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Comment: Re:If vendor pays, mod your car (Score 1) 626

by disbroc (#47050617) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

You mention a lot of vanity mods that can be performed, and I agree many of those are harmless and cosmetic. Sure, there are probably a ton of cosmetic and basic, safe mods that can be performed to your vehicle. To the best of my knowledge, there are lots of regulations that automotive parts are required to adhere to. You are talking about buying pieces that have been manufactured up to whatever standards have been set as required. Do you think we will have the same standards placed on the firmware and those who are hacking out code for this?

I'm all for freedom and love to tinker and mod devices. It's fun, most of the readers on this site likely do the same. What I take concern with is the fact that any idiot can anonymously dump faulty firmware onto the internet and start causing wrecks and injury to other drivers. Perhaps I'm wrong, but if someone manufactures tires and rims, they are probably going to be a lot easier to track down and hold accountable.

Now, on the less extreme end, if there was a NO_SPEEDING flag I would gladly change it. However, I can't picture myself driving any car that I have no control over. It just sounds like a terrible idea.

+ - Turn off your PC – The cost of PC gaming-> 1

Submitted by MBAFK
MBAFK (769131) writes "My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software but what the day-to-day costs really are. If you assume a 20 hour a week habit and using $0.11 a KWH. Actually playing costs Geoff $30.83 a year. If Geoff turns his PC off when he is not using it he could save $66 dollars a year. Turn off your PC when you aren’t using it. The environment will thank you and so will your wallet."
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Science

+ - The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate->

Submitted by infodragon
infodragon (38608) writes "A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more skeptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens...
Thus it is, according to the assembled profs, that the US government should seek to fund a communication strategy on climate change which is not focused on sound scientific information."

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China

+ - China blames US for censoring internet->

Submitted by ahaubold
ahaubold (1705608) writes "As an answer to the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which always misses out the USA, comes this year's chineese answer: http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/25/content_15391595.htm
Patriot Act and Homeland Security act are named as prominent examples of US internet censoring practises."

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Piracy

+ - Pirate Bay Ready For IP Address Whac-A-Mole

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Last week The Pirate Bay added a new IP address which allows users to circumvent the many court-ordered blockades against the site. While this proved to be quite effective, the Hollywood backed anti-piracy group BREIN has already been to court to demand a block against this new address. But that won't deter The Pirate Bay, who say they are fully prepared for an extended game of whac-a-mole using the hundreds of IP addresses they have available. Courts all around the world have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site, and the end is still not in sight."
Space

+ - Massive black holes stop the creation of new stars->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Just months ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory discovered record 20 million mph (32 million km/h) winds nearby a supermassive black hole. Now astronomers working on ESA's Herschel Space Observatory are suggesting that such incredibly strong winds — whose speed depends on the size of the black hole — are preventing the gas and dust in galaxies from forming new stars, explaining the link between the size of a black hole and the rate at which new stars are formed."
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Space

+ - There should be billions of habitable alien planets in our Galaxy-> 1

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techfun89
techfun89 writes "A new study has shown that in our Milky Way galaxy alone, there should be billions of habitable, rocky planets around faint red stars called red dwarfs. These red dwarfs are thought to make up about 80% of the stars in our galaxy.

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory telescope observed 102 of the most common stars, red dwarfs, in our galaxy over six years. They came up with an estimate of the planets in the habitable zones around each star.

160 billion red dwarfs, the fainter and cooler/longer lasting stars than the Sun exist in the Milky Way according to research team leader Xavier Bonfils. Bonfils is of the University of Grenoble in France. He stated, ''Because red dwarfs are so common this leads us to the astonishing result that there are tens of billions of these planets in our galaxy alone." There are probably 100 of these super-Earths within 30 light years of Earth, he said."

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Businesses

+ - Free the Network: A Documentary About DIY Mesh Networking ->

Submitted by
pigrabbitbear
pigrabbitbear writes "You’re on the Internet. What does that mean?

Most likely, it means one of a handful of telecommunications providers is middlemanning your information from Point A to Point B. Fire off an email or a tweet, broadcast a livestream or upload video to YouTube, and you’re relying on vast networks of fiber optic cables deep underground and undersea, working with satellites high above, to move your data around the world, and to bring the world to your fingertips.

It’s an infrastructure largely out of sight and mind. AT&T, Level 3, Hurricane Electric, Tata Indicom – to most these are simply invisible magicians performing the act of getting one online and kicking. To many open-source advocates, however, these are a few of the big, dirty names responsible for what they see as the Web’s rapid consolidation. The prospect of an irreparably centralized Internet, a physical Internet in the hands of a shrinking core of so-called Tier 1 transit networks, keeps Isaac Wilder, the 21-year-old co-founder of the Free Network Foundation, up at night."

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Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 275

by disbroc (#38452494) Attached to: Kindle Fire and Nook Upgrades Kill Root Access
You and maybe others might not care about what they want to do with this item, and I do understand your view that you own the hardware and do not care what the companies desires are. Well why should the company care what you, a small percentage of users want to do to the hardware? They are going to lock it down to try and protect their revenue streams. If they can not do this or do not have the ability you can expect the prices on these items to rise and then you would be throwing a fit that the price isnt as attractive. If you can get the item at a cheap price you should expect that there is going to be a reason. This is a company, not a charity, they are selling this product at very low margins to try and generate revenue off of other items. If they could not expect to generate revenue off of other items, you are going to have to pay more for the item. Which way would you rather have it?

Comment: Re:Ummmm (Score 2, Insightful) 145

by disbroc (#27548935) Attached to: Twitter Gets Slammed By the StalkDaily XSS Worm

Why should he be held responsible? The XSS is just plaintext code. It has no meaning unless someone executes it.

Could the same not be argued about malicious/annoying scripting language code, or any interpreted code for that matter?

If TPB can't be held responsible for simply providing links to illegal downloads, surely this kid shouldn't be held responsible for writing up some XML style sheets.

Maybe its just me, but I think that depending on what country you are in the laws for what you are responsible for change quite a bit.

Comment: Re:An Interesting Way to Go For Intermediate Users (Score 1) 90

by disbroc (#26920329) Attached to: Rogue Anti-Malware Pushes Fake PCMag Review
I would think that the average computer user is a bit more intelligent than they used to be (Yes, I do work as a sys/net admin, and yes I have done desktop support before). While, intelligence might not be the right word to use, lets say more aware. After so long the newbies have to learn enough to at least have an idea on where to go to get help.

I think it was only a matter of time before we started seeing things like this happen. Although I often find myself wondering when we will start seeing more malware that's not in english, or aimed at english speaking peoples.

Comment: Re:Social Engineering (Score 1) 90

by disbroc (#26920213) Attached to: Rogue Anti-Malware Pushes Fake PCMag Review
I have to agree with you about it not being anything new. We've seen similar tricks with people spoofing ebay, paypal and the like. While we can all agree that it is clever to insert the fake reviews, surely we all should have known something like this wouldn't be too far off.

I will be interested in what these sites have to say about the fake reviews.

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