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Comment: Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 5, Insightful) 1193

by bladesjester (#33975600) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

Who's "they"? And, assuming you're referring to google, how are they shafting you?
It's not your money.

I disagree. The taxes they are avoiding paying would be used to pay for infrastructure, services, etc, so, in a very real way, it *is* his money because without those taxes, the system is not as well funded and projects/services/infrastructure have to be cut


by bladesjester (#32449790) Attached to: Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

Israel was enforcing a blockade, a number of countries do and have done for centuries.

Israel boarded ships in international waters by force, which is an act of piracy. They also practice apartheid (which we have shunned other nations, like South Africa, for in the past) among many other things.


Google Readying To Pull Out of China 343

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the rumor-and-speculation dept.
Sagelinka writes "Both Google and the Chinese government appear to be leaking word that the search firm may soon shutter its operations there as negotiations between the two break down. Google first threatened to halt its operations in China after disclosing in January that an attack on its network from inside China was aimed at exposing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. At the time, Google also said it was reconsidering its willingness to censor search results of users in China as required by the government. 'I think Google thought China would be flexible,' said Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group. Google has since been negotiating with the Chinese government to find a way to continue operating in the country. Google did not respond today to requests for comment on the state of the negotiations with China."

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 353

by bladesjester (#30880382) Attached to: Rumor — AT&T Losing iPhone Exclusivity Next Week

When starting on 3G and moving out of 3G coverage area, it will try to keep a signal by shifting to a less optimal signal.

However, it may not work the same in the opposite direction. If it starts a call on Edge/2G and moves into an area where both 3G and Edge are available that it might *not* try to switch to the better service, but instead stay with what it's currently on.

This is, of course, just a guess, but it would explain the behavior.

Comment: Re:That's just Western prejudice (Score 1) 403

by bladesjester (#30597166) Attached to: Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills

Yup, right up there with leeching

Actually, leaching *does* have medicinal benefits. Doctors have learned that leaches can be used effectively in the reattaching of severed body parts. They've also found benefits in the use of maggots (they eat infected flesh, but don't bother the healthy flesh surrounding it)

Got a headache? We'll drill a gaping, untreated hole in your head to release the "bad spirits"!

Hate to break it to you, but this is used by modern medicine too in order to relieve cranial pressure caused by fluid buildup.

So, despite your cries of "it's all bunk", "new" discoveries involving old techniques are not uncommon. That's not to say that *all* old cures and treatments work, but just because someone scoffs at something as unenlightened doesn't mean it really is.

Comment: Re:Green, no turkey day for us (Score 1) 272

by bladesjester (#30279886) Attached to: National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

We /are/ resigned to not getting to eat out at a nice restaurant for a long time without finding a sitter first. :)

I would just like to say thank you. I like kids as a general rule, but parents who insist on taking the kid everywhere with them and who make no effort to quiet the child or make him/her behave (provided the child is old enough to understand) drive me up the wall.


Kaspersky CEO Wants End To Online Anonymity 537

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-my-computer-is-already-broadcasting-an-ip-address dept.
Andorin writes "Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of well-known computer security company Kaspersky Labs, is calling for an end to the anonymity of the Internet, and for the creation of mandatory 'Internet passports' for anyone who wishes to browse the Web. Says Kaspersky, 'Everyone should and must have an identification, or internet passport ... the internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the US military. Then it was introduced to the public, and it was wrong ... to introduce it in the same way.' He calls anonymity 'the Internet's biggest security vulnerability' and thinks any country that doesn't follow this regime should be 'cut off.' The EFF objects, and it's likely that they won't be the only ones."

Exoplanet Has Showers of Pebbles 341

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the gonna-need-a-thicker-umbrella dept.
mmmscience writes "The newly-discovered exoplanet COROT-7b has an unusual form of precipitation: rocks. Because it orbits so close to its sun, the temperature on its sun-facing side is around 4220 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot enough for rocks to vaporize — not unlike water evaporating on Earth. And, like Earth, when the vapor cools in the upper atmosphere, it forms clouds and begins to rain. But instead of water, COROT-7b gets a shower of pebbles."

Comment: Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

by bladesjester (#29325429) Attached to: Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

His IQ is indeed rated at 160 or 180 depending on where you look. However, I'd say that his intellect is much higher than that score would indicate. Among other things, distraction caused by pain would throw the test score off pretty dramatically judging by the difference in scores I got when I did it in a normal manner and while working on other projects at the same time.

Xue and I both test in the 140-145 range. However, we both have areas where our aptitudes would, in all honesty, put us rather above that.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.