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Comment: Are you joking? (Score 1) 579

by dacaldar (#47377797) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
First of all, anyone who didn't realize that drivers will make use of this information, is not worthy to be working on, or studying, this project.

Secondly, this information is USEFUL to drivers and should be INTENTIONALLY given to them. I personally slow down for a lot more intersections than I used to because I can see in advance that I won't be able to make it. Yes, in a minority of situations, I speed up , so that I get through the intersection rather than miss it by a second or two, but I don't do this at the expense of safety, why would I? Oh right, I forgot, many drivers do not have a clue as to how to pay attention to all aspects of their on-road environment, but we let them drive anyway because driving is important to North American society on the whole.

The solution is not to remove information from competent drivers. Remove the incompetent drivers!

P.S. It also wouldn't kill cities to have better light timing (I'm looking at you, @citywaterloo) so that drivers don't feel so frustrated at being constantly robbed of time and momentum for poor reasons, and then maybe you'd have fewer people making bad judgement calls and choosing to race a light counter when they are too far back to safely do so.


ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers 69

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-it-out dept.
MojoKid writes One of the trickiest aspects to launching a new platform update is the chicken and egg problem. Without any hardware to test on, developers are leery of committing to supporting new hardware features. Without software that takes advantage of new hardware capabilities, customers aren't willing to pay for new equipment. This is the crux of the issue with respect to the ARMv8 architecture and enabling development for 64-bit Android platforms. As such ARM is readying their Juno development platform that combines several of ARM's most advanced technologies on a single board. The product supports big.Little in an asymmetric configuration; each board ships with two Cortex-A57s, four Cortex-A53s, and a modest Mali T-624 core. All this hardware needs an OS to run on — which is why ARM is announcing a 64-bit port of Android as part of this new development board. By including AOSP support as well as additional hooks and features from Linaro, ARM wants Juno to be a sort-of one-stop shopping product for anyone who needs to test, prototype, or design a 64-bit product for the ARM ecosystem. The Android flavor that's coming over is based on Linaro Stable Kernel 3.10. At launch, Juno will support OpenGL-ES 3.0, on-chip thermal and power management, up to 8GB of RAM (12.8GB/s of bandwidth), an optional FPGA, and USB 2.0. OpenCL 1.1 will be added in a future product update. The project is positioned as a joint ARM / Linaro launch with ARM handling the hardware and Linaro taking responsibility for the software stack.

Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own 82

Posted by timothy
from the ink-is-kind-of-a-committment dept.
First time accepted submitter Peter Hudson (3717535) writes Cory Doctorow writes on "BitLit works with publishers to get you free or discounted access to digital copies of books you own in print: you use the free app for Android and iOS to take a picture of the book's copyright page with your name printed in ink, and the publisher unlocks a free or discounted ebook version. None of the Big Five publishers participate as yet, but indies like O'Reilly, Berrett-Koehler, Red Wheel Weiser, Other Press, Greystone, Coach House, Triumph, Angry Robot, Chicago Review, Dundurn, and PM Press (publishers of my book The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow) are all in."

Comment: Re:Hacked? (Score 1) 378

I used to rejoice at stuff like this - like when you could get more than one chocolate bar from a vending machine because of the way they were stacked.

But in my older years I have got to wondering about the ethics of it. You wouldn't steal a pop or a chocolate bar from a convenience store, even if you were 100% sure there were no video cameras, no other customers or cops around, and you saw the only employee walk into a bathroom at the far end of the store and leave you completely unattended (and heard him doing something nasty that would surely take a long time).

So when it came to the chocolate bars, fine, I could rationalize that if I didn't take the free one that came out (maybe after an extra hip-check to the side of the machine), the next person would. But for the more obvious case of mashing buttons to intentionally get a free one, how is it different than stealing?

(BTW, I don't think I'm better than you, I've done this too - just re-visiting it mentally now)

For some reason, for myself and many others, if something is on the honour system, we would never steal from it, but the more defenses people try to put up to prevent me from getting something free, the more I want to circumvent those defenses and take something for free anyway.... it's very weird.

Comment: Re:Overly Paranoid (Score 1) 245

by dacaldar (#46900513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
Don't you think it's smart (evil-smart)?
Thought experiment:

If you break a window on a random house, you have the following problems:
-Someone could be home (you want to steal stuff, not a fight)
-Neighbours could hear the glass shatter and investigate or call police
-You could hurt yourself on the sharp glass

If you do it this thief's way:
-You already know that the owners are busy elsewhere, and likely to be busy for at least the next hour, since it appeared we were getting ready for some kind of performance.
-In the cover of darkness, nobody who happens to be looking outside would suspect much to see their neighbour's normal car return home and a figure walk from driveway to house and enter it easily.
-You also get a free a getaway vehicle, that you ditch later, and even if you own a vehicle, nobody could get your licence plate if they did notice something.

The thief wasn't from the church, the priest was in the play and actually took note of someone unfamiliar in the basement, but when he questioned him, he answered that he was there to set up for the AA meeting.

Comment: Re:Overly Paranoid (Score 1) 245

by dacaldar (#46896851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
There's one added risk with leaving anything with your address on it in your glove box.

I was in a group of people that hung our winter jackets on a coat rack to rehearse for a play in the basement of a church. Someone came in while we were busy, reached into coat pockets until finding a set of keys, walked up and down the street clicking "unlock" until he found the right car, took the insurance papers from the glove box to get the home address. Used the car to drive there. Used the same keyring to enter the house, took TV, VCR, etc, and got out of there.

The people who were violated were just thankful they had decided to encourage their 13 year old to come with them to the rehearsal rather than leave her at home alone for a couple hours, which they have done other times (and for those who aren't parents, it's an age where it's considered normal to be able to be home alone, even in modern paranoid times).

After that, I don't keep anything with my address on it in either of our cars. We photocopy the green registration so that both my wife and I have a copy of both in our wallets, even if we switch cars. And we have the insurance company send us an extra copy of the pink proof of insurance for our wallets too.

+ - Unofficial patch extends Windows XP support

Submitted by dfsmith
dfsmith (960400) writes "Many companies, my employer included, have stopped supporting Windows XP starting today. Luckily, a couple of engineers at Microsoft have released simple patch to extend XP support. "Our patch extends March indefinitely. For example, with the patch, today is March 32nd. And we wish you Merry Christmas later this month, on March 300th!", explained Rolf Paoli. Seems like an ingenious way to fix an awkward problem."

+ - Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit The Next Green Light

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Hitting that red light sucks. We've all been there, and you know what I'm talking about. But what if your car could tell you the ideal speed to maintain to hit the next green light? That's exactly what's going to happen in the near future thanks to car-to-car technology. Many automakers are already working on this new tech, and Honda's the latest to trial such systems. This is all part of what's known as Universal Traffic Management System which will eventually provide feedback on car-to-car and infrastructure systems before they go into practical use. The system will also be able to tell the driver if a red light is likely to show before reaching an intersection so the driver can slow down, or notify the driver when that red light will turn green. All of this may seem like something that's supposed to benefit the driver's temper, but in reality it's to help save fuel and lower emissions without any physical changes to the car. This is the future, and your vehicle will talk to other vehicles whether you like it or not."

Comment: NPEs are like terrorists (Score 1) 83

by mike449 (#46588365) Attached to: Owner of Nortel Patents Sues Cisco For 'Immense' Patent Infringement

Patent sales like this one should be forbidden. Nortel was a practicing entity that used patents defensively as a Mutually Assured Destruction weapon. Selling this weapon to a non-practicing entity who is happy to use patents offensively with no fear of consequences would be akin to selling Ukrainian nuclear weapons to Al-Qaeda back in 1994.

Comment: Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (Score 1) 870

by mike449 (#46581287) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

When people become hungry and desperate, they organize and fight. This happened throughout the history. If anything, organization is much easier today than when unions first formed. Yes, it is not going to be pretty. But the end result will be more equality, including sharing the remaining work.

There's got to be more to life than compile-and-go.