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Comment Re:To be fair, a pretty easy run (Score 1) 246

I think that the driver moving away from the wheel while transport officials watched and not getting arrested is a pretty big deal. It might not be a technical hurdle they overcome, but is it a milestone on the legislative and psychological side. We have years worth of these 'publicity stunts' that need to happen before the general public lets autonomous vehicles on the road without supervision.

Its going to be just like the aviation or space industry, where no politician wants to have their name associated with the headlines about the first fatality. A majority of politicians need to believe there is 0% chance of it affecting their re-election, which isn't going to happen so it needs to be buried in committees and red tape.

Submission + - Uber and taxis to operate on level playing field in Victoria, Australia (

An anonymous reader writes: The Victorian government in Australia will introduce a $2 levy on all Uber services in addition to regulating taxi fares and buying back a number of taxi licenses. The scheme is aimed at not only legalising Uber but treating both taxis and ride sharing services the same

Submission + - 2016 Hugo Award Winners Announced

Dave Knott writes: The recipients of the 2016 Hugo awards have been announced. Presented annually since 1955, the Hugos are (along with the Nebulas) one of science fiction's two most prestigious awards. They are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), the most recent of which, MidAmeriCon II was held this past weekend in Kansas City. Notable winners include:

Best Novel: The Fifth Season , by N.K. Jemisin
Best Novella: Binti , by Nnedi Okorafor
Best Novelette: "Folding Beijing", by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu
Best Short Story: "Cat Pictures Please", by Naomi Kritzer
Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture , written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Martian , screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott
Best Dramatic Presentation, ShortForm: Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile", written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer

As in the previous two years, the 2016 Hugos were subject to considerable controversy, as highly-politicized factions within science fiction fandom attempted to influence the awards via a concerted campaign that influenced the nomination process. Those actions once again proved unsuccessful, as the nominees put forth by these activists failed to win in any of the major awards categories.

Comment Re:Another one bites the dust (Score 1) 365

This is one of the stupidest acquisitions I have ever heard of.

Not at all, they get pretty much a real list of millions of people along with some real data..

Is a list of millions of people worth 26 billion dollars?

You could hire an army to scrape a larger list in a short period of time for a fraction of that. Or just purchase a list from someone who already has similar data, such as Microsoft for example.

Maybe they have a plan to monetize it. I can't think of a way to do it without grossly devaluing LinkedIn, but then again I don't have 26 billion dollars.

Comment Re:No need to fight (Score 1) 226

I'm surprised how much hostility geeks have to emoji. We invented the damn things, with things like :-) and ASCII art and Shift-JIS art in Japan. Emoji characters just make them easier to type.

And they will remain in text because people want them there. I'm also surprised geeks hate the thought of them being embedded as a standard code point, rather than having to write parsers to convert the source :boat: syntax to whatever bespoke encoding they are using.

Comment Re:Winlux 4va ! (Score 1) 127

Well I hope that open source packages won't switch to the new snap system, as of course it adds duplication, and now many application providers have to update one of their libraries only because of some badlock vuln or something. Some app store owners try to counter this by threatening app owners to take down their apps if they don't update the libraries. But this only gets the biggest libraries and those with most light shined on them, the small library might never get updated.

Where the snap system shines at is closed source applications and open source applications which both get shipped outside of the distro's packaging system: if adopted by all distros, you can ship cross-distro binaries without having to bother about some distro's settings for their libraries.

The other part of snaps that I think *does* make it attractive for some open source software is that the application is installed and run in a container. This is great for those web browsers that more and more think of themselves as operating systems, and to a lesser extent many other applications. Being able to control the camera and mike from outside of the container, restrict it from writing to the parent containers filesystem at all except for ~/Downloads, block all incoming connections, restrict outgoing connections... At the moment, users place a huge amount of trust in people we don't know to write secure and non-malicious software and by easily putting this software in a sandbox we can lower that mandatory trust level somewhat.

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