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Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 207

Farm equipment such as combines and tractors are already self guided via GPS, so yes - you can have an off-road vehicle with an autopilot.

I imagine for recreational uses, traditional cars, motorcycles, RVs and the like will all be around for a while with manual drive.

Holy crap though - an autopilot on an RV would be awesome. You can get up and grab a sandwich, take a leak, screw your wife, whatever - all while driving down the interstate.

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Are Your Slack Conversations Really Private and Secure? (fastcompany.com) 68

An anonymous reader writes: "Chats that seem to be more ephemeral than email are still being recorded on a server somewhere," reports Fast Company, noting that Slack's Data Request Policy says the company will turn over data from customers when "it is compelled by law to do so or is subject to a valid and binding order of a governmental or regulatory body...or in cases of emergency to avoid death or physical harm to individuals." Slack will notify customers before disclosure "unless Slack is prohibited from doing so," or if the data is associated with "illegal conduct or risk of harm to people or property."

The article also warns that like HipChat and Campfire, Slack "is encrypted only at rest and in transit," though a Slack spokesperson says they "may evaluate" end-to-end encryption at some point in the future. Slack has no plans to offer local hosting of Slack data, but if employers pay for a Plus Plan, they're able to access private conversations.

Though Slack has 4 million users, the article points out that there's other alternatives like Semaphor and open source choices like Wickr and Mattermost. I'd be curious to hear what Slashdot readers are using at their own workplaces -- and how they feel about the privacy and security of Slack?

Submission + - SPAM: The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost.

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

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Comment Ahem.... (Score 5, Insightful) 660

> "You can't take an 18-month training program and produce a machine-learning scientist."

That's fine - if you're looking for machine-learning scientists.

Unfortunately, the majority of the recipients of these H1B's are low paid scab labor, imported to cut labor costs.

Raising the cost of H1B's should take care of that loophole while still allowing GoDaddy to import their "machine-learning scientists".

Submission + - Carrie Fisher passes away (people.com) 1

wiggles writes: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”

Comment Re:Why has it taken [all] this long? (Score 1) 140

ftfa:

We cannot comment on specific patents, not now, not ever. Red Hat has determined that it is now acceptable for Fedora to include MP3 decoding functionality (not specific to any implementation, or binding by any unseen agreement). Encoding functionality is not permitted at this time.

It appears Red Hat has entered into some sort of double secret licensing agreement with Fraunhofer that they can't disclose the details on.

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