GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety
The fine article submission asks:
Is it a good thing that people who engineer for a living can now get their names on national news for parts designed 10 years ago? The next time your mail goes down, should we know the name of the guy whose code flaw may have caused that?
One key difference here is that the engineer(s) responsible for redesigning the switch and not changing the part number were not just implementing an everyday change that happened to be buggy. By not changing the part number, their actions are more akin to trying to fix a known bug that has exposed the company to huge potential liabilities, and then hacking the version control system to make it look like the bug was never there, in full intentional pursuit of obfuscation and ass-covering.
Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support
No, it seems that half of the people reading this article crawled out from under a rock in the last couple weeks.
Well, it *is* spring in the northern hemisphere, that might have something to do with it.
First Mathematical Model of 13th Century 'Big Bang' Cosmology
Wouldn't that be "grosstete"?
The first "e" in the French word tête has that funny hat on it, technically called a circumflex. This tells us that this vowel used to be followed by an "s" in earlier stages of the French language. So tête derives from older form teste.
The word tête is also feminine, so any adjectives must also use the feminine form. French gros (from Latin grossus) in the feminine form becomes grosse.
So, just as expected, gros + tête == grosse tête as spelled in modern French, and grosse teste in Old French, whence the Norman French language and names of 1200s England, courtesy William the Conqueror.
70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
I prefer seven of nine, myself.
Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It
And Bush before him, and Clinton before him and Bush before him, etc etc. Lets get real, corporate ownership of government is a wholly buy-partisan endeavor.
Given the money in politics these days, that's not just a fun turn of phrase, it's the truth.
FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database
What the Navajo codetalkers would not know is what the fuck a "wind talker" is.
Sounds flatulent. Perhaps it's the code word for politician? :-P
FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database
Phone lines, but only if you speak in Navajo.
Historical trivia -- the Navajo codetalkers didn't just speak in the Navajo language, they spoke in a strange code that used Navajo vocabulary. So instead of simply translating the word abreast for so many people walking shoulder-to-shoulder, they would encode that first as ant breast, and then translate that into the corresponding Navajo, probably wóláchíí be’. More here. Other Navajo speakers who hadn't been trained in the code wouldn't understand what was being said. The Japanese even captured a native Navajo speaker in the Philippines, Joe Keiyoomia, but since he hadn't ever been trained as a codetalker, he wasn't able to make any sense of the codetalker code.
How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes
What is this silliness, that "humans" in the broad, blanket sense could not digest starch? Feh.
We already know from analysis of Neanderthal remains that they could digest starch, and did in fact eat things like starchy tubers and grains. By 8000 years ago, it's generally accepted that the Neanderthals were no more, at least as a distinct population, and that any remaining Neanderthal-specific genes had been absorbed by the wider Cro Magnon population. (Interestingly, it sounds like the Neanderthal genes might give their descendants, i.e. non-sub-Saharan-Africa humans, extra resistance to viral infection.)
This study, where evidence from one individual is extrapolated to the entire human population, sounds silly in the extreme. "One Size Fits All!" never really does.
20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
For some reason in the past century or so, Americans and other Western cultures have started to develop an aversion to offal, but that's a recent and somewhat stupid development.
I wonder if that timing is indicative -- I wonder if the Western aversion to organ meets is at all related to the ways in which 1) organ meats typically contain higher concentrations of environmental poisons, and 2) the number and dangerousness of environmental poisons has increased substantially since we started learning how to make more of them.
AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer
argh.. typo... "right" should be "rich".
Though, politically, there seems to be an awful lot of overlap... Somehow I'm reminded of this scene. Ah, science!
Creationism In Texas Public Schools
You may be on to something there. The creator as incompetent and sadistic cretin sounds pretty consistent with observable facts.
Have you noticed that life is cruel and insensible?
That's because the creator is angry and insane -- Sithrak the Blind Gibberer!
So why not convert to Sithrak -- the god who hates you unconditionally.
http://imgur.com/gallery/YmOBmx1, sourced from:
http://oglaf.com/sithrak/ (use caution: other pages on this site are definitely NSFW)
Ted Nelson's Passionate Eulogy for Douglas Engelbart
In other words, the world we're living in, except for that bit about "amplified intelligence".
No, no, things are certainly amplified, so that part is correct. It's the "intelligence" part that's a bit off the mark here. Networking can help leverage the abilities of each of the networked nodes (people, in this case). When many of those nodes excel at being dumb animals, well, you get a heavy preponderance of lolcats and porn. Many (perhaps most?) of us humans are just living day to day and trying to get by. Not a lot of room there for higher-order thinking.
Lest we lose sight of all hope, it's important to recognize that it's not all gloom and doom, though -- despite all the porn and lolcats, there's also a good bit of smart thinking that is also amplified. That's easy to miss amidst all the noise, but it's definitely there.
German Court: Open Source Project Liable For 3rd Party DRM-Busting Coding
Hamburg regional court
is known for its cowtowing to the intellectual property holders. That is why they try to go to that particular court if they sue for copyright infridgement.
And Hamburg is known as the birthplace of the hamburger, which is made from beef, which is raised in large quantities in Texas, and the most prosecution-friendly venue for patent lawsuits in the US is East Texas...
Aha! We've found the causal link!
But now I wonder what the basic legal trends are for the Frankfurt regional court. :-P
How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour
The target range of the Skyjack drones is limited by the range of the WiFi card, but Kamkar said he uses a very powerful WiFi adapter called the Alfa AWUS036H, which produces 1000mW of power.
