Nevada has approved self-driving cars for its highways. I suppose the cars will be allowed to text and phone while driving themselves, since they would necessarily be doing it hands-free. So far, it looks like Nevada is ahead of the actual state of the art, though. Via Slashdot, PC Mag, New York Times, and Technology Review.
Documentary proof that the Earth is flat. Very—uh, creative. Via YouTube. For a different kind of documentary, see “An Honest Man—The Story of the Amazing James Randi” with interviews with several other honest men: Science Guy Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins, and Penn and (?) Teller. Via Slashdot.
At Agile India 2012, Daniel Brolund talked about the Mikado Method for refactoring legacy software. He and Ola Ellnestam presented the method back in June 2010 in PragPub. Mikado here alludes to the pick-up-sticks game, not the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, more’s the pity. Via InfoQ, PragPub, Wikipedia, and Woodentoys.uk.
Why Chrome connects to three random domains at startup. Apparently it’s not nefarious. Via Mike West.