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Comment: Re:Do you believe in magic? (Score 0) 51

They couldn't do it with iOS, but why couldn't Microsoft just do what BB did and throw an Android compatibility layer into Windows? Since from what I'm reading now it doesn't sound like these new projects are going to fix UI specifics, why not just say "fuck it", and put Android or Dalvik in a VM?

Comment: Re:Lightning Speed! (Score -1, Troll) 51

Yes, now those five poor bastards who bought Windows 8 phones might, at some still unspecified date, get some decent apps. Of course, even binary Android compatibility hasn't done a fucking thing for Blackberry, but like, this time, it's gonna be so totally different!

Comment: Re:Not "stupid" just for that reason (Score 5, Interesting) 169

by MightyMartian (#49590273) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Agencies like the FBI, CIA and NSA have long relied on the general ignorance of the public, and even of Congress, on various technical matters. Further, they had their claws into academia and were thus capable of controlling the dissemination of information in regards to technical matters. These agencies still believe they are dealing with various kinds of ignorant rubes who will believe any technobabble their representatives care to spew. But this isn't the fertile ground for their particular brand of bullshit. The IT world is dominated by people of a rather different mindset, and while companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple couldn't really be regarded as friends of liberty, what they are is highly protective of their revenue streams. Crapola plans like encryption back doors and universal spying on their traffic is already damaging these companies' international reputations, and risks undermining many years worth the work of selling their platforms to foreign buyers.

And this, as sad is it is, is why these agencies will lose. Not because any of the Captains of IT Industry or anyone in Congress gives a flying fuck about liberties, but because it poses a threat to profits. I guess the little guy has to accept that the enemy of their enemy is their friend, and hope the IT companies win the day, but what bothers is that we may win the battle, and lose the war, simply because instead of a bunch of government spooks spying on every bit that gets transmitted over the Internet, we'll have a bunch of corporate spooks.

Comment: Re: Capitalism is doomed (Score 2, Interesting) 99

by MightyMartian (#49589155) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows Holographic Platform

Even Marx himself predicted that a necessary period of transition from Capitalism to Communism would be the "Dictatorship of the Proletariat". We can all debate the niceties of Marxism, but the fact was that its formulator and primary theorist believed that the people would need to be "shepherded" to the Utopian Marxist society.

The real problem for Communism is that the industrialized countries never bit. There were a few abortive revolutions in the mid-19th century, but the leadership of these countries were smart enough to recognize that political liberalization was the antidote to a restive working class. Most countries saw enfranchisement of larger numbers of people, increasing influence of legislative assemblies, and a more populist approach to government.

That's why the only countries that actually grasped on to Communism were primarily agrarian states like Russia, China and Cuba. In pure Marxist theory, agrarian states have not developed to the point where they are ready for the Communist revolution. That's why you have offshoots like Marxist-Leninism, Maoism, Trotskyism, Stalinism and the like, all offshoots required to explain why economies dominated by agrarian workers should skip the whole mercantilism/capitalism stage and go straight to Communism.

My personal feeling is that Communism, like other Utopian socio-political and economic ideologies like the various strains of Anarchism and Libertarianism, are impossible to implement. Anyone attempting to will have to make so many compromises that the ideology itself becomes compromised.

That's not to say Marxism doesn't have its uses. Certainly Marx's insistence on history being seen through the lens of economics was critical to the transition of that entire branch of academia from political narratives to a more comprehensive view of the functioning and interactions of historical societies and events. But as a socio-economic and political model, it's a flop. It can't be implemented without dictatorship, and as we've seen so many times, once the dictators gain the power to effect the Communist transformation, they are so corrupted by that power that they actively kill the revolution themselves.

+ - Tweeter account of senior female IS recruiter belongs to someone in Seattle->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: British's Channel 4 has revealed that the tweeter account of the senior female Islamic State recruiter belongs to someone living in Seattle

After Channel 4 has revealed her identity, it is reported that the young female student may have either moved to Saudi Arabia or keeping a low profile inside Denver, Colorado

Tweets from that account reveals that the individual loves American football and enjoys take out food

Why are we continually funding NSA if they do not even know anything about that senior Islamic State recruiter living INSIDE the United States of America?

Furthermore, if that senior female recruiter for Islamic State individual could reside in Seattle for so long without being discovered, and could successfully slip out of the United Sates of America so easily ( to Saudi Arabia ), could it be that that senior female Islamic State recruiter enjoyed inside help from the government of the United States of America all these while?

Why is Obama using NSA to spy on the Christian citizens of America and in the meantime never do anything to curb the terrorist support networks of Islamic States inside the United States of America??

Let us be fully awared that there are still A LOT MORE Islamic State active supporters living inside the United States of America, possibly with some kind of subtle assistance from the Obama Administration

Say *NO* to the White House which supports Islamic Terrorism!!

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+ - Vast network of salty aquifer found in the Antarctic->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Many view Antarctica as a frozen wasteland. Turns out there are hidden interconnected lakes underneath its dry valleys that could sustain life and shed light on ancient climate change

Using an airborne imaging system for the first time in Antarctica, scientists have discovered a vast network of unfrozen salty groundwater that may support previously unknown microbial life deep under the coldest, driest desert on our planet

The findings, which are published in the journal Nature Communications, may shed light on how Antarctica has responded to climate change

They may even help scientists understand whether similar conditions could exist elsewhere in the solar system, especially beneath the surface of Mars

Jill Mikucki, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, microbiology assistant professor, was part of a team that detected extensive salty groundwater networks in Antarctica using a novel airborne electromagnetic mapping sensor system called SkyTEM

The McMurdo Dry Valleys, situated along the Ross Sea coastline and discovered by polar explorer Robert Scott in 1903, is the largest region in Antarctica not covered by an ice sheet. It consists of an arid expanse of mostly dirt, small rocks and large boulders, dotted with a few frozen lakes

Co-author of the study, Professor Ross Virginia, from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said: ‘This fantastic new view beneath the surface will help us sort out competing ideas about how the McMurdo Dry Valleys have changed with time and how this history influences what we see today’

The survey, which covered 114 square miles, may have just uncovered the proverbial tip of the iceberg

“It suggests that this ecosystem is extensive and connected. There could be a very, very large subsurface habitable environment throughout the Antarctic regions,” Ross Virginia, an ecosystem ecologist at Dartmouth College, told Discovery News

The researchers believe the newly discovered brines harbor similar microbial communities in the deep, cold dark groundwater. The brines may provide insight on how microbes survive such extreme conditions. They also may provide the basis for future exploration of a subsurface habitat on Mars

Snow appears white because it reflects most visible light that strikes it. Anything that does this means you see the whole spectrum of visible light, which looks white

Other objects appear different colours because they absorb certain wavelengths of visible light but reflect others — a green apple, for instance, reflects only mostly the green wavelength. But, as reported by JSTOR, when snow is deep enough it can actually appear blue. The reason for this is due to ice crystals in the snow, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC)

‘As light waves travel into the snow or ice, the ice grains scatter a large amount of light,’ the NSIDC explains

While most of the light is reflected, there is a very small tendency towards more red light being absorbed than blue

When you see just the surface of a pack of snow, the scattering of the blue light is almost completely impossible to notice

But if you look into a significant amount of snow, about 3.3ft (one metre) or so, more photons emerge towards the blue end of the spectrum than the red end

When snow appears red, though, it is for an entirely different reason. This effect is due to cold-loving, fresh-water algae known as Chlamydomonas nivalis that contain a bright red pigment

Also known as ‘watermelon snow’, it is ‘most common during the summertime in high alpine areas as well as along coastal polar regions’

SkyTEM produced images of Taylor Valley along the Ross Sea that suggest briny sediments exist at subsurface temperatures down to perhaps -68F, which is considered suitable for microbial life. One of the studied areas was lower Taylor Glacier, where the data suggest ancient brine still exists beneath the glacier. That conclusion is supported by the presence of Blood Falls, an iron-rich brine that seeps out of the glacier and hosts an active microbial ecosystem

Scientists’ understanding of Antarctica’s underground environment is changing dramatically as research reveals that subglacial lakes are widespread and that at least half of the areas covered by the ice sheet are akin to wetlands on other continents. But groundwater in the ice-free regions and along the coastal margins remains poorly understood

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Comment: Re:MS giving up on mobile development (Score 1) 223

by MightyMartian (#49581529) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

I doubt either. I'm predicting that Microsoft remains a niche player in the mobile world, as it desktop market remains stable or very slowly dwindles. Nobody writing apps for mobile app platforms gives a flying shit about Microsoft's offerings. Maybe if porting was super easy, they might give it a go, but if that's the plan, then I think we're in for more dismal Surface and Windows phone sales.

Frankly, I don't know why MS just doesn't distribute an Android layer for Windows.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.