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Comment Re:Start by banning one time keys (Score 0, Troll) 122

That would be the second thing I would do at every public university, right after banning all federal funding or federally-guaranteed financial aid at any university found to be punishing or persecuting students for exercising their rights of free speech, association, or for their political viewpoints. Too many administrators and Marxist professors at universities today think they have the right to tell students what books they can read and what ideas they're permitted to have or to voice. That doesn't create a learning environment. It creates an indoctrination camp.

Submission + - Inside the Glowing-Plant Startup That Just Gave up Its Quest (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Back in 2013, the internet was abuzz over a startup that promised Kickstarter backers that it would create a plant that could grow brightly enough to one day replace street lights. The Kickstarter raised half a million dollars, and the controversy was great enough that Kickstarter wound up banning all future synthetic biology projects. But Taxa Biotechnologies was never able to create that much-hyped glowing plant—and last night, they announced that they're officially giving up on the dream. At Backchannel, Signe Brewster has a deep dive into what went wrong, and why biohacking is still such a fraught, complex realm.

Comment Re:This just proves (Score 5, Interesting) 167

5) Don't worry about a business plan. You can think about questions like "How do we make money?" later. Right now, just focus on more important priorities like establishing a cool company culture and getting a huge pool table for the breakroom.

6) Open floor plans. Cause that's supposed to help, somehow.

7) "Millennial Brand Recognition," or some shit.

Submission + - The Tiny Changes That Can Cause an AI to Fail (bbc.com)

Luthair writes: According to the BBC there is growing concern in the machine learning community that as their algorithms are deployed in the real world they can be easily confused by knowledgeable attackers. These algorithms don't process information in the same way humans do, a small sticker placed strategically on a sign could render it invisible to a self driving car.

Comment Re:How long (Score 5, Interesting) 316

Fuck it, having worked briefly with farmers when I was younger, I'll play devil's advocate here:

1) Farmers know damned well that companies like John Deere sell their hardware at cost (or even a loss), with the intention of making their money in servicing the vehicles.

2) Farmers will howl like dogs if John Deere says "Okay, we'll sell you models that you can fix yourself. But they'll cost twice as much to buy."

And if you hadn't yet deduced it from the previous two points:

3) Farmers are a notorious bunch of whiny cheapskates who live to complain about EVERYTHING and will go to any length (legal or otherwise) to save a penny. Seriously, asking a farmer about his farm is like asking an old person about their health--expect to hear nothing but complaints, how much they're suffering, how they need this and that, woe is me, etc. And they will do ANYTHING to make even an extra dime, including hiring illegals, buying seed they know damned well is illegal, cutting corners on sanitation requirements, trying to cheat their workers and work them off the clock, lying to the government about their crop yields to get higher insurance or fallow payouts, etc., etc., etc.

In other words, farmers want their cake and to eat it too. They want all the latest developments in the technology, and they want it to be repairable by third parties--but they also want it to still be as cheap as it is now (at the price that's based on a maintenance subsidy).

And that's me playing devil's advocate for today and risking the karma hit from those of you who've never had to deal with farmers before.

John Deere should respond. "Dear farmers: We can sell it to you cheap or we can sell it to you repairable. Pick any one."

Comment Re:I think someone without a degree wrote that sum (Score 2) 329

I don't understand why companies would even give a shit about cultural or demographic homogeneity issues.

Usually because they've made the foolish decision to locate their company in Silicon Valley. Refusing the fully embrace the SJW agenda there will get you harassed by professional protestors and politicians alike.

Good news though if you have a vagina or dark skin and don't mind taking a job where you do fake make-work while your white male and Asian co-workers have to shoulder all the load. "Better bring in some more H1B's so we can afford more fake women and minority workers," said the virtue-signalling CEO who wants to brag about how "progressive" his company is, while hoping no one notices that he's a white male himself.

Submission + - SPAM: How often is Linux really used in Linux-related jobs? 3

jumpingjack1 writes: Long story short, my employer got upset because I was doing my development work through Linux rather than Windows. He claims it's because everyone else in this company uses Windows and that most corporations do Linux development through Windows terminals. This is only my second Linux job (first one didn't mind at all) and needless to say, I'm not sure what the real world looks like.
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Submission + - WikiLeaks releases Marble, used to hide the source of CIA malware attacks (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Today, WikiLeaks publishes the third installment of its Vault 7 CIA leaks. We've already had the Year Zero files which revealed a number of exploits for popular hardware and software, and the Dark Matter batch which focused on Mac and iPhone exploits.

Now we have Marble to look at. A collection of 676 source code files, the Marble cache reveals details of the CIA's Marble Framework tool, used to hide the true source of CIA malware, and sometimes going as far as appearing to originate from countries other than the US.

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