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Robotics

It's Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab In Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom (qz.com) 81

According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports. From the report:It promptly ran out of power in the middle of the road. The robot got about 50m (164 ft) before its battery died. After a policeman directed traffic around the dead bot, an employee wheeled it back into the lab, and back to a life of servitude. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident and not the start of a larger coordinated effort to overthrow humanity. Only time will tell.

Comment Re:Explanation please (Score 1) 7

In the early days, there was a lot fewer options for discussing things online. Kuro5hin started pretty close to the same time as /., and was one of the places where if something happened, you would hear about it. There was a personal journal section(which /. ended up implementing), and a 'front page' and 'sections' that were specific to topics - it was unlike slashdot in that it was democratic -- people would vote on new postings for either front page or section or to dump it, and so, like many websites today, but unlike any really before it, it would be populated with what the people on the website generally wanted to see. It ranged from one of the very first posts announcing wikipedia as a potential project by Larry Sanger, to 'mindless link propagation' of the form of a single link to a website with no commentary really that would be recognizable to, say, a reddit user. Likewise comments were moderated by the commentors, closer to reddit(only with more points involved) than slashdot(which you had to win a lottery of sorts to have the right to moderate comments).

Kuro5hin helped slashdot become what it was, and was a stepping stone towards the internet having its own culture -- slashdot helped reddit, digg exist by means of example, and if you listen closely enough on 4chan and its many offspring subcultures, you can hear the echo of what kuro5hin started: a place that trolls could hone their art(first kuro5hin, then husi/slashdot/gnaa, and somehow from those groups to 4chan and elsewhere where they live today) There's quite a few of us, who joined the internet 2 decades or so ago, who met like minded people in wide discussion threads, like this one, for the first time, and learned from eachother in a way that was, until then, impossible.

I was just a stupid young undergrad, and I had personal differences with one of the guys who started it. But it stood as a monument of what the internet could be: a way to actually make something of a community of the millions who were coming to be online every year. It didn't end up scaling: Long before it hit even 2 million users, people started to lose interest, and the shitpost:post ratio went up. There was some magnificent trolling to come out after things started going downhill, but serious discussion went elsewhere.

there was eventually text-based advertising which was brought in, which was, in and of itself, novel (most advertising of the time was flashy, graphics-based and increasingly hard on system resources). Its minimalistic, targeted ads were much closer to what google had, than what was common for the time -- it sustained itself for awhile that way, though hard to say how well that worked.

Comment Re:Caveat emptor (Score 1) 51

> And as long as we keep keeping private stuff and do private stuff (like banking) on our mobile devices (regardless of platform) If you do not have the source code, you cannot verify that your financial transactions is actually between you and your blockchain. Banking, or anything else, that is not done on an entirely free software stack is simply not safe, post 2013. No one should use Google Play for anything. The Snowden documents have shown that the NSA has been able to coopt it to get users to install their malware/implants. With no way of knowing that you're been coopted. The #1 red flag is not that it's not on google play, the #1 red flag is "no source code".
The Internet

T-Mobile's Binge On Violates Net Neutrality, Says Stanford Report (tmonews.com) 218

An anonymous reader writes: The debate over whether or not Binge On violates Net Neutrality has been raging ever since the service was announced in November. The latest party to weigh in is Barbara van Schewick, law professor at Stanford University.

In a new report published today — and filed to the FCC, as well — van Schewick says that Binge on "violates key net neutrality principles" and "is likely to violate the FCC's general conduct rule." She goes on to make several arguments against Binge On, saying that services in Binge On distorts competition because they're zero-rated and because video creators are more likely to use those providers for their content, as the zero-rated content is more attractive to consumers.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

LOL! Early access to stories. That's awesome. *checks URL* Yep. I'm still on /. alright. Would that be early access to the story that I read 3 weeks ago somewhere else, early access to the dupe of the story I read on /. last month or early access to the StartsWithSpam clickbait/flamebait that I only click for the fun in the comments?

You're right. I don't think early access is what would entice a subscriber.

Comment Re:After reading discussion in the pfsense forums. (Score 1) 64

TThey also took over the m0nowall domains from it's creator and instead of maintaining them as-is, they redirect to their own domain and crown themselves as successors to the legacy of that project, when really, pfSense is that.

If that m0n0wall piece is true, these guys are obviously looking more at $ and not community.

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