Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Until I can buy one it doesnt exist (Score 1) 603

by FelxH (#34061136) Attached to: Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge
I read a few German press releases about this story and also the website of DBM Energy itself and nowehere could I find the claim that they charged the car in 6min. All I could find was that the breakthrough they achieved was driving a 'standard' car (i.e. same equipment, same amount of space) for 600km with a single charge. The average driving speed appears to have been 130km/h, but references are not really clear (they could have meant a top speed of 130km/h). All in all, still great news if you ask me, but just horrible tech journalism :(

Comment: Re:Here We Go Again (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by FelxH (#33315470) Attached to: Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers

Well, frankly, I don't understand it either. You're applying information theory to lines of code ... and that just doesn't make any sense to me. I haven't heard of it. I haven't heard of anyone say "theoretically could be reduced to x lines of code." I don't know why we're talking about information theory when we're talking about simulating the brain or even understanding the brain.

Kurzweil doesn't advocate the use information for understanding or modeling the brain. He only used it in combination with other methods to get an estimate on how complex the brain actually is (whether his methods and estimates are correct I can't tell). That was, imo, the whole point of the paragraph you quoted ...

Comment: Re:Am I missing something. (Score 2, Informative) 304

by FelxH (#29438871) Attached to: Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

address space layout randomization I though this was a feature in OS X 10.5? Was it not implemented or just not implemented as well as other OS's? I remember hearing about it as a feature for 10.5.

From TFA:

Two years ago, Miller and other researchers criticized Apple for releasing Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, with half-baked ASLR that failed to randomize important components of the OS, including the heap, the stack and the dynamic linker, the part of Leopard that links multiple shared libraries for an executable.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal

Submitted by
FelxH
FelxH writes "via cnet:

Microsoft has confirmed a press conference to discuss an alliance with Nokia to help get its Office software onto that company's mobile phones. So far, the only phones that have their own native versions of Office have been those running Microsoft's Windows Mobile software. Together with planed browser-based versions of several Office apps, this constitutes Microsoft's attempt to expand its productivity suite market to the phone and the web."
Transportation

+ - Alarming Trends for Airline Safety

Submitted by
FelxH
FelxH writes "In a review of airline accidents over the last decade, flightglobal finds that the the number of fatalities in 2009 is the highest since 2002 (this is mostly because two accidents this year involved wide-body aircrafts). Moreover, 2001-10 might be the first decade since World War II where global airline accident rates do not show improvement."
Medicine

+ - Are Women Getting More Beautiful?->

Submitted by
FelxH
FelxH writes "From the article:

"For the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors. The researchers have found beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters, once adult, also tend to be attractive and so repeat the pattern."

Issues like subjectivity, changing beauty ideals and advances in medicine (beauty products) come to mind when reading this article ..."

Link to Original Source
Operating Systems

+ - Google anounces Chrome OS 1

Submitted by MasterOfGoingFaster
MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) writes "And so it begins... Google announces a new OS based on their Chrome browser. Aimed at netbooks, Google aims to have the OS boot and have you on the net in "seconds". This will be an open source product, shipping with netbooks in 2010. Can you hear the blood vessels popping in Redmond?

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html"
Google

+ - Google OS Announced 12

Submitted by
shystershep
shystershep writes "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Comment: Re:Seems to affect other smart phones as well ... (Score 1) 186

by FelxH (#28572293) Attached to: iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS
yes ... sending sms without a carrier in order to find vulnerabilities in smart phones through fuzzing. They are not specific though what potential vulnerabilities they found among the listed smart phones, expect for the one found in the iPhone (via the first link). So it is true that this could mean that they didn't find any big vulnerabilities in the other phones, but maybe the iPhone one just attracted the most attention ...

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

Working...