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Comment The one comment that makes sense (Score 0) 32

Have been reading all the comments and this one makes the most sense...

... Personally. I'd say no about including China on the space ventures.

And say "Let's meet in space, you develop your own methods to get there"...

Why should our land-based politics follow us out there?

Why can't we start anew - you make yours and I make mine and if you and I happen to meet in outer space, we meet as equal

Submission + - Tourist went to wrong street and was slain - because of an app (

Taco Cowboy writes: The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro

Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The woman was shot and killed

Regina Murmura, 70, a travel agent who had been using the Waze app while traveling through Niteroi with her 69-year-old husband, Francisco, was killed on Saturday night, according to a Brazilian police spokesman. The couple's app led them on a small road in one of the city's most notorious favelas, or slum areas

Someone opened fire, with 20 bullets hitting the couple's car, the police spokesman said. Authorities don't know why, though drug gangs are prevalent in the area

Submission + - Verizon to hike unlimited plan, again! (

Taco Cowboy writes: Verizon to add $20 to grandfathered unlimited data plans

Verizon is planning to raise the price of unlimited data plans from $29.99 to $49.99 per month

It's yet another sign the company's trying to force people to let go of their highly-prized plans that remain only because they were grandfathered in

The unlimited data is only part of a cell phone bill. Talking and texting are extra. Right now if you're on Verizon's 450 plan, that costs $59.99 per month. Add the new higher rate for unlimited data, the total monthly cost will look more like $109.99, plus fees. Verizon customers will see the increase starting on monthly bills that arrive on Nov. 15 or later

Submission + - Priority of spending, country by country (

Taco Cowboy writes: A country's spending reflects its national stereotypes, according to household expenditure data compiled by Eurostat

Russians splash 8% of their money on booze and cigarettes—far more than most rich countries—while fun-loving Australians spend a tenth of theirs on recreation, and bookish South Koreans splurge more than most on education

Predominantly private health care in America eats up over a fifth of each household’s budget, whereas the European Union, where public health care is common, only spends 4% on it

In Russia, government-subsidised housing and heating make living cheaper, and this means money is left over for the finer things in life

The infographic is available at

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Comment The evolution of FPGA (Score 1) 254

... The estimate that it will take centuries is probably what is the farthest off ...

The electronic device that we can use to simulate the connectomes are FPGAs, and the time frame largely depends on the r/evolution of FPGA (and the derivatives) that we can come up with, in the future

Since the connections of the connectomes are dynamic, what we need is a type of 'FPGA' which can adjust its connections dynamically without having to go through the re-programmed process

The 'FPGA' in the future does not have to be in silicon, it could be in any other material, so long as it is capable to function in dynamic fashion

If we are able to come out with something which I describe above, we wouldn't have to wait for centuries

Comment Re:Yes, but ... (Score 1) 73

... for the vast majority of Chinese citizens, while their economic freedom (and condition) is infinitely better than under Mao, it's still much less than in Europe unless you're very well-connected with the CCP ...

Why propels some Westerners to perpetuate this kind of bullshit indefinitely?

I am from China. I ran away from China during the height of Cultural Revolution and ended in America as a refugee

Now the businesses which I run include businesses in China - unlike the author of the above comment, I know what I am talking about

Have you talked to the Romani people (or so called Gypsies) in Europe?

Can you please elucidate how much 'economic freedom' the Romani people get to enjoy, in Europe , vis-a-vis the Chinese in mainland China?

This is Slashdot, a place where we talk facts, not a place for you to perpetuate your bullshit !

Submission + - Amazon's "obsession with dinosaur sex" shaped CloudFlare's censorship stance (

An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare's CEO was referring to how the bookseller and online retail giant banned so-called "monster erotica," a genre of fan-fiction revolving around fantasy-based fictional encounters with mythical or extinct creatures (including dinosaurs), which was for a time sold on its online bookstore.

His somewhat grandiose point was simple enough. Should a company decide who its customers should be, or determine who is a good guy and who is a bad guy?

Comment Very weak administration (Score 1) 44

Most of the IT admin in China are poorly run, and many of their machines have been compromised - resulting in China IPs keep showing up in many cyberhacking incidents

The problem is that most of the IT staffs in China do not prioritize security - to them as long as the things run they are happy

It boils down to mindset - security / safety isn't something Chinese care too much about

I know, I am a Chinese

Submission + - Apple Reportedly Disables Its News App in China (

An anonymous reader writes: When Apple launched iOS 9, it replaced its Newsstand app with Apple News. It has only been available to users in the U.S., but those who registered their phones in the U.S. had no problem using the app while overseas. Now, the NY Times reports that Apple is specifically disabling the app for users located in China. "Those in China who look at the top of the Apple News feed, which would normally display a list of selected articles based on a user’s preferred media, instead see an error message: 'Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region.' ... Beijing generally insists that companies are responsible for censoring sensitive content inside China. In Apple’s case, that would mean it would probably have to develop a censorship system — most Chinese companies use a combination of automated software and employees — to eliminate sensitive articles from feeds."

