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Comment: Bad metric (Score 1) 385

by aceofspades1217 (#37093962) Attached to: Bing More Effective Than Google?

Google, Yahoo, and bing all have different kinds of crowds. Google has a more experienced crowd that will look for way more obscure things than your average person using internet explorer and searching on bing or a person that is just used to yahoo.

You're not going to be searching for "cheesy hilarity sticks" on bing.

Comment: Re:So if Apple was smart (Score 1) 146

by aceofspades1217 (#37093772) Attached to: China Cracks Down On Fake Apple Stores

Apple would NEVER do this. Steve Jobs is meticulous about how the stores are set up even if they are in China. The tables in all of their stores cost 10,000 since they are made of a special wood. All of the floors are made from a stone from a quarry in which APPLE OWNS!

There is a reason apple only has 4 stores in mainland China. They don't do anything half ass. If they want to sell Apple products they would pay an electronic store to sell them than make half ass stores.

Comment: Re:I hope Apple knows that China doesn't fuck arou (Score 1) 146

by aceofspades1217 (#37093672) Attached to: China Cracks Down On Fake Apple Stores

And I'm guessing that they're just paying lip service to Apple, copyrights, patents and the like. And as soon as the store owners start paying the right people, it will be business as usual (again).

Apple isn't some company that can be hijacked without any real consequences. They literally make EVERYTHING in China and are a major hardware player. China could care less about most things fake such as fake purses, fake IDs, fake software, fake clothing, etc. A fake Gucci purse isn't going to cause much trouble and the enforcement of it would really be a drag and would not add any value since all that stuff is made else where by not hugely influential companies.

China really doesn't have much to gain from fake Apple stores. They are upfrontly damaging the brand of company which moves a lot of product in China and they are not paying the higher taxes which US companies have to pay. They are making a mockery of Chinese and the Chinese don't want to be made to look like idiots.

China is never going to give a shit about fake apple products being made though. You can make fake iPhones and iPods all frikin' day. Fakes are a joke in China, and are something to be expected that even companies don't usually give a shit. However, hijacking an entire brand is different.

Comment: This seems legit... (Score 1) 101

by aceofspades1217 (#37093328) Attached to: Egyptian Charged For Threatening Facebook Post

This actually seems like legitimate response from the egyptian government. It is one thing to say your government sucks...but it is another thing to say "with how much our government sucks, they should be killed by militant groups". While this probably wouldn't cause prosecution in the US unless a specific name is mentioned. 15 days and $3,360 for death threats?

Looks like egypt is going in the right direction. In unreformed countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, China, and Iran even criticizing would have a much largely penalty (eg. months). Death threats would be life in prison.

Cheers to you Egypt!

Comment: I trust Google... (Score 2, Informative) 150

by aceofspades1217 (#34160214) Attached to: Google Scares Aussie Banks

more than banks hands down. My family are invested in a regional bank and I just got an e-mail stating that they are ending my free checking and that if I don't deposit more money they will charge me $5 a month.

Google may not be perfect and they screw up sometimes but they are the kind of screw ups you glance at shame on you and move on. I mean sure they were taking public wifi data but cmon' it was public data and it was just random packets so that they do location services. Heck, I have an incredibly hard time finding unsecured networks as almost all routers nudge users to security a lot more then they used to. My friend's aptartment has no internet and there are 15 wifi networks and all of them are secure.

Anyways, how can credit unions be shamed for "collusion", they aren't even a for-profit company. Credit unions are the closest thing the banking sector has to a charity so saying they are colluding is like saying the United Way, Red Cross, and Goodwill are colluding for holding joint event.

Comment: Photography is not a crime (Score 1) 878

by aceofspades1217 (#33043686) Attached to: Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

This has been said time and time again. Some Rep tried to do some grandstanding "resolution" but what we really need is a law protecting people's rights to video tape public officials. You can add whatever "under reasonable conditions, without directly impeding, only in a public place (street, public building etc.)" as long as the general act of video taping a cop under normal circumstances (such as in your own damn vehicle) is not a crime in itself.

What the motorcyclist did was stupid and he deserved to be booked with at least careless driving and at most reckless endangerment but the cop shouldn't have pulled a gun out without identifying himhelf as such. The correct thing would have een to flash his badge/say "I'm a police officer, dismount immediately" and THEN pull out his gun and THEN point it at him if he didn't comply.

In Florida the police officers and FHP don't usually chase speeding motorcyclists because it would endanger other drivers due to the speed and maneuverability of motos and just try and get their tag written down.

Censorship

China Censors HIV/AIDS Awareness Documentary 120

Posted by Soulskill
from the learn-it-the-hard-way dept.
eldavojohn writes "Amnesty International is reporting an unusual case of censorship in which Chinese police questioned HIV/AIDS workers in China and instructed them to cancel an airing of a documentary made by Aizhixing Institute of Health Education on the disease. The director of that NGO recently left China after constant police harassment. The canceled documentary was about Tian Xi, a patient who contracted HIV by blood transfusion at age 9."
Security

Cisco Says Vegas Conference Attendees' Information Was Leaked 97

Posted by timothy
from the hopefully-no-dropped-rows-on-the-flight-home dept.
Julie188 writes "Thousands of people got a nasty e-mail this morning from Cisco. The company was warning people that its attendee registration database for its Cisco Live 2010 event was hacked. Cisco Live 2010 is the company's annual user conference, held last week in Las Vegas with an estimated 18,000 in attendance. If it's not embarrassing enough for a company that sells security gear to get hacked, the e-mail also went out to people who didn't register and didn't attend the event. That raises questions about exactly what database was pried open and how bad the damage is. Cisco's e-mail said the hole was quickly closed and only business-card type information was exposed."
Science

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"

Comment: Most Comically Big Brother Patents...ever (Score 2, Interesting) 85

by aceofspades1217 (#32786510) Attached to: Microsoft's Health-y Patent Appetite

Could Microsoft have filed for patents that were any more big brother-ish. I mean having people disclose their health to their potential dates or having employees have to disclose ever aspect of their health to their employer.

I guess Microsoft hasn't designed a system in which 'a camera hangs around your neck and records every aspect of your life' (like the truman show)...oh wait they already did that. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/projects/sensecam/

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