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Comment: Ethics are an interesting dilemma (Score 1) 120

Let's say they manage to program the car so that it can calculate which course of action will cause the least injuries/fatalities. Now you get into a situation where the only two options available are a.) evade some obstacle on the road, but thereby hit a group of five pedestrians, quite possibly severely injuring or killing them or b.) hit the obstacle, quite possibly killing the driver (you). You are alone in your car.

Now, would you drive such a car which sometimes can decide, with cold, pure Vulcan logic, to kill you?

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 3) 204

by Golden_Rider (#49326209) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance


I swapped my old Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53) O/Ced to 3.8 with an OCZ Agility2 SSD for an i3 with a Kingston SSDnow 300 (*old* retired machine that was given to my dad). Altough the new machine boots way faster, and the new SSD is about twice as fast in benchmarks (even if low-end), I find it faster, but not *blew me out of my chair* faster.

Once you go from HDD to SSD, even the cheapest lowest performing SSD is gonna be much faster than anything with spinning platters.

True, that is simply "diminishing returns". Just going from a HDD to ANY SSD will make your computer incredibly faster, but then going to any faster SSD will not give the same benefits, because that one only will be faster on continuous access (like copying large files). Booting the OS or accessing small random files will not benefit much anymore. So going for a super expensive SSD will only be worth it if a.) you read/write lots of LARGE files (e.g. movie editing) or b.) need the long-term reliability of a SSD designed for multi-year writing of tons of data.

Comment: Re:Research? (Score 1) 118

by Golden_Rider (#49024229) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

It's one thing to put up an artifact for display. Another to actually put it context and background. And it's possible that maybe the camera wasn't Armstrong's or used on the moon, but a duplicate made for familiarization purposes (to help the astronauts get comfortable with the cameras, NASA actually produced a bunch for them to take home to use in all situations.) This could very well be one of them. Plus, if there's any film, they need permission to develop and identify it.

They already did a lot of work to identify every single item and determine what each and every bit has been used for (using mission photographs and radio transcripts, plus clues like bits of paint). Link from summary: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a1... - click each item on the clickable map to see what it is and what role it played during the Apollo 11 mission.

Comment: Re:Definition of "Remote Attack" (Score 2) 83

Somehow I don't think the definition of "remote attack" is "disassemble the computer, attach all kinds of expensive hardware to analyze communications and firmware, hack into the firmware to retrieve the encryption keys, so only then you can use a base station emulator to trick the car into thinking your remote machine is a BMW firmware server."

The "remote attack" requires physical access, specialized skills, and intense hardware interaction. It is not something that some Romanian skript kiddie can pull off from their mom's basement.

The "disassemble the computer" part was only for the initial analysis of how the whole system works. Only one person needs to do this and can then sell the information. With the information from that one single disassembled box, it is possible to remote attack (without physical access other than standing within a couple hundred feet) any other BMW car with the same "connected drive" feature. That is (as described in the article), walk around with the cellular network emulator to trick vulnerable cars to connect to your cellular network, identify vulnerable cars via IMEI, figure out the VIN via the helpful error message the car sends out, activate remote services on the car (if not already active) via a faked message and then you can send the "open doors" command to the car. All of which can be done without physical access to the car other than standing near it, which you would need to do anyway if you want to take advantage of the open door.

So - yes, skript kiddies (or, well, any car thieves) surely can do this, since I am sure that the assembled hardware necessary together with a small instruction manual "how to open any BMW" is available on the internet somewhere.

Comment: Re:Yet sensors have improved (Score 1) 192

by Golden_Rider (#48854709) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

Then there's the glass, too many corrective lenses fixing aberrations and barrel distortions and so on. All of that glass adding weight, size and cutting some of the light. Why? The camera can do that in software.

So you say software in the camera can summon up image detail which was lost due to crappy lenses which e.g. produce an unsharp image in the corners of a picture?

Barrel distortion - yes, something like that can be fixed, if you measure all the possible camera body/lens combinations (e.g dxoptics). Loss of detail? Nah, that only happens in movies when people say "enhance picture!".

Look e.g. at the differences in sharpness in this test (e.g. the newspaper pictures), and these are all high end primes (yes, some of them are specifically for low light shots). Now imagine what a cheapo lens will do.


Comment: Re: Rooting - (Score 4, Informative) 186

by Golden_Rider (#48845021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

You havent voided warranty on a rooted device. Most drvices all? Can be safely brought back to factory with all markers erased. Thats been my experience with samsung, asus, and motorola devices

Not true for current Samsung devices (S4 onwards) with the KNOX-enabled firmware. If you root those, you will trigger an eFUSE which flags your phone as "warranty void" forever. So yes - you can root even those phones, but you WILL lose the warranty. http://omegadroid.co/wanted-kn...

Comment: Re: short (Score 2) 198

by Golden_Rider (#48752187) Attached to: Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

The Nintendo console was very popular in the US, but it is undeniable that the C64 was a hugely successful machine. The C64 also competed more directly with earlier consoles like the Atari 2600, Colecovision, etc. The Atari 2600 was very popular because it was extremely easy to setup, plug it into a TV and that's it.

I also did a lot of Amiga and Atari ST gaming as those are the machines my Dad was into and got. I didn't have a lot of people around me with similar computers to trade games with. I believe both of those machines were much more popular in Europe while the PC compatible clones were starting to take over the US market at the end of the C64's life.

