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The World's Oldest Computer May Have Predicted the Future (gizmodo.com) 143

Gizmodo reports: Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world's first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device... It wasn't programmable in the modern sense, but it's considered the world's first analog computer.
schwit1 shares a report from the Associated Press:: For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism -- named after the southern Greek island off which it was found -- was a tantalizing puzzle.... After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text -- a quarter of the original -- in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains. They say it was a kind of philosopher's guide to the galaxy, and perhaps the world's oldest mechanical computer.

Comment Re:Hyatt Hotels hit by malware .. (Score 1) 32

But it's been proven that 0-days are patched much more quickly on open source packages than waiting for Patch Tuesday or whatever Microsoft calls it now. Most importantly, the closed source vendor may never release a patch to a dangerous flaw...a flaw that you may never have been made aware of!

Thank God that open-source means that all code will be reviewed and will never have vulnerabilities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSSL#Notable_vulnerabilities

But hey, let's see proof of the OSS movement patching 0-days quicker, please.

Comment Re: Yes. (Score 1) 196

It was always things that seemed benign, but in hindsight were pretty discouraging. Mind you I'm in my 40's now but I remember in high school being scheduled for a class that taught basic logic and being unregistered and sent to the secretarial course - without my having been asked. Because girls weren't supposed to take that class anyway.The teacher "knew" it was a mistake because I was the only girl in there. This was mid to late 1980's.

What changed it all for me was actually having a computer at home and wanting to know more and do more. And having a husband who knew as little as I did - we tackled quite a bit together although I think learning C++ may have contributed to our divorce.

At any rate, I'm just saying, it's important to just let girls be and discover and grow. You'd be surprised how many girls are getting the same messages in 2015 that I got in 1980-something. If only everything "for us" wasn't pink or purple.

Comment Re: Yes. (Score 0) 196

So in your purview, it's not worth the price of tea in China to find the few who do? You see it less as something girls don't want to do versus something girls are discouraged to do. I, for one, believe it's the latter. But then, I'm a black woman who codes who didn't even learn until past 35 so what the hell do I know anyway?

You can start by calling us women. Especially after we're 18.

Submission + - When Should Cops Be Allowed to Take Control of Self-Driving Cars?

HughPickens.com writes: A police officer is directing traffic in the intersection when he sees a self-driving car barreling toward him and the occupant looking down at his smartphone. The officer gestures for the car to stop, and the self-driving vehicle rolls to a halt behind the crosswalk. This seems like a pretty plausible interaction. Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. But Will Oremus writes that while it's clear that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars, what’s less clear is where to draw the line. Should an officer be able to do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime? And what if the passenger doesn’t want the car to stop—can she override the command, or does the police officer have ultimate control?

According to a RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement “the dark side to all of the emerging access and interconnectivity is the risk to the public’s civil rights, privacy rights, and security.” It added, “One can readily imagine abuses that might occur if, for example, capabilities to control automated vehicles and the disclosure of detailed personal information about their occupants were not tightly controlled and secured.”

Comment Re:commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 588

My personal favorite:

Different tests are used to assess the regulatory ability of the body such as Heart Rate Variability, line cell analysis. The dental impacts on health are also assessed. Treatments include diet/nutrition, intestinal balancing, sauna, IV nutrients, complex homeopathy as well as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Healing requires a commitment to change. An individual needs to be willing to participate in their healing. The goal is to remove toxins or blockages and allow the body to heal itself.

How she's not been reported to her state's medical board is beyond me.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 410

But if users has a reasonable expection based on the history of the site that "here's a place we can talk about X", and the site then changes to ban X, then they're being assholes.

This is exactly what Huffman's been doing. Basically, he's trying to turn in into San Angelo from Demolition Man... a happy-happy safe-place where no one ever hears a harsh word. That whirring sound you hear? It's Aaron Swartz spinning in his grave.

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