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Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by lister king of smeg (#49181731) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Look at the products, skin lighteners, hair straighteners, plastic surgery, things that can damage the skin, scalp and cause lifelong disfigurement, but that promise ine thing... to be whiter

also hair curling irons, skin bronzer, plastic surgery (can be used both ways) tanning, hair dye promising to be darker.

some people just aren't satisfied with who they are.

+ - Former MLB Pitcher Doxes Internet Trolls, Delivers Real-World Consequences

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When Twitter trolls began posting obscene, sexually explicit comments about his teenage daughter, former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling responded by recording their comments and gathering personal information readily available to the public. He then doxxed two of them on his blog, resulting in one being suspended from his community college and the other being fired from his part-time job as a ticket seller for the New York Yankees. There were seven others in Curt's crosshairs, all college athletes, but although he hasn't publicly doxxed those individuals he hints, 'I found it rather funny at how quickly tone changed when I heard via email from a few athletes who’d been suspended by their coaches. Gone was the tough guy tweeter, replaced by the "I’m so sorry apology used by those only sorry because they got caught.'"

+ - A paralyzed woman flew an F-35 fighter jet in a simulator — using only her->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Over at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, there are some pretty amazing (and often top-secret) things going on. But one notable component of a DARPA project was revealed by a Defense Department official at a recent forum, and it is the stuff of science fiction movies.

According to DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, a paralyzed woman was successfully able use her thoughts to control an F-35 and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator.

It's just the latest advance for one woman, 55-year-old Jan Scheuermann, who has been the subject of two years of groundbreaking neurosignaling research.

First, Scheuermann began by controlling a robotic arm and accomplishing tasks such as feeding herself a bar of chocolate and giving high fives and thumbs ups.

Then, researchers learned that — surprisingly — Scheuermann was able to control both right-hand and left-hand prosthetic arms with just the left motor cortex, which is typically responsible for controlling the right-hand side.

After that, Scheuermann decided she was up for a new challenge, according to Prabhakar.

"Jan decided that she wanted to try flying a Joint Strike Fighter simulator," Prabhakar said, prompting laughter from the crowd at the New America Foundation's Future of War forum. "So Jan got to fly in the simulator."

Unlike pilots who use the simulator technology for training, Scheuermann wasn't thinking about controlling the plane with a joystick. She thought about flying the plane itself — and it worked.

"In fact," Prabhakar noted, "for someone who's never flown — she's not a pilot in real life — she's in there flying a simulator directly from neurosignaling.""

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+ - BitTorrent Brings Its File Synchronizing Service Out Of Beta

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BitTorrent today launched Sync 2.0, finally bringing its file synchronization service out of beta. The new version is available now for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle, and a growing list of network-attached storage (NAS) devices. At the same time, the company has also launched Sync Pro, a premium edition of Sync priced at $39.99 per year that adds new functionality not available in the free version. You can grab both now directly from getsync.com."

Comment: Re:Latest on ISIS please (Score 1) 125

by lister king of smeg (#49167921) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

It has been several hours since the latest threats and developments of the war with ISIS. Slashdot please report

NO! That is just the opposite of what the News for Nerds should be reporting. More Science, More Engeering More Hacks More D&D, More SciFi less war coverage unless its BSD vs GNU, or Emacs vs Vi vs Ed, and for love of $Deity less politics outside debate over SystemD vs LaunchD vs OpenRC vs SysV Init.

+ - As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies->

Submitted by tedlistens
tedlistens (1697590) writes "On Thursday, before it voted in favor of "net neutrality," the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to override state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that have barred local governments and public utilities from offering broadband outside the areas where they have traditionally sold electricity. Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance said the move was as important for internet competition as net neutrality: "Preventing big Internet Service Providers from unfairly discriminating against content online is a victory, but allowing communities to be the owners and stewards of their own broadband networks is a watershed moment that will serve as a check against the worst abuses of the cable monopoly for decades to come." The laws, like those in over a dozen other states, are often created under pressure from large private Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon, who consequently control monopolies or duopolies over high-speed internet in these places."
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Comment: Re:What were you expecting? (Score 1) 154

only in the since that you take a photograph, and you "should be paying" in the same way any group of thugs says "I'll hit you if you don't pay me for doing this".

Well the government also thinks they have a right to charge you for simply taking pictures on national park and forest service land too.

http://www.oregonlive.com/envi...

Comment: Re:NWO (Score 1) 154

No. It took 25 years for people to wake up and see what's happening around them.

Unfortunatelly, it is way too late now.

25 years ago it wasn't justified to take to arms to solve the problem. I'm not sure it is justified yet either.
But I don't see anyone in power trying to correct things so there is no way this will end other than with bloodshed.

Well to quote Thomas Jefferson

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 190

Zfs filesystems do the same, vmware is easier to use thats all. Sparc is a niche market for large corporations. (Banks, financial services, payrolls), thats why is expensive. There is no way a large corporation will use a cheap commodity hardware and vmware for mission critical operations.

That may be true for corporate dinosaurs, (big old companies that started back when having a corporate song sounded like a good idea) but most corporations that got started after the 90s have only ever lived on commodity Intel/AMD (in some cases even ARM) hardware.

Comment: Re:IBM should submit some (Score 0) 190

I agree that free software is a good thing, and so does Oracle, as they give away their RedHat clone for free.

Oracle gives away PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLLite, and several other databases in their clone, and will support them if that is important to you.

Some applications require scalability, availability, or other features that are beyond the realm of the free databases. In those cases, Oracle database XE is free, standard edition is under $10k, and enterprise is available where performance outweighs cost.

I wholeheartedly concur that it will be a good day when a free database gets on the TPC-C top ten list.

Oracle has nothing to do with PostgreSQL Development, they do however develop Berkeley DB both of which came from University of California Berkley research projects.

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972

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