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Comment: Re:And it took this long to "make the connection"? (Score 1) 248

by SebZero (#39631217) Attached to: Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor

Honestly? The reason is science

It's all well and good for you to go "RAAAAR COMMON SENSE" but it's incredibly difficult to prove anything like this in real people who live different lives in different places doing different things, because even if all of the above were the same it would take 20+ years. Completely ignoring the money.

Comment: Re:It did not help (Score 1) 156

by SebZero (#38265602) Attached to: Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack
Well those are really not that surprising because elections have quite a run-up period!

In that time the one major political power has access to the media to the exclusion of all others while showing puff pieces with videos of Putin riding combine harvesters, tranquilising siberian tigers, diving to pull artifacts from wrecks all while pulling his shirt off at every moment.
When the one major political party uses government resources to print pamphlets and travel to visit city centres while all the challengers have to fund their own campaign.
Even if the votes were counted fairly, that's quite a handicap to give your opponents!

Comment: It's a lot of fun! (ELEVEN!) (Score 2) 185

by SebZero (#37738306) Attached to: Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

The conversation mode is in alpha and it's intermittently very good or very bad (a complete hoot)!

I'm bilingual and visited my mother with a, "mum come have a go at this" - 15 minutes later we gave up with tears of laughter at some of the translations.

Then of course, we tried pieces of the "voice recognition lift" skit which has again come into relevance with the release of siri

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFRoYhTJQQ

Comment: 100% accountability? I'm not that's what they want (Score 3, Insightful) 179

by SebZero (#37427886) Attached to: IT Could Have Caught $2 Billion Rogue Trader

I think that such a rigid system would prove to be a double-edged sword and would ultimately not be adopted in some institutions. It requires precise tracking of what each trader "bets" vs their losses and the application of rules to stop them from losing too much. This is data that can find its way into the outside world in the case of scandals such as this and I'm not sure investment banks would want a perfectly documented account of losses becoming public. They play a game of high-stakes risk on a daily basis, under the respectable cover of expensive premises and thick financial service books.

A friend of mine who is in what most of us would call an extremely well-paying profession told me about a highschool friend of hers who worked as a trader in London and retired at the ripe old age of 42 to live in an amazing appartment with waterfront views in central London. I was grumbling about banker-types making phenomenal money and being nowhere near as intelligent as doctors/lawyers/engineers, to which she replied, "Of course they're not the brightest, they're certainly not dumb, but they're wired different to you or I - they're risk-takers. What they do with large sums of money on a daily basis, is gambling in a casino where 'the house always wins' isn't always the case. Normal people put in their position would not take the risks they take for fear of losing"

You can potentially win big, lose or stay the same - but some of these institutions trade retirement funds or government health funds. Governments tend to have inquiries if things go wrong and not having an exacty record of how a system broke down allows the bank face while they use the trader as the scapegoat for everything that went wrong.

Robotics

+ - Robotic Labor Taking Over the World? -> 1

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kkleiner writes "Let’s not be silly here, robots don’t want to kill all humans, they just want to take all their jobs. The accelerating rise in robot labor of the past decade, and its expansion into all areas of production, have led many to worry about the future of human workers. Yet how extensive is the robotic take over of labor? Our friends at Mezzmer Eyeglasses did some impressive research and created an even more impressive infographic explaining the present and future of robots in the workplace."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Slippery slope? (Score 1) 301

by SebZero (#37365842) Attached to: Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

There is quite a large difference between a person watching and seeing you go past and a sleepless, tireless automaton tracking you to the distance of a car parking spot.

I think you'll find there's a very large court case if your country that's actually trying to decide how much of a right to privacy even suspected criminals have with GPS tracking versus good ol' actual police officers following you: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/us/11gps.html

What would be interesting to see what westfield's reaction would be if you had a mechanism (from LCD film to... duct tape) for covering up your license plate each time you enter it. While I don't know the specifics of the law as it pertains to carparks in Australia - I'm sure regardless of what the law is, the rent-a-cops would bar your entry stating "private property".

Earth

Google Details and Defends Its Use of Electricity 237

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-not-easy-being-green dept.
theodp writes "On Thursday, Google finally provided information on its energy usage, revealing that it continuously uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes. Still, the search giant contends that by using more power than Salt Lake City, Google actually makes the world a greener place. Google says people should consider things like the amount of gasoline saved when someone conducts a Google search rather than, say, driving to the library. As Police Chief Martin Brody might say, 'Google's going to need a bigger windmill!'"

Comment: Not sure the guilt trip works... (Score 1) 325

by SebZero (#37307050) Attached to: Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

...but anything to help it win is welcome.

The patent disputes are an utter can of worms with the who-copied-who arguments, however the claims of copying design elements are utterly stupid to the point of being insulting. If someone walks into a shop intending to buy an iPad, but walks out with a ** 7.7 inch ** samsung galaxy tablet, there are 2 things that need to happen:

1) Help needs to be organised - they will probably need help switching the device on, yet alone using it.
2) Serious questions need to be asked about how such a dimwit managed to get that much money.

Comment: Re:typing class in school (Score 1) 362

by SebZero (#37300376) Attached to: Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard
Typing class was certainly beneficial - learning the basics was/is/always will be essential. Where my typing really picked up was when all the students started using ICQ - there is nothing like the application of the skill to hone your typing "skillz" - the faster you type the more you can say! I do wonder what the hell my kids will one day do with the ubiquity of skype and similar services...

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