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The World's Oldest Computer May Have Predicted the Future (gizmodo.com) 143

Gizmodo reports: Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world's first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device... It wasn't programmable in the modern sense, but it's considered the world's first analog computer.
schwit1 shares a report from the Associated Press:: For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism -- named after the southern Greek island off which it was found -- was a tantalizing puzzle.... After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text -- a quarter of the original -- in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains. They say it was a kind of philosopher's guide to the galaxy, and perhaps the world's oldest mechanical computer.

Comment Re:Hyatt Hotels hit by malware .. (Score 1) 32

But it's been proven that 0-days are patched much more quickly on open source packages than waiting for Patch Tuesday or whatever Microsoft calls it now. Most importantly, the closed source vendor may never release a patch to a dangerous flaw...a flaw that you may never have been made aware of!

Thank God that open-source means that all code will be reviewed and will never have vulnerabilities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSSL#Notable_vulnerabilities

But hey, let's see proof of the OSS movement patching 0-days quicker, please.

Submission + - When Should Cops Be Allowed to Take Control of Self-Driving Cars?

HughPickens.com writes: A police officer is directing traffic in the intersection when he sees a self-driving car barreling toward him and the occupant looking down at his smartphone. The officer gestures for the car to stop, and the self-driving vehicle rolls to a halt behind the crosswalk. This seems like a pretty plausible interaction. Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. But Will Oremus writes that while it's clear that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars, what’s less clear is where to draw the line. Should an officer be able to do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime? And what if the passenger doesn’t want the car to stop—can she override the command, or does the police officer have ultimate control?

According to a RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement “the dark side to all of the emerging access and interconnectivity is the risk to the public’s civil rights, privacy rights, and security.” It added, “One can readily imagine abuses that might occur if, for example, capabilities to control automated vehicles and the disclosure of detailed personal information about their occupants were not tightly controlled and secured.”

Comment Re:commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 588

My personal favorite:

Different tests are used to assess the regulatory ability of the body such as Heart Rate Variability, line cell analysis. The dental impacts on health are also assessed. Treatments include diet/nutrition, intestinal balancing, sauna, IV nutrients, complex homeopathy as well as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Healing requires a commitment to change. An individual needs to be willing to participate in their healing. The goal is to remove toxins or blockages and allow the body to heal itself.

How she's not been reported to her state's medical board is beyond me.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 410

But if users has a reasonable expection based on the history of the site that "here's a place we can talk about X", and the site then changes to ban X, then they're being assholes.

This is exactly what Huffman's been doing. Basically, he's trying to turn in into San Angelo from Demolition Man... a happy-happy safe-place where no one ever hears a harsh word. That whirring sound you hear? It's Aaron Swartz spinning in his grave.

Comment Worry about more than your movies (Score 2) 307

I wouldn't worry too hard about keeping your kids from seeing your movies -- they're too long to be interesting, mostly. The real issue is once your kid figures out how to click around on youtube. You'll start them with Sesame Street or something and when you turn back they're watching a kid pretend Elmo is being butt-raped, with graphic commentary.

YouTube "related video" links are the real problem in this space.

Comment Re:seriously? not this again (Score 1) 233

Why are people not offering higher salaries to encourage more skilled people from other parts of the country to move there?

I think we are. $150k/year is pretty good and that's the floor...but we've offered much higher. Add in great health insurance (medical, dental and vision), RSU grants, 20% yearly bonus, ESPP program, 401k with 125% match, $5k/yr educational benefit, $650/yr health benefit (gym, trainer, etc), $900/yr commuting benefits and you're looking at a package that's well over $200k.

For how many years experience, though? And anyways, one has to live in San Jose or wherever else in the valley to have this job. You'd need to offer me a lot more money than that to get me there.

Comment Re:how many of the jobs didn't exist as well? (Score 1) 233

And isn't your "4 years at google and a *Standford* CS degree" just the same arbitrary requirement as a recruiter that thinks "rails" is a form of transportation?

He was just giving an example of someone who has an obviously solid pedigree.

It's not obviously solid. I was a TA at Cornell for a few years. Some of the people who graduated were smart. Some weren't. I assume the same is true of people working at Google; after 4 years some will be getting promotions and responsibility, and some will be looking for an exit since they aren't getting promoted.

I'd interview the above theoretical candidate exactly the same as I would someone with a degree from University of Utah and no company I'd ever heard of on their resume. Because both smart and dumb people can be found everywhere.

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