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Comment: Re:Don't conflate the prequels... (Score 1) 108

by quantaman (#49383459) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

... with the originals. The prequels were shit which is why people had a hard time getting a job.

That statement makes almost no sense. Of the actors from the original series, how many went on to become well know actors? Basically you have Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones.

Given that the cast was relatively unknown to being with how many well known actors do you expect?

If anything it's an indication that if you throw a dozen reasonable actors into a major movie then one of them will turn out to be star.

Comment: Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 186

Sure, but there are a few differences. For one, a manned plane will have at least one person (the pilot) with a serious interest in it not being one of those that crashes and kills people. Even if his employer is willing to risk it, he has the final say and it's his ass on the line.

The little hobbyist craft are small and light weight, There is a serious limit to the amount of damage they might cause. Not so much for a 50 pound commercial drone.

+ - NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The NSA employs tens of thousands of people, and they're constantly recruiting more. They're looking for 1,600 new workers this year alone. Now that their reputation has taken a major hit with the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, they aren't sure they'll be able to meet that goal. Not only that, but the NSA has to compete with other companies, and they Snowden leaks made many of them more competitive: "Ever since the Snowden leaks, cybersecurity has been hot in Silicon Valley. In part that's because the industry no longer trusts the government as much as it once did. Companies want to develop their own security, and they're willing to pay top dollar to get the same people the NSA is trying to recruit." If academia's relationship with the NSA continues to cool, the agency could find itself struggling within a few years."
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+ - Massive Power Outage Paralyzes Turkey->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A massive power outage caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. The nationwide power cut, the worst in 15 years, began shortly after 10:30 am (0730 GMT) in Istanbul, the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted the Turkey Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) as saying.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the authorities were investigating whether the power outage was due to a technical failure or cyber-attack. "It is too early to say now if it is because of a technical reason, a manipulation, a faultplay, an operational mistake, or a cyber (attack). We are looking into it... We cannot say they are excluded possibilities.""

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Comment: Re:AND they stole Halo from the PC world.... (Score 1) 77

by afidel (#49380339) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

The Games division is net -300-400M over the last 12 years, up significantly since Q4 2012 where they were net -3B and the XBox One's losses are significantly smaller than the previous two generations at the same point in the cycle despite the recent price cuts. I'm not sure how much knowledge sharing there's been between the gaming division and the Azure division, but if the MS marketing is anywhere near the truth then it's likely that at least some of that groups significant profitability was gained through experience in the gaming division (kind of like how GE can lose money on the generating part of a power plant but make money on the financing or vice versa depending on how they want to structure the deal).

+ - Jony Ive : Waterproof iPhone Not Happening... Ever

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sorry, folks, but as long as Jony Ive's in charge, you can kiss the waterproof iPhone idea goodbye. In an internal email that discussed possible "killer features" for a future iPhone, Apple's design wizard, Jony Ive, poured cold water on a waterproof iPhone in the future . This was sealed with the introduction of the Apple Watch."

Comment: Re:Cannot regulate bitcoin in the traditional sens (Score 2) 30

by ultranova (#49379669) Attached to: Bitcoin In China Still Chugging Along, a Year After Clampdown

It is a complicated technology

Bicoin is a distributed double-entry bookkeeping ledger where transactions need to be signed by the crediting account's (secret) key. And Bitcoin is also the (imaginary) currency unit used in said ledger.

Seriously, there's nothing there anyone who knows even the basics of accounting wouldn't recognize. It's just wrapped in a high-tech packaging.

Comment: Re:Cause, or effect? (Score 1) 314

by ultranova (#49379469) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

There you go, making sense again.

"These snooty scientists, what do they know?"

I was raised in a very poor family, one of the poorest in our city, but I have an IQ that's very high, and I always made good grades in school. I don't see the relationship between poverty and smaller brains, nor do I see the relationship between poverty and crime. Of course I was raised in a good family that wasn't trash.

"I'm very smart. I lifted myself up by my bootlaces. Anyone who doesn't is trash. Crime is done by criminals for for the evulz, and is thus not affected by economic circumstances."

Parental involvement makes more of a difference, and unmarried teens are simply not the best parents. Ask any teacher and they can tell you which students have parents who care.

"Teens having sex is bad. Children doing badly at schools is caused by parents not caring rather than working two full-time jobs to make ends meet."

Congratulations, I think you hit almost all popular right-wing talking points. All that's missing is some scaremongering about immigrants. Maybe you could work that into the bit about crime?

Comment: Re:Hypocrit (Score 1) 1077

by Cederic (#49377999) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

If Tim Cook is so bloody interested in equality, he can give to the poor everything he is paid.

Well, he _has_ said he'll give his fortune to charity. Does that count?

The US was founded on justice, equality before the law . All other forms of equality forced by law are a swindle; they are injustice.

I suspect you agree with Tim Cook on this. The issue is that the law is trying to supercede equality and prevent it.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen