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Comment: Highlights a problem with such vehicles. (Score 1) 544

by sethstorm (#46654631) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Given that the Tesla is just a very large & powerful golfcart by performance, it's not going to make the sounds typically made by cars.

That's something that will have to be addressed some time down the road when it's possible to get an American-sized (read: something Chrysler-sized) alternative fuel car that costs the same as its conventionally-fueled brethren. Faking it only works if you remove every other option (see Ford and Eco-Boost).

Comment: That makes some big assumptions (Score 0) 353

1: That any SSD's available for the platform aren't bottlenecked
2: That the machine in question has the room to hold both drives
3: That SSD's have no issues with write times, space allocation, or the like.

Physical drives are here to stay given that they don't rely on those three assumptions to exist.

Comment: Staffing Agencies == Business Unions (Score 1) 132

Apparently you've not heard of the world of contract labor. Staffing agencies, and all other equivalent forms of contingent labor are the employer's version of the union.

This is due to:
* Employer pays dues to agency for a set pool of workers
* Agency organizes workers
* Businesses gain labor-union style of protections from workers

If anything, this is a case where Right to Work should be applied, so that workers are not bound by conditions of employment to go with some form of contingent/temporary/etc. employment.

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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined 168

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-to-worse dept.
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters is reporting that the U.S. National Security Agency managed to have security firm RSA adopt not just one, but two security tools, further facilitating NSA eavesdropping on Internet communications. The newly discovered software is dubbed 'Extended Random', and is intended to facilitate the use of the already known 'Dual Elliptic Curve' encryption software's back door. Researchers from several U.S. universities discovered Extended Random and assert it could help crack Dual Elliptic Curve encrypted communications 'tens of thousands of times faster'."

Comment: Ford's no longer an American car company. (Score 1) 49

by sethstorm (#46617197) Attached to: How Ford's Virtual Reality Lab Helps Engineers

Ford stopped being an American car company about when Mulally decided to eviscerate every single American car platform from the lineup, replace them with Eurotrash, and then put the abomination of Eco-Boost on every engine (including the Mustang).

General Motors is less so, but can still be considered American for what has been left alone. However, that isn't much given the amount of captive imports(Cruze, Sonic) and entirely converted divisions(e.g. the Opel^W Buick division).

About the only car company left that has mainly stayed American in the face of international pressure is Chrysler. Fiat has wisely kept them American without falling to environmentalist pressure to go Eurotrash.

If you're wondering, I've driven/owned mostly from those three. Not interested in something that sounds and operates like an oversized lawn mower.

Comment: Re:PISA == Flawed test used only to bash US. (Score 1) 70

by sethstorm (#46617115) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

Well, technically the admission standards in the US are not more permissive, just different. Brains don't matter, just money does.

Some of the features of the US system that make it more permissive:
  Highly permeable education tracks - moving between each is performance based(and sometimes not even that), not specifically test-based.
  Three named tracks exist(Honors/AP,Regular,Remedial), but all provide the same opportunity to access post-secondary education.
  Post-secondary options provide the same opportunity to all participants - a 4 year degree.

In short, one test score at one point in your life won't determine the rest of your life, unlike about every other nation in the world.

Comment: Nice, but useless until available for all. (Score 1) 70

by sethstorm (#46607013) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

When Glass is available in a full and free form for the Rest of Us, then maybe some of this might be of good use. It seems like about every interesting use is being removed from it until it is turned into something that pales in comparison to the developer units.

Of course, some Glasshole (or a few of them) would take that as a personal offense instead of responding to the top shortcoming of Glass - lack of general availability.

Comment: PISA == Flawed test used only to bash US. (Score 1) 70

by sethstorm (#46606991) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

The only way that PISA results can ever make sense is if you understand their primary flaw: they do not control for admissions standards and thus penalize more open admission systems (like the US), versus more closed admissions systems (about everywhere else, namely Europe and Asia).

As for assembling a computer from the parts up, it would require a lot more than one might think.

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch