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Comment Re:Nanny State (Score 1) 510

Lastly in this litigious society who will you sue if an empty car has an accident? The owner, the coder, or the local government who probably designed a crappy intersection or whatnot that induces the cars to crash at that spot.

All of them?

I read once that the decision on who to sue was always based on who would be able to pony up the most money. To a victim's lawyer, liability is directly related to the potential for profit. Of course, that's just who to sue FIRST. Parent post is correct, all of them eventually.


Submission + - Major Tiscali Fibre Break

brycen writes: We were just notified by our provider about a major fiber break, causing moderate disruptions on the west coast. The exact location was not disclosed:

Tiscali has advised that the fiber break has been found and that technicians are working on cleaning the area and prepping for splicing. The new fiber is on its way to the site and splicing should begin at around 23:00pst(08:00 gmt+1). Fiber crews are still working on getting this issue repaired. There are hundreds of fibers that need to be repaired for this particular incident and they have not given any estimated time to resolution as of yet.

Submission + - GE to buy 25,000 EVs, starting with the Chevy Volt (

__aajbyc7391 writes: In what claimed as the largest-ever single electric vehicle commitment, GE plans to acquire 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015. The buying spree will initially involve 12,000 GM vehicles, beginning with GM's Chevy Volt in 2011. By converting most of its own 30,000-strong global fleet, and promoting EV adoption among its 65,000 global fleet customers, GE hopes to be in a strong position to help deploy the vehicles' supporting infrastructure, including charging stations, circuit protection equipment, and transformers. In contrast to the all-electric Nissan Leaf, the Volt implements a small gas engine, which can recharge the vehicle's battery to extend its range beyond the 100 mile limit of all-electric cars like the Leaf, leading some to question the Volt's EV credentials.

Submission + - Gamers get rickets (

An anonymous reader writes: Game-playing kids, sat inside with their consoles while the real world goes on around them, risk getting the bone disease rickets, doctors say.

Professor Nicholas Clarke, from Southampton General Hospital, said he and his staff have examined more than 200 children for bone problems and found that more than 20 per cent of them had deficiencies that could prove dangerous.

"It is quite astonishing," a quite-astonished Clarke said. "This is a completely new occurrence that has evolved over the last 12 to 24 months.


Submission + - Remaking everything IT in a small company 1

DiniZuli writes: "I've been imployed by a small company to remake their entire IT-infrastructure from scratch. I've worked in several diferent IT-departments and I have a Bachelor in Computer Science, so I know a bit about what I'm about to do, but I'm the only IT-guy in the company and before this I've only helped build or manage different parts of the infrastructure, I've never actually tried building the entire thing. The company is run by young people and it's very dynamic, it's an NGO, and anywhere between ten and thirty people may be working on any given day, mostly it's around fifteen though. Theese numbers will allways stay this low and there will not be a day with 50 or 100 employees. The company runs a new project every year, and thus most employees only work there for a year. Only two employees need machines to handle media (photo and video editing) — everybody else just needs office and web capabilities. There are guests nealy every day who needs to hook up to our network. So I would like to ask the /.-crowd and hear your opinions in theese matters:
Where to find advice and guidance? Are there any must have books, and do you know of websites with good and helpfull communities in this area?
New desktops: should it be laptops with dockingstations, regular desktop machines or thin clients? Dell, IBM, Mac or similar — or doesn't that matter? Ubuntu, Windows or? (I think I'll go with Ubuntu except on the media machines).
Rewireing: The company is housed in a 200m2 apartment shaped like a big L. The current wireing is a mess. Any good solutions or ideas would be appreciated.
Servers: We need an internal fileserver, an internal mediaserver (we have thousands of big image and videofiles, the archive grows bigger every year) and a webserver. Which hardware is good? Which setup, software and OS'es to use for this?
Network: What to use for router, firewall, network authentication, wireless. I've seen several different setups — everything from a Linksys router handling everything, to one machine for each thing to handle (one is router another is firewall, etc.). We have an good 48 port L3 Gigabit switch from HP. Normally the network traffic isn't big, but once a year the webserver will be used, during two weeks, by around 20000 people every day — used meaning creating accounts, logging in and out and writing new entries (using drupal for cms).
We have a FreePBX phone server to handle our IP-phone system, and I think I'll keep it as it is, unless you guys know of another brilliant solution.
Since we are remaking everything, this list is not exhaustive, so feel free to comment on anything important, not on the list (for example power and cooling for the servers and network gear, Virtualization, network monitoring...)."

Submission + - It's a hard drone world out there (

An anonymous reader writes: DIYDrones recently admitted using open source code in their (closed source) drone control station. After initially complaining someone had reverse-engineered their source code and after realising the source was actually shipped with the .NET project due to a misconfiguration, DIYDrones and Wired Editor Chris Anderson initially threatened using a DMCA takedown notice to anyone using their 'leaked' code, before backtracking and admitting large parts of their code was actually 'borrowed' from Open Source project

Despite no significant hardware deployment in the field, OpenPilot has managed to get an impressive momentum in the UAV community: by redesigning a complete UAV architecture from the ground up, it has inspired many: in particular, the object-oriented UAVTalk protocol has already spawned children such as 'MAVLink', whereas other less ethical commercial outfits have unfortunately started using artwork and source code from the OpenPilot Ground Control Station which is now becoming the absolute reference in the world of DIY UAVs. It's a harsh world out there!


Submission + - 30,000 Neuroscientists gather in San Diego (

An anonymous reader writes: 30,000 Neuroscientists gather in San Diego this week for the Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroscience. See what they're up to here.

Submission + - The World's Smallest Solar Powered Movie Theatre (

tweetertopics writes: The Sol Cinema, a project funded by the media arts charity Undercurrents, is the world’s smallest solar-powered movie theater. Made from a converted caravan, the theater uses four large lithium-ion batteries that are charged by two 120W solar panels. Movie theater can accommodate 8 adults or 12 children for a unique cinematic experience. (Click for Pics)

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