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Comment Re:Better traffic control systems would actually h (Score 1) 740

They're doing it wrong. A well designed system would not 'favor' a road based on anything other than the current traffic loads. The designers were too clever and designed a system that tries to second guess by previous patterns what it should do. A much dumber sensor driven system would work a lot better.

Comment Re:They pay more to scrap fuel efficient cars (Score 1) 740

Nothing about my post regarded high fuel efficiency vehicles of any age. I said they would target vehicles that were old AND dirtier (by which I meant bad seals leading to burning oil, etc), AND less fuel efficient. I meant all three would apply to get the maximum payment if they were serious about reducing vehicular pollution.

As for hybrids, a Toyota Prius is rated at 48 MPG in the city. The 2010 models are supposed to approach 60 MPG in the city. The 94 Civics are rated at 25 to 39 in the city, depending on model. That's not a tie, that's a clear win for the hybrids IMO. They really only tie in the highway ratings.

Comment Better traffic control systems would actually help (Score 4, Insightful) 740

One thing I've alwasy thought would help a lot would be better traffic control systems. Governments don't really have a big incentive to really optimize these systems and I think that great strides could be made in improving them. I always wind up spending several minutes every time I go to work sitting at lights when there is no traffic going the other way. That should never happen. Better and more intelligent systems would mean faster commutes, less idling at red lights, and fewer cars on the road at any one time since travel times would be shorter.

Comment Re:Money for better public transport where possibl (Score 1) 740

Europe, Japan, and many other such countries have much higher average population densities than America does. The cost / benefit ratio, or return on investment for public transportation is directly correlated to population density.

I live in Tucson. It's a medium sized city sprawled out over many miles of area. The cost per capita to truly cover the grid that is Tucson and the surrounding areas well enough that people would not need cars would be enough to bankrupt very individual living in Tucson. Instead we make do with some bus lines that move along major routes to a few major locations and it will take you a couple of hours to get across town.

Comment They pay more to scrap fuel efficient cars (Score 5, Insightful) 740

If you read to the bottom, they will over the higher dollar amounts for the 2002 and later vehicles. These will be the most modern and least polluting cars, so they are paying more to junk the least harmful cars.

If this was about reducing emissions, they would pay more to get older, dirtier, and less fuel efficient cars off the road. The worse the mpg, the more they would pay. This is about encouraging people that proved they have the money to buy a newer car to cycle into another newer car a lot sooner than they would. It's proof this is about encouraging consumerism, not ecology.


Submission + - DJB Releases All Source to Public Domain (google.com) 3

A Sage Developer writes: "During a recent conference, Sage Days 6, Dan Bernstein (who has recently come under attack for his licensing policy) was among the invited speakers. During a panel discussion on the future of open source mathematics software, Bernstein declared that all of his past and future code would be released to the public domain (video here). This includes qmail, primegen, and a number of other projects. Given the headache that incompatibility between GPLv3 and GPLv2 is causing developers, will we see more of this?"

Submission + - Mulberry Mail is now open source (mulberrymail.com)

Vultan writes: Mulberry Mail has been around for a number of years, but it became free (as in beer) a while back when Cyrusoft stopped marketing it and let its developer, Cyrus Daboo, take ownership of it. Daboo has just announced that Mulberry Mail is now open source under the Apache 2 license. Mulberry is a remarkably full-featured and mature piece of software: it should provide some interesting competition for Thunderbird.

Submission + - Alleged Cisco hacker convicted in Sweden, FBI next (computerworld.com.au)

JohnnyUtah writes: A 19-year-old Swedish man has been found guilty on seven counts of unauthorized access to Swedish university servers and research computers. The FBI also suspects him of breaking into servers at Cisco Systems and stealing classified source code. He became known as the "Uppsala hacker" after the name of the Swedish city he was living in when the alleged hacks took place, the report indicates he was no older than 16 at the time of the crimes. Swedish police raided his home after a series of intrusions into university systems, seizing computers and other equipment. Police allege the attacks stopped after the raid. The man admitted that he was responsible for creating some of the tools used in the crimes, but professes his innocence saying others who had access to his personal server were responsible. In a separate investigation carried out by the FBI, the same man is suspected of breaking into Cisco servers in May 2004 and stealing source code for networking equipment, which was later posted online. The now 19-year old said he will take the verdict to the Supreme Court, claiming "they have destroyed my life before I'm even a grown-up".

Submission + - Apple, Burst Reach Settlement

An anonymous reader writes: In 2005, Microsoft settled Burst's lawsuit for infringements on media player patents for $60 million. Many thought that Apple would be a ripe target next. However, Apple successfully voided 14 out of 36 Burst.com's patent claims in iPod lawsuit. Apple would have gone after the remaining 22 claims. Today, Market Wire announced that the case was settled out of court: "Apple agreed to pay Burst a one-time payment of $10 million cash in exchange for a non-exclusive license to Burst's patent portfolio, not including one issued U.S. patent and 3 pending U.S. patent applications related to new DVR technology. Burst agreed not to sue Apple for any future infringement of the DVR patent and any patents that might issue from the pending DVR-related applications." The big winner would be the lawyers who reduced the settlement to approximately $4.6 million.
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Submission + - Why Web-Freedom Should Matter for Stallman Too (logilogi.org)

wybo writes: "As we all know the Web-Loophole was not fixed in GPL v3. But what fewer of us know is that Richard Stallman still really seems to think that Web-applications don't need to be free. In Why Web-Freedom Should Matter for Stallman Too, and as part of it's conversation with Stallman, the LogiLogi Foundation sets out clearly why, with the growth of the web and the slow reduction of the OS to the status of not much more than a device-driver, freedoms are needed on the web too if we want the powerfull ideals of Free Software to remain relevant. A list of four freedoms on each of three different planes (code, data, and the running application) is suggested, but open for debate."

Submission + - Cure for cancer may be ready in two years (newscientist.com)

GnarlyDoug writes: Dr Zheng Cui has, through a stroke of luck, found that the granulocytes from some mice are up to 50 times better at fighting cancer than others. He has cured mice with simple transfusions of granulocytes. These cells seem to recognize almost all cancer lines, are extremely effective even in advanced cases, and and the resistance seems to last for the life of the mouse. So not only does this treatment cure many cancers, but it also provides resistance to future cancers as well.

Evidence suggests that this should hold true for humans as well. Because this is based on blood transfusions, a technology already long established, this could be ready to so very soon. The go-ahead for a human trial has already been given, and if it pans out then this could be available in as little as two years time. Some simple tests to find people with the resistant strain of blood and then a system of transfusions is all that is needed to get this started.

If it pans out, we may be looking at a general cure for cancer within a few years time.

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