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Comment: German/Asian education systems are flawed?? (Score 1) 247 247

by Taco Cowboy (#50009203) Attached to: FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers

They're not prizing education, but the ability to make certain tiers of education

If the German / Asian education systems are flawed, please tell me why they keep on producing innovative young people while America has to rely on immigrants from Germany and Asia to replenish its supply of innovative ideas?

As a Chinese I can tell you that we do prize not only education - but also knowledge and the use of knowledge to bettering the world at large

My primary education was in China. Secondary school and up, I got it in the USA - and the contrast is that in China we actually honor our teacher but in America it's the football stars and/or gangsters who got most admirations

In the secondary school that I went to in the States (near the Boston area) more than 80% were blacks. Decades have passed since I got out of that hellhole and I can tell you that it's the 20%, the non-blacks, who are contributing to the wellbeing of the American society via our taxes, our inventions and our companies that we started which are employing thousands of other Americans

Why can't the blacks do what we the 20%-ers are doing?

It's not that they can't, they do *NOT* want to, because for them, excellence in education isn't their priority --- they do not have to because they got their Jesse Jackson to speak out for them whenever there is/are troubles

As for the 20%-ers, we do not have our 'Jesse Jackson' to speak for us, we have to do it all by ourselves. That is why it is us, the 20%-ers, who are pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps

Comment: Ignorance? Who is ignorant? (Score 1) 96 96

Ever heard of Umm Qirfa?

Never heard of the name?

Read this link ---

Read how that old noble woman was killed

Read who was the one ordering the murder of that old lady


Comparing to the extreme cruel way that old noble lady was murdered, the beheadings carried by the ISIL assholes become lame and mild mannered

You don't even know what islam is!

Comment: There is a saying ... (Score 2) 89 89

by Taco Cowboy (#49992743) Attached to: Put Your Enterprise Financial Data In the Cloud? Sure, Why Not

... that 99.999% of the humans are idiots

At first I did not think much of that saying, but, reading TFA, especially the part about "... people realize that information is more likely to be accidentally emailed out to the wrong address then hacked ..." makes me wonder if there is a need for something far worse than the word "idiot"

+ - Are you a Toxoplasma Gondii carrier?

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Toxoplasma Gondii is a brain parasite with feline as its primary host

While most mammals and some birds are susceptable to infection by Toxoplasma gondii, only the feline serve as the definitive host, in which sexual reproduction and the production of oocysts occurs

When Toxoplasma Gondii infects the rat it alters the behavior of the host so much so that the rodent loses its innate fear of cats

It has been estimated that in between 30% to 50% of the human beings have been infected by the parasite

A study carried out in China revealed that an estimated 12% — 25% of the population are carriers of the Toxoplasma Gondii parasite

Seropositive estimations for other countries ranging from 20% for England and as high as 75% for France

Toxoplasma Gondii not only alters the behavior of rodents as there have been signs of the parasite altering behavior of human beings that it has infected. For notable cases please use the following link

In human hosts the Toxoplasma Gondii inhibits the function of the Amygdala region located deep inside the brain. The Amygdala region relegates the feeling of FEAR. Fire up the amygdala, and you can be more inhibited and fearful. Repress it, and you might find yourself on one of those Girls Gone Wild videos. If you remove the amygdala, animals will get hypersexual, fearless, and hyperoral "in which inappropriate objects are placed in the mouth"

In other words, people who are toxoplasma seropositive takes much more unnecessarily risks and have more car accidents than those who are not

Are you a cat lover?
Are you a bad driver?
Do you have an outlandish behavior?

If you do, go get a test, especially if you (or your girlfriend) are pregant and/or planning to be pregnant

The Toxoplasma Gondii can cause tragic consequences to the unborn babies, including but not limited to visual and hearing loss, mental and psychomotor retardation, seizures, hematological abnormalities, hepatosplenomegaly, still birth, or death to both mother and unborn child

For more information, please refer to CDC's advice page below

More links to Toxoplasma Gondii

Become a full human being, and not a pseudo-zombie controlled by the Toxoplasma Gondii parasite !

Comment: Those who shed their blood for freedom (Score 5, Insightful) 80 80

by Taco Cowboy (#49983689) Attached to: France, Up In Arms Over NSA Spying, Passes New Surveillance Law

I have nothing but utmost respect for those who shed their blood for freedom, unfortunately human history is such that those who died for the cause almost always died in vain

Not because they didn't win the battle - they did

But because whatever victory they have achieved would, one way or another, be completely eroded by politicians

No matter which culture - no matter which era

No matter if the battle took place 2000 years ago or 2000 years in the future, politicians will always be the ultimate victor

+ - Oslo flight stops at Warsaw, explosive suspected->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: An airliner flight to Oslo has an emergency landing at Warsaw, according to media report it is linked to explosive

More to come ...