So this "very powerful" Wi Fi outputs 1000 milliwatts ... which equals one watt.
Am I missing something, or is this just bad reporting?
62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks
Nope; as noted, "I haven't run across anyone in my personal life...", so this would fall under the "anecdote" category. :)
I want to see a proper double blind study done of this.
I look at an LCD all day, then sometimes some more at home. I do not suffer from any eyestrain I can detect.
Similar to the anecdote/data duality is the fact that not everyone is affected by things the same way. You may be one of the lucky few or lucky many who aren't negatively impacted by looking at an LCD all day. I know that my nearsightedness is markedly worse at the end of any workweek where I've been staring at the monitor all the time, and that my eyesight is noticeably improved after spending several days not staring at something only a couple feet away. YMMV, and all that.
The impact of backlit screens on circadian rhythms has been studied, if memory serves. Some quick googling pulls up a goodly number of hits, including a couple actual studies just in the first page of hits. Changing from regular web-wide Google to Google Scholar produces more hits for studies.
And more specific to eye strain are these hits. I haven't waded through, but the number of hits (524) and the titles of the first page of hits suggests that this is an area of study. This one in particular sounds like what you might be looking for: Comparison of eye fatigue among readings on conventional book and two typical electronic books equipped with electrophoretic display and LC display . This link to the paper is paywalled, unfortunately, but you might be able to ferret out an open copy of it somewhere.
62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks
I want to see a real study about this supposed eye stress people keep mentioning.
A real study would be good. At the same time, I haven't run across anyone in my personal life who doesn't prefer reading a dead-tree book over an ebook. Ebooks are certainly more convenient in many ways, especially once you factor in portability. But many (most?) ebook readers these days that I see around me are backlit (as they tend to be tablets), which does lead to a certain amount of eyestrain and can cause circadian imbalance.
A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
You've just admitted that [a power utility] has a "low rate of return." If there's one thing the government should never put up money for, it's projects with a low rate of return.
What are you talking about? Really, you're not making any sense. You sound like you're talking about stock investment instead of public-sector infrastructure.
Seriously, by your line of argument, the freeways wouldn't exist. You need to look beyond the near-term immediately quantifiable numbers. A power utility has a low rate of return when properly operated and managed. The only power utilities that get high margins are the ones on the verge of breaking things -- like Enron. That said, the greater return -- beyond just the financials of the utility company itself -- includes things like, you know, people having relatively inexpensive access to electric power. Which is kind of a requirement for anything resembling a modern life and economy.
Enterprises with low rates of financial return, but high rates of overall return in terms of what they enable, are precisely the kinds of things that government should do, precisely because the private sector either won't get involved, or will engineer market conditions that benefit the company while screwing over everyone else. Imagine if every road were a toll road, or if every power company were like Enron. I certainly don't want to live in that world.
Software Patent Reform Stalls Thanks To IBM and Microsoft Lobbying
If you're telling any person that some of the political speech they want to engage in is illegal, then that is censorship. I suggest you embrace the term and not try to call it by another name. My business belongs to me.
...But one thing the law needs to stay very clear on, and that is never censoring people from engaging in political speech however the heck they want to engage in it.
From my reading of this thread, Duhavid is not advocating "telling any person that some of the political speech they want to engage in is illegal". Nor is he making any argument regarding business ownership. He is instead arguing that a business (corporation) is not a person, and therefore has no legitimate right to free speech, political or otherwise. By extension, he takes the position that any political speech must come from individuals, not from collectives, be they businesses or unions.
I think you both have good points to make. I also think you're both talking past each other to some extent.
Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War
Could the US use improvements in this area? Absolutely, and I want to be clear on that point. But what I consistently notice is that people, particularly those who have either never left the US to experience other parts of the world, or else those from smaller countries who have never traveled across a single country as large as the US, have no appreciation for just how difficult of a problem the US faces as compared to many other developed nations, simply due to its massive size.
It would be one thing if the argument were solely that people living in Story, Indiana or Nothing, Arizona couldn't get broadband speeds.
While that is an issue, it's not what causes much of the complaint about the state of internet services in the US.
I live in Seattle, within the city limits. I can't get better than 4.5mbps down on a good day, and certainly not in the evening when everyone's watching Netflix, short of ponying up for a business line to the tune of substantially more expense. Five years ago, I lived within spitting distance of the Google campus, and couldn't get better than 1.5mbps down. These are major cities, densely populated, with all the infrastructure right there.
By comparison, when I left Japan in 2005, my bare-bones residential service -- the cheapest, slowest, least-of-everything-and-still-be-online package gave me 18 mbps for around $30 a month. And it was scheduled for an upgrade, at no cost to the subscriber, to 24 mbps two months later.
The key difference? Competition. For all the malarkey about free markets and rainbows, the US market sucks for internet services. A handful of companies have effective geographic monopolies (or at least very small cartels), giving them leverage to jack prices and keep services at the bare minimum. In Japan, the kind of lockdowns that are the status quo in the US aren't possible due to an effective regulatory regime, necessitating that companies actually compete for consumers' business on the basis of service and price. The differences are amazing. Or depressing, depending on where you live.
The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks
Interesting, thank you. As I just replied to icebike above, my perspective is as an owner of a 2005 Prius. Have you run across anything similar for that particular car?
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