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Comment: Only the Sith deal in absolutes... (Score 1) 1

by Sachyriel (#42770129) Attached to: Is humanity destined to become like "The Borg"?

No, only the Borg think resistance is futile. Humanity thinks resistance is measured in ohms. However the borgs signature characteristic wasn't their ability to communicate electronically, it was their assimilation directive. Western society values individuality, so I can see that increasing instead of diminishing. I do not think Humanity will enjoy voiceless and gestureless communication, we as a species enjoy flourish with our communication.

+ - Is humanity destined to become like "The Borg"?-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This is more of a ask slashdot question. Was just watching re-runs of Star Trek Voyager here in Australia and was wondering if humanity, or parts of humanity will become like the Borg, especially given our obsession with constant communication and technological devices"
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+ - Is there a mistake in the GPL?->

Submitted by gidyn
gidyn (1092607) writes "Is there a mistake in GPLv3? Section 4 begins

You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you ... give all recipients a copy of this License along with the Program."

What is this intended to achieve? The clause places no restrictions on someone who only distributes source code, and no restrictions on someone who only distributes executables (in accordance with 6d). Only someone who distributes both is required to "give all recipients a copy of this License"."
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Power

+ - Pee-Powered Generator Unveiled at Maker Faire Africa-> 1

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Four Nigerian girls aged between 14 and 15 have unveiled their creation – a urine-powered generator that is capable of generating six hours of electricity using a liter of pee. Showcased at the fourth annual Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, the generator is an eco-friendly power source that generates electricity by separating hydrogen present in the excreted bodily fluids with an electrolytic cell. The design is more or less crude as of now and if enough attention and funding are made available, chances are that this pee-powered generator may very well be available at your local hardware store."
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Technology

+ - Maker Faire 2012 NYC - Attack of The 3D Printer Bots->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "If you've ever attended a World Maker Faire, the first thing that strikes you is how organic the whole scene is. Inventors, creators, and engineers from all walks of life have their gadgets, science projects, and creations on display for all to see. Some of the creations you see on display range from downright amazing to completely bizarre. One of the big attractions, a technology area that has experienced explosive growth, is the land of 3D Printing. MakerBot took the open source RepRap 3D replicator project mainstream back in 2009 with the release of the Cup Cake CNC machine, then came the Thing-o-Matic and then a little bot called Replicator. With each iteration, improvements in process and technology are bringing better, more capable 3D printers to market, from MakerBot's new Replicator 2, to new players in the field like Solidoodle, Up!3D, Ultimaker, and Tinkerines. To watch a 3D printer in action is like witnessing art, science and engineering all working together in glorious unison."
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Facebook

+ - Facebook Abstainers could be labeled Suspicious 2

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "According to this article printed in tagesspiegel.de, not having a facebook account should be the first sign that you are a mass murderer. As examples they use Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik, who used myspace instead of facebook and the newer Aurora shooter who used adultfriendfinder instead of facebook. They already consider those with facebook accounts, who lack friends to be suspicious, but now they are suggesting that anyone who abstains from facebook altogether may be even more suspicious. While it is already established that sites like facebook and google+ are no good for political activists, abuse survivors, and people in the witness protection program; abuse survivors will have to take a back seat while more and more insane articles like this come out. This line of thinking could sure help facebook's stock value."
Medicine

+ - Two more men with HIV now virus-free->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester (2492316) writes "Two men unlucky enough to get both HIV and cancer have been seemingly cleared of the virus, raising hope that science may yet find a way to cure for the infection that causes AIDS, 30 years into the epidemic.

The researchers are cautious in declaring the two men cured, but more than two years after receiving bone marrow transplants, HIV can't be detected anywhere in their bodies. These two new cases are reminiscent of the so-called "Berlin patient," the only person known to have been cured of infection from the human immunodeficiency virus."

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Censorship

+ - Pirate Bay ‘Censorship’ Judge is Corrupt, Claims Pirate Party Founde-> 1

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TheGift73
TheGift73 writes "This week yet another court order was handed down in Europe with the aim of censoring The Pirate Bay. The ruling forbids the Dutch Pirate Party from not only running a direct proxy, but also telling people how to circumvent an earlier court ordered blockade. However, according to Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge, the judge in the case has a history of corruption relating to another file-sharing case he presided over in the Netherlands.

The Court of The Hague in the Netherlands has been particularly busy this work with Pirate Bay-related cases."

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Network

+ - Chinese physicists achieve quantum teleportation over 60 miles->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Chinese physicists are reporting that they’ve successfully teleported photonic qubits (quantum bits) over a distance of 97 kilometers (60mi). This means that quantum data has been transmitted from one point to another, without passing through the intervening space. Now, before you get too excited, we’re still a long, long way off Willy-Wonka-Mike-Teevee-style teleportation. It’s important to note that the Chinese researchers haven’t actually made a photon disappear and reappear 100 kilometers away; rather, they’ve used quantum entanglement to recreate the same qubit in a new location, with the same subatomic properties as the original qubit. The previous record for transmitting entangled qubits was 16 kilometers, performed by another Chinese team back in 2010 — and perhaps most excitingly, the researchers seem confident that their system will scale up from 100km to distances capable of reaching orbital satellites, at which point we'll actually be able to build a global quantum network for all of our cryptographic needs."
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Canada

+ - Wear a Mask During a Protest in Canada: 10 Years in Jail-> 5

Submitted by Phrogman
Phrogman (80473) writes "The Conservative government of Steven Harper in Canada has proposed a new bill that would impose a jail term of 10 years for anyone wearing a mask while "participating in a riot or unlawful assembly". The conservative backbencher who proposed the bill makes it clear that he intended it to allow police to arrest anyone wearing a mask "before protests spiral out of control". Since this is the same government that arrested hundreds of protesters during the G8/G20 summit using a law that didn't actually exist, it raises the question as to how they will define "unlawful". This is the latest in a series of "tough on crime" legislation being promulgated by the Conservatives now that they have the power of a majority government. The 10 year penalty is more than double the penalty awarded to a person who murdered someone in a fit of "road-rage" recently."
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Games

+ - This Real Life 'Portal' Turret Is the Coolest Thing I've Seen All Week-> 1

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darklordzor
darklordzor writes "People tend to have a weird obsession with the quirky Aperture Science turrets from Portal. Their funny, dumb, and if you aren’t paying attention, will shoot you dead. Now a Penn State University student has created a real life Portal turret that can both track AND shoot you."
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Comment: Music files not allowed, Music Videos allowed (Score 1) 1

by Sachyriel (#39958803) Attached to: File Sharing Coming To All Facebook Groups

Desktop editing software comes in handy when stripping music from video. What is to stop people from sharing audio when it is attached to the video? Probably not a lot but for the people who just remember that they can share youtube links on facebook and there are youtube to mp3 sites then they don't need to share the actual file, they'll just link the youtube video and ignore the idea of needing facebook for anything more than the code after the /watch?v= part of the URL. Honestly Facebook not allowing music files is just going to be a drawback not a security feature. In sheeps clothing this may look like a good idea but this is one thing that people can pass up, putting all your life into Facebook is something you can do already with other websites. Facebook just wants you to never leave, and I say this with it in one tab.

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