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+ - Silk Road Prosecutor Preet Bharara: Keep Politics Out of Ulbricht Defense

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Prosecutors in the Silk Proad case lead by Preet Bharara are seeking to ban the presentation of any political ideas by the defense. This is in spite of that fact that if the Silk Road operator the Dread Pirate Roberts can be established lawfully in court to be Ulbricht, nearly all of the writings available to establish Mens Rea, or culpable criminal mind set, appear to be of a political character."

+ - ThyssenKrupp Introduces Maglev Elevators for Office Towers

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An anonymous reader writes "The German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has announced MULTI, believed to be the world's first elevator system for commercial buildings based on magnetic levitation technology (maglev elevators from a company called MagneMotion are already in use for weapons transport by the US Navy; and yes, Star Trek's "Turbolift" was similar). This would remove a longstanding pair of bottlenecks in the quest for building ever-taller skyscrapers, namely, the increasing weight and space requirements for cabling at higher building heights. In addition, the elevators can be designed to run horizontally (or even diagonally) as well as vertically, and can support multiple cabins within a shaft; Thyssen Krupp released a YouTube video showing cabins traversing a loop spanning two adjacent vertical shafts, with horizontal traverses at the bottom and top floors. This multiplexing, combined with the reduced footprint for required for each shaft, should result in better utilization of building floor space (a potential drawback would be that a passenger nonchalantly holding an elevator door open might shut down traffic flow for the entire building). The maglev elevators would be expensive. Rather than disclose how much the system would cost, the company says their system will be ideal for new buildings at least 300 meters in height (by comparison New York's Empire State Building, with 103 stories, has a roof height of 380m). It plans to introduce a test deployment in an 240m office tower it is building in Rottweil, Germany; the public will be invited."

+ - Is Chernobyl still dangerous or was 60 Minutes pushing propaganda?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ron Adams is a long time nuclear advocate, so read with that in mind. This article is an interesting take on media presentation of the present Chernobyl situation.

"The show is full of fascinating contrasts between what the cameras show to the audience and what the narrator tells the audience that they should believe.""

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+ - The ZX Spectrum is back->

Submitted by techfilz
techfilz (1881458) writes "The Daily Mail reports that Sir Clive Sinclair has announced he is launching a modernised version of his 80's 8 bit computer, the ZX Spectrum.

The new Sinclair Spectrum Vega has less buttons than the original retro favourite, but should be able to run all the old games and accept SD cards as input. The product is ready and is currently undergoing funding via an Indiegogo campaign."

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Comment: Unbelievable reactions to a positive step... (Score 1) 57

by chasm22 (#48475277) Attached to: Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?
I personally applaud what China accomplished and hope that it launches similar investigations against every damn multinational corporation operating within their borders who set up foreign owned subsidiaries with one thing in mind--avoid or reduce tax liabilities. The article stated this was simply the first investigation of this type, implying that more are either underway or planned for the future. I applaud China. I applaud the EU for its attempt to correct the sweetheart tax deal entered into by Apple and Ireland. Much more is needed reign in companies like MS, Google and Apple. These companies, and many others, have repeatedly shown the world that they really don't pledge allegiance to any country. Their only allegiance is to money. To gather as much as possible, they have simply become the latest iteration of the greedy carpetbagger. They set up their foreign subsidiaries as tax havens. It was pretty ballsy for Microsoft to claim that over half the profit it earned went to R&D in the US. But then again, it appears that there were few punitive actions taken by China. And without significant punitive actions taken against these money hoarders, there is little for them to lose and much to gain. So the future appears to still favor the greedy...

+ - Apple and Samsung renew their partnership.->

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 (2713399) writes "Apple and Samsung have again joined hands to manufacture the chips that power many Apple products. It's considered a big win for Samsung, which has seen a remarkable drop in profits this year due in part to a drop in its chip production. There are few companies in the world that are capable of the producing the chips in the quantity and with the quality that Apple needs. Without a company being capable of producing the chips, Apples in-house designing would be an exercise in futility. And without the lift in chip production that this contract with Apple will provide, Samsung would see a large portion of its chip production capability lay idle."
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Comment: Re:Easier solution (Score 1) 327

by chasm22 (#48399805) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X
The article at this website seems to suggest that TRIM and overprovisioning do work well hand in hand. It suggests that overprosioning works well alone, but much better with TRIM. So if I'm understanding you correctly, you are saying the real world gains claimed are not equal to the bugginess of TRIM?

Comment: Re:The disadvantages to buying an Apple system? (Score 1) 327

by chasm22 (#48398993) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X
Do please explain why what you're saying makes it anywhere near right for Apple to do the same thing, While you're at it, do explain why reasoning such as yours dominates the replies in every Apple related post that includes even a hint of criticism towards anything Apple has done, is doing or will be doing in the future . For instance, anything written that is critical of an iPhone brings a slew of replies about how crappy Samsung phones are. Anything critical of iOS will unleash a torrent of cries telling us about the abomination that is Android. And, as witnessed by your post, anything critical of OS X will result in the thread being turned into a discussion of Windows.

+ - Court allows police to force you to unlock your phone with fingerprint->

Submitted by mi
mi (197448) writes "A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment. Says the judge: "while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint."

Don't know about you, but I'll stick to using a code, thank you very much."

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Comment: Oh, so long as it's precise... (Score 1) 206

by chasm22 (#48265983) Attached to: Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?
Hey, let's turn it around then. How about the press being able to impersonate a FBI agent?? Hmm, wonder how they feel about that. IMO, the press performs as much of a service to us as any government agency. Sure, as a Democrat I might think Fox is full of it, as a Republican I might think MSNBC is a crock. But as a citizen who has lived through through the times of J. Edgar Hoover, Watergate, I still have more faith in the press getting the truth out than I do in our government being truthful. I'm not saying I don't believe anything the FBI says, I'm just saying I feel more comfortable knowing that I can resource the news sources I'm comfortable with to see what they think about things. Based on the above, I believe the FBI tactics were the first step on a slippery slope. I don't care if the target was a 15 year old kid(at the time of the crime) or Bin Laden. The bottom line is the only people who approve of these tactics believe that the end justify the means. It doesn't. Oh, and you've gotta love the FBI's ideas on oversight. Get somebody in the Justice Department to OK things. Great, that sure makes it OK. Or, if that doesn't work then just get somebody higher up in the agency! Come on! It sounds to me like they are already running any kind of operation they want to with little or no 'real' oversight. Which is exactly why it's a slippery slope and exactly why a lot of people are wondering how far down the slope the agency has already traveled.

+ - Volunteer work for for-profit companies is illegal in California

Submitted by billrp
billrp (1530055) writes "It seems it's illegal to provide volunteer work for a for-profit company in California. You must be compensated for your time, and of course taxes must be withheld. Here's a story about a small winery that was recently busted:

But what about all the user data that is collected by Facebook, Google, etc.without compensation and then sold to advertisers?"

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