Comment: Re:Apple done fucked up good (Score 1) 158

by flargleblarg (#45249417) Attached to: Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

As OS X users finally get the power to unintentionally resize their terminal emulator windows when trying to select text that goes right up to the margin, just as other UN*X users have had for ages. :-)

This does not actually happen on OS X... But now I'm curious... how on earth does that happen on other UN*Xs?

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Comment: Lawful can be unethical ... (Score 1) 230

by perpenso (#45249413) Attached to: ACLU: Lavabit Was 'Fatally Undermined' By Demands For Encryption Keys

If you are curious (probably not, but here goes) you always hear that the people in the military have to obey the orders of their superiors. That is wrong. They have to obey the LAWFUL orders of their superiors, and REFUSE to obey unlawful ones.

Lawful and matching your personal sense of ethics or morality are two separate things. A legal order may violate a soldier's personal sense of ethics or morality. A soldier's ability to refuse an order is only with respect to the constitution, the universal code of military justice, ratified treaties concerning the international laws of war, etc.

Along those lines, the founders of this country fully believed that it was the right and duty of any citizen to oppose inappropriate laws and actions by the government.

Uh, no, "inappropriate" is grossly vague. If you want to use the word "unjust" you may be partially correct. However our founding fathers used force to enforce some laws that some people considered unjust. What our founding fathers would probably say is that if a law is unjust it should be amended or repealed. I doubt they would say that citizens get to pick and choose what laws they wish to obey, their actions as Governors and Presidents surely suggest otherwise.

Comment: arXiv is not peer reviewed (Score 2) 189

by tepples (#45249411) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Speak: a Cost of Paywalled Research

should it not be as simple as a wiki?

There does exist a site for uploading preprints called arXiv. The difference is that preprints aren't peer reviewed and thus aren't quite as citable in publications that strongly prefer "published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy".

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Comment: Re:Missing the Point about Printing Food by statin (Score 1) 88

by sonamchauhan (#45249407) Attached to: Is 3D Printing the Future of Disaster Relief?

Interesting post. Yes, 3D Printing is very promising. But this need correction...

> What's more expensive, set up a kitchen, or a printer?

A kitchen is way cheaper to setup and run -- whether feeding a few, or a crowd. Its going to stay that way - kitchen technology is not going to stay static.

Think of kitchens as food printers that have been improved thousands of years :D If printers *will* be everywhere, kitchens *are* everywhere - they are way more important for us than printers.

Comment: Re:Electric cars are *not* more energy efficient (Score 1) 327

by Shompol (#45249405) Attached to: 8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

292 mile range off a 85kWh battery, or 651kJ/km.

Ok

Adding in battery manufacture and allowing a generous 1000 cycles, that goes up to 923kJ/km.

Where did you get these numbers? Where are the numbers for combustion engine manufacture?

Allowing for losses in electricity generation (40% at best)

This chart claims it is 5% at best, 10% at worst.

and transmission (~7%)

I suspect losses for shuttling around gas tankers is above and beyond ~7%. Care to factor that in?

A medium size diesel gets about 60mpg (UK gallons)

One of those tin cans on wheels? Economy cars in US get 30 mpg, and cars size/power/luxury class of Tesla get 18 mpg

Comment: Re:UNDER THE POLICE STATE ... (Score 2) 321

When the prosecutors (or rather, persecutors ) can charge people with warrantless wiretaps , what is the difference between the United States of America and the former East Germany under Stasi or China under CCP ?

As long as it remains limited to national security cases - people in direct contact with an enemy in an armed conflict - the difference remains substantial. If the practice migrates to other areas of the law, then there is trouble.... big trouble. I doubt that will happen in a direct fashion since it is a pretty big cultural gap to cross, but eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty.

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Comment: Re:Show time (Score 1) 722

by ppanon (#45249399) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
Or you have it in manual mode but the empty Taxis will block you in and force you to a stop. The bank/police dept. will probably pick up the tab on any bodywork the taxis might require afterwards. The problem isn't the bank robbers really; if they get caught then too bad, so sad. It's the other people like whistleblowers who may anger the authorities through legitimate activities beneficial to society but detrimental to certain entrenched power groups, and who get targeted by those entrenched groups.

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Comment: Re:At least it's not CFL (Score 1) 372

by SageMusings (#45249381) Attached to: NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

I looked at the lights you linked to. They have a 6K color temperature. That means a sinister, cold blueish light. I would like to replace a kitchen full of floodlights but I love the "warm" light I get from the incandescents. True, they do burn out more than I care for but they look great.

