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Comment: Not everyone was worshipping Japan (Score 1) 250

by Taco Cowboy (#48665625) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Back in the 1980's when anything Japan, including the stinky sushi was the in thing, I shook my head in disbelieve

At that time I was still relatively new in America, and the "blindly following the trend" thing that was happening in the US of A was in some way, comparable to what happened in China back in the "culture revolution"

We human beings supposed to have enough brain power to think, but looking at how people were/are behaving, no matter if it's in the US of A or in China, sometimes I have to wonder if that defect in the human beings would one day cause our own downfall

Comment: Keyword = 'Diversity' (Score 5, Insightful) 200

by Taco Cowboy (#48665555) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Whenever I scan a document or an article and the word 'Diversity' pops up ... sigh!, yet another useless Political Correctness piece of crap!

The theme is always the same --- no matter if it's tech, or business, or wealth, or whatever-you-can-think-of, their basic argument is that someone has been _WRONGED_ and we must do everything to right the wrong, to make sure that the disenfrenchised party is disenfrenchised no more !

The 'common theme' is 'GAP', and the adjective can be 'racial', or 'gender', or 'wealth', or whathaveyou

They never care to address the WHY, they only want to talk about the "injustice"

The society is not going forward if every time they come up with something new the rest of us have to stop everything in order to 'help the disenfrenchised'

Comment: The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 5, Insightful) 58

by Taco Cowboy (#48665505) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Disclaimer: I am a patent holder

I entered the field back in the 1970's and guess what? Patents were already there !

While it is true that patent trolling were not considered to be trendy back then, but the existence of patents in itself had already stiffen innovation somewhat

While we geeks and nerds kept on trying out new ideas, the institutions (universities and research labs) we worked for were sweating bricks and had to check with their attorneys to make sure that we were doing did not trespass on somebody else' patents

The idea of patents were good, when it was invented, however, that idea does not suit the present days environment anymore. Due to the abuse and trolling, patents have become a big hindrance to the society to move forward

+ - How a Wildfire Helped Spread the Hashtag->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Chris Messina is credited with originating the use of hashtags at Twitter. What’s not widely known is the role of San Diego’s wildfires in making hashtags reach a tipping point. Messina, who was Twitter user 1,186, says in the fall of 2007, Web developer Nate Ritter started posting updates on the firestorms using the hashtag #sandiegofire. Other users, including the news media, glommed onto the handle and citizen journalism took a big step forward. From there, other world events and use cases (e.g., Instagram) would lead Twitter to make hashtags more searchable."
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+ - Citizenfour producers sued for aiding Snowden->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""A retired naval officer in Kansas has filed a suit against the producers of the Oscar-tipped documentary, director Laura Poitras and the Weinstein Company for ‘profiteering’ from the ‘theft and misuse’ of documents leaked by Edward Snowden""
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Comment: China is not afraid of the refugees (Score 1) 358

by Taco Cowboy (#48657823) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

China is not afraid of the refugees

China is not afraid of the Kim dynasty of NK

China is not afraid of South Korea

China is not afraid of the Americans stationed in South Korea

What China is truly afraid of, is what the Japanese could do, and the ensuing reaction from the Chinese people against the Japanese

The Japanese could take advantage of the power vacuum and set up a client state in place of the Kim dynasty

If that happens, the Chinese communist regime is afraid that they could no longer contain the Chinese people's anger against the Japanese and the resulting all out chaos

That is the one thing that truly worries the Chinese government

+ - Republican lawmaker takes stand in favor of teaching "most up-to-date science"->

Submitted by Layzej
Layzej (1976930) writes "The National Journal reports: Republican state Rep. John Patton will introduce legislation early this week to overturn a statewide ban on a set of K-12 science-education standards that teach the scientific consensus on global warming. The standards were finalized last year by a coalition of scientists and educators. But the guidelines have faced fierce political pushback in states such as Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming. In March, Wyoming Republican Gov. Matt Mead signed legislation blocking the state Board of Education from approving the standards amid uproar over their climate content. Now Rep. Patton is hoping to undo the ban.

Patton is not a climate-change crusader. He believes the climate is changing but says that he does not know how much human activity contributes to that. But Patton says that his personal opinions are irrelevant. "What I believe about global warming doesn't matter. We want students to have access to the most up-to-date science. Kids should have a chance to learn the science," Patton said."

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Comment: Human in the value chain of Robot Economy (Score 1) 621

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?"

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