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Comment: Longer yellows could be a solution (Score 1) 578

by countach44 (#47368131) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
In some cities, the combination of red-light cameras and shorter yellow lights encourage looking at the timers. I know I'm extremely guilty of this, but feel like I wouldn't have enough time to stop if I didn't. Many drivers are more concerned with getting tickets than driving safely - not a good incentive if you ask me.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 612

But, if it is the whole 'torturing forever' thing, first thing I'm doing when I get to heaven is I'm tugging on God's cape and saying, "hey, can we get those people out of there?" I have no idea how I'm supposed to party forever in heaven with Jesus if there's even one soul suffering in hell.

I think what a theologian would argue is that God would respond "No, because they don't want to leave." Free will and all that, ya know?

Comment: Does it matter? (Score 1) 224

I realize the desire to tout the fact that you use a quantum computer and that if D-wave is selling a "quantum computer," they should deliver something that performs quantum computations. However, if it does what it's supposed better than other classical computers, then the money is not a waste. Unless the spending was just for show, then too bad.

Comment: It's a matter of organization (Score 1) 189

by countach44 (#45750585) Attached to: Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades
For one example, for one project let's say I have roughly 300GB of simulation data. Of out that data, how much will be used to generate a figures for publication? Maybe 1%? The rest of it is from testing, fine tuning, and exploring the parameter space. The real problem isn't where to save it all, but that there is exteremely little incetive to to go through the trouble of sifting through and archiving the important stuff. 80% is proably a lower bound, IMHO. Futhermore, let's say you save that im portant precious data. Good luck future scientist in figuring out what is in those files and how to analyze it.
I realize that not all science is like this, but I think I'm speaking about the majority, not the minority.

+ - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?"
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+ - Drones to deliver parcels in Australia->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australian startup Flirtey from March next year will offer parcel delivery for Australian businesses using automated aerial drones. From March, a partnership with a textook rental company will see drones delivering books to students.It will be the first use of fully automated commercial drones in the world, the companies said. Delivery by drone will be free for the receiver and will send parcels directly to an outdoor location of the user’s choice, with the drone’s GPS coordinates provided to the user through a smartphone app."
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+ - DOJ: If we can track one American, we can track all Americans->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Seven months after his conviction, Basaaly Moalin’s defense attorney moved for a new trial (PDF), arguing that evidence collected about him under the government’s recently disclosed dragnet telephone surveillance program violated his constitutional and statutory rights. Moalin’s is the only thwarted "terrorist plot" against America that the government says also "critically" relied on the National Security Agency phone surveillance program, conducted under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

The government’s response (PDF), filed on September 30th, is a heavily redacted opposition arguing that when law enforcement can monitor one person’s information without a warrant, it can monitor everyone’s information, “regardless of the collection’s expanse.” Notably, the government is also arguing that no one other than the company that provided the information—including the defendant in this case—has the right to challenge this disclosure in court."

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