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+ - The Sony Incident Reveals Mass Media Groupthink->

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "In the past several days stalwarts of the corporate media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have all cited unnamed officials claiming that North Korea is responsible for the recent attack on Sony. They have done so with very little visible skepticism. There is one exception: Kim Zetter at Wired has decried the evidence as flimsy and vocally warns about the danger of jumping to conclusions. Surely we all remember high-ranking, ostensibly credible, officials warning about the smoking gun that comes in the form of a mushroom cloud? This underscores the ability of the agenda-setting elements of the press to frame issues and control the acceptable limits of debate. Some would even say that what’s happening reveals tools of modern social control."
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+ - North Korea Responds to Sony Data Breach Claims

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang."

Comment: Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 108

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48638207) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

We get a bunch of poor people, right? Then you give them water skis and hook them up to the back of the ships. They then water ski behind the ship creating the needed bubbles.

You've got it the wrong way around. We hook the poor up people in front of the ships. They will then swim and tug the ships through the oceans. Thus, ships won't need to use fossil fuels any more.

Lots of climate changing emissions avoided.

+ - Genetic study reveals surprising ancestry of many Americans-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In the United States, almost no one can trace their ancestry back to just one place. And for many, the past may hold some surprises, according to a new study. Researchers have found that a significant percentage of African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos carry ancestry from outside their self-identified ethnicity. The average African-American genome, for example, is nearly a quarter European, and almost 4% of European Americans carry African ancestry."
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Comment: Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (Score 1, Funny) 174

My skin cream is not only anti-aging, but it can also be used to power my home cold fusion power generators!

The next version will also be able to do teleportation via quantum entanglement.

I challenge any Slashdotter to come up with a better product than that!

+ - Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark's foreign minister said.

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting."

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Comment: Re:Fnord! (Score 1) 173

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48591897) Attached to: 3D Printer?

Until I can use it to print appropriately rubbery silicone materials...

I was thinking more of printing a Cherry 2000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

This is definitely Slashdot "Nudes for nerds, Shit that splatters". In the end the anti-hero decides for the real woman, and not the "perfect" woman robot.

If you are a real geek, watch this film together with your girlfriend over the holidays.

Oh, I think there might be a contradiction in the last sentence . . .

Comment: Re:My biggest fear (Score 1) 55

My biggest fear is that Iran attacks us with nuclear weapons.... and the POTUS surrenders.

If that happened . . . Obama's crew would blame it on Bush and the CIA.

I am really seriously wondering about what his strategy is right now. He seems to be burning bridges, and pushing both Democrats and Republicans further apart from each other. I used to think that Hilary Clinton was the shoo-in candidate to be the next President of the US.

Now, I am not so sure. Obama seems to want to leave her with a scorched Earth policy to deal with.

+ - White House 3-D prints Obama presidential portrait->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Because 2-D art is so passé, the White House – along with the Smithsonian Institution – has captured and printed the first ever 3-D portrait of President Obama.

A video released by the White House late Tuesday shows what looks like a futuristic photo-booth. Actually, it’s a “mobile light stage,” which includes “50 custom-built LED lights, eight high-resolution sports photography cameras, and an additional six wider-angle cameras,” Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies explains in the video.

But the project isn’t just about experimenting with 3-D printing technology. Tom Kalil of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy says “it’s also part of a broader trend, and that is the third industrial revolution,” which Kalil describes as “the combination of the digital world and the physical world.”"

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Comment: Re:Single-pixel what? (Score 1) 81

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48482781) Attached to: Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

I just cannot wrap my head around how these single-pixel cameras work.

Well, the camera only has a single pixel . . . but . . . they bounce the light off an "array of digital micro-mirrors". And they re-arrange the "array of digital micro-mirrors" and take a new shot 500 times. So just think of them as just taking 500 random pixels samples from the whole picture, and number crunching it, to smooth it out. Note, this is an over-simplification.

Bonus points if you explain why a chicken breast was involved.

The summary mentioned the "candle in the crotch" crew, but TFA also mentioned that the same method was used to detect breast cancer by so-called Victorian "doctors". I think they were just up to the old "hot wax on the boobs" shenanigans, that is featured in finer Internet porn Web sites these days.

So I guess they will try to tout this as a method for detecting breast cancer. Or that is what they will tell their wives, when they get caught with the neighbors' pubescent Girl Scout Cookie selling daughters with their Girl Scout shirts off.

