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+ - What tear gas taught me about Twitter and the NSA->

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superboj (3534991) writes "Snowden's revelations about the NSA have us all talking about big data and Big Brother. But this great piece tying together online spying, political repression and the Turkish rebellion argues that we need new metaphors—because our surveillance nightmare is more frightening, and more subtle, than we realize."
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+ - A look at Apple R&D Expenditures 1995-2013->

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An anonymous reader writes "For a company that makes as much money as Apple, you might be surprised to learn that it spends far less on Research and Development (R&D) than many of its competitors, including bigwigs like Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

With Apple's 2013 books officially closed, I took a comprehensive look at Apple's Form-K filings with the SEC in order to get a crisper picture as to how Apple's R&D expenditures have changed over the last 19 years.

One interesting data point is that Apple's R&D expenditures from 2011-2013 alone account for nearly 50 percent (48.7 percent, to be exact) of Apple's total R&D costs since 1995."

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Comment: Re:Does the glasses pose any danger to the eyes ? (Score 1) 124

by brainnolo (#45482029) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin
You know what emits a lot of infrared light? The sun. Nobody ever complained (if ever, we can "complain" about the emitted UV light).

Actually try this: take welder googles (not mask), remove the lenses and replace them with stacked sheets of red and blue light filter (Rosco was the brand I used). This will block almost all visible light but let near-infrared come through. Wear these glasses in bright daylight, just never ever stare at the sun, really just don't. However, the result is, that you will see in the near-IR spectrum. Your rods/cones are not very sensible to this frequencies, so it must be a bright sunny day, but it works.

Just don't look at the sun directly, while your pupils are completely open, you would burn your retina pretty quickly.

Comment: Re:The continuing saga. . . (Score 1) 177

by brainnolo (#44718409) Attached to: <em>SimCity</em> Mac Launch Facing More Problems
For Mac it is quite unlikely, since all the standard directories are english only. They just happen to have file named ".localized" in them, and the Finder (but not "ls") will show their localized name. I find this to be actually a pretty good approach since you can change language at any moment and system-created folders will also magically get a localized name. To have the application fail if the locale is not english under Mac OS X you really need to go out of your way and do something contrived and stupid I guess. May DRM?

Comment: Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 1) 193

by brainnolo (#44668199) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

Back in the early days at Kovid was asked to to include an file management opt-out feature like iTunes, and he was 'meh, code it yourself'.

That's not a bad response at all, calibre is open source. "Code it yourself" does not meant he would not accept the patch, it just means he does not feel like doing it himself, which is reasonable

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs has clout (Score 1) 681

by brainnolo (#34002614) Attached to: Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?
Sir, you are just either old or retro. There is no real, logical reason to keep around a 286 and 386, much less move data around between them. If you got access to the internet and are using gmail, ajax website and the likes you probably also a normal computer and can use things like dropbox, which are free to exchange data with your friends.

Comment: Re:Italian Pizza (Score 1) 920

by brainnolo (#30437030) Attached to: The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...
The problem is that foreigners usually pick the worst restaurants, because they located are near the attractions. At the same time foreigners generally don't know the Italian names for pizzas. I for one love the Contadina (mozzarella, potatoes and sausages), Boscaiola (mozzarella, mushrooms and sausages), Quattro formaggi (4 kinds of cheese) and Diavola (tomato sauce and hot salami). You should also try the "sliced pizza", which is basically our fast-food. It is usually richer than round pizza, and in my opinion can better appeal the tastes of an American.

BTW: The word you are looking for is "peperoni" and not "pepperoni", also "margherita" and not "margheritta". Yes we have double consonants in many words, but not in every.

Comment: Re:Italy: Best and Worst! (Score 1) 920

by brainnolo (#30436860) Attached to: The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...
I live in Fiumicino, which you may know as the "Rome Airport". Other than being the Rome Airport, is also the "Rome restaurant". Indeed in Rome is pretty hard, especially in the center, to find a good pizza, because too many restaurants are targeted toward tourists. Usually they serve frozen pizza. In Fiumicino the pizza is very good in many restaurants. Also remember that in Rome we very often eat "sliced pizza" and not the round one, is much easier to find very tasty sliced pizza than a good round pizza here.

Comment: Darcs (Score 1) 346

by brainnolo (#26397941) Attached to: Git Adoption Soaring; Are There Good Migration Strategies?
I am using Darcs and it seems to do the job. Is strange that it isn't even mentioned cause it has been around since quite some time and is pretty mature. The only problem I am having with Darcs is huge resource consumption (a copy of the repository is on a VPS with 256mb RAM, no swap) but you can move a repository by just copying it somewhere else (even across systems) without problems. What are the advantages of using Git/Mercurial/Bazaar? I think I need to mention that I am developing on OSX (but a copy of the repository is on a Linux system).

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin