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Comment: "Just annouced" eh? (Score 2) 72

I suppose one could interpret a press release from January 7th as "Samsung has just announced its new", it was announced during CES on January 7th, here's the press release: http://www.samsung.com/global/... Linked article says model numbers haven't been released either.. here you go: 128GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZVPV128HDGL-00000 256GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZHPV256HDGL-00000 512GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZHPV512HDGL-00000 They've been shipping these in Lenovo and Apple laptops, they are scarce, but available (Amazon, RamCity, Ebay, Etc) at a little more than $1 per GB.

Comment: Constantly evolving (Score 1) 391

by Krazy Kanuck (#47569789) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I believe the oldest part in my current PC is my PSU, its survived seven years and after having it reconditioned and the leads updated this year I suspect it will last a good while longer. The newest piece would be my case, I kickstarted the red harbinger cross desk and am loving it! It will take quite a while to piece together all the parts needed to fully realize its potential but that's the fun.
Bug

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the trying-to-bail-the-ocean dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: "I was an early advocate of companies offering cash prizes to researchers who found security holes in their products, so that the vulnerabilities can be fixed before the bad guys exploited them. I still believe that prize programs can make a product safer under certain conditions. But I had naively overlooked that under an alternate set of assumptions, you might find that not only do cash prizes not make the product any safer, but that nothing makes the product any safer — you might as well not bother fixing certain security holes at all, whether they were found through a prize program or not." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

Comment: Where's the story? (Score 4, Insightful) 152

by Krazy Kanuck (#45587749) Attached to: Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike
So we have a link to a story about Company A who has exclusive license to use BigShot school's patents to make a fancy wheel and at the end of the article the reporter asks Company A whats they think about Company B's simliar product. The CEO says "Company B CEO came by 18 months ago wanted to co-lab, hung out and left, but I haven't looked at his patents" and we're slashdotting "impending legal doom", yet neither side has said boo to that nature or is there any other relevant link to anything remotely newsworthy. Where's the story?

Comment: Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 1) 961

by Krazy Kanuck (#45584511) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?
The only thing obvious to me is your lack of information and community's need to use Roger as the scapegoat for Paul's death (hence the +4 Insightful for the idiot comment)

The short story here is that Roger was going out to shakedown the car that was at his shop being worked on for stalling issues when Paul (who was visiting for a charity event) jumped in the car they were for about a 20 minute drive. That is not to say they did not speed or were not reckless, but lets be honest here, you don't shakedown a ~350,000 supercar like a F150 do you? There's evidence of some mechanical failure but nothing that has been officially announced, just what is being discussed close to those involved.

Anyways, there is risk in everything and driving exotic cars is probably on the higher end of the spectrum and both of these fine gentlemen were well aware of those risks and embraced them.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 212

by Krazy Kanuck (#44509465) Attached to: Australian State Bans IBM From All Contracts After Payroll Bungle

Indeed. IBM's reputation is pretty well established. They are slow, tedious and yet effective. They are a glacier in IT. But I see it everywhere -- people making decisions in an IT project that have know knowledge of what it takes to make things happen. The illusion that "it's all so easy" has really gotten buried too deep in someone's head somewhere.

The magic phrase is "All You Have To Do Is..."

Those six words have destroyed more IT projects than anyone can count.

My favorite requirement is: "Works as designed"

Comment: The only title worth playing (Score 1) 212

by Krazy Kanuck (#44436881) Attached to: Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter
I dragged my feet for some time on this purchase, the console has potential, but for now the only game I've purchased for it is Lego City Undercover. The Wii U is really just a big non portable Nintendo DS. The Lego game makes great use of the gamepad, interactive map, vehicle/character catalogs, video chat, surveillance device, etc. Very likely the best Lego game so far (pretty sure we've played them all now). The problem with most of the other titles is they really don't know what to do with it, even Nintendo has yet to release a convincing title that makes it an exclusive or must have game. The saving grace is the vWii console can play all of our old titles so it still gets a fair bit of use, but the slow rate of good Wii-U releases makes me wonder; I may not bite the next time around .

Comment: Government-run Utility (Score 2) 355

"For those who favor the idea of Internet service as a government-run utility, what do you see as the best-case scenario for such a system?"

I'm not sure there are too many in favor of that idea anymore (recent privacy issues, corp lobbying). There would need to be an unprecedented amount net neutrality and transparency involved; which we've been promised but received little of in other government projects.
Robotics

Self-Assembling Multi-Copter Demonstrates Networked Flight Control 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the here-comes-the-swarm dept.
cylonlover writes "Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D'Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is that there is not one robot in control – each unit in itself decides what actions to take to keep the group in the air in what's known as Distributed Flight Array."

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