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Comment: The bigger picture (Score 5, Informative) 230

by cynop (#43982913) Attached to: Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

Ok so here's a bigger picture of what led to the shut down.
1) The ERT (National Radio) was a way for decades for the goverment to reward supporters with well-payed tenured jobs.
2) As a result, there are hundreds of people working there who get payed for menial tasks.
3) The Troika has demanded that about 2500 people working for the public sector will be fired before the end of June. 150.000 before the end of 2014.
4) A large privatisation programme that was a requirement from the Troika to continue the Greek bail out failed on Monday ( )

As a result shutting down ERT hits two birds with one stone: It allows them to fire more than the minimum 2500 that was required, and also distracts the public opinion from mondays failure that is sure to bring more austerity measures. The goverment claims that the shutdown was justified because of the corruption and thriftlessness of the organization, while the governing party was the one that helped create them.

Comment: Wifi wavelength radiation strapped on my head (Score 1) 473

Am I the only one worrying about having a device that emits signals at 2.45GHz stuck directly on my skull all day long? Sure, the intensity may not be big enough to damage brain tissue immediatly, but I' would wait till I can see some long-term effects.


+ - Friend or foe: The new multiplayer revolutionising online gaming->

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An anonymous reader writes "Always-on internet connections and a sense of adventure have helped games developers break out of the multiplayer mold in recent years. Instead of bog-standard games with deathmatch mode tacked on the end, we're seeing new titles like Journey and Dark Souls where single player and multiplayer blend. It's not just about co-operative either: many of these games leave it entirely up to the gamer how to behave. Do you help, or do you just murder the person asking for aid? As the article points out, this new trend could mean interesting things for Grand Theft Auto V, due out in just a few months, with multiplayer still very much under wraps."
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+ - UK government to Use PayPal for Identity Assurance ->

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judgecorp writes "A UK government contract has confirmed earlier reports that British citizens will have the option to use PayPal to accredit themselves for public services such as the new Universal Credit benefit system. Using PayPal might be a public relations goof, as PayPal's parent eBay is notoriously clever at avoiding UK taxes, recently paying only £1.2 million on profit of £789 million (around 0.15 percent)."
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+ - Linux & Open Source Dominate North Korea?->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was visiting the secretive country North Korea. In his Google+ post he wrote that "They [North Koreans] also demonstrated their software and technology based on open source (mostly Linux) and it was obvious to us that access to the Internet and all of this was possible for the government, the military, and universities, but not for the general public.""
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+ - O'Reilly Giving Away "Open Government" as Aaron Swartz Tribute 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The classic hacker book publisher O'Reilly is releasing their book Open Government for free as a tribute for Aaron Swartz. The book asks the question, in a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation. The files are posted on the O’Reilly Media GitHub account as PDF, Mobi, and EPUB files."

+ - How do you detect cheating in Chess?->

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Shaterri (253660) writes "Which is more likely: that a low-ranked player could play through a high-level tournament at grandmaster level, or that they were getting undetected assistance from a computer? How about when that player is nearly strip-searched with no devices found? How about when their moves correlate too well with independent computer calculations? Ken Regan has a fascinating article on one of the most complex (potential) cheating cases to come along in recent memory."
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Comment: Not too long ago... (Score 3, Insightful) 398

by cynop (#42574375) Attached to: Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

...after CES everyone was saying "Your next TV will likely be 3D, whether you like it or not", but this year everyone is classifying 3D TV as a passing fad, and an unimportand factor when it comes to consumer. I'm pretty sure that unless touchscreens enhance by a signifant degree the user experience, we'll see the same thing happening again.

Just because manufacturers have found a new gimmick to sell, don't mean that we have to follow them around like sheep

Comment: The right format isn't around yet (Score 1) 465

by cynop (#42494275) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

And by that I don't mean pdf, mobi or whatever else is around. I mean a format that combines the text with abilities that can't be found in classic paper books. Imagine reading a military history book with animated maps showing the movement of troops. Or a thermodynamics book where you can scroll, move and change the attributies of a graph so that you understand how they fit together. Imagine a book about electromagnetism where you can actually see the field lines and how they change when you move the coils or whatever. That would be the equivalent of a killer app in my book. Of course, those are indeed genre books, but I'm sure there are appropriate uses for general fiction books.

The publishers don't really seem to try these things. They basically give you only a pdf of the printed book, no added value. The only things I have enjoyed reading in my tablet are comics, because the color image translates well and there is fewer text on the screen. And I believe that is true for a lot of people, and that's part of the reason the comic publishers have tried new things while the majority of the publishing industry just tries to cling on the old ways.

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