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+ - Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars?

Submitted by Rick Zeman
Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Wired has an interesting article on the possibility of selectable ethical choices in robotic autonomous cars.

From the article: The way this would work is one customer may set the car (which he paid for) to jealously value his life over all others; another user may prefer that the car values all lives the same and minimizes harm overall; yet another may want to minimize legal liability and costs for herself; and other settings are possible.
Philosophically, this opens up an interesting debate about the oft-clashing ideas of morality vs. liability."

+ - Snipping HIV-1 Out From Human Cells Achieved

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson (875390) writes "Scientists from Temple University School of Medicine have achieved a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for the very first time. They created molecular tools to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA. When deployed, a combination of a DNA-snipping enzyme called a nuclease and a targeting strand of RNA called a guide RNA (gRNA) hunt down the viral genome and excise the HIV-1 DNA. From there, the cell's gene repair machinery takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together – resulting in virus-free cells."

+ - Xanadu Is Finally Released — After 54 Years In The Making->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "“Project Xanadu,” designed by hypertext inventor Ted Nelson to let users build documents that automatically embed the sources they’re linking back to and show the visible connections between parallel webpages, was released in late April at a Chapman University event. Thing is, development on Xanadu began in 1960 — that’s 54 years ago — making it the most delayed software in history."
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+ - YouTube Suspends Massive Archive of Information Security Conference Videos->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Adrian Crenshaw, also known as Irongreek, is a regular face at Information Security conferences. He records many talks, processes them, and puts them online for all to learn from. His YouTube channel is one of the the largest archives of Information Security knowledge out there. In many cases, it's the only record of the research and knowledge presented at the small to medium sized security conferences in the United States. Tonight, Google decided to suspend his YouTube channel with no reason given. Our industry is reeling from this loss of collective knowledge. We ask if this is the beginning of censorship against security content? We hope not and we hope that Google will repeal its decision and bring back Irongeek's channel."
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Comment: Re:Blank Media (Score 3) 477

If you have a good product, with fixed costs,that is too expensive, that nobody is buying, you are losing money. Sony et al. know this only too well, it's why the DVD industry followed the pattern it did.

If you reduce the price and get SOME customers, and they tell other people "Hey this works, it's good." you'll get MORE sales, with LESS margin - but this is much better than no sales at all!

Also, drives aren't proper backup, unless they're offsite, and these discs pack 50GB each, more than enough for most discrete items on your 3TB drive (what do you need that for anyway, HD porn?)

Comment: Re:Contracting? (Score -1, Troll) 477

Physical media most definitely did not, does not fail. You sound like a shill for the cloud industry.

I'll leave everyone else to regail you with their tales of what media they use, but physical media most definitely is alive and kicking. When blank DVD's were a pound each, and hardly anywhere had them, seeing them in 100 packs in the main 24/7 supermarkets wasn't even a twinkle in my eye...

Roll forward 10 years, I look over at my media shelf... ASDA 100 DVD+R - about a tenner! If blank media were dead, nobody would be making it and nobody would be buying it, and ASDA wouldn't have it! Copyright Shill Begone!

Comment: Re:Worst Video Ever (Score 2) 105

by webmistressrachel (#46923933) Attached to: Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

As much as it's a rubbish summary and so forth, the game itself (eyewire.org) is actually quite compelling, at least on a par with those silly bubble saga things - and it gets human "mice" to map neurons for us science types!

Please be more positive, the more we know about such things, the sooner I'll have my network socket... ;-)

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

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