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Comment Re: 'Murica (Score 1) 278

But it was an issue in countries where someone drove the effort to actually change the signs. We'd rather replace them when the appropriate opportunity comes along. Not wrong, just different.

Back in the 1970s there was a big push toward metric in the US. Many road signs were replaced with ones that had both US customary and metric units. The next time the signs were due for replacement they went back to customary only. I think there's just too much inertia, similar to how we started minting dollar coins but didn't stop printing dollar bills.

Comment Re:We need independent Android developers. (Score 1) 133

A Google manager told me that the company doesn't know what to do with all the money it makes from advertising on Google search. So, the problem is not Google being poor.

Agreed, the problem is not that Google is poor. The problem is that Google is too worried about losing their position as the leading internet ad agency. It is bad for Google if someone else (Facebook?) can offer advertisers better value by having more information, and hence better targeting of ads. However, it is also bad for Google if someone else (Microsoft?!) can offer users better value by having services with better security and privacy.

Comment Re:Tesla is the ONLY 100mile range EV (Score 1) 232

If there was a big market for cars that can only drive 100 miles, auto manufacturers would be reducing the size of their gas tanks to reduce weight and gain 0.25mpg.

Since they're not doing that, clearly it's not a market big enough to care about.

No one has a gasoline pipeline to their house to constantly refill a 100 mile range gas tank, but many homes can conveniently recharge an electric car.

Comment Re:How timely... (Score 1) 92

x86 is probably going the same way as Sparc. x86 is powerful but too powerful to be used on mobile devices and doesn't scale very well on desktops when it comes to parallel processing.

Intel continues to work on reducing power consumption of x86 while retaining performance.
ARM continues to work on increasing performance while retaining low power consumption.
I'm hoping for everybody to win.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 2) 312

You are more likely to get struck by lightning than shot by a gun.

NOAA gives an average of 33 lightning deaths and 297 injuries per year in the US for the years 2004-2013. gives a minimum of 11,068 gun homicides and 64,389 non-fatal gun injuries in any one year over the same time span.

Statistically, a random person in the US is much more likely to be killed or injured by gunfire than struck by lightning.

Submission + - Judge Calls Malibu Media "Troll", Denies Subpoena

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In what could be the beginning of the end of the Malibu Media litigation wave involving alleged BitTorrent downloads of porn films, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court has denied Malibu Media's request for a subpoena to get the subscriber's name and address from his or her internet service provider. In his 11-page decision (PDF), Judge Hellerstein discussed "copyright trolls" and noted that (a) it is not clear that Malibu Media's porn products are entitled to copyright protection, (b) discussed some of its questionable litigation practices, (c) Malibu's "investigation" leads at best to an IP address rather than to an individual infringer, (d) there is a major risk of misidentification, (e) Malibu has no evidence that the individual John Doe committed any act of infringement, and (f) Malibu's claim that there is no other practical way for it to target infringement was not supported by adequate evidence.

Submission + - Office of Personnel Management. Not a hack: a Giveaway!

bbsguru writes: According to ArsTechnica The OPM loss of personal info on 14 million-and-counting US Federal empolyees and contractors wasn't so much a theft as a sharing...

From the article...
Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports. I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges. From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago and my take on the current breach is 'so what's new?'

Comment Re:Guys, you're losing it (Score 2) 126

The web is hardly usable anymore. Even the simplest web sites are slow as molasses, thanks to heaps of "active" content alongside the actual information. Now you're going to bestow your own runtime on us? Now that we've finally ditched Java and Flash?

JavaScript and the DOM is a runtime that has replaced Java applets (almost completely) and Flash (mostly). There's room for improvement in performance.The problem with asm.js is that it's a Mozilla thing, even though asm.js runs quite well on Chrome. The problem with Dart is that it's a Google thing, even though it can be transpiled to JavaScript.

WebAssembly has all four of the key players involved (Mozilla, Google, Apple, Microsoft). Maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to write code in a language that suits the task and have it run fast in any browser. I'm crossing my fingers but definitely not holding my breath

Comment Re:Math (Score 1) 236

Even if the world rallied around the cause instantly and everyone didn't panic (HUGE ifs), do we have the technology to alter the course of a mile wide asteroid in 2 months?

No, but I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of human specimens. It would be quite easy, at the bottom of some of our deeper mineshafts.

Comment Re:raises hand (Score 1) 66

Is the Maker Bot water-soluble filament safe to digest? I'd google it to find out, but I prefer the human contact of a question answered.

I had the same question and I don't mind googling: It appears water-soluble filament is poly vinyl alcohol, which is reasonably safe to ingest in small amounts. From the linked abstract: " A critical evaluation of the existing information on PVA supports its safety for use as a coating agent for pharmaceutical and dietary supplement products."

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