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Comment: Re:How much is Google paying for these promotions? (Score 1) 26

by mi (#47428345) Attached to: On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

Right, cause cheap/free VR certainly isn't of interest to the slashdot crowd.

Are you saying, VR pr0n is already available? Nope, not yet...

Seriously, though, it may be "of interest", but not so much interest, that it merits a mention every two weeks. Hardly news — neither for nerds nor for others.

+ - Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are bright flashes of radio waves that last only a few thousandths of a second. Scientists using the Parkes Observatory in Australia have recorded such events for the first time, but the lack of any similar findings by other facilities led to speculation that the Australian instrument might have been picking up signals originating from sources on or near Earth. The discovery at Arecibo is the first detection of a fast radio burst using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope. The position of the radio burst is in the direction of the constellation Auriga in the Northern sky.

“Our result is important because it eliminates any doubt that these radio bursts are truly of cosmic origin,” continues Victoria Kaspi, an astrophysics professor at McGill University in Montreal and Principal Investigator for the pulsar-survey project that detected this fast radio burst. “The radio waves show every sign of having come from far outside our galaxy – a really exciting prospect.”

Exactly what may be causing such radio bursts represents a major new enigma for astrophysicists. Possibilities include a range of exotic astrophysical objects, such as evaporating black holes, mergers of neutron stars, or flares from magnetars — a type of neutron star with extremely powerful magnetic fields.

Be warned: All of the above theories could also be wrong. These fast radio flashes could just as easily turn out to be something entirely unpredicted."
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+ - Alleged Hooker and Heroin Kill a Key Google exec on his Yacht in Santa Cruz->

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An anonymous reader writes "Authorities allege model, makeup artist, and self-described "hustler" Alix Catherine Tichelman initially met 51-year-old Google executive Forrest Hayes of Santa Cruz and other Silicon Valley executives at SeekingArrangement.com for sexual encounters that fetched $1,000 or more. Last November 22, Tichelman met Hayes in-person on his white, 50-foot yacht, "Escape," in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. She brought heroin and needles into the yacht's cabin where she injected Hayes, causing him to overdose, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

It has recently become known that a security camera in the cabin showed her pack drugs and syringes into her purse, clean off a table and draw a window blind. When she stepped over Hayes' lifeless body to drink from a glass of wine, she left behind a fingerprint on the glass, which helped investigators to identify her, Clark said. The yacht's captain found Hayes dead the next morning.

Santa Cruz police said they continued to probe Tichelman's possible involvement in another suspicious death out of state, but they declined to elaborate.

Hayes joined Apple in 2005 and worked there for several years, according to a brief profile on the business networking website LinkedIn. He started working for Mountain View-based Google about a year ago and joined its secretive "X" division, which is responsible for what the company likes to call "moon shot" projects including self-driving cars and the computer headset known as Glass.

"Seeking Arrangement," is a website that aims to connect "sugar daddies" and "sugar babies." suggesting, "Financial Stability: Unpaid bills no longer have to be a concern.""

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+ - Warrant issued to force teen to pose nude for cops-> 1

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GatorSnake (1978412) writes "A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said."
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Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 688

by mi (#47416187) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Thoughts are irrelevant.

Racism, which you proposed to ban earlier is exactly that — a thought... To avoid such semantic problems in the future, do try to use more precise terms.

And in civilised countries racist actions are already banned.

And the Blacks only seem to be worse off over the decades. It is not anybody's "racist action", that causes residents of government housing projects (affectionately known as "ghettos") to pee in the stairwells...

Black racism consists of the assumption that they are criminal, violent and or stupid. Theses are not the assumptions about Asians or Jews.

I'm not exactly sure, what beef American Blacks have with the Asians, but, being myself a European Jew, I do know, what anti-semites claim: we are, supposedly, thieves and cheaters (whom nobody should be hiring, of course), constantly scheming to undermine the nations we happen to live in for the sake of Israel (thus should not be hired into government either). Oh, and we use the blood of Christian babies to make matzos...

Are you going to sincerely claim, such accusations don't affect "employment opportunities"?

