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Comment: Re:communications system? (Score 1) 149

by kc9jud (#44798221) Attached to: Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

I just don't see people actually wanting this technology

Yes, I can't imagine anyone who'd rather be able to nap, read a book, or do anything other than staring at the bumper in front of them during a regular weekday commute.

You missed this other part of gstoddart's comment:

If I need to be paying attention every second in case the computer does something stupid (and need to be able to anticipate every point at which it could do something stupid), it will require as much or more attention as if I was driving anyway.

Maybe you shouldn't be commenting on Slashdot while napping, reading a book, or anything else...

+ - Edward Snowden Granted Temporary Asylum in Russia->

Submitted by kc9jud
kc9jud (1863822) writes "The BBC is reporting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. According to his lawyer, Snowden has received the necessary papers to leave the transit zone at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, and the airport press office is reporting that Snowden left the airport at 14:00 local time (10:00 GMT). A tweet from Wikileaks indicates that Snowden has been granted temporary asylum and may stay in the Russian Federation for up to one year."
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+ - Queens WWIII Speech Revealed

Submitted by EzInKy
EzInKy (115248) writes "This BBC article provides details of the script the United Kingdom's Queen was to deliver in the event of a nuclear holocaust. The document, released by the government under the 30-year rule, was drawn up as part of a war-gaming exercise in the spring of 1983, working through potential scenarios. In it, the Queen was expected to urge the people of the United Kingdom to "pray" in the event of a nuclear war. Although it was only a simulation, the text of the Queen's address — written as if broadcast at midday on Friday 4 March 1983 — seeks to prepare the country for the ordeal of World War III.

The script reads: "Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds. I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me. But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.""

Comment: Key in cloud != Key accessible by Apple (Score 5, Informative) 195

by kc9jud (#43385913) Attached to: Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?
Just because your messages are accessible on a new device, it does not necessarily mean that your messages are readable or key is accessible by Apple. For instance, if the decryption key for iMessage were encrypted with your Apple ID password, then your key could be transferred around between devices, but Apple or the DEA would still have to brute-force/social engineer/whatever to get your password and decrypt the key. Whether or not it's actually set up that way...

Comment: Re:small sample population? (Score 2) 372

by kc9jud (#42865047) Attached to: Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

It would make more sense to ask the students.

As a freshman physics major at a major research university (of Our Lady), I can reliably say that my peers and I find the best instructors are those who give traditional "chalk talks." Last semester I started going to a different chemistry section precisely because my old instructor simply rushed through some powerpoint slides and made some cryptic remarks, while the other professor wrote everything out on the chalkboard. As a general rule, professors who use Powerpoints just read off them, while professors who write on the board actually have something to say. Also, WebAssign sucks majorly. Nightly rants about WebAssign and online homework can be heard throughout the dorms.

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