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Comment Re:They ignored inflation. (Score 1) 166

except that back during Apollo, NASA consumed between 1.2 and 4.4 percent of the entire annual federal budget. Now it accounts for around 0.5%. So, the pie got a lot bigger, and the space program's slice got a lot thinner. So NASA is actually doing a lot with less. Also - the entire Apollo Program cost around 26b$ in 1969, which works out to about 136b$ in 2007 (and closer to 160b$ in 2017 dollars) ... so it's more like 36% ( 31% in 2017 dollars) of Apollo, and less when you consider that the SLS program didn't even start until 2011, and inflation since then has been around 8.5%. So, yeah, SLS is financially pretty great, compared to the mankind's greatest technological achievement up to the 20th century.
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White House: US Needs a Stronger Social Safety Net To Help Workers Displaced by Robots (recode.net) 635

The White House has released a new report warning of a not-too-distant future where artificial intelligence and robotics will take the place of human labor. Recode highlights in its report the three key areas the White House says the U.S. government needs to prepare for the next wave of job displacement caused by robotic automation: -- Fund more research in robotics and artificial intelligence in order for the U.S. to maintain its leadership in the global technology industry. The report calls on the government to steer that research to support a diverse workforce and to focus on combating algorithmic bias in AI.
-- Invest in and increase STEM education for youth and job retraining for adults in technology-related fields. That means offering computer science education for all K-12 students, as well as expanding national workforce retraining by investing six times the current amount spent to keep American workers competitive in a global economy.
-- Modernize and strengthen the federal social safety net, including public health care, unemployment insurance, welfare and food stamps. The report also calls for increasing the minimum wage, paying workers overtime and and strengthening unions and worker bargaining power.

The report says the government, meaning the the incoming Trump administration, will have to forge ahead with new policies and grapple with the complexities of existing social services to protect the millions of Americans who face displacement by advances in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. The report also calls on the government to keep a close eye on fostering competition in the AI industry, since the companies with the most data will be able to create the most advanced products, effectively preventing new startups from having a chance to even compete.

Comment "Look at me, I'm in the Tour de France!" Attitude. (Score 1) 696

I'm motorcyclist in Europe, and part of my hobby, the part I like best, is mountain touring. The worst thing that ever happens - and this is speaking as someone who has been in the losing side of a competition with a delivery truck - is coming around a corner on an up-hill mountain road and facing the backside of a pod of spandex-clad, "clipped-in" wanna-be Tour-de-France-competitors riding their bikes, weaving along at walking speed 6 abreast across the entire lane (and sometimes across the entire paved road). I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists, but sharing is a two-way street, so to speak. I cannot count the number of times where I have had to emergency brake or drift into the oncoming lane to avoid these idiots^h^h^h^h^h^h situations. I know some motorcyclists can be PITAs as well, but I'm talking about driving within the law, at the posted speed limit, taking all necessary defensive driving precautions.

The second worst thing, is on the downhill side, where suddenly the lane markings on the roads seem to become invisible to reckless suicidal-seeming bicyclists who low-high-low curves across the entire road at ridiculous speeds that can only be achieved on steep downhill grades. Tbh, I have no problem with these guys taking their own lives in their hands, but I take serious exception at their implicit decision to involve me and my bike in their demise.

Comment Re:5-year old video (Score 1) 224

Um... fact check. The indie short was shot by Patrick Jean, who then sold the rights to Sandler and Columbia. He was slated to direct, but turned the job over to Chris Columbus as the budget grew. http://uk.businessinsider.com/pixels-filmmaker-patrick-jean-not-happy-with-adam-sandler-version-2015-7?r=US&IR=T

Comment Re:What bright spark (Score 1) 48

nope. For all her faults - and there are many - this one is all about the true Master of Disaster at HP, the incredibly incompetent and massively overwhelmed Hasso Plattner, the one-trick-pony from SAP who sees everything as an accounting software house, and runs it accordingly. He could run anything that isn't SAP into the ground without breaking a sweat. Maybe he should take over Carly's campaign...

There's this thing called Google, and it is full of little facts like this one... everyone should try it!

Comment Re:Carriers (Score 1) 312

Not to sound like a shill, but this is exactly that: http://www.arbornetworks.com/products/arbor-cloud . Again, most ISPs worth their salt already implement PeakFlow in their backbone IP networks to catch and control large scale DDoS events, but at multi-gigabit levels - setting the threshold just low enough to ensure that DDoS attacks don't wipe-out their backbones, a level that is much higher than any single customer link bandwidth. Today, they (we) are beginning to offer these services (based on BGP, threat intelligence shared between ISPs and Security Consultancies, and "live" feedback from CPE-Probes like Pravail at customer sites) and they do work for the most part. The only downside (other than pricing - which is kinda steep) is the fact that it is a defensive mitigation approach - you BGP-blackhole the bad traffic in the customer-side ISP backbone, not the source. It's not going to eliminate the ever-growing and extremely long list of asshats (including sovereign state actor-asshats) that initiate these kinds of attacks, but it can and does, currently, mitigate the vast majority of them. So, yay-ish.

Comment Re:Carriers (Score 5, Informative) 312

I work for a carrier. Together with companies like Arbor Networks, we already have systems in place that can mitigate most volumetric attacks, and many more intelligent attacks. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Customers have to be willing to implement (and pay for) the protection services that most serious ISPs already offer as options on their IP traffic products. Keywords for your search are Pravail and PeakFlow.

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