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Submission + - Predicting your next move ... by a robot ! (defenseone.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: So a lot of humans are still saying that they are smarter than the bots

Years from now, when a robot outdraws you in a gunfight, a 2015 algorithm may be the reason why

The algorithm, by two University of Illinois researchers, opens the door to software that can guess where a person is headed—reaching for a gun, steering a car into armored gate—milliseconds before the act plays out

To test the algorithm, they gave a joystick to five men and three women between the ages of 24 and 30. The subjects were instructed to reach out with the joystick 730 times under various conditions, including ones that obstructed their motion. The tests proved the algorithm’s ability to infer, within tenths of a second, where the subject was headed

Although the authors stress the important of the algorithm against potential "terrorists" it won't surprise anyone that the same algorithm will be used on ordinary people as well, particularly if a government that has turned rogue, and the people are rising up in opposing the rogue government

Skynet, anyone?

Submission + - The first successful collision attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm

Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression function.They describe their work in the paper "Freestart collision for full SHA-1". The work paves the way for full SHA-1 collision attacks, and the researchers estimate that such attacks will become reality at the end of 2015. They also created a dedicated web site called ironically The SHAppening.

Perhaps the call to deprecate the SHA-1 standard in 2017 in major web browsers seems belated and this event has to be accelerated.

Comment Re:Put your money where your mouth is (Score 1) 382

Conservatives should purchase beach-front property if they are so confident in hoaxing. Some is already selling at a discount due to climate change risk.

Can we get a citation on that? I don't have a lot of cash, but I'd love to buy some beachfront property if it is cheap. And I'd be willing to adapt to the ocean rising 0.13 inches per year. That should give me enough time to move my lawn chair.

Meanwhile, don't forget that Al Gore spent $8.87 million on his beachfront getaway. But what does he know?

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 2) 237

If the earth is so fragile and chaotic, you'd think it would have destroyed itself over the last 4.5 billion years. Maybe some of those feedback loops are negative, creating stability rather than chaos?

Anyone who thinks that the weather should stay exactly the same, hasn't been paying attention to what's been happening since forever.

Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 4, Informative) 622

Full of shit? In every case, I typed the model into Google, and took the lowest number. The rest of the weight are for options, so they are not relevant.

The ones I mentioned were because the Volt and CRV had already been discussed. I have an F-150, and it the best selling vehicle in the US for the past 32 years. (source: wikipedia) I chose the Tesla because some people cream their pants green whenever they hear that word.

Tough shit that Ford is making an aluminum F-150. Good for them. The Tesla is also aluminum, so it is an apples-vs-apples comparison.

That said, here are the numbers right from the manufacturers:

Ford F-150 4x2 = 4,050 LBS source: http://www.ford.com/trucks/f15...
(Note that even their tiny engine has 325 HP and 375 ft-lbs of torque, which is necessary for a truck)
Tesla S = 4,647 LBS source: http://www.teslamotors.com/sup...
(If the Tesla has higher horsepower, it is only useful for making the owner's dick get hard.)

Honda CRV = 3358 lbs source: http://automobiles.honda.com/c...
Chevy Volt Base Curb Weight = 3786 lbs source: http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-...

Despite what you want to believe, the numbers are what they are. And I just wasted a half-hour looking them up for you.

Submission + - The Milky Way May be 50 Percent Bigger Than Thought (discovery.com) 1

astroengine writes: A ring-like filament of stars wrapping around the Milky Way may actually belong to the galaxy itself, rippling above and below the relatively flat galactic plane. If so, that would expand the size of the known galaxy by 50 percent and raise intriguing questions about what caused the waves of stars. Scientists used data collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to reanalyze the brightness and distance of stars at the edge of the galaxy. They found that the fringe of the disk is puckered into ridges and grooves of stars, like corrugated cardboard. “It looks to me like maybe these patterns are following the spiral structure of the Milky Way, so they may be related,” astronomer Heidi Newberg, with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, told Discovery News.

Comment Re: 130 megawatts of energy (Score 1) 191

Usually, PV power is rated at. Temp = 25 degrees C, and Insolation = 1000 watts/Meter**2. (peak sun and cool panels)

NREL maps provide the equivalent peak-sun hours per day for a given area. So, that is a reasonable number to work with for estimates.

But the temp rating is unrealistic for a black solar panel getting direct sunlight. As panels get hotter, their production decreases. So, some manufacturers also offer numbers for warmer temperatures.

Real Programmers think better when playing Adventure or Rogue.