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Comment: Re:Fuck that guy. (Score 1) 397

by Dragon Bait (#46529105) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

*Side note, I work in a non-technical white collar job, and a surprising number of my colleagues have tattoos.

It might be a generational thing. I personally think (thought) tattoos were very unprofessional, but the younger generation seems to have them -- a lot. One of the kids in the group (he's probably pushing 30) has tats nearly everywhere visible. I'm extremely glad they didn't discriminate against him when it came to hiring. He's change my mind on people with tats.

+ - Lego robot solves Rubik's Cube puzzle in 3.253 seconds->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "For further proof the robot apocalypse is nigh, CTV News reports...

The Cubestormer 3 took 18 months to build but only needed 3.253 seconds to solve the puzzle, breaking the existing record.

Unveiled at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, U.K., the Cubestormer 3 is constructed from the modular children's building-block toy but uses a Samsung Galaxy SIV smartphone with a special ARM chip addition as its brain. It analyzes the muddled up Rubik's Cube and powers each of the robot's four ‘hands', which spin the cube until all sides are in order.

Created by ARM engineer David Gilday and Securi-Plex security systems engineer Mike Dobson, Cubestormer 3's new record shaves just over two seconds off the existing record, set by Cubestormer 2, which the pair also built.

"We knew Cubestormer 3 had the potential to beat the existing record but with the robot performing physical operations quicker than the human eye can see there's always an element of risk," said Gilday. "In the end, the hours we spent perfecting the robot and ensuring its motor and intelligence functions were properly synchronized paid off. Our big challenge now is working out if it's possible to make it go even faster.""

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+ - Russian Army Spetsnaz Special Forces Teams Arrested Operating In Ukraine-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "The Examiner reports, "The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) confirmed March 16 the arrest of a group of Russians in the Zaporizhzhia (Zaporozhye) region of Ukraine. The men were armed with firearms, explosives and unspecified 'special technical means'. This follows the March 14 arrest ... of several Russians dressed black uniforms with no insignia, armed with AKS-74 assault rifles and in possession of numerous ID cards under various names. One of which was an ID card of Military Intelligence Directorate of the Russian armed forces; commonly known as 'Spetsnaz'. ... Spetsnaz commandos operating in eastern Ukraine would have the missions encompassing general ground reconnaissance of Ukrainian army units ... missions they may perform preparatory to a Russian invasion would be planting explosives at key communications choke points to hinder movement of Ukrainian forces; seizing control of roads, rail heads, bridges and ports for use by arriving Russian combat troops; and possibly capturing or assassinating Ukrainian generals or politicians in key positions ... Spetsnaz also infiltrate themselves into local populations ... Once in place they begin ‘stirring the pot’ of ethnic and political strife with the goal of creating violent clashes usually involving firearms and destabilizing local authority." — More at Forbes, The Daily Beast and The New Republic."
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+ - Jury: Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million-> 1

Submitted by qwerdf
qwerdf (2767125) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury came back shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg."
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+ - Dexterous Mobile Robot Runs Linux and ROS->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Unbounded Robotics, one of several spinoffs from Silicon Valley-based robotics lab Willow Garage, has announced UBR-1, a mobile manipulation robot designed for research and business automation. UBR-1 runs Ubuntu Linux along with Robot Operating System (ROS), has a 7 degrees-of-freedom arm with a dexterous gripper, and moves at speeds up to 1 meter per second. Among the founders of Unbounded Robotics is CEO Melonee Wise, who was the chief developer of the PR2, the similar flagship robot of Willow Garage. UBR-1 will open for pre-orders soon, starting at $35,000 and with shipments planned for next summer. While that price may seem high, it's lower than similar dexterous manipulation robots of its caliber, and only about a tenth that of Willow Garage's PR2."
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+ - Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A team working at Tampere University, Finland has discovered the virus that causes type 1 diabetes. The enterovirus penetrates the pancreas and destroys insulin-producing cells, eventually causing diabetes. Researchers have looked at more than a hundred different strains of the virus and pinpointed five that could cause diabetes. They believe they could produce a vaccine against those strains. One virus type has been identified to carry the biggest risk. A vaccine could also protect against its close relatives, to give the best possible effect. A similar enterovirus causes polio, which has been almost eradicated in many parts of the world thanks to vaccination programmes. A prototype diabetes vaccine has already been produced and tested on animals. Taking the vaccine through a clinical trial would cost some 700 million euros. Some funding is in place from the United States and from Europe, but more is required. Professor Heikki Hyöty says that money is the biggest obstacle in moving to testing in humans, but he sees that people are interested in their research and that the funding problems will ultimately be solved."
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Comment: Re:I had to put down my 15 year-old dog. (Score 2) 473

by Dragon Bait (#45170927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

That was hard. I loved that dog.

I would have marked this as "insightful" versus funny.

For me:

  1. -- Watching the love of my life marry someone else because I was too cowardly to ask her out in time.
    -- Explaining to my nephew that he'd never see his dad again.
    -- I still don't know what to say/do around my niece that was raped.
    -- I don't know if I'm proud of myself or self loathing for not having killed the rapist yet.

Most of these fall into "communication with people"; one falls into "planning and plan execution."

Comment: Re:Maybe overturning an election (Score 1) 381

by Dragon Bait (#44567987) Attached to: Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

Ah. The recently popular "everyone is doing it, so we are okay to do it too". The slow descent in the abyss of mediocrity. I am sure if we tally it up, the US is actually responsible for the highest amount of meddling and government overthrows on this planet in the last 70 years. Basically every president of this nation in that period has overthrown someone somewhere.

70 years? That brings us back to, what, 1943? Who was the first democratically elected government that the US over threw starting in 1943? Was it the National Socialists in Germany? Just curious.

Comment: Re:Maybe overturning an election (Score 4, Informative) 381

by Dragon Bait (#44566481) Attached to: Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

Are you deliberately fishing for comments or are you really that illusional? Pick for yourself the one that you like best:

Iran, 1953 [wikipedia.org]
Guatemala, 1954 [wikipedia.org]
Brazil, 1964 [wikipedia.org]
Chile, 1973 [wikipedia.org]

And that's just the ones that I can think of without digging too deeply.

I believe the comment was US has not attempted to overturn every single democratically-elected government and not the U.S. has attempted to overturn zero democratically-elected governments.

Some? Yes. All? No.

Comment: Re:WTF is income equality? (Score 1) 238

by Dragon Bait (#43953005) Attached to: What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

Stock does not only represent control of the company. It also represents ownership. So why shouldn't it be taxed? When a person is given stock, he/she should be taxed according to their market value (and I guess on a % of the companies book value in cases where the company is not publicly traded).

So when Steve got his shares, he should have paid income taxes on their value.

So, ultimately you're saying that the rich shouldn't be taxed. When Steve initially received his shares when it was just him and Woz, the company wasn't worth a huge amount. Same with Oracle and Ellison.

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