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Comment: Re:Is it too late to get UN sanctions on them? (Score 1) 585

by kevmitch (#41115357) Attached to: Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study
Replace "men" with "women" and you've got the situation 100 years ago in the West. No doubt we're a lot better off today, but this"terminally ill society" seemed to putter along. If this really is such a big problem, maybe it'd be better to look at the root causes of why males are dwindling in academia rather than trying to force the symptom to go away.

Comment: Re:Oh Canada! (Score 1) 999

by kevmitch (#40987949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Place To Relocate?
The greater vancouver area is where most of the gang violence takes place, not in the inner city. In any case, the homicide rate is still about half that of Seattle Vancouver's murder rate low by North American standards. Property crime on the other hand is a bit of a problem Vancouver crime among worst in North America.

Comment: Re:Forced Upgrades? (Score 1) 665

by kevmitch (#40887747) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It
This sounds like another annoying thing that apple has done that is actually the RIGHT thing. Much like ostracising flash. Decisions like this will get developers thinking twice about using flash or javascript indiscriminantly, even if it is for the wrong reasons of appealing to Apple users rather than security, speed and stability. As troubling as their choke chain is, I'm glad there are some instances in which Apple are using their popularity to accelerate technically well thought-out change for everyone, not just their customers. It's still not enough to make me buy their products though.

Comment: Re:How many rabbits were sacrificed? (Score 5, Insightful) 274

by kevmitch (#40475275) Attached to: Scientists Keep Rabbits Alive With Oxygen Microparticle Injections
This seems to be the consensus among slashdotters given the consistent downmodding of people who even remotely question, let alone challenge, the ethics of animal experimentation. However, no one seems to address the rational justification for elevating humans to a higher level of worth. I'm not saying that experimentation is outright wrong, but the ethical assessments like these should never be automatic.
AMD

+ - AMD APU's – Is this APU lineup saying something about the future of AMD?-> 1

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unc0nn3ct3d writes "AMD has been trying to beat Intel at their own game for a long time, they've spurred on the overclocking community and opened up their CPU's to high end PC users to modify far more than Intel but perhaps the future of AMD no longer lies in the high end PC market and maybe the Future of AMD with the new AMD Trinity APUs points to a shift in their overall strategy. Moving away from going after the high end market, surrendering that segment to intel all together(if not outright then in spirit) and focusing more and more intently on capturing the low and mid range chip market."
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Censorship

+ - Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship-> 1

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Tor developers Arturo Filasto and Jacob Appelbaum have released OONI-probe, an open-source software tool designed to be installed on any PC and run to collect data about local meddling with the computer’s network connections, whether it be website blocking, surveillance or selective bandwidth slowdowns. Unlike other censorship tracking projects like HerdictWeb or the Open Net Initiative, OONI will allow anyone to run the testing application and share their results publicly. The tool has already been used to expose censorship by T-Mobile of its prepaid phones' browser and also by the Palestinian Authority, which was found to be blocking opposition websites. The minister responsible for the Palestinian censorship was forced to resign last week."
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The Internet

+ - Global Broadband Speeds Dropped at the end of 2011->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "A strange thing happened at the end of 2011. For the first time in years, global broadband adoption and speeds dropped. According to Akamai, broadband adoption declined by 4.6 percent and average speeds declined by 14 percent.
In a somewhat strange twist, New Jersey now also dominates the top 5 list of fastest broadband cities in the U.S, though Boston is the fastest overall at 8.4 Mbps"

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