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Comment: DUH?!?!? (Score 1) 967

by saldate (#37791658) Attached to: Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study
Good grief, I thought we were past this already. Science has already establish the earth is indeed heating up. Any idiot who's been alive for more than 10 years & who goes outside (no offense /.) can plainly see the earth is heating up. If you still doubt, try this simple exercise: Step #1: Look at old pictures of glaciers from all over the world. Step #2: Compare pictures of those places to current pictures of the same places from any point in the year. ----- OR ----- Step #1: Go outside. Step #2: Hike in the high country for multiple years. Step #3: Take pictures of the same areas of the high country each year, including glaciers in your photos (assuming you can find large glaciers in your neck of the woods). We've had glaciers recede by MILES. We've had chunks of ice the size of Rhode Island break off the Antarctic and melt. What causes ice to melt? Hmmmmm, could it be.... heat? In long-standing ices case (e.g. glaciers, the Antarctic) could it be heat that wasn't there before? DUH! Figure it out for yourself people... it's not that hard. The only debatable questions are: 1. What is causing the earth to heat up? 2. How fast is the earth heating up? 3. What will the ramifications be as the earth heats up? 4. What, if anything, can we do to counteract the trend? 5. Should we counteract the trend? However, considering that deniers still exist (mainly due to vested interests), how highly politicized an issue this has become (again due to vested interests), how polarized most countries have become, and as a result of all of the above, how long it has taken to answer this most basic of questions... we are all hopelessly lost, at least until wars begin over fresh water, and the front page of every major newspaper hits deniers in the face with undeniable truth. Unfortunately, that's making the MAJOR assumption that people will put the pieces together, and that they won't be more worried about their bank accounts than drinking water.

Comment: Opportunistic? (Score 1) 353

by saldate (#35946578) Attached to: iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing
Does this simply seem like an opportunistic lawsuit to anyone else? Anyone with half a technical brain should realize that EVERY cell phone sold since shortly after 9/11 tracks your location, and that you're carriers retain this data... yet another legacy of George W. Bush. The only thing that's different about the iPhone case is that Apple was dumb not to obtain user consent, plus they stored the data in an unencrypted and easily obtainable format. I'm not saying it's right, but if you don't want to be tracked, leave your cell phone, passport, and possibly driver's license (depending upon where you live) at home... and that doesn't even consider the possibility of tracking via city CCTV or other means. What I'd like to see is some actual investigative journalism in the iPhone\Android case, and then watch the panic ensue. If you want to spawn true paranoia, consider that your precious iPhone / Android device might potentially be used to record everything you audibly say or do, text, post to Facebook, etc., and if desired, for those phones that support video conferencing, video of said events... and yes, I own an iPhone 4. If you're truly worried about privacy and the smartphone cases have your stomach in knots, then you're only scratching the surface. This is a systemic problem, not just an iPhone problem.

Comment: Re:Odd pricing (Score 1) 103

by saldate (#21442631) Attached to: THG Labs In Depth With AMD Spider
Did you read the same reviews I did? As I understand AMD's pricing structure, it's more like you get 80 performance points for 100 bucks, which is obviously even more confusing. Phenom generally performs worse than Intel's lowest-end Q6600, but costs more. Have a look at the less-biased version: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3153
Robotics

+ - Autonomous Vehicles Coming to Car Lot Near You!->

Submitted by saldate
saldate (994781) writes "I was surprised that this was overlooked by Slashdot posters, I found it to be pretty cool and somewhat inspiring. The DARPA Urban Challenge (think of it as DARPA Grand Challenge v2.0) is pushing autonomous automotive travel to the next stage of development, the urban zone. Obviously, the initial target of the project is aimed at military application, but simultaneously paves the way for commercial use. Have a look at the video and any of the articles below:

Video:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/ a/2007/06/15/BUROBOCARTEST15.DTL&o=0

Articles:
http://origin.mercurynews.com/news/ci_6147098?ncli ck_check=1
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/06/how_stanford s_r.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/technology/15rob ot.html?_r=1&em&ex=1182052800&en=5ff9a120cd2b0a2d& ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6191180.html
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/15/stanfords-junio r-volkswagen-passes-first-darpa-test/
http://news.com.com/2300-11394_3-6191150-1.html"

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Upgrades

+ - DARPA Urban Challenge

Submitted by saldate
saldate (994781) writes "I was surprised that this was overlooked by Slashdot readers, I found it to be pretty cool and somewhat inspiring. The DARPA Urban Challenge (think of it as DARPA Grand Challenge v2.0) is pushing autonomous automotive travel to the next stage of development, the urban zone. Obviously, the initial target of the project is aimed at military application, but simultaneously paves the way for commercial use. Have a look at the video and articles below:

Video:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/ a/2007/06/15/BUROBOCARTEST15.DTL&o=0

Articles:
http://origin.mercurynews.com/news/ci_6147098?ncli ck_check=1
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/06/how_stanford s_r.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/technology/15rob ot.html?_r=1&em&ex=1182052800&en=5ff9a120cd2b0a2d& ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6191180.html
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/15/stanfords-junio r-volkswagen-passes-first-darpa-test/
http://news.com.com/2300-11394_3-6191150-1.html"

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