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Comment: Re:Don't believe the hype! (Score 1) 744

by kix (#38866999) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions


I don't. I don't own any apple products either, because I don't like the closedness of the system. I also run a TOR node on my home server. I try to use open-source applications whenever I can and provide patches for any bugs I find.

I just don't like it when people believe the hype. By EITHER side.

Comment: Don't believe the hype! (Score 1) 744

by kix (#38866771) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

Look at this picture in the article: (yes, it's a chinese paper, but whatever)

these people, crawling over each other are trying to get a job in Foxconn! What does that tell you? That they are forced into it? Doesn't seem that way to me.

Suicide rate? Way less than chinese average.

Workplace accidents? Way less than average workplace accidents in factories in the USA!

Come on, people. Please try to see the forest for the trees and realize, that wealth and well-being is not absolute, it can only be compared and stop comparing it to yourself. Compare it to conditions on site. It's not really that hard.

And never, EVER forget that newspapers exist to sell you advertising. Provocative headlines sell a whole lot of advertising via more readers or clicks. (This also applies for slashdot btw.) so, please try to think about what they are actually selling.

The best thing you can do to help these people to better living conditions? Buy more apple products, so a part of your money will go to better the lives of people in china.

+ - BSD Licence vs Reality of Life->

Submitted by kix
kix writes: Well known and respected open source software author Zed Shaw writes a good essay about why he will only use the GPL licence from now on, instead of the BSD licence. The essay provides a fresh new look at why the difference between them really matters.
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Graphene 'Big Mac' — One Step Closer To Microchips 50

Posted by timothy
from the chips-with-vinegar-on-the-side dept.
RogerRoast writes "Scientists at the University of Manchester have come one step closer to creating the next generation of computer chips using graphene. By sandwiching two sheets of graphene with another two-dimensional material, boron nitrate, the team created the graphene 'Big Mac' – a four-layered structure which could be the key to replacing the silicon chip in computers. The research results were published in Nature Physics (abstract; full version paywalled)."

Comment: Re:new matter? (Score 1) 304

by kix (#32252288) Attached to: Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions

thanks for the explanation, it is good and clear, but this whole thing is just teeming with questions.

How have we actually measured that this particle swaps between matter/antimatter states or is that just a theory?

Also, as I understand that all particles are actually just probabilities for something existing somewhere at some time. Would this not infer that the probability of this particular particle being matter or antimatter is just extremely close to 50%, or, actually 49% antimatter, 51% matter?

Again, I have probably misunderstood something, but I don't pretend to be a physicist anyway, just curious..

Comment: Re:new matter? (Score 3, Informative) 304

by kix (#32250246) Attached to: Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions

Right, of course you are correct. After having read I actually understand that the question was rather silly. sorry about that. Although, if everyone read the correct wikipedia entries before asking things, there would be very few questions indeed ;)


Comment: new matter? (Score 4, Interesting) 304

by kix (#32249788) Attached to: Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions

I'm probably misunderstanding something here, but it seems that they have discovered that when the big bang happened, then because of this property, a bit more matter was created than anti-matter out of wherever they came in the first place, the rest of it annihilated with each other and everything else is made up from the "extra bits". This seems fairly reasonable.

Now, it is also known that new matter-antimatter element pairs are being created and annihilated all the time everywhere, this is where Hawking radiation comes from.

Does this new discovery mean, that it would be possible, that instead of an antimatter-matter pair a matter-matter pair is created sometimes instead and therefore the amount of matter in the universe is increasing (even if by a tiny amount)? Or are the conditions needed for this to happen too extreme to ever take place outside of big bangs and accelerators? Although as I understand some cosmic rays have far greater energies than accelerators.

Real physicists - please help me make sense of it all!

First Person Shooters (Games)

Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

Posted by Soulskill
from the our-bark-is-worse-than-our-boycott dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Sun Unveils RAID-Less Storage Appliance 249

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the testing-the-cutting-edge-of-data-storage-sounds-less-than-fun dept.
pisadinho writes "eWEEK's Chris Preimesberger explains how Sun Microsystems has completely discarded RAID volume management in its new Amber Road storage boxes, released today. Because it uses the Zettabyte File System, the Amber Road has eliminated the use of RAID arrays, RAID controllers and volume management software — meaning that it's very fast and easy to use."

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