Submission + - Cloud DDoS Mitigation Services Can Be Bypassed by Aiming Attacks at Website's IP ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A recent research paper shows that most Cloud-Based Security Providers (CBSP) are ineffective in protecting websites from DDoS attacks, mainly because they cannot entirely hide the origin website's IP address from attackers. As five security researchers from Belgium and the US are claiming, there are eight methods through which these mitigations services can be bypassed. The 8 techniques of obtaining a website's origin IP address rely on hackers searching through historical Web traffic databases, in DNS records, subdomains that resolve to the main domain directly, the site's own source code, when the main website triggers outbound connections, via SSL certificates, via sensitive files hosted on the website's server, and during migration or maintenance operations on the mitigation service itself, which leaves the target website temporarily exposed.

Comment Maxxing the NIC card (Score 2) 54

From TFA:

... the unmodified Linux kernel can only handle about 1 million packets per second, when easily-available NICs can manage 10 times that ...

... which implies that NICs can easily manage more than 10 million packets per second, right?

... With their changes, Netmap was able to receive about 5.8 million packets per second ...

5.8 million packets per second might be fast, but it is still _ much lower _ than the theoretical >10 million packets per second max speed ...

I am curious, has any software (no matter if it's open source, or proprietary) successfully achieved the >10 million packets per second threshold yet?

Submission + - Opera Mini App For iPhone Launches

lyndonizaj writes: How to Locate an iPhone Repair Store

The Field Agent app for iPhone is often a free, unique app that pays you for performing simple tasks like capturing or jotting down small items of information at places you'd probably otherwise go normally, such as the supermarket or possibly a mall. Clients post small jobs that they can need completed remotely, and users can flick through the jobs indexed by their geographic area and find jobs they are ready to complete. One in the coolest popular features of the app (besides the face that it pays you!) would be that the great majority of the jobs not one of them any lot of effort on the part from the user, while they don't even involve going out with the way, and may be completed while performing everyday tasks (like looking for groceries.)

But let's switch-gears from all of that on-going saga and controversy and mention the difficulties mobile apps are for mobile auto service businesses. Now then; will all these new android and iPhone GPS marketing apps be a disadvantage for mobile auto services? Yes, no, yet, Let me explain.

One element that is certainly important during the choice of phone is the sized LCD screen. Some people prefer small screens and some prefer to use mobiles with larger screens. Those who are new to this type of mobile should attain a huge screen mobile, since they won't fight to make use of the set with all its applications. Big size mobiles contain larger key nodes which be the a sense ease to create sms or using the web. Even some want the touch-screens to be smaller in size, his or her preference is a bit more on style and portability.

When Apple introduced the upgraded version 3G, that the 3GS also offers, was two additional features which are that will improve the life of the battery of the phone. One of the two newer features was the feature that as you held the device near or up against the face a deactivator actually dimmed the screen in order to save battery. The second feature was installing an ambient light sensor that
iphone insurance would automatically make the display brighter or dimmer to modify for your outside or inside light thus also saving battery usage.

The design of the brand new iPhone 4 white isn't identical to its predecessor the iPhone 3g. The white iPhone 4 use stainless around the edges offering more protection to the phone itself. The front and back are constructed with a glass which can be strong and it has been given a unique coating to protect it. Many reviewers online have declared that they purposely have dropped their iPhones 4 numerous times from many different positions and heights and contains held up superbly. This in itself is impressive, because of so many individuals that put our phones in your pockets or even in purses with keys as well as other items which would could scratch it, as well as those individuals which can be always dropping things.

Submission + - Genetically Modified Micro Pigs For Sale (

An anonymous reader writes: Tyne McConnon from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that "[a] Chinese research company is planning to sell its 'micro pig' as a pet after it successfully edited the DNA of the animal to stunt its growth. Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) created the pig, which grows to weigh between 14 and 20 kilograms, by changing the DNA responsible for its growth. The company originally genetically modified the Bama pig breed for research but announced at a Bio Tech Leader summit in China recently their plans to sell it."

Submission + - NASA's 'Journey to Mars' plan lacks specifics and a budget ( 1

MarkWhittington writes: NASA released a document purported to describe the steps involved in its Journey to Mars program. But, as the Wall Street Journal suggests, the “plan” has a conspicuous lack of specifics, especially how much the program will cost and what are some of the intermediate steps that have to be taken before human beings set foot on Mars, sometime in the 2030s. The lack is likely informed by the fact that, with the change of administrations, the space agency’s deep space exploration goals are likely to get a reevaluation. The plan serves as a public relations document more than anything else.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan