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Comment Self driving cars (Score 1) 242

another survey revealed that even engineers continue to be wary of fully autonomous vehicles

That statement makes it look like it is almost a surprise.
Most engineers that I know are more concerned with the problems that can arise with fully autonomous vehicles than Joe sixpack, simply because they have at least some idea of how it works.
In an uncontrolled environment, there will be something that you did not plan for, and it is just a matter of time before there the shit hits the fan.
For Joe sixpack, a computer is a magic box. They don't know how it works, and they don't care. Until something goes wrong.

Comment JAVA (Score 3, Informative) 230

From TFA.
"Attackers have exploited Linux servers that run unpatched versions of Apache Struts and Tomcat with vulnerabilities"

Apache Struts, Tomcat, and elasticsearch (mentioned in the summary) are all written in java.
To me, that indicates a JAVA vulnerability, not a Linux vulnerability.

Comment I have had a few of these calls (Score 5, Funny) 251

I usually get 1 of these calls per month.
I like to see how long it takes before they swear at me and hang up.
One time i started the conversation with "I like pie", and spent the next 20 minutes telling this guy about all the pies i have eaten in my life.

My favorite of all time was a lady with a very attractive voice. Every time she told me to do something, i made up a bullshit error message. She was sounding very confused when she finally asked me what version of windows i was using and i told her windows 19.
She tried to explain to me that the latest version of windows was windows 7, but about halfway through my story about how i wanted a very fast computer, so i built a time machine to go buy a new computer in the future, she started using some very colorful language, including a few words that i have never heard before, and i can swear in 17 languages.

Every time i get bored, i watch the phone and hope for another call from them.

Comment Re:People still fall for it (Score 0) 209

In the majority of cases, it is greed.
In a some people, greed can override common sense. IMHO, these people deserve to lose everything.

A few years ago, there was a South African man (CxO of some company) who lost a few million in a 419 scam. He went to Nigeria to try and get his money back, but got killed instead.
Good riddance.

Comment Re:Idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 118

Unless you use different frequencies for neighboring towers (keep in mind that it would be extremely expensive to do so), you will just be causing another problem.
Where the towers overlap, you get a lot of interference, which degrades the service.
If you want to cover the same area, you will have a lot of overlaps.

Personal experience: I live on top of a hill with line of sight to 4 cellphone towers. Voice is fine, because that is relatively low bandwidth. But when I try to use HSPA, It's almost as bad as GPRS.
If I go halfway down the hill, where I can only see 1 tower, I average 10 Mbps.

Comment Idiot (Score 4, Informative) 118

With any wireless service, you have a limited amount of bandwidth. That bandwidth is shared by everybody connecting to a tower.

If you have more than 1 person trying to use as much bandwidth as they can, it will just degrade the service for everyone.

You could get another frequency to operate on, or use more directional antennas so that less people connect to each transmitter, but that will only delay the inevitable.

In these days of ever increasing bandwidth demands, there is no way that wireless can supply that demand.

With a wired connection, you can add more cables.
With a wireless connection, that is not an option.

Comment Not for programming's sake (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I started programming when I was about 10 years old for one very simple reason. I enjoy making things.
I recently built my own house for that same reason. I also made most of the furniture in it as well.
If, at the end of the day, I can say "I made that", then I am happy.

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