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Submission + - Trump lays out hike in military spending

mrspoonsi writes: US President Donald Trump is seeking to boost defence spending by $54bn (£43bn) in his proposed budget plan for 2018, which is about a 9% increase. The blueprint also calls for deep cuts elsewhere, including to foreign assistance and environmental budgets. He also said he would discuss his plans for infrastructure spending, in a speech to Congress on Tuesday. "We're going to start spending on infrastructure big," he said.

Submission + - South Carolina wants to block porn on new computers, charge a $20 'unblock fee' ( 1

mrspoonsi writes: Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have drafted an amendment aimed at curbing the 'problem' of pornography whilst also raising funds for its human trafficking task force. The amendment echoes the wider views of the Republican party which vowed to crack down on pornography at its national platform, saying: Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. According to the amendment, computer manufacturers would be required to install the blocking software on all new computers sold in South Carolina, though buyers over the age of 18 would be able to opt out and unblock access for a fee of $20. Additionally, computer manufacturers would have the option to opt out of the scheme at the point of manufacture, by paying the $20 themselves and not installing the software at all.

Comment Re:Not twice as safe I feel (Score 2) 379

Ok some number from the UK: In 2014, the majority of injured casualties occurred on built-up roads (72 per cent of total casualties). However, the majority of fatalities occurred on non built-up roads (just over a half). Although motorways carry around 21 per cent of traffic, they only account for 5.4 per cent of fatalities and 4.7 per cent of injured casualties. - See more at: So 79% of the roads travelled are non highway, giving 94.6% of fatalities. Yes highways (or motorways) are much safer.

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 1) 379

I first read it as the lorry was in a 2nd lane and moved into the tesla lane trapping the car in the middle as it moved lanes. If indeed the trailer was jack-knifed across the road then there is little the car can do, the radar would see right through the gap. It points to trailers requiring the side rail protectors, then the radar would potentially spot it.

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 2, Interesting) 379

This death happened in the area of the car Tesla spoke of the test machine breaking during a crush test of a roof, apparently withstanding the weight of 4 cars on its roof. A Trailer moving sideways crushing the car, you would think if the roof was super strong the car would be pushed sideways, instead of going under.

Comment Not twice as safe I feel (Score 4, Insightful) 379

"the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated," while a fatality happens once every 60 million miles worldwide. Autopilot is only allowed on highways, whereas I am sure they are comparing 60 million miles against normal driving which is inherently more dangerous than all cars heading in the same direction with barriers between the traffic flow. Apples and Oranges.

Submission + - First Fatal Accident Involving Tesla Autopilot

mrspoonsi writes: Tesla spoke of the accident "What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied. The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S. The customer who died in this crash had a loving family and we are beyond saddened by their loss. He was a friend to Tesla and the broader EV community, a person who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla's mission. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Submission + - Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women'

mrspoonsi writes: Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests. Over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny. It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse is a priority. The Demos study also looked at international tweets and found more than 200,000 aggressive tweets using the words, "slut" and "whore", were sent to 80,000 people over the same three weeks.

Submission + - Craig Wright revealed as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto 1

mrspoonsi writes: Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. His admission ends years of speculation about who came up with the original ideas underlying the digital cash system. Mr Wright has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator. Prominent members of the Bitcoin community and its core development team have also confirmed Mr Wright's claim.

Submission + - Tesla self driving cars almost twice as good as human drivers

mrspoonsi writes: Talking to the Minister of Transport and Communications, on a recent trip to Norway, Elon Musk espoused the benefits of self-driving cars, even in their current limited form. He said: The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version. So we can see basically what’s the average number of kilometres to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment. Even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person. If these numbers prove to be real and not just hyperbole, they may well help to move the market towards wider and swifter adoption of self-driving cars. Insurance industries and regulatory bodies, not to mention average citizens, may see the major benefits of self-driving cars and push society in that direction. To that end Musk continued: I think it’s going to be important in term of satisfying regulators and the public to show statistically with a large amount of data – with billions of kilometres of driving – to say that the safety level is definitively better, by a meaningful margin, if it’s autonomous versus non-autonomous.

Submission + - Apple should pay more tax, says co-founder Wozniak

mrspoonsi writes: All companies, including Apple, should pay a 50% tax rate, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told the BBC. He said he doesn't like the idea that Apple does not pay tax at the same rate he does personally. "I don't like the idea that Apple might be unfair — not paying taxes the way I do as a person. "I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50% of anything I make in taxes and I believe that's part of life and you should do it." When asked if Apple should pay that amount, he replied: "Every company in the world should." He said he was never interested in money, unlike his former partner Steve Jobs. "Steve Jobs started Apple Computers for money, that was his big thing and that was extremely important and critical and good." Three years ago the company admitted two of its Irish subsidiaries pay a rate of 2%. It has built up offshore cash reserves of around $200bn — beyond the reach of US tax officials.

Submission + - Man accidentally deleted his entire company with one line of code

mrspoonsi writes: A man has managed to delete his entire company after accidentally running a command on his servers. The command removed every file stored on the servers that previously held customer websites the company was responsible for hosting. Marco Marsala detailed his predicament on a forum called Server Fault. Marsala inadvertently ran the Linux command "rm -rf" while running maintenance operations on his servers. The directory to delete from was never added to the "rm" command. It ran from the top of the filesystem, deleting everything on all the company servers.

To top it all off, Marsala even deleted his backups. He did have offsite backups but he had just connected to the provider and mounted the drives to his computer for access. This gave the command access to the offsite backup server too, letting it wipe its contents alongside everything else. Marsala headed to Server Fault, hoping to find advice on how to recover his data. However, he was quickly met by a consensus amongst users that the data is gone forever. One user, named Swen, said "I feel sorry to say that your company is now essentially dead." "You're going out of business," said Michael Hampton, another user. "You don't need technical advice, you need to call your lawyer. The company previously hosted the websites of some 1,500 customers.

Submission + - 'Flash crash' trader Navinder Sarao faces US extradition

mrspoonsi writes: Navinder Sarao, the trader accused of helping to trigger the US "flash crash", can be extradited to face trial, a court has ruled. Mr Sarao traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from his parents' home near Heathrow Airport in London. Mr Sarao, 37, is accused of contributing to events on 6 May 2010, when the Dow Jones share index briefly fell more than 1,000 points. The flash crash on 6 May 2010 temporarily wiped nearly $1 trillion off the value of shares. US authorities want Mr Sarao to stand trial on 22 criminal counts. They allege he is guilty of "spoofing" — the practice of placing large orders that manipulate the markets and then cancelling or changing them, allowing him to buy or sell at a profit. Mr Sarao's spoofing netted him a profit of $40m (£28m), they argue. The charges that Mr Sarao faces carry sentences totalling a maximum of 380 years.

Submission + - Tesla Bans 'Rude' Customer From Buying Car (

mrspoonsi writes: A customer who complained about the boss of electric car firm Tesla has had his order for one of their cars cancelled.

Venture capitalist Stewart Alsop says Tesla dropped his order for a Model X SUV because of an earlier blog post in which he criticised Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. In it, he'd complained that September's Model X launch event started two hours late, and no food was provided to guests. As a result, his order for the car was cancelled by Tesla. In a Twitter post, Mr Musk said Mr Alsop was "denied service" for being a "super-rude customer". "When I wrote a blog post about my BMW X1 called “My Car Makes Me Feel Stoopid”, the CEO of BMW didn’t take the car back.

Submission + - Volvo promises 'death-proof' cars by 2020 (

mrspoonsi writes: Volvo, which produces some of the safest cars in the world, is pledging that by 2020 no one will be killed or injured by a new vehicle it manufactures.

The Swedish manufacturer had no reported deaths in its XC90 in the US last year, showing that some of its cars are already preventing deaths on the road.

Volvo would like this statistic to be true for the whole range and not just the XC90, and with the development of new accident avoidance technologies, the Swedish car giant believes it can achieve this goal.

CEO of Volvo's North American division Lex Kressemakers said: "If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine. They don't say things when they don't believe it."

New and more accurate safety technologies — such as collision avoidance, pedestrian detection and auto lane-keeping assist — would also help the development of autonomous cars, which some manufacturers, such as Volvo, are hoping to release by 2020.

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