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Comment: Fancy cars... (Score 1) 256

by jasno (#47769441) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

People wonder how we'll ever convince Americans to give up ownership and switch to rented, self-driving cars...

We'll do it by:
a) Jacking up insurance rates on people who still want to drive
b) Jacking up the price of vehicles by mandating expensive equipment

In 30 years, you won't be able to afford a car, much less afford to drive it. I'm not making a moral judgement here, I just think it's bound to happen.

Comment: Re:Well, you have mine. (Score 1) 727

by jasno (#47715043) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Yep... and my work machine as well. It all depends on the apps you use. If you are like most people nowadays and only need a web browser then Linux is probably sufficient as a desktop OS.

I should admit that my work desktop does host a windows 7 VM, but that's only because my company chose an IE-only solution for our timetracking tool.

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 1) 67

by jasno (#47565817) Attached to: Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

I had a feeling someone would say something like this...

According to TFS, the program is for open source code. You know, the code that is already open and scannable by a web crawler. If the NSA wanted to do this for nefarious purposes(and I'm sure they do), they would have(and probably have) started their own program years ago. They don't need you to upload your open source project for them.

I'm willing to bet the NSA has all the closed-source software source they want as well. I doubt my company's shitty security, for example, is any hindrance to them.

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 2) 67

Actually, my first thought is why isn't the NSA doing this?

Securing our nation's information infrastructure is one of their core missions(along with spying on OTHER nations, which I also think they should be doing, instead of spying on US). They have the talent to be able to do it effectively.

Comment: No one cares... (Score 1) 205

by jasno (#47319227) Attached to: The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

I've got over a decade of working on networked, embedded devices. With the exception of content security, I have never in my recollection been on a project where a significant effort was devoted to the security of the system.

I've worked for a company who made devices which process electronic payments. I asked them about security and whether they ever did an audit. The SW veep's response was "We use SSL."

No one wants to think about it. Security is a hard problem and it blows budgets. Forgetting about security during development rarely(never, really) costs anyone a job.

Marketing and management need to require it before the money generates the will to fix it.

Comment: Ugh... (Score 2, Informative) 102

by jasno (#47283413) Attached to: Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

Working on a product based around these now...

As far as I can tell, the Nuvoton WPCM450 is what contains the Matrox G200ew clone for graphics output. Thanks to XAA being discontinued in, the MGA driver is practically unusable for X at this point(even with an ancient, 2d window manager).

Yet another reason to avoid this hardware.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 104

by jasno (#47268007) Attached to: 3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

If you think you can't train a computer vision system to do it... Sure, maybe it's 20 years before it's cost effective(although for underwater welding...), but it's coming.

If you can boil it down to an algorithm, however complicated, you can get a computer to do it.

Eventually the computer does it better, because it has more sensors than you, thinks faster, has finer muscle movements, and can execute more complex algorithms than you can.

We're about to see this with driving.

Comment: Electrets? (Score 1) 42

by jasno (#47103107) Attached to: Printed Circuits as Part of a 3-D Printed Object (Video)

Anyone familiar with the physics of electrets? I was thinking a while back that you could freeze a charge in cooling PLA or other plastic being used for printing. I looked around and some guys talked about it briefly a few years ago but never really explored it.

It seems like it might come in handy to bake electrets into your design. If nothing else, you could make half of a position sensor without having to glue on a magnet or something. I seem to remember hearing that the electret effect is influenced by mechanical strain, but it might make the charge bleed off and ruin the electret.

I doubt you could put enough charge in to allow you to make a motor or speaker, but who knows....

Comment: Re:What If (Score 1) 49

by jasno (#47078509) Attached to: Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

What have they done? Show me their inventions which have advanced the state of VR. What do they have? The cheap plastic lens to increase FOV? (Despite being obvious to anyone looking to cost-reduce during consumerization.)

Certainly they have done something? No?

Samsung may not have announced it, but they'd be working on it.

I don't have a dev kit. So what? I bet it's awesome. That isn't the point. Or maybe it is... the point being that OR created zealots by showing you prototypes built out of commonly available components. It isn't that OR created that magic, it's that the magic is enabled by cheap, high-res displays and low-latency sensors that *everyone* has access to.

LIke I said in a previous post, it is because of OR that we're talking about VR in 2014, but even without OR we'd be wearing it in 2016.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada