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Comment "First"? This was done in the 1990s. (Score 4, Informative) 149

Okay, this may be the world's first baby, but there are apparently 30-50 teenagers with three parents.

The girl with three biological parents

The technique was pioneered in the late 1990s, but then the US FDA said "please cut it out", and as far as we know everyone did.

So, yes, the future looks bright for this new baby, given that several dozen other beneficiaries of this technique seem to be doing quite well in their teenage years...

Submission + - SPAM: US Sues Palantir for Discrimination - Against Asians 1

jeffb (2.718) writes: The US Department of Labor is suing Palantir Technologies, a large private US big-data analysis company, for alleged racial discrimination against Asian job applicants. The lawsuit claims that Palantir hired 14 non-Asians and 11 Asians out of a pool of more than 1160 "qualified" applicants, where 85% of the applicants in that pool were Asian.

I'm sure Slashdot readers will have a number of questions about this. For example:
  • How did DoL or Palantir reliably categorize applicants as "Asian" or "non-Asian"?
  • How did DoL categorize applicants as "qualified"?
  • How do these proportions (percentage of Asian applicants, percentages hired) compare to other companies in this space?

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Comment Re:Yeah, I found out the hard way. (Score 1) 200


You can buy 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 from Apple for I think USD20 each.

You can download El Cap from your Purchased Items list if you've previously "purchased" it; that's what I ended up doing.

As of this moment (10:13 PDT on 22 Sep 2016, two days after Sierra's release), Apple's own page on "older versions of OS X" says, and I quote directly, "The most recent version of OS X is El Capitan (10.11)." If you click on the relevant link, though, you go to the Sierra page. 10.9 or 10.10? It's as though they never existed, at least on this page.

You can apparently download some earlier versions from Apple's developer site if you buy into their developer program. Maybe they're available at the free level, or maybe they aren't available any more at all; if I can dredge up my old developer credentials, I'll look into it.

You can also Google up a bunch of purported download links from non-Apple sites. Please feel free to use one of those if it strikes you as a good idea; none for me, thanks.

When I started using Macs, I was happy to spend hours digging around in printed documentation, Usenet postings, and MacsBug to figure out how to make something work. It was a hobby, and one I enjoyed. Today, I want to spend my time using the machines to do stuff, not trying to find corners that Apple hasn't finished sweeping clean.

Comment Yeah, I found out the hard way. (Score 1) 200

I've been trying to get around to installing 10.11 (El Capitan) on my daughter's hand-me-down early-2008 Macbook Pro. (It's been on 10.6 to support some older software.) What with family emergencies, it's taken me a while to get everything cloned onto a new SSD and ready for the upgrade.

Last night, I finally got everything put together, and went off to the App Store to pull down the El Cap upgrade.


Since Sierra was released yesterday, El Capitan no longer existed, at least as far as App Store searches were concerned.

"Well," I thought to myself, "I didn't really want to pull Sierra yet, since it's brand-new and unproven. But I guess we could give it a try."

Again, nope. Sierra quite reasonably has dropped support for this eight-plus-year-old machine. It's not an option.

So, not only can I not install the newest OS release on this machine -- I can't even get to the most recent release that IS supported on this machine. It's as though it never existed.

Fortunately, I found a workaround -- I'd "bought" El Cap for another machine, and so it was still available in my "purchased items" on my own App Store account. By using that account, I was able to pull down the full image.

I've gotta tell you, though -- finding out that I'd missed the El Cap availability by a few hours, and that as far as Apple was concerned I could rot on 10.6 forever, did NOT give me warm fuzzies about the company. I've been a Mac user for over 30 years (!), but on days like this, I find that as much embarrassing as anything else.

Comment Re:It can't come soon enough... (Score 1) 239

Ding ding ding.

And besides, even back in the days before mobile phones -- okay, I know many readers here don't believe there was ever such a time, so let's say "back in the days before LTE/4G" -- there were still plenty of deaths caused by drivers who were drunk, or dozing off, or reaching over to "turn the dial" on the "radio".

It's not natural for a human to pay undivided attention to a single task for an extended period, unless that task is directed at an immediate critical need or desire. Even if the task is directed at an immediate critical need or desire (like "not dying in a fiery crash"), it's natural for a human mind to habituate to the stress/motivation, and as a result to become less attentive.

A human is a terrible agent for controlling a high-energy, life-critical process in real time. If you need an adrenaline fix, go bungee-jumping, or take a strut through the bad part of town late at night. Don't make me and mine into NPCs in your GTA LARP.

Comment 4K and 8K? (Score 1) 98

Reread the summary, please, and think about how much 4K and 8K video you shot during that cross-country hike.

I remember when I could fit days of photos on a 256 megabyte card -- at a couple of hundred kilobytes per photo. Increasing resolution, raw capture, HDR, high-frame-rate video -- there are lots of reasons to want even more than a terabyte. There are quite a few things that I'd love to shoot in 4K at 1000fps or faster. The sensor and readout/storage technology to support that is too expensive right now, but it's only going to get cheaper.

Comment Re:It can't come soon enough... (Score 1) 239

So all I need is 3 old GMC vans (one in front and two on the sides) to stop you dead on the road and rob you for all you have. Unless the human driver cannot override the automatic slow down and stop then that system is pointless and I don't want it in my car.

And this is different from the present in what way, except that the entire incident will be recorded and logged with high-resolution video showing the perpetrators?

Not to mention all the pranks that some kids will do stinging cardboard across the road.

And this is different from the present in what way, except that the entire incident will be recorded and logged with high-resolution video showing the perpetrators?

All the accident avoidance systems should be easily overridden by the driver with a brief kickdown of the accelerator and audio confirmation. This is to avoid somebody panicking and pressing and holding the accelerator rather than the breaks.

I have a feeling that the accidents, injuries and deaths caused by improperly overriding the automated systems would far outnumber those due to the automated systems themselves. Of course, that's just a feeling; the systems in question aren't completed yet, and even when they are, the idea of being "in complete control" is far more important to many drivers than actual safety.

Comment Re: Do you not see what is happening? (Score 1) 239

You don't get to drive where you want, when you want, if you're drunk or stoned.

You don't get to drive where you want, when you want, if you have a history of vehicular violence (although one fault of our current system is that habitual offenders still physically can get in a vehicle and kill again even after you've taken their license and their car).

You don't get to drive where you want, when you want, if what you want is to travel from California to Washington, D.C. in 24 hours (which would entail an average speed of 125mph/200kph), even though we all know you're an expert driver who can safely handle speeds far beyond the limits posted by short-sighted legislators and local revenue-seekers.

Your freedom to swing your fist stops at my nose. Your freedom to swing a 3000-pound vehicle should also be subject to reasonable limits.

Comment Re:It can't come soon enough... (Score 0) 239

Sorry for not posting a trigger warning, anonymous snowflake.

I only mentioned my family because it's something I find important and worth protecting. Perhaps you would be more receptive if I said "protect me and my property from other drivers who would initiate force against me through their negligent behind-the-wheel behavior."

Comment It can't come soon enough... (Score 4, Insightful) 239 save me and my family from all the "excellent drivers" who are busy on their phones while speeding down the freeway. Some of them, no doubt, posting diatribes about Big Government taking away their right to maintain complete and perfect control over their vehicle's performance.

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