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Comment Everyone into the jam (Score 0) 469

Yeah Waze works real good. I laugh as I see Waze users, I know they are using Waze because they are sitting in traffic on a side street that is usually empty because of everyone using Waze. Cracks me up everytime... Bummer for the people that live on that street though.

Crowd sourcing is not always a good idea
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NASA Releases 2017-2018 Catalog of Software For Free (nasa.gov) 71

mspohr writes: Eureka Magazine has a story about the latest NASA 2017-2018 software catalog. From the report: "NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalogue free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees. This third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency's centers on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. 'The software catalogue is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today's top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry,' said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. 'Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create jobs, earn revenue and save lives.'" Amazing amount of quality software... it IS rocket science. Further reading (and digesting): TechCrunch

Submission + - Using game theory to predict likely targets for election cyber attacks (vanderbilt.edu)

Science_afficionado writes: A computer science professor is using game theory to predict which polling places or districts are the most likely targets for cyber hackers trying to influence election results. Yevgeniy Vorobeychik at Vanderbilt University has developed an algorithm that identifies potential targets by "thinking" like attackers. Election authorities could use it either during elections to focus protection efforts on electronic voting machines in certain areas, or they could run the algorithm on the results after the election but before results are certified.

Submission + - Driverless Truck Startup Is Putting Human Drivers to Work (fortune.com)

reddi-phreddi writes: Starsky Robotics CEO and co-founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher wants to solve the primary logistical challenge for the trucking industry by taking drivers off the road and putting them in an office. Its business model and approach is unlike other self-driving truck companies like Embark and Otto that have emerged in the past year.

Submission + - YouTube Unveils YouTube TV, Its Live TV Streaming Service (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination — a live TV service. Distinct from YouTube Red, the new service YouTube TV, which has been in the works for years at Google’s internet video behemoth, has quietly been inking contracts with media companies to distribute their content on its TV service. The service is fairly low-cost, with a family of six accounts available for $35 per month, and no long-term contract required. Earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal set pricing for the service somewhere between $25 and $40 per month. However, it will only launch in markets where it can offer full, live local broadcast feeds. That’s planned for the months ahead, but YouTube didn’t offer an exact date. “We decided to create an offering that would give them all of these can’t miss live moments,” said YouTube exec Robert Kinsel of YouTube TV’s offering. He explained that YouTube has partnered with all of the broadcast networks, in order to offer “comprehensive national coverage with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox all included.” In addition, the service is getting USA, FX, FreeForm, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business. ShowTime is available for an additional fee. Missing, however, is HBO. For sports fans, the service includes national coverage from ESPN, FoxSports, and NBC SportsNet. Also offered are regional sports networks from Fox and Comcast, SEC Network, Big Ten and ESPNU. Fox Soccer Plus is available as an add-on. In addition, YouTube TV includes YouTube Red’s 28 original series.

 

Submission + - Americans Have Fewer TVs On Average Than They Did In 2009 (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Americans went from having an average of 2.6 TVs per household in 2009 to having 2.3 TVs in 2015, according to survey data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA). The data comes from the agency’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), which has been conducted periodically since the 1970s to understand American energy use. The 2015 survey included 5,600 respondents who were contacted in person and then given an option to follow up by mail or online. A fine-detail report on the survey results is due to be released in April 2017. The latest data shows that in 2015, 2.6 percent of households had no TV at all, a jump from the previous four surveys in 2009, 2005, 2001, and 1997 in which a steady 1.2 to 1.3 percent of households didn’t own a TV. The 2015 data also showed that the number of people with three TVs or more dropped in 2015. That year, 39 percent of households had more than three TVs, whereas 44 percent had more than three TVs in 2009. Interestingly, the number of households with one or two TVs increased in 2015 to 58 percent, from 54 percent in 2009.

Submission + - DHS Quietly Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition of Passengers *Exiting* U.S. (fee.org)

schwit1 writes: As part of the testing, travelers will present their boarding pass while their digital photo is taken. The process will take less than three seconds before travelers proceed to the passenger loading bridge to board their flight. Travelers over the age of 14 and under 79 will be required to participate in the test. The test will evaluate CBP’s ability to successfully compare the image of a traveler taken during departure against an image the traveler previously provided, in an automated fashion and without impacting airport operations.

Submission + - Lessons from Canada's scientific resistance (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Andrew Nikiforuk, a contributing editor of The Tyee and author of Slick Water, has a smart piece outlining what the United States science community can do to combat expected attacks from the Trump administration on federal funding for research projects that examine the environmental impacts of industries such as mining and oil drilling. Nikiforuk seeks lessons from the years when the Canadian government, led by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, systematically reduced the capacity of publicly funded federal science to monitor the impacts of air, water, and carbon pollution from the country’s aggressive resource industries—by cutting budgets and firing staff. Great read.

Comment Re:Never give a number (Score 1) 435

This response by this person is part of the problem - it's so damned simple, if every employee refused, the issue would drop.

However the pay-to-play society we've built makes saying no a problem as most people are leveraged over their head, starting with their consumerist education leading to a huge student debt to be paid, as well as blatant bling bling consumerism. All this leads to the viewpoint expressed in the parent post.

Smart people know debt is slavery and avoid it, money is power for certain.

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 1) 188

Agreed - I have over 400 vinyl albums, most of which I ripped to Mp3 only because I don't want to pay twice for music I already have - so I have to put up with the clicks, hiss, rumble and wow and fultter of vinyl while listening to these tracks, and do not for one second think that audiophile vinyl is any better, it is not, digital blows vinyl out of the water, that is why vinyl was left behind so long ago.

Hipsters like vinyl, 70s chopper motorcycles and skinny skateboards, all three are sucky technology, the 70s choppers are outright dangerous, something those with a few years under their belt know; they're the ones that left them behind for better tech.

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