I've got some Philips LED lights with their "remote phosphor" tech in some standard lamps but I have not run across these in a floodlight form factor.

Comment: Re:At what speed? (Score 1) 722

by ppanon (#45249377) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
On the other hand, part of the reason that hour+ matters so much is because your time is being wasted controlling an automobile instead of doing something productive with your time. With an AI is doing the driving, if you're reading, finishing off or prepping for that presentation, or playing a game of PunchBuggy/OhHell/Risk with the kids then you may not care as much if it takes an extra hour.

Comment: Re:UNDER THE POLICE STATE ... (Score 3, Informative) 321

Back when I became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, my new government was still operating under the Constitution of the United States.

No more.

Under the Obama administration, I am sorry to say, the Constitution of the United States has become as valuable as soiled disposable diaper.

Actually, crap like warrantless wiretaps began under Bush shortly after the attacks in 2001, and Obama just expanded the scope of abuse.

It's also far from the first time that the federal government has shit on the Constitution. The WW2 internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry is one example -- and don't forget the Constitution-shredding fun of McCarthyism, the Subversive Activities Control Act, and the 1798 Alien Sedition Acts, just to name a few.

I'm not trying to downplay the seriousness of what's going on, to be clear -- just pointing out that the current problem runs much deeper than our current administration, and that it's not the first time deep corruption has fucked over a lot of Americans.

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Comment: Re:At what speed? (Score 1) 722

by drkim (#45249359) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

And you think that they will what?.. put it to good use? No they will use it as a stimulus to further automate things and make up the lost revenue of tickets by investing in lawyers to make up more BS laws.

Could be. That depends on the leaders we elect.

My point was only that auto-drive car will have positive financial impact that could out weigh the negative.

Comment: Re:A short anecdote (Score 1) 100

by arielCo (#45249357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?

Yes, WIkipedia tells me that the Great Britain was floated out. It may have been the 1898 battleship HMS Albion, whose launching washed ~200 people standing on a rickety temporary "bridge" at a slipway on the opposite bank, of which 34 drowned.

Do you know anything about this "controlled launch by tether breaking"?

Comment: Re:POLICE STATE OF THE FREE! (Score 5, Interesting) 321

by Burz (#45249355) Attached to: Federal Prosecutors, In a Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps As Evidence

What really matters is how and why the average person does not wake up and realize that the America they were taught to believe in does not exist, and how their own philosophical, intellectual, moral, and character flaws prevented them from seeing this at the very beginning. There is indeed something wrong with a person who argues passionately about minutia like sports and television shows while their nation is decaying. None of that could be an accident.

A religious bigwig recently came back from Europe and commented that it is a "spiritual desert".

The problem with the average American you describe is that s/he is the product of a philosophical desert. People here literally don't know how to think, instead worshipping spirits, technology, sports, sex, money, consumerism; The consummate 'mainstream' American leading the Good Life is a confluence of all of these. I personally know people who have recoiled with revulsion when I casually described pure scientific research as an occupation (e.g. "scientists" are thought of as ensconced within for-profit corporations trying to discover things that are either convenient and/or lethal); both times there was no larger political, religious or other context to the discussion apart from talking about some of the people we know. The first time I chalked it up as a fluke misunderstanding; the second person I knew had understood and it frightened me to my core.

This country now produces strident anti-intellectuals: People who worship technology and "science" for its pure power and ability to effect a result. In some ways they're as alienated as can be from The Enlightenment that ostensibly produced our Constitution. Polls show they--most Americans--love the surveillance state.

Philosophical discussion is regarded as unforgivably weird and threatening here, even among people holding four-year degrees. If you lose the ability to probe concepts in general, you lose the ability to effectively probe/question authority (though making an ineffective, self-immolating show of it never goes out of style).

Comment: Re:Let's be clear. (Score 1) 321

Congress authorized the military action against al Qaida with the Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001. It is settled law that a Congressional authorization of that type is legally equivalent to a declaration of war. So no, the courts didn't "shit all over the bill of rights." It is simply that you have some catch up reading to do.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 162

by radarskiy (#45249349) Attached to: FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust

"Would you trust, for example, a VPN service that has accepted payments from the FBI?"

