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Comment: Why not just call them "non-believers"... (Score 2, Insightful) 547

...and burn them at the stake as witches? That aught to take care of those pesky people who disagree.

Because scientific theories have always been infallible, haven't they?

Oh, Science, please go back to the lab and transmute some gold or something.

Comment: Immigration Issues in 3... 2... 1... (Score 1) 52

by Press2ToContinue (#48609667) Attached to: Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

So, the person operating the telepresence robot could very well be in India, or Japan or Botswana. And they are signed in and running a "robot" in the USA, taking the place of a US worker or (insert any other country here.)

I can only hope this will resolve to the conclusion that these would then be considered people working in the USA, and would require a visa, and that the robot operators must be in the same country or have a visa to work in this country.

Extrapolate one more level, and I believe the next logical conclusion is that the people in overseas call centers who help people in the USA via technology are also "dialed in" and therefore require visas.

It's possible that this can bring sanity back to offshoring jobs.

 

+ - Is enterprise IT more difficult to manage now than ever?->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Who’s old enough to remember when the best technology was found at work, while at home we got by with clunky home computers and pokey dial-up modems? Those days are gone, and they don’t look like they’re ever coming back.

Instead, today’s IT department is scrambling to deliver technology offerings that won’t get laughed at—or, just as bad, ignored—by a modern workforce raised on slick smartphones and consumer services powered by data centers far more powerful than the one their company uses. And those services work better and faster than the programs they offer, partly because consumers don’t have to worry about all the constraints that IT does, from security and privacy to, you know, actually being profitable. Plus, while IT still has to maintain all the old desktop apps, it also needs to make sure mobile users can do whatever they need to from anywhere at any time.

And that’s just the users. IT’s issues with corporate peers and leaders may be even rockier. Between shadow IT and other Software-as-a-Service, estimates say that 1 in 5 technology operations dollars are now being spent outside the IT department, and many think that figure is actually much higher. New digital initiatives are increasingly being driven by marketing and other business functions, not by IT. Today’s CMOs often outrank the CIO, whose role may be constrained to keeping the infrastructure running at the lowest possible cost instead of bringing strategic value to the organization. Hardly a recipe for success and influence."

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Comment: Flamebait headline, TFA says different (Score 5, Informative) 171

TFA says the statue is being donated, the money is for transportation.

More accurate headline: "Artist proposes, donates personal time and money to make statues, Assange hosts fundraiser to transport and display works."

Maybe Assange would have been more circumspect to remain completely out of the mix. But that's his call, maybe he liked the idea.

Maybe all the flamers here would like the idea too if someone offered to make a bronze statue of them. But no-one did. ;)

+ - Athabascan enigma: weird circular 2km blemish on the surface of Mars->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "THIS one’s for real. Forget the faces and the pyramids: An odd ‘boil’ on the face of Mars has scientists scrambling for an explanation.

The weird circular blemish, some 2km in diameter, recently appeared in an image beamed back from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It leaps out at the camera in an area otherwise unusually smooth for the Red planet.

And that in itself could be a clue as to what it actually is."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Can a felon work in IT? 10

Submitted by Lesrahpem
Lesrahpem (687242) writes "I'm a felon with several prior misdemeanor convictions from an immature time in my life. I've since cleaned up my act, and I want to go back into the IT sector. I keep running into potential employers who tell me they'd like to hire me but can't because of my past record (expunging won't work, I'm in Ohio). Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Should I just give up and change careers?"

+ - IBM Researchers: Old Laptop Batteries Can Power Slums

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums, researchers have said. An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year. Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper than existing power options, and also helps deal with the mounting e-waste problem. The concept was trialled in the Indian city of Bangalore this year. The adapted power packs are expected to prove popular with street vendors, who are not on the electric grid, as well as poor families living in slums. The IBM team created what they called an UrJar — a device that uses lithium-ion cells from the old batteries to power low-energy DC devices, such as a light. The researchers are aiming to help the approximately 400 million people in India who are off grid."

+ - Governments Shouldn't Auction More Spectrum->

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana (2761029) writes "The FCC recently raised more than $34 billion for six blocks of airwaves, totaling 65 megahertz of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is good news for the treasury coffers, but government auctions threaten the ability of the FCC and similar agencies to manage the spectrum, impose net neutrality rules, and allow new businesses to compete.

Carriers and internet companies who won the auction might believe the spectrum is theirs to do as they please, blocking access or charging huge fees to others. Issues such as speed throttling and preferential access come to mind.

If governments insist in auctions of the newly available frequencies, it could hurt the industry and potentially destroy any possibility of negotiating universal access and net neutrality."

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+ - Is Nearsightedness Our Next Epidemic?->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "In the early 1970s, about 25 percent of 12- to 54-year-old Americans were myopic. By the 2000s, more than 41 percent had the condition. Researchers have trouble finding non-myopic controls for their studies, and clinicians see children as young as 4 with severe myopia.

Other countries, particularly those in East Asia where schooling starts earlier and lasts longer each day, have beat us to the chase. In Singapore, for one, the military realized it could no longer rule out recruits due to nearsightedness; there would be too few prospects left.

In Taiwan, the myopia prevalence among 7-year-olds increased from 5.8 percent in 1983 to 21 percent in 2000. And in South Korea, a large, representative study of 19-year-olds showed that more than 96 percent were myopic in 2010. “So you can pretty much say everybody’s myopic” there.

That’s a problem because myopia – characterized by eyeballs that are more egg-shaped than spherical – is linked with a higher risk for various eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts."

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+ - MasterCard rails against Bitcoin's (semi-)anonymity->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "MasterCard has used a submission to an Australian Senate inquiry to argue for financial regulators to move against the pseudonymity of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. "Any regulation adopted in Australia should address the anonymity that digital currency provides to each party in a transaction," the company's told the inquiry into digital currencies. MasterCard believes that "all participants in the payments system that provide similar services to consumers should be regulated in the same way to achieve a level playing field for all.""
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