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Comment: Re:Antarctica (Score 2) 137

by Hussman32 (#49475413) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

From a communication standpoint, I agree. But Antarctic expeditions always had the expectation of water, air, and probably fish, availability, which are valuable and scarce resources in space; the environment is challenging but they could survive. On a Mars exploration not having the ability to survive in the natural environment would be terrifying, and I think that would increase feelings of isolation.

Comment: Re:Please, Don't tell Michael Bay (Score 3, Interesting) 99

by Hussman32 (#49464371) Attached to: Transforming Robot Gets Stuck In Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Look at it this way, Universal Studios makes the Transformers series. Any serious filmgoer won't even watch them on the plane, but the studio rakes in enough cash to make movies like No Country for Old Men, Watchmen, Up In the Air, Interstellar, and a bunch of other movies you may or may not want to see.

As long as they keep making enough good movies to justify the crap, I don't mind.

Comment: Re: Hmm (Score 2) 892

Many people that have a job already are seeking another one. Those are the ones you hire; not those that are unemployed. However, there are fresh recruits coming out of school that often have more than one offer...it's like that for the very good talent in the SF Bay Area. I know this for certain because my wife works in recruiting in a Valley company...everyone is competing with Google.

+ - U.S. started keeping secret records of international telephone calls in 1992->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Starting in 1992, the Justice Department amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries

The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA's intelligence arm, was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime. It was a model for the massive phone surveillance system the NSA launched to identify terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That dragnet drew sharp criticism that the government had intruded too deeply into Americans' privacy after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it to the news media two years ago.

More than a dozen current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials described the details of the Justice Department operation to USA TODAY. Most did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the intelligence program, part of which remains classified.

The DEA program did not intercept the content of Americans' calls, but the records â" which numbers were dialed and when â" allowed agents to map suspects' communications and link them to troves of other police and intelligence data. At first, the drug agency did so with help from military computers and intelligence analysts.

The operation had "been approved at the highest levels of Federal law enforcement authority," including then-Attorney General Janet Reno and her deputy, Eric Holder."

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Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 892

All anyone of sufficient talent will need to do is either go back to their company, or if searching for other jobs get another offer, and reply simply, 'Company X is offering me this amount. If you can't match it, I go there."

If they don't have another offer, are they sure they want that person?

There's the mechanism for recruiting inferior talent.

+ - Illegal downloading: Australia internet firms must supply data->

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "An Australian court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

In a landmark move, the Federal Court told six firms to divulge names and addresses of those who downloaded The Dallas Buyers Club."

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+ - 7 Cyberlearning Technologies Transforming Education

Submitted by aarondubrow
aarondubrow (1866212) writes "The National Science Foundation funds basic cyberlearning research and since 2011 has awarded roughly 170 grants, totaling more than $120 million, to EdTech research projects around the country. However, NSF's approach to cyber-learning has been different from other public, private and philanthropic efforts. NSF funds compelling ideas, helps rigorously test them and then assists in transitioning the best ideas from research to practice. A story in the Huffington Post describes 7 examples of leading cyberlearning projects, from artificial intelligence to augmented reality, that are transforming education."

+ - Years after shutting down, U.S. atom smasher reveals properties of God particle->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In a scientific ghost story, a U.S. atom smasher has made an important scientific contribution 3.5 years after it shut down. Scientists are reporting that the Tevatron collider in Batavia, Illinois, has provided new details about the nature of the famed Higgs boson—the particle that’s key to physicists’ explanation of how other fundamental particles get their mass and the piece in a theory called the standard model. The new result bolsters the case that the Higgs, which was discovered at a different atom smasher, exactly fits the standard model predictions."
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