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Comment: What I want to know (Score 4, Interesting) 112

by SLot (#48814193) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

is the part about the plan to sell your information to your prospective new employer when you change jobs?

"oh, well, it seems like he wasn't really a team player - only posted once every couple of days. better rescind that job offer."

this is a horrible idea, all the way down. (turtles not included).

Comment: Re:Commie Critter On The Lam? (Score 1) 130

by SLot (#48514517) Attached to: Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

Correction: Fatherland is Germany and putin's empire is called Mother Russia.

Correction to your Correction:

The Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" (Russian: ) is a state decoration of the Russian Federation. It was instituted on March 2, 1994 by Presidential Decree 442.[1] Until the re-establishment of the Order of St. Andrew in 1998, it was the highest Order of the Russian Federation, though it is still the highest Civilian decoration of the state.


Comment: Re:What's the Kremlin really after, then? (Score 1) 130

by SLot (#48510899) Attached to: Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

As far as protest leaders go, they meant the people on the maidan from a year or so ago - i.e. Ukranians protesting against Putin's puppet Yanukovich. As for why they prefer VKontakte to Facebook? No idea as I don't use either, but I'm sure there are "reasons".

Durov just has the potential to raise all sorts of hell if he should like to - I don't personally think he has that information, and it this point, the accounts in question have probably long since been deleted. It's more of political in nature than actual hard data that can be gleaned from him. The original article in summary goes into a little more detail on that aspect.

Comment: Re:Commie Critter On The Lam? (Score 4, Informative) 130

by SLot (#48510191) Attached to: Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile


The Russian Internet giant Mail.ru said on Tuesday that it had bought the remaining stake in Vkontakte, the country’s largest social network, that it did not already own for $1.47 billion.

Mail.ru is owned by Alisher B. Usmanov.

From http://qz.com/268023/this-puti... :

Usmanov is one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “oligarchs,” a group of businessmen with close ties to the Kremlin, and last year Putin awarded him Russia’s highest civilian award, the Order for Service to the Fatherland.

That ought to clear up who is running/owns VKontakte.

+ - How Quickly Will The Latest Arms Race Accelerate

Submitted by tranquilidad
tranquilidad (1994300) writes "Russia was concerned enough about the U.S. development of a Prompt Global Strike (PGS) capability in 2010 that they included restrictions in the the new Start treaty (previously discussed on Slashdot). It now appears that China has entered the game with their "Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle." While some in the Russian press may question whether fears of the PGS are "rational" it appears that the race is on to develop the fastest weapons delivery system. The hypersonic arms race is focused on "precise targeting, very rapid delivery of weapons, and greater survivability against missile and space defenses" with delivery systems traveling between Mach 5 and Mach 10 after being launched from "near space"."

+ - If I Had A Hammer

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Tom Friedman begins his latest op-ed in the NYT with an anecdote about Dutch chess grandmaster Jan Hein Donner who when asked how he’d prepare for a chess match against a computer like IBM.’s Deep Blue replied: “I would bring a hammer.” Donner isn’t alone in fantasizing that he’d like to smash some recent advances in software and automation like self-driving cars, robotic factories and artificially intelligent reservationists says Friedman because they are "not only replacing blue-collar jobs at a faster rate, but now also white-collar skills, even grandmasters!" In the First Machine Age (The Industrial Revolution) each successive invention delivered more and more power but they all required humans to make decisions about them. Therefore, the inventions of this era actually made human control and labor “more valuable and important.” Labor and machines were complementary. Friedman says that we are now entering the "Second Machine Age" where we are beginning to automate cognitive tasks because in many cases today artificially intelligent machines can make better decisions than humans. "We’re having the automation and the job destruction," says MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson. "We’re not having the creation at the same pace. There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to find these new jobs. It may be that machines are better than that." Put all the recent advances together says Friedman, and you can see that our generation will have more power to improve (or destroy) the world than any before, relying on fewer people and more technology. "But it also means that we need to rethink deeply our social contracts, because labor is so important to a person’s identity and dignity and to societal stability." "We’ve got a lot of rethinking to do," concludes Friedman, "because we’re not only in a recession-induced employment slump. We’re in technological hurricane reshaping the workplace.""