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Comment Re:In Alaska... (Score 1) 599

All very true - something pseudo-random is needed, perhaps, coupled with changing the way we test for driving ability which, in the UK at least, has been getting easier recently. The requirement for parallel parking was removed in the past decade because so many people found it difficult. The least likely change is to enforcement I suspect. My wife gave up driving after spending some time riding motorcycles and noting how 'safe' car drivers seem to feel.

Comment Re:In Alaska... (Score 4, Informative) 599

Good points, fortunately in the UK we have very few multiple lane roads and the removals are generally done where accidents show that people tend to speed because they feel too safe and should be reminded of both their own and others' vulnerability. It's recently happened near where I live, on a long slow bend where people were speeding up just before the crest of a hill and hugging the centre due to not seeing over that crest. The results have been immediate, people now tend towards the sides of the road and drive at a speed appropriate to the dangers. The 'theorists' predicting the end-of-the-world still claim that the evidence is 'wrong' and probably always will. Mebbe we should reward the understanding of stats rather than maths?

Submission + - John Cleese Warns Campus Political Correctness Leading Towards 1984 ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Ashe Schow writes at the Washington Examiner that, "The Monty Python co-founder, in a video for Internet forum Big Think, railed against the current wave of hypersensitivity on college campuses, saying he has been warned against performing on campuses. "[Psychiatrist Robin Skynner] said: 'If people can't control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people's behavior,'" Cleese said. "And when you're around super-sensitive people, you cannot relax and be spontaneous because you have no idea what's going to upset them next." Cleese said that it's one thing to be "mean" to "people who are not able to look after themselves very well," but it was another to take it to "the point where any kind of criticism of any individual or group could be labeled cruel." Cleese added that "comedy is critical," and if society starts telling people "we mustn't criticize or offend them," then humor goes out the window. "With humor goes a sense of proportion," Cleese said. "And then, as far as I'm concerned, you're living in 1984." Cleese is just the latest comedian to lecture college students about being so sensitive.

Submission + - Docker 1.10 Brings Linux SECCOMP Security to Containers (

darthcamaro writes: Starting this week, there is a new tool in the toolbox to secure Docker containers. In addition to SELinux (or AppArmor) and Namespaces — Docker 1.10 will now include a default SECCOMP profile. So what's the difference between SECCOMP and SELinux?

SELinux is the list of people you can talk to, while seccomp is the list of what words you can say, McCarty said. As an example, if a person could communicate with another person using only three or five words, it would very much limit what could be expressed and prevent most types of illicit activities, and applies in much the same way to Linux containers, he added.

Submission + - Space becomes transparent thanks to the fires of young stars 1

StartsWithABang writes: The distant nebulae might appear to illuminate the night sky, but this neutral gas is mostly only good for reflecting or absorbing starlight, which obscures the view of all the stars and galaxies lying in the background. But this light-blocking effect is only temporary, as over time, this neutral gas will give way to transparency. All it takes is the energy of the hot, blue stars forming inside, whose ultraviolet radiation will eventually ionize all of the material within it. The last gasps of the neutral gas will appear as Evaporating Gas Globules (EGGs), and when they’re all completely ionized, the starlight from everything beyond will be free to stream towards our eyes unimpeded.

Submission + - What's Wrong With the World's Worst Passwords

itwbennett writes: Last week, the accounting of 2015's worst passwords hit Slashdot (and everywhere). And while we all chuckled at the amusing blunders of passwords past (e.g., starwars), the real lesson was lost, says CSO's Steve Ragan. To prove his point, Ragan cracked a list of passwords leaked to the Darknet in 2015 and ran some stat analysis. What he found was this: 1. People have taken classic password creation advice to heart, but no one has taught them that technology has rendered it obsolete. 2. Humans are really bad at doing random. 'It isn't in us to create a random password that someone with a dictionary and a set of rules can't crack,' says Ragan.

Submission + - US toddlers shooting people on a weekly basis (

fremsley471 writes: This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. Briefly sifting through news reports found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

Submission + - Nuclear power losing steam after Fukushima (

The Real Dr John writes: Japan has been without nuclear power for a full calendar year for the first time since the first commercial nuclear power plant started up in the country 50 years ago. New reactor construction around the world is down, and most plants under construction have been delayed, often by years. Renewable energy including wind and solar have surpassed nuclear generation in many developed countries without posing the threat of radioactive disasters. Nuclear power looks like it will be around for decades to come, but its time is over.

Submission + - Google jumps on board as third-tier OpenStack sponsor (

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenStack Foundation announced yesterday that Google will be joining the not-for-profit organisation as its latest corporate sponsor []. Google will join the likes of HP, Intel, IBM, Rackspace, NetApp, EMC and Oracle in backing the OpenStack cloud operating system. As corporate sponsors, Google will sit below Platinum and Gold supporters as a third-tier backer. Google will offer its engineering resources to the OpenStack community, with a particular focus on Linux containers and merging container management solutions such as open-source orchestration toolkit Kubernetes with OpenStack projects like Magnum and Murano.

Submission + - Linux Foundation's Census Project Ranks Software At Risk

jones_supa writes: The Core Infrastructure Initiative, a Linux Foundation effort assembled in the wake of the Heartbleed fiasco to provide development support for key Internet protocols, has opened the doors on its Census Project — an effort to figure out what software projects need support now, instead of waiting for them to break. Census assembles metrics about open source projects found in Debian's package list and on, and then scores them based on the amount of risk each presents. Risk scores are an aggregate of multiple factors: how many people are known to have contributed to the project in the last 12 months, how many CVEs have been filed for it, how widely used it is, and how much exposure it has to the network. According to the current iteration of the survey, the programs most in need of attention are not previously cited infrastructure projects, but common core Linux system utilities that have network access and little development activity around them.

Submission + - British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies (

An anonymous reader writes: A vote of 382-128 in the UK's House of Commons gave approval for a procedure that allows the creation of babies using DNA from three parents. If the measure passes the House of Lords and gets licensed by the fertility regulator, the UK would be the first country to allow such genetic engineering. The medical procedure was designed to help conception when genetic diseases could be passed through mitochondrial DNA. A child inherits mitochondria only from its mother, and these mitochondria have their own DNA, which doesn't affect things like the child's appearance. The procedure works by replacing the mother's mitochondria, and can work two different ways. In one method, doctors take eggs from the mother and from a donor, removing the nucleus of both. The mother's nucleus is the implanted in the donor's egg, which can them be fertilized by the father's sperm. The other method is similar, but both eggs are fertilized before the nucleus swap takes place. There has been lively debate about this issue, with critics raising ethical concerns and questioning the procedure's success rate. They also bring up the slippery slope argument that this will lead to further genetic modification of children. Proponents point out that less the 0.1% of the child's DNA will come from the donor, and it won't affect the anything other than their health.

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