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Comment: BP's fault, but not their fault. (Score 2, Insightful) 160

by Flowstone (#34206168) Attached to: Modeling Software Showed BP Cement As Unstable
Translation:
"We have concrete evidence that bp not only dropped the ball, but insisted on risking screwing themselves over. However we're not going to say it was their fault, as they're a big oil company that pays us alot of money."
so much for biting the hand that feeds you.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 128

by Flowstone (#33886518) Attached to: Robots Guarding US Nuclear Stockpiles In Nevada
Exactly! imagine your that soldier tasked with patrolling a desert; do you have any idea how mundane that would be? i would much rather have a robot do the dirtywork of waiting in borderline limbo (no pun intended) and bring something to my attention when its worth paying attention to.
Image

Canadian Cannabis Car 120

Posted by samzenpus
from the Cheech-and-Chong-already-did-it dept.
sykobabul writes "The CBC is reporting: 'An electric car made of hemp is being developed by a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation. The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, the company announced.' Leave it to us Canadians to come up with all sorts of uses for cannabis."
Piracy

Major Flaws Found In Recent BitTorrent Study 167

Posted by Soulskill
from the seeding-facts dept.
Caledfwlch writes with a followup to news we discussed a couple days ago about a study that found only 0.3% of torrents to be legal. (A further 11% was described as "ambiguous.") TorrentFreak looked more deeply into the study and found a number of flaws, suggesting that the researchers' data may have been pulled from a bogus tracker. Quoting: "Here's where the researchers make total fools out of themselves. In their answer to the question they refer to a table of the top 10 most seeded torrents. ... the most seeded file was uploaded nearly two years ago (The Incredible Hulk) and has a massive 1,112,628 seeders. The torrent in 10th place is not doing bad either with 277,043 seeds. All false data. We're not sure where these numbers originate from but the best seeded torrent at the moment only has 13,739 seeders; that's 1% of what the study reports. Also, the fact that the release is nearly two years old should have sounded some alarm bells. It appears that the researchers have pulled data from a bogus tracker, and it wouldn't be a big surprise if all the torrents in their top 10 are actually fake." They also take a cursory look at isoHunt, finding that 1.5% of torrent files come from Jamendo alone, "a site that publishes only Creative Commons licensed music."
Science

LHC To Idle All Accelerators In 2012 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the there-goes-that-prophecy dept.
sciencehabit writes "Particle physicists and science fans everywhere knew that the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, would shut down the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest atom smasher, for all of 2012 for repairs. Many expected that the shutdown would stretch to more than a year, which CERN officials confirmed today. But most probably did not expect CERN to idle all its other accelerators at the same time, shutting down a variety of smaller projects and forcing hundreds of scientists not working on the LHC to take an unanticipated break in data taking. The longer shutdown could be a chance for US scientists working on the Tevatron at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, if researchers there can persuade lab management to keep the machine going instead of shutting it down in 2011 as currently planned." Reader suraj.sun notes other CERN news making the rounds right now about plans for the International Linear Collider, a 31-kilometer-long collider designed to complement the LHC. Construction on the ILC could begin as soon as 2012.
IBM

EU Launches Antitrust Investigation Against IBM 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the always-bet-on-blue dept.
FlorianMueller writes "The European Commission announced today that it has launched two parallel antitrust investigations into IBM's mainframe practices, following complaints lodged by T3 Technologies last year and French open source startup TurboHercules in March. EU regulators suspect an abuse of a dominant position and illegal tying of IBM's mainframe hardware to its proprietary mainframe operating system z/OS. There's even the possibility of a third case based on a complaint filed very recently by NEON, and the DoJ is also looking into this matter. IBM now finds itself in a situation previously experienced by Microsoft and Intel. This may also affect IBM's credibility when lobbying in the EU for open standards." Reader coondoggie points out a response from IBM saying that the accusations are being driven by Microsoft and other competitors.
Government

Al Franken's Warning On Net Neutrality 564

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hate-when-the-comedians-are-right dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Democratic Sen. Al Franken weighed in on Net Neutrality over the weekend at the Netroots Nation conference of liberal activists in Las Vegas, calling it 'the First Amendment issue of our time,' and warning against Republican plans for less regulation. More from a blog post on CBSNews.com: 'Speculating on what the Internet could morph into under the Republicans' preferred lack of regulation, Franken asked the audience of bloggers how long it would take before the Fox News website loads significantly more quickly than the Daily Kos website. "If you want to protect the free flow of information in this country, you have to help me fight this," he said.'"

Comment: Hmm.. (Score 1) 709

by Flowstone (#32991606) Attached to: GOP Senators Move To Block FCC On Net Neutrality
Sounds like the programmable senator couldn't "reform" his way out of a paper bag. All i read is "AT&T really doesn't want the FCC to take away their ability to rape and sell the internet by the pound(Or Mbit, however you want to see it.)" [Sarcasim] Clearly socialist commie bastards are plotting to conquer the internet and enslave the american population. Lets entrust the internet to the telecomm giants that way they can completely enslave us! [/Sarcasim] For the love of god let the obama administration do their job to give the internet back to the people.

Comment: Screen covers. (Score 1) 646

by Flowstone (#32965008) Attached to: Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?
There has to be some kind of matte screen cover you can add to your glossy screen to resolve this. even a privacy filter would probably block out a good amount of ambient light and let you see with more clarity. The whole polarized glasses thing isn't the best idea for lcd screens, and may end up being a strain on the eyes in the end.

Comment: Re:Why I prefer physical media (Score 2, Interesting) 232

by Flowstone (#32780332) Attached to: Most Console Gamers Still Prefer Physical Media
That alone is the strongest point of it all. you can't trade in a downloaded game, you can't lend a downloaded game to a friend, blockbuster can't rent it to people (although im sure gaming companies would love to do that first hand.) and ultimately it's condition and working nature is upto the user's level of care.

Comment: once again. from the top. (Score 1) 285

by Flowstone (#32780016) Attached to: Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy
When the weather changes, we don't intimidate mother nature with the threat of nuclear apocalypse to get it to change... we adapt to the situation and find new ways to flourish.
whats happened here is the old corporate imbeciles are so accustomed to using lawyers as a "immune response" to the "plague of piracy" that they really think the law is their panacea to every matter that affects their income.
what happens when the sun flares up and takes out thousands of servers and infrastructure? are we just going to sue the damn sun for damages?
the moral of the story here is like any dolt they're now resorting to bullying their way around to get an answer to the "problem".
And when it comes to piracy, students are the most abundant case overall. a large (more than most care to think) part of it is from the fact that students on average don't even have an income! If they magically cut off the ability to torrent anything illegal over the network, the student masses would simply adapt and find a way to transfer stuff without the network. Waste of time and a sad attempt at a resolution if there ever is one.

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