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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 805 805

Are you kidding? Organized war is what we did since ancient Sumer (blasted Mesopotamia, it was trouble then and it is trouble now) and I don't see a reason to stop now. A global war would be a bit tricky, or at least too short for anyone to really profit from it because of nuclear weapons, but I don't see a reason why this year's Ukrainian campaign couldn't turn into a real war. The Russians already have a lot of weapons and 'vacationers' in there, it just needs a couple thousands well-equipped NATO 'vacationers' and we're good to go. I'm sure the Baltic states plus Poland would be happy to provide those... Give "The Guns of August" a try - it's really good at explaining how easy it is to start a war, and how difficult it is to stop one, once the armies start moving. Also "Red Storm Rising" is quite interesting, if you prefer fiction.

+ - Ask Slashdot: What would be the effect of a tech bubble burst for tech careers?

An anonymous reader writes: I just reached a senior level in a tech career and I've been doing pretty much a bit of everything, e.g. software architecture, full stack dev, eng. related specific dev, consultancy, etc. So I'm at a point where I want to start focusing on something that has a good development path, i.e. I won't struggle finding a job, it'll be fairly paid and it'll allow me to move up in responsibility (bigger teams, more difficult projects) if I want to.

It seems like we might be heading into a new tech bubble (http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/05/18/1456208/stock-market-valuation-exceeds-its-components-actual-value, http://news.slashdot.org/story...)

Based on your experience of the .com collapse and your predictions for the current market, is there any path you wouldn't recommend (or strongly recommend) if this bubble goes pop? What were the roles most affected when the .com bubble burst back in 2000 and would it be any different this time? Is there anything you can do to be better prepared, such as focusing on broader techs rather than niche techs, etc.

Google News Sci Tech: European Space Agency may have found lost Rosetta Philae lander - NY City News->


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European Space Agency may have found lost Rosetta Philae lander
NY City News
The European Space Agency announced on Thursday that its engineers say that its Philae lander undoubtedly landed on the comet, prior to becoming inactive because of lack of sufficient batteries. According to information from the European Space Agency,...
Rosetta's Philae Lander Discovered On Surface of Comet?Viral Global News
Has the ESA finally located Philae, its missing comet lander?Morning Ticker
Have We Found Rosetta's Lost Philae Lander?Universe Today
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Comment: Terrible example of the use of 3D printing (Score 4, Interesting) 107 107

They are actually welding the structure one drop of molten metal at a time. The energy expended must be staggering compared to classical construction technologies, and I'm pretty sure the resulting metal is seriously inferior to standard steel...

Comment: Re:A bunch of politicians who won't be around... (Score 2) 298 298

Well, I don't expect that the G7 will put the agreement into their respective constitutions. I don't even expect them to put it into writing, show it to their respective parliaments for ratification and then sign it. That would make this business too difficult to weasel out of later...

Comment: Re:A bunch of politicians who won't be around... (Score 2) 298 298

I don't think so - I can't even see how that would work, AFAIK solid fats don't go into ice cream at all. But I have no idea really, all I know is that the ice cream you get here tastes the same as everywhere else in Europe I've had the chance to try it.

Comment: A bunch of politicians who won't be around... (Score 4, Insightful) 298 298

A bunch of politicians who won't be around in 10 years agree to do something in 85 years? Wow, that's a real commitment to our future :) Especially since there won't be anything left to burn by then, and nobody to burn it (unless the cockroaches get on top of things really fast)...

Comment: Bad guys will use it anyway (Score 5, Insightful) 203 203

Anybody who stands to lose more by having their (illegal) activities uncovered compared to being penalized for using (banned) encryption will still use it, so only the good guys, who don't use it to cover up their criminal activity will stop using encryption. At the same time they will be more exposed to data and identity theft, blackmail and illegal snooping. This just shows how little actually the FBI cares about the safety of common, law-abiding citizens. They don't see their mission as protecting people from becoming victims in the first place, but rather as catching criminals after the fact. It's logical if pretty evil - the more crime there is in USA, the more money and power the FBI gets. But folks - which one of those is better for us? Prevention or prosecution?

+ - Constitutional Court in Slovakia bans wholesale online metadata retention->

SlovakWakko writes: A recent change to the Telecommunications Act in Slovakia ordered Slovak ISPs to store 6 months-worth of various metadata for all forms of on-line communication, including users' location and personal data. Now the Slovak Constitutional Court (a court which decides on the adherence of anything and everything to the Constitution of the Slovak Republic) has decided that this order is not in accordance with the constitution. This decision follows last year's decision by the European Court of Justice which has killed similar EC directive on data retention. (original source in Slovak only)
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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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