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+ - Allstate patents physiological data collection 1 1

TigerPlish writes: According to the Chicago Tribune, Allstate has been granted a patent — no. US 20140080100 A1 — that covers a "driving-behavior database that it said might be useful for health insurers, lenders, credit-rating agencies, marketers and potential employers."

The article continues, "...the invention has the potential to evaluate drivers' physiological data, including heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram signals, which could be recorded from steering wheel sensors."

Imagine a world where you are denied employment or credit based on the information obtained from your car and sold by your insurer. Imagine a world where your insurer predicts how you may act or react in the future. Imagine your personal physiological information in Allstate's hands.

Good hands, indeed, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Comment: Rope and pulley broke a lot, too (Score 1) 253 253

I like reminiscing about the rope-and-pulley days but i've been stranded with a broken clutch steel-rope cable, I've had another one snap on a bike, and points-and-condenser ignitions are inhumane and intolerant of lapses in maintenance. That peculiar smell that old cars and old planes had? incomplete combustion.

I like this computer-controlled world. Things work much better.

The rope-and-pulley analog here would be "Hey Bertie, did you put the cotter pin on that rod?" "Ya ya, sure sure!"

Meanwhile, as the plane reaches 400 ft:

*clink* "Hey.. what was that?" "Hey man the thrott*BLAM* (impact on ground)

Comment: Re:Quiet? (Score 1) 558 558

I just did, mostly by accident. I wasn't trying to build a super quiet machine, but it happened. I don't remember the parts I used off the top of my head, but the processor is an i7, and I put in a 240 GB SSD. The thing is silent unless I'm doing some heavy processing - then I might hear a fan, if I listen closely. With newer processors, the CPU fan slows down when it's not being used heavily, which helps a lot. Power supply fans will usually be quiet too. The other big noisemaker is the hard disc, so switching to an SSD helps with that.

+ - All 11 master files (96k/24b) of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier now CC0-> 1 1

rDouglass writes: The Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, a crowd funded recording of J.S. Bach's 24 Preludes and Fugues (book 1), has released the 11 master tracks used to make the recording in 96k/24b audio, and they're Creative Commons Zero licensed. The pianist is Kimiko Ishizaka, and there is a very positive review about the recording in this month's Gramophone magazine. A photo of the mic positions and the microphones used is also provided. The recording engineers on this project were Anne-Marie Sylvestre, and Tobias Lehmann. The studio is the Teldex Studio, Berlin.

Go ahead, download these 3.2GB of files and have fun mixing and mastering them yourselves! This is open source music at its finest.

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Comment: One can only hope Apple will sort Beats out (Score 1) 104 104

Apple pays attention to sound quality. This is evident from what comes out of the iphone, ipad, mac mini.

Beats, on the other hand, dips the music in sweet syrup, then wraps it in a soft blanket and then gives the bass a +10db boost. That's what their headphones sounded like to me.

I can only hope Apple will show beats what music really sounds like.

And as for bluetooth speakers, I use a JBL Clip. At least JBL remembers how to make good sound. Beats never learned. Plus it's really hard to clip a Pill to your backpack.. unless you improvise a carrying handle out of 1/2 inch velcro like a bud of mine did.

Comment: Two things... (Score 4, Insightful) 583 583

As a manager, here are the two pieces of advice I'd pass on:

1. We don't use passive voice in our memos. College is wrong. I've been out of college for a long time, but I always want to write to the business writing prof I had and let him know. We stress active voice.

2. I picked this up from a Murawski course (which deals with active voice writing). It was, "Doing work is bringing your supervisor a solution, not problems." That is, me going to my boss and saying, "Hey, I've got a problem here," isn't doing work. The work is going to my boss and bringing him or her a solution to the problem. Now, sometimes you get stuck and need help, and that's fine, and I'm happy to help - but your goal as an employee should be to bring me proposed solutions to problems (or, better yet, just take care of it, if you can).

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Re:Where's Waldo? (Score 1) 100 100

Rather than explaining these reasons to the American people (who really probably don't care for the most part), they just rename "French Fries". "Freedom Fries".

Note, I have yet to meet anyone who calls them "Freedom Fries". Most Europeans probably understand the difference between a publicity stunt and reality.

Comment: Re:Another reason my first new car will be a Tesla (Score 2, Insightful) 392 392

...because people don't want to pay for features they won't use? We don't have a sunroof in our truck, because we know we'd use it only rarely. Someone else might use that sunroof all the time. On the other hand, for our car, we paid extra for the memory driver's seat, because my wife is much shorter than I am, so we're always readjusting the driver's seat between us, and it's a time saver, plus there's probably a small safety bonus from getting the seat in the same position every time. But for a car that's normally only going to be driven by one person, a memory seat is kind of a useless feature.

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. -- Robert Heller