Comment: Re:Google votes to break up the EU (Score 1) 237

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48477375) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

Actually, it's well within Google's power to break up the EU. The EU is creaking and buckling at its seams in several places. Google would just need to give it a few gentle pushes in the right directions.

For instance, the UK already has one foot out of the EU with its UKIP anti-EU political party, which is eating away at the UK Tories base on the right. Google just needs to dish up the right stories when people in the UK google. Like, the story about how the EU parliament wants to create an EU standard for breakfast: One cup of muddy coffee, and a mushy half-baked croissant. Baked beans before noon will be banned. Bacon and eggs, as well, since they exploit farm animals: the chicken participated, but the pig was committed. If UK folks are constantly bombarded by stories like that when they google, they will all vote "out" in the upcoming UK-in-the-EU referendum.

The economies of the southern EU countries are basket cases, and the northern countries are sick and tired of working hard and paying exorbitant EU taxes to finance those lazy southern folks, who spend their whole day farting around in cafes drinking tiny cups of coffee. Google could put a few drops of napalm on that fire. First Italy. Google could kill the Pope, and reveal a scandalous relationship between the Catholic Church, the Mafia, and the Italian government, and that the whole Italian economy is really just a Ponzi scheme, and that Italy is bankrupt, and needs a mega-Greek bailout. Google could hire Amanda Knox to take out the Pope. She's tanned, rested and ready.

Google could upset Greece's fragile economic recovery, by posting a false story about the Greeks staging a general strike that paralyzes their country. Oh, wait. They did do that. Let Ms. Palin and I get back to you on Greece.

Spain's economy is also on the ropes. So how can Google finish it off? Hmmm . . . a long time back . . . we had this nasty Spanish Flu. Now we have Ebola. Simple. Google can spread rumors of Spanish Ebola Flu that is carried by visitors from Spain. That ought to shut down Spain's economy really fast.

The backbone of the EU is the uneasy France/Germany alliance. But the French are tired of having to do what Germany tells them to do, and the Germans are tired of paying for the French to take early retirement. So Google could post two other stories. First to pay for French early retirement, German citizens will now be required to continue working after their death. In other words, in Germany, you will be allowed to retire two years after your death. That, to finance the folks in France who retire at 45. The second article will detail that, obviously, the French are not listening and doing what the Germans tell them to do. To assist that, all French households will be required to quarter for free vacationing Germans in France. This will provide an informal mechanism for Germans to tell the French what they think what they need to do at the breakfast table. Float these two stories for a bit, and the Germans and the French will love each other like two cats shaken up in a pillow case. End of EU.

So how can Google rattle the EU relationship with the Scandinavian folks? Hmmm . . . let's start with the Norwegians. They are richer than you or I will ever be. They made butt-loads of cash with North Sea oil. But instead of squandering it away in useless Gulf State building projects, the Norwegians invested all their cash very wisely, so generations from now, the folks in Norway will be enjoying the fruits of those investments. Because they did very well for themselves, this is a perfect opportunity Google to foment envy and greed in other EU countries. Oh, and the Norwegians are kinda sorta weird when it comes to festive meals. While Americans like to stuff a turkey in the oven, the Norwegian version is a wee bit different. They stick a pike in the ground in the backyard, and skewer a sheep's head on it. Then they take a blow torch to the head. Medieval-like. Finished. Dinner is served. The eyeballs supposedly taste really good. I wouldn't know. Maybe if Google posted disinformation stating that they blow torched a whole live sheep, other EU countries would get squeamish. Or scared to death of the Norwegians.

Now them Swedes, next door, they put rotten fish in soup cans. The gas generated from the purification process swells the can until it takes the form of a grapefruit. But there is a better way to get the rest of the EU folks riled up against the Swedes. Google should feature a poll: "Who has a Billy bookshelf?" Then, the next week: "Who has another fucking Billy bookshelf?" . . . and then: "Who has another god-damned fucking Billy fucking bookshelf?" People in other EU countries will realize how much time that have spent navigating labyrinths of plastic kitchen crap, which nobody wants, because nobody needs. Sweden gets the boot out of the EU for crimes against humanity, and making me look at spaghetti tongs, instead of a football game, on a Saturday afternoon.

So, yeah, Google . . . don't let that EU parliament annoy you: They are over-payed and under-worked. And that's the one semi-serious statement in this post.

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