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Comment Re:Bad Timing (Score 1) 469 469

It's already outsourced. Most of the electronics in cars comes from 3rd parties.

Bad timing for that feature, after Toyotos troubles. People now know that steering wheels, accelerator pedals, brakes are just interfaces, not the actual "controls". I think many people would prefer for cars to be less automatic and give them more control from that perspective.

What happens when Ford, like Toyoto, outsources some component to a third party who fucks up? You are driving along one day when you car decides you aren't driving properly and decides to ram you into a tree.

Comment Re:And (Score 1) 272 272

I'm actually wondering why launch a monkey at all. Or even a chimp. I think we're pretty sure at this point that no one is going to die from the space vapors or the orbiting hordes of vacuum leaches. What sort of telemetry do they get from a monkey that you can't get from a sensor package?

Comment Re:No, that's not it at all (Score 1) 2058 2058

It's not win:win. It win for most homeowners who never experience a fire and would not feel a need to pay a yearly fee. It's lose for the fire department that doesn't have an income stream while they are waiting for your house to burn down.

It's also probably not good public policy to pay a fire department on a per fire basis.

Comment Re:Summary is retarded (Score 1) 2058 2058

They responded because the neighbor DID pay for fire protection. Which is why they put out the fire on the neighbor's property. I'm not sure what you point is: the home owner lives outside of the town. The town can't tax him to pay for fire services. The town voluntarily allows people to pay $75/year to be included in the town's fire protection services. The home owner didn't pay. The neighbor did. Everything pretty much worked the way it was supposed to.
Encryption

Submission + - HDCP stream decoding in real time->

suraj.sun writes: Researchers, Rob Johnson and Mikhail Rubnich, from Stony Brook University have created an open source tool to find out how fast a PC would have to be to decrypt the HDCP encryption scheme in real time.

They implemented the HDCP algorithm in software and examined the result of decrypting 640 by 480 resolution images on a single core. Their results show that, using an Intel Xeon 5140 and a Intel Core 2 Duo P9600, it was possible to decode at a rate of 181 frames per second on the Xeon and at 76 frames per second on the Core 2 Duo.

In a test by The H's associates at heise online, using a Intel Core i5 750 running at 2.67Ghz, 640 by 480 HDCP content could be decoded at around 281 frames per second. According to Johnson and Rubnich, it would take seven times the processing power to the decode full 1920 by 1080 pixel 30 frame per second footage, so it would be possible, with a sufficiently powerful Core i5 processor used in conjunction with a HDMI capture card and appropriate software, to receive and decode HDCP protected HD streams.

H-online: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/HDCP-stream-decoding-in-real-time-1099547.html

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Hardware

Submission + - Change to 'Bios' To Make PCs boot in Seconds->

siliconbits writes: PCs that start in seconds could result from an update to one of the oldest parts of desktop computers. The update will spell the end for the 25-year-old PC start-up software known as Bios that initialises a machine so its operating system can get going. The code was not intended to live nearly this long, and adapting it to modern PCs is one reason they take as long as they do to warm up.
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Science

The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name 136 136

G3ckoG33k writes "The name of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster will change to Sophophora melangaster. The reason is that scientists have by now discovered some 2,000 species of the genus and it is becoming unmanageably large. Unfortunately, the 'type species' (the reference point of the genus), Drosophila funebris, is rather unrelated to the D. melanogaster, and ends up in a distant part of the relationship tree. However, geneticists have, according to Google Scholar, more than 300,000 scientific articles describing innumerable aspects of the species, and will have to learn the new name as well as remember the old. As expected, the name change has created an emotional (and practical) stir all over media. While name changes are frequent in science, as they describe new knowledge about relationships between species, these changes rarely hit economically relevant species, and when they do, people get upset."

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