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Comment: It's always manipulating the results.... (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by Gorkamecha (#46988067) Attached to: Can Google Influence Elections?
It's always manipulating the results....by design. Google will show you the links that it thinks the majority of people are looking for, based on your search term. It might even adjust them a bit if it knows more about you. So if I'm a minority candidate in an election, with a weak online campaign, there is a chance my content is filtered out simply because Google thinks I'm noise. Or I'm pushed several pages down in the listings. As a person using google, I can tweak my search to find better results, but only if I know the results are there to find." What color of lipstick does Trinity wear in the matrix" will get me a vastly different answer from "What color lipstick do movie stars wear?" Same for politics - "What candidate supports gun control" will get you a different result from "What candidate is looking to limit the caliber of rifles to .22". Both could get me a politician, but the first is going to get me a far more generic "popular" link then the much more specific second. And if I don't know I'm looking for the second guy, I might stop at the first.

Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant 561

Posted by Soulskill
from the they-thought-plant-meant-something-different dept.
dotancohen writes "Greenpeace activists secretly entered a French nuclear site before dawn and draped a banner reading 'Hey' and 'Easy' on its reactor containment building, to expose the vulnerability of atomic sites in the country. Greenpeace said the break-in aimed to show that an ongoing review of safety measures, ordered by French authorities after a tsunami ravaged Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant earlier this year, was focused too narrowly on possible natural disasters, and not human factors."

Comment: I'm at a loss for words. (Score 5, Funny) 658

by Gorkamecha (#37872610) Attached to: TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers
How is this possibly of any use to anyone. Hey, TSA! I have this rock that keeps me safe from terrorist. To date, it's be 100% effective at protecting me and everyone else I interact with from terrorism. It's also had zero false positives! I'll be happy to sell you my rock at the bargain price of 250 Million dollars. For another 50 million, my rock will also protect you from vampires, space aliens and Bears (The football team, not the animal.)

Comment: Back in my day... (Score 1) 311

by Gorkamecha (#36038040) Attached to: Do Gadgets Degrade Our Common Sense?
Back in my day, we didn't use any sort of "books" or "writing" to remember stuff. If we needed to remember we did! And if someone else needed to know, they came and they asked the person who did! All these books are going to do is rot your memory! Besides, how do you know if that book is true or not? People are going to believe 100% of what some damn fool writes in that book! Then what will happen! Everyone in the village will have no memory and be believing a bunch of lies, that's what!

Comment: I've been robbed... (Score 2) 645

by Gorkamecha (#35954148) Attached to: 77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network
I've been robbed, and I'm not even sure what they have stolen. I've had my PS3 for years, it collects dust most of the time lately - But I'm sure I setup a PSN account back in the day. So, I know they have some data. I have a pretty good idea what that data is - But I can't be sure. And since their site is down, I can't go in and check. Wonderful. And I'm getting this info from the media - Where's my letter saying "Hey, we got robbed, they took this and it was yours." Or some sort of note. Anything. Sony...Hello?

Comment: Too good (Score 5, Interesting) 1162

by Gorkamecha (#35869052) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
Honestly, the quality is too good - You can see the wizard behind the curtain. Real life example: My geeks friends and I were all standing around watching Iron man 2 on a super huge LCD screen at best buy. It was the scene where Tony escapes his captors in the clunky MKI armor. We all noted that the suit looked like plastic, not metal. That you could see where the joints didn't quite connect. In short, the illusion was shattered. I haven't bought a blue ray video since. (I have a PS3, I own a few blueray films that I got for the extra features - But I prefer to watch plain old DVDs.)

Comment: Wrong market - Wrong target audience (Score 5, Insightful) 202

by Gorkamecha (#34848482) Attached to: Wireless GeForce Graphics Card Announced
This baby is not for gamers or engineers. It's for marketing and sales. Remote screens at trade shows and in a show rooms pumping out messages while all the ugly boxes are tucked away in a room elsewhere. No un-slightly wires to trip over or to run. Funky little kiosks that float in the open air. That kind of thing.

Comment: WoW authenticator - But for everything. (Score 1) 277

by Gorkamecha (#34642170) Attached to: Passwords Are the Weakest Link In Online Security
Why not a universal authenticator? At the very least, I could see a common system setup by the banks here in North America allow the use of any debit card to work on almost every debit machine.

I'm not sure why my video game character is the most secure bit of digital data I have.

Comment: Why not just take driving away? (Score 4, Insightful) 1065

by Gorkamecha (#34274254) Attached to: US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary
Seriously, it seems to me the #1 cause of accidents is the bag of meat behind the wheel. Automate the whole damn system. It would help cut traffic problems as well. Sure the system might flip out now and then and a few hundred people could die, but really, it would still be less then the number of people who get killed on the road in any given month.

Comment: Re:This has all happened before. (Score 1) 602

by Gorkamecha (#34054750) Attached to: BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled
I'm skipping most of the earth stuff in Stargate Universe....Additionally, they need to figure out who the audience is supposed to be identifying/cheering for - Other then the gamer nerd, everyone on that ship is a jerk. Currently, I'm cheering for Rush, because at least he gets sh!t done.

As for Caprica, that writing universe lost me with the BSG final. The Final was the writer's chance to prove that the last couple years weren't a total waste of my time.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.