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Comment: what are they really trying to achieve? (Score 1) 128

by Gravis Zero (#49565991) Attached to: New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

is the point of such devices to enforce HOV as a method to encourage more people to carpool in an effort to reduce traffic and pollution or is this just a money grab? if the point is to encourage people to carpool, it will fail as some people simply cannot carpool and the 15% that are scofflaws will simply add to existing traffic congestion which will ultimately cause more pollution. if it's just a money grab, this makes total sense.

Comment: defend? (Score 2) 63

by Gravis Zero (#49546093) Attached to: Pentagon Discloses Network Breach By Russian Hackers

Carter cited the newly declassified incident during an address at Stanford University, in which he also warned the Pentagon was ready to help defend America's networks and to use cyber weaponry, if needed.

so instead of hoarding exploits you are going to patch them? or will you hold companies liable for poorly written software? or maybe require CS students learn how to write secure software? or publish a free OS that is secure by default?

the Department of Defense was previously named the Department of War for a good reason.

Comment: what is Arimaa? (Score 4, Informative) 58

by Gravis Zero (#49507183) Attached to: Computer Beats Humans At Arimaa

Arimaa is a two-player strategy board game that was designed to be playable with a standard chess set and difficult for computers while still being easy to learn and fun to play for humans. Every year since 2004, the Arimaa community has held three tournaments: a World Championship (humans only), a Computer Championship (computers only), and the Arimaa Challenge (human vs. computer).

seriously, slashdice, some reference would be nice sometimes.

Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

by Gravis Zero (#49494059) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

To anyone who has a shred of fear of flying

should never go on a plane EVER because they are liable to "lose their shit". if you cannot maintain your composure over an irrational fear, STAY HOME.

So he's scaring people and breaking/threatening-to-break his word,

seriously? the only people that should be afraid here are the people that would be embarrassed because they can't even secure their own planes and the government that approved the planes in spite of it. the real crime is possibly embarrassing the government.

But if his frustration with Boeing and Airbus is going to drive him to be a fear-mongering troll,

fear-mongering, really? what do you have to fear, exposing the truth that systems are insecure?

Comment: not just them (Score 4, Insightful) 44

by Gravis Zero (#49456563) Attached to: Google Battles For Better Batteries

Thus, it makes sense for them to try developing new battery technology

it makes sense for everyone to try to develop a better battery. societies are trying to and wants to switch from chemical power generation to solar generation which currently has the issue of needing costly batteries. if nothing else, it's a growth market.

Comment: the new fear: affordable automation (Score 4, Insightful) 245

by Gravis Zero (#49444995) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia

governments/TPTB are becoming increasingly concerned that the average citizen could get pissed off and instead of being powerless (as they have been for centuries), they may actually be capable of doing something. In this case it's criminals getting guns with nefarious intent but honestly, this is the tip of the iceberg. We are nearing the tipping point between the people being dependant on governments and companies for things like food and electricity and being self-sufficient. The prospect of "we don't need you anymore" should scare them too because it's when the current social organizational system will start breaking down. It might take a few decades but thanks to affordable automation and openly shared progress, people will start dropping off the grid in droves, not because they can but because it's easy.

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