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Comment: Re:beyond the realm of plausibility (Score 1) 94

by ledow (#48475215) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

"I would think that military systems are watching EVERYTHING".

No. They are not. Your average commuter airport needs dozens of people just to understands the situation for day to day stuff, let alone secretly watching from afar and trying to get a grasp on why one plane moved. There's a reason that air traffic control also control military aircraft manoeuvres to some extent too.

This is the point - if there were so many people watching, from so many countries, so perfectly, with equipment that performs your impossible miracles, then there are dozens of countries who would happily stand up and say "We saw something suspicious" because they could accuse their enemies. Fact is, nobody has.

So it's either a global conspiracy with perfect equipment, totalitarian surveillance, absolute collusion and everyone knows this. Or we just don't do that kind of stuff. And we don't.

One country's military doesn't care about anything except something which isn't on its registered flightpath within their airspace (which they are normally notified OF, not notice themselves), or something that doesn't appear with a registered flightpath at all.

Flying out into international waters is of no concern to the military of a particular country whatsoever. They have control only up to a limit from the boundary and no more and although they can survey outside that and often do (which is how the UK often spots Russian aircraft approaching its airspace, they are constantly testing but nowhere near stupid enough to actually violate it) they cannot do anything until it's in their territory - and then they have 100 miles in which to see it and get it. Some plane detouring could be anything from a drunk on board to airline recalling an empty aircraft to help with a schedule change.

And outside of that national boundary, literally nobody cares. There are no laws out there, there is no ownership out there, and thousands of planes (and ships!) come and go and change flight plans every day and do not notify every damn country in the world of themselves doing so. It only matters when you enter an airspace without a flightplan or deviate from one inside it.

If what you said was true, the Bermuda Triangle would not have the reputation it does, you wouldn't get helicopters being landed on top of protected-sites like wildlife reserves, the military would be first on the scene in a crash, etc.

Occam's razor. Either everything is absolutely perfect except for the something extraordinary that happened in front of the world's press involving convoluted conspiracy theories, or things just don't operate like you imagine they do.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 91

by Kjella (#48475195) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Instant Godwin, but should Holocaust deniers have the right to demand that Adolf Hitler be disassociated from those "lies"? There's no objective standard of what is true, much less what is current, balanced and relevant information so in truth you ask Google to play oracle. They've found lots of pages mentioning Adolf Hitler and Holocaust together, so they return what they found. They've never done any primary research in the matter, all they have is an objection that it's not true. Should Google then become legally liable if they ignore the protest and keep returning Holocaust-related results? I mean you're holding Google to a higher standard than the sites they're indexing, they can spew out crap on the Internet without fact-checking but if Google collects statistics then they have to determine the truthiness of it. It only works because Google is a megacorporation and the only reason they don't protest harder is probably because it blocks out the competition. Setting up a server to spider the Internet? Easy. Dealing with a zillion more-or-less valid claims to remove information? Massive money sink, great to kill any start-up.


Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice 14

Posted by timothy
from the well-the-sextuplet-was-just-sitting-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes Last week, Riecoin – a project that doubles as decentralized virtual currency and a distributed computing system — quietly broke the record for the largest prime number sextuplet. This happened on November 17, 2014 at 19:50 GMT and the calculation took only 70 minutes using the massive distributed computing power of its network. This week the feat was outdone and the project beat its own record on November 24, 2014 at 20:28 GMT achieving numbers 654 digits long, 21 more than its previous record.

+ - Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Forbes magazine points out that tablet computers are receiving some of the biggest discounts for this year's day-after-Thanksgiving sales. "With slowing growth in the tablet market and an increasing array of choices, some of the strongest bargains will come in that sector," they report, noting that Target is giving away a $140 gift card with purcahses of an iPad Air 2 (and a $100 gift card with the iPad Mini or first-generation iPad Air). But Amazon has already launched a counter-strike, posting big discounts online on Thanksgiving day for their entire line of Kindles, including a black-and-white Kindle for just $49, and their 6-inch color/high-definition HD6 for just $79."
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+ - Researchers Discover an 'Off Switch' For Pain in the Brain->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists working together from several international universities have discovered that it is possible to block a pathway in the brain of animals suffering from neuropathic pain, which could have a huge impact on improving pain relief in humans.

So far, the most successful ways to treat chronic pain from a pharmacological point of view are to create drugs that that interact or interfere with various channels in the brain to decrease pain, including adrenergic, opioid and calcium receptors.

However, there is another way – a chemical stimulator called adenosine that binds to brain receptors to trigger a biological response.

Adenosine has shown potential for killing pain in humans, but so far, no one has managed to harness this pain pathway successfully without causing a myriad of side effects.

Led by Dr Daniela Salvemini of SLU, the researchers discovered that by activating the A3 adenosine receptor in the rodents' brains and spinal cords, the receptor was able to prevent or reverse pain from nerve damage (the cause of chronic pain)."

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Comment: This is not about revisionism or censorship ! (Score 1) 91

by aepervius (#48475031) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten
This is NOT revisionism or censorship. The fact we got to be forgotten is a something we enjoyed for most of our history. Until google and search engine came along, then it went out of the window. Think about it : if you were published as having pissed on the US flag in 1970, chance is that it will be obscure and be forgotten a few weeks, month , years later. Today it will haunt you forvever. It was not censorship or revisionism it was the simple fact that people forgot, people are not machine. machine never forget unless you force them.

