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Comment: Re:Evolution is hard to stop (Score 1) 195

by TheSync (#47922417) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

or a world where any person would be equally likely to have biological children and grandchildren.

They would have to have precisely the same number of children (i.e. not die to due accident or stillbirth before reproduction), and reproductive assignment between sexual partners would have to be completely random, not sexually selected as it is today (even in countries where sexual partners are determined by parents, the parents are still performing a kind of sexual selection).

But with sexual reproduction, even in such a completely "fair" and "random" mating situation, genetic drift would still occur because although at a single locus each parent passes on one or other allele with a 50% probability of each, that 50% is a statistical average. Out of a ten thousand reproductions, you might find one reproduction where an allele is over-represented or under-represented. So across the population, genetic change will happen.

+ - .SCOT TLD "Priority Registration" Deadline Approaching

Submitted by TheSync
TheSync (5291) writes "Calico.UK, the registrar for the .SCOT top level domain, is advertising "priority registration" ahead of general availability of the TLD just in time for the Scottish independence vote. Scotland of course has no ISO 3166-1 two-letter country code at this time, and even if it wanted one after independence, many natural choices like "SC" are already taken, but then again UK domains tend to use .UK instead of the ISO 3166-1 code "GB"."

+ - German judge lifts temporary ban on Uber ride-sharing->

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mpicpp (3454017) writes "FRANKFURT, Sept 16 (Reuters) — A Frankfurt judge granted a reprieve to Uber, the online transportation service, setting aside a temporary injunction issued two weeks ago against the Silicon Valley company from operating a novel car-sharing service across Germany.

Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth said on Tuesday that the issues in the case brought against Uber by German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland deserved a fuller airing in court, but lacked the urgency for a temporary injunction.

"There could still be grounds for an injunction" against Uber, Kurth said in deciding on the company's appeal of the court's original decision. "But during our deliberations it became clear there were no grounds for an immediate injunction."

The lawsuit, which pits taxi operators against the fast-growing U.S. start-up recently valued at around $18 billion, has underscored Germany's mounting unease over the impact of digital technology on established businesses and institutions.

Taxi Deutschland had sought the injunction as part of a civil lawsuit to bar the company's ride-sharing service, citing what it saw as unfair competition by Uber against the professional taxi drivers whom it represents.

The original injunction barred Uber from using its Uberpop mobile phone app to connect ride-sharing drivers to potential passengers, ruling that Uber's network of volunteer drivers lacked the commercial licences to charge passengers for rides.

Each infraction of the court's injunction carried fines of up to 250,000 euros ($323,775). Uber quickly appealed the ruling, leading to Tuesday's hearing."

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Comment: Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (Score 1) 80

by TheSync (#47893139) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

I have heard that two 720p channels can coexist on one carrier.

Not two "good quality" 720p channels! MPEG-2 encoder technology (of the highest quality pro encoders) continues to get better, but we're not quite able to fit two good 720p's into 19 Mbps. Give it a year or two.

Of course you can jam in as many video channels as you want if you don't mind it looking like crap in high-motion scenes (like sports for instance).

Comment: Re:just because the dept of ed.... (Score 1) 528

by TheSync (#47767259) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

the US DoED has almost nothing to do with curriculum

That has been true in the past, however through Race to the Top Fund, the Race to the Top Assessment Program, and conditional NCLB waiver guidance (the âoeConditional NCLB Waiver Planâ), US DoE has created a system of discretionary grants and waivers that herds state education authorities into accepting elementary and secondary school standards and assessments favored by the Department.

Comment: Re:Never gonna work ... (Score 1) 506

by TheSync (#47758753) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The transition time from the computer giving up to the user having to take control is always going to mean this is impossible.

I can think of several recent airplane crashes that occurred because pilots tried to take back control from the auto-pilot or auto-landing system without full situational awareness.

Comment: Re:SDN (Score 1) 248

by TheSync (#47665983) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

The question is what is the typical "working set" of Internet prefixes for Internet routers at any time? Is it 100% of the Internet? Is it 50%? Is it 10%? I suspect it is something like 10% (but don't have any numbers).

When an unmatched prefix is seen by the router, it sends the packet to the SDN controller for inspection, the SDN controller sets up the flows for that prefix on the router TCAM. It is like a cache, and only needs to happen once per flow. SDN flow setups take on the order of 1ms.

BTW, tell me that BGP doesn't have problems?

There already is an SDN-enabled Internet Exchange Point.

SDN-based routing systems would be even easier to defend against DDoS because of the ability for SDN controllers to rapidly set up firewall rules on the Internet router (which might actually be a switch, or a fabric of switches, or a set of distributed switches).

Comment: Re:Boo (Score 2) 163

by TheSync (#47585403) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

You can drive from Baltimore to DC and back without noticing that you have a flat tire?

Actually I have done precisely that, but it was a rear tire on a front-wheel drive. Only noticed a problem when listening to AM radio and hearing a "click-click-click" when going at low speeds. That was the nail in my tire hitting the road and shorting out the static building up from the tire rubbing.

Comment: Re:Ignorance is no excuse ... (Score 1) 96

by TheSync (#47552205) Attached to: Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Indian Constitution Article 21: "Protection of life and personal liberty. No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law."

Note that the phrase "due process" is not in the Indian Constitution. For more information on why it was replaced with "according to procedure", see this reference.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 619

by TheSync (#47509151) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

In what way? Is private enterprise disallowed? Do workers own the means of production?

There is a big difference between France which rates "Moderately Unfree" on the Index of Economic Freedom and say Denmark which ranks "Mostly Free".

In France there is far more labor regulation and price controls. France also puts far more regulation on mergers & acquisitions, especially foreign ones. France also maintains a large number of state owned enterprises with stakes in telecommunications, media, aerospace, automobile, and other industries.

Of course France is also nothing like Belarus with Soviet-era state ownership of land and government-controlled collective farming.

Comment: Re:Wrong Control Variable? (Score 1) 619

by TheSync (#47509039) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

I am a citizen of a third world country myself (India)

India is a socialist country. It is much less socialist since the 1980's and the beginning of economic reform of the "permit raj", but it is still rated "Mostly Unfree" on the Index of Economic Freedom.

We will see if Mr. Modi can continue the free market reforms.

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