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Comment: What rule of law will the MArtians follow (Score 1) 549

by kuhnto (#48035339) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
I just realized that by sending up more than a handful of nationally picked personnel, would require some sort of rule of law. Well, who will determine this? Should the Martian follow their "Launching states" laws? Their nationalities laws? What happens when another country, with their own culture and laws, sends out their own 1 million people? Will we need to start dividing Mars up into counties already?

Comment: I love these vague stories (Score 1) 39

by kuhnto (#47989945) Attached to: US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments
For the love of god, if you are going to post an article about 15 of anything, please do some research and include what the 15 somethings are!! I am tired but even the original article did not list these super dangerous agents. Must be super duper secret! Seems like either the article author or submitter are self-sensoring, or do not give enough credit to the average slashdot reader to understand biological naming conventions.

+ - Containers are cool again ->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Containers are not new, but if you listen to the big tech giants you may think they were. VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat have all made news about containers recently, mostly around supporting Docker, the open source container engine. Perhaps the most surprising company to embrace containers is VMware, which says that it can provide a unified platform for managing containers and virtual machines. It’s an interesting move from the virtualization company to embrace a technology that could cannibalize its VM business."
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+ - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard 1

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Did you hear about those Comcast service calls from hell that have been cropping up over the last couple months? So did FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said today that switching internet service providers is too damn hard, in part because ISPs have grown used to having a monopoly on broadband services.
"Once consumers choose a broadband provider, they face high switching costs that include early-termination fees and equipment rental fees," Wheeler said in a speech today. Wheeler didn't specifically say what the FCC will do (if anything) to change that, but said the answer is to help facilitate more true competition: "If those disincentives to competition weren’t enough, the media is full of stories of consumers’ struggles to get ISPs to allow them to drop service.""

+ - Steve Ballmer Wrote the Text for Blue Screen of Death 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Neowin reports that Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, is actually credited with writing the original Blue Screen of Death text for Windows 3.1. In a new MSDN's The Old New Thing blog post penned a few days back, Ballmer is given credit for rewriting the text that appears on the infamous BSOD that we all know and love.

During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives. When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, "This is nice, but I don't like the text of the message. It doesn't sound right to me."

Ballmer went back to his office, changed the text and e-mailed it back to the team a few days later; the rest is history. Steve's idea for what the screen should say was so good that the text went directly into Windows very close to its original form."

+ - What most people get wrong about science

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Convinced that the risks of nuclear power are too great for the world? That air travel is unsafe? That GMOs are poisoning our world and our bodies? That fluoridated drinking water causes long-term harm? That climate change isn't a manmade thing? Or that vaccines cause more harm than good? Unless you're willing to drop your ideology and completely cast it aside, you'll never accept what science says about these issues, and therefore you're preventing us all from making a better world. Cut it out!"

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