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Government

Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers 223

Posted by timothy
from the now-that-depends-who-you-gentleman-are-with dept.
judgecorp (778838) writes "Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea is part of its territory, the social networks have a problem: how to categories their users from the region? Facebook and the largest Russian social network, Vkontakte, still say Crimeans are located in Ukraine, while other Russian social networks say they are Russians. Meanwhile, on Wikipedia, an edit war has resulted in Crimea being part of Russia, but shaded a different colour to signify the territory is disputed. Search engine Yandex is trying to cover both angles: its maps service gives a different answer, depending on which location you send your query from."
Technology

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions 259

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the futuristic-but-not-too-futuristic dept.
harrymcc (1641347) writes "If you remember the golden age of BYTE magazine, you remember Robert Tinney's wonderful cover paintings. BYTE's April 1981 cover featured an amazing Tinney image of a smartwatch with a tiny text-oriented interface, QWERTY keyboard, and floppy drive. It's hilarious — but 33 years later, it's also a smart visual explanation of why the future of technology so often bears so little resemblance to anyone's predictions. I wrote about this over at TIME.com. 'Back then, a pundit who started talking about gigabytes of storage or high-resolution color screens or instant access to computers around the world or built-in cameras and music players would have been accused of indulging in science fiction.'"
Moon

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base 309

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-of-these-days-Alisa dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Having established its presence in the Crimean Peninsula, Russia is now shooting for a bit loftier goal, a permanent Moon base. 'As reported by the Voice of Russia, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told the government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta that establishing a permanent Moon base has become one of the country's top space priorities. "The moon is not an intermediate point in the [space] race, it is a separate, even a self-contained goal," Rogozin reportedly said. "It would hardly be rational to make some ten or twenty flights to the moon, and then wind it all up and fly to the Mars or some asteroids."'"

Comment: Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (Score 1) 832

Because embracing anthropic climate change involves drastic controls on emissions, manufacturing, and energy generation

No because the oil industry has succesfully spread the lie that the necessary changes are drastic. Cutting emisions by 20% is not drastic, and does not change our way of life.

Wikipedia

German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence 55

Posted by timothy
from the next-time-we-leave-the-rest-of-the-horse dept.
metasonix (650947) writes "As German journalist Marvin Oppong learned recently, there are a number of people who work to make articles about certain corporations and trade groups on German Wikipedia 'look better.' And when Oppong published his discoveries, one reaction was an openly violent threat, aimed at him, posted on de-WP's 'Kurier' noticeboard. Just as with English Wikipedia, it is apparently a 'terrible crime' to criticize German Wikipedia, even when Jimbo Wales's 'bright line' rule on paid editing is being violated. Unlike English WP, the Germans will threaten to 'curbstone' people for saying it."

Comment: Re:Simple.... Odds are even (Score 1) 167

by Carewolf (#46676221) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Bullshit..

Any answer that eliminates one of the three options for any of the players, have not been thought through.

If you eliminate one option, the opponent will have optimal strategy guaranteeing no loses.

Any optimal playing strategy will need a percentage of all threes.

Btw, the question is a teaser. There is not optimal solution as there is no equlibrium, any chosen strategy will have an answer by the opponent that makes it sub optimal.

Comment: Re:Why Ubuntu?! (Score 1) 208

I'm sure you haven't seen a red boot on a cable in many years!

Check you backend equipment. It is an error catching mechanism. You need to connect the upsteam ports to downstream ports, etc. If they autonegotiate you could connect them wrong and expose your intranet to the internet. If you for some reason want to connect it in a non-standard way you need a crossed cable.

Hardware

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video) 353

Posted by Roblimo
from the breaking-the-i/o-speed-barrier dept.
Obviously, the first performance enhancement you do on any computer you own is max out the RAM. RAM has gotten cheap, and adding more of it to almost any computer will make it faster without requiring any other modification (or any great skill). The next thing you need to do, says Larry O'Connor, the founder and CEO of Other World Computing (OWC), is move from a "platter" hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD). Larry's horse in this race is that his company sells SSDs, mostly for Macs. But he's a real evangelist about SSDs and computer mods in general, even if you buy them from NewEgg, Amazon or another vendor.

A big (vendor-neutral) thing Larry points out is that just because you have a Terabyte drive in your computer now doesn't mean you need a Terabyte SSD, which can easily cost $500. Rather, he says, all you need is a large enough SSD to contain your OS and software and whatever data you're working with at the moment, so you might be able to get by with a 120 GB SSD that costs well under $100. Clone your current main drive, stick in the new SSD, and if your need more storage, get another hard drive (or use your old one). Simple. Efficient. And a lot cheaper than buying a new computer, whether we're talking about home, business or even enterprise use. (Alternate video link.)
Books

UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-thoughts-are-dangerous dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "Alan Travis and Mark Tran report in The Guardian that new rules introduced by the justice secretary in the UK ban anyone sending in books to prisoners It's part of a new earned-incentives and privileges scheme, which allows better-behaved prisoners to get better access to funds to buy their own books. But members of Britain's literary establishment have combined to condemn Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's ban on sending books to prisoners. 'While we understand that prisons must be able to apply incentives to reward good behavior by prisoners, we do not believe that education and reading should be part of that policy,' says a letter signed by more than 80 leading authors. 'Books represent a lifeline behind bars, a way of nourishing the mind and filling the many hours that prisoners spend locked in their cells. In an environment with no internet access and only limited library facilities, books become all the more important.' Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman says the prime minister backs the ban on receiving books and entirely supports Grayling, whose department imposed the ban to preserve a rigid system of rewards and punishments for prisoners and said there was no need for prisoners to be sent books as prisoners could borrow from prison libraries and keep some reading material in their cells. However a former prisoner told the Guardian that although libraries existed, access could be severely restricted, particularly in closed prisons. 'I've been in places where prisoners only get 20 minutes a week to visit the library and change books.'"

Comment: Re:Habaneros (Score 1) 285

by Carewolf (#46577173) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

That is my experience too, and I was growing ghost peppers myself. I would not recommend them for anything but homemade teargas (just pop one of them on a hot frying pan).

Habaneroes all the way. They taste much better and if you only use the chili meat and not the seeds you get a slow delayed burning that doesn't burn in the mouth but just starts warming you nicely from the inside some 10 minutes later (also a great surprise for beginners - this is not that hot - 10 minutes later - oh god oh god, please kill me now!). Ghost chilies on the other hand just burns always all the time, and are at best flavorless.

Comment: Re:Tesla (Score 3, Insightful) 394

by Carewolf (#46568489) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Getting behind the wheel of an automatic and putting it into gear and it starts moving is scary! Cars are designed to go to a halt without active user input, but for some reason automatics has mindblowingly retarded defaults that makes them move unless you floor the brake! Automatics are just scary scary things of EPIC UI FAIL!

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