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Comment: Re:Greece's Welfare State is Unsustainable (Score 3, Insightful) 642

by chasm22 (#49767621) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Well, well. The conservative argument is heard. Albeit, through five links to a website that is, guess what, the authors personal platform for his unique political rants. The links say one thing but the title on the web page is "Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog" Come on take credit where credit is due.

And, since this brand of conservatism is more interested in perceptions than facts., let's review some of those perceptions as they pertain to Greece's much maligned pension system . This article in the WSJ does a better job than I could; http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/....

To proclaim that it's all Greece's fault for their economic woes and deny the effects of the worldwide recession and its impacts on Greece is the view of a simple one track mind.

It's more obvious than ever who were the winners and losers during and after the recession. Which side did the banks fall on? Which side of the fence you fell on was and continues to be as easy to read as your yearly income.

As the article in the WSJ says, 15% of Greece's seniors were at risk of poverty in 2013. The figure is rising. Yet your comments impart a message that this doesn't matter The only thing that matters is cutting government spending, which I believe you think results primarily from pensions . Poverty isn't enough, the pensions are still too high. Age doesn't matter either. I think maybe we should hear your ideas about cutting a pension to someone already dwelling in poverty? Retire at 78 at 50% of the poverty level? Is that enough to satisfy the bondholders?. Have you ever given a thought to the reality of living in poverty and knowing your too old to work? Yeah, don't frazzle a hair over it. No big deal.

My question is this. When does the day of reckoning ever arrive for the bankers? The ones who continued through thick and thin to draw their bonuses. And probably deserved to shoulder much of the blame for the recession. The ones who begged for and received more money for their privileged companies and execs than Greece could ever dream of. At freaking zero interest. Now that's a deal I'm pretty sure Greece would be interested in. A zero interest loan. What's the odds. So Mr Capitalism, when and where has any country received a bundle of cash like the bankers got?

Yeah I guess you can see which side I lean to. I'm pretty fuc*ing sick of the unregulated pro-corporation welfare, while we do some sort of means testing on every dollar spent on a poor person or a broke country like Greece.

You have quotes about "Peopleâ(TM)s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense." How about this for a quote. "How luck before the trickle down hogwash is dead and buried" A quick look at before and after tax Gini coefficient will tell you everything you need to know about current tax law. Yeah, I guess your system of disinformation is better than most. I mean, gee, here I thought we'd be anyplace but number one. It won't do you any good, but here's a link to a site that isn't your own; http://www.economist.com/blogs.... Yeah, I can punch in numbers too. Especially after I get one of the personal responsibility pitches from the right wing that insists on responsibility for everyone buy corporations and the wealth that own most of them.

For me I hope to God that Greece survives and thrives.

Comment: Hold on!! How about revising the subject line??? (Score 1) 1

How about a software glitch MAY have caused the crash?

This investigation is far from being over. You think they are closing the books on a crash that happened a few weeks ago?

One of the lead investigative agencies is the Spanish military. They just took the investigation from their civilian counterparts a few days ago.

Also, just to put these software problems in historical perspective, here is a quote from a recent Reuters article, "Problems in certifying the complex engine software, which originally fell under the responsibility of MTU, made headlines in 2009 when they were partially blamed for costly delays.But the plane has also faced a litany of other technical problems from refueling to cargo loading."

After years of problems with software, the problem isn't the software. It's your failure to correct the problem while still delivering planes to unsuspecting customers. Go Airbus. I would suggest that criminal charges deserve to be considered.

+ - Euro carriers want a piece of Google's advertising income.->

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 writes: Apparently, mobile carriers in Europe are planning to block Google ads until they get a slice of the pie from Google. I wonder if this could lead to strongarming online retailers? If they are successful with their tactics why couldn't they, for an example, refuse to let anyone visit Macy's online store until Macy's gives them a slice of the revenue it earns. It seems like they're quite comfortable with using their position as carriers to also include the role of gatekeeper. Who gets what and where, who reads what, etc. And , of course, how much money can they leech.

Arguments can be made about Google using its dominant position to earn more money, but that isn't what this is about. As a matter of fact, if any of them bear any similarity to my carrier(Verizon), I would rather the money go to Google. One exec said, "The idea is to specifically target Google, blocking advertising on its websites in an attempt to force the company into giving up a cut of its revenues."

I guess they're banking on no one will care since its Google. No plans yet for Facebook, but with ad revenue in the billions last quarter, they are surely going to be a target in the future.

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+ - Schools That Ban Mobile Phones See Better Academic Results

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Jamie Doward reports at The Guardian that according to a recent study in the UK, the effect of banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalent of an extra week’s schooling over a pupil’s academic year with the test scores of students aged 16 improved by 6.4% after schools banned mobile phones, “We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most. We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days." In the UK, more than 90% of teenagers own a mobile phone; in the US, just under three quarters have one. In a survey conducted in 2001, no school banned mobiles. By 2007, this had risen to 50%, and by 2012 some 98% of schools either did not allow phones on school premises or required them to be handed in at the beginning of the day. But some schools are starting to allow limited use of the devices. New York mayor Bill de Blasio has lifted a 10-year ban on phones on school premises, with the city’s chancellor of schools stating that it would reduce inequality.

The research was carried out at Birmingham, London, Leicester and Manchester schools before and after bans were introduced (PDF). It factored in characteristics such as gender, eligibility for free school meals, special educational needs status and prior educational attainment. “Technological advancements are commonly viewed as increasing productivity,” write Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy. “Modern technology is used in the classroom to engage students and improve performance. There are, however, potential drawbacks as well, as they could lead to distractions.”

+ - Spotify expected to drop free streaming....->

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 writes: Nothing new here with the exception that this particular source seems tightly connected to this part of the industry. The tone suggests high confidence in what is being said.

The article points out that the plan Spotify is expected to adopt is very similar to what many major labels and 'superstars' want. Less free, more pay!

Apple, as is their custom, has decided that they are so fat with fans who are willing to buy anything they throw at them, why not do it right, right? So Beats becomes Apple music and the beat goes on.

Many would suggest that the 'beatdown' went on in this case. The rumors start with Apple, after first emptying their stores of competitors to Beats, then started a conspiracy with other major players in the industry to jack up prices by reducing the unlimited free streaming Spotify was offering. Hey didn't Apple try that with books,etc.? ooOH, that line should troll in some responses. But hey, what other conclusion can you reach?


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+ - Fixstars Releases World's Highest-Capacity 2.5" SSD-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: A Japanese company that is probably unknown to the wider audience, Fixstars Solutions, Inc., has released the world's first 2.5" solid state disk that carries 6 TB in capacity. The Fixstars SSD-6000M is built on 15nm MLC flash memory and it has the typical SATA 6Gbps support with about 500 MB/s transfer speeds. For now, the disk provides a record capacity for those who really need it, and who can pay the price that is likely to be in four figures.
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+ - Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an article about technology's effect on concentration in the workplace. They note research finding that the average information worker's attention span has dropped significantly in only a few years. "Back in 2004 we followed American information workers around with stopwatches and timed every action. They switched their attention every three minutes on average. In 2012, we found that the time spent on one computer screen before switching to another computer screen was one minute 15 seconds. By the summer of 2014 it was an average of 59.5 seconds." Many groups are now researching ways to keep people in states of focus and concentration. An app ecosystem is popping up to support that as well, from activity timing techniques to background noise that minimizes distractions. Recent studies are even showing that walking slowly on a treadmill while you work can have positive effects on focus and productivity. What tricks do you use to keep yourself on task?
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Comment: Re:No, but your own choices are. (Score 1) 179

by chasm22 (#49644759) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

I see nothing in the form of facts to support virtually anything you claim. In fact you cite an article about 'defriending' which, in fact, supports the opposite view than what you express. Liberals defriend conservatives more often over political views. 13% more. What you conveniently left off your comment was the fact that liberals have many more conservative friends to start with than conservatives.

47% of conservatives said they only see conservative posts on Facebook. Only 32% of liberals say they see only liberal posts. So obviously, if you're a conservative you don't need to defriend as many people because you're not exposed to varying viewpoints nearly as much as liberals are. In other words, conservatives were 15% more likely to never view posts that didn't share their point of view. You tried to make it sound like liberals don't want to hear the other side. The truth, yes the truth is this. We at least listen more to the other side. Then we make our decision. Whereas your crowd has much more of a closed mindset and never listens to opposing views. Now do you get it? You don't need to defriend as many people because you're not listening to begin with if you are a conservative. Versus defriending based on listening. So who's throwing out the straw man? You make the claim that "If you de-friend someone (or large groups of someones), their stories are basically not going to be on your feed in the first place, and liberals have been shown to be more likely to de-friend conservatives". On first glance and second glance you are apparently trying to make it look like liberals never listen to the conservative argument. No,no my friend. You're going after the straw man. In reality, many more liberals than conservatives listen to opposing views and then they make a decision whether or not they will defriend someone. Conservatives actively avoid defriending by never listening in the first place! And irregardless of what your ideas are, it is liberals who listen more. And we like to read entire articles, not just home in on the 'facts' that support us.

The rest of your post is crap. Rehashing the same old tired song and dance. Trying to make it sound like liberals are the ones with closed minds. Oh yeah, we plod along listening to our heart instead of the facts. Refer to the above paragraphs again. We do listen. We listen for facts. Something not always in demand by your side apparently.

Here's a fact for you. Fox News coverage of global climate change was inaccurate in 72% of the segments covering it during 2013. MSNBC had only 8% of its segments contain inaccurate information. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_w...

To have so many people listen to what is an essentially misinformation campaign is pretty pathetic. And one wonders if that isn't the reason for the scarcity o those 'real life' conservative arguments. Could it be because they don't exist? Or is it because I have made a concerted effort to never listen to Sarah Palin?

