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Comment: Stop it. (Score 5, Insightful) 376

by AndyAndyAndyAndy (#45599621) Attached to: Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring
Once again, you're plowing your way though the comments with a reckless lack of perspective. There's no need to run a police state in order to institute universal healthcare, expand education programs, or build on welfare mechanisms. Nor does running a progressive agenda inevitably give way to the construction of a police state. There is nothing inextricable about the two ideas, and as usual, you don't even attempt to back up your flamebaiting claim. Knock it off.

Comment: Not just a Romanian problem. (Score 5, Insightful) 156

by AndyAndyAndyAndy (#44718829) Attached to: Romanian Science In Freefall
This is a worldwide issue - when budgets get tight, science and research programs are always the first to go, despite the fact that it's been shown that increased funds to research and basic technology development benefits the economy much more than financial investments, and even more than education programs.

Comment: NBD, it seems (Score 5, Insightful) 159

by AndyAndyAndyAndy (#44654423) Attached to: Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

"These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground," NASA officials explained in a statement. [Solar Max Photos: Sun Storms of 2013]

Wednesday's solar storm erupted just 21 hours after another powerful coronal mass ejection (NASA calls them CMEs) on Tuesday (Aug. 20). That solar tempest also sent billions of tons of solar particles on their way to Earth.

So maybe if you have satellite TV you'll see a few spotty moments, but nothing to worry about.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by AndyAndyAndyAndy (#44448349) Attached to: In UK, Google Glass To Be Banned While Driving
That article (and many other half-baked clips that were popular earlier this year) was based on a very weak report by AAA. Weak because it relied upon self-reporting, rather than accident report statistics.

The more I read into it, it's just a mess. Graphs correlating phone use with internet use (no bearing on safety?), alcohol use during the last year with phone use during the last month, and importantly, correlates the frequency of car crashes over two years with cell phone use over one month. In that point, which should have been their most relevant, it even showed no statistical difference between the self-reported phone use of "once/rarely" and "often/regularly."

Here is a link to the primary source.

+ - Huawei Spies for China, Former CIA Chief Says->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Former CIA head Michael Hayden said it "goes without saying" that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei spies for China. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, he claimed China was engaged in unrestricted espionage against the West and believes Western intelligence networks have hard evidence that Huawei had spied on behalf of the Chinese state.

"And, at a minimum, Huawei would have shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with. I think that goes without saying." When asked whether Huawei represented an unambiguous national security threat to the US and Australia, Hayden replied: "Yes, I believe it does".

Huawei denies it has any direct links to the Chinese state, but the US Congress last year called for its exclusion from US government contracts and it was also barred from bidding for contracts to build Australia's national broadband network."

Link to Original Source

+ - SPAM: New 'Intelligent Knife' Detects Cancer Cells Only

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Although surgeons perform invasive surgeries almost everyday, the procedure never gets any easier. When it comes to removing cancerous cells, there is a possibility that the surgeons will touch healthy tissue and remove them along with the tumor. Now, that possibility could potentially be lowered as scientists report that they have created an 'intelligent knife' that has the ability to inform the surgeons which tissues are cancerous and which ones are not. This new item, the 'iKnife' could potentially guide surgeons into making better cuts when they are removing the mass."

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