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Comment This wil not work anyway (Score 1) 305

Using your car as a self-driving taxi may work in the short term, while competing with regular taxis. But in the long term this scheme is doomed. Using self-driving taxis will be much cheaper than owning a car. There will be only one reason to own a car - as a status symbol. And hence - taxis will be completely different from owned cars.
- Most of them will be designed for 2-3 people. Small and cute-looking on the outside, very spacious on the inside - see the google car.
- No driving wheel, dashboard, pedals, storage compartments to keep (and forget) stuff. Most people who buy a car will want to be able to drive it, for taxis - not driving it is the whole idea.
- All the above stuff will be replaced with a huge curved screen. Almost all people will work, watch movies and browse the net while commuting. The infotainment center will be the most important part of the whole experience. This is why Apple and Google want to be in the game.
- If you've ever used a rented city bicycle, notice how it's parts are completely different than the regular bikes. The same will be for taxis. You would not be able to steal the battery pack, motor, etc. and put them in a regular car. And if you don't want your expensive 300kWh battery pack to get stolen - maybe it's not a good idea to let complete strangers get in your car and take it in the middle of nowhere.
- The interior will be designed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Try splitting a cup of coffee in someone's TESLA and see how that goes.

Logistics for taxis will also be completely different than for owned cars that also act as taxis
- A taxi can take you to another city, hundreds of miles away and stay and work there, no need to go back.
- When not needed, taxis can gather in huge tightly packed parking lots - close to places where demand is expected.
- To minimize idle time taxis will use battery swapping instead of recharging.
- You will be able to order a coffee, breakfast, the latest newspaper and your groceries to arrive in your taxi. You can leave and take your laundry. Going hiking? Just order the equipment and food you'll need 15 minutes before departing. Don't be surprised if Amazon decides to enter this business.
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UK Security Agencies Unlawfully Collected Data For 17 Years, Court Rules ( 56

British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, top judges have ruled. The Guardian adds:The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the security services operated secret regimes to collect vast amounts of personal communications data, tracking individual phone and web use and large datasets of confidential personal information, without adequate safeguards or supervision for more than 10 years. The ruling said the regime governing the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) -- the who, where, when and what of personal phone and web communications -- failed to comply with article 8 protecting the right to privacy of the European convention of human rights (ECHR) between 1998, when it started, and 4 November 2015, when it was made public. It said the holding of bulk personal datasets (BPD) -- which might include medical and tax records, individual biographical details, commercial and financial activities, communications and travel data -- also failed to comply with article 8 for the decade it was in operation until its public avowal in March 2015.

Interviews: Ask Martin Shkreli a Question 410

Martin Shkreli has agreed to answer your questions. Shkreli is the co-founder of the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, the co-founder and former chief executive officer (CEO) of the biotechnology firm Retrophin, and the founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Shkreli has been active on Twitter about a wide range of topics, including the 2016 presidential election. Most recently, he expressed interest in buying 4chan.

Ask him your questions here, and we'll post the full interview with Shkreli's answers in the near future.

Comment Re:And at the same time (Score 5, Informative) 99

I doubt it.
These companies have tons of video-related patents - they had a big stake in the h264 patent pool, but are conspicuously missing from the list of h265 patent holders. And while the patents will be freely licensed to anyone, the license will allow the alliance to go nuclear on anyone that tries to sue for patent infringement. h265 is an upgrade to h264, so it is very likely it infringes on many of the alliance patents.

Comment You will not be able to buy one... (Score 4, Interesting) 118

The cars that Apple and Google are developing will not be for sale. They are making self-driving taxis - these will be cheaper and more convenient than owning a car, especially in congested cities. UBER is also working on self-driving cars. At the latest TESLA earnings call Elon Musk was asked if they are working on such service, and after a long silence he refused to answer the question. Big changes ahead for the automotive industry,

Comment Re: Regular expressions (Score 1) 41

Use a proper HTML sanitizer. Yes, this is much bulkier than just throwing a regexp, but this is for a reason. Just look at the security advisories for google caja for instance:
There's no way a simple regex can take care of all these cases, if WP just updated the regex - it is bound to be full of holes.

Comment The numbers (Score 5, Insightful) 139

- $3.2B Moto's 2011 cash
- $2.4B Moto's 2011 deferred tax assets
- $2.35B Moto's Set-top-box business sold in 2012
- $75M Moto's factories business sold in 2013
- $2.91B Moto's Mobility business sold in 2014

So the "patents, engineering talent, and insight into the mobile-device marketplace" cost $1.56B, not $7.1B

Comment PNaCl (Score 1) 124

The Mozilla folks didn't speak kindly of Google Native Client, but asm.js is not much different than PNaCl (portable native client)
PNaCl compiles LLVM bitcode to native code
asm.js uses code generated with Emscripten from ..... LLVM bitcode
Devs can easily target both platforms. If somebody ports the Pepper API to asm.js, converting a PNaCl application to asm.js can be an automated task.

Publisher Sues University Librarian Over His Personal Blog Posts 126

McGruber writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education has the news that Herbert Richardson, founder of Edwin Mellen Press is suing McMaster University and University Librarian Dale Askey for $3 Million over Mr. Askey's posts on a personal blog. In 2010 Mr. Askey wrote a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press on his personal Web site, Bibliobrary. Mr. Askey referred to the publisher as 'dubious' and said its books were often works of 'second-class scholarship.' For a few months afterward, several people chimed in in the blog's comments section, some agreeing with Mr. Askey, others arguing in support of the publisher. In a February 11 statement, the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) stated that The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) 'and the MUFA Executive agree that this case represents a serious threat to the freedom of academic librarians (pdf) to voice their professional judgement and to academic freedom more generally.'"

KDE's Aaron Seigo Bashes Ubuntu Phone 92

sfcrazy writes "KDE's Plasma Active team leader Aaron Seigo has raised some concerns around Ubuntu Phone. He says 'We can start with the obvious clue: Unity currently does not use QML at all; Ubuntu Phone is pure QML. So, no, it is not the same code, it is not the sort of seamless cross-device technology bridge that they are purporting.' He then concludes, 'If you're a Free software developer, user and/or supporter and buying into these claims, I don't know how else to put it other than this: you're being duped. Consider what supporting those who employ such tactics means for Free software.'"

Finnish Anti-Piracy Site Pirates Thepiratebay Content 82

An anonymous reader writes "Finnish copyright lobby TTVK Ry (which earlier ordered the artist promotion site The Promo Bay to be censored as 'thepiratebay subpage' before later admitting that it's legal, and also got the police to confiscate a 9-year-old's Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on suspicion of having illegally downloaded a single album) launched an anti-piracy website: The site closely resembles The Pirate Bay, and if you take a closer look, you'll notice that CSS has been directly copied from, complete with the original site name in comments (, pastebin mirror). Of course, one interesting question is: how on Earth did they manage to pirate The Pirate Bay content, considering that they managed to get court orders for major ISPs to censor access to The Pirate Bay?"

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