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Comment: Re:viva9988 (Score 1) 288

It would make more sense to me if Ubisoft distributed a list of deactivated keys. Any genuinely legitimate business who has fielded and honored requests for replacement keys could then turn and sue Ubisoft for any moneies they were out as a result.

Strikes me as a whole lot more streamlined than trying to form a class action suit involving a completely unknown number of legitimate end users that might have been dinged by this.

Cellphones

Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters 72

Posted by samzenpus
from the build-your-own dept.
itwbennett writes The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will — and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules, which they're calling Puzzlecluster. Drawings of the Puzzlecluster architecture show a chassis with slots for the reused modules, which can then be interconnected with others to create the cluster. Just one unit could also be used as a desktop computer."

Comment: Re:We Really Don't (Score 2) 146

by stjobe (#48903281) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

So, the problem with his pointing out the lack of "testing, reproduction of results" in prehistoric history tales is ... that it isn't good sales?

And that's your scientific objection? To his scientific objection?

No, that's my non-scientific objection to his anti-science rant. A plea against ignorance and the wilful discrediting of a lot of hard-earned science, if you will.

This guy put it a lot better than I ever could; in short, calling these hypotheses "guessing" is ignorant as well as insulting, both to the scientists in the field and to everyone's general level of intelligence.

Comment: Re:We Really Don't (Score 5, Informative) 146

by stjobe (#48903051) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

LOL. Hypothesis is just a fancy way to say "here's my guess". Whether put forward by Joe Schmoe or Johnatan P. Schmoe, PhD it means the same thing.

It really doesn't.

A hypothesis has to make sense, has to be based on observation and/or our best current knowledge of the subject matter. Ideally it is testable somehow, even if only mathematically or theoretically.

A guess doesn't have to have any of those constraints. "Aliens did it" is a guess, but it's not a hypothesis.

Comment: Re:We Really Don't (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by stjobe (#48902921) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Early Universe ideas? Not fact. Not "well-known". Guesses.

That's... really selling science - and the scientific method - way short.

It's not "guesses", it's hypotheses, which are by their nature our best explanations of something given our current understanding of how those things work.

Calling these "guesses" reduces all the science that's actually going on and puts it on the same level as Joe Schmoe's wild-ass guessing on subjects he's not familiar with.

There is a world of difference between Joe guessing what happened in the early days of the universe and a scientist that has devoted several years of his life studying the matter putting forth a hypothesis of what happened.

Please don't paint these as the same thing, it's just doing the anti-science folk a service, and the rest of us a disservice.

Security

Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid? 465

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-would-you-put-on-your-grandma's-computer dept.
CryoKeen writes: I got a new laptop recently after trading in my old laptop for store credit. While I was waiting to check out, the sales guy just handed me some random antivirus software (Trend Micro) that was included with the purchase. I don't think he or I realized at the time that the CD/DVD he gave me would not work because my new laptop does not have a CD/DVD player.

Anyway, it got me wondering whether I should use it or not. Would I be better off downloading something like Avast or Malwarebytes? Is there one piece of antivirus software that's significantly better than the others? Are any of the paid options worthwhile, or should I just stick to the free versions? What security software would you recommend in addition to anti-virus?
Transportation

Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-wouldn't-download-a-car? dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Local Motors solicits design ideas through crowdsourcing, allows anyone to use open source software to contribute ideas, and then 3D prints car bodies according to the chosen specs in a matter of days. To prove they mean business, Local Motors 3D-printed a car on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show last week. "It took 44 hours to print the Strati’s 212 layers. Once 3D printing is complete, the Strati moves to a Thermwood CNC router—a computer-controlled cutting machine that mills the finer details—before undergoing the final assembly process, which adds the drivetrain, electrical components, wiring, tires, gauges, and a showroom-ready paint job."

Here's another big difference from the current auto industry: "Customers can also bring their vehicles in at any time for hardware and software upgrades, or they can choose to melt their vehicle down and, for instance, add a seat. Because Local Motors uses a distributed manufacturing system to make only what is purchased, it doesn't stock inventory. Anyone can come into a Local Motors microfactory, use its design lab, and work on a vehicle project free of charge."

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 799

by mark-t (#48880699) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Tire noise is not nearly as loud as you think it is

Outside of first gear on an ICE, the noise of tires on the road will dominate the noise that any properly functioning modern vehicle is making. The tire noise is still very plainly audible on a car that is simply coasting with no engine running at all (which could be argued to be comparable to the noise level of a pure electric vehicle) at even surprisingly slow speeds... basically anything over about 15km/h or so.

That said, tire noise rises logarithmically with speed, and at slow enough speeds, it can admittedly be difficult to hear. However, as the speed of the vehicle is reduced, the driver also gains much more time to react to anything that might be unexpected, and at speeds where the tire-on-road noise is genuinely not easily perceptible, the stopping distance can be well less than 10 feet (virtually zero in many cases) unless the road is icy (which incidentally tends to be noisier on tires than asphalt at a given speed anyways, and so is more likely to be heard anyways).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 799

by mark-t (#48879187) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Is the bell required, by law, to be constantly ringing while the bicycle is in motion? No? Then my point stands... the bicycle is, on its own, relatively silent, and just as capable of inflicting injury that can be just as serious as that caused by an automobile that is moving in silence (because at anything over a few mph, the vehicle tires on the road will be be plainly audible anyways).

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