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Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 364

You should really read more carefully what I wrote. Communism is not the question here, period. The real issue here is the fact that even very intelligent people can make (really) stupid decisions by knowing only a distorted version of reality. I can make a IQ160 passionately support genocide if I control from a very young age everything he knows about genocide, think about that.

Volkswagen Boss Blames Software Engineers For Scandal ( 479

hattig writes: Today VW's Michael Horn is testifying to Congress and has blamed the recent scandal on engineers saying: "It's the decision of a couple of software engineers, not the board members." However, 530,000 cars in the U.S. will need to be recalled for significant engine modifications, not a software fix. Only 80,000 Passats are eligible for the software fix. There is no word on the effects these modifications will have on the cars' performance, fuel consumption, etc. The BBC reports: "The issue of defeat devices at VW has been a historic problem, points out a Congress panel member questioning VW US chief Michael Horn. In 1974, VW had a run-in with US authorities regarding the use of defeat devices in 1974, and in December 2014 it recalled cars to address nox emissions."

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 364

"If they've realized communism is evil and the free market is good, that is adequate proof of intelligence for me. Let them vote! Let the fools who believe the reverse be banished from the polls."

Here, guys. We have a prime example of what I described earlier. A poor brain-washed guy programmed to scour the internet in search of divergent thinking of their masters to eliminate at any cost.

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1, Interesting) 364

It does not help. Here in Brazil we have thousands of white people and from "good families" that would pass the test but still would be unable to make a good choice because they have been brainwashed since childhood (communists are the devil! Free market is the solution for all problems from the world! etc). And those who still have free will deliberately choose options that only favor them at the expense of all others, in a feudal model of society that has not changed since the Middle Ages (many here still act like if they are slave owners and others are obliged to obey them). Only a handful of people around here still have their own will and believes that its decisions should seek the good of everyone.

Danish Bank Leaves Server In Debug Mode, Exposes Sensitive Data In JS Comments 41

An anonymous reader writes: Dutch IT security expert Sijmen Ruwhof has found a pretty big blunder on the part of Danske Bank, Denmark's biggest bank, which exposed sensitive user session information in the form of an encoded data dump, in their banking portal's JavaScript files. The data contained client IP addresses, user agent strings, cookie information, details about the bank's internal IT network, and more. He contacted the bank, who fixed the issue, but later denied it ever happened.

Comment Re:Not Brazil (Score 1) 209

Depends. If you are importing in person, you have approximately 100% taxes and is likely to never receive because of theft at the post office or customs. But if you shop at a local store you still pay twice anyway because the trader takes advantage of the situation and charges the same price you would pay if you bought abroad with the 100% taxes (a very fat profit margin for the local trader).

Comment Re:Handled (Score 1) 63

I say that they can go a little beyond in the basic idea of using local resources. What about landing your housing module, wrap it with a layer of ice in the shape of an igloo (for structural strength and protection against radiation) and then cover with a bit of soil to protect the whole of sublimation? You do not even really need precision (even a mere stack of material would do the job).

Comment Re:Interesting, but... (Score 1) 63

I'm sorry but it was you who did not understand me. I was talking about how to build, not necessarily have to be of "snow". Nothing would stop me to produce ice blocks and build with them a simpler (K.I.S.S.) geometric shape (the igloo) and in a way that does not require the use of complicated apparatuses such as a 3D printer (you can use your own hands or a simple winch).

Vostochny Launch Building Built To the Wrong Size 102

schwit1 writes: The Russians have just discovered that their Soyuz 2 rocket does not fit in the building just finished at their new spaceport at Vostochny: "The cutting-edge facility was meant be ready for launches of Soyuz-2 rockets in December, but an unidentified space agency told the TASS news agency late Thursday that the rocket would not fit inside the assembly building where its parts are stacked and tested before launch. The building 'has been designed for a different modification of the Soyuz rocket,' the source said, according to news website Medusa, which picked up the story from TASS." The rocket had just been delivered to Vostochny for assembly, so this report, though unconfirmed at this time, fits well with current events.

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