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Comment: Re:But it does (Score 2) 127

by Aristos Mazer (#49537745) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

What if you made the default password the date the system was turned on? Sure, it's a simple 8 digit numeric value, but it would be somewhat unique per machine or local bank of machines. Don't ask them for a default password, tell them what it is and make them go change it. Various studies suggest they probably won't.

Comment: Re:Kind of silly (Score 1) 460

by Aristos Mazer (#49422591) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Depends. How much do airlines pay in insurance to cover the possibility of disasters? How much would that decrease through automation?
How much do they pay in maintenance? How much would that decrease if the plane were always piloted exactly as spec'd?
There's many variables that come into play that could easily make this financially viable. I don't know enough about the industry to say whether or not it would actually be.

Comment: Which is more tech? A computer or a human brain? (Score 1) 460

by Aristos Mazer (#49422577) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Consider the comment at the end of the summary: "If you put more technology in the cockpit, you have more technology that can fail."
We just had a human brain fail -- in the computer sense -- in Europe. I sometimes wonder whether we have too much tech in the cockpit right now. A computer that stays focused on the act of flying as fewer mental "moving parts" than a human brain that has a life outside the cockpit.

Comment: Re:Is she good at her job ? (Score 2) 353

> I think i know why she isnt a computer programmer

She's a psychologist. That's pretty close to a computer programmer. Psychologists do their work on a biological computer and without the aid of a debugger and without the programmer's greatest tool: the reboot. But in both cases, it is trying to work out where the logical inconsistencies are and apply code patches to get the system to respond correctly to input.

+ - Internet of Things endangered by inaccurate network time, says NIST->

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An anonymous reader writes: Current standards of network timekeeping are inadequate to some of the critical systems that are being envisaged for the Internet of Things, according to a report [http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.TN.1867] by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The report says 'A new economy built on the massive growth of endpoints on the internet will require precise and verifiable timing in ways that current systems do not support. Applications, computers, and communications systems have been developed with modules and layers that optimize data processing but degrade accurate timing,'. NIST's Chad Boutin likens current network accuracy to an attempt to synchronise watches via the postal system, and suggests that remote medicine and self-driving cars will need far higher standards in order not to put lives at risk because, for instance, a self-driving car fails to distinguish between a plastic bag blowing in the wind and an obstructing pedestrian. He notes [http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/timing-031915.cfm] "modern computer programs only have probabilities on execution times, rather than the strong certainties that safety-critical systems require,"
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+ - Google caught altering search-results for profit->

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mi writes: We've always suspected, this may happen some day — and, according to FTC's investigation inadvertently shared with the Wall Street Journal, it did.

In a lengthy investigation, staffers in the FTC’s bureau of competition found evidence that Google boosted its own services for shopping, travel and local businesses by altering its ranking criteria and “scraping” content from other sites. It also deliberately demoted rivals.

For example, the FTC staff noted that Google presented results from its flight-search tool ahead of other travel sites, even though Google offered fewer flight options. Google’s shopping results were ranked above rival comparison-shopping engines, even though users didn’t click on them at the same rate, the staff found. Many of the ways Google boosted its own results have not been previously disclosed.

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+ - SPAM: 9 Year Old CEO warns of dangers of phone hacking, demonstrates how its done

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abhishekmdb writes: 9 year old Reuben Paul who is CEO of Prudent Games, delivers a keynote address at cyber security conference and demonstrates how dangerous phone hacking is

Meet Reuben Paul. The Harmony School of Science third-grader has accomplished more in nine years than some adults accomplish in a lifetime.

Reuben Paul is pretty well known in cyber security circles for a 9 year old boy because of his exploits. He is also the CEO of Austin, Texas based Prudent Games.

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+ - Japanese 'Octopus' robot to support rescue and recovery missions->

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An anonymous reader writes: A team of Japanese researchers has designed an eight-legged ‘Octopus’ robot [http://www.waseda.jp/top/en-news/24089] to help clear heavy and contaminated rubble following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Engineers at Waseda University’s Future Robotics Organisation and the Kikuchi Corporation, have created the 1.7-meter tall robot with four arms and four tank-treads, which is specifically built to deal with difficult terrain and lend assistance in rescue missions. As well as heavy-lifting, it has also been engineered to efficiently put out fires, deal with radioactive waste and cut through rock with fiber laser capabilities. "We hope to overcome the obstacles that come with natural disasters and an aging society, and use this robot to bring new industries to Fukushima prefecture,” said ‘Octopus’ robot creator Professor Masakatsu Fujie.
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+ - 'Penguin' Anomaly Hints at Missing Particles->

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An anonymous reader writes: With precious few other leads, the penguin anomaly has tantalized theorists since LHCb first reported it. Most of the matter in the universe — the particles that make up “dark matter” — is completely missing from the Standard Model, and what is included seems fragmentary and suggestive of a larger pattern. Physicists built the most powerful machine in history to search for signs of those more complete laws of nature. But almost everything about the way particles shape-shifted and shattered during the first round of collisions at the LHC precisely matched Standard Model predictions. In the 3.7-sigma penguin anomaly — as well as another, 2.6-sigma deviation the group detected in a different penguin process — some particle physicists see a sliver of hope that new discoveries lie around the corner.

“We’re chasing an imaginary ambulance,” said Sheldon Glashow, a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist at Boston University, discussing the LHCb anomalies last week before he and most other experts had learned the results of the new analysis. “It could be very important, and also it could be nothing.”

Penguin decays were so named by the physicist John Ellis in 1977; when a loss at darts obliged him to use the word “penguin” in his next academic paper, he noticed that diagrams of the decays discussed in the paper happened to resemble the flightless birds.

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Comment: How about pay it based on recent spending? (Score 1) 760

If the cost is supposed to be "some portion of what you have to spend each day", the story mentions net income and the discussion threads talk about net worth, and the downsides of both. What if we simply said, "Show your bank statement, credit card and estimated cash transactions for the last 60 days and we base your fine off of the *expenditures* you have made." Thoughts?

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