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Comment: Re:Measuring Competence (Score 1) 255

by Ironlenny (#47049885) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

Except that just a few vehicles out of the millions that are on the road. That's an insufficiently large sample size to say how automated cars from different manufactures with different levels of maintenance under varying road contritions will interact. You can't assume competency from the limited, though still impressive, testing Google has done.

If anything you are demonstrating the author's point, assuming that what Google has accomplished will be true of all driverless cars. Each of Google's automated cars is effectively a student driver with Google's engineers, technicians, and drivers shepherding the vehicles through the hazards of everyday driving. How will that record hold when one of those cars are twelve years old and hasn't had a tuneup in three?

Comment: Bullshit New Agey Pseudoscience (Score 5, Insightful) 453

by Ironlenny (#46955717) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
How can “The scientific community now accepts to some degree that this contact may occur in the next 50 to 100 years.” be true if we haven't even established that there is life outside of Earth!

Then you have this tripe: "'Further, by means of self-consciousness, man becomes capable of treating his own mental states as objects of consciousness. The prime characteristic of cosmic consciousness is, as its name implies, a consciousness of the cosmos, that is, of the life and order of the universe,' De la Torre writes in a study published in the journal Acta Astronautica."

I am very disappointed in you Slashdot.

+ - ReactOS-Based Thorium Core is on Kickstarter->

Submitted by NiteMair
NiteMair writes: Several members of the ReactOS project have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to create a commercial service (Thorium Core) to provide cloud desktop services based on the ReactOS operating system. The plan is to provide commercial funding to further develop ReactOS, a Windows clone which has been in various stages of development since the late 90s. Their goal of $120,000 would seem to be a bit lofty, and they are off to a slow start still after nearly a month, but considering some of the amazing things that have happened during Kickstarter campaigns in the past, perhaps this project still has some potential.
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Comment: You Still Need Wireless (Score 1) 183

by Ironlenny (#44753593) Attached to: How Africa Will 'Leapfrog' Wired Networks
Low orbit satellites are not going to carry a continent's worth of network traffic. On top of that you still need backhaul at your ground stations. All those cell towers, they need something for backhaul. Microwave repeaters are only going to carry you so far. On top of that fiber simply has the highest available and future bandwidth with the lowest latency of any available technology. Sure wireless may dominate the immediate future of Africa, but eventually they'll exceed it's limits and move to a wired infrastructure.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Adhesive Used In Hard Drive Construction

Submitted by Ironlenny
Ironlenny writes: I have several dissembled hard drives. What I am most interested in is the construction of the actuators. Some kind of adhesive is used to bind the magnets to their metal supports which is strong enough to take the platting off of the magnets when I separate them from their supports. I was wondering if any one knew what adhesive was used, or where I could find that information?

Get Your Own Action Figure (In Japan) 74

Posted by timothy
from the best-place-for-it-really dept.
derGoldstein writes "Makezine points to a very interesting shop in Akihabara that will make miniature clones of your face. This page contains photos of the process and the results. After the miniature head is printed in 3D it's painted and attached to a doll of your choice. Some of the models they produce beg for an exorcism..."

+ - Bee disease breakthrough-> 1

Submitted by moorhens
moorhens writes: The BBC is describing new research that could save honeybees from the deadly Varroa mite. Unlike other treatments that have to balance the prospect of killing the mites against killing the bees themselves, this uses a genetic switch to turn the mites into their own worst enemy. Worldwide, the Varroa mite has been ravaging honeybee populations, either as a result of direct parasitism or by transmitting viruses. If this research does result in a practical medicine for bees, perhaps this will provide an answer to colony collapse disorder that has been decimating US bees. In Europe, we haven't had CCD (whatever you may read elsewhere), but Varroa alone is enough to wipe out an untreated colony in three years.
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+ - DickiLeaks data loss saga exposes Oz sportsmen->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A young woman has published nude photos of football players from high-flying Australian Football League club St. Kilda, rapidly accumulating thousands of Twitter followers as a result.

Varying accounts exist of how she came by the photos. The youngster is reported to have claimed that she took the photos herself. Another report documents a counterclaim by the manager of team captain Nick Riewoldt, one of the pictured players. In the counterclaim, the photos were copied from the laptop of a teammate who snapped the photos on a club trip to the USA last year.

The whole sorry mess also brings into question current laws about who gets the rights to a photo. In many countries, the law comes from a time when photographs were comparatively difficult to take, develop, publish, index and search.

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+ - P2P Sci-Fi Drama's Second Episode Released->

Submitted by Ironlenny
Ironlenny writes: Even though the news is a week old, it is worth mentioning that "Pioneer One" has released it's second episode. "Pioneer One" has previously appeared on Slashdot for the projects use of donation driven funding, Creative Commons license, and BitTorrent coupled with an inventive and engaging story.
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+ - Passwords Are The Weakest Link In Online Security->

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 writes: It's not surprising to find that 79% of consumers use risky password construction practices, such as including personal information and words. The recent Gawker breach and a detailed analysis of breached passwords show undeniably that passwords continue to be the Achilles' heel of the average Internet user. This insecure trend sadly doesn't shift as 26% of users reuse the same password for important accounts such as email, banking or shopping and social networking sites while 29% had their own email or social network account hacked, and over half (52%) know someone who has had a similar problem.
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