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Comment: Re:By diving in it (Score 1) 8

by BarbaraHudson (#48899927) Attached to: Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Since the site only has scientific value because it has been sealed away for millennia, I'd have thought they'd take more care about preserving its microbial integrity and not just go diving in it.

Please look at the pictures in the last link - they show a probe about to be lowered into the borehole - that 3" pipe at the bottom of the pic. Nobody went diving unless they were blended first. Also, the site has value because it shows that animals needing high energy (to avoid the constant rain of gravel, dust, and boulders) can survive in such austere conditions. Look at how the sea bottom is totally dead - nothing stationary or slow can live there.

Comment: Re:Delphi cross platform? (Score 2) 78

by BarbaraHudson (#48899725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

You're thinking of Kylix from the bad old days; wine was needed for both the IDE and the apps. From what I can find it still appears to use winelib.

In a way, this makes sense (even though it's disappointing) because it's easier to make a shim to each os/display manager than it is to rewrite everything. But still ...

+ - Maurice Sinet, Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech in France->

Submitted by big3ndian
big3ndian (872032) writes "Let us not forget about Maurice Sinet. Sinet was a Hebdo cartoonist for 20 years until he was fired in 2009. His crime? Publishing a cartoon lampooning Sarkozy and his Jewish mistress. Not only was Sinet fired, he was arrested for 'anti-semitism'. Alas, it seems French 'freedom of speech' is not universal."
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+ - SpaceX, US Air Force settle spy sat dispute->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The US Air Force and private space flight company SpaceX have settled their dispute involving military’s expendable rocket program thereby paving way for the latter to join the spy satellite launch programme under Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). The settlement opens doors for SpaceX to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch of spy satellites. ULA is a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture – the only private player to have received clearance for launching black ops satellites."
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+ - Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The Independent reports that hacktivist group Anonymous, in a project named Operation DeathEaters, is calling for help in its fight against international pedophile networks, or what it calls the “paedosadist industry” and has issued a video instructing activists on how they can aid in the operation. The Anonymous project is intended to break what it says is a conspiracy of silence among sympathetic politicians, police and mainstream media to downplay the full extent of the online child sex industry. “The premise behind OpDeathEaters is to expose high level complicity, obstruction of justice and cover-up in the paedo-sadist industry in order to show the need for independent inquiries,” says Heather Marsh, an online activist who is helping to co-ordinate the operation and describes herself as an “old friend” of Anonymous. The Anonymous database, which will be hosted on the GitHub online repository, promises to collate cases from all around the world, cross-referencing connections within sub-groups including the police, armed forces, schoolteachers, politicians, media, academics and religious organisations. The database’s ultimate purpose has yet to be fully determined, but in the first instance the group says it wants to shut down the child-sex industry by “dismantling the power structure which held it there” and by “educating to create a cultural change”.

The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting “all the factual information,” second is to “share that information as widely as possible,” and the third step is “to set up an independent, internationally linked, inquiry into all the areas which do not appear to have been investigated properly.” Activists point to the muted media coverage given to a recent case in Washington DC in which Michael Centanni, a senior Republican fundraiser, was charged with child sex offences after investigators traced transmissions of child pornography to his computers in his basement. The case was not covered by The Washington Post or the New York Times, and was only picked up by a local NBC affiliate state and The Washington Examiner, a small conservative paper in the city. According to the court filings, Centanni was found in possession of 3,000 images, many apparently filmed in his own bedroom, including one showing a man raping a five year old girl who cries “no” and “mommy” while the man says “good baby” and “stop crying,” according to one filing."

+ - Washington Post: "Invisible Girlfriend LLC" Reportedly Booms->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Washington Post covers the apparent success of a St. Louis MO social media company created to bestow fake boyfriends and girlfriends, for clients to show their social media networks. It's advertised as a way to keep nagging parents and friends from bothering the client about his/her social life. For $25 per month, subscribers get a phoney Facebook and text partner to show interest, like posts, send messages, for the benefit of people in the clients networks who are apparently nosey enough to... well, justify $25 per month in subscription fees.

Ask Slashdot, who else could benefit from this "false flag" technology? Can sales forces create fake prospective clients? Job references? Could some Slashdot competitor (Curse thee, Reddit) be paying for troll comments to post here?"

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+ - Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor Of Kentucky

Submitted by AlCapwn
AlCapwn (1536173) writes "Drew Curtis has announced on Friday that he will be running for governor of Kentucky

"We have a theory that we’re about to see a huge change in how elections and politics work. Across the country, we have seen regular citizens stepping up and challenging the status quo built by political parties and career politicians. They have been getting closer and closer to victory and, here in Kentucky, we believe we have a chance to win and break the political party stronghold for good.""

+ - Omand Warns Of 'Ethically Worse' Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "In their attempts to kill off strong encryption once and for all, top officials of the intelligence services are coming out with increasingly hyperbolic statements about why this should be done. Now, a former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand has said: "One of the results of Snowden is that companies are now heavily encrypting [communications] end to end. Intelligence agencies are not going to give up trying to get the bad guys. They will have to get closer to the bad guys. I predict we will see more close access work." According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which reported his words from a talk he gave earlier this week, by this he meant things like physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers. "You can say that will be more targeted but in terms of intrusion into personal privacy — collateral intrusion into privacy — we are likely to end up in an ethically worse position than we were before." That's remarkable for its implied threat: if you don't let us ban or backdoor strong encryption, we're going to start breaking into your homes."

+ - Fish Found Living Half A Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice.

The swimmers are in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems, hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, roughly 530 miles (850 kilometers) from the open ocean. "This is the closest we can get to something like Europa," said Slawek Tulaczyk, a glaciologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a chief scientist on the drilling project.

More pictures here."

+ - New Study Questions Low-Salt Diet Benefits

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "From the i-wish-they-would-make-up-their-minds dept.

A new study adds more fuel to the debate over restricting sodium levels for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and reducing mortality. "We didn't find any benefit," lead investigator Dr Andreas Kalogeropoulos (Emory University, Atlanta, GA) said of lowering sodium levels to less than 1500 mg per day, "but having said that, we did not find any harm either."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a maximum daily sodium intake of 2300 mg for the general population and 1500 mg for individuals 51 years of age and older. The American Heart Association (AHA), also support reducing dietary sodium levels but are even more aggressive in their targets, recommending all individuals aim for, at most, 1500 mg of sodium daily.

This isn't the first study to question those recommendations. In 2013, these aggressive targets were challenged when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a comprehensive review of the literature and concluded there was simply no evidence to recommend lowering sodium to levels in federal dietary guidelines. The IOM even stated the evidence wasn't strong enough to recommend lowering daily sodium intake to the 1500- to 2300-mg/day range.

The AHA responds , other experts weigh in."

Comment: Re: Link to the study (Score 1, Troll) 212

by BarbaraHudson (#48898109) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA
No, you claimed it showed 81% of people don't lie to interviewers, and I called BS and provided a counter-argument. There is zero from this study that would make anyone think that 81% of people are honest in interviews. As another example, think of how many people exaggerate, puff up, or outright lie during job interviews.

Comment: Re:Free and Open (Score 1) 307

You said they didn't know Java so that it wouldn't have been easier to switch to Android. I provided links that showed they used Java in their phones. They also use Java for BES, which is not a front-end app, btw.

Blackberry Support for Java Runtime Environment 7 on BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

Again from blackberry's site, the BlackBerry Java Development

and this

When installing BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is a prerequisite and the BlackBerry Setup begins to install JRE. During the JRE Installation, an error similar to the following is displayed:

Error 1330. A file that is required cannot be installed because the cabinet file C:\Users\Username\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\jre1.6.0_18\Data1.cab has an invalid digital signature.

This may indicate that the cabinet file is corrupt. This was seen with Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0 Update 18 but similar errors could appear with later versions.

BES is not a "front-end app." So, you're totally wrong, you could have googled this in 5 seconds, but no, you insist on remaining wilfully ignorant. Just like everyone else who suffers from the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Comment: Re: Link to the study (Score 1, Interesting) 212

by BarbaraHudson (#48897991) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Err.. No. It shows that 81% of people do not lie to interviewers, which is a much more positive angle and more true interpretation of said study. Stop being so pessimistic

Actually, it doesn't show that at all. Depending on the question, many more people will lie. For example, as jobs with health insurance were lost since the turn of the century, many smokers lied when looking for coverage, saying they had quit. In their mind, they could justify it by thinking "I'm trying to quit" or "I've stopped for the last few days, so I'm over the hump" but of course, they were lying to themselves.

I've seen smokers who have claimed to have been smoke-free for years, then go and light up in front of me 5 minutes later. "Well, I'm stressed so this is an exception." A bit of digging showed they were making "exceptions" 20x a day - but in their mind, those were exceptions and didn't count. Sort of like the calories in chocolate fudge cake don't count on your birthday.

Addtcts lie all the time - whether they're addicted to drugs, gambling, booze, or whatever ... and studies that rely on self-reporting without any means of verifying are pretty much hosed.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.

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