Yes, it might be that the whole "gamers bought C64/Amiga, Atari XL/ST and ZX Spectrum" thing was mainly european. I just looked at the Wikipedia article for the NES, and it says about the sales numbers "Worldwide: 61.91 million, Japan: 19.35 million, Americas: 34.00 million, Other: 8.56 million". So the whole of the world, except Japan and the US, bought only 1/4 of the number of consoles the US bought. Like I said - I do not know anybody among my friends/relatives who bought a Nintendo console. Around here in Germany, the usual transition was C64/... to Amiga/ST/... to PC and back in the 80s/90s, trading disks on the schoolyard was huge.

Comment: Re: short (Score 5, Informative) 198

by Golden_Rider (#48750811) Attached to: Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

Yep, sounds about right for the best of games of the DOS era. There's a reason consoles absolutely dominated gaming through the 80s and 90s.

Did they? At least around here in Germany, everybody in the 80s had a C64/Amiga (or maybe Atari ST) for gaming (because you could trade disks at school). Anybody with a console would have been pitied as the poor kid who cannot play the latest games. And from '93 onwards (when Doom arrived and LAN parties started) gaming changed forever, anyway. Maybe it was different in the US, don't know, Nintento consoles apparently were more popular there (I actually cannot remember any of my friends EVER owning a Nintendo console).

Comment: Re:What a shock (Score 1) 409

by Golden_Rider (#48513885) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Saxony used to have Uranium mines (see the Wismut page in Wikipedia). So are you sure it is Chernobyl radiation or just runoff from underground rivers that cross the uranium deposits that occur naturally over there?

Since in the n-tv article, they mention both Saxony AND Bavaria, I don't think it's from the uranium deposits.

Comment: Re:What a shock (Score 5, Informative) 409

by Golden_Rider (#48513535) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

In Germany, even this year, 40% of the wild boars which were tested in Saxony (hunters are required to check animals they killed for radioactivity) showed radioactivity higher than the limit of 600 becquerel/kg, which made them officially unsuitable for human consumption. Some animals even showed radioactivity as high as 9800 becquerel/kg. Articles (in German) here: http://www.neues-deutschland.d... and here: http://www.n-tv.de/wissen/Wild...

This radioactivity in the meat is caused by the boars eating mushrooms and other plants in the forest. If plants and animals in eastern Germany are still contaminated after all this time, I'd rather not eat anything from directly next to the chernobyl plant, or live there.

Comment: Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (Score 5, Informative) 327

by Golden_Rider (#48397467) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Also - couldn't you actually just sign the drivers that are needed for trim? What prevents that?

As the author of the popular "trim enabler" software (which patches the original apple drivers and so causes the original drivers to fail the kext signing check) puts it:

"all of Apple’s AHCI SATA drivers are closed source and undocumented, which makes it impossible for me to create my own Trim driver and get it signed."

Which is also the reason why there are no trim drivers available from hardware manufacturers like Samsung, etc. No access to Apple's driver documentation - no signed trim drivers.

Comment: Re:ESA's spectacular rash of achieving failures (Score 1) 337

by Golden_Rider (#48391495) Attached to: Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

It is amazing how ESA continues to have spectacular failures project after project. They manage to reach the target just to fail miserably due to lack of testing or by ignoring basic configurations.

I fail to see how "all the experiments on board the lander had a chance to run and return information back to Earth" (from LA times article) makes this mission a failure. Philae did everything they wanted it to do, the "charge battery and stay in contact" was just an optional extra.

Considering the official statement was that just LANDING there had only a 50:50 chance of succeeding, this whole thing was an incredible success.

Comment: Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (Score 1) 488

by Golden_Rider (#48367109) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Perhaps there's a Zoology Masters research project in working out ways to keep birds (and bats) away from the turbines.

Dead birds -> biomass -> energy. Sounds like an added bonus to me :-)

More serious reply: According to an article on the website of German magazine "Focus" http://www.focus.de/wissen/kli... the bird observatory Brandenburg has a database of all recorded cases of birds killed by wind turbines in Germany. Since 1989, there have been 681 dead birds on record. Other researchers more critical of wind turbines estimate that by far not all dead birds are found, though, due to other animals eating them, the birds not dying right next to the wind turbine etc. and so they think the real number is more like 10000 to 100000 birds killed by wind turbines per year - which still would mean only about 1-5 dead birds for each of the 20000 wind turbines in Germany, per year. That does not sound TOO horrible to me.

Comment: Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (Score 5, Informative) 450

by Golden_Rider (#48341109) Attached to: Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

In fact, someone on the Phoronix forums posted a bunch of links to Joey's debian-devel posts which seems to bear this out.

Especially the first one is a clanger. If you can't support systemd on technical grounds without getting threats, something is very toxic indeed.

And no, that first post is not directly related to the Debian Constitution. That the idiotic GR trying to override the Technical Committee decision two weeks before the Jessie freeze is inspired by this kind of drivel, and that the Constitution makes these kind of purely political overrides of the technical decisions possible is rather evident though.

From what I read there, stuff like https://lists.debian.org/debia... (trying to make technical decisions via politics when there actually is no disagreement between devs which needs any help with the decision-making) also contributed to his decision to quit.

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