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+ - China challenging US military superiority in air, space-senior Pentagon offficer->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: China is mounting a serious effort to challenge US military superiority in air and space, forcing the Pentagon to seek new technologies and systems to stay ahead of its rapidly developing rival, Deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work said

The Pentagon’s chief operating officer, speaking to a group of military and civilian aerospace experts, said China was quickly closing the technological gaps, developing radar-evading aircraft, advanced reconnaissance planes, sophisticated missiles and top-notch electronic warfare equipment

Work, citing a Harvard study on rising powers confronting established powers, told the conference that interactions between the two often result in war. As a result, the Defence Department must “hedge against this international competition turning more heated”

Work said the United States has relied on technological superiority for the past 25 years, but now “the margin of technological superiority upon which we have become so accustomed is steadily eroding”

Directed energy weapons, for example, might be able to shoot down missiles that cost a hundred times the price of a jolt of energy

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Comment: Nothing that money can't buy (Score 5, Interesting) 65 65

by Taco Cowboy (#49960315) Attached to: Mauna Kea Telescope Construction Slated To Resume

Those main reason 'natives' objected to the construction of the telescope not because of the sacredness of the mount Kea but the lack of a certain incentive --- namely, $$$

Money can move mountains if needed be ... and in this case, as long as someone can pay those 'concerned natives' there will no longer be any objection, nor any protests over 'trampling of sacred ground'

Comment: Rhino horn's function = Tylenol (Score 2) 163 163

by Taco Cowboy (#49960289) Attached to: 3D Printing Might Save the Rhinoceros

Instead of Viagra, rhino horn's main function in traditional Chinese medicine is much more closer to Tylenol

Rhino horn has never been used as aphrodisiacs in Chinese medicine

As there are hundreds of other ingredients, vast majority of them plant based, such as barley or chrysanthemum, which work much better as fever reducer in traditional Chinese medicine, rhino horns are actually not needed at all

+ - How fucked up Slashdot wanna be?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Dice is killing Slashdot

Right now we can't even click and get the stories that we want to read

For example, when I left click the story of Wikileaks on Sony's documents
I got this

Motherfucking Dice can go eat shit and die !!

Link to Original Source

+ - Fintech - the oft forgotten tech sector->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Goldman Sachs has over 9,000 engineers and programmers in its employment list — and the figure is higher than Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin

Massive amount of money is pouring into fintech. In 2014, global investment in financial technology startups spiked to more than $12 billion. That’s three times what it was just a year prior, according to Accenture. There have also been some huge funding wins this year. Most recently, zero-commissions trading app Robinhood announced $50 million round and financial education site NerdWallet attracted $64 million in funds

A booming fintech industry is incubating surrounding exchanges, hedge funds, banks and proprietary trading firms. But startups developing technology for trading and “markets” has been overshadowed by its consumer finance counterpart. They shouldn’t be

To demonstrate the opportunity in this space, the industry was recently the highlight of a sold-out, half-day event in Chicago. What was abundantly clear is that the trends that dominate technology – big data and networking, social media and app ecosystems – also dominate fintech startups

That’s because while other industries embrace the “fail fast” mentality, in financial markets and trading, fail fast thrives. The ROI of new innovations is often instantly quantifiable. When Anova Technologies built a laser and microwave infrastructure to carry data over airwaves between Chicago and Aurora, they knew the value of faster data – and so did all the trading firms that relied on being faster than everyone else. Once Anova demonstrated it could send data milliseconds faster, any firm whose competitive edge was speed had to subscribe

Other startups mine social networks to monitor for fast-breaking news from market influencers. Of the millions of people tweeting about stocks, Social Market Analytics identified a universe of 55,000 influencers, offering its tools to hedge funds and institutions to gauge market sentiment on which to base algorithmic trades

And then there are companies that are capitalizing on the app ecosystem. OptionsCity Software has launched a platform that is akin to the App Store for the trading world, where third-party developers or trading firms can sell risk management, pricing or analysis tools that plug directly into the trading system

This area is so ripe that the CME Group launched its own venture capital arm last year, Liquidity Ventures I LLC, to invest $500,000 to $5 million in startups that could help it develop new lines of business. Spanish bank BBVA, Fidelity and Bank of America have all created venture arms for increased investment in technology

Another reason to look at institutional fintech is that it proves its value very quickly whereas the jury is still out on consumer fintech, which has not yet seen tough times. Robinhood and Wealthfront have exploded, but so too have equity markets. If these consumer-focused companies existed in 2008 and 2009, would they have survived the massive exodus when consumers fled equity markets? How will they perform during the next bear market? At best, the answer is unclear

Financial markets are active, and banks, hedge funds and traders will need to make money no matter where the S&P 500 trades. Fintech startups in the trading space are still open to disruption, but aren’t subject to individual investors’ emotions. For that reason, this sector deserves closer attention

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Comment: Commercialization of 'health' (Score 2) 666 666

by Taco Cowboy (#49959527) Attached to: Is the End of Government Acceptance of Homeopathy In Sight?

The commercialization of 'health' is no difference from the commercialization of anything else

Just like there are people willing to pay top dollar for Armani suits there are people happy to part their money to purchase things that they think are 'healthy'

Comment: Saudi Arab and the link to Islamic Terrorism (Score 0) 100 100

Saudi Arabia exploits the situation whereby most of the moslems in many islamic countries are poor

For example - in Pakistan more than 80% of the children can't go to school because their parents simply can't afford to pay their school fees

In order to get their children to study, the poor parents in Pakistan enroll their children in madrassa - Islamic Religious School - financed largely by Saudi oil money

And in the madrassas the children from the age of 5 are inculcated with extremist islamic teachings. By the time they reach their teen years they have had more than 12 years of intensive brainwash, so much so that they are more than willing to die for the 'cause'

And Pakistan is not the only place in the world in which Saudi Arabia is sponsoring the brainwashing campaign for the next generation of islamic terrorists --- countries spanning the world, from Morocco to Nigeria to Kenya to Afghanistan to India to Yemen to Somalia to South Africa to Mali to Indonesia to the Philippines to even the Western nations, the fingerprints of Saudi Arab are everywhere

The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune.