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Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 93

I'm not sure what Dell or EMC would gain out of this merger, if it is even true. Dell already owns Equallogic which covers the low to mid-range of the storage market pretty well in Dell's offerings.

Well, the merged company would be "DMC," which would allow them to make storage that sends IO requests back in time, resulting in their completing instantly in the present. Should reduce latency considerably.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 192

Volvo is offering to indemnifying individual owners against flaws in the self-driving system. Of course, you'd have to prove somehow that the self-driving system was responsible, and do it by going up against a massive corporation's legal department.

On the other hand, if your self-driving car has a crash, who do you think people are more likely to sue? You, or the corp with deep pockets? Lawyers will probably be lining up for contingency fees to go after the corp.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 415

Yeah, everyone wants minute by minute logging of their Coolant Temperature and Throttle Position.

Porsches (at least the Boxsters, Caymans, and 911s) get driven on track a lot. People spend a lot of money on after-market systems that track those things. Having it built in would be nice, if it wasn't sending it all to a mother ship somewhere.

Comment Re:Sit back and watch (Score 1) 1163

This being the internet, and specifically Slashdot, I look forward to a well-mannered, reasonable discussion about the event and surrounding possibilities with absolutely no moderator bias intervention, political fervor, or anyone being referred to as a "fuckwad".

Slashdot has been designated as a "fuckwad-free zone," so of course, there's nothing to worry about!

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1, Insightful) 1163

What about the rights of the 100's of thousands of people that have been murdered by gun in America - what about them?

They have the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and their loved ones, just like everyone else.

Many people just don't want the responsibility.

Comment Put a face cell# in Facebook? (Score 1) 447

So from what I gather, you need a Facebook account to join, and you need to know someone's cell # to add them.

I wonder if it's using Facebook's record of people's cell #s through their API in order to verify this. If so, just don't add your cell # to your FB (who the hell would do that, anyway)? Or put one on there (set so no one can see it) that's fake?

Comment Re:Stupid FUD (Score 1) 303

If a malicious user gain physical access to your network, a high-voltage attack is the least of your worries. Network sniffers and other tools can quickly own your entire network doing far more monetary damage then some fried networking equipment.

The thing is that this kind of attack can be done quickly and un-detectably. Some access-layer switch hardware has hundreds of ports. Ten seconds unobserved in a cubicle would be all you need to plug a cable with a mains plug at one end, and RJ45 at the other into the relevant ports, pull it back out, and stuff it back in your laptop bag. $1k per work area x 400 switch ports (plus the expensive switch) is a lot of money to go poof with 10 seconds of effort, not to mention the 400 people that will now be sitting around doing nothing for several weeks while their stuff is fixed/replaced, and the data from their devices that wasn't backed up.

Even places that x-ray or search bags probably wouldn't find that kind of device in the usual tangled mess of cables in a computer bag.

Comment Re:Don't take yours in. (Score 3, Informative) 411

Driving around with a known polluting car is awful. You are a jerk for suggesting folks just ignore their cars being 40x out of compliance. Diesel particulate emissions are a major contributor to diseases like lung cancer, asthma, etc. Eff you.

I couldn't easily find if VW is just going to update the software, or what?

No, VW are the jerks. If there ends up being a noticeable negative impact on performance, the only fair thing for VW to do is offer full refunds (including tax, and everything) for those who want it, and take the cars back. Otherwise, how are people jerks for wanting to keep what they paid for? Even compensating people a few hundred dollars isn't enough to make up for being stuck with a multi-thousand-dollar asset you no longer enjoy using.

Comment Re:Technology, not politics (Score 1) 381

Use strong encryption end-to-end, encrypt any data on the servers, give your clients/customers their keys, and make certain you don't have a back door.

And then wait until the NSA or local equivalent shows up with a demand to add a back door and a gag order, at which time your only options are to comply or close up shop.

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

I'll tell you upfront, very very few major game developers are considering Linux yet. They won't until the crowd is there and proves that people are willing to pay money for games.

IMO, very very few "major" game developers are putting out anything worth buying anymore, anyway. All of the AAA titles seem to be watered down for the lowest common denominator, and riddled with bugs that never get fixed. I spend way to much time gaming, and have been exclusively playing indie titles or games from smaller studios for the last 2-3 years now, and still have a "waiting list" because there's just so much good stuff out there if you care to look. Not all of them support Linux, but enough do.

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