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NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota

We really need open source software running in our cars.

via Slashdot by kdawson on 2/23/10


thecarchik writes "An official from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told investigators that the agency doesn't employ any electrical engineers or software engineers, leaving them woefully unable to investigate correctly what caused the most recent Toyota recall. A modern luxury car has something close to 100 million lines of software code in it, running on 70 to 100 microprocessors. And according to consultant Frost & Sullivan, that number will rise to 200 to 300 million lines within a few years. And the software that controls the 'drive-by-wire' accelerators of Toyota and Lexus vehicles is one potential culprit in the tangled collection of issues, allegations, and recalls of many of those vehicles for so-called 'sudden acceleration' problems."

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February 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota

We really need open source software running in our cars.

via Slashdot by kdawson on 2/23/10


thecarchik writes "An official from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told investigators that the agency doesn't employ any electrical engineers or software engineers, leaving them woefully unable to investigate correctly what caused the most recent Toyota recall. A modern luxury car has something close to 100 million lines of software code in it, running on 70 to 100 microprocessors. And according to consultant Frost & Sullivan, that number will rise to 200 to 300 million lines within a few years. And the software that controls the 'drive-by-wire' accelerators of Toyota and Lexus vehicles is one potential culprit in the tangled collection of issues, allegations, and recalls of many of those vehicles for so-called 'sudden acceleration' problems."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

February 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

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Via my friend Cory, a good speech by Bill Gates at TED about confronting climate change.

February 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Matthew Yglesias » Disabling Embedding

Disabling Embedding

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Obviously I have various views about intellectual property policy that are genuinely at odds with the interests of incumbent record companies, so it doesn%u2019t surprise me that those companies take positions that I think are wrong. But I%u2019ve been puzzled for a while now by record labels%u2019 habit of disabling the %u201Cembedding%u201D function from music videos posted on YouTube. As a blogger, this is annoying for me because sometimes I want to embed videos. But for the labels, it seems like a losing proposition%u2014basically preventing me from giving their artists free advertising.

Damian Kulash from Ok Go has an op-ed in today%u2019s Times in which he lays out the record companies thinking%u2014apparently they get a small slice of money from YouTube when people visit the main YouTube site and watch the video%u2014but also offers his view that the policy is self-defeating, making it harder for his band to publicize itself and attract fans.

I assume that in the longer run, you%u2019re going to see more and more bands basically bypassing the whole record label concept. A band with a ton of fans is going to have plenty of ways it can make money%u2014concerts, t-shirts, posters, licensing of its songs, etc. Being famous and popular is inherently lucrative and it%u2019s appealing in other ways as well. The idea of middlemen is that they get a cut of your earnings but in exchange do a lot to help you become famous and popular. If middlemen insist on business models that make it harder to become famous and popular, then they%u2019re not providing much value.

Anybody want to start a record label? Seems there is a lot of space for someone to offer real value to bands, without all the BS the current labels make them go through.

February 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Political Rhetoric, In Graph Form – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Nothing like graphical confirmation of your political beliefs.

February 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

doing – Your users are very stupid. (Maybe.)

These are truly amazing things to consider, being that our society is essentially bound at the hilt to technology-based communication. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, it really is true: what seemed like barrage of really stupid people turned out with more careful inspection to be probably the most stupendous example of the tech divide you will see for, at minimum, a very long time. Not stupid people, but people who don’t know — perhaps can’t be bothered to know — about the address bar. People who use the internet for certain specific functions, and nothing beyond that. People who only want to know how to do what they need to do, and precisely nothing else.

When I first heard the story about people trying to log into facebook through a blog article, I thought it was hilarious. After reading this, I just think it’s sad. Maybe this is the target market for the iPad? I could certainly see my mom using one.

February 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Random Thought

The arrival of gesture controlled televisions will make the world envisioned in 1984 a reality.  You watch the television, and it watches you.

February 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

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