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Comment: oh boy! (Score 5, Interesting) 253

From my experience, the boneheads were almost exclusively in the HR agencies. And that's a light term for fucking-unbelievable-idiots. I have tons of incompetence-filled horror stories. Techies (anything from coders to any branch of engineering), IMHO, should only be recruited by their peers. Period.

Comment: Re: 3 months for $5000? (Score 1) 458

by notequinoxe (#44142191) Attached to: FBI Paid Informant Inside WikiLeaks

There are plenty of us over here that are FAR MORE pissed at the current state of affairs than any of you foreigners are.

I respectfully disagree on the FAR MORE part. Given the fact that, in other parts of the world, what happens there is of utmost relevance for us. Everything that happens there tends to be copied by the rest of the world (be it malevolent or benevolent) by either incompetent or evil political figures. If someone pulls some nasty shit there and there is no opposition by civil rights activists, idiots(be it voters or the ones that are voted) will automatically jump in the bandwagon. I don't wanna sound like a drama queen, but the moment you guys fall, the next thing's our asses. So, sorry for the pressure, I wish I would not be right on this one, but something tells me I am.

Comment: Re:Good for the economy. (Score 1) 451

by notequinoxe (#44090315) Attached to: Use Tor, Get Targeted By the NSA

I use TOR for the same reason I close my curtains at night and don't keep my personal journal out on the front porch with a sign that says "read me!". I just don't like other people snooping on my private life. Though if I had to choose between some random guy on the street watching my browsing activity or the NSA, I'd choose the guy on the street because he's probably only doing it because he's nosy, but the NSA is doing it to see if they can link me to terrorism.

Ok, but wasn't Tor originally designed for the US Naval Research Laboratory? Government organizations being thick as thieves as one would expect, makes sense that they'd have a way to snoop in that software. That's what I'd do, anyway...advertise it as being totally safe, but at the same time having a way of controlling it. Color me paranoid or common-sensical or whatever

Comment: Next, the world... (Score 1) 568

by notequinoxe (#43930605) Attached to: The NSA: Never Not Watching
There's an increasing tendency all over the world for such shenanigans(I'm living in Europe). Problem is, if this kinda shit passes and can be done in broad daylight (meaning it becomes common practice), other fuckhead politicians from various countries will have both the incentive and the reason to implement this. And they'll do it screaming 'LOOK, AMERICANS DID IT WE SHOULD TOO' .

+ - Researchers Make A Major Breakthrough In The Battle Against HIV Virus

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 writes: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV 'capsid,' a protein shell that protects the virus's genetic material and is a key to its virulence. The experiment involved mapping an incredible 64 million atoms to simulate the HIV capsid, pictured here. Interestingly no current HIV drugs target the HIV capsid and researchers believe that understanding the structure of the HIV capsid may hold the key to the development of new and more effective antiretroviral drugs. What makes this whole experiment even more fascinating is the use of Blue Waters, a Cray XK7 supercomputer with 3,000 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPU accelerators.

+ - Are 3-D Printed Guns Really Legal?-> 1

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jfruh writes: "Defense Distributed, a U.S. nonprofit that aims to make plans for guns available owners of 3-D printers, recently received a federal firearms license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobocco and Firearms. That license doesn't cover semi-automatic weapons and machine guns, though — and there are questions about whether the legislation that defines that license really apply to the act of giving someone 3-D printing patterns. Experts on all sides of the issue seemd to agree that no clarification of the law would happen until a high-profile crime involving a 3-D printed weapon was committed."
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