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Comment: Re:Helium shortage, US govt effed-up (Score 1) 103

Air is 5 ppm helium and 15 ppm neon. Neon lifts balloons too, but we don't use it because it's too expensive to recover from the air, and recovering helium is even more inefficient.

We'll never run out on any timescale that matters, the loss to outer space is only concern over geological time spans.

NOTHING is a concern over geological time periods! The Sun will eventually swallow the Earth- but nobody seems to care too much. Helium depletion on Earth will be a blip on a geological time scale, but during that blip helium will be just a memory to several thousand generations.

Helium is for sissies anyway. I don't care if Donald Trump commutes to work in a blimp refilled with freshly scented helium-3 every morning. MY airship has a pedal-powered generator to pump current through a electrolysis chamber. Hydrogen works so much better than helium anyway... it really gets you high.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 479

by gmhowell (#48430157) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Do you know anything about running a business? In a service industry, people costs are often a huge portion of a company's overall costs. Minor changes in that structure can have major impact on the bottom line.

Even in traditional manufacturing jobs, where a large percent of the costs are tied up in capital and materials, a modest change in employee costs filters through. Just ask GM and Chrysler.


As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines 479

Posted by timothy
from the gee-that's-a-lot-of-cash-on-the-table dept.
reifman writes Amazon's hiring so quickly in Seattle that it's on pace to employ 45,000 people or seven percent of the city. But, 75% of these hires are male. While Seattle women earned 86 cents per dollar earned by men in 2012, today, they make only 78 cents per dollar. In "Amageddon: Seattle's Increasingly Obvious Future", I review these and other surprising facts about Amazon's growing impact on the city: we're the fastest growing — now larger than Boston, we have the fastest rising rents, the fourth worst traffic, we're only twelfth in public transit, we're the fifth whitest and getting whiter, we're experiencing record levels of property crime and the amount of office space under construction has nearly doubled to 3.2 million square feet in the past year.

Comment: Re:Meet Streisand (Score 5, Funny) 302

by iapetus (#48416203) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

I applied this back in the early days of Java development, when the giant list of terms and conditions for the SDK download was displayed in a text field.

An editable text field.

This has two main effects that I can see:

1. I, unlike most people, am allowed to use old versions of Java to run nuclear power stations.
2. Sun owes me $1m for each JDK I downloaded back in the day.

To date I haven't received payment.

Comment: Re:This is a huge first step! (Score 1) 202

by Zeio (#48413017) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

I expect a lot of agents to come in and stump against transport encryption. I question why on earth you wouldnt want to make it harder to sniff. Even if there is a man in the middle possibility, they need a copy of every cert. Lugging around millions of certs and trying to apply them to every flow to see if you can get into that flow sounds a lot harder than not encrypting.

Comment: This is a huge first step! (Score 0, Flamebait) 202

by Zeio (#48412833) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

They put the inventor of PGP in jail - Phil zimmerman. Reason: simple transport encryption - even without trust - makes Fedzilla and its police state angry.

This would force the Fedzilla police state to obtain end-point warrants rather than be able to sniff the firehose.

I would rather have transport encryption than nothing. Also, even if these are back doored by the NSA, the government would have to prove how they got the information without a warrant.

This is an imperative first step.

Comment: Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 3, Insightful) 119

by Zeio (#48412813) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

I agree here. This is the actions of a police state. Its quite disturbing to see complete forfeiture of assets without a trial taking place. I know normally tycoons and other scum like Madhoff and Ken Lay deserve to be tarred and feathered and pilloried for their crimes against society and shareholders, but who exactly was DAMAGED by Silk Road? Did all of the buyers receive their goods? If so, what is the DAMAGE?

How does the government have standing to claim silk road DAMAGED all those buyers?

Why doesnt the government go after Jack Ma and Alibaba? (As in they block those transactions and forbid buying off that fraud-racket-exchange)? Alibaba sells stolen fraudulent broken junk that is masqueraded as legitimate (its basically a crime mall) but we let that go and shut down silk road and seize all assets? Doesnt make sense. Criminal rackets operate eyes wide shut but it seems the Fedzilla is only angry that they couldnt collect tax off these transactions in which case he should be sued for that money.

Total forfeiture seems out of the bounds of due process.


Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games 635

Posted by samzenpus
from the including-everyone dept.
An anonymous reader writes A government-funded agency in Sweden is considering creating special labels for video games based on whether or not the games' portrayals of women are sexist. From the article: "Avoiding sexism and gender stereotypes in video games produced in Sweden will become a key goal for the association, which has been given a 272,000 kronor ($36,672) grant by Sweden's government-funded innovation agency, Vinnova. Inspired by the Bechdel test, which looks at whether fictional films or books feature at least two women talking about a topic other than men, Dataspelsbranchen will work with several game developers to analyze how Swedish video games portray female characters and gender issues.

Comment: Re:It's what some GG people SAY it's about (Score 2) 473

Game journalism will always need the support of the industry, because gamers want game porn far more than they want hard hitting investigative journalism on games.

That's not strong enough: *nobody* wants hard hitting investigative journalism on games. If gamergate really got what they say the wanted, what they would find out is how stupid, lost and uncivilized people in the game industry think gamergate types are.

Gamergate suffers from a problem common among those who take an entertainment medium too seriously: they think they are something that they are not.

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