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+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 578

Just what I need in a firearm.

Note that the summary says "gun" and not weapon or firearm.

Why are all my military cronies chuckling . . . ?

Maybe "unlocking your gun with your fingerprints" means something else to then . . . ?

"Sir, no Sir, Drill Instructor, Sir. I only shook it three times, as instructed, Sir!"

Comment: Oh, the irony: Microsoft History (Score 0) 246

So, while the funding for K-12 is being cut to fund the tax breaks for Microsoft . . . Gates is blathering about the importance of teaching history.

Maybe Gates will expand his plans for teaching history to include reading, writing, math and science . . . ? Then the state could get rid of K-12 altogether. It would be a Win-Win.

For someone.

Maybe.

Comment: Re:Nice (Score 0) 105

Ebola requires prolonged exposure or direct contact with bodily fluids.

Ah, like AIDS, then? Well the US is safe then, because AIDS never made any progress there.

At least, not among White Middle-aged Guys. Not even their own wives would have promiscuous sex with them. Which is confusing, being that only White Middle-aged Guys are given the cure for Ebola.

+ - Dirty Diapers Used to Grow Mushrooms->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "While their contents might be considered an environmental hazard by many, disposable diapers themselves pose a more significant problem for the environment. According to the EPA, the average baby will work their way through 8,000 of them before they end up in landfill where they'll take centuries to break down. In an effort to reduce the problem, scientists at Mexico's Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco (UAM-A), have turned used diapers to the task of growing mushrooms."
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+ - Researchers Harness E. Coli to Produce Propane

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A team of British and Finnish scientists have used the common bacteria, Escherichia coli, to produce the environmentally-friendly fuel, propane. By introducing enzymes to modify the bacteria's process for producing cell membranes, they were able directly produce fuel-grade propane. While commercial application is some years off, the process is being hailed as a cheap, sustainable alternative to deriving the gas from fossil fuel production. As researcher, Patrik Jones, is quoted as saying, "Fossil fuels are a finite resource and...we are going to have to come up with new ways to meet increasing energy demands.""

Comment: Re:Stop Making Up Words! (Score 1) 157

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47821247) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Am I missing something? Reno is a ten hour drive from Mexico.

. . . that's why the government is relocating the illegal alien kids close to Reno . . . cheap child labor for Tesla! They wanted real aliens from nearby Area 51, but there was a tooling problem with the factory, because the real aliens only have three fingers!

The new Tesla batteries will still be built using alien technology from Area 51, though. I don't want to be an alarmist or anything, but if your Tesla is dripping black goo, don't touch it . . . it might not be regular black oil!

Comment: Re:Good. How is uber any different... (Score 2) 312

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47809531) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Well, I actually don't understand how Uber started operating in the first place. In Germany, before you start operating a business, it needs to be registered (Gewerbe anmelden). Did Uber say that they were running a taxi service? Or did they fudge it as something else? If it was clear that they were running a taxi service, they would have been informed that they would have to follow the regulations for taxi services. Or did Uber just ignore this?

Usually when a company opens up business in a foreign country, they hire a local consultant, most likely a law firm, to make sure that the business will not run afoul of local laws. I don't understand how Uber was allowed to start operating at all, if what they are doing is illegal.

And in this case . . . it DOES look like they were allowed to operate . . . until a court made a decision that they must stop.

Comment: Re:Good. How is uber any different... (Score 1) 312

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47808525) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Interesting enough, Germany DOES have services for people hitching long distance rides:

http://www.mitfahrzentrale.de/...

http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit....

So it will be interesting to see how the courts explain how these services are different.

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Comment: Re:unfair policy (Score 1) 302

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47800901) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Actually, there is a lot to learn about the accusations of institutional racism in Silicon Valley here.

If you compare the demographics of both areas, the Arctic is predominantly "white" (polar bears), while the Antarctic is overwhelmingly "black" (penguins). Thus, if institutional racism was responsible, you would expect the Arctic to be rising faster. Since this is not the case, researchers are forced to search for a more scientific explanation of the observed behavior.

Part of the answer could be found in the preferred occupations the residents. Polar bears prefer to source their food from the trash cans of humans in the city of Churchill, Canada, so they want more land for humans and their accompanying trash cans. Penguins prefer a healthier diet of fish sourced from the sea, and thus have a vested interest in a bigger sea to fish in. This may or may not be the answer to faster rising levels in the Antarctic, but in this case Silicon Valley CEOs can safely claim that it is not due to institutional racism in their industry.

I think my argument makes just about much or little sense as other arguments for claiming compensation for the Arctic or in Silicon Valley.

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