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Comment Believe it or not, this is a good idea. (Score 1) 390

All of the complexity of current-day cars is driven by the automakers. If this is mandated as a requirement from the government, they won't be permitted to charge us much more than the $100.00 per car it would actually cost them (service parts are 10x manufacturing costs). Think of all of the garbage on current cars right now. I'm particularly fond of the laughable refrigerated cup-holder option, or the tire inflation sensors. Realistically this doesn't have to be integrated to a greater community than a 1/4 mile radius around the vehicle. I would hope even more that there were no user-interface components at all, but rather a warning that around the bend are three stopped cars in the middle of the road... More information is helpful. It just needs to be tailored to suit the situation, and it shouldn't necessarily be shared with the driver unless it is helpful. We already have more than enough distractions behind the wheel.

Submission + - iPhone 5s Users Seeing 'Blue Screen of Death'

adeelarshad82 writes: A number of iPhone 5s owners are reporting that their new smartphones are displaying the feared "blue screen of death" (BSOD) after using certain apps, and then launching into a reboot. The glitch appeared to primarily affect those using Apple's Numbers, Pages, or Keynote apps, but others saw the BSOD while using FaceTime, Safari, the camera, and other apps.

Submission + - Facebook makes every user discoverable by name

An anonymous reader writes: Once again, Facebook is doing away with a privacy feature that many users didn't even know they could use. Almost a year ago, along with scrapping Facebook user voting on privacy policies, Facebook announced the removal of the “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” setting, and now the move is imminent. The removal of the setting will be announced to those who still use it by a pop-up on their Facebook accounts.

Comment Adbusters (Score 1) 363

Once a year, the "Big Ideas" issue. I was a little proud when they organized those 99% protests, even though I didn't 100% agree with them.. I never even thought to check for it online... I guess I prefer it as a stocking stuffer. Kinda hypocritical of me when one of the first ads is for "Buy Nothing Day"....

Submission + - Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students (nbcnews.com) 1

Kozar_The_Malignant writes: Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent.

Submission + - Small doses of 'sewer gas' could greatly boost food, biofuel production (washington.edu)

vinces99 writes: Low doses of hydrogen sulfide, which has been implicated in some of Earth's mass extinctions, could greatly enhance plant growth, bringing a sharp increase in global food supplies and plentiful stock for biofuel production. In the new research reported April 17 in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Washington biologist Frederick Dooley set out to examine the toxic effects of hydrogen sulfide on plants, but he mistakenly used only one-tenth the amount of the toxin he had intended. The results were so unbelievable that he repeated the experiment. Still unconvinced, he repeated it again – and again, and again. In fact, the results have been replicated so often that they are now “a near certainty,” he said.

Submission + - Rock Snot Genomics

aarondubrow writes: Using supercomputers and gene sequencers, researchers are answering a number of basic questions about the evolution of single-celled diatoms: What were the earliest diatoms like? How has the organism moved from a single site to every body of water in the world? And how have some species developed the ability to produce prodigious amounts of snot?

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.