We enjoyed being forgotten until google came along. This is not about imposing a "new" right, this is about enjoying what we the previous generation has as a freedom. This is about reclaiming what search engine stole from us. As I already said multiple time on slashdot, a society which do not forget , helped by a seaerch engine, is a pathologic society which does not forgive, and ruins potentially lifes forever.

As for the accusation of revisionism and censorship : this is the exact reason why the search engine are asked to remove stuff, and NOT the original publication. Because then the information is still reachable by the same OLD fashioned way we did before : old fashioned research.

+ - Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source 2

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Government figures revealed that Scotland is now generating more power from "clean" technologies than nuclear, coal and gas. The combination of wind, solar and hydroelectric, along with less-publicised sources such as landfill gas and biomass, produced 10.3TWh in the first half of 2014. Over the same period, Scotland generated 7.8TWh from nuclear, 5.6TWh from coal and 1.4TWh from gas, according to figures supplied by National Grid. Renewable sources tend to fluctuate throughout the year, especially in Scotland where the weather is notoriously volatile, but in six-month chunks the country has consistently increased its renewable output."
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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing 19

Posted by timothy
from the sometimes-things-get-lost-in-the-mail dept.
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was brought to fruition on Wednesday. As project lead, Andrew Herbert, is quoted as saying, "We face the same challenges as those remarkable pioneers who succeeded in building a machine that transformed computing." A remarkably shaky video of the event, replete with excellent views of the floor at the videographer's feet, can be found here."

+ - Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering on 2012 Election 1

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Gerrymandering is the practice of establishing a political advantage for a political party by manipulating district boundaries to concentrate all your opponents votes in a few districts while keeping your party's supporters as a majority in the remaining districts. For example, in North Carolina in 2012 Republicans ended up winning nine out of 13 congressional seats even though more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans statewide. Now Jessica Jones reports that researchers at Duke are studying the mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. Mathematicians Jonathan Mattingly and Christy Vaughn created a series of district maps using the same vote totals from 2012, but with different borders. Their work was governed by two principles of redistricting: a federal rule requires each district have roughly the same population and a state rule requires congressional districts to be compact. Using those principles as a guide, they created a mathematical algorithm to randomly redraw the boundaries of the state’s 13 congressional districts. "We just used the actual vote counts from 2012 and just retabulated them under the different districtings," says Vaughn. "”If someone voted for a particular candidate in the 2012 election and one of our redrawn maps assigned where they live to a new congressional district, we assumed that they would still vote for the same political party."

The results were startling. After re-running the election 100 times with a randomly drawn nonpartisan map each time, the average simulated election result was 7 or 8 U.S. House seats for the Democrats and 5 or 6 for Republicans. The maximum number of Republican seats that emerged from any of the simulations was eight. The actual outcome of the election — four Democratic representatives and nine Republicans – did not occur in any of the simulations. "If we really want our elections to reflect the will of the people, then I think we have to put in safeguards to protect our democracy so redistrictings don't end up so biased that they essentially fix the elections before they get started," says Mattingly. But North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho is unimpressed. "I'm saying these maps aren't gerrymandered," says Rucho. "It was a matter of what the candidates actually was able to tell the voters and if the voters agreed with them. Why would you call that uncompetitive?""

+ - Dolby Pimping Bogus Speaker Technology To Justify Licensing Fee?->

Submitted by Tica2
Tica2 (1722182) writes "Dolby is claiming you can place their specialized speakers on top of your existing speakers to bounce sound off the ceiling to create height sound for their new Atmos format. However leading experts agree that the Dolby tech behind it is bogus and nothing more than a means for them to justify charging manufacturers a licensing fee. What do you think?"
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+ - Riecoin breaks world record for largest prime sextuplet, twice->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Riecoin – a project that doubles as decentralized virtual currency and a distributed computing system — quietly broke the record for the largest prime number sextuplet. This happened on November 17, 2014 at 19:50 GMT and the calculation took only 70 minutes using the massive distributed computing power of its network. This week the feat was outdone and the project beat its own record on November 24, 2014 at 20:28 GMT achieving numbers 654 digits long, 21 more than its previous record."
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Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 574

by sjames (#48474631) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

The complaint by the anti-systemd crowd is that the systemd crowd is actively promoting things becoming dependent on systemd. It's not that they can't maintain a systemd free distro, it's just that nobody wants to spend all of their time undoing the work of the village idiot. You must have missed the articles about organizing a Debian fork. Or the whole uselessd thing. If systemd would just keep their fingers out of everyone else's pie, nobody would much care what they do or don't do.

I have fixed the btrfs/systemd problem. I gave systemd the boot and now the VM just works.

It is actually kinda funny to me after hearing all the systemd can do anything! systemd is great, all hail systemd cheerleading not to mention the excessive delight of some of the fans that people might have problems avoiding it and then a really simple problem comes up and literally the whole community is stumped. Not just a little stumped, they actually have no idea how to handle the situation even in principle. Meanwhile, going back to sysvinit fixed it right up.


Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission 124

Posted by timothy
from the distinguish-from-government dept.
Zothecula writes Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber's Android app apart and discovered that it's sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you've got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to certain malware, whether your phone is rooted, and your SMS and MMS logs, which it explicitly doesn't have permission to do. It's the latest in a series of big-time missteps for a company whose core business model is, frankly, illegal in most of its markets as well.

A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie