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Comment: Kitschy (Score 2) 60

by Clent (#46515385) Attached to: Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Relaunches As Data Journalism Website
Looking at the articles its just another news site. The headlines are emotional which suppose a bias. To me, data journalism means provide statistical analyze without the bullshit of human opinion, emotion. Data is a measure of reality, which is good. Always, good to know whats real. But since every single human has a different opinion and emotional perspective, as soon as human emotion and opinion are added to data, it's no longer reality. It's delude, cloaked sources opinionated emotional interpretation. And worse, this new data, that is only weakly tied to reality, is strongly revelant to those who respond to the article's opinion and emotion, positive or negative. And many will take a positions based on this non-reality. This is how anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers are born and ignorance is spread under the guise of having been informed.

Comment: Re:just fast food mentality,no pride in original w (Score 1) 181

by Clent (#45818389) Attached to: The Rise of Hoax News
As the article states, this sort of ridicule or fear of it used to come primarily from competitors. Some volume of ridicule has likely always came from satire entertainment. As has been eluded to elsewhere in the comments, the news is now basically a memory hole, it's goal is not to spread knowledge and awareness of reality, it's main goal is short term revenue. As a memory hole it no longer has a use for introspection. That leaves satire and other forms of comedy to become the primary source of ridicule. There may be something bigger to this; as news pushes into entertainment it seems appropriate that long-standing lines of entertainment would push back hard.

Comment: Re:profit (Score 5, Interesting) 475

by Clent (#45726801) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban
I bought $20 USD worth of bitcoins, back when that bought more than one. Around the peak, located conveniently around the same time as black friday, I sold a fraction of one coin for a $250 USD Amazon gift card. The fee was in bitcoins and was (at the time) equivalent to less than $5 USD, I think it was closer to $2.50 USD. The process was not immediate but it took less than 4 hours. When I originally purchased bitcoin, getting it back to USD like this wasn't an option.

+ - Amazon considering buying Texas Instrument's Chip Business->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Amazon is reportedly in “advanced negotiations” to acquire Texas Instruments’ OMAP chip division, bringing chip design for its Kindle tablets in-house, and helping TI refocus on embedded systems. The deal in discussion, Calcalist reports, follows TI’s public distancing from its own phone and tablet chip business in the face of rising competition from Qualcomm, Samsung, and others, though Amazon taking charge of OMAP could leave rivals Barnes & Noble in a tricky situation.""
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Hardware

+ - TV with 16 times resolution of HDTV passed by UN standards body-> 1

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "A new television format that has 16 times the resolution of current High Definition TV has been approved by an international standards body, Japanese sources said earlier today.

UHDTV, or Ultra High Definition Television, allows for programming and broadcasts at resolutions of up to 7680 by 4320, along with frame refresh rates of up to 120Hz, double that of most current HDTV broadcasts. The format also calls for a broader palette of colours that can be displayed on screen.

The video format was approved earlier this month by member nations of the International Telecommunication Union, a standards and regulatory body agency of the United Nations, according to an official at NHK, Japan's public broadcasting station, and another at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Both spoke on condition of anonymity."

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+ - Recent warming of Antarctica "unusual but not unprecedented"->

Submitted by tomhath
tomhath (637240) writes "Ice core study concludes that climate change and associated melting of ice in Antarctica is more the norm than the exception, including rapid warming cycles as we appear to be in today.

Study concludes: Although warming of the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula began around 600 years ago, the high rate of warming over the past century is unusual (but not unprecedented) in the context of natural climate variability over the past two millennia. The connection shown here between past temperature and ice-shelf stability suggests that warming for several centuries rendered ice shelves on the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula vulnerable to collapse."

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+ - This is why 100% anonymity claimed by VPN vendors is a lie!

Submitted by Kevin1Kanode
Kevin1Kanode (2624475) writes "Sep 2001,FBI arrested Cody Kretsinger, a core member of LulzSec for hacking into the Sony Pictures website. London based VPN provider Hide My Ass (HMA) appears to have played a vital role in Kretsinger’s arrest. It doesn’t take too much imagination to see that VPNs can also be used for outright illegal activities, copyright violations and hacking for example. All VPN providers know this and, while their terms and conditions always state that their services are not to be used for illegal activities, they derive a portion of their revenue from users who signed up for just that purpose, something all VPN providers are aware of. If a provider does not log your IP address and does not log your activity while using their system, how would they be able to investigate anything?"
IT

+ - Ask Slashdot: IT Contractor? How's your health (insurance)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the tech industry, as the economy continues its downturn, IT folks in my circles who were either laid off or let go are turning to contract work to pay their bills. Layoffs and a decline in tech jobs has affected older IT workers the most. Many of us find it more lucrative and enjoyable in the long run and leave the world of cubicles forever. However, there is much to be said for working for a large company or corporation, and health insurance is one of the benefits we value most.

