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Comment: Innacurate summary (Score 1) 350

TFA said:

He said the car is not attempting to self-park. “It seems they are trying to demonstrate pedestrian detection and auto-braking"[while the car is under human control]

So not nearly as sinister as a self driving car that charges extra for a vital feature. It costs extra because it requires them to stick a radar in the car, and radars cost money; and it's fine that they charge extra as all of these cars should be equipped with a pedestrian avoidance system anyway, namely a driver.

+ - Harnessing excess datacentre heat 1

Submitted by GoddersUK
GoddersUK writes: A Dutch startup is offering to install a server in your house to provide free heating in a novel solution to the problem of keeping datacentres warm:

"Ask Jerry van Waardhuizen about his new radiator and you get an excited response. "I'm very enthusiastic," he says. "It's a beautiful thing." The sleek white box, which has been hugging his wall for two weeks, looks nice enough as radiators go. But what's really got Waardhuizen excited is what's going on inside. Instead of hot water, it contains a computer connected to the internet, doing big sums and kicking out heat in the process. It was created by a Dutch start-up called Nerdalize, and could be part of a solution to a big problem for the tech industry."

Of course there are some applications for which this probably isn't suitable:

"there are probably a fair number of computing jobs that companies would not push out into people's homes. They would want to have them in a secure data centre. So again that limits the total market share they could achieve."

Comment: "Benefit customers" (Score 1) 198

which would mean benefit for users

No, it won't. I don't want my ISP mucking with my traffic. I want to get what I asked for, I'll filter the ads myself thank you very much. Today they're filtering ads, tomorrow they're filtering "unsuitable content", by the end of the week they're injecting their own ads and by the end of the month they've lost (the European equivalent of) common carrier status.

An opt in system wouldn't be so bad, but I'd still be concerned about the potential legal (common carrier) implications.

Comment: Re:What am I missing? (Score 1) 101

by GoddersUK (#49570873) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

It would take a person the best part of that 10 seconds just to realize what was happening

From TFS:

enabling automatic systems to shut down

They use such systems in Japan to, for instance, protect shinkansen trains in the event of an earthquake. The system is entirely automated so human response times are irrelevant and the consequences of a bullet train running into a destroyed tunnel or bridge at full tilt don't bear thinking about. And it works: there has never been a fatal accident on the shinkansen network (excluding suicides).

Comment: Re:I'd Like To See Electronic Voting Work (Score 1) 105

by GoddersUK (#49484471) Attached to: The Voting Machine Anyone Can Hack

whether it's possible to produce a viable internet voting system

The big problem is creating a system where votes are both verifiable (alone, easy: PGP sign them) and where the secret ballot is maintained (alone, easy: use TOR). Nobody's yet come up with a viable way to combine these two required features.

"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.

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