Why would getting paid make them more or less untrustworthy? Would you trust a VPN service that let's the FBI in for free?

"Anyone they trade with, then, becomes tainted by association."

Don't look now, but of the 10 currencies of which I currently have paper bills ALL of them have easily OCR-able serial numbers. Oh noes!

Comment: Re:One thing is for sure (Score 1) 327

by Dragonslicer (#45249341) Attached to: 8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

...of the missing, Maine has a Tea Party Republican governor.

He only won because nearly two thirds of the state split their votes between the Democrat and the liberal Independent. He's been a complete disgrace to the state. Maine won't make that mistake next time.

I wouldn't be surprised if Maine joins this group after the next election.

Comment: Re:lavabit should have helped the first time (Score 1) 230

by cold fjord (#45249333) Attached to: ACLU: Lavabit Was 'Fatally Undermined' By Demands For Encryption Keys

The problem is that you don't get to pick when what you view as a "credible" enemy shows up. If you compromise security ahead of time, its too late when it does show up.

The problem with Snowden wasn't just that the security check he had was badly done, but that he deliberately lied and took advantage of the situation to steal as much as he could - apparently. Based on history that sort of betrayal isn't that common.

There also seems to be evidence that the Russians didn't know everything since they are makings some adjustments based on Snowden's revelations. If they knew it all before, they would have done it before. Snowden provided them a blueprint they could access, as well as the operational methods. And they won't have the constraints of the US Constitution to inhibit them.

The security needs of the US and UK require signals intelligence of one sort or another. If you abolish the current agencies, they'll be replaced by another performing the same function. It would be quite remarkable to actually dissolve a major government agency - it so rarely happens at all, let alone without replacement.

Comment: Re:No proof (Score 1) 162

by JesseMcDonald (#45249325) Attached to: FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust

If you don't give each order a unique receiving address, you have no idea which incoming funds are meant to pay for which orders. You give the buyer an address to send funds to; they aren't expected to know which address(es) the funds come from. They just enter the receiving address and amount (or scan a QR code) and tap "send". Some of the smaller clients stick to a single address and private key, but most of them, including the official client, use randomly-generated "change" addresses which aren't shown by default in the UI. Any number of transactions to different addresses ("change" or otherwise) may be combined to fund a single transfer. This doesn't even consider web-wallets (like Coinbase) where the funds come from a shared address controlled by the service provider.

In practice, every merchant accepting bitcoins today already uses unique receiving addresses. It's not nearly as much of a headache as you seem to think. For the buyer it's completely transparent, and for merchants the process is built into standard shopping-cart interfaces. It's all completely automated. (The real headache is processing refunds.)

P.S. No one would hold a customer at a brick-and-mortar store waiting for confirmations; there's less risk of fraud once they've seen the transaction relayed to the network, even with zero confirmations, than there would be from normal credit card chargebacks up to several months later. If they're really concerned, they'll just require ID so that they can track you down later. It's not like you could get very far in 30 minutes anyway.

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Comment: Re:I believe the intent... (Score 1) 189

by fermion (#45249319) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Speak: a Cost of Paywalled Research
This is certainly hyperbole. Conglomerates are not the only ones with libraries. Many doctors are affiliated with universities which also have libraries.They could hire a student part time with the explicit intent of raiding the library. When I was a student I would do this. In most cases if a library does not have the article, ILL will get it.

In any case the example used in the submission is silly. The speech pathologists is complaining that the articles to do the job costs $1000. I make less than a speech pathologist and I easily spend $1000 a year making sure that I am up to date so that I can keep my job. It is like a few percent of my income. Expenses have to be put in context. If you are billing $100 a patient to medicare, and seeing 10-15 patients a day, it is out of line to expect some of that to be used for professional development?

That is not to say that journal costs are getting out of line. If some one is doing real science, and is trying to do so on a budget, journal costs can get out of line. Preprint federally funded research should be available online for little or not cost. Everything possible should be done to reduce the costs of professional journals to libraries. There are many things that can and should be done.

But an alleged professional whining that they get charged for a valuable product when they charge large amounts for their services, that is just silly.

A better example, and real problem, are those working in less developed countries in which the resources are actually taxed, and science, even medicine, is extremely strained because in some cases journal costs do actually provide a significant road block to possible innovation.In some cases journals are given free or at greatly reduced costs to those countries. Even so, the problems is not going to fixed until we have free rapid communications of peer reviewed articles.

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