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Comment From Alfred Nobel's will (Score 1) 375

The spirit of the Nobel Prize can be extracted from Alfred Nobel's will:
"The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."

Economic forces are probably one of the major ones that modify the quality of life of every human being in this planet, and have a definite impact on poverty, hunger, health and global peace. I'm a mathematician myself; I know what a "hard" science is and by that logic, mathematics should have its Nobel Prize as well. And I agree, Economics is less hard than most economists pretend it to be. But in any case, that's not what is in question. The fact that Economics is a major agent in the way we understand "human laws" and its effect on humankind, it warrants its place in the Nobel Prizes, I firmly believe.


Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub 165

rossgneumann writes Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords and Github is getting caught in the crossfire. Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to Google by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate Github URLs being removed from the search engine's results, TorrentFreak first reported."

Comment Re:We need to get rid of "Winner Takes All" (Score 1) 1576

The electoral college is fine. The problem is the Winner Takes All system. The founding fathers never intended that.

Ugh, I'm sorry, but I cringe every time somebody says "our founding fathers never intended that". They couldn't possibly foresee the state and needs of the country almost two centuries later, and the social, technological, and environmental complexities of this new globalized world. They were not infallible saints sent from God. We are the ones who have the responsibility of adjusting our laws and systems to cope with the new problems we face.


Submission + - Wozniak Praises 'Beautiful' Windows Phone (

judgecorp writes: "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has praised the user interface of Microosft's Windows Phone, saying that aspects of its user interface are more "beautiful" than comparable sides to the iPhone. The comments, in a New Domain, follow on from a comment by Forrester boss Goerge Colony who blogged that Apple would decline in the post-Jobs era. Both pieces have kicked off the kind of online argument you would expect"

Submission + - How to build an 8-bit computer from scratch ( 1

MrSeb writes: "Kyle Hovey, a hardware hacker through and through, has decided to build his own 8-bit CPU from scratch, out of breadboard, NVRAM chips (non-volatile RAM), surface-mount transistors, and lots and lots of wire. This in itself isn’t particularly spectacular — electronic engineering students have been doing it since the ’70s — but Hovey has also decided to chronicle the entire build, so that you can follow along. Hovey’s 8-bit ALU is constructed completely out of transistor-transistor logic (TTL), as are the registers. The microinstructions (the op code, the ISA) that actually control the ALU are stored in the NVRAM. A ring counter, which continuously loops through six different outputs, drives the fetch/decode/execute cycle. Output-wise, Hovey cheats a little — he uses an Arduino to convert binary to BCD, a task that would be tricky with TTL — but considering he decided to use three awesome Soviet-era IV-9 Numitron tubes for the computer's display, I think we can forgive him."

Comment Re:4th amendment point (Score 1) 325

4th amendment protects you against unreasonable search. Seems like it would apply at the airport. TSA claims that you are contractually obligated to put up with search when you enter the secure area and that your air travel ticket states this and as such is a contract. But, you aren't able to sign away your constitutional rights implying, at least, that this component of the air travel contract is illegal. How does this all square up?

"Unreasonable" is such a sharp, unambiguous word.

Comment Re:Risks vs. Benefits unknown? (Score 1, Interesting) 325

Forget that. Wonder about the odds of dying from a car crash, since you and millions of Americans decided to avoid flying this year because of the patdowns and since driving is much, much more dangerous than flying. The TSA kills Americans.

The patdowns are not responsible for any deaths. These reactions are caused by the irrational fear and exacerbated prudery of the TRAVELERS.

I have absolutely no problems being scanned or getting a deep patdown. One is in the same situation when you get a physical examination from your doctor. We have no problems with that because we don't want to risk our health. Why can't we do the same for our security?

These officers deal with so many people that I would doubt they would find it pleasurable after the 10,000th traveler. And even if they find pleasure off of it, what's the big frickin' deal? What if I like going to work because there's somebody good-looking in my office? (totally hypothetical, because it's sadly not my case, ha) Does that make me a bad employee? Pff!

You know what pisses me off the most at airports? Not hightened security, but the lack of electric outlets and free (or cheap) wifi. That aggravates me to no end.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.