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Comment: The widening divide (Score 2) 228

by Jesrad (#49526397) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

So now "terrorism" basically means any kind of activity that might undermine the state's supremacy of power. Mark Rowley's candid admittance is perfectly in line with how, for instance, Missouri's police forces refer to protesters as "enemy forces". And of course, if you're not helping with enforcing this supremacy, actively betraying your own principles in the process (and, no Mr officer, saying 'Some days, I hate my job' while you break into an innocent's home and plunder their stuff, does not exonerate you in any way) then you are with THEM.

Comment: Re:Have they not heard (Score 1) 358

by Jesrad (#49436619) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

I use MxTube on (jailbroken) iPhone to store offline copies of youtube videos I want to watch, there are no ads left there except for the discreet bottom banner in the main menu of the app itself. I have to store the videos because my commute train goes through big no-reception zones most of the time and I only have a 2Gb/month plan anyway, I grab the videos at home from the wifi the evening before.

I would so use an official Youtube app that would let me store the videos locally, even with the ads. I have no adblock on my browser - if the ads are annoying I just go read something else and never return.

+ - Egg White in the Production of Nanoparticles

Submitted by Qualitypointtech
Qualitypointtech writes: Researchers proposed the application of egg white as the size-controlling agent in the production of oxide nanoparticles.Using fresh egg white (EW),they synthesis of size-controlled ceria nanopowders (CeO2-NPs) as an eco-friendly foamy substrate.Pure amino acids are usually expensive. However, egg white has been used directly in this research due to its availability and reasonable price.

+ - $10 billion wasted on military projects

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: In the past decade the Pentagon's Missile Defence Agency has wasted $10 billion on defense projects that were either impractical and impossible.

There's no single quote about the absurd stupidity of these projects because the article is filled with so many. Read it all and weep. However, here is one quote which indicates who we should blame:

President George W. Bush, in 2002, ordered an urgent effort to field a homeland missile defense system within two years. In their rush to make that deadline, Missile Defense Agency officials latched onto exotic, unproven concepts without doing a rigorous analysis of their cost and feasibility. Members of Congress whose states and districts benefited from the spending tenaciously defended the programs, even after their deficiencies became evident.

We get the government we deserve. Until we stop electing candidates (from either party) who promise pork, we will continue to get pork, and waste, and a society that is steadily going bankrupt.

+ - Firefox's Opportunistic Encryption Turns into an Opportunity for Hackers->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro writes: Barely a week ago, Mozilla released Firefox 37, with a key new feature being Opportunistic Encryption. The basic idea behind Opportunistic Encryption is that it acts to encrypt data that might have otherwise been sent by a user over clear text. It's a great opportunity to improve the security of the web, but as it turns out, it's also another opportunity for hackers to exploit users. Mozilla has already issued Firefox 37.0.1 removing Opportunistic Encryption after a security vulnerability was reported in the underlying Alternative Services capability that helps to enable Opportunistic Encryption.

"We plan to re-enable this feature once we've had time to fully investigate the issue," Chad Weiner, director of product management at Mozilla said. /blockquote

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+ - Turning The Arduino Uno Into An Apple ][->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: To demonstrate how powerful modern computers are compared to their forebears, engineer Damian Peckett decided to approximate an Apple ][ with an Arduino Uno. In this post, he explains how he did it, from emulating the 6502 processor to reinventing how characters were displayed on the screen. "The Apple II used a novel approach for video generation, at the time most microcomputers used an interlaced frame buffer where adjacent rows were not stored sequently in memory. This made it easier to generate interlaced video. The Apple II took this approach one step further, using an 8:1 interlacing scheme. This had the first line followed by the ninth line. This approach allowed Steve Wozniak to avoid read/write collisions with the video memory without additional circuitry. A very smart hack!" Peckett includes code implementations and circuit diagrams.
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+ - Snowden statue in NY->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A statue of Snowden showed up in Brooklyn. As quickly as it showed up, it was even more quickly removed. Apart from this, the bust was also hidden by a blue tarp so that New Yorkers do not get any ideas.
  Still, it is nice to see civil disobedience did not completely die in this nation.

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Wastelanders Decry Lack of Change In Punishment Wheel 37

Posted by samzenpus
from the bust-a-deal dept.
If you've spent time in the wasteland you've no doubt gone to Bartertown. Famous for its functioning walls, the oasis gives traders a chance to watch people battle to the death in a giant cage and deal busters spin The Wheel to learn their fate. While most wanderers enjoy watching the bloodsport many are now complaining that The Wheel is starting to feel old. "It's been around so long I think everyone has seen every option many times. You never know what's going to happen when someone is trying to smash someone else with a giant hammer, but The Wheel is getting predictable. It's worked so well that nobody has bothered to come up with new options," says one purveyor of slightly irradiated meat. His voice is just one in a growing chorus of dissatisfied wanderers. Another long-time resident adds: "I know it may not seems like a big deal, but part of the fun of living out here is the excitement. If the punishment to my eventual crime can't be fresh or creative I don't know what we're trying to build. These are not the values of the Bartertown I grew up in."

Comment: Re:87%, not 29% (Score 3, Interesting) 384

by Jesrad (#49187811) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Allow me to translate from this french: "take its responsibility as a shareholder" = shoulder losses.

We here in France have what we call "état-stratège", where the taxpayer is turned into this wunderkind shareholder who holds lots of major stock forever and gets none of the dividends.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.