to be too much to spend on something. I am speechless.
Microsoft's New Attempt To Dominate Robotics
Well, notepad.exe (empty, just opened it) is using ~6-7MB of RAM, while vi is only using ~3MB with a script open - albeit a short one.
Aion Servers To Merge, XP Grind Softened
granted space isn't super hard to render.
You need to start somewhere if you hope to render an apple pie.
Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids
I'm kind of surprised at the lack of backlash from the rest of you here. Even most people I know in real life are opposed to this sort of thing - and they're not tin foil hat wearing slashdotters who stay off the grid (unless they feel particularly funny and are willing to expose themselves briefly for a +5 funny).
Who would you be comfortable having this information?
Corporations? No, a lot of the +5 insightful comments around here refer to the big bad corporations holding down the lowly employee. You really trust them?
Government? No, just as many of the +5 insightful comments around here refer to the big bad overbearing government that wants to control the lowly citizen. You really trust them?
A non-profit group perhaps? Maybe. Until they have some sort of security breach (not that the corporations/governments wouldn't, they'd just be more likely to sweep it under the rug successfully) comes in and the government starts installing watch dogs.
How long until GPS statistics are used by businesses for profit? Use the existing infrastructure to profile information on what type of people go where and at what times on an unprecedented scale. It would be a marketing dream.
How long until GPS statistics are used by the government for... whatever the hell is deemed necessary for oh, I don't know, national security? "We need to have access to this tracking info to stop TERRORISM. You don't want there to be another 9/11 do you? DO YOU?" Or maybe... "If we had access to the GPS database, we could have saved that thirteen year old girl from being tortured to death."
I don't care who you give the power to. Just because you trust them now doesn't mean you will in as little as a couple years. Once the infrastructure is there and people get used to it being 'normal', it'll be expanded.
Note: I am definitely being hyperbolic. Most of the examples above I would find unlikely on an individual basis... but the chance that one of them will happen? I wouldn't be surprised. And giving somebody that capability (as well as all successors to that somebody) does not make me comfortable in the least. Call me paranoid.
Cheap Cancer Drug Finally Tested In Humans
Unfortunately most people's level of 'awareness' is Dustin Hoffman in Rainman.
And the current awareness campaigns seem to consist of "ARE YOU AWARE THAT AUTISM EXISTS?" without really giving a succinct explanation of what it is.