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Comment Re:Puzzling (Score 4, Informative) 44 44

The relative velocities are quite low, because there is very little gravity. So their plan was not to make a jet system that reduces the landing velocity (you may be thinking of the moon landing), but instead to use a cold-gas jet to press the lander onto the surface. That system, unfortunately did not fire. Secondly (and perhaps related?), the trigger that should launch harpoons to anchor the lander did not execute. That is why it did not land, but bounce off again.

Comment Re:Barking at the wrong tree (Score 2) 98 98

People share links on Facebook, and re-tweeting is one of the core features of Twitter (culture), which always lets you retrace the original poster.

I think this is more about meme-sites, where pictures (and cartoons, infographics, etc.) are *copied* rather than linked to the original website, often stripping away the original author. Therefore you have websites that do not produce their own content, but bundles (and earns money with advertisement). When the original authors claim their copyright, the site complies, but the stream (and people's attention) has moved on, so it does not matter and they get away with it.

Comment Re:Narrowminded Fools (Score 3, Insightful) 311 311

Wow, what a load of rubbish.

Your post can be summarized in 3 sentences:
1) Legitimate militaries will not follow/trust the treaty
2) Uncontrolled individuals/groups will ignore the treaty
3) Something like this has never existed, there is no centrally controlling authority and/or treaties can not work.

You are wrong on all three. I just need to mention the treaty on landmines (Ottawa Treaty). It works. You can control the market and the militaries, at least the bulk of it. Also for chemical weapons there is a treaty, and it works. Even for chemical weapons (Chemical Weapons Convention) the number of incidents from uncontrolled individuals/groups is low.

Some of your points are also rubbish, like:
(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(X) I don't want the government limiting my arsenal

This is not fantasy, banning weapon technology world-wide has been done before. Countries joined voluntarily, one by one, and are controlled by each other.

Comment Re:OpenBSD? (Score 1) 66 66

You can achieve the same level of security with Hardened Gentoo Linux (PaX, Grsecurity2, which is Gentoo with different flags) .
The only small difference is that strcpy is still allowed (applications should move to strlcpy/strpcpy instead).

Then again, I don't use hardened Gentoo, because last time I tried (couple of years back), it was hard to maintain on a simple desktop.

Other distributions that use PaX:

Comment Re:At least they are trying to solve the problem (Score 2) 212 212

The headline, I think, is the worst part; the choice of "doesn't" (vs. "can't") sets up the expectation that MS is refusing to hire qualified women. Perhaps that's true on some level, but it's certainly not the story...

Microsoft Uses US Women's Soccer Team To Explain Why It Doesn't Hire More Women 212 212

theodp writes: "It is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport [of soccer] in recent years. The explanation for that success lies in the talent pipeline," writes General Manager of Citizenship & Public Affairs Lori Forte Harnick on The Official Microsoft Blog. "Said another way, many girls in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn how to play soccer and, as a result, they benefit from the teamwork, skill development and fun involved. That's the kind of opportunity I would like to see develop for the technology sector, which presents a different, yet perhaps even more significant, set of opportunities for girls and young women. Unfortunately, the strength in the talent pipeline that we see in female soccer today is not the reality for technology. The U.S. is facing a shortage of Computer Science (CS) graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent." Going with the soccer analogy, one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

Comment That is the problem. (Score 1) 30 30

By trying to not say too much, the advisories are inherently vague and therefore can be interpreted as insignificant or a dire emergency depending on the day.

That's not useful to anyone.

Because the NSA and GCHQ have effectively eliminated all network security, thanks to their backdoors in things like Cisco devices, it should be automatically assumed that all the bad guys capable of exploiting the issue already have all the information they need and the bad guys not capable of exploiting the issue aren't an issue whether informed or not.

Advisories should therefore declare everything. Absolutely everything. And it should be made clear in those advisories that this is being done because the risks created by the backdoors exceed the risks created by the additional information.

The added information will aid in debugging, clearing up the issue faster and validating that no regressions have taken place.

Comment Lots of options (Score 2) 35 35

Now that they can extract pure silicon 28 with a simple linear accelerator (which should have been obvious), it should be possible to use much larger dies without running into imperfection problems. That doesn't keep to Moore's Law, admittedly, but it does mean you can halve the space that double the transistors would take, since you're eliminating a lot of packaging. Over the space of the motherboard, it would more than work out, especially if they moved to wafer-scale integration. Want to know how many cores they put onto a wafer using regular dies? Instead of chopping the wafer up, you throw on interconnects Transputer-style.

Graphene is troublesome, yes, but there's lots of places you need regular conductors. If you replace copper interconnects and the gold links to the pins, you should be able to reduce the heat generated and therefore increase the speed you can run the chips. Graphene might also help with 3D chip technology, as you're going to be generating less heat between the layers. That would let you double the number of transistors per unit area occupied, even if not per unit area utilized.

Gallium Arsenide is still an option. If you can sort pure isotopes then it may be possible to overcome many of the limitations that have existed so far on the technology. It has been nasty to utilize, due to pollution, but we're well into the age where you can just convert the pollution into plasma and again separate out what's in it. It might be a little expensive, but the cost of cleanup will always be more and you can sell the results from the separation. It's much harder to sell polluted mud.

In the end, because people want compute power rather than a specific transistor count, Processor-in-Memory is always an option, simply move logic into RAM and avoid having to perform those functions by going through support chips, a bus and all the layers of a CPU in order to get carried out. DDR4 is nice and all that, but main memory is still a slow part of the system and the caches on the CPU are easily flooded due to code always expanding to the space available. There is also far too much work going on in managing memory. The current Linux memory manager is probably one of the best around. Take that and all the memory support chips, put it on an oversized ASIC and give it some cache. The POWER8 processor has 96 megabytes of L3 cache. I hate odd amounts and the memory logic won't be nearly as complex as the POWER8's, so let's increase it to 128 megabytes. Since the cache will be running at close to the speed of the CPU, exhaustion and stalling won't be nearly so common.

Actually, the best thing would be for the IMF (since it's not doing anything useful with its money) to buy millions of POWER8 and MIPS64 processors, offering them for free to geeks individually on on daughter boards that can be plugged in as expansion cards. At worst, it would make life very interesting.

Comment How does that compare to desktops? (Score 4, Informative) 195 195

Similar statements could be made for desktops, where tray icon pop-ups for updates, email and chat notifications distract and interrupt workflows.

Maybe both for desktops and cars, this problem can be solved by detecting whether the user is currently focussed (on the road or a task) or relaxed/idle, and may be interrupted. Mylyn is a very impressive demo of thinking in this direction, I would like to see more of it.

Comment Re:Weird (Score 1) 146 146

There are some very nasty pieces of work on that list, rapists and murderers who presumably managed to get a removal order from within prison

Do you have any reasons for your presumption, or are you just babbeling? Maybe they were falsely convicted as rapists and murderers, the ruling overturned and they do not want to be called rapists and murderers every time someone types their name into Google, for the rest of their lives. The fraction of falsely accused rapists is somewhere between 10-40%, and that stigma does not go away.

6.023 x 10 to the 23rd power alligator pears = Avocado's number