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Comment: Re:Am I reading this right (Score 0) 145

by dpilot (#46825785) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

You could look at them as shills, or you could look at them as putting their money where their mouths are. The saw a threat and are doing what they can within our system to handle it.

So when government does it, it's either inefficient or a boondoggle, but when a company does it, attempting to inform about the threat they're trying to solve makes them a shill. As long as they're above-board about their position, and clear and honest with their science, I see no problem.

Comment: Re:By what definition of "rich"? (Score 1) 306

by dpilot (#46822471) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

By "right school" I didn't mean Ivy or anything, I meant internet-connected. Though the likes of MIT or CMU aren't cheap, either. Since I don't remember the year, I don't remember how widespread internet acces was at that point.

Or to put it another way, did Slashdot come before or after AOL let the unwashed masses onto the internet?

+ - The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest->

Submitted by gollum123
gollum123 (810489) writes "The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true."
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+ - What is 4chan? A Look at the Dark Side of the Internet->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Memes, internet trolling and hacker collective Anonymous all have something in common – they were born out of 4chan, a simple imageboard website which has over 20 million viewers a month.

While it is well known among geeks, the rest of the world has little idea what 4chan actually is unless the website makes the news.

A fan of anime, 15-year-old Christopher Poole designed the site in 2003 as a simple anonymous imageboard in the style of Japanese imageboards. Users could discuss and post pictures of their favourite anime cartoons and manga comics in various sub-threads in a similar way to how Reddit works.

But while the concept of 4chan is simple – an online community for fans of Japanese culture — in reality the boards have often been used for cyberbullying and explicit content.

Geeks have been affected by internet trolling, i.e. cyber bullying for much longer than reported by mainstream media, but at least the website makes no money at all."

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+ - Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed 1

Submitted by bennyboy64
bennyboy64 (1437419) writes "Ever since the Heartbleed flaw in OpenSSL was made public there have been various questions about who knew what and when. The Sydney Morning Herald has done some analysis of public mailing lists and talked to those involved with disclosing the bug to get the bottom of it. The newspaper finds that Google discovered Heartbleed on or before March 21 and notified OpenSSL on April 1. Other key dates include Finnish security testing firm Codenomicon discovering the flaw independently of Google at 23:30 PDT, April 2. SuSE, Debian, FreeBSD and AltLinux all got a heads up from Red Hat about the flaw in the early hours of April 7 — a few hours before it was made public. Ubuntu, Gentoo and Chromium attempted to get a heads up by responding to an email with few details about it but didn't get a heads up, as the guy at Red Hat sending the disclosure messages out in India went to bed. By the time he woke up, Codenomicon had reported the bug to OpenSSL and they freaked out and decided to tell the world about it."

+ - Comcast PAC gave money to every senator examining Time Warner Cable merger->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's no surprise that Comcast donates money to members of Congress. Political connections come in handy for a company seeking government approval of mergers, like Comcast's 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal and its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).

But just how many politicians have accepted money from Comcast's political arm? In the case of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the first congressional hearing on the Comcast/TWC merger yesterday, the answer is all of them."

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+ - Snowden's purloined documents are now available online->

Submitted by Frosty Piss
Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The ACLU and others have long suspected that the National Security Agency has gone far beyond its mandate of gathering information for counter-terrorism and foreign intelligence purposes. Many Those suspicions were confirmed when, on June 5, 2013, The Guardian released the first in a series of documents provided by Edward Snowden detailing the NSA's unlawful spying activities. All of the documents released since that day, both by the media and the government, are housed in a database maintained by the ACLU and accessible by the public on-line."
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+ - Kate Mulgrew, aka Captain Janeway, Thinks Sun Revolves Around Earth.-> 3

Submitted by synaptik
synaptik (125) writes "A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. 'Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for “The Principle.' The film, which is set to be released sometime this spring, was bankrolled in part by the ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis, who maintains the blog 'Galileo Was Wrong.'"
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Comment: Re:Who cares about systemd anyway? (Score 2) 641

by dpilot (#46664201) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

The problem with systemd has been the steamroller attitude of its developers and advocates. They seem to want systemd to be the one true init system, accept no substitutes. RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, and Arch have all gone to systemd, and I'm not sure what other distros have as well. As far as I know Slackware, Gentoo, and Funtoo are the only distros that haven't, though Gentoo offers it.

I don't mind if systemd is an option. But I feel that there is some bad design in there, and would rather not use it myself. The problem comes when I can't avoid doing so.

Comment: Re:systemd Architecture (Score 4, Insightful) 641

by dpilot (#46663853) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

It's only a good idea sticking all of that in PID1 until there's a problem. When PID1 crashes, so does your box. The more stuff in PID1, the more likely there is to be a bug somewhere in there. Now stuffing all of that in PID2, and having PID1 take care of itself and restarting PID2 might be a different story.

+ - Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Wood is great for building and heating homes, but it’s the bane of biofuels. When converting plants to fuels, engineers must remove a key component of wood, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s fermented into alcohols and other energy-rich compounds. That’s costly because it normally requires high temperatures and caustic chemicals. Now, researchers in the United States and Canada have modified the lignin in poplar trees to self-destruct under mild processing conditions—a trick that could slash the cost of turning plant biomass into biofuels."
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+ - Congress's Scientific Illiterates Are Resigning the World to Ruin-> 1

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Brian Merchant at Motherboard examines the March 26th at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's 2015 budget request hearing...the one White House adviser Dr. John Holdren addressed to defend funding for science programs. Video clips prove the comments that are difficult to believe, when you read them. It's pretty appalling, and it isn't any better in the US Senate, as Merchant points out."
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