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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 206

by 0123456 (#49631513) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

What's to stop you from doing 100% exactly the same thing you just described on a truck right now?

1. The driver will recognise that someone in a Nixon mask and wig is probably not up to anything good.
2. The driver will kick your ass unless you threaten them, so you're committing a violent crime that could get someone killed, instead of just robbery.

If you can't see the obvious difference, you obviously haven't considered the obvious flaws of humanless vehicles carrying valuable cargo. Who's going to program a truck to drive over anyone who steps out in front of it wearing a Nixon mask and wig?


Apple's Plans For Your DNA 90

Posted by Soulskill
from the download-a-parkinson's-cure-from-itunes dept.
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."

Comment: Well, if you really have to code on the bus... (Score 1) 91

Didn't tethering fees get clobbered by the FCC? The IDE is pretty light on bandwidth, the initial pageload is about 2 MB and it's just shuffling text around during use. It has a keep-alive ping, but otherwise you're only going to use bandwidth while saving changes or using the terminal. How much bandwidth does a terminal use? I recently signed up with PTel, which uses T-mobile's towers and gives you unlimited 3g / 1 GB 4g for $35/mo, no contract. I think a month's worth of coding would run substantially under 1 GB of bandwidth but I don't really have the time to do a rigorous test.

I found interpreters for Python and Brainfuck on the Chrome Store, and of course you have a JS interpreter, and any interpreters written in JS should probably work. There are rather a large number of those for some reason. There's some sort of git app too, FWIW. Beyond that there are a few Android apps that will run natively on ChromeOS without any fussing, and most Android apps can be made to run with minimal effort.

I don't know what you're coding in, but unless it's fairly obscure I'd say it's possible to code and test, offline, using a Chromebook. Either way I hope no one is twisting your arm to get you to buy one.

Comment: Internet is Ubiquitous (Score 1) 91

If a quick Google search can be believed, you can actually get a free VPS. For an IDE I'm using Cloud9, but there are equally good or better alternatives. However, I am already paying for mobile data and a VPS for other reasons. Even so, I'd still probably get out my laptop on a bus only if it was a Google bus. Or maybe Greyhound, if it had wifi. I very rarely find myself without an Internet connection, even in rural Central America. When I don't have an Internet connection, generally I'm not doing anything where I care about having one.

It's not even that I couldn't code without the Internet; there are code editors for Chrome/ChromeOS. However, not having access to API documentation would be a huge issue (for my work), and that would make OS deficiencies a moot point.

I need the Internet for work. Having to have a net connection in order to use a decent IDE is not ideal, but it's a low bar even in rural Central America, or rural Alaska. I don't really understand what it is about the idea of an Internet-only device that bothers you so much, but I am actually pretty sure that you would be less inconvenienced than you imagine.

Comment: Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 208

by russotto (#49626517) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

It's completely in accordance with Smith v. Maryland, which is the controlling law. Smith v. Maryland involved one tap on one person's phone; it's been used to cover the NSA bulk metadata collection program, thus proving the slippery slope is not a fallacy.

It'll take the robed 9 to overturn it, but they likely won't.

Comment: Re:Which is why we disguise cell towers (Score 2) 208

by BlueStrat (#49625619) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

I was under the impression that my private business with my cellular phone provider was just that, private, and without a warrant this information in the form of 'papers and effects' was supposed to be subject to 4th Amendment protections unless sought via warrant process...

Let's see, how does that go? Soap, Ballot, Jury, and Ammo?

We seem to be at Jury...and it's not going well.

What's that other one? "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Hmm, what to do, what to do...?


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