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Comment: Re:New flash: Humans get bored (Score 1) 102

by 0123456 (#47569347) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

But it works so well for aircraft. Look at AF447, for example.

Oh, hang on, they couldn't figure out what was wrong and flew the plane into the sea.

You're right, though: if a car requires a human to be there to take over at any moment, it's hardly 'driverless'. It just has a cruise control that can steer as well as control the speed.

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley (Score 1) 200

by PopeRatzo (#47569209) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

As a former government worker, I can tell you: no. Its far and above closer to the 75% mark in the public sector.

It just looked like 75% because you find black people so scary.

Fact is, in many government offices, what you're actually seeing is a more representative workforce for the community in which you live. You're not used to seeing that because racism is so pervasive in hiring.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 200

by PopeRatzo (#47569169) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

he wants to shakedown businesses for money for his organization and those of his cronies.

Unlike the Chamber of Commerce or the "Club for Growth"? Or "Americans for Prosperity" or...what's the name of Karl Rove's PAC that had like a 8% success rate..."American Crossroads"?

Cracker, please.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 200

by PopeRatzo (#47569119) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

If Jesse wants to wage the next race war, he should start by getting more black kids interested in STEM and education in general

I would keep an eye on that space. Since January, I've visited two very impressive inner-city STEM programs. One's run by the University of Michigan and is in Detroit, of all places, and the other is right here in Chicago, at Lindblom High, run by a friend of mine.

The real interesting part will come in a few years, when these incredibly smart and capable kids start showing up in tech jobs. Then we'll see how many cries of, "affirmative action" we start to hear when a young black kid who grew up in a rough neighborhood gets promoted. We'll learn a little more about whether racism is a thing of the past or not.

Seriously. At the Detroit place (it can't really be called a "school" because it's more of a maker space with a bunch of very sharp faculty), there was a kid who was coming out of the program and he had some very impressive schools recruiting him (but they wanted him to get his G.E.D. first, for some reason). He ended up getting his G.E.D., but then took a job with a well-known tech firm, because why would he go all NCAA, when the pros were calling, you know?

It's going to be an interesting time.

Comment: Re:Confusing position (Score 1) 200

by Archangel Michael (#47569039) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Yes.

It may have been necessary to break the barriers, but at some point, the barriers are gone, and the only thing holding people back are the people themselves. There is NO REASON why black people can't succeed in America. After all, we have an unqualified "black" (half) man as President, simply because we're still threatened by "Racist" reverse slur being tossed out. After six years in office, he still can't seem to figure out when it is his fault when the shit hits the fan. I mean, still holding "race" or "GWB" or those "evil Republicans" is pretty lame leadership technique.

Comment: Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (Score 1) 76

by TheCarp (#47568827) Attached to: The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

Well thanks for that. I was actually wondering recently why it was so hard to shop for pants. I have a hard size anyway, as I am built for a much smaller inseam than my waist (or rest of my torso) would seem to indicate. In fact, I would say if you look at my torso vs legs, I have the torso of someone several inches taller than me, and the legs of someone an inch or two shorter.

Looking back, I think this is why my childhood doctor was always suggesting my weight should be unreasonably low based on her height charts. I mean, she was right, I was overweight, but, not nearly by as much as she made it out, once I got into HS sports I found out her "ideal weight" for me based on height was about 10 lbs less than my lean body mass!

In any case, I find this makes pants shopping hard. Often over the years I have had to buy pants that were too long and then have the legs shortened, which is no help for inseam issues at all.

Comment: Hmmm... (Score 3, Insightful) 89

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47568467) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink
With finned heat sinks, one of the limits on size was that the comparatively low conductivity of the fin material made surface area increasingly unhelpful as you got further from the heat source. Especially with paper-thin lightweight aluminum you could just keep making them bigger; but much of the fin would be essentially wasted because the delta-T between the more distant areas of fin and the source of the heat would be so high. Plenty of heat exchange surface; but not much heat making it out that far.

This is why more or less all contemporary heatsinks started embedding heatpipes some time ago, since that was the only way to get a reasonable amount of heat to the more distant parts of the heatsink.

This 'sponge' is more aesthetically interesting; but I see a lot of surface area that is only tenuously connected to the actual heat source. Newer Intel silicon just doesn't pump out the watts the way the old stuff did, so it might actually work; but I'd be shocked it if works any better than a much more prosaic heatpipe-and-fins design.

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Comment: Re:Not subject to "monetary policy" (Score 1) 164

by Archangel Michael (#47567817) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Theory and Practice. In theory, you are correct. In practice, you are not.

IMHO, there will be a nominal number of widely accepted crypto-currencies. I fathom perhaps 4-6 "standard" coins will be adopted, and another 6-10 in secondary/limited adoption. The 4-6 "adopted" will have "regional" flair being accepted widely in some geographic locations, and might not be accepted everywhere. There will likely be 2-3 Dominant currencies accepted most places, making them "default".

Comment: Re:Wikipedia is unreliable (Score 1) 132

by plover (#47567767) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

My point is there are not enough searchers working on our behalf, primarily because there is not enough incentive. (The NSA and Chinese may have found the bug years ago, for all we know, but they have a strong incentive to find vulnerabilities. Not enough people are paying White Hats to find these bugs and get them fixed.) Linus' Observation uses the clause "given enough eyeballs", which implies to the reader that someone is actually providing the appropriate number of eyeballs required. That implied assumption is made every time someone says "Open Source software is more secure than proprietary software, because of Linus' Law." But it simply hasn't proven to be a realistic assessment, or a very effective guarantor of security.

There's an unwritten corollary at play here: "given enough code, you won't have enough eyeballs." And that's something else keeping Linus' Observation from becoming a valid hypothesis. It even applies to this story, as well. "Given enough Wikipedia articles, there aren't enough fact checkers."

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