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Comment Re:Should never have been allowed (Score 1) 236

>> Right, because you have lots of evidence showing human drivers are safer? I doubt very much that the tech is worse than Jane Q. Driver...

A qualified truck driver is ipso facto OK to drive a rig on the road. Take my chances that they are better than some new, unproven system? Damn right I would.

> Even a buggy AI should be able to drive better than them.
Then you clearly don't know shit about safety-critical software.

Submission + - Benchmark Battle October 2016: Chrome Vs. Firefox Vs. Edge

Krystalo writes: It’s been more than a year since our last browser benchmark battle, and the competition remains fierce. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge have all gained a variety of new features and improvements over the past year. It’s time to see if any of them have managed to pull ahead of the pack. It appears that Edge has made the biggest gains since last year. That said, browser performance is improving at a very rapid pace, and it shouldn’t be your only consideration when picking your preferred app for consuming Internet content.

Submission + - Dyn DDoS Attack Work of Script Kiddies (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: New research on the source of Friday’s DDoS attack against DNS provider Dyn indicates that script kiddies are likely responsible, rather than a politically motivated actor.

Researchers at Flashpoint dismissed numerous claims of responsibility that separately linked the attack to the Russian government, WikiLeaks or the New World Hackers group. Instead, the threat intelligence company said with “moderate confidence” that the attacks are linked to the Hackforums community. Hackforums is an English-speaking hacking forum and the place where the source code for the Mirai malware was publicly released by a hacker known as Anna-Senpai.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said today as well that it’s likely the attack was not carried out by nation-state actors during testimony at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“That appears to be preliminarily the case,” Clapper was quoted in The Hill. “But I wouldn’t want to be conclusively definitive about that, specifically whether a nation state may have been behind that or not.”

Flashpoint hinges its conclusion on a number of factors, starting with public release of the Mirai source code. Mirai scans the Internet for IoT devices such as those used in the attack on Dyn, Krebs on Security and French webhost OVH. The malware uses 60 known weak and default credentials on the IP-enabled cameras, DVRs and home networking gear to access the devices before corralling them into giant botnets used to DDoS targets. Since the source code was made public, the number of bots compromised by the malware has more than doubled, Level 3 Communications, a Colorado telco and ISP, said.

Comment Re:Should never have been allowed (Score 1) 236

Urgh. IMHO BMWs are SO overpriced and overrated. The ride is usually stupidly hard. The assumption is that this is done to increase handling, but it is really not necessary to do that. Look at Jags or Ferraris, they don;t ride as hard as BMWs but handle just as well if not better.
And like nearly all German cars, BMWs are about as soulless and interesting to look at as a doctors waiting room.

Comment Should never have been allowed (Score 3, Insightful) 236

Self-driving tech is still at a point where cars are having accidents (some even fatal) , and requires car drivers to be in the driving seat and have their hands on the wheel.
For them to have a fully loaded semi on the freeway and the driver to get in the back seat was blatantly irresponsible. This experiment should never even have been legal.

Submission + - Strange signals from star survey may be evidence of intelligent life (iop.org)

Okian Warrior writes: A recent paper reporting on strange artifacts in the spectra of 234 stars is raising eyebrows in the Astronomical community.

A Fourier transform analysis of 2.5 million spectra in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was carried out to detect periodic spectral modulations. Signals having the same period were found in only 234 stars overwhelmingly in the F2 to K1 spectral range. The signals cannot be caused by instrumental or data analysis effects because [various reasons...]

Finally, we consider the possibility, predicted in a previous published paper, that the signals are caused by light pulses generated by ETI to makes us aware of their existence. We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an ETI signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis. The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the Sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis. However, at this stage, this hypothesis needs to be confirmed with further work.

Submission + - Clinton Foundation works with Big Pharma to keep the price of US AIDS drugs high (reddit.com)

Okian Warrior writes: A newly released Podesta E-mail explains how the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to keep the price of AIDS medicines high in the US. CHAI contracted with Big Pharma companies for AIDS drugs to be distributed in developing countries. In return, the group agreed to resist efforts to bring similarly lower cost and generic drugs to the US. The email is a reaction to "comments President Clinton made on lowering domestic AIDS drugs prices at the World AIDS day event":

[...]We have always told the drug companies that we would not pressure them and create a slippery slope where prices they negotiate with us for poor countries would inevitably lead to similar prices in rich countries.

[...] If we do try to do something in this area, we suggest that we approach the innovator companies that can currently sell products in the US with the idea of making donations to help clear the ADAP lists. For a variety of reasons, the companies will likely favor a donation approach rather than one that erodes prices across the board.

[...] I would guess that they would also likely favor a solution that involved their drugs rather than an approach that allowed generic drugs from India to flood the US market at low prices or one that set a precedent of waiving patent laws on drugs. ... We can go to war with the US drug companies if President Clinton would like to do so, but we would not suggest it.

Submission + - Votes Switched From Trump to Hillary in Texas (infowars.com) 1

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting for the 2016 presidential election started yesterday for people in some areas who have been given the opportunity to avoid the long lines on November 8.

However, in Amarillo, a woman was shocked to see her ballot flip from Republican to Democrat.

“Gary and I went to early vote today,” wrote Lisa Houlette on Facebook. “I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican straight ticket was highlighted, however, the Clinton/Kaine box was also highlighted!”

“I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket,” she added.

Submission + - Google Research Suggests President Did Kids No Favors By Banning Daily Tech Time

theodp writes: Exploring racial and gender gaps in computer science learning that Silicon Valley says explains its low percentages of women and minorities, Google offers up new research — a "Little Data" survey of 1,571 U.S. students in 7th-12th grade — that suggests students are unlikely to grow up to be CS cowgirls and cowboys without daily use of computers at home. "Black (58%) and Hispanic (50%) students are less likely than White students (68%) to use a computer at home at least most days of the week," explains Diversity Gaps in Computer Science: Exploring the Underrepresentation of Girls, Blacks and Hispanics [curiously, no survey results are provided for Asian students — the most successful AP CS group]. "This could influence their confidence in learning CS because, as this study finds, students who use computers less at home are less confident in their ability to learn CS." In a 2015 interview, President Obama explained that he had encouraged his two daughters to learn to code, although they hadn't taken to it the way he’d like. "I think they got started a little bit late," the president conjectured. "Part of what you want to do is introduce this with the ABCs and the colors." But if Google's research is to be believed, could the First Family's famous ban on tech time during the week have had something to do with his daughters' failure to embrace CS?

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