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Submission + - Uber safety concerns (theguardian.com)

Jalfro writes: State of California regulators and consumer advocates accused Uber of violating the law and endangering public safety after self-driving cars were caught running red lights. The semi-autonomous vehicles, launched without permits in San Francisco this week, have been ordered off the road.
Wikipedia

Submission + - Female scientists recogised on Wikpedia (guardian.co.uk)

Jalfro writes: Women scientists who have largely been written out of history are finally being recognised on Wikipedia. In a project organised jointly by the Royal Society, Wikimedia UK and the organisers of Ada Lovelace Day, Wikipedia entries for female contributers to science are being extended or often included for the first time.

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of the 19th Century author of the first known computer algorithm.

Comment Re:Too much control agenda (Score 1) 606

I then read your next line and must conclude that you are willing to equate desecration of Jewish cemeteries (presumably to incite the Nazi knee-jerk response) with someone REPOSTING SOMETHING THEY FOUND to Facebook

I equate the desecration of Jewish cemeteries with the posting of an offensive remark on a web page dedicated to a young child who has been murdered. They both have the same motivation - to upset the bereaved.

Fortunately, we do not let the people who feel themselves directly harmed decide upon criminal punishments.

The parent was saying that AS A SOCIETY we should ignore it, not that the people directly involved would be able to do so.

I am not suggesting that those directly harmed should decide the punishment, but that in deciding the punishment society should take into account the feelings of those directly harmed.

Social Networks

Submission + - Diaspora is dead! Long live diaspora! (joindiaspora.com)

Jalfro writes: Following premature rumours of it's demise, the Diaspora core team announce the release of 0.0.1.0. "It’s been a couple of exciting months for us as we’ve shifted over to a model of community governance. After switching over to SemVer for our versioning system, and plugging away at fixing code through our new unstable branch, we’re excited to make our first release beyond the Alpha/Beta labels."
AI

Submission + - Google Virtual Brain - A self learning system (geekyportal.com)

geekspy writes: Google’s breakthrough with its latest virtual brain technology in the field of AI intends to identify animals, people and other objects by simple watching videos. This self-learning system is surely one of its kinds if implemented and can benefit a lot with its speech recognition facility.
Patents

Submission + - Unredacted documents in Apple/Samsung case, no evidence of 'copy' instruction (cnet.com)

another random user writes: Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case seem not to offer actual evidence that Samsung told its designers to copy the iPhone.

Documents that have now been unredacted seem to show that there was never any 'copy apple' instruction. There was a push towards things that would be different, such as what is now seen in the Galaxy S3: "Our biggest asset is our screen. It is very important that we make screen size bigger, and in the future mobile phones will absorb even the function of e-books."

Groklaw suggests, rather shockingly, that Apple's lawyers might have been a little selective in how they presented some of this evidence to the court, by picking little parts of it that offered a different shade of nuance.

EU

Submission + - UK Broadband Plan Set To Clear EU Approval (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The British government's plan to subsidise rural broadband in the UK is about to get approval from the European Union, even though every contract so far has been awarded to BT, according to sources. The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project has been examined under EU state aid rules, but apparently has passed despite all the money going to one dominant telecom operator"

Submission + - Will a Chromebook be your next PC? (zdnet.com)

dgharmon writes: Sure, you could keep using Windows, although Windows 8 looks worse every time you look at it; or you could buy a Mac for big bucks; or you could buy a Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook starting at $449 and have a great Linux-based desktop that you already know how to use.

Submission + - US congress rules Huawei a 'security threat' (brisbanetimes.com.au)

dgharmon writes: Chinese telecom company Huawei poses a security threat to the United States and should be barred from US contracts and acquisitions, a yearlong congressional investigation has concluded.

A draft of a report by the House Intelligence Committee said Huawei and another Chinese telecom, ZTE, "cannot be trusted" to be free of influence from Beijing and could be used to undermine US security.

Education

Submission + - The Case For The Blue Collar Coder 1

theodp writes: U.S. tech talent shortage discussions tend to focus on getting more young people to go to college to become CS grads. Nothing wrong with that, writes Anil Dash, but let's not forget about education which teaches mid-level programming as a skilled trade, suitable for apprenticeship and advancement in a way that parallels traditional trade skills like HVAC or welding. Dash encourages less of a focus on 'the next Zuckerberg' in favor of encouraging solid middle-class tech jobs that are primarily focused on creating and maintaining tech infrastructure in non-tech companies. Dash also suggests 'changing the conversation about recruiting technologists from the existing narrow priesthood of highly-skilled experts constantly chasing new technologies to productive workers getting the most out of widely-deployed platforms and frameworks.'

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