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Submission + - Self-Driving Chairs Are Coming (pcmag.com)

jasonbrown writes: Nissan, the Japanese automaker this week debuted what it's calling the ProPILOT Chair — an autonomous chair that automatically queues for you while you sit back and relax. With its built-in cameras, the high-tech chair "detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path." Standing (or sitting) in line has never been so much fun.

Submission + - New formula massively reduces prime number memory requirements.

grcumb writes: Peruvian mathematician Harald Helfgott made his mark on the history of mathematics by solving Goldbach's Weak Conjecture, which every odd number greater than 5 can be expressed as the sum of three prime numbers. Now, according to Scientific American, he's found a better solution to the Sieve of Erasthones:

In order to determine with this sieve all primes between 1 and 100, for example, one has to write down the list of numbers in numerical order and start crossing them out in a certain order: first, the multiples of 2 (except the 2); then, the multiples of 3, except the 3; and so on, starting by the next number that had not been crossed out. The numbers that survive this procedure will be the primes. The method can be formulated as an algorithm.

But now, Helfgott has found a method to drastically reduce the amount of RAM required to run the algorithm:

Helfgott was able to modify the sieve of Eratosthenes to work with less physical memory space. In mathematical terms: instead of needing a space N, now it is enough to have the cube root of N.

So what will be the impact of this? Will we see cheaper, lower-power encryption devices? Or maybe quicker cracking times in brute force attacks?

Submission + - Corporations feel cyber breaches are a minor cost of business

northernboy writes: The Rand Corporation has completed a study of corporate responses to cybersecurity breaches which shows that most corporate loses fall into the range of a minor cost of doing business.
From the press release:
Researchers found that the typical cost of a breach was about $200,000 and that most cyber events cost companies less than 0.4 percent of their annual revenues. The $200,000 cost was roughly equivalent to a typical company's annual information security budget.

“Relative to all the other risks companies face, the cyber risks often aren't as big a deal as we think,” said Sasha Romanosky, author of the study and a policy researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “It may be bad for you if you are the victim, but it doesn't change the behavior or strategy of a company. Like you and me, companies are self-interested and operate in ways that minimize their costs. You can't begrudge them for working that way.” ...
  “If it is true that on average that businesses lose 5 percent of their annual revenue to fraud, and that the cost of a cyber event represents only 0.4 percent of a firm's revenues, then one may conclude that these hacks, attacks and careless behaviors represent a small fraction of the costs that firms face, and therefore only a small portion of the cost of doing business,” Romanosky said.

Given that finding — and surveys that indicate consumers are mostly satisfied with the ways companies respond to data breaches — he says that businesses “lack a strong incentive to increase their investment in data security and privacy protection.” Moreover, if their losses are not out of line with other costs, he said, “maybe the firms are already doing the right thing,” making government policies to induce more precautions unnecessary.

So, cheer up! There isn't really any significant problem here. Unless you happen to be a consumer, but Hey, if the current ones get damaged, there are always plenty more where they came from...

Submission + - How will we know a vehicle model is "driverless" (example.com)

RockDoctor writes: Some people differ, but having gone through dozens of (simulated) aircraft crashes as part of safety training for work, I hugely prefer to face backwards when travelling. Plane (no choice) train (choice) or automobile (rarely a choice), I prefer to be in a seat that will absorb my momentum from the start of an impact.
The "driverless car" will not be here until all people in the front row of the device face against the direction of travel. Anything less is a partial solution, waiting for a human to take over in a complex situation.
My wife can't travel facing backwards. So I take the risk of being killed by her flying body after I survive the crash. Joy, not.
People will learn to live with it.


Submission + - SPAM: Without language teachers, high schools are resorting to Rosetta Stone

schwit1 writes: With just a few weeks to go before the start of school, Madison Area Memorial High School Principal Jessica Ward faced a dilemma: Classes were about to start, and the school didn’t have a foreign language teacher.

She contacted nearby universities and the Department of Education and posted the job online, but no one applied, even as five other open teaching positions were filled.

“It was coming down to the wire and school was starting,” Ward said. “Students were already scheduled for foreign language, and we can’t just not offer it.”

The school district had earmarked money for the position, so the guidance counselor and superintendent started researching other options, ultimately putting the money toward the computer program Rosetta Stone to take the place of a full-time French and Spanish teacher.

The teachers' union better hope this doesn't work too well.

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Submission + - Researchers Develop Yet Another Way To Monitor and Surveil Us (consumerist.com)

kheldan writes: Researchers in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created “EQ-Radio,” a piece of technology that measures subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms to detect how someone is feeling.

EQ-Radio is 87% accurate at telling if someone is excited, happy, angry, or sad, CSAIL researchers say, noting that unlike this device, existing methods of detection emotions rely on audiovisual cues or sensors attached to someone’s body, but those things are inconvenient to wear and can become inaccurate if they’re knocked out of position.

Comment Re:Insufficient sophistication (Score 1) 428

I fail to see the down side to this kind of "profiteering". That's how markets worked. If they quadrupled their prices or more I can see a problem. But this is a case of price rising to create supply. If the price doesn't rise supply won't rise to meet it and then there won't be any available taxi's out of town. Higher prices are the lesser of the two evils.

Submission + - Data to track global fishing violations now public (phys.org)

Aristos Mazer writes: At GlobalFishingWatch.org, a digital map is now open to the public that uses satellite data to track the movements of ships in the world's protected fishing zones. By crowd sourcing exploration of the map, the bthe technology aims to reduce the problem of illegal fishing, which accounts for up to 35 percent of the global wild marine catch and causes yearly losses of $23.5 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Global Fishing Watch was officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

In order the make the data available for free, Oceana and its partners negotiated a deal with the satellite company Orbcomm to use its three-day old data, which is described as "near real-time," along with historical records. Although the delay means that any criminals won't be nabbed instantaneously, advocates say they expect the technology will open the world's waters to public watchdogs in a way that has never been done before.

Comment Nobody does HOTAS like Saitek (Score 2) 69

A Saitek flight controller is the best.

If Logitech takes away that legacy, however, there will be another company to pick up the slack. It would be sad to see Saitek decline, like watching a friend turn to alcohol and slide into the gutter. but the miracle of capitalism is that demand will be met. Whatever happens within five years there will still be an excellent flight controller on the market. At $250 a pop Saitek controllers are selling for now it's just too lucrative. CH, Thrustmaster... someone will step in with a godly HOTAS* at that price.

*For the uninformed, HOTAS means Hands On Throttle-And-Stick

Submission + - The Ham Radio Parity Act passes the house! (arrl.org) 1

bobbied writes: The House of representatives passed HR 1301 "The Ham Radio Parity Act" without objection on September 12, 2016. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” This will allow for the reasonable accommodation of armature radio antennas in many places where they are currently prohibited by HOA's or private land use restrictions. This will be similar to the FCC's PRB-1 ruling in 1985 that did the same thing for Over The Air Television and Data service Antenna Structures. If this bill passes the senate, we will be one step closer to allowing armature radio operators, who provide emergency communications services, the right to erect reasonable antenna structures in places where they cannot do so now.

Comment Re:Race implications (Score 2) 400

we have eliminated the jobs that require an IQ of less than about 70 or 75.

No we haven't. Here are some that can't be mechanized at or below minimum wage yet*, with current technology. Sweeping a heavily dusted floor with people moving around. Moving boxes from arbitrary points to other arbitrary points with no more instruction than a person saying "put all of those over there" Driving in various conditions. Walking a dog. Mowing a lawn. Making a cheeseburger with minimal instruction. Cleaning industrial equipment. Diving for pearls. Hunting. Weeding a garden. Planting saplings.

The human mind and body are highly efficient, robust, and intelligent. Even a retarded human can outperform machines on many tasks. I'm not saying that time wont' come but it's not here yet. A more important point is the rapid improvement of technology. Five years after machines can truly replace low IQ humans at EVERY task they'll be replacing humans with normal IQ's at most tasks.

*And before you say it, oh no they haven't. Many of these have been partially mechanized in narrow venues with lots of support but not one can be fully done for minimum wage by a machine. No, not even lawn mowing. Modern automatic mowers require laying wire to define lawn perimeters. This limits them to one yard whereas a low IQ human can be pointed at any lawn and just get to work.

Comment Re:Race implications (Score 1) 400

Stop trying to make class problems into race problems. It's counterproductive, cheap, obvious, and self-serving.

As for the story mechanization is inevitable. The only thing we can do is take care of the displaced. Those who are against this should ask themselves what a large group of people do when they have nothing to lose.

Submission + - A lot of influencer marketing is based on fraud (inc.com)

bizwriter writes: Social network influencers are all the range among marketers. Slip someone can cash and they'll talk about your product so you can reach all their followers. Except, in a lot of cases, most of those followers are fake, as are the comments and likes. Just ask Mr. Potato, who had 10,000 followers in two weeks for the cost of a burger and beer.

Submission + - Large Quake Detected Near North Korea Nuclear Site

hcs_$reboot writes: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has been detected in North Korea, amid reports the country had been preparing for its fifth nuclear test.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said it had been an "artificial quake".
The US Geological Survey said the tremor had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, close to a known nuclear test site.
The earthquake occurred close to the surface, the USGS said. The shallow depth and precise timing of the quake suggests it was man-made.

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