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Comment Re: Accuracy (Score 1) 861

A lot of anonymous cowards on this thread. To go back to 1947 would be interesting, but oh wait, none of the Arabs signed that treaty, just declared war on the Jews and swore to "drive them into the sea". to this day, exactly how many neighboring nations are not technically at "war" with Israel? One, Egypt, bought with American money. what is still part of the founding charter of Fatah, Hamas, etc? the total annihilation of Israel. But don't let the facts get in your way.

Comment Re:Headline should say... (Score 1) 786

I'd be very interested in an actual proposal from those that believe we should reduce our CO2 emissions as a planet to accomplish that fact. Last time I did the math, probably about a year ago, *all* of the proposals combined from any International body or proposal that I saw barely slowed the rate of growth of CO2 in the atmosphere. In other words, the CO2 would still be rising at an "alarming rate". So my conclusion is that AGW policies are merely designed to make some people "feel better" and are otherwise a merely a geoplitical campaign to punish the industrialized nations in favor of the poorer nations of the world. Aka some form of planet wide Socialism. To actually *reduce* the CO2 in the atmosphere is going to come from one of two places, a) shutting down the entire industrial complex, stop use of *all* fossil fuels and cut the population in half, or b) science will solve this with a variety of technologies that sci-fi fans will coorelate to terra-forming. So to the proponents of AGW, I state that the conclusions and policies that our governments on a global basis have very little or nothing to do with solving the problem.

Comment Courier Expiration Policy? (Score 1) 240

Akin to Password expiration policies, seems like the weakness in Osama's Sneakernet was an overlong cached crednetial (aka courier) that was finally compromised. Would he have had better or worse security if he would have rotated couriers every 90 days with multi-factor authentication (knocks, speech, etc.). Having an old courier (like an old password), seemed a flaw.

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 1) 636

There are a lot of math and engineering lessons that can be solved quickly with good coding skills, but one of the things I noticed in implementing a 3DES encryption algorithm back in college was that I had no understanding of the underlying math, but could copy and paste the mysterious black box matrix table into some C code fairly easily. So if the theory applies, one oculd improve coding skills but not necessarily actual learn the subject at hand...

Comment Re:TFA is all and good... but (Score 1) 247

And so out of the ashes of one distribution model is born another distribution model. It seems we can't live with the idea of the content creators making the money, there has to be some forced middle-man. Only this time, the ISP/Network and Cloud are fighting it out with somehow less rights for the consumer (since I won't actually own any games, music or anything tangible that the ditribution model can't cut off). (thought I'd actually log in this time....)

Google Caffeine Drops MapReduce, Adds "Colossus" 65

An anonymous reader writes "With its new Caffeine search indexing system, Google has moved away from its MapReduce distributed number crunching platform in favor of a setup that mirrors database programming. The index is stored in Google's BigTable distributed database, and Caffeine allows for incremental changes to the database itself. The system also uses an update to the Google File System codenamed 'Colossus.'"

Indian Police Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers 130

New Delhi police have a new weapon in the battle against bad drivers, Facebook. Two months ago the police created a Facebook page that allowed people to inform on others breaking traffic laws, and upload pictures of the violations. The page has more than 17,000 fans, and 3,000 pictures currently. From the article: "The online rap sheet was impressive. There are photos of people on motorcycles without helmets, cars stopped in crosswalks, drivers on cellphones, drivers in the middle of illegal turns and improperly parked vehicles. Using the pictures, the Delhi Traffic Police have issued 665 tickets, using the license plate numbers shown in the photos to track vehicle owners, said the city’s joint commissioner of traffic, Satyendra Garg."

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 709

I would broaden your definition of the problem with the US. The same things happen from all political walks of life... left, right, liberal, conservative, religious, atheist. There is very little factual discovery and open debate on issues, but much of the "sound bytes" from a very biased sources to satisfy and $ell airtime from their selected audiences. Nothing particularly unique about Fox News' approach here; check out your equivalent from Maddow or Huffington Post for counterpoint.

What US Health Care Needs 584

Medical doctor and writer Atul Gawande gave the commencement address recently at Stanford's School of Medicine. In it he lays out very precisely and in a nonpartisan way what is wrong with the institution of medical care in the US — why it is both so expensive and so ineffective at delivering quality care uniformly across the board. "Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has... enumerated and identified... more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we've discovered beneficial remedies... But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we're struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver. ... And then there is the frightening federal debt we will face. By 2025, we will owe more money than our economy produces. One side says war spending is the problem, the other says it's the economic bailout plan. But take both away and you've made almost no difference. Our deficit problem — far and away — is the soaring and seemingly unstoppable cost of health care. ... Like politics, all medicine is local. Medicine requires the successful function of systems — of people and of technologies. Among our most profound difficulties is making them work together. If I want to give my patients the best care possible, not only must I do a good job, but a whole collection of diverse components must somehow mesh effectively. ... This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."

The Nuts and Bolts of PlayStation 3D 154

The Digital Foundry blog took an in-depth look at how Sony is introducing 3D technology to PlayStation 3 games. They give a step-by-step description of how the system generates a 3D frame (or rather, a pair of frames), and the graphical hurdles that need be to overcome to ensure the games look good. The article also discusses some of the subtle effects 3D technology can have on gameplay: "'One interesting thing came through in the immersion aspect was that in the first-person camera view, it felt so much more like being there. Typically when most people play MotorStorm, something like 90 per cent play in the third-person view,' Benson explains. 'As soon as we put the 3D settings in place, the first-person view became a lot more popular, a lot more people were using that view. This could indicate that 3D could perhaps change the standards, if you like.' ... 'We found that in the first-person view the game is giving you all the sorts of cues that you're used to in normal driving: speed perception, the ability to judge distances, things like that. It's far easier to avoid track objects.' The insertion of true stereoscopic 3D into MotorStorm also brings about a new sense of appreciation of the scale and size of the game world and the objects within it."
Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."

Comment Re:Kind Of Vague (Score 1) 547

Strangely enough, I noticed exactly that "zone" behavior in college a few years back... worked right through the night completely oblivious to the time/space continuum and having a blast until it was the next morning and the first class of the next day started walking in the lab. I stepped away from the desk, decided I didn't have the will or fortitude to master my own obsession, and instead of becoming a lost hermit in a cave writing awesome code (in my own mind), switched careers to engineering and then to the ultimate sell out on /., to technology sales.

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith