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Comment: Human in the value chain of Robot Economy (Score 1) 571

by Taco Cowboy (#48644977) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

The point of the robot economy is that effectively they will

... Or the robots will just make enough for themselves and take nights of to dream of electric sheep ...

In the human society, the animals that we human keep, from pets such as dogs and cats and tropical fish, to farm animals that we rear for meat, skin, fur, such as pigs, cows, chicken, sheeps, do have their respective intrinsic values

This leads to the central crucial aspect of TFA:

... hordes of citizens of zero economic value ...

When human beings end up having zero economic value they will have less value than a chicken in the farm

What kind of future you think those zero-economic value human will have?

+ - Birds 'heard tornadoes coming' and fled one day ahead->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers "evacuated" their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak.

Geolocators showed the birds left the Appalachians and flew 700km (400 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico.

The next day, devastating storms swept across the south and central US.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, ecologists suggest these birds — and others — may sense such extreme events with their keen low-frequency hearing.

Remarkably, the warblers had completed their seasonal migration just days earlier, settling down to nest after a 5,000km (3,100 mile) journey from Colombia.

Dr Henry Streby, from the University of California, Berkeley, said he initially set out to see if tracking the warblers was even possible.

"This was just a pilot season for a larger study that we're about to start," Dr Streby told the BBC.

"These are very tiny songbirds — they weigh about nine grams.

"The fact that they came back with the geolocators was supposed to be the great success of this season. Then this happened!"

Everybody out
Working with colleagues from the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota, Dr Streby tagged 20 golden-winged warblers in May 2013, in the Cumberland Mountains of north-eastern Tennessee.

The birds nest and breed in this region every summer, and can be spotted around the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains.

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The golden-winged warblers were being tracked as part of a pilot study of their normal, seasonal migration
After disappearing to Colombia for the winter, 10 of the tagged warblers returned in April 2014. The team was in the field observing them when they received advance warning of the tornadoes.

"We evacuated ourselves to the waffle house in Caryville, Tennessee, for the one day that the storm was really bad," Dr Streby said.

Elsewhere in the US the storm had more drastic consequences. At least 84 tornadoes caused 35 fatalities and more than $1bn (£0.6bn) in property damage.

After the storm had blown over, the team recaptured five of the warblers and removed the geolocators.

These are tiny devices weighing about half a gram, which measure light levels. Based on the timing and length of the days they record, these gadgets allow scientists to calculate and track the approximate location of migratory birds.

In this case, all five indicated that the birds had taken unprecedented evasive action, beginning one to two days ahead of the storm's arrival.

"The warblers in our study flew at least 1,500km (932 miles) in total," Dr Streby said.

They escaped just south of the tornadoes' path — and then went straight home again. By 2 May, all five were back in their nesting area.

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Aerial footage, captured by a drone in the wake of the storms, shows emergency vehicles and debris on a highway in Arkansas
Remarkably, the warblers' evacuation commenced while the closest tornado was still hundreds of miles away. Weather conditions in the nesting area were still nothing out of the ordinary.

Distant rumble
The most likely tip-off was the deep rumble that tornadoes produce, well below what humans can hear.

Noise in this "infrasound" range travels thousands of kilometres, and may serve as something of an early warning system for animals that can pick it up.

"It's very unlikely that this species is the only group doing this," Dr Streby said.

Even from casual birdwatching in the area as the storm drew nearer, he said, "It seemed like there were far fewer birds — so I suspect it's not a species-specific trait."

Dr Chris Hewson, a senior research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, told BBC News that infrasound was a plausible explanation.

He pointed out that several birds, including falcons, are thought to use infrasound to help them navigate.

"And you can see from the weather data that there doesn't appear to be any alternative cue that they could be picking up on," he said."

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+ - New data says volcanoes, not asteroids, killed dinosaurs

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The uncertainty of science: A careful updating of the geological timeline has strengthened the link between the dinosaur extinction 66 million years ago and a major volcanic event at that time.

A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic kilometers (264,000 cubic miles) of lava. The main phase of eruptions comprised about 80-90 percent of the total volume of the Deccan Traps’ lava flow and followed a substantially weaker first phase that began about 1 million years earlier.

The results support the idea that the Deccan Traps played a role in the K-Pg extinction, and challenge the dominant theory that a meteorite impact near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico, was the sole cause of the extinction. The researchers suggest that the Deccan Traps eruptions and the Chicxulub impact need to be considered together when studying and modeling the K-Pg extinction event.

The general public might not know it, but the only ones in the field of dinosaur research that have said the asteroid was the sole cause of the extinction have been planetary scientists."

Comment: TOR gives a false sense of security (Score 0) 86

by Taco Cowboy (#48640843) Attached to: Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

About 250 years ago the British army was fighting the French and their allies, the American Indians

The commanding officer thought up a very ingenious way to wipe out the French's allies by introducing smallpox to the American Indians, and he did it by seemingly by being kind to the American Indians --- he gave the Indians blankets

Of course he did not tell the American Indians that those blankets were used by people who were infected with smallpox

As a result of the biological warfare, untold number of the American Indians who fought alongside the French died

Now, back to 2014/2015

TOR seemingly offers the world a "security blanket", a "blanket" which would, by its reputation, ought to have give protection to the users from the authority's prying eyes

But like the blankets of yore, TOR came with "extra bonus" ... bonus in which will allow the authority to not only track the users, but also know everything that the users did

The TOR infrastructure is filled with many weak links, weak links which can be, and are being, exploited by Uncle Sam

No matter if it's NSA or FBI or CIA or whatever three-alphabetic agency, TOR will reveal to them whatever they want to know

Comment: TOR is a fucking honey pot ! (Score 4, Insightful) 86

by Taco Cowboy (#48640829) Attached to: Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

... See the ongoing silk road case, where the DOJ has yet to show how exactly they physically identified its owner and its server locations

TOR is a HONEY POT that enjoys a successful deployment beyond anyone's expectation !

It is not China nor Russia who came up with TOR, it was Uncle Sam which is the entity who funded the TOR project

TOR has several uses for USA ---

1. As you mentioned, to offer dissents within Russia / China or any other dictatorial nation a way to sneak out of the watchful eyes of their respective ruling regime

2. TOR also offers a false sense of security to those who wanted to do something not-so-legal, and in that way, "fish" them out from the real DARK NET and land them inside TOR while Uncle Sam gets to watch their every single fucking move

The highlighted quote above in itself has explained all --- that Uncle Sam knows everything that happens within the TOR domains, including the identity of those involved

+ - MPAA, Google and Netizens, is this war?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I remember the first time I read a story about Google hiring DC lobbyists, it was to fend off a dastardly effort from would-be competitors who, it seemed, couldn't innovate themselves into the search segment. I thought this is it, the age of innocence and indifference is over at GOOG. Today comes a
dire warning from the EFF concerning secret plots to undermine the open internet with the nation's Attorney Generals in lockstep with its instigators: The Motion Picture Association of America. As netizens, should this be our moment of truth? Faced with such daunting adversaries, how can we go about taking the gloves off?"

+ - Sony Prototype Clips Turn Any Regular Glasses Into Smart Ones->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There are many interesting features of the product. The first in line is the universal compatibility which marks this prototype to be unique. Be it any kind of glasses that users wears this prototype will convert the same to smart glasses. The second most interesting feature is the microdisplay. Sony has put a lot of work for developing the new technology for the OLED micro display."
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Comment: Is there any protection against SMB worm ? (Score 1) 168

by Taco Cowboy (#48640023) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Hacking activities are happening around us, from companies managing parking garages to Sony to Staples to whatnots ...

I've read Schneier's article which in essence telling us that there is no foolproof way to prevent hacking attempt

I do reckoned that "foolproof" in the IT field is nothing short of fairy tales, but still, I do think there ought to be ways, online and offline, that we can do, to at least cut down, to minimize, our companies' exposure to the (oft state-sponsored) hacking groups

Any link (or links), suggestion, recommendation, whatever, that you guys (and gals) can share?

Thanks !

+ - Warblers Hear Tornadoes Coming from Hundreds of Miles Away

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Osvaldo Nunez reports that a recent study out of UC Berkeley says that golden-winged warblers can predict the coming of storms and tornadoes while the closest tornado is still hundreds of miles away. In April, a massive thunderstorm ravaged central and southern United States, causing more than $1 billion in damage across 17 states. The birds nest and breed around the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains every summer. After flying 1,500-miles down to Tennessee, two days before the storms, flocks of songbirds and golden-winged warblers departed the areas and flew 900-miles to Florida and Cuba. They escaped just south of the tornadoes' path — and then went straight home again. By May 2, five tagged birds were back in their nesting area. "At the same time that meteorologists on The Weather Channel were telling us this storm was headed in our direction, the birds were apparently already packing their bags and evacuating the area," says Henry Streby.

The most likely tip-off was the deep rumble that tornadoes produce, well below what humans can hear. Noise in this "infrasound" range travels thousands of kilometers, and may serve as something of an early warning system for animals that can pick it up. "It's very unlikely that this species is the only group doing this," says Streby. The new study is the first time that migratory birds have been seen taking such dramatic evasive action. "We know that birds can alter their route to avoid things during regular migration. But it hadn't been shown before that they would leave once the migration is over, and they'd established their breeding territory, to escape severe weather." With the predicted increase in severity and frequency of similar storms as anthropogenic climate change progresses, understanding large-scale behavioral responses of animals to such events will be an important objective of future research."

+ - Tribler Makes BitTorrent Completely Anonymous and Impossible to Compromise->

Submitted by giulioprisco
giulioprisco (2448064) writes "A group of researchers from the Delft University of Technology are about to do something never done before: make BitTorrent completely anonymous and impossible to shut down. Utilizing a dedicated Tor-like network, Tribler allows users to search and download torrents without risking any of their personal information or being tracked down, the researchers claim. Prior to The Pirate Bay being taken down, the creator Peter Sunde mentioned that he wished it would have died quicker so others could improve and innovate the technology. It looks like Sunde got his wish after all."
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Submitted by hessian
hessian (467078) writes "SJWs are a divisive and destructive force in the world today. Masquerading under the guise of social justice they seek a position of victimhood and aim to label everything that stands against them as prejudice. Their modus operandi is to use shaming language to close down the conversation leaving them free to assert their dominance."
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Comment: They are there to take your money ... (Score 3) 580

by Taco Cowboy (#48622995) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

...You know... Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, NSA, CIA, FBI, NRA, bronies...

If you are an American, you should know ...
The cops are there to enjoy Dunkin Donuts

The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine are there to be used to invade yet another foreign country

The NSA, CIA, FBI are there to invade our privacy

The IRS are there to harass us and to take our money

As for the congress ? They are there to talk shit

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"