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Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 179

by Darinbob (#47440369) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

What about west bank where people are kicked out of their homes so that settlers can move in? The real problem over there is not the weapons, but the attitude that keeps the weapons alive. There is not good guys versus bad guys, but bad guys and other bad guys. Every time someone attempts to start a peace process one or the other side, or *both*, do something to hijack it. Everyone in the world except for Israelis know that the settlements are illegal and every new house causes immense anger. If the Israeli government bulldozed the settlements that the Palestineans would listen to the peace process. As it is today, the dialogue seems to be "we'll stop hitting you when you stop hitting us".

Yes, Israelis have a right to defend themselves. And ALSO the Palestineans have a right to defend themselves. One side elects some idiotic war mongers, and the other side elects some idiotic war mongers. You honestly think Bibi wants peace, no he wants war because war keeps him in power. He's every bit as evil as Hamas.

Iron Dome is just part of the propaganda machine. Rather than reduce the number of rockets by reducing tensions, this way they can keep the animosity high while reducing casualties on one side only.

Here's some advice: America is getting sick of all of this. The old guard that defends Israel no matter what they do is dying off, the evangelical view that Israel must exist before we can convert them to Christianity is dying out, everyone is just too tired. Even the Jewish community in America is sick of Israel. I think in a decade or two that all support will vanish, including money to buy weapons, including the raising of trade blockades. By that time you should hope you make peace. Best chance is to be like Northern Ireland, and just stop fighting out of sheer exhaustion of seeing all the dead children.

Hardware

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch? 175

Posted by timothy
from the does-it-shoot-deadly-darts? dept.
Watches that do more than tell the time have been around for a long time. (And in fiction, James Bond, Dick Tracey, and Michael Knight all had notably high-tech watches.) The new smart watches from Samsung and LG, without a phone connected via Bluetooth as backhaul, can still serve to show the time and to serve as alarms (and Samsung's can measure your pulse, too), but all the magic features (like searching by voice via the watch) do require a connection. They can't play MP3s or take pictures on their own, and they don't have built-in GPS. Even so, compared to the polarizing Google Glass, the new breed of smart watches are wearables that probably are an easier sell, even if this far the trend has been to replace watches with smart phones. (Android Wear has gotten a lot of attention, but Microsoft has their own upcoming, and Apple almost certainly does, too.) Are you interested in a smart watch, and if so, what uses do you want it for? If they have no appeal to you now, are there functions that would make you change your mind on that front?
Biotech

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC 117

Posted by timothy
from the really-great-bread-man dept.
meghan elizabeth writes How do you get weed without the weed? By genetically engineering yeast to produce THC, of course.
Once theorized in a stoner magazine column more than a decade ago, a biotech startup working in Ireland is actively trying to transplant the genetic information that codes for both THC and another cannabinoid called CBD into yeast so that "marijuana" can be grown in a lab—no plants necessary.
Microsoft

New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture 168

Posted by timothy
from the learnings-about-synergy dept.
jfruh (300774) writes New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that he and his leadership team are taking "important steps to visibly change our culture" and that "nothing is off the table" on that score. While much of his declaration consists of vague and positive-sounding phrases ("crease the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes"), he outlined his main goals for the shift: reduce time it takes to get things done by having fewer people involved in each decision; quantify outcomes for products and use that data to predict future trends; and increasing investment for employee training and development.

Comment: Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (Score 1) 147

Don't claim copyright on every video, this will make you guilty of perjury under the DMCA. Claim copyright on one video and then claim that every other video appears to be a derived work of that video. This is exactly the mechanism that the big studios use.

Comment: Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (Score 2) 147

The perjury clause doesn't say what you think it says. If I own the rights on work A, to file a notice on work B, I claim that work B infringes work A. The perjury clause kicks in only if I do not own the rights to work A (or represent the person who does). If work B doesn't infringe, then that's a matter for the courts. This is quite annoying, but it does make sense. It's clear cut if works A and B are the same, but not in the case that B is a derived work of A. A court has to decide whether the use of A in B counts under fair use or not.

The counterbalance for this is that the DMCA does indemnify YouTube if they respond to a counternotice and reinstate the work. If you, the owner of work B, think it does not infringe then you send such a notice to YouTube. I then have no further recourse against YouTube and must take you to court directly.

