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Comment: Automation (Score 1) 341

by zerosomething (#48188011) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man
Automate it. Have fewer people feed bags of ice into the back side of vending machines hanging off the sides of the ice truck. You wouldn't even need much mechanical or electrical. You really only need an automated cash taker, change maker. Post the number of bags the customer wants inside the truck for someone to drop down a hopper. The number resets as bags drop down the chute until the right number is met. Next...

Comment: Re:that was fast (Score 4, Interesting) 174

by zerosomething (#48026499) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X
Unfortunately Apple knows very few actually run OS X server and Apache through it so the possible compromised systems, in their eyes, was very small. i.e. not a big deal to get this out fast. What they don't realize is that a large number of institutions actually use their server product to manage all the Macs in the institution. If the servers were compromised then all the clients would then be at risk. Think instant Mac bot net! Fortunately this is open source software and you can patch it your self but most Mac servers are run by people that don't know how to do that. Sigh...

Comment: Misleading links (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by zerosomething (#47917799) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
Yet another /. article with links that don't actually give you any useful content. When you select the link in the text "tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step." wouldn't you expect to see an article about the tool and actually have a link to the tool? Oh no can't have that because you have to prop up what ever favorite news feed you are promoting.

Comment: ASIC is the real innovation (Score 1) 195

by zerosomething (#47583611) Attached to: Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine
Money (exchangeable value) has always driven innovation. The application-specific integrated circuits made just for Bitcoin math were rapidly developed and produced in mass quantities in multiple variations. All of this if about a 2 year span at most. These the ability to quickly design and produce ASIC chip is real innovation here and actually commodity. It won't be long now before we have ASIC for all kinds of number crunching and specific tasks. It's hardware that's innovating and changing nearly as fast as software. I bet on this as a new wave of tech. Multipurpose CPUs are likely going to become just small components in a much larger system replacing what we know as computers.

Comment: Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 190

by zerosomething (#46648485) Attached to: Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Biting flies can't evolve

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

Comment: Re:Small market, won't matter (Score 1) 518

by zerosomething (#46630167) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
Yea, self driving won't really be on high end autos. That service will likely just replace Taxies and Busses. If I can call a car and have it take me where I want when I want who needs any other public transportation. At that point who really needs a car anyway. $avings!

Comment: Self driving car (Score 3, Insightful) 518

by zerosomething (#46629179) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
So about 2 years after this is required most high end autos will be equipped with self driving systems making the rule almost irrelevant. It won't be long before technology will be outpacing this kind of safety law. We really should be putting energy into liability issues around the self driving car.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 455

by zerosomething (#46603319) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

These local merchants (gas station and minimarts) providing a cash discount are one breaking the law and most likely are cooking the books,....

When did cash discounts become illegal? In almost any business you can offer cash over credit and get a discount. There is no law that says you have to actually pay the advertised price or that the merchant must collect the advertised price.

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