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Comment: Can't say I love it *yet*. (Score 1) 105

by jcr (#49515131) Attached to: Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

Coming from many years of Obj-C development, I can acknowledge several ways in which Swift is superior, but the learning curve is somewhat steeper than the transition from C to Objective-C was.

Aside from the language itself, Swift playgrounds are wonderful. We're getting closer all the time to a Smalltalk way of writing code.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Water- we dump it on the ground (Score 1) 573

by sootman (#49513301) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

> It is not a very plausible solution for agricultural use-- too
> expensive. Do you realize that those people take the water
> and just dump it on the ground?

HA! I *wish* they would just dump it on the ground. I've driven by farms in the valley where gigantic sprayers are just launching it all high into the air, and a good amount of it evaporates before it even has a chance to hit the ground.

+ - Automakers to gearheads: Stop repairing cars->

Submitted by Mr_Blank
Mr_Blank (172031) writes "Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles. In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle. The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to vehicles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where cars are rolling computing platforms, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying and tuning their cars."
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Comment: Isn't California right next to water? (Score 1) 573

by guruevi (#49511811) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

All you need is a solar powered project to convert sea water into potable water. I'm pretty sure $30B will go a long way to set up several projects all along it's coast. Also, converting current pipes from metals to plastic so your sewage systems etc can handle a little bit of salt water, then you don't need to flush with clean water and it's a lot healthier (salt water is inhospitable to a lot of bacteria)

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 313

by guruevi (#49511669) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

We do alter the genetic material in 'traditional' artificial selection and given the current genetic sequencing methods, we could definitely demonstrate the pathway we'd have taken if we were doing it 'slowly'. But if a crop takes ~6m to become mature enough to reproduce, we'd easily take decades for a simple mutation. Doing it in a lab allows us to skip some steps but you get the same end result.

I don't agree with the patents but AFAIK none of our food is patented nor could it be. I think gene patenting has been completely struck down recently. Yes, there has been research in a terminator gene and it made big headlines a decade ago but further research proved that nature has a way of overcoming these artificial limitations. There is currently no crop outside of a lab that cannot reproduce itself (besides dessert banana's, but that limitation has been around for about a hundred years).

Comment: What do publicly owned electrical districts say? (Score 2) 483

by riverat1 (#49505691) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

As far as I can see these complaints are all coming from investor owned for profit electrical utilities. What do publicly owned electrical districts (like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power or the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to name a couple of big ones) have to say? Do they make the same complaints or do they just get on with the business of making it all work? If they're not making the same complaints then I think the complaints of investor owned utilities are more about profits than anything else.

+ - DARPA Just Open Sourced All This Swish 'Dark Web' Search Tech->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Google appears to be an indomitable force. But, with today's release from the US military's research arm of its Memex search technologies and Europe's competition investigation into the Mountain View giant, it might be a propitious time for tech-minded entrepreneurs to start building a Google killer.

DARPA's Memex search technologies have garnered much interest due to their initial mainstream application: to uncover human trafficking operations taking place on the âoedark webâ, the catch-all term for the various internet networks the majority of people never use, such as Tor, Freenet and I2P. And a significant number of law enforcement agencies have inquired about using the technology. But Memex promises to be disruptive across both criminal and business worlds.

Christopher White, who leads the team of Memex partners, which includes members of the Tor Project, a handful of prestigious universities, NASA and research-focused private firms, tells FORBES the project is so ambitious in its scope, it wants to shake up a staid search industry controlled by a handful of companies: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Putting those grandiose ideas into action, DARPA will today open source various components of Memex, allowing others to take the technologies and adapt them for their own use. As is noticeable from the list of technologies below, there's great possibility for highly-personalised search, whether for agents trying to bring down pedophiles or the next Silk Road , or anyone who wants a less generic web experience. Here's an exclusive look at who is helping DARPA build Memex and what they're making available on the Open Catalogue today"

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+ - DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "AntiPolygraph.org (of which I am a co-founder) has published a set of leaked Defense Intelligence Agency polygraph countermeasure case files along with a case-by-case analysis. The case files, which include polygraph charts and the exact questions used, suggest that the only people being "caught" trying to beat the polygraph are those using crude, unsophisticated methods that anyone who actually understood polygraph procedure and effective countermeasures (like, say, a real spy, saboteur, or terrorist) would ever use. AntiPolygraph.org has previously published polygraph community training materials on countermeasures that indicate they lack the ability to detect countermeasures like those described in our free book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector (PDF) or in former police polygraph examiner Doug Williams' manual, How to Sting the Polygraph . Williams, who was indicted last year after teaching undercover federal agents how to pass a polygraph, is scheduled to stand trial on May 12 in Oklahoma City."

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