The problem here is that it's very easy to automate sending takedown notices, but very hard to automate sending counter-notices. Mass-sending of automated takedown notices was something that the authors of the DMCA didn't foresee and the act probably needs amending to require the notice to explicitly state (under penalty of perjury) the person who has compared the works and their reason for believing that they are infringing.

China

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners 84

Posted by timothy
from the location-location-location dept.
wiredmikey (1824622) writes China-based threat actors are using sophisticated malware installed on handheld scanners to target shipping and logistics organizations from all over the world. According to security firm TrapX, the attack begins at a Chinese company that provides hardware and software for handheld scanners used by shipping and logistics firms worldwide to inventory the items they're handling. The Chinese manufacturer installs the malware on the Windows XP operating systems embedded in the devices.

Experts determined that the threat group targets servers storing corporate financial data, customer data and other sensitive information. A second payload downloaded by the malware then establishes a sophisticated C&C on the company's finance servers, enabling the attackers to exfiltrate the information they're after. The malware used by the Zombie Zero attackers is highly sophisticated and polymorphic, the researchers said. In one attack they observed, 16 of the 48 scanners used by the victim were infected, and the malware managed to penetrate the targeted organization's defenses and gain access to servers on the corporate network. Interestingly, the C&C is located at the Lanxiang Vocational School, an educational institution said to be involved in the Operation Aurora attacks against Google, and which is physically located only one block away from the scanner manufacturer, TrapX said.

Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 2) 138

They're scared of Aereo because it will just increase the number of people cutting the cord with traditional media vendors. They want to keep the $80/month entertainment tax rather than let people have a $20/month alternative.

Normally you would expect broadcaster to not mind where their royalties come from, except that most of the broadcasters are owned by the cable companies.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 159

by Darinbob (#47433927) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

It sounds funny, but with many over the counter remedies there is a gradual increase in danger. Ie, if you take too much aspirin you get intestinal irritation and bleeding that gradually gets worse as you take more. With acetominophen/tylenol you go from being fine to being hospitalized very quickly. Even one or two tablets beyond the "do not exceed" on the label is very dangerous. Yet most consumers take the "do not exceed" numbers as the proper dosage that they should be taking.

Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 1) 159

by Darinbob (#47433851) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

That's the thing, doctors just don't know this stuff. Even with acetominophen they don't realize how dangerous it is, and only by studying mortality records at hospitals were people discovering a major connection. Even more bizarre is the association between "Tylenol" and "safe", so that parents have overmedicated their children thinking that nothing can possibly be wrong with such a safe medicine.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 159

by Darinbob (#47433797) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

It IS a very dangerous drug which. Ironically it became successful as the "safe" alternative to aspirin it is much more deadly. A huge problem is with children's versus infants dosages. There have been decades of delays getting accurate dosage information onto the bottles. The fiction that this is a safe drug is being actively maintained by the major manufacturer's like Tylenol. It was only considered safe in the early days because so little information was known about it.

We're not talking about just anything that can potentially be harmful if you use too much, but which is *deadly* if using only a slight amount above the listed maximum daily dosage. Children die from this every year. Irritation of intestinal lining from aspirin is minor in comparison to irreversible liver damage.

Comment: Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (Score 2) 168

by TheRaven64 (#47430255) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted
In the UK, university research departments are assessed base on the Research Excellence Framework (REF, formerly the Research Assessment Exercise [RAE]). Each faculty member is required to submit 4 things demonstrating impact. These are typically top-tier conference or journal papers, but can also be artefacts or examples of successful technology transfer. The exercise happens every four years, so to get the top ranking you need to write one good paper a year. The only incentive for publishing in second-tier venues is meeting other people who might lead to interesting collaborations.

Comment: Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (Score 1) 168

by TheRaven64 (#47430227) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted
Reproducing work is often a good thing to set for first-year PhD students to do. If they reproduce something successfully, then they've learned about the state of the art and are in a good position to start original research. If they can't reproduce it, then they've got a paper for one of the debunking workshops that are increasingly attached to major conferences and that's their first publication done...

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