Comment: The secret is strictly the software. (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by chasm22 (#49643301) Attached to: Centimeter-Resolution GPS For Smartphones, VR, Drones

They use RTK technology. It doesn't rely on the same data as GPS or dGPS. It isn't new techology. And it wouldn't matter if the DOD screwed with the dGPS signal.

What is new is just what the article talked about. They have found a way, through 6 years of developing the software, to use a cheap antennae to capture signals. Prior to the software development, cheap antennae couldn't be used because they allowed for too much signal degradation. Their solution is their software, which they have apparently perfected to the point where it can recognize and correct or mistakes caused by the antennae.

My understanding of RTK is that it isn't useful for navigation, but is very useful and accurate in obtaining your position(while not moving) This is because it relies on a base station in addition to the other receiver.

+ - Ancestery.com caught sharing DNA database with government->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike writes: In 1996, a young woman named Angie Dodge was murdered in her apartment in a small town in Idaho. Although the police collected DNA from semen left at the crime scene, they haven’t been able to match the DNA to existing profiles in any criminal database, and the murder has never been solved.

Fast forward to 2014. The Idaho police sent the semen sample to a private lab to extract a DNA profile that included YSTR and mtDNA—the two genetic markers used to determine patrilineal and matrilineal relationships (it’s unclear why they reopened the case after nearly 20 years). These markers would allow investigators to search some existing databases to try to find a match between the sample and genetic relatives.

The cops chose to use a lab linked to a private collection of genetic genealogical data called the Sorenson Database (now owned by Ancestry.com), which claims it’s “the foremost collection of genetic genealogy data in the world.” The reason the Sorenson Database can make such an audacious claim is because it has obtained its more than 100,000 DNA samples and documented multi-generational family histories from “volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.”

Sorenson promised volunteers their genetic data would only be used for “genealogical services, including the determination of family migration patterns and geographic origins” and would not be shared outside Sorenson.

Despite this promise, Sorenson shared its vast collection of data with the Idaho police. Without a warrant or court order, investigators asked the lab to run the crime scene DNA against Sorenson’s private genealogical DNA database. Sorenson found 41 potential familial matches, one of which matched on 34 out of 35 alleles—a very close match that would generally indicate a close familial relationship. The cops then asked, not only for the “protected” name associated with that profile, but also for all “all information including full names, date of births, date and other information pertaining to the original donor to the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy project.”

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Comment: Re:Battery life non-issue (Score 1) 113

Who's piling up the bullshit? Two people in a row with the same answer. 'My watch has never gone below 30%.' You don't even bother to provide a time period over which your watch has never gotten below the magical 30% mark.

Here's what we can assume from your statement. ____
You haven't told anyone a thing. Like how long did it go without a charge? And more importantly, how many apps did you use and for how long? Because, again, you told us nothing. If you are just wearing it as a fashion statement, well I'm thinking you're in with about 90% of the purchasers. But that won't keep us from seeing bullshit clickbait articles about 'killer' apps for the watch. Oh, sorry, I guess I borrowed some of those words from you. But I've seen at least a dozen bullshit clickbait articles already spinning about the next 'killer' app for the watch. And I think about the next article I'll see about 'new rumors' about the iWatch 2. And '6 things you didn't know your iWatch could do'. In other words, when it comes to bullshit clickbait articles, most of the bullshit flows in one direction.

+ - The $350 Apple Watch costs $84 to manufacture.-> 2

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 writes: You can bet Apple is betting on its loyal base to counter this with the good old adage of who cares "it just works". I guess 'it just works' just works as a excuse for excessive profits under any and all circumstances. Because apparently the watch is going to make more profits percentage wise than any previous Apple product.
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Comment: Re:How is this new? Isn't it Anti-Net Neutrality? (Score 1) 112

by chasm22 (#49535543) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service

Well, besides the obvious new stuff allowing you to access multiple cell providers with no input from you, the main benefit I see here is the ability to recoup unused data. If you buy 2GB but only use 1.5GB, you get a refund of 5 bucks.

I don't know how much this would have save me through my years with Verizon, but it would have been significant since about 80 per cent of the time I don't use all the data on my plan and of that amount I would estimate it to average close to a gig a month.

If the cell providers that Google partnered with have any brains at all, the impact of this could be huge. It seems to me that it is in effect making Tmobile and Sprint one network and it doesn't take a genious to understand that, with just a little bit of foresight, this will allow them to dramatically expand their coverage while only making half the investment. . Using Google's technology they would no longer have to have competing towers.I'm sure Google understands the implications of it also and are hoping they do just that, thus allowing Google to utilize a network that could compete directly with Verizon and ATT.

+ - New technology can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times->

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 writes: Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information.

The system can potentially send data at up to 100 megabits per second. Although some current WiFi systems have similar bandwidth, it has to be divided by the number of devices, so each user might be receiving just 5 to 10 megabits per second, whereas the hybrid system could deliver 50-100 megabits to each user.

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