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Comment Re:Model S vs Hummer (Score 1) 627

You seem to be overlooking a fairly crucial factor: Because the Model S has a halfway decent suspension and modern features such as traction control, the driver should be able to maneuver the car quickly enough to *avoid* a head-on collision. Why would you possibly think it's more important to optimize safety around an unlikely scenario like "head-on collision with a Humvee", than to avoid the accident altogether?

Also, I'm fairly certain tanks, semi-trucks and airplanes don't get to qualify for the "safest car ever" award, since, you know, they're not cars! Also, I think an airplane fares even worse than a typical passenger car in your contrived "head-on collision with a humvee" scenario.

Comment Re:Identity Federation? (Score 1) 114

Persona/BrowserID is a lot closer to OpenID than SAML or OAuth.

Doing SAML federation can be a bit of a nightmare, and AFAIK there's no "standard" way to do sort of on-demand federation between two entities (that is, if user using IdP A wants to visit service X, usually A and X generally need to already know about each other).

OAuth really isn't about *authentication*. It can be used for authn as sort of a side-effect, but it's really not its' intent.

As for OpenID (and OAuth and SAML, too), the big advantage of Persona/BrowserID is that your IdP doesn't actually know what sites you're visiting. If you take the additional step of using unique email addresses to sign in to each different site you visit, there's also no way for two different sites to know you're the same user (at least, based on your BrowserID "identity"... obviously there's other tricks they can employ).

Comment Boot into a REPL is the right path (Score 4, Interesting) 71

When I first read about the Raspberry Pi I was excited because I thought they were going to recreate this boot to a BASIC interpreter-type of experience we used to have on Apple II's and TRS-80's and the like. That's the sort of experience that they claimed inspired the raspberry pi, and they claimed that sort of programming-based, learning-intensive experience was what they wanted the pi to be about.

So, I was very disappointed to see that by default, a raspberry pi really is "just a pc" that boots into your typical CLI, and the "getting started" instructions actually have the new user start up X right off the bat. Providing scratch and a python IDE are nice and all, but I feel like all the normal trappings of "just a pc" take focus away from the real point of the pi.

Comment Re:Phenotipyc variance (Score 1) 204

Agreed, but I think it's a hard issue to have a rational discussion about, without emotions outweighing reason. On the one hand, if society at large decides a genetic trait is undesirable, is it wrong to prevent people from screening for that trait? Heck, even if society decides a genetic trait is desirable, is it right to prevent people from screening out that trait for their own reasons? I know it's cliche or a platitude, but most of the time, determining right and wrong (to the extent that we could create effective rules or regulations) in these cases is really, really hard.


Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Comment Will this be like patent trolling? (Score 3, Interesting) 221

On the one hand, mineral claims have a long history and seem to have worked decently.

On the other hand, how do we prevent an unscrupulous company from doing just enough work to *claim* these asteroids, with no intention of actually following through and mining them. Then, acting as a rent-seeker when another company actually does try to mine the resources?

Comment What's more likely? (Score 4, Insightful) 1862

That our esteemed legislators say to themselves
"Well, that's that, then! I guess it's pointless to ban high-capacity magazines."
"This is insidious! Alongside a high-capacity magazine ban, we should also ban 3D printing! Clearly it's a technology that will only be used by TERRORISTS!"

I think something like the latter is more likely, and I'm not even one of /.'s famed government-hating libertarian fundamentalists!

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