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Comment Re:Update the constitution (Score 1) 426

Could you word your requests a bit more carefully? I don't want to see a new law come into effect that says "If an agent takes more than four articles of stuff from an innocent civilian, the agent must charge the civilian a 'processing fee' of $100 per item."

Bad enough your stuff can be appropriated, but putting a limit on how much stuff can be taken before you start getting charges? Eugh!

Submission + - Bizarre, Squishy Robots Evolve to Run: "Doom Us All" ( 1

semios writes: "A team of researchers has done something remarkable: they've demonstrated simulated evolution in a visible, simple way. Also, they've doomed us all." writes DVICE in response to a viral video of soft robots that have evolved to run. BuzzFeed calls it "the simplest demonstration of evolution you'll ever see." NBC News notes that "simulating creatures has been a staple of biological science for years, but this video shows advances in the field that are both interesting and a little creepy. These virtual 'soft robots' evolved bizarre but somehow natural-looking gaits over thousands of generations." Discover Magazine says "they look ridiculous, and may seem counterintuitive, but these squishy robots get the job done." Evolution was able to design robots with multiple materials akin to muscle, bone and soft tissue. DVICE concludes "So these robots are capable of evolution and could theoretically be printed in a lab, out of structures that could be identical in makeup to those of their human creators. The Cylons are coming, folks. Cute, galloping Cylons. It's just a matter of time. So say we all."

Comment Re:The Y2K bug was REAL (Score 2) 179

I know of at least one organization which had a significant Y2K problem, even after making preparations.

Sadly, the preparations were "Hire someone to take the fall when the shit hits the fan so we can continue with business as usual. Er... hire someone to ensure Y2K preparedness."

The fatal glitch in the plan was that the person who got hired made friends with an exec in the parent company before the ball dropped. So, when things went south the hire got a silver parachute while the rest of the company folded.

Quite a mess. Should certainly count as a "significant problem".


Submission + - LHC experiment detects FTL nuetrinos ( 1

Asmodae writes: An LHC Experiment sending neutrinos to a detector in Italy found a discrepency, the neutrinos were arriving early. So early in fact that they appear to be moving faster than the speed of light. They've done a lot of measurements, but the findings are significant enough that the researchers remain cautious

Submission + - Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling results (

intellitech writes: "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early. The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics. The lab's research director called it "an apparently unbelievable result"."

Submission + - Crowdsourced evolution of 3D printable objects (

JimmyQS writes: "The Cornell Creative Machines Lab, which brought us chatbots debating God and unicorns, has developed, a site using evolutionary algorithms and crowdsourcing to design objects that can be 3D printed in materials such as silver, steel or silicone. MIT's Technology Review says "The rules EndlessForms uses to generate objects and their variants resemble those of developmental biology—the study of how DNA instructions unfold to create an entire living organism. The technology is 'very impressive,' says Neri Oxman, director of the MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group. She believes the user-friendliness of the evolutionary approach could help drive the broader adoption of 3-D printing technologies, similar to how easy-to-use image editors fueled the growth of digital photography and graphic manipulation. Oxman [notes] that this could ultimately have an impact on design similar to the impact that blogs and social media have had on journalism, opening the field to the general public." The New Scientist has a quick video tour and describes how the same technology can evolve complex, artificially intelligent brains and bodies for robots that can eventually be 3D printed."

Comment Economic vs Social contracts (Score 1) 148

I remember reading a Chapter from Freakonomics describing how temporarily imposing an economic contract (X happens, Y dollars change hands) on what had formerly been a social contract (X happens, you should feel proud/guilty) ended up permanently voiding the social contract.

While it's probably the case that MS is some combination of "Afraid bounties would bankrupt them" and "Using obscurity in place of security" and "Everything you don't want to be", I do wonder if they might accidentally be doing the Right Thing. Probably not, of course, but what if Mozilla and Google's Big Bounties actually ended up damaging the motivation of those who search for and report vulnerabilities because it's the right thing to do?

Anyone know how many other companies have substantial vulnerability bounties? Moreover, anyone know if there's any research on possible links between bounty offers and useful reports?

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