Which means they don't suffer the same disadvantages in the employment market that blacks do.

Nonsense. Of course, the disadvantages are the same — or worse. In Russia, for example, there were official limits on how many Jews can enter universities, how many could live outside specially-set areas. Certain trades were closed off completely. Yet, somehow, that didn't prevent the Jews from doing well back then. USSR dispensed with the official racism of the Tsars, but the sentiment remained: my own father, for example, had to go to a different city's university — in the late 1960ies — because Kyiv State University was famous for anti-Semitic admission officers. Yet, that didn't prevent him from succeeding — even he remained sufficiently bitter to move his family to the US upon the first opportunity.

Post-Soviet Russia today remains anti-Semitic (though the other ex-Soviet republics no so much), but Jews manage to strive anyway: there are industrialists (of Russian kind) and politicians in addition to the customary lawyers, doctors, and engineers. Perhaps, that's because nobody tried to be condescending to them — the way American Illiberals are towards Blacks...

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 688

by mi (#47412919) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

That statement was asserted (by you) out of context.

This was a good opportunity for you to provide the surrounding context, but you missed it for some reason...

Which is an altogether different matter.

Is it different? When the same person believes, "the unfit" should be either encouraged to not procreate or simply prohibited from procreating, goes on and establishes a network of abortion clinics, can it really be denied, that the belief and the act are rather connected to each other? Of course, they are...

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 347

by mi (#47412885) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

They were not at all a small operation. That makes your counterpoints a red herring.

Ok, who were the milkmen?

You skipped the whole HMO thing even though it is the most on-target example.

The health insurance in this country is so screwed-up, it does not make a good example for anything other than itself.

Then you could get a discount if you drove a sedan with a smaller engine. Now that 'discount' has turned into a hefty surcharge on cars with a smaller engine than what we used to consider a regular car had.

I don't really see a difference here. The prices for everything are going up — because of the inflation, costs of regulations, and rising taxes — it sucks, but it is not a conspiracy to defraud us (not on the part of the insurers).

I smell frog soup.

Oh, yes, of course. But we aren't being boiled by the "corporations". It is the politicians — who've assumed so much control over us, that Congress can't even deal with it all, which forces them to offload their responsibilities to the giant (and unelected) government bureaucracies. It is bad and is getting worse — but private auto-insurers aren't the problem...

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 347

by mi (#47412503) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Remember the milkman?

I do not, actually, but there may be better explanations for his disappearance — and that of other conveniences, than the evil elite's plot to remove the services we like without lowering the prices on what's left. The milkman, for example, was killed by a combination of increased mobility of the customers (who can all go to a supermarket, when they please), and government regulations concerning both keeping of the cows and processing the milk. You just can't do it any more — not on a small scale. Even when people try to do it as a co-op (such as to have milk to processed a certain way), the government fights them tooth-and-nail.

Yes, some rather expensive cars include rather expensive insurance.

The car being overall expensive, will increase its insurance cost, yes. But I was talking about another aspect — an otherwise inexpensive machine with "overly" powerful engine will cost more to insure. People are buying them anyway... Point is, different models do cost slightly different to insure — which cars, that are easier to fix costing less, for example.

Auto insurance compete a lot on branding and somewhat on extras, but a lot less on price/service than they would have you believe.

That depends on the state. Collectivist places like Massachusetts dictate, what insurance is to cost — leaving the companies to compete on the service-quality only. In other places you may be able to get a different quote from a different company. There is still competition and, as I said, as long as the buyers are the actual users themselves (rather than employers), we are Ok.

Guess who lobbied for the seat belt laws!

Whoever it was, they are not lobbying for the "spies" being mandatory.

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 347

by mi (#47410479) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

I was around when they passed the seat belt laws.

The law made them compulsory. Not the insurance companies.

The premiums *never* went down.

Maybe, they did not rise as fast as inflation during those few years? Or, maybe, the belts aren't really reducing the costs for the insurers — could even be the opposite, in fact. If you die on the spot, that's a tragedy, but it is relatively cheap for the insurers. On the other hand, if the belt saved your life, but now you need expensive treatment...

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