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Submission + - Underwater 'lost city' was actually built by microbes (

sciencehabit writes: Geologists know that there are two kinds of “lost cities” underwater: those that were made by humans, and those that weren’t. The latter turns out to be the case for one such city, discovered by tourists diving off the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2014. The divers snapped photos of what they thought looked like the remnants of a paved stone walkway and colonnades (above). After they uploaded the images to Google Earth, Greece’s Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities launched an underwater investigation. But no human artifacts—such as coins or pottery—were found at the site, making it increasingly unlikely that it was humanmade. Instead, the smooth structures were manufactured by microbes, scientists report online today in Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Submission + - Programmers May End Up on Trial When Self-driving Cars Kill (

An anonymous reader writes: Transportation researcher Noah J. Goodall argues that self-driving car manufacturers and their software developers will have to explain and defend a car’s actions in the event of an accident, especially one involving fatalities. Goodall writes in IEEE: "Today no court ever asks why a driver does anything in particular in the critical moments before a crash. The question is moot as to liability—the driver panicked, he wasn’t thinking, he acted on instinct. But when robots are doing the driving, Why? becomes a valid question." That's because autonomous vehicles can react with superhuman speed, so people who got hurt in certain kinds of accident will want to understand why the vehicles didn't stop or swerve to avoid the crash. And in particular, people (and their lawyers) will want to know whether software errors or poor design is to blame.

Submission + - Europe Proposes New Regulations For The Sharing Economy

An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission has outlined proposals intended to bring the sharing economy — including the likes of rideshare giant Uber and house-share service Airbnb — under greater regulatory control. The EC proposes to establish at what point collaborative online platforms, and the individuals participating in them, cross over from P2P into the business realm, and to recommend clearer and more inclusive policies regarding taxation for this growing sector, which reaped €28 billion ($31 billion) Europe-wide in 2015. The EC argues that the 'fragmented' approach which the sharing economy has been allowed to take in Europe is creating ‘uncertainty’ for traditional operators.

Comment Re:First and Last solution? (Score 1) 849

I have to admit, sunset clauses on all laws does have a certain appeal to it. Laws passed for political reasons of a given era more than an actual need for legislation would be eventually taken off the books. That's a good thing, in my mind. On the other hand, there's probably more laws in place that we'd like to keep indefinitely than you'd expect, and Congress would spend all of their time maintaining those existing laws and never accomplish anything new we want passed. It does have a limiting effect on government, but that's both a good and bad thing at times. A good compromise, I think, would be forcing congress to spend a decent part of their time on repealing old laws we don't need anymore, simplifying old laws, etc. That's not really going to happen though.

Comment Re:Ah, to be judgement proof... (Score 1) 275

And they won't even get that. If I identified her plot correctly, her plan is to ride this for as long as possibly imaginable and poker with all in. Sink or swim. If she wins, great. If she loses, I guess the US is not so much different from my country and wants its court fees and expenses paid before anyone who won a title gets to butt in. She will pay whatever part of the court fees she can and immediately head for filing bankrupcy afterwards, essentially making sure that the RIAA will have a cute title worth about as much as if they lost the case.

Either way, the RIAA will not see a dime from her.

Comment Re:Hey Germany (Score 1) 1324

Yes it is. In Germany. The US constitution is not universal, you know.

If y'all knew any better we wouldn't a had to come all the way over thar and kick all your butts like we did back in W W 2. The good lord passed the word down to our forefathers that ever' man has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And datgum it if failing to provide a good christian education ain't denyin them their right to pursue their happiness like a coon dog down a rabbit hole.

Just look at what we done been doing out in the Iraq. Some of them towel headed gentlemen thought they ought to be denyin people their right to believe in Jesus hisself. Teaching about this mohamed feller come around AFTER Jesus, and they good 'ol JC ain't the son of god. Blasphemy.

I tell you free thinking "rational" your-o-peein's" what, ya'll would do perty good for yourselves if you just accept that us here over in America got it pretty good, and that you all could learn a thing or two from us. Over here, its the law: you can't have this "evolution" nonsense shoved at your children without giving them the christian version too.

Yes it is. In Germany. The US constitution is not universal, you know.

Seriously though, your absolutely correct. Education and Healthcare are rights in most developed countries. I can't understand how our country hasn't gotten on board with that yet.

Comment Re:and why not ? (Score 1) 477

Isn't it smart to take advantage of a country's wage disparity to get cheap goods until the point comes (no more cheap oil) where it's cost effective to manufacture back at home? It's not like we've forgotten how to manufacture here in the US, it's just not cost effective yet (you know we have millions of pounds per year of chicken wings shipped from China to the US because the farm labor is cheaper?). In the end, China's quality of life will rise, the costs to the US will rise, and equilibrium will be reached again (you'll see manufacturing move back to US soil).

Comment You're joking, right? (Score 1) 311

"The fact is, people dont want to wait years for someone to back engineer some piece of hardware and the idea that hardware companies will provide the specs is unrealistic idealism, even with specs it can be months after Windows users have been able to use the hardware."

Unrealistic idealism? How do you explain the 5618 .c files (which we'll be conservative and assume only supports one hardware device each - unlike the realtiy where there are drivers that support many different hardware revsions e.g. the e1000e driver supports *all* 1Gbps Intel PCI-E cards) in the Linux 2.6.31 drivers directory? How do you think the came about? The Linux driver tooth fairy?

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