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Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 177

Just attach it to a word document

If the Aliens have any intelligence at all, they won't open any attachments from folks from another planet.

If the Aliens want to conquer us, all they need to do, is to send us nasty stuff in attachments. Some idiot here on Earth will open it, and we will all be turned into a Alien Earthling Burger Botnet.

Yum, yum.

Comment Notebook shipments . . . ? (Score 2) 208


Analyst Avril Wu said, "Notebook shipments in the third quarter fall short of what is expected for a traditional peak season mainly because Windows 10 with its free upgrade plan negatively impacted replaced sales of notebooks to some extent rather than driving the demand for these products."

Um . . . maybe folks are just buying Apple and Android critters, instead of Notebooks. Did any "analyst" think of that . . . ?

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 416

I'll be cynical, and guess that Google wants the data so they can sell it to insurance companies. This would be of extreme value, if, for example, a Hollywood star died in a car crash in a Porsche, doing 100mph in a 40mph zone, and someone tries to sue Porsche for a design defect.

On the other hand . . . maybe if Volkswagen diesels were equipped with something that collect the real emissions data . . . the fudge in Volkswagen diesels might have been found earlier.

Maybe we should call them Fudgewagen . . . ?

Comment Re:This ruling won't fix anything (Score 5, Interesting) 203

I don't have any problems with the US spooks asking an EU spook for the data from a specific suspected Muslim terrorist. The EU spook would probably comply, due to sharing agreements that are already in place.

However, what the NSA does, is to simply harvest anything they want from anyone. I am not comfortable with that. And I don't believe an EU spook would set up a system enabling such universal access. If the EU spook can say the data was harvested outside the EU by the NSA, the EU spook has no problems. If the EU spook enables harvesting . . . we will see the EU spook in court.

Note that Snowden's revelations did not result in any legal action in the US, despite that the NSA is clearly violating the law. This decision by the EU court is the only legal action that I know of.

Comment Re:Laughable (Score 5, Informative) 203

If you look at how this law case started, it was initiated by a private citizen. Not by the EU executive branch. The EU justice branch made a decision that the EU justice branch is visibly not comfortable with, because it places a lot of companies in legal limbo. Read more here:


Because the EU executive branch did nothing about it themselves . . . well, it shows that they were in cahoots with the USA/NSA folks.

So in this case, it is not a shakedown by the EU. The EU governments and Executive branch were perfectly happy with the way things were. It was a private citizen who appealed to the EU highest court that caused this.

Submission + - Europe's highest court just rejected the US's 'safe harbor' agreement (businessinsider.com)

craigtp writes: The European Court of Justice has just ruled that the transatlantic Safe Harbour agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, is invalid.

The ruling came after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks showed that European data stored by US companies was not safe from surveillance that would be illegal in Europe.

This ruling could have profound effects on all US based companies, not just tech companies, that rely upon the "safe harbor" agreement to allow them to store their European customers' data in the US.

Under this new ruling, they could effectively be forced to store European customers' data in Europe and then have to follow 20 or more different sets of national data privacy regulations.

Submission + - Data Transfer Pact Between U.S. and Europe Is Ruled Invalid

Sique writes: Europe’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that a widely used international agreement for moving people’s digital data between the European Union and the United States was invalid.

The decision, by the European Court of Justice, throws into doubt how global technology giants like Facebook and Google can collect, manage and analyze online information from their millions of users in the 28-member bloc. The court decreed that the data-transfer agreement was invalid as of Tuesday’s ruling.

Submission + - 2015 Physics Nobel: Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald for Neutrino work (www.kva.se)

Lawrence Bottorff writes: The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the Japanese Takaaki Kajita and the Canadian Arthur McDonald (72) for evidence that neutrinos have mass. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday in Stockholm.

"For over half a century we thought that neutrinos have no mass," Nobel jurist Olga Botner said. Neutrinos are extremely small and light particles, most come from the sun. They are very difficult to measure, which is why they are also called ghost particles. Billions of them pass through the human body every second, without that they react with our bodies.

Neutrinos come in three types, called generations. Kajita and McDonanld showed that a neutrino can convert to another independently of its original type. They change their identity regularly.

This phenomenon physicists call neutrino oscillation. It is only possible if neutrinos have mass. By detecting the oscillation of the ghostly particles, this year's prize winners were able to answer the long-standing question whether neutrinos have mass or not.

"This year's award is about state changes of some of the most abundant inhabitants of the universe," said Göran Hansson, Secretary General of the Academy.

"Incredible," was Takaaki Kajitas first comment. Kajita examined the neutrinos at Super-Kamiokande Detector, a massive tank in Japan full of ultrapure water. There he was able to show that neutrinos can change their identity from the atmosphere.

Arthur McDonald showed that neutrinos change their identity on their way from the sun to Earth .

Comment Re: Selfies! (Score 1) 140

"The display function only works when the car is parked. In drive mode, all the driver can see are the various meters and controls necessary to drive the car and any maps that might be needed . . . "

. . . until you pay a local teenage hacker $20 to re-flash the firmware to enable the display all the time.

What's wrong with kids and their parents talking with each other, and sharing experiences when out on a drive . . . ?

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 5, Interesting) 257

I'll take a wild guess here: the French chefs pay more attention to cooking their vegetables. I've been served broccoli in the US and Germany that had just been tossed into a vat of water, and boiled until it had the consistency of mushy peas. No seasoning at all. Then I once was served broccoli in France, where it had been steamed, but didn't fall apart, it had been very lightly seasoned, and served with some Hollandaise sauce, in a separate tiny tub, so that I could just use a wee bit of it.

I'm guessing that French cooks take pride in what they do . . . even if they just work in a school cafeteria, they will cook vegetables that children and adults enjoy eating.

He's dead, Jim.