But what happens to those who find themselves in this position at mid-career or later in life? Hopefully they have accumulated enough savings or have enough money in an HSA to survive a major medical emergency. Unfortunately, many do not and some find themselves in dire straits with their lives depending on others for help.

I have been working IT contracts mostly now for the past 11 years and I've done very well. I belong to a group insurance plan and the coverage is decent but as I get older, premiums and copays go up and coverage goes down. So I thought I would ask Slashdot. If you work contracts exclusively, what do you think is the best plan for insurance. Any preferences?"
Bitcoin

+ - BitInstant Continues Bitcoin Paycard Plan-> 1

Submitted by
judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Virtual currency exchange BitInstant says its BitCoin credit card is still on track. even though Mastercard denied any involvement with the plans yesterday. BitInstant says it is applying through a third party bank which will broker a Mastercard application. BitInstant is still taking signups for the card. Oh, one clarifiction: the card will not be anonymous"
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Science

+ - Memories of Music Are Stored in Different Part of Brain than Other Memories->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have long believed that the ability to learn and appreciate music was stored in a different part of the brain than other types of memories. Now, researchers in Berlin think that they have concluded that theory. Dr. Christoph J. Ploner, Carson Finke, and Nazli Esfahani at the Department of Neurology at the Virchow campus in Berlin, Germany have examined a man who has lost all of his memories but has retained his ability to remember and learn songs."
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Science

+ - Why Cell Phone Bans Don't Work->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "You can take the driver away from the cell phone, but you can't take the risky behavior away from the driver. That's the conclusion of a new study, which finds that people who talk on their phones while driving may already be unsafe drivers who are nearly as prone to crash with or without the device. The findings may explain why laws banning cell phone use in motor vehicles have had little impact on accident rates."
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Google

+ - Google Building Privacy Red Team->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Google, which has come under fire for years for its privacy practices and recently settled a privacy related case with the Federal Trade Commission that resulted in a $22.5 million fine, is building out a privacy "red team", a group of people charged with finding and resolving privacy risks in the company's products.

The concept of a red team is one that's been used in security for decades, with small teams of experts trying to break a given software application, get into a network or circumvent a security system as part of a penetration test or a similar engagement. The idea is sometimes applied in the real world as well, in the form of people attempting to gain entry to a secure facility or other restricted area.

But Google's concept of building an internal team to look critically at engineering and other decisions in the company's products and services that could involve user privacy risks is perhaps a unique one. The company has been a frequent target for criticism from privacy advocates and government agencies regarding its privacy practices. The most recent incident was the settlement with the FTC earlier this month in a case that revolved around whether Google was circumventing the browser settings on Safari to place tracking cookies on users' machines. While not admitting any fault, Google agreed to pay the $22.5 million fine, the highest ever in such a case."

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Cloud

+ - Review: Google Compute Engine->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes an in-depth look at Google Compute Engine, the search giant's response to Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. 'If you want to build your own collection of Linux boxes, Google Compute Engine offers a nice, generic way to buy servers at what — depending on the size of compute instance you need — can be a great price. The most attractive feature will probably be the proximity to the other parts of the Google infrastructure,' Wayner writes, adding that Google Compute Engine is just one part of the Google APIs portal, a grand collection of 46 services. 'I suspect many developers will be most interested in using Google Compute Engine when they want to poll these Google databases fairly often. While I don't think you're guaranteed to be in the same zone as the service you want, you're still closer than when traveling across the generic Web.'"
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Networking

Game Developers Note Net Neutrality Concerns To FCC 74

Posted by Soulskill
from the game-developers-are-people-too dept.
eldavojohn writes "A list of notes from game developers (PDF) was sent in a letter to the FCC which represented a net neutrality discussion between the developers and FCC representatives. Game Politics sums it up nicely, but the surprise is that developers are concerned with latency, not bandwidth, unlike the members of many other net neutrality discussions. One concern is that each and every game developer will need to negotiate with each and every ISP to ensure their traffic achieves acceptable levels of latency for users. 'Mr. Dyl of Turbine stated that ISPs sometimes block traffic from online gaming providers, for reasons that are not clear, but they do not necessarily continue those blocks if they are contacted. He recalled Turbine having to call ISPs that had detected the high UDP traffic from Turbine, and had apparently decided to block the traffic and wait to see who complained.' It seems a lot of the net neutrality discussions have only worried about one part of the problem — Netflix, YouTube and P2P — while an equally important source of concern went unnoticed: latency in online games."

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