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Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 174

by TheRaven64 (#48218897) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

In China if you say "The Communist Party are a bunch of cock smoking douchebags," you can expect trouble. In Mandarin.

Unless you are part of a protest group (organised or not) with more than about 25K members, you probably won't. The Party knows that people blowing off steam are not a threat, but are easy to turn into people who are a threat.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 112

by hey! (#48218699) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

That's because you use ridiculously vaguye language like "easy to transmit". You need to specify the conditions under which the potential transmission takes place. What peoiple don't realize is just how primitive conditions are in Africa, and what a difference it makes. These are countries where medical providers re-use latex gloves, sometimes even hypodermic needles. Granted, this guy was part a medical mission that probably had all the protective equipment, but you have to keep in mind that the primitive conditions that preceded them meant that there have been some TEN THOUSAND cases in the region.

It's immensely labor intensive to take care of an Ebola patient, especially with the precautions required by close contact., but the overwhelming numbers introduces yet another deadly risk factor: fatigue.

So yes, I suppose you could say the medical personnel who contracted Ebola are stupid because they made a mistake under pressure. But what about the rest of us? This epidemic should never have got big enough to pose a global concern. It was our choice to cut the CDC's emergency preparedness budget to a billion dollars below the FY 2002 mark.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Bitcoin over Tor is a bad idea?->

Submitted by jd
jd (1658) writes "Researchers studying Bitcoin have determined that the level of anonymity of the cryptocurrency is low and that using Bitcoin over Tor provides an opportunity for a Man-in-the-Middle attack against Bitcoin users. (I must confess, at this point, that I can certainly see anonymity limitations helping expose what machine is linked to what Bitcoin ID, putting users at risk of exposure, but I don't see how this is a function of Tor, as the paper implies.)

It would seem worthwhile to examine both the Tor and Bitcoin protocols to establish if there is an actual threat there, as it must surely apply to any semi-anonymous protocol over Tor and Bitcoin has limited value as a cryptocurrency if all transactions have to be carried out in plain sight.

What are the opinions of other Slashdottians on this announcement? Should we be working on an entirely new cryptocurrency system? Is this a problem with Tor? Is this a case of the Scarlett Fish (aka: a red herring) or something to take seriously?"

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Comment: Re:Guy saves you from becoming Illinois (Score 1) 19

by smitty_one_each (#48217845) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Gets Some Help

I'm pointing out if you compare the money the state contributes to the federal budget (by way of individual income tax) to the money they get back (by way of projects their congress-critters push through), you'll find those ratios are higher in the south.

I guess if
- the individual income tax were the sole means of funding the government
- government were run deficit-free, via proper budgets submitted in a timely way, and not endless borrowing
then this would not seem Yet Another Specious Argument.

Comment: Re:Bull (Score 4, Informative) 36

by timeOday (#48217271) Attached to: Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs
It is very premature to excoriate Microsoft for discontinuing research. Yes they closed the Bay Area site, but Microsoft Research is headquartered in Redmond, along with Microsoft Corporate HQ. If anything, Microsoft has been knocked for pouring money into MS Research with little to show for it (although their patent portfolio may be the most profitable thing they have going in the mobile arena).

If Microsoft is flagging, I actually don't think it's lack of research, in their case. They are way out in front of every movement in industry (hence the patent fees), what they lack is the design and marketing to capitalize on it themselves.

Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 1) 90

Yes, Intel is a great American company. But are its fortunes rising or sinking? I see very minimal long-term growth (if at all) in that chart, which is scary given than the worldwide market for semiconductors is growing fast. Compare to Samsung.

Granted we are just comparing individual companies. Apple is an American company and has done amazingly well. But, personal opinion here, Apple's magic is not very substantive, and people are very fickle in what is considered cool. (Not that Apple's products aren't good, but their success in recent years has been way out of proportion to how good they are - the quality created a fad - and that won't last).

Comment: Re:Guy saves you from becoming Illinois (Score 1) 19

by smitty_one_each (#48216795) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Gets Some Help

We already know that on the national level it does not parse out the way you want it to; the states with the highest ratio of (money back from the federal government) : (money paid to federal government in taxes) are all in the south where people are bitching that the federal government is holding them down.

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million. This link substantially refutes your assertion about the South =>
You're technically correct, in that the DC Metro area is below the Mason-Dixon line. Yeah, it's the South, but don't kid yourself: this is the Progressive Plantation House. Precious little agriculture afoot, though. Oh, who cares: keep kidding yourself. You do it so well.

Comment: IBM tries to do this too (Score 5, Interesting) 182

by magarity (#48216773) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

When I lived in China between '07-'09 I interviewed at the local IBM office to do data warehouse ETL. They wanted to pay me a local wage around $1000/month but send me to the US on an 'L' visa whereby they wouldn't be subject to US wage laws which the manager said "we do it all the time". When I pointed out they couldn't send me to the US on any kind of visa since I'm a citizen, they dropped all contact.

Comment: Re:Performance issues? (Score 1) 156

by gstoddart (#48215219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

>> And if it's under RAID I'd need at least 4x as much disk?

No, I'll stay 2x.

Depends on your level of mirroring, doesn't it?

I know people who do storage for a living, and some places use the RAID x+y where you have levels of RAID giving mirroring, combined with striping and parity to get additional redundancy. I those situations, the amount of raw space you need is at least 2x the amount of usable space you want to end up with.

And, a lot of those places replicate the entire storage to another instance as the redundant backup/failover/DR.

Comment: Re:His mistake was posting he had made them... (Score 1) 326

by angel'o'sphere (#48215211) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

The point is a smuggled gun is so expensive that only very few would be able to afford it.
As soon as a gun is used the hunt is open anyway.
Furthermore: ifvI wanted a gun, regardless if in germany or japan, how would I find the guy who sells it?
I allready need to be a criminal to even get into touch with a gun smuggler or cocaine smuggler.
You simply seem not to grasp that bullshit like rubbery with a gun in your face happens neither in Japan nor in Germany: because 'criminals' so low on the ladder of being criminals have no way in hell to get a gun.

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