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+ - Let The Cars Drive Themselves, We'll Save Money And Lives 1

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Autonomous cars are coming even if tech companies have to produce them. The biggest hurdles are the technology (very expensive and often still surprisingly rudimentary) and how vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication happens (one car anticipates or sees an accident, it should tell nearby cars). So what are the benefits to self-driving cars? They may save us thousands of lives and not a small amount of cash. A new study from the Eno Center for Transportation (PDF) suggests that if just 10 percent of vehicles on the road were autonomous, the U.S. could see 1,000 fewer highway fatalities annually and save $38 billion in lost productivity (due to congestion and other traffic problems). Right off the bat you can imagine autonomous driving easily topping your average intoxicated drivers' ability behind the wheel. At a 90 percent adoption mark those same numbers in theory would become: 21,700 lives spared, and a whopping $447 billion saved. If that's the case, bring on robot drivers."

+ - How I compiled TrueCrypt for Windows and matched the official binaries-> 1

Submitted by xavier2dc
xavier2dc (3408341) writes "TrueCrypt is a popular software enabling data protection by means of encryption for all categories of users. It is getting even more attention lately following the revelations of the NSA as the authors remain anonymous and no thorough security audit have yet been conducted to prove it is not backdoored in any way. This has led several concerns raised in different places, such as this blog post (http://www.privacylover.com/encryption/analysis-is-there-a-backdoor-in-truecrypt-is-truecrypt-a-cia-honeypot/), this one (http://brianpuccio.net/excerpts/is_truecrypt_really_safe_to_use), this security analysis (https://www.privacy-cd.org/downloads/truecrypt_7.0a-analysis-en.pdf) also related on that blog post (http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2013/10/lets-audit-truecrypt.html) from which the IsTrueCryptAuditedYet? (http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/) was born.

One of the recurring questions is: What if the binaries provided on the website were different than the source code and they included hidden features? To address this issue, I built the software from the official sources in a careful way and was able to match the officials binaries. According to my findings, all three recent major versions (v7.1a, v7.0a, v6.3a) exactly match the sources."

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+ - What If The "Sharing Economy" Organized a Strike, and Nobody Came?->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "In Boston, a number of UberX drivers reportedly planned to strike yesterday afternoon in response to a rate cut. (UberX is a low-cost program from Uber, which is attempting to “disrupt” the traditional cab industry via a mobile app that connects ordinary drivers in need of cash with passengers who want to go somewhere.) Uber tried to preempt the strike with a blog posting explaining that the rate cut actually translated into more customers and thus more revenue to drivers, but it needn't have bothered: according to local media (the same media that reported a strike was in the making) a strike failed to materialize. Many of the biggest firms of the so-called "sharing economy," such as Uber and Airbnb, are locked in battle with some combination of deeply entrenched industries and government regulators. But if the “labor” that drives the sharing economy becomes more agitated about its compensation, it could create yet another interesting wrinkle. The Boston strike may have fizzled, but that doesn’t mean another one, in a different city, won’t enjoy more success."
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Comment: Herd immunity in the news (Score 1) 622

by drjoe1e6 (#44698445) Attached to: Measles Outbreak Tied To Texas Megachurch

From NPR, how the Rotovirus vaccine has prevented thousands of hospitalizations directly, and even more because the virus didn't spread via the vaccinated kids.

Quote: "In total we estimate around 15,000 hospitalizations a year are avoided due to the rotavirus vaccination program, solely due to this indirect benefit or herd immunity,"

Comment: I wish the problems were purely physical... (Score 1) 96

by drjoe1e6 (#36495188) Attached to: High Tech Elder Care May Be Mixed Blessing

... and could be solved by a high-tech, or even a bunch of low-tech, devices. But electronic monitoring can only go so far.

If the elderly person cannot interpret what they are told by a screen (or a disembodied voice reading it), a human caregiver must be present. In a timely manner. _Every time_. A familiar son or daughter over the phone is not enough for someone with a form of dementia, or a case of Just Plain Stubborn. There is no substitute for being there.

As many commenters pointed out, eldercare will be monumental challenge for the next couple decades. Nursing homes, assisted living, and group homes will clearly evolve, as there will be more folks who need care, and fewer who can provide it.

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. -- Quentin Crisp