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Comment Will there be unmapped traffic lights then? (Score 1) 287

Well, it maybe hard for a machine to visually identify a traffic light, but that's hardly the only way. In the "Internet of Things" vision, traffic lights are one of the first things to be connected to the network for traffic shaping. Hence, autonomous networked cars will be actually aware of not only the closest traffic light, but of all traffic lights in a certain radius. Assuming John Leonard lives another 30 years, I find it hard to believe, that similar functionality won't be implemented by then.
Then again, one could argue that networked traffic lights won't span the globe, and thus autonomous cars will be bounded in certain geographical areas. That was true for a lot of modes of transportation originally though, and eventually it will be minimized.

Comment Re:3G is terrible for all these things (Score 1) 118

The thing is that 3G adds complexity and power requirements to support higher speeds. It is designed from the ground up for higher bandwidth. The majority of IoT applications need long battery life and long range communications, not high link speeds. Using 3g for IoT is re-purposing technology engineered for something else: Sure it might work, but it's hardly optimal

Comment 3G is terrible for all these things (Score 5, Interesting) 118

Actually the problem with 3G is not the size of the module at all, but the fact that 3G drains the battery very fast, and the costs from the providers are vastly higher compared to other technologies. Sure 3G for Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication might make sense since the yearly cost in a car is far higher than the cost of 3g connection and there's plenty of electricity to go around, but for smart meters? No way. Especially for industrial applications with thousand of devices, the costs rack up pretty fast, especially when you want your IoT-network to last years, not months. There are other technologies out there that are far more suitable for these kind of things (802.15.4 protocols, SIGFOX's network, OnRamp's network etc)

Comment The bigger picture (Score 5, Informative) 230

Ok so here's a bigger picture of what led to the shut down.
1) The ERT (National Radio) was a way for decades for the goverment to reward supporters with well-payed tenured jobs.
2) As a result, there are hundreds of people working there who get payed for menial tasks.
3) The Troika has demanded that about 2500 people working for the public sector will be fired before the end of June. 150.000 before the end of 2014.
4) A large privatisation programme that was a requirement from the Troika to continue the Greek bail out failed on Monday (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jun/10/greek-gas-supplier-selloff-gazprom )

As a result shutting down ERT hits two birds with one stone: It allows them to fire more than the minimum 2500 that was required, and also distracts the public opinion from mondays failure that is sure to bring more austerity measures. The goverment claims that the shutdown was justified because of the corruption and thriftlessness of the organization, while the governing party was the one that helped create them.


Submission + - Friend or foe: The new multiplayer revolutionising online gaming (redbull.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Always-on internet connections and a sense of adventure have helped games developers break out of the multiplayer mold in recent years. Instead of bog-standard games with deathmatch mode tacked on the end, we're seeing new titles like Journey and Dark Souls where single player and multiplayer blend. It's not just about co-operative either: many of these games leave it entirely up to the gamer how to behave. Do you help, or do you just murder the person asking for aid? As the article points out, this new trend could mean interesting things for Grand Theft Auto V, due out in just a few months, with multiplayer still very much under wraps.

Submission + - UK government to Use PayPal for Identity Assurance (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "A UK government contract has confirmed earlier reports that British citizens will have the option to use PayPal to accredit themselves for public services such as the new Universal Credit benefit system. Using PayPal might be a public relations goof, as PayPal's parent eBay is notoriously clever at avoiding UK taxes, recently paying only £1.2 million on profit of £789 million (around 0.15 percent)."

Submission + - Linux & Open Source Dominate North Korea? (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was visiting the secretive country North Korea. In his Google+ post he wrote that "They [North Koreans] also demonstrated their software and technology based on open source (mostly Linux) and it was obvious to us that access to the Internet and all of this was possible for the government, the military, and universities, but not for the general public."

Submission + - O'Reilly Giving Away "Open Government" as Aaron Swartz Tribute 1

jones_supa writes: The classic hacker book publisher O'Reilly is releasing their book Open Government for free as a tribute for Aaron Swartz. The book asks the question, in a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation. The files are posted on the O’Reilly Media GitHub account as PDF, Mobi, and EPUB files.

Submission + - How do you detect cheating in Chess? (wordpress.com)

Shaterri writes: Which is more likely: that a low-ranked player could play through a high-level tournament at grandmaster level, or that they were getting undetected assistance from a computer? How about when that player is nearly strip-searched with no devices found? How about when their moves correlate too well with independent computer calculations? Ken Regan has a fascinating article on one of the most complex (potential) cheating cases to come along in recent memory.

Comment Not too long ago... (Score 3, Insightful) 398

...after CES everyone was saying "Your next TV will likely be 3D, whether you like it or not", but this year everyone is classifying 3D TV as a passing fad, and an unimportand factor when it comes to consumer. I'm pretty sure that unless touchscreens enhance by a signifant degree the user experience, we'll see the same thing happening again.

Just because manufacturers have found a new gimmick to sell, don't mean that we have to